Using CBD Before Your Workout: What You Need To Know

It’s really no secret by now that a few drops of high-quality CBD oil placed directly under the tongue in the morning is known to support a whole host of therapeutic health and wellness benefits. From its reported calming properties that help keep occasional stress and tension at bay to its ability to restore mind and body balance while improving focus, the naturally occurring compound is a great addition to any wellness routine. 

With that being said, there’s one benefit of CBD that you may not have considered — and that’s its profound impact on exercise. Many studies have shown that the versatile compound may offer a number of positive effects that have the potential to benefit any fitness fanatic. 

Interested in learning more? We can help! Read on to discover everything you need to know about using CBD before your workout. 

The Beautiful Relationship Between CBD and Exercise 

When you work out, what keeps you from achieving your personal best? In most cases, there’s typically a range of issues that can prevent you from meeting your full potential at the gym — or even getting there in the first place! 

Do you find that you have low energy before your workouts? Are you struggling with aches and pains? Or perhaps it’s your nerves keeping you from performing at your best. Pre-workout jitters? Maybe your physical discomfort from exercise impacts your sleep, causing morning fatigue.

There are many things that could be keeping you from reaching your goals — which is why you might consider an over-the-counter medication to induce sleep or ease pain. However, more often than not, these popular drugs do more harm than good and can hinder your fitness efforts. 

Take OTC melatonin, for example. This popular sleep aid contains synthetic melatonin (the sleep hormone), which is used to promote restful slumber. While useful to get some immediate shut-eye, the most common side effect of taking melatonin is next-day grogginess, drowsiness, and brain fog — not exactly how you want to feel when you have a big workout planned for first thing in the morning! 

Thankfully, chemical-infused medications and supplements are no longer the only remedies for athletes. Today, CBD has taken the world by storm, securing its place as the ultimate holistic approach to healing in the fitness industry— without the unwanted side effects. 

What Is CBD? 

So, what exactly is CBD? 

To keep it short and sweet, CBD stands for cannabidiol — one of the many naturally occurring compounds that can be found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Another active compound of the plant is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. 

While THC is famously known for its psychoactive properties, CBD is a non-psychoactive substance meaning it won’t get you high. 

The majority of CBD products sold in the United States contain hemp plant extracts, which contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. While marijuana plants also produce CBD, marijuana is illegal under U.S. federal law due to its high concentrations of THC — the substance that causes intoxication.  

CBD is available in many different forms, including:

While each form provides its own unique benefits, everyone is different, so we recommend trying each one to see what you like best!

When looking for CBD, be sure to purchase from an honest and reputable company that uses high-quality hemp plant extracts, like Healist! Our pact to you is total transparency, which is why on every Healist product, you’ll find a batch code and QR code that will allow you to view all lab reports so you can see exactly what goes into each and every product. Grounded in science, we’ll never compromise on your well-being or our standards. 

OK — How Can CBD Help Before a Workout? 

To get in a good workout, you need to be in the right mindset. You need to feel energized and ready to give it your all. If you’re looking for that extra edge before hitting the gym, taking CBD oil beforehand just might be what you need to help you feel your best. 

Here are some of the incredible ways CBD can help before your workout:

1. Warms Up the Muscles

When paired with therapeutic essential oils and cooling menthol like our Sport Relief Roll-On Gel, CBD may release muscular tension to help warm up your muscles while promoting a calming sensation in the body as you massage it into sore and achy areas.* It’s important that your muscles are warm before you engage in any exercise, as it can help to reduce muscle soreness and lessen your risk of injury. Using CBD prior to your workout can help shorten the time it takes to get warmed up.* 

2. Supports Sustainable Energy

Nothing is worse than having low energy when trying to tackle a serious workout. However, sometimes it just can’t be helped — which is why many folks often rely on copious amounts of caffeine or other stimulants to get them revved up. 

However, there are many potential drawbacks like dehydration and the often unavoidable post-caffeine crash. What’s more, if you accidentally take a little too much, stimulants can leave you jittery and tense.  

CBD oil blends, like our Well-Being Drops, can support your body holistically, leading to increased sustainable energy throughout the day, without the side effects associated with stimulants.* 

Restore mind and body balance, improve focus, and feel clear-headed throughout the day — all you have to do is place a mild or medium dose of CBD directly under your tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing and wait roughly 30 minutes to see how you feel before taking more.* 

3. Combats Discomfort

Whether you’re a fitness newbie or someone who gets their reps in regularly, you’ll almost always find yourself subject to post-workout soreness. But that doesn’t mean your delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) should determine your entire routine!

Recent research shows that CBD may help speed up recovery, relieving soreness and exercise-induced muscle tension since it’s well known to soothe body discomfort and irritation.* 

Of course, when you’re exercising, and your body starts to protest, it’s important to listen to those signals. However, if you have discomfort from a previous workout and DOMS is hindering your performance in the gym, CBD blends like our Relief Drops just might be what you need to soothe tension and relieve discomfort so you can focus on what matters most — your workout.*  

A powerful blend of organically farmed CBD with active levels of ginger and turmeric oil as well as a custom relief terpene blend created to support your body’s ability to soothe sore and tired muscles and general body discomfort, our Relief Drops are fast-acting, effective, and come with absolutely no side-effects.* What’s not to love? 

A Final Word 

Over the years, CBD has proved to be an incredible holistic approach to wellness that offers unbelievable benefits ranging from discomfort relief to emotional support and just about everything in between. We are just now beginning to see the naturally occurring compound make waves in the fitness industry as an undeniably useful tool to boost athletic performance. 

Whether it’s low energy or muscle soreness that is keeping you from crushing your workout, adding CBD to your routine may help. Not only is the versatile compound a powerful soother with calming effects that may help ease overall body discomfort, but CBD can support your body holistically, leading to increased feelings of energy, focus, and concentration.* 

Plus, unlike stimulants which are commonly found in pre-workout supplements, CBD doesn’t come with the long list of uncomfortable side effects like the jitters, shakes, or dreaded post-caffeine energy crash. 

When searching for CBD to support you on your fitness journey, it’s important to purchase from an honest and reputable company that can provide you with lab reports so you can ensure that you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for. 

Here at Healist, we conduct all testing through a third-party, independent, ISO-accredited pharmaceutical-grade lab — and we provide all the lab reports so you know that you’re getting the best of the best and can feel good about your purchase. 

Transparency you can trust across every ingredient, every claim, and every action— our ethos is simple: always 100% clean and natural ingredients, always 100% benefit-focused products. Don’t settle for anything less, defend your wellness and make Healist a part of your fitness routine today!

 

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Aerobic exercise: How to warm up and cool down | MayoClinic

Cannabis sativa: The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules | NCBI

Melatonin: What You Need To Know | NCCIH

Cannabidiol and Sports Performance: a Narrative Review of Relevant Evidence and Recommendations for Future Research | NCBI

Why do I feel pain after exercise? | NHS