Using Topical CBD To Improve Your Workouts & Post-Workout Recovery

Absolute Nature CBD
5 min readMar 1, 2021


Why do Professional athletes use Topical CBD? Effects, Benefits, Research, Science & More:

Topical CBD could help push your workouts and overall performance to the next level.

Think about what you keep in your gym bag: Towels, a water bottle, your favorite running shoes. One thing you might not think to include is CBD, but we hope to change your mind by the end of this CBD topical use article.

CBD is an incredibly beneficial supplement that millions of people have enjoyed in the last few years. While you might have heard about using CBD oil (a liquid supplement from a dropper bottle), capsules, or gummies, CBD topicals are among the fastest-growing ways to use this natural compound.

For this article, we looked at scientific research into topical CBD, its uses and listened to customer feedback. In particular, we spoke with two of our customers who use our products to help them in their extremely high-paced, high-impact careers: mixed martial arts.

When we spoke with Miranda “Fear The” Maverick, Pro UFC fighter. On her use of our topical CBD salve, pre & post-competition. Miranda was preparing for her debut bout in the UFC. “With the rigorous schedule that exhausts me physically and mentally, I reached out to Absolute Nature for help. I use the topical CBD salve frequently, especially when my joints and muscles are aching from intense training,” Maverick told us.

If you’re here, you probably know about CBD, the very popular supplement made from hemp. CBD is just one of dozens of compounds found in the hemp plant called cannabinoids. To date, scientists have identified well over 100 cannabinoids in the hemp plant.

The anti-inflammatory power of CBD Topicals from exercise

CBD is a natural compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. Unlike THC, the best-known “cannabinoid” compound, CBD won’t make you feel “stoned.” But scientists believe CBD has potent anti-inflammatory effects by interacting with our natural endocannabinoid system. While research is still preliminary, the results are encouraging.

The CBD study data indicate that topical CBD has potential for relief of inflammation without side effects.” — 2016 study in the European Journal of Pain

For example, in 2016, a team of researchers found CBD reduced inflammation and increased mobility in rats with arthritis-like symptoms.

These studies data indicate that topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of … inflammation without evident side-effects,” the researchers concluded.

Research in humans is just beginning but also shows promise. Another small CBD case study in 2020 suggested CBD has promise for reducing back pain, both chronic (long-term) and acute (after an injury, strain, or other incidents).

“Based on these results,” the researchers wrote, “we believe further investigation is warranted to see if CBD-containing products should have a more prominent role in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.”

The benefits of topical CBD for relief and workout recovery.

Anecdotally, countless CBD consumers report relief of all kinds of soreness and muscle strain symptoms from using topical CBD preparations. Dr. Ranga Krishna, a Brooklyn-based neurologist, told the publication Ministry of Hemp that he often uses topical CBD with his patients, explaining that it seems to work fast and effectively.

When it comes to customer feedback, Our customers tell us they use our CBD topicals in numerous ways, including to support them while exercising and to reduce symptoms of chronic conditions.

“My running group uses it for their knees,” wrote Jessica M. about our Absolute Nature CBD Topical Salve. “I tried it and loved it! Bought one for myself,” she added.

I’ve tried multiple CBD creams, rubs, and roll-ons,” said MMA fighter and physical trainer Sam Brister. “Absolute Nature is, by far, my favorite. I actually feel a difference.

How to use topical CBD: Before, during & after a workout.

Full-spectrum CBD extracts are such a versatile ingredient that they can be incorporated into numerous topical applications, targeting everything from sore muscles to skincare. When it comes to workouts, physical training, and exercise, CBD can help at almost any time:

  • Applying CBD pre-workout: You can apply a topical CBD product to your muscles before a workout, especially areas you anticipate straining or working especially hard.
  • Using CBD during a workout: This is where products like Absolute Nature’s new cooling CBD roll-on especially shine. CBD roll-ons are easy to keep in your pocket or gym bag and apply while on the go, anytime you feel workout pain or muscle cramps.
  • CBD for workout recovery: Topical CBD feels great on sore muscles after you’ve done exercising; you can apply it immediately afterward and then again the following day when more soreness often appears.
  • Another great benefit of CBD Topicals is you can re-apply every few hours as needed, without any worries of overuse.

Brister said she loves to use Absolute Nature CBD Topical Salve after working out.

“My favorite time to use it is in the sauna,” she told us. “I gently massage it into whatever is hurting/aching.” According to Brister, it feels “amazingly refreshing!”

The promise of CBD Topical during training

Of course, you can use CBD in lots of ways while training and getting into better shape.

“From injuries to getting better sleep, I use CBD daily,” said Maverick. In addition to topical CBD, you can support your body’s optimal functioning with CBD oil, capsules, or edibles. While Maverick uses CBD topicals all the time, she confessed to especially loving Absolute Nature CBD Fruit Slices for better sleep.

Is CBD good for working out?

CBD can be amazing for working out. CBD is shown to reduce pain and inflammation, which in results in improved recovery from injuries and workout-related muscle fatigue and damage. This improved recovery can help you work out harder for longer, so the answer is YES, CBD is good for working out.

Does CBD Help Athletes?

CBD can be hugely beneficial for athletes. Helping them recover, train for longer and harder. CBD shows many relief and recovery benefits with little to no side effects or risks. CBD topicals are becoming more popular with runners, fighters, cyclists, extreme sports, and just about any sport you can think of.

“I know I feel more relaxed and less pain when I use Absolute Nature CBD products,” Maverick said.

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