See Why CBD Is The Go-to For Natural Pain Relief
CBD, or to use its scientific moniker cannabidiol, is gathering attention as a post-workout recovery aid to relieve muscle tension and pain.
Although a range of CBD products exists, topical CBD delivery will likely be the most effective therapeutic approach if your concern is tense and sore muscles.
Continue reading to find out about the potential benefits of CBD for pain relief and how this potent hemp product can help overworked muscles relax and recover.
CBD for muscle recovery and pain relief
Even among fit individuals, it’s common for muscles to feel sore and tense following a challenging workout. The definition of challenging may vary from person to person, but the underlying reason for tension and pain is universal. Essentially, it’s the body’s repair response to the inflamed and damaged muscle fibres that occur with exercise.
CBD can help alleviate inflammation and pain, no matter the cause. These effects were confirmed in a 2018 review of high-quality research. In both human and animal studies, CBD exerted neuroprotective, antioxidative, and anti-inflammatory effects.
” If you’ve suffered a sporting injury, the tension in the surrounding areas increases the pain. Doctors may prescribe potent benzodiazepines like Valium as muscle relaxants to alleviate the tightness. “
How CBD could help you recover after a workout
There is copious, continually expanding scientific evidence that highlights the therapeutic effects of CBD. But what about specifically to help post-workout recovery? Let’s look at the role CBD plays.
CBD can ease tense muscles
Even skilled athletes may experience delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS, which is characterised by tense muscles.
If you’ve suffered a sporting injury, the tension in the surrounding areas increases the pain. Doctors may prescribe potent benzodiazepines like Valium as muscle relaxants to alleviate the tightness.
These medications target the GABA receptors of the central nervous system that regulate muscle contraction and relaxation. Cannabinoids, including CBD, have comparable effects on the GABA receptors as benzodiazepines but with no risk of severe side effects or impact on athletic performance.
CBD can alleviate pain
Alongside muscle tension, pain, and soreness are other issues that can plague athletes. Both anecdotal and clinical research point to CBD as a potent pain reliever.
In a substantial review published in 2018, scientists looked at 132 studies of pain and mobility in people with multiple sclerosis and found that CBD helped decrease pain and inflammation.
CBD can also help with back pain, a frequent finding in people who play sports. In a 2020 review, CBD topical cream provided significant symptom and pain relief in chronic and acute back pain.
The pain-relieving effects of CBD may support skeletal pain, muscle injuries and improve comfort levels. Together this could mean a faster return to regular exercising and a reduced impact on athletic performance.
CBD may reduce inflammation
Post-workout inflammation and pain go hand-in-hand, and CBD can help reduce both.
Controversy still surrounds the role of inflammation in the recovery process. Inflammation increases blood flow to an area, delivering oxygen and nutrients to damaged muscle fibres and clearing away metabolic waste such as lactic acid.
Inflammatory markers stimulate the muscles stem or satellite cells, encouraging them to turn into new muscle fibres.
However, the inflammatory process can affect more extensive areas of muscle than strictly necessary, leading to slower recovery. Athletes may use anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen or ice in an attempt to limit the bodies overly enthusiastic inflammatory response.
CBD inhibits many inflammatory cytokines but may not negatively affect the markers that trigger satellite cells. Potentially, CBD can down-regulate the damaging and excessive inflammation without compromising the recovery of muscle fibres, meaning more efficient and faster recovery.
” Sleep is essential for many aspects of health, including muscle recovery. As you sleep, the body removes damaged proteins and cellular debris and stimulates stem cells to create new protein in the form of muscle fibres. “
CBD can improve sleep quality and duration
Sleep is essential for many aspects of health, including muscle recovery. As you sleep, the body removes damaged proteins and cellular debris and stimulates stem cells to create new protein in the form of muscle fibres.
