Sports Recovery
Sports Recovery

The human body requires a certain amount of physical activity to maintain good health and wellbeing. Staying active is associated with better mental health and can help delay the onset of nearly 40 chronic conditions and disorders[1]. But exercise comes with risks like soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains, etc).

The established method to help our body recover from moderate sports injuries is rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Doctors also often turn to several painkillers belonging to the NSAID group either in the form of tablets (systemic application) or creams, ointments and others (topical application).

CBD shows promise as a natural alternative to NSAIDs for muscle recovery. It can decrease inflammation when applied on muscles as an ointment or taken orally. 

CBD can help with muscle recovery as it improves sleep quality[2]. This is the time when the body is resting properly and regenerates faster.

Recommendations for CBD use in sports

Is CBD safe?

Yes. CBD is considered safe for muscle recovery.

What form of CBD is good for sports?

Oral drops/sprays, creams, ointments and inhalation.

What is the recommended daily dose?

Taken orally, the recommended dose

is 2.5 mg/kg/day. For high-intensity activity up to 7.5 mg/kg/day.

Should I take it before or after a meal?

CBD should be taken during, or after a meal.

How should I use creams and ointments?

Apply CBD (cream, ointment, oil) to the affected area thinly and evenly. Rub gently. Repeat 3-4 times (as needed).

Are there any known drug interactions?

Some. Read Side effects for more information.


1. Ruegsegger GN and Booth FW: Health Benefits of Exercise. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med 8: 2018. 

2. Shannon S, Lewis N, Lee H and Hughes S: Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. Perm J 23: 18-041, 2019.