There’s a lot of buzz about CBD, no pun intended. But is it good for runners? Does it actually relieve pain? We answer these questions and more.
CBD is everywhere. Coffee shops offer CBD shots, bakeries bake it into your favorite muffins and people with everything from joint pain to anxiety are raving about it across social media platforms. But is it all hype or does it have a pain-free leg to stand on? Let’s dive into the ins and outs of CBD and what you, as a runner who wants to alleviate inflammation and neutralize pain, can expect from the heavily-touted cure-all.
Have a specific question about CBD? Use the links below to navigate this article:
- Will CBD Make Me Feel High and Is It Addictive?
- Does CBD Work?
- Are CBD Topicals Legal?
- Is CBD Good for Runners/Athletes?
- Does CBD Help With Foot Pain?
- Does CBD Help With Muscle & Joint Pain?
Always check with your doctor before using CBD products, especially if you’re on medication.
Will CBD Make Me Feel High? Will I Get Addicted?
In a word, no. THC (found in marijuana) is psychoactive, but CBD isn’t. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, won’t make you feel euphoric, out of it, or ‘high.’ It’s derived directly from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant. The World Health Organization confirmed that CBD does not exhibit effects that indicate any level of abuse or dependence potential. Good news!
Does CBD Work?
You’ll see ample anecdotal evidence online touting the benefits of CBD, but it’s relatively uncharted territory still. But if you’re looking for a natural pain-reliever – and you’ve been cleared by your doctor – you might find that CBD was exactly what you’ve been looking for. We tested a number of CBD products that we felt would benefit our running family and CBDMEDIC was hands down our favorite brand. Read to learn more about the benefits of CBD, how it helps alleviate foot pain, and how to use it to lessen muscle and joint inflammation.
Are CBD Topicals Legal?
You can breathe a sigh of pain-free relief because yes, CBD topicals are legal. It’s legal to purchase and use hemp-derived CBD in all 50 states.
Is CBD Good for Runners/Athletes?
Did you know that muscle and joint pain is common among the estimated 30 million teenagers and adults participating in organized and professional sports? If you’re a runner, this stat will come as no surprise. You’ve likely experienced the unwelcome twinge of pain from a long run in ill-fitting shoes or an attempt to come back from injury too quickly. A 2016 study found that topical CBD application has therapeutic potential to relieve inflammation. Relief for tired angry joints and muscles? Yes, please!
Which CBD Product for Runners Should I Try?
Looking for a CBD option to support your active lifestyle?
CBDMEDIC’s Active Sport Muscle and Joint Sport Stick has the following benefits:
- It blends Camphor, Menthol, and cannabinoid-rich THC-free hemp extract to help manage pain
- It absorbs easily and quickly for long-lasting, mess-free relief
CBDMEDIC’s Active Sport Muscle and Joint Sport Stick Review
Jenna Waldschmidt, assistant product manager of merchandising at Road Runner Sports, had this to say about CBDMedic’s Active Sport Muscle and Joint Sport Stick:
“After my 50k trail race on rocky terrain, I knew my chronic knee inflammation would be an issue after I finished. After applying the CBDMEDIC Active Sport Muscle & Joint Sport Stick, I felt instantaneous relief. My muscles were able to recover faster. That same day I was still able to chase after my 1-year-old without any pain!”
Does CBD Help with Foot Pain?
In an AMPA study, 77% of US adults said they’ve experienced foot pain. But only a third of the study participants sought expert care from a podiatrist. Yikes. An additional study found that more than two-thirds of those experiencing foot pain turned to over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief products for pain management. If you’d prefer to avoid OTC medicines, CBD might be just what you’re looking for to help alleviate foot pain from running.
What’s the Best CBD Product Option for Foot Pain?
Our team chose CBDMEDIC’s Foot Pain Deep Rub Ointment because:
- It eases foot pain and penetrates to the source of pain
- Combines naturally-derived FDA monographs, active ingredient – Camphor 10% and Menthol 15% (External Analgesic) with cannabinoid-rich THC-free hemp extract, essential oils and natural emollients to speed absorption
- The proprietary formula is designed to reduce pain in feet and ankles
CBDMEDIC’s Foot Pain Deep Rub Ointment Review
Shelly Whitechurch, merchandising product manager at Road Runner Sports, favors CBDMEDIC’s Foot Pain Deep Rub Ointment for foot pain relief:
“This is my favorite product! After a run, working in the yard, or playing at the beach, I rub it into my feet (and hands) then pull on socks and sit back and let the pain relief begin.”
Does CBD Help with Muscle and Joint Pain?
One in every four Americans has suffered from pain that lasts longer than a day, and millions more suffer from acute pain. Did you know that chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability? So whether you’re a runner or someone trying to manage daily pain, you’re probably chomping at the bit for absolutely anything that can help you alleviate muscle and joint pain.
What’s an Easy-To-Use CBD Product for Muscle and Joint Pain?
We like CBDMEDIC’s Muscle & Joint Medicated Pain Spray because:
- It offers pain relief from minor muscle aches to sore muscles
- It’s a great on-the-go option that isn’t messy or sticky
- Combines naturally-derived FDA monographs, active ingredients – Camphor 10% and Menthol 15% (External Analgesic) with cannabinoid-rich THC-free hemp extract, essential oils and natural emollients to speed absorption
CBDMEDIC’s Muscle & Joint Medicated Pain Spray Review
Shannon Barnhardt, senior product manager of accessories at Road Runner Sports, especially enjoyed the quick, mess-free pain relief provided by CBDMEDIC’s Muscle & Joint Medicated Pain Spray:
“I am a big instant gratification person and this is by far the easiest product to use on-the-go. It’s not oily at all. It takes seconds to dry on my skin and feel the menthol penetrating my muscles before, during and after a long run. There’s a stronger smell from the spray than the salves, but that’s fine with me. I love the smell of peppermint – it’s known to help boost energy (great for workouts!).”
Have you tried CBD for pain relief? We want to know! Share your experience in the comments. And here’s to pain-free running.