At Champions + Legends, we believe in a systematic process to identify, work towards, and ultimately achieve one’s goals. We also recognize that active recovery is a critical component of optimal performance. Simply put: if you can recover faster, you can train harder, for longer. This is precisely why we created custom formulated CBD products that target specific pain points to provide targeted relief where you need it most. The C+L RECOVER Series is designed with athletes in mind so you can perform at your very best. Below we’ve highlighted some of the benefits of our full-spectrum CBD products in addressing common issues associated with athletic training so you can determine how to incorporate our tools into your training arsenal.

Pain Relief

Exercise-related pain affects all athletes, regardless of their fitness level. Moreover, an athlete's ability to properly manage pain is essential to their success, since it can have a significant negative impact on athletic performance, reducing joint range of motion, muscle strength and forcing the athlete to make alterations to their technique.

Intensive exercise typically causes microscopic damage to muscle fibers, which is part of the adaptation process that leads to muscle remodeling for greater endurance and strength. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a common post-exercise phenomenon, resulting in pain that ranges from mild to severe and occurs 1-2 days after exercise and lasts up to 3-5 days after athletic training.

To reduce pain, many athletes use over-the-counter and prescription pain medications. However, regular use of analgesic medications poses significant health risks, as well as the risk of physiological dependence and even addiction. CBD is both safe and effective in providing pain relief, offering an all-natural alternative to current options.

Maintaining Sleep Quality

Getting quality sleep is essential during recovery, since poor sleep prevents athletic recovery and hinders performance. This is because the body needs about eight hours of uninterrupted sleep to heal after an intensive workout.

CBD supplements offer the potential to improve sleep quality. By interacting with cannabinoid receptors, CBD modulates the endocannabinoid system to help affect sleep and the body’s circadian rhythms. In doing so, CBD can support rest and relaxation, helping your body recover from intense physical activity.

Unlike THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, CBD does not have intoxicating properties, and does not cause sedation, drowsiness or feelings of fatigue. In recent years, CBD has gained increasing popularity as a safer alternative to prescription sleep medications, which can cause undesirable side effects and dependence.

Supporting Gut Health

Gut health plays an important role in athletic performance and the speed of recovery, while healthy intestinal flora contributes to immune function, helping to prevent illness and maintain optimal performance. However, gastrointestinal problems are common among athletes, and are typically caused by reduced decreased flow to the gut during intensive exercise, mechanical (bouncing) effects of high-impact activity, and/or nutrition. Gastrointestinal issues can cause significant discomfort and distress, and slows down recovery.

Recently, CBD has gained attention for its potential positive effects in alleviating gastrointestinal issues. Moreover, CBD may help to restore intestinal barrier dysfunction and prevent its breakdown. CBD also offers the potential to regulate digestion and bowel movements, improving gastrointestinal tract health, settling digestion issues, and enhancing recovery.