Benefits of Topical CBD for Athletes

June 14, 2018

You may be familiar with CBD products that you can eat, vape, dab, and absorb under the tongue, but did you know that not all CBD products have to be ingested?

Athletes of all levels have started to discover how incorporating CBD products into their training regimen can help boost peak performance and facilitate recovery. You’ve likely heard about UFC athletes that vape CBD after a match and football players who drop CBD tinctures under their tongue throughout the day.

As more research is conducted on cannabinoids like CBD and their natural benefits for athletes and active folks, newer ways to use cannabinoid-based products are being developed, including CBD-infused topicals.

What is Topical CBD?

To use CBD topically means to apply a CBD-infused product directly onto the skin, allowing the active compounds to be absorbed through the skin’s epidermis and pores.

If you need a review on CBD, the all-natural cannabinoid derived from the stalks and seeds of hemp plants helps keep the body running at its best by supporting a major regulatory system. CBD stimulates your body’s endocannabinoid system, a signaling network that keeps many of your functions balanced, by interacting with the system’s cannabinoid receptors.

Once absorbed through the skin, CBD interacts with nearby cannabinoid receptors found on the skin’s sensory nerve fibers and subcutaneous tissue, in turn encouraging the endocannabinoid system and helping the body stay balanced and function at its best.

CBD topical products come in the form of balms, salves, lotions, and oils. Because topically applying CBD is so minimally invasive, CBD topical products are also popular among athletes and active folks who are curious and just being introduced to CBD.

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Offers Focused Effects

CBD topicals can be massaged right into tired joints and overworked muscles throughout the day or as desired for immediate relief whenever you need it.

Athletes are very familiar with muscle soreness and fatigued joints. The sensation is common for all athletes after kicking up the intensity of their training or participating in a particularly strenuous competition. Most have a bag of techniques they use to manage soreness and tightness, including light exercise, massage, stretching, compression garments, cold- or hot- water immersion, and whole-body vibration.

While other types of CBD products deliver CBD to the bloodstream to circulate through the entire body, CBD topicals allow athletes to direct the natural balancing properties of CBD right to their sore muscles and joints where they’re needed most. When topical CBD products like salves and lotions are applied, the active cannabinoids are absorbed right through the skin, where they immediately interact with nearby cannabinoid receptors for faster and more focused relief.

Eugene Moore, former offensive tackle for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, is one athlete who has talked about the benefits he receives by rubbing topical cannabinoid products into his sore joints and muscles.

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Supports Healthy Skin

Whether your sport takes place in the water, on a track, or in a ring, skin issues for athletes are common. Long hours in the sun means exposure to damaging UV rays, leading to hyperpigmentation, brown spots, irritated skin, and chapping. Weightlifting can cause thick, hard calluses on the hands and feet. Chlorine and other chemicals used to keep swimming pools safe and clean can dry out the skin, leading to itchiness.

While you’re always striving to be faster, stronger, and more explosive, sports performance can be hampered when skin issues get in the way.

Topical CBD products, when made from hemp-derived CBD oil, contain an array of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids that nourish and protect the skin from the daily damage caused by the exposure to the environment around it.

Athletes often face unique skincare needs, and the CBD and the other all-natural botanical ingredients in CBD topicals give your skin the moisture and nutrients it needs to be nourished and youthful looking.

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Topical CBD from Dixie Botanicals®

Dixie Botanicals® offers a CBD-infused Salvation Balm designed to be massaged directly into your joints and muscles throughout the day or whenever you need relief.

Infused with 50 mg CBD, this vegan CBD salve contains no artificial scents or dyes and is formulated with all-natural ingredients like sustainably-sourced beeswax, camphor oil, almond oil, ginger roots, and a unique blend of cedarwood and lavender oil.

Available in a 1.3 ounce jar, Dixie Botanicals® Salvation Balm is designed to travel wherever your athletic adventures take you. Keep it in your gym bag, locker, or luggage so it’s there whenever your overworked muscles and joints need attention.

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Where to Get CBD Topicals

All CBD products from Dixie Botanicals®, including our Salvation Balm, are available to order online through HempMeds®.