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Winter Sports Recovery and CBD: Naturally Taking on the Cold

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Long before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officially approved the use of CBD for athletes in 2018, professional athletes around the world have been announcing their personal experience with CBD for their athletic performance.

 

Among those athletes is Ross Rebagliati, the snowboard gold medalist in the 1998 Winter Sports Olympics. He stated:

 

CBD has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation helps to better manage the aches and pains an athlete’s body chronically endures. It also has a calming effect reducing stress and anxiety which are two more realities of being an athlete.

 

I found that my workouts were more intense due to increased focus. Cannabis use helped me to dial in to my equipment by allowing me to focus on the finer things including more effectively reading snow conditions

 

Any professional athlete will tell you the higher the level of competition you reach the more you travel. All of these benefits combined lend itself to enhancing one’s overall performance.”

 

As we all know, snowboarding, skiing, and any winter sport can take a toll on your body—especially if you’re new to snow sports.

 

Adapting to the colder temperatures alone can leave your muscles feeling overworked, tense, and sore, leaving you feeling tight and worn out the next morning.

 

But there’s something interesting about how CBD works in the human body, especially for muscle recovery.

CBD for Muscle Recovery

Every human has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). That system is responsible for maintaining internal balance throughout your entire body. It helps balance your mood, muscle contractions, energy, sleep, appetite, perception of pain, inflammation, and cognition. Basically, everything an athlete needs to function properly.

 

So when CBD is consumed, it helps to naturally influence our ECS to remain in a balanced state, especially when vigorously exercising like spending a day on the slopes.

 

In fact, one study reported the following:

 

Since training and competition leads to a structural and functional imbalance due to strenuous effort, CBD intake could potentially promote restoration of physical performance. The CBD physiological mechanisms of action, mixed with other recovery protocols, could help to reduce the accumulated fatigue evident over a tournament of consecutive efforts.”

 

And one way to add CBD to your recovery protocol is by using…

CBD Bath Bombs

When it comes to recovery for athletes, especially in winter sports, there’s nothing quite as therapeutic as relaxing in a bath of hot water.

 

In fact, studies show that hot water baths can help maximize strength, athletic performance, and recovery. And since we already know that CBD offers tremendous therapeutic properties, adding high quality CBD bombs to those hot baths can only increase your overall recovery process.

 

However, the key to experience those therapeutic benefits is through high quality CBD bath bombs that are made with all natural ingredients, like our Alki CBD Bath Bombs. They’re made from 100% hemp-derived CBD and contain:

 

   Therapeutic aromatherapy oils

   Epsom salt

   Sodium bicarbonate and Citric Acid (natural fizzing ingredients)

   Sunflower oil

   Coconut-derived Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (bubble maker and dirt reducer)

   Corn starch (to balance out the fizz)

 

Dropping one of our premium CBD bath bombs into a tub of hot water will not only elevate all five of your senses, but it will invigorate your mind and set you up for the recovery your body craves.

CBD and Winter Sports

The truth is, there are a variety of cannabis and CBD products on the market today. Each one is designed to target specific relief points in your body.

 

As of now, CBD that doesn’t contain any trace amount of THC is allowed for athletic use, which includes the Olympics. And the great thing about topical CBD, like our CBD bath bombs, is that there are no trace amounts of THC.

 

In the words of snowboarder Ross Rebagliati:

 

Mountain culture and sport go well with cannabis use due to the athletic and healthy nature of it. Being able to appreciate the moment, smell the flowers and enjoy your favorite activities are life’s most precious gifts. Cannabis is a natural product that promotes wellbeing and physical ability.”

 

Soaking in a high quality CBD Bath Bomb after a long day on the slopes could help your body recover a little faster and get you back out on the mountain feeling more refreshed and energized the next day. All you have to do is give it a try and experience the benefits of CBD for yourself.

 

Feel free to reach out to our Alki Team for further questions or concerns. We’re always happy to help!

 

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Ingredient Information

Sodium Bicarbonate & Citric Acid: Otherwise known as baking soda and Vitamin C. These two ingredients combined create the “fizzy” effect of a bath bomb.

Epsom Salt: Epsom salt baths can help soften rough or dry skin and can exfoliate dead skin cells. It also aids in reducing soreness & pain.

Corn Starch: Corn starch manages the fizzing reaction of the ingredients; so if you drop your bath bomb in the water, it will not “explode”!

Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is a non-comedogenic carrier oil which is highly absorbent. In short: sunflower oil won’t clog your pores. Additionally, it is non-irritating for most people and can be used on all skin types.

Water: What scientists refer to as H20.

Organic Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol (CBD): CBD is a naturally occurring & non-intoxicating cannabinoid (chemical compound) found in both hemp and cannabis plants.

Aromatherapy Oils: Aromatherapy is simply the combination of essential oils for therapeutic benefit. When inhaled, the molecules in essential oils work their way from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and can positively impact the amygdala, which is the emotional center of the brain.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA): SLSa is derived from coconut and palm oils. SLSa is safe and skin-friendly.

Mica Powder: The biggest benefit of mica is its ability to create a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. It is naturally produced and safe to use on almost all skin types.

Polysorbate 80: A vegetable-sourced emulsifier that is skin-safe. Polysorbate 80 helps ingredients mix throughout the water instead of separating, which will make your bath bomb experience even better!