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The best ways to take CBD to boost your workout



CBD is thought to aid recovery and as a result improve performance

Research is rife around the use of cannabis based products in the treatment of pain and various ailments, but what’s the best way to use CBD to aid recovery and maximise your workout?

Many people take to exercise, be it a light walk or extreme sports for the feeling it gives them. That rush of endorphins you get when you heart rate increases, adrenaline flows and you see your results improving can be quickly shifted when it comes to recovering from your session.

Every sportsperson knows that making sure your body is fuelled with the proper nutrition and supplements is key to both performance and recovery, so where does CBD come in?

Being natural and non-toxic, athletes of all levels are starting to turn to the often misunderstood remedy in a variety of forms to support their activity. And now a study claims to have reached a level of purity in its products that are completely free of THC (the psychoactive compound of cannabis), even elite professionals are able to experience the benefits without concern for violating doping regulations.

With its known relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is seemingly perfect to help your body post-exercise. From relaxing muscles, relieving pain, improving your mood and even aiding sleep, there are plenty of boxes that can be ticked – but what is the best way to use/take it?

There are so many products available on the market that it could be difficult to choose what is best in terms of how it is used/taken, and the speed of results.

Oils and tinctures

Oils and tinctures usually have the quickest results and are the easiest to take – popping a few drops under your tongue to increase energy levels during training, and giving a boost of energy before a workout. They can also be added to your favourite food and drinks for a longer lasting boost throughout your workout, and to aid sleep by providing relief from tight muscles and joint pain.


Topicals such as muscle rubs and balms are the most practical and direct solutions when it comes to sport, as they can be applied directly to the area needed for more targeted effectiveness. These topicals come in a range of varieties including moisturisers and essential oils so can even be used alongside massage techniques to support relaxation after a hard workout.

Protein powder

Protein powder is the go-to for every results-driven athlete or gym-goer but did you know that you can now get CBD infused powder? The supplement can easily be added to your daily diet or exercise routine to get the usual benefits of CBD alongside those of protein such as building strong muscles, promoting recovery and even potentially supporting diet.

Gummies and edibles

If drinking, shaking or rubbing in CBD isn’t for you, turn to a sweet treat with CBD gummies. Usually containing a lower dosage than other methods of consumption, these edibles are the perfect way to receive the same benefits in a tastier fashion as most contain different additives such as melatonin and turmeric. Not only pleasing to the tastebuds, as CBD gummies come in a myriad of colours, they’re also a treat for the eyes.


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