If you don’t get enough sleep, it can negatively affect exercise recovery. Poor quality sleep can lead to lower levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is needed to trigger satellite cells and can increase cortisol which impacts protein synthesis. It may also reduce testosterone which is a hormone involved in muscle recovery of both men and women.
A cannabis-based medicine using a combination of CBD and THC has repeatedly demonstrated an improvement in the quality and duration of sleep. Similar research in animal studies found that CBD increases total sleep time and ease of falling asleep.
Overall, research shows that CBD inhibits specific inflammatory molecules, thereby shortening recovery time after exercise and alleviating tension in the tissues. It can also boost sleep allowing the body to recover better.
These findings underscore the use of CBD as a muscle relaxer and that people could opt for CBD for back pain relief rather than turning to pharmaceutical alternatives.
” Topicals are absorbed quickly and easily. They provide immediate relief because they target the problem area and deliver direct benefits without diffusing through the body. “
How does CBD muscle balm work?
CBD topicals are infused with CBD. They include balms, roll-ons, sticks, and creams, applied externally to the area of discomfort. Once absorbed, the CBD can interact with the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) situated in the skin.
The ECS regulates homeostasis or balance within the body and ensures the proper regulation of many bodily processes. CBD can function as a regulator of the ECS because it resembles the endocannabinoids your body naturally produces.
CBD binds to receptors involved in regulating pain and inflammation, subsequently exerting therapeutic effects.
Topicals are absorbed quickly and easily. They provide immediate relief because they target the problem area and deliver direct benefits without diffusing through the body.
Can you use oral and topical CBD together?
CBD topicals have low bioavailability, meaning that the cannabidiol molecules typically do not penetrate the skin’s barrier and reach the bloodstream. Instead, the CBD remains local to the application site, acting to relieve discomfort in the joints or muscles or revitalising distressed skin.
Many people choose to use multiple CBD products simultaneously to achieve their wellness goals. The key is to experiment and determine which combination of products works best for your needs.
” Many people choose to use multiple CBD products simultaneously to achieve their wellness goals. The key is to experiment and determine which combination of products works best for your needs. “
How to use CBD as a muscle relaxer
Using a CBD topical is a self-care practice that could bring sore muscles and joints instant relief. There are several convenient options available:
- Heating CBD roll-ons that combine the powers of tea tree oil, ginseng, and broad-spectrum CBD to increase circulation and penetrate deep into the tissue.
- Cooling CBD roll-ons that draw upon the cooling properties of mental crystals and soothing broad-spectrum CBD to target pain and inflammation.
- CBD relief wraps provide up to 12 hours of instant relief from muscular or joint-related aches and pains.
- Hemp oil pain sticks that provide powerful relief in an easy-to-use twist bottom applicator.
CBD topicals are an intelligent way to alleviate localised aches and pains and an alternative way to enjoy hemp products’ therapeutic effects.
The New Favourite Way To Ingest Tasty CBD
With the rise in functional food, CBD tea is leading the way in natural wellness.
Tea is a ubiquitous part of everyday British life. For centuries, people have enjoyed the traditional calming qualities of tea produced from either Camellia sinensis, in the case of black and green teas, or from herbs and healing plants.
Pairing tea with CBD elevates this liquid refreshment to a role beyond solely quenching thirst. Wellness teas and CBD create a natural synergy. There are thousands of years of research and evidence to underpin tea and herbal infusions as tonics for stress and purveyors of long-term health benefits, but what about CBD tea?
CBD tea serves as a functional drink to soothe raw nerves and provide stress relief and relaxation. Consider this infusion as part of a calming ritual to prepare the mind and body for meditation, rest, or to pre-empt a pressurised day.
At Purity Hemp, we formulate balanced blends of tea containing cold-press extraction, full hemp flower CBD, Cannabis sativa leaf fibre, and a range of botanicals with both the therapeutic effect and flavour profile in mind.
CBD exerts its health benefits through a complex cell signalling network called the endocannabinoid system.
