That victorious half-marathon. That killer lift. That pick-up basketball game with kids half your age—and you held your own like a champ.
Then, that crushing pain two days later, reminding you that while you’re a pretty awesome human, you’re still only human.
Pain happens. Pavement is unforgiving, personal records don’t come without aches, and the unfortunate fact is, none of us are getting any younger. Pain and inflammation are the body’s natural reaction to hard work. But when they keep us from doing the things we love, it hurts more than just our joints and muscles. Accepting that pain happens doesn’t mean we can’t also fight it with the most efficient methods available. That could mean over-the-counter or prescription medication, or—and maybe even better—it could mean naturally derived extracts like CBD, found in high-quality nutraceuticals like RESET Balance could help you find your personal best without pain.
No Pain, No Gain.
As unfair as it is, pain is an athlete’s punishment for working to get better. Push yourself at the gym and work some new muscles? Ouch. Try a new sport? Ouch. Decide to go for Vrschikasana even though your yogi advised you to stick with Pincha Mayurasana? Bad idea, and ouch. (Pro tip: Listen to your yogi.)
Whether you’re a pro, a weekend warrior, or someone who just wants to get fit and have fun while doing it, you shouldn’t have to be discouraged from pursuing your goals because pain and inflammation are a fact of athletic life. You shouldn’t have to play through pain for fear that taking time off could cost you your competitive edge. You shouldn’t have to pass up a spur-of-the-moment opportunity to do something exceptional because you’re anticipating the effect it will have on your body.
And you definitely shouldn’t have to let pain go untreated for fear of illness, addiction, or competitive disqualification from using some of the more common approaches to pain management. Your personal best is out there, and nothing should stand in your way from achieving it.
Pain management is a challenging and complicated subject, whether you’re getting back on the field after a sports injury, rehabbing after a workplace accident, or dealing with chronic issues like arthritis or multiple sclerosis. No method of pain management is efficient for everyone, and even the tried-and-true approaches aren’t without their problems.
Over-the-counter pain relievers like NSAIDs can be efficient in the short term but carry significant health risks in the long term. Ultra-distance athletes, for instance, are advised against using NSAIDs during long training sessions to avoid renal failure, and anyone who uses them frequently for long periods of time is at increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Opioids do a great job of relieving pain—and are also the source of an addiction epidemic that kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. every year. A way to treat pain without serious side effects and without the risk of addiction could be a godsend for athletes and, frankly, anyone who ever hurts.
Enter cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. It’s a (non-intoxicating) derivative of the cannabis plant that works with the endocannabinoid system, which helps to regulate physical processes ranging from pain perception to bone density to hunger response. Some athletes report cutting back or even cutting out the use of NSAIDs without serious side effects after trying CBD. And while the effects of CBD might not be as definitive as opioids at altering intense, acute pain, it could be efficient as part of a regimen with other meds to manage long-term pain.
Starting in 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency pulled CBD from its list of prohibited substances. Competitive athletes are now free to try to control their pain and inflammation naturally and without fear of punitive action.
The Science Behind CBD
CBD may activate pathways that reduce pain and inflammation by working on receptors in your brain that affect the central and peripheral nervous system. It may stimulate receptors that control numerous aspects of your brain’s pain control systems as well as receptors in the body’s soft tissues that manage pain and inflammatory processes. It might also slow the reuptake of adenosine, a neuromodulator that influences, among other physiological functions, inflammation. More adenosine in the nervous system means less inflammation and can even help achy athletes get a better night’s sleep.
A 2008 review of research studies evaluated the efficiency of CBD against chronic pain. The suggested conclusion was that CBD shows great promise as a potential future treatment for pain as well as favorability for insomnia related to chronic pain based on the results of multiple clinical trials. Back in the lab, a 2016 study tested the effect of CBD gel on rats with arthritis. When the gel was rubbed on the rats’ tiny little arthritic joints, researchers saw a decrease in behavior indicating inflammation and pain. A 2018 report in the journal Pediatric Dermatology even noted three children with epidermolysis bullosa—a rare disorder that causes fragile, blistering skin—who saw faster-wound healing and pain reduction after topical application of CBD. During the study, one individual stopped their opioid pain medication entirely. In any case, these results are far from conclusive—more research needs to be done.
While CBD has shown potential to reduce pain and inflammation in research settings, it isn’t a miracle cure—sometimes, pain is your body’s way of telling you something is terribly wrong. Use common sense, listen to your body, and if you suspect you have a significant injury, take it to your doctor.
RESET Balance is comprised of THC-free* CBD isolate derived from natural hemp. All of RESET’s products are low or no calories, non-GMO, and shelf-stable (so you can keep it for 12+ months!)
While many CBD and hemp-based products can contain heavy metals and toxins which pollute the hemp before extraction and pose serious health risks, RESET Balance is tested multiple times to ensure a pure and efficient product.
Even more, RESET CBD is water-based, which means that your THC Free CBD will take a more direct route to the cell than conventional CBD products like CBD oil.
RESET’s pharmaceutical-technology facilitates optimal absorption, which can be up to 80% more than traditional consumption. This means they are better absorbed within the body and can deliver CBD’s health benefits directly to the parts of the body that need it most, without interruption.
DISCLAIMER: CBD is not currently an FDA-approved treatment for athletic injuries or other chronic pain problems. RESET Balance is not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any disease or disorder.