Using CBD for Joint and Muscle Pain: With hard training comes joint and muscle pain- it’s part and parcel of what we do. If you’re training regularly and finding that you’re not at least mildly sore at all times, you’re likely not training anywhere near hard enough. Thus, pain management is one of the primary components of bodybuilding and strength training, because without it we’d all be bedridden cripples incapable of feeding ourselves.
With training come two separate issues, which usually need to be managed with separate remedies- pain and inflammation. For those, people typically take Tylenol or aspirin for the pain and ibuprofen or naproxen sodium for the inflammation (if they’re sensible, and only one if they’re not sure what they’re actually doing). What they fail to realize, however, is that the chronic use of those substances actually has serious health repercussions. Chronic use of NSAIDS and aspirin can lead to things like gastric irritation and ulceration, renal and hepatic failure, and anaemia, and are thus not an effective solution if you want to remain above ground.
Science has actually uncovered a catch all solution that is far better for your body than those over-the-counter remedies, however, in the form of cannaboids. Increasing amounts of evidence show that the body’s natural endocannabinoid system actively participates in the management of joint pain, and that your body actually produces these substances naturally. Moreover, new clinical research has shown that the topical application of CBD acts in much the same way, providing an effective and safe form of inflammation and pain release that works with the body’s built-in systems. Using CBD for Joint and Muscle Pain.
Studies are currently being run on CBD gel, oil, spray, and cream both with and without additional substances like hyaluronic and boswellic acid to treat conditions ranging from arthritis to edema and rheumatic diseases, and the preliminary results show a great deal of promise. If you’re of the enterprising type, you can experiment with it as well, either with the oil itself on painful areas, or combining it with DMSO for deeper penetration and more pain relief. If nothing else, it’ll keep you from murdering your liver with ibuprofen and aspirin, and best case scenario you’ll be able to train longer, harder, and heavier.
Sources on Using CBD for Joint and Muscle Pain:
Bruni N, Della Pepa C, Oliaro-Bosso S, Pessione E, Gastaldi D, Dosio F. Cannabinoid Delivery Systems for Pain and Inflammation Treatment. Molecules. 2018 Sep 27;23(10).