CBD for Winter Sport SorenessOctober 29, 2020
There really isn’t anything that can quite compare to the thrill of snow sports. The exhilaration is indescribable. What is describable, though, is the soreness that comes the next day. The coordination and focus that it takes to stay balanced and in control takes a toll on your muscles. If (or when) you wipe out, that momentum all crashing down on you can leave some serious soreness for the next day. While there are a number of possible tools that could help relieve soreness, CBD balms have proven to be hugely successful in dealing with pain and soreness.
What is CBD and how can it help soreness?
CBD oil is becoming a more popular product on the market lately thanks to some advancements in research and development, but what exactly is it? CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the active ingredients in cannabis. Unlike THC, one of the other major components of cannabis, CBD does not produce a psychoactive high or euphoria. Instead, CBD has been observed to produce a general calming and sedating effect on the body. Because of this, many people use CBD as a supplement in treatment for anxiety, insomnia, and more.
While you snowboard or ski, the muscles in your legs and in your core are working overtime to keep you upright and heading the way you want to go. To make this possible, the body allows for more blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to be supplied to the muscles. At the same time, hormones like adrenaline are released to help fight off soreness while you work.
After your workout, those muscles are tired. Usually, after a good night’s sleep you can really feel exactly which muscles you’ve worked the most. That might be your gastrocnemius or soleus (the back of the calves), the hamstrings, (the back of the thigh), or the quadriceps (the front of the thigh).
Because these are some of the key muscles used in walking, you’ll really feel it after a long day snowboarding or skiing. Also, if you took any big falls or wiped out particularly hard, you might feel some bruising just about anywhere.
CBD balms can be a great help in accelerating the pain relief process. Because of the localized nature of skiing and snowboarding related soreness, a topical application will hit just the right muscles that need it most. Applying a little bit to the areas that are sore can have quick pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects.
What type of CBD should I use?
There are so many CBD products available today that it can be hard to know which one to choose. Because of the relatively recent nature of CBD research, the FDA recognizes CBD as a supplement, meaning there are fewer regulations than there are for medications. How can you know that you are getting a good CBD product? There are a couple of things to keep in mind.
First, you need to make sure that your CBD product has the ingredients that you are looking for. Because CBD is non-psychoactive, it should not produce a euphoria. Products that also contain THC can result in that effect. Since CBD has fewer restrictions when it comes to production methods, many CBD producers have arranged for independent, third party testing of their products.
This shows you from an objective perspective what exactly is in your CBD balm or otherwise, including any other cannabinoids. Be sure to look and see that the third party testing facility is not affiliated with the CBD producer themselves. For example, CBD Move Free uses The Good Lab in Colorado for testing.
Next, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting a CBD product that will be most effective for what you are trying to treat. For example, a generalized condition- such as anxiety- will need a generalized application technique. For these, ingestible CBD products tend to work better. Pain or soreness, though, work best through isolated and focused treatment. Products like sprays and balms tend to be more effective.
Sprays can result in overspray or added components that may not be desirable, so a topical balm tends to be best for selective and precise CBD application for soreness after snowboarding, skiing, or other winter sports.
Clearly, choosing a CBD product isn’t something that should be done on a whim. You should do research and talk to your doctor before starting any new herbal treatments or supplements.
Once you start looking for just the right product for you, check out CBD Move Free. The CBD Move Free 1000mg topical balm is a great solution to dealing with pain and soreness after your winter workout day on the slopes. With transparent testing and upfront ingredients, you know you are getting exactly what you need.