” CBD tea serves as a functional drink to soothe raw nerves and provide stress relief and relaxation. Consider this infusion as part of a calming ritual to prepare the mind and body for meditation, rest, or to pre-empt a pressurised day. “
Why is the endocannabinoid system critical for health?
Each person is born with an endocannabinoid system (ECS) whether or not you’ve ever used cannabis. This complex system is spread throughout the body and helps maintain critical homeostasis.
The ECS consists of endocannabinoids that interact with receptors and are broken down by enzymes once they have exerted their therapeutic effect. The ECS can utilise cannabinoids from external sources to interact with and support its processes, thereby helping the body remain balanced and healthy.
To better understand how our exquisite full-spectrum CBD teas could relax or invigorate you, let’s further explore the elements that contribute to Purity Hemp’s healing plant teas.
” To better understand how our exquisite full-spectrum CBD teas could relax or invigorate you, let’s further explore the elements that contribute to Purity Hemp’s healing plant teas. “
The Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids
Non-psychoactive cannabinoids are molecules derived from hemp plants that do not intoxicate and cause the euphoric high typically associated with THC-containing cannabis.
Although CBD and THC are the most well-known of these compounds, the world of cannabinoids is much larger. In fact, the hemp plant contains over 100 cannabinoids with unique health benefits that can have a synergy when combined, known as the entourage effect. For this reason, full-spectrum products are superior to isolated CBD extracts.
Purity Hemp’s range of teas contain:
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
- Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVA)
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
CBD or cannabinol is the second major cannabidiol in the cannabis plant after THC and is currently the most researched cannabinoid.
CBD has no intoxicating effects meaning that people can safely use this compound therapeutically without experiencing mind-altering effects.
Research underscores CBD’s potential uses for:
- anxiety and stress
- certain skin conditions
Hemp plants naturally contain lower CBD levels and higher levels of CBDA, or cannabidiolic acid, the precursor of CBD. Our tea contains less than 0.0005 mg/g CBD.
Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
The stems, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant produce CBDA, which can be converted into CBD.
CBD and CBDA have closely related chemical structures and effects, although research hasn’t focused as prominently on the latter. Studies are currently looking at how we can use CBDA to treat nausea and some types of cancer.
Our tea contains 0.6864 mg/g CBDA which is 0.9917 mg per teabag.
Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVA) and Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVA) is the precursor to Cannabidivarin, or CBDV. At first glance, CBDV appears identical to CBD. However, the molecular basis differs in that CBD has a pentyl chain, and CBDV carries a propyl chain.
Preliminary research shows CPBDV has the potential for medical applications in people with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease, due to its anticonvulsant effects and ability to reduce the duration of seizures.
Our tea contains 1.4012 mg/g and 2.0245 mg per tea bag of CBDVA and less than 0.0005 mg/g CBDV.
” CBD or cannabinol is the second major cannabidiol in the cannabis plant after THC and is currently the most researched cannabinoid. “
CBG, or cannabigerol, is non-psychoactive that shows promise in numerous therapeutic areas. It’s the precursor to CBD and THC and can boost the effects of other cannabinoids.
Our tea contains less than 0.0005 mg/g CBG. Most hemp strains have low CBG levels, but it still plays a valuable role. Through interaction with both types of ECS receptors, CB1 and CB2, it promotes dopamine production, positively affecting mood and natural sleep.
The Psychoactive Cannabinoids
Typically, CBD and its counterparts are considered non-psychoactive. Conversely, THC compounds are regarded as psychoactive, thereby having the ability to change cognition.
In accordance with both UK and USA FSA regulations, Purity Hemp’s CBD products contain no more than 0.2% THC.
You’ll find the following THC compounds listed on our Harmony tea certificate of analysis:
- Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at less than 0.0005 mg/g
- Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) at less than 0.0005 mg/g
- Tetrahydrocannabivarinic acid (THCVA) at less than 0.0005 mg/g
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) at less than 0.0005 mg/g
The THC in Purity Hemp’s tea is found at only trace levels and can exert no appreciable effects. However, you may question the presence of one compound that appears that slightly higher levels—delta-8 THC.
Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-8 THC, appears in Purity Hemp’s tea at levels of 0.3071 mg/g, which is 0.4437 mg per teabag. These levels fall below the permitted threshold and are not strong enough to cause intoxicating effects.
Delta-8 THC is structurally similar to delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, which most people consider the typical THC molecule, although its effects are more akin to CBD.
Delta-8 THC can produce a high but is much less psychotropic, around one-half less, than its more common counterpart. Users report that it is refreshing, relaxing, and clarifying.
Like many cannabinoids, it shows promise for its therapeutic properties, including as an appetite stimulant and nausea suppressive, painkiller, and neuroprotector.
Purity Hemp uses full-spectrum CBD without removing all traces of THC. Research suggests that CBD is more powerful when multiple plant compounds and cannabinoids can work together, synergistically via the entourage effect.
Why choose Purity Hemp’s CBD tea?
CBD can soothe away anxiety and stress, leaving you feeling calm and energised. Our CBD teas help ease you into the ideal state of mind, with a natural marriage of relaxing and invigorating botanicals.
At Purity Hemp, we value traceability and transparency. All our products are made with safe and regulated processes, without synthetic pesticides and harmful chemicals. Strict laboratory testing ensures we meet the highest standards, from seed to shelf.
Try one of Purity Hemp’s healing teas and discover a delicious way to benefit your body and mind.
Author Zia Sherrell
Zia is a digital health journalist and content creator with over a decade of experience covering diverse topics from public health to medical cannabis, nutrition, and biomedical science. She has written for Medical News Today, NetDoctor, and Insider, among other publications.
Her mission is to empower and educate people by bringing health matters to life with engaging, evidence-based writing. By reaching a wide audience, Zia hopes to help people understand the wonders of health and wellness so that they can become advocates for their own wellbeing.
Zia has worked in the healthcare industry as a researcher, clinical data manager, and clinical trial monitor. She pivoted into freelance writing and now works as a health copywriter, and contributing writer to well-known publications worldwide. When she isn’t at the computer, she enjoys travelling and chasing after her dogs and horses.
The bottle that you receive when you buy drops doesn’t just have CBD in it. The CBD is combined with another natural, organic substance called a carrier oil. This is done for a number of reasons; CBD after extraction is highly concentrated, so the oil helps dilute it. This dilution in turn then makes it easier for you to manage your dosage, makes it easier to ingest, and helps your body to break the CBD down and digest it.
There is a range of carrier oils, including coconut, sunflower, and olive, but the two most popular are hemp and MCT.
Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, is one of the most common carrier choices since it is made from the same plant as CBD (CBD comes from the plant’s flower). It is slightly green and has a herby or nutty flavour.
Hemp oil has a range of potential health benefits. It contains the ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, the former being anti-inflammatory and the latter being good for your heart and body. It’s a good source of fibre, has high antioxidant levels (which is good for your heart and may help lower your risk of infections), and contains magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, all of which are important for keeping healthy. It also helps to reduce sebum, excessive amounts of which is the main cause of acne.
MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil (but be aware of labels that just read “coconut oil” – this is not the same!), and is another popular carrier choice. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) present in the oil are a type of fatty acid that breaks down quickly, making it – and the CBD it carries – quicker for the body to absorb. This speed allows the body to absorb a higher percentage of CBD via this method than with other oils.
MCT oil is thin and almost flavourless and takes longer to go off than other oils. It also doesn’t need to be processed chemically, meaning it is often cheaper. However, it’s the quick and high concentration absorption that makes this choice a favourite of athletes.
Both options have their benefits, so we feel like the choice should be yours. That is why we are one of the only UK brands to offer you the option when it comes to buying your CBD oil.