1. To alleviate chronic pain
Certain CBD products, including softgels, topical creams, and epsom salts, promise relief from aches like lower back pain or injury.
2. As an ibuprofen alternative
Popping an ibuprofen or Advil is a common practice for many athletes after a hard race or rough-and-tumble sports game. Lately, CBD oral softgels been touted as more natural form of relief for minor aches and pains, too.
3. For routine recovery
Studies do show that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and can help individuals fall asleep, which accelerates the entire recuperating process. This is the idea behind products like CBD-enhanced protein powder. Pat Haymaker, 32, takes a CBD-infused gummy after a tough workout to enhance what he’s already doing to recover: “[CBD] helps relax my muscles so I can foam roll even deeper, and work out the kinks while ignoring the pain a bit more.”
4. To reduce game-day stress
This might be the area with the most encouraging evidence, says Bonn-Miller—studies performed with actual human subjects (not rats) have shown that it has some anxiety-reducing properties. Emphasis on “some,” though.