The Extract spoke with John Buckland, a fitness coach and lecturer, on the potential training benefits of using CBD. John has worked as a strength coach with everyone from the military to Olympic weightlifters and is always on the lookout for supplements that can benefit athletes.
John Buckland holds a BSc (Hons. in Sport Science & Physiology) with a specialism in the role of Medicine and Sports Nutrition. John has also worked as a consultant for Respiratory, Diabetic, Vaccinology, Immunology, Oncology, and Allergy Medicine.
CBD and muscle recovery
There has been a lot of research and anecdotal evidence put forth in recent years about CBD’s benefits, on everything from insomnia to Dravet’s Syndrome. But now many people are wondering if it could benefit in the small things – like workouts.
CBD is known as an anti-inflammatory and it has been suggested that acting as such could aid in muscle recovery post-workout.
In 2018, a review of 132 original studies published in Frontiers in Neurology, found that CBD can indeed reduce inflammation in the body and help improve pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis. Using CBD balms to help muscle recovery is becoming popular.
“It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective,” the authors wrote.
John Buckland believes that CBD is arguably much better for his body than mainstream pharmaceutical drugs which, as synthetics, can have harmful side effects.
“[CBD] allows me to work to my potential, rather than reduce what I’m capable of,” said Buckland.