“No Pain, No Gain.” We have all heard it, and maybe it is true. With the growing use of CBD for muscle pain and soreness, perhaps we can now have more gain with less pain. So, whether you are a looking to get in shape in the New Year, a currently committed workout champ or a professional athlete, you may want to consider the benefits of CBD.
When you work out, you are going to experience some form of pain and soreness. It is one of those balance things that everyone needs to figure out for themselves. What we do know is that exercise is an important to remaining healthy and happy–tons of studies show this.
The drawback personally is the associated sore muscles and discomfort. Think about leg day, if you lift weights, ugh–it can be just the worst.
But when does pain become less gain and actually counterproductive? Let’s take a look at a few fast facts about where physical pain comes from.
Facts About Physical Pain
• Pain can be acute (present in a short but intense degree) or chronic (persisting for a long time or constantly recurring).
• Pain results from damage to tissues, nerves, and the musculoskeletal system.
• Pain is part of the body’s defense system and warns us to take action to prevent more damage.
• Related to pain is inflammation, one of the body’s ways of fighting things that are harming it.
• Chronic inflammation happens when this response to the pain lingers. This non-resolved issue can have a long term negative impact on your body.
• Interestingly, pain is one of the symptoms of chronic inflammation. See how your body brought it all back around like that?
Pain, Inflammation, and Punching Yourself in the Face
As you can see a major cause of pain is inflammation. Sure, you drop a brick on your foot, that’s pain. Bang. Cause and effect.
What is not so obvious is that pain or soreness that occurs with no apparent reason. That is most likely inflammation, unless of course you are punching yourself in the face and just not realizing it.
Inflammation is one of the body’s way to protect us and let us know that something is wrong. However, when short-term inflammation becomes long-term, this warning system becomes something different entirely. Chronic inflammation, untreated, begins to have a negative effect on your body.
The problem is that most people just chalk up this chronic inflammation and its resulting chronic pain and soreness as just something to deal with. Maybe we accept this because we are getting older or that we are active, whether as a weekend warrior or in many cases a professional athlete.
Why Should you Consider CBD for Muscle Pain and Soreness?
What is amazing is the benefits of CBD for muscle pain and soreness. Specifically for the pain and soreness caused by chronic inflammation. Sorry, if you drop a brick on your foot, CBD might be able to help, but you still dropped a brick on your foot. Try to be more careful. Maybe you just need a better night’s sleep? If that is the case you can explore CBD’s effect on insomnia.
In a recent interview with Dr. Sarah Brewer, Cambridge Doctor, about CBD and pain, she stated, “CBD oil is one of the most helpful supplements to become available in a long time. It is highly antioxidant so has anti-inflammatory effects on joints, to improve pain and stiffness. CBD also has an analgesic effect to reduce pain perception in the brain.”
Studies have found CBD to be beneficial in treating pain from:
• Multiple sclerosis
• Chronic pain and inflammation
Professional Athletes and the Benefits of CBD for Them
OK. You might be in pain after your Friday workout, or perhaps you are just achy getting out of bed this morning. Either way, you might want to consider the benefits of CBD for your temporary or chronic pains and soreness. It might be inflammation which can lead to other problems in left untreated.
But what about professional athletes, those who put their body on the line every Sunday (or whenever sports happens). That seems like a “next level” type of problem. I mean seriously, these guys really put themselves out there physically. These are stressful and often life threatening situations.
In 2016, NFL lineman, Eugene Monroe, became the first professional athlete to come out in support of CBD. Shortly after, he was joined by NFL Linebacker, Derrick Morgan. NFL players like Monroe and Morgan are concerned about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is the neurodegenerative disease that has been discovered in the brain of many deceased NFL players. Additionally, both are concerned about the addictive nature of the industry-standard prescribed pain medications.
Since 2016, many more athletes have come out in favor of the benefits of CBD. CBD’s impressive roster of athletic supporters includes: former NFL Defensive End Marvin Washington who has become a CBD ambassador; UFC Fighter Yair Rodriguez who touts that CBD oil has helped him recover between trainings; UFC Fighter Nate Diaz who created controversy when he publicly vaped CBD at a press conference; former NFL Quarterback Jake Plummer who thanks CBD for handling his inflammation, headaches and pain; and former NFL Left Tackle Kyle Turley who has been helped so much physically and emotionally by CBD that he is quoted as saying, “CBD can save football.”
Getting CBD Accepted
In 2013, a Washington Post online survey of 500 retired professional football players found that nine in 10 retired NFL players report suffering from daily aches and pains. Of those players, 91 percent of them connect most, if not all, of their pains to their time on the field. Sure that is obvious, but after they retired from the game, the issue is more likely one of chronic inflammation, not getting sacked last Sunday.
At the beginning of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed cannabiniol (CBD) from its list of banned substances. Then, in June of 2018, basketball’s BIG3 became the first professional sports league in the nation to allow its athletes to use CBD. Now that the passage of the Farm Bill has officially removed hemp and CBD from the illicit substance list, it should be easier for other professional sports organizations like the NBA, NFL and NHL to follow suit.
Advantages of CBD Over Other Pain-Relief Solutions
One of the huge advantages of CBD over other standard pain treatments is safety. WebMD lists the following side effects for opioids which are commonly used to treat pain:
• Anxiety and Irritability
• Muscle pain
• Addiction (this is really the big one)
In fact, according to a report by the National Institute of Health (NIH), every day, more than 130 people in the U.S. die from opioid overdose. It is a serious national crisis that affects our economy and public health.
Many athletes view CBD as a safe alternative to opioids and other pain relieving medications that are traditionally used by sports team doctors. And with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimating that 50 million Americans have chronic pain, there are a lot more people that need help as well.
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