Working Out with Weed: Using Healthy Edibles for Post-Workout Recovery- By Heather Burton
When you get home from a CrossFit training session or an intense HIIT class, you know your muscles will slowly tense up, the stiffness will creep in, and the inevitable muscle soreness will take over. Even after you refuel and rehydrate, you know it’s comin’ (oh, the burn!).
We know there is a new cure-all magical elixir every week when it comes to sports supplement, and as of right now cannabis seems to be the all-star player.
While there are hundreds of phytocannabinoids that make up the cannabis plant, the two most widely studied are non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol), and euphoria-enhancing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
We understand the wide world of cannabis and health supplements can be confusing and even intimidating. Not to worry, we’ve got your back. We’re going to cover how edibles can enhance your workout, what makes an edible healthy, as well as how to use edibles in your post-workout recovery.
Edibles Can Enhance Your Workout
You may be asking yourself why edibles? We know there are many methods of consumption regarding cannabis, but consuming edibles proves to be one of the best athlete-friendly options compared to smoking.
Also, the effects of cannabis edibles last much longer and treat the entire body as opposed to topical products like balms.
Consuming an edible a few hours before you workout can give you the extra push you need to get through those last steps, and it can also help you tolerate the well known discomfort that often accompanies a good workout.
Even though there is no scientific evidence that backs up claims that edibles can enhance your workout, athletes and home-gym heros report many positive effects like an increase in agility, a decrease in stress, and may even help you get to a state of energizing hyper-awareness.
What Makes A Healthy Edible?
We hate to break it to you, but if you are using edibles to boost your workout or recovery on a daily basis, you won’t be able to chow-down on chocolate confections and carb-alicious baked goods.
Not to worry! We’d never bring you down without bringing you back up! There is a very small edible makes ( us included) that specialize in vegan cannabis edibles.
You need healthy fats, and a certain amount of carbs to refuel. Incorporating therapeutic cannabinoids like CBD and THC that can reduce swelling, physical tension, and mental chatter make for a well-rounded approach to healing after working out.
Easing Post-Workout Pain the Tasty Way
Chowing down on a canna-infused edible can help you recover faster because it effectively makes delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) much more bearable. This means you’ll feel better faster, and hit the gym quicker than you would have if you didn’t incorporate cannabis.
Cannabis most definitely alleviates physical aches and pains, reduces long-term pain, and reduces inflammation.
Munching on a THC and CBD infused protein bar over popping over the counter ibuprofen is much safe and easier on organs like your kidney and liver.
Long-term use of NSAIDs (Advil etc.) can cause serious damage to these organs. Put the pill bottles away in favor of a much more flavorful way to heal post-workout.
In A Nutshell
Eating an edible post-workout can be extremely beneficial in post-workout recovery. Opt for a vegan bar, or a snack with coconut.
Because cannabinoids like THC and CBD will affect everyone uniquely, you may have to do some experimentation in the beginning to figure out your ideal dosage.
Edibles can take between one to two hours before they take effect and they can between six and eight ours.
Start with small dose and a low-impact workout. Start low and go slow is the motto when anyone begins their cannabinoid journey.