There’s no denying CBD is becoming the new it-thing in the sports world, where it’s lauded for its ability to speed and support recovery after tough workouts.
Research on CBD is fairly new, but there are two major ways that CBD, a compound derived from the hemp plant, is thought to help with sports recovery. (Recovery is a critical part of your workout routine, as it’s when the body repairs and strengthens itself.)
The first is by way of its anti-inflammatory magic, which may calm and soothe aching muscles and help tackle pain in general. The other is that it is believed to support the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in many of the body’s processes including metabolism, mood, sleep, and immune response. By bringing it into balance, research suggests it keeps you running as smoothly as possible, exactly what your body needs as it recuperates from a tough workout.
While scientists continue to research its benefits, plenty of the plant’s fans are willing to give the sippers a try, as cannabidiol is generally well-tolerated. That explains why some professional athletes and celebrities have gotten into the space with their own brands, and why the extract is making its way into other sports products like muscle balms and soaks.
“I was looking for something to help me calm down and deal with the stress before it impacted my performance,” says pro triathlete Sam Long, who is sponsored by Miraflora. “Miraflora just seemed like the right fit, because the products do help me relax and stay grounded when I need to be.”
And for those wondering, these drinks won’t produce the intoxicating effects of its good friend marijuana. With just .03 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC (the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive impacts), its path to relaxation and recovery does not include a buzz.
Looking for CBD products to try to help you recover? We recommend our +Sport Sparkling CBD Beverage, which has 35 mg of 100% USDA-certified organic CBD, compared to the 20-25 mg found in most other brands’. And it’s then supported by other body-helpers—including electrolytes from sea salt and coconut water, vitamins, the amino acid L-tryosine, and collagen (an important body building block shown in a 2015 study to increase muscle strength).
Sweetened with monk juice concentrate and weighing in at only 15 calories a can, it’s formulated to have little to no hemp taste so you can savor the berry hibiscus flavor. It’s also emulsified using a proprietary water-soluble hemp technology to keep it stable, which increases the bioavailability of the ingredients—meaning it’s easier for your body to use all that CBD goodness.
We also recommend topicals, as the skin is one of the best ways to absorb the compound. Try our CBD Recovery Balm, which contains 100% organic full-spectrum CBD, virgin shea butter, extra virgin coconut oil, and aromatic essential oils that can help soothe your sore muscles and joints, reduce inflammation, and hydrate and protect your skin.
Our CBD Bath Bombs are another favorite, with 60 mg of the same organic CBD we use in all of our products.
Whichever product is right for you, try it and see how CBD can help you recover right.