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How CBD can help Soothe Sore Muscles

Sep 11, 2020 by Allie Baker
Female Athlete

By Allie Baker

One of the many perks of CBD is that it supports post-workout recovery. Whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, or you’re crushing home workouts, your recovery routine is key to your success. When you properly care for your muscles, you can improve your athletic performance and help form new lean muscle.

We’re diving deeper into the science behind CBD and how exactly it soothes sore muscles and aids in your recovery.

Male Athlete Stretching

First...why are your muscles sore post-workout?
When you exercise, you’re putting stress on your muscles, which causes microscopic tears to the muscle fibers. The muscles then become inflamed, which triggers your immune system to kick in and repair the damage. This can lead to soreness and stiffness, but it also helps your body build new, stronger muscles. Your body is designed to heal itself — CBD may simply give you an assist!  


1. Inflammation
Muscle damage from exercise triggers inflammation in the body, and this can lead to sore muscles. CBD is thought to help decrease inflammation by balancing the endocannabinoid system. The ECS is a cell-signaling system where endocannabinoids bind to receptors throughout the body. (You can learn more about it here.) The ECS regulates inflammation and pain, and CBD helps enhance and stimulate this system1.

Male Athlete Pain Points

2. Pain
CBD may help ease post-workout pain, so you can recover faster and feel more comfortable on your rest days. Research shows that CBD can help inhibit pain transmission in the spinal cord and brain and lower sensitivity to pain in receptors throughout the body2, 3.

Female Waking Stretching

3. Sleep
Rest is essential for recovery. When we sleep, our bodies repair damaged muscle tissues and produce muscle-building hormones4. Research shows that CBD may help increase total sleep time and improve the ability to fall asleep because it positively impacts the endocannabinoid system5, 6. In another study, sleep scores improved in 66 percent of participants when they took CBD before bed7. Bottom line: better sleep leads to stronger, more relaxed muscles.

Add these to your recovery routine:
ALTWELL Sports Balm: Apply generously to sore muscles
ALTWELL Plant-Based Protein Powder: Add it to your smoothies and protein pancakes or mix it with water or almond milk
ALTWELL Sleep Gummies: Take one 15 - 30 minutes before bedtime for your best rest