Whether you’re a person who likes to work out ritually every day, or someone who just likes to get active a few times a week; chances are if you’re working hard – you’ve experienced muscle soreness afterward. Despite how often you work out, your body is going to get tired, and likely experience soreness as a result of muscle fatigue! So the question is, can CBD and CBG help with delayed onset muscle soreness?
Believe it or not, there is a name for this pain – it’s called delayed onset muscle soreness (or DOMS, for short). This condition is something that happens to everyone after exercise and is very common, however, it is always good to understand more about your body. So in today’s LUFF Blog, we’re going to learn about what causes DOMS, why it happens, and what you can do to help manage it!
What is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and What Causes it?
Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is muscle pain that begins after you’ve worked out. It normally starts a day or two after a workout, and it’s important to note that you won’t typically feel DOMS during a workout.
Pain felt during or immediately after a workout is a different kind of muscle soreness, called ‘acute muscle soreness.
Delayed onset muscle soreness is the result of microtears in our muscles, usually most apparent after doing an ‘eccentric exercise’. This can be landing drills, long-distance running, weight training, or any number of activities. In most cases, it appears after types of medium or high-intensity exercise.
Due to microtears, there is a rapid buildup of lactic acid in your muscles, and this causes the burning sensation DOMS is usually known for. Unfortunately, the lactic acid and microtears tend to linger for around 24 to 72 hours after exercising, which is why you’re sore after a workout!
Most types of exercise cause this type of microscopic damage to our muscles. It is through these tiny tears in our muscles that our bodies are encouraged to build more muscle. In time, this results in a more toned and muscular physique.
What Does Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Feel Like?
DOMS is known to cause pain, aches, and soreness, and it’s usually characterized by:
- Tender muscles
- Reduced range of motion
- Temporarily reduced muscle strength
- Muscle and joint stiffness
How Does DOMS Affect Exercise?
DOMS can affect how we exercise because it can be hard to get through a whole exercise routine when you feel sore and stiff from prior workouts at the gym. Some experts say it’s best to let the body heal for up to 48 or 72 hours before going back to a high-intensity workout of the same muscle type. There is some great literature from Healthline on DOMS and how it can impact your life – we recommend you check out their article, here!
So let’s say you do a high-intensity strength training session today. You’re most likely to feel soreness and fatigue in your muscles, right? Well, if you were to go back tomorrow and do the same routine again, you’d probably have a much harder time.
The same goes for running, dancing, HIIT, and many other exercises. If you do an intense session one day, it’s best to give your body some time to heal and start feeling better before you go back.
Plus, with the common temporary reduction in muscle strength, it’s not very safe to jump right back in. You need stability in your movements, so it’s critical to give your body a rest and regain your strength and range of motion, before heading back to the gym.
How Can You Prevent Pain After Exercise?
There are many different ways to arm your body against DOMS, and these are some of the easiest ways to do it:
- Complete a cool-off exercise after your workouts.
- Shake it up, and try doing a low-impact exercise such as swimming every week.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Slowly increase your workout intensity.
- Stretch before and after workouts.
- Always warm-up before your exercise session.
- Take your time to develop the proper form for your exercises – it’s safer and less painful.
How Can You Treat Pain After Exercise?
Treating DOMS can help you recover more quickly, but DOMS usually takes care of itself in time as long as you remember to rest. Here are some simple treatments for pain after exercise:
- Rest and give yourself time to recover properly.
- Apply ice packs to the affected muscles and joints or try our LUFF ASSIST CBD Cream applied topically to the affected areas.
- Apply heat to the affected areas. A warm bath is a great way to do this.
- Incorporate protein and anti-inflammatory foods into your diet.
- Use CBD and CBG products with natural ingredients, ideal for DOMS. The LUFF ASSIST line, complete with CBD and CBG is a perfect complement to your post-workout routine.
DOMS is something everyone who exercises knows well. Whether you just began your fitness journey or you’re a fitness pro, you’re most likely going to experience DOMS.
It gets better in a matter of days, and the soreness won’t get as bad as your body grows more accustomed to the exercise load. DOMS shouldn’t cause you to stop doing exercise over the long run.
However, if you feel more persistent pain than usual, it’s probably best to visit your local physiotherapist to make sure there’s nothing serious going on. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Can CBD + CBG Help?
CBD in combination with CBG has been shown to assist with pain and inflammation, which would make it an ideal option to help with some of the symptoms of DOMS.
CBG has a multitude of potential health and therapeutic benefits. Below are some of them, as seen on early research results, if you’re interested in further research:
* We do want to make a note that all of this is preclinical research and CBG is not currently approved to treat or cure any of these ailments. Talk to your doctor about any medical issues you may have concerns with.
- CBG for pain and inflammation: CBG may help in inflammatory bowel disease. A study has shown that it helps control inflammatory bowel diseases Skin diseases brought about by inflammation have also demonstrated a positive response to CBG.
- CBG for nerve cell health: A study showed that CBG has neuroprotective properties that may normalize the expression of abnormal genes associated with brain degeneration.
- CBG as antibacterial agent: Research shows that CBG is effective against Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), methicillin-resistant microbial strains that are highly resistant to most pharmaceutical antibiotics.
- CBG for eye health: By reducing intraocular pressure, a study showed that CBG could be. Activating endocannabinoid receptors in the eye, CBG decreases tension and helps with the draining of fluids.
- CBG for skin treatment: CBG helps in regulating skin development, it inhibits the thickening and reddening of the skin, symptoms associated with Psoriasis.