While studies currently debate exactly when athletes should try to curb inflammation and when they should just let the body recover on its own, they also suggest that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. For example, a 2018 review published in Frontiers in Neurology concluded that CBD is an effective way of improving pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis since it reduces inflammation.
Dr. Alan Beyer, sports medicine doctor and executive medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California, posits that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He often recommends that his patients apply CBD salves to the injured area.
"CBD penetrates transdermally to reduce inflammation in the injured tissues," Beyer explains, noting that overuse of NSAIDs, especially in conjunction with exercise, can damage the kidneys. For example, in a 2017 Emergency Medical Journal studying ultra-marathoners, those who took ibuprofen every four hours during a 50-mile race were about 18 percent more likely to finish the race with acute kidney damage.
Many of our supporters and members of our team use CBD throughout training and injury rehabilitation with positive results. Between softgels, tinctures, and topical lotion and salves, there are many methods to incorporate CBD into your training and recovery regimen.
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