How to incorporate Hemp Extract into your fitness routine October 17, 2019 – Posted in: CBD in everyday life, How to Hemp

Dee Heffernan - Hemp Extract and Exercise

This is me feeling tough before the Crossfit Open’s 20.3 workout “Diana”. Let’s just say I was propped against the barbell in a puddle of fatigue 9 minutes after this photo was taken. I took a full dropper of our Advanced Potency tincture before morning coffee in anticipation of the recovery ahead. 9 minutes may not sound like a lot, but I promise, it was grueling! 😅

By: Dee Heffernan, Founding Partner – Stono Creek Apothecary

Every time we do a physical activity, our body breaks itself down in order to build back up again. No pain, no gain, right?  It is our body’s immune response to heal and rebuild that leaves us feeling sore, lethargic, and even exhausted after intense workouts.  Ask anyone, and dealing with post-workout inflammation can put a real damper on things, but with the advent of CBD, athletes are celebrating a new way to improve recovery and performance – physically and mentally.

The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response (Source).

Many athletes will report taking oral drops daily to help calm pre-performance jitters, and then using something like a lotion or salve to help soothe tired/sore muscles.  Here’s how we recommend combining the two:

Recommended Serving of Tinctures: 

There is much anecdotal evidence “out there” suggesting that athletes who take a minimum of 20-30 MG of CBD daily will experience improved mental focus and calm, while also experiencing a shorter duration of soreness and lethargy.  Since CBD is also known to help with sleep, we recommend athletes take their oral drops every day for at least 3 weeks for deeper, more restful sleep before competitions or going into a heavy training cycle.  You can read more about serving guidelines here!

Many people also use CBD with chronic conditions, including arthritis. While we are not legally able to qualify this, here’s a verified review from one of our customers:

5-Star Customer Review - Arthritis

Topical Applications:   Find our OTC Pain Cream here

When it comes to muscle soreness and injury aches, we like to get right to the point.  When we developed our OTC Pain Cream, we made sure to include tried and true topical OTC pain-relieving ingredients like menthol, methyl salicilate, eucalyptus and camphor bark oil – in order to cut pain immediately.  In fact, our OTC Pain Cream is registered with the FDA as a topical pain medication, meaning when we say it takes the pain away, it actually does.  Additionally, we have over 900 MG of Hemp Extract in every 3.4 oz bottle of our Pain Cream, which our customers claim to help with longer term inflammation.

5-Star Review - OTC Pain Cream with Hemp Extract - Stono Creek

When to use:  As with any lotion, the best absorption is going to happen right after a shower or workout when pores are open. Also, applying after a shower means you won’t be washing it off any time soon, which will give skin maximum time to absorb every last bit of the active ingredients + hemp extract.  Speaking of absorption – something to note is how important it is to steer clear from lotions that contain mineral oil or petroleum in their base (quite common), as these types of ingredients act as barriers on the skin, and will actually inhibit the absorption of CBD into the dermis.   Stono Creek topicals only includes natural oils and butters for rapid, chemical-free absorption!