CBD has definitely had its time to shine in recent years. It now comes in many forms from capsules, to tinctures to skincare – there are even CBD beers. But have you considered its place in the world of running?
Cannabidiol, unlike its psychoactive counterpart cannabinoid (THC), doesn’t get you high and has no mind-altering properties, but it has been proven to alleviate pain and anxiety.
CBD can be used to aid your running routine, whether you’re a part-time jogger or a marathon runner – here’s how CBD can really help.
Reduces inflammation in injuries
From sprained ankles to shin splints, CBD is great at reducing inflammation from injuries old or new. The body contains a system called the endocannabinoid system which regulates our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system functions. It also produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. CBD binds to receptors known to mediate pain and reduce inflammation, making downtime a lot shorter.
Helps us to feel happy
Similar to the cannabinoid receptors, CBD can affect the brain’s receptors for serotonin – the receptors that control our mood and pleasure. This means CBD can help lift our mood, help with anxiety and depression, but can also help aid the brain’s ability to manage pain.
Can be used as a post-run recovery remedy
Whilst many of the Synerva products can be used to aid recovery, the new CBD Muscle and Joint Cream has been specifically designed to help aches and pains that occur after exercise. Along with 200mg of CBD, the new cream contains arnica which has the same effect as ibuprofen gel, with a more natural approach. Applied topically after a run, the cream helps soothe achy joints and has a fresh menthol scent for that cool tingling feeling.
Getting those Zs
You’re bound to feel anxious the night before a big run, be it your first park run or a marathon you’ve been training all year for, and this can hugely impact your sleep. We all know the importance of getting enough sleep in order for our body to perform at its best, especially when we plan on putting it through its paces come the morning. A few drops of CBD oil or capsules in the run up to the big day can help put your mind at ease and gently encourage a deep slumber to make sure you’re match fit. In addition, getting a good night’s sleep can be crucial in helping your body to recover and aiding muscles to repair.
Keeping cramp at bay
Due to its anti-spasmodic properties, CBD can help with those annoying bouts of mid-run cramp. Relaxing your muscles and also helping with the pain that comes after a particularly bad cramp, CBD topical cream can be the saving grace in getting you back on the horse.
A natural alternative to painkillers
We all know the annoying twinges and pains that are part and parcel of running, along with long-standing injuries, but treating them with painkillers every time you go for a run can be damaging on the kidneys. CBD is a great alternative to painkillers as it is completely natural, making it a safer product to use more regularly.
Please do get in touch with any questions or queries you may have about how CBD can help you on your running journey. We’re here to help, advise and support you to find the right CBD for you.