Ditch Ibuprofen: Hard trainers always have a couple of things running through the back of their mind when they ingest anything, and those things are usually “will this make me bigger,” “will this make me leaner,” and “will this allow me to train heavier?” If the answer to any of those things isn’t just “no” but “hell no,” most of us think twice about taking it. And yet, if you look in our medicine cabinets you will still see ibuprofen, in spite of the fact it straight up murders your gainz.
A study conducted in Sweden in 2017 showed definitively that the long-term use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can inhibit muscle growth in young, healthy individuals engaging in weight training. In that study, trainees who took 1200mg of ibuprofen a day had half of the hypertrophy of the control group (Lilja).
If that doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, you might want to take up chess instead of lifting. Though not to the same extent, that dosage also impaired muscle strength, which is doubly significant for strength athletes. And that doesn’t even take into account the systemic problems caused by long term use of NSAIDs, which include renal and hepatic issues. Thus, we all need to look elsewhere for remedies to muscle soreness and joint pain, Ditch Ibuprofen.
Luckily, the hippies have managed to give more to the sporting world than Ultimate Frisbee- they’ve got a serious replacement for ibuprofen- CBD. Cannabidiol is a component of both hemp and marijuana that has been shown to have potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory prop-erties. CBD can be both ingested and applied topically to treat joint pain, inflammation, and muscle soreness, and can be found in a wide variety of tinctures, oils, creams, gels, and even gummies, so the options for replacing ibuprofen are too plentiful to ignore.
Chuck your ibuprofen in the trash and accept the gift that those hemp-clad hippies have given us- if we’ve got to put up with Dave Matthews and the Dead, we might as well get something useful out of the deal.
Lilja M, Mandić M, Apró W, Melin M, Olsson K, Rosenborg S, Gustafsson T, Lundberg TR. High doses of anti-inflammatory drugs compromise muscle strength and hypertrophic adaptations to resistance training in young adults. Read more about Ditch Ibuprofen.