Sore muscles? Try CBD.

Maybe you’re an avid athlete or even a weekend athlete. Or not an athlete at all. When you physically overdo or change your routine, chances are you’ve felt the sting of using your body in ways you’re not accustomed to. Joint pain, achy muscles, tightness—all of these can be side effects of hard work.

You don’t even need to be an athlete or a workout enthusiast. Think of the change of weather and maybe you’re looking at a long driveway filled with snow, or a garden you need to till and plant. Or, maybe you sit at a computer for hours every day and your neck or shoulders let you know they aren’t happy. Almost any everyday activity can send you scrambling for the heating pad.

I have a better idea. CBD-infused topicals. They are becoming more available and popular for relieving the aches and pains of overexertion. There are many reasons to reach for these pain-relieving products.

What are topicals?

Topicals are CBD-infused salves, lotions, balms or creams that you apply directly to the affected area for localized relief of pain, soreness or muscle and joint aches. But there are also CBD topicals that can relieve the discomfort of arthritis, nerve pain, neuropathy, burns, cuts—it’s a long list.

Topicals combine CBD with essential oils and carrier oils that absorb easily into the skin. The combination of ingredients dictates what symptoms the topicals can help relieve. Look for products with organic and high-grade ingredients and lack unnecessary chemicals that stabilize the product but offer almost no value. In fact, according to Gregory Gerdeman, Ph.D., neurophysiologist who researches cannabinoid biology and pharmacology at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Fla., “If you read the ingredient list, often everything in the jar is straight from mother earth. As long as that's indeed the case with the cream you have your eye on, the formula is immensely safe, chemically.”

So the next time joint, muscle or nerve pain sidelines you, make sure you have a CBD topical on hand to ease your discomfort or pain.