Looking for ways to keep climbing without the high? Whether you're into Big Wall Climbing, Bouldering, Rappelling or Mountaineering, here's how climbers are using CBD to help reach the peak of their endeavors.
If you’re looking for fitness, fun and a healthy dose of adrenaline, then climbing is a worthy pursuit. Though it attracts its share of daredevils, rock climbing is also enjoyed by legions of everyday adventurers.
Climbing is a sport that is both exhilarating and exhausting. Spending a tremendous amount of time practicing and training on routes, climbers can execute their climbs safely and to perfection. Considering climbing for the first time? If you’re reasonably fit and get yourself proper equipment and instruction, you, too, can become a rock jock.
As a lost range.® cofounder, Won is an avid rock climber who has searched our wonderful world for the best places to climb. While climbing in Greece in the fall of 2017, Won severely injured his wrist and he has been dealing with pain ever since. That is, until he discovered the healing power of CBD. He worked closely with Given to formulate a product that will allow him to manage the pain while helping his wrist heal and recover completely.
And the end result was lost range’s Muscle & Joint Rub, which has dramatically improved his training, recovery and climbing (and his happiness too). Won has been a personal trainer for the past 12 years and has helped dozens of climbers and other athletes achieve their goals and rehabilitate from their injuries. As Won would say, “I am so freaking psyched for this product and I’m even more psyched for you to try it. Boom!”
Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around when it comes to cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is a chemical compound that is known for its organic and advantageous nature. It is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t get you “high” and unbeknown to many, contains a plethora of properties that could help aid your climbing adventures. Let’s learn the ropes on how to harness the power of CBD for climbers of every nature.
Anxiety & Stress
Existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and more when administered acutely.
Performance anxiety before a climb can negatively impact an athlete’s ability to perform. Not only will alleviating stress help take the edge off before a climb, but finding new ways to relax and recover can also improve an athlete’s ability to get a good night’s sleep and decrease inflammation as well as muscle soreness. Further research suggests that increasing serotonin levels can help treat anxiety. Certain medications, such as antidepressants, work by regulating serotonin levels, and some studies suggest that CBD may work similarly to antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications.
Climbing includes plenty of high pressure situations. CBD can help climbers deal with anxiety and stress by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, which is a chemical messenger that promotes the feelings of calmness, happiness, and well-being. Another reason why you should consider adding climbing to your workout regimine!
Reduce Inflammation & Decrease Pain
When your body notices an injury, it triggers a series of reactions that result in a growing inflammation. The primary reason that so many athletes use CBD on a regular basis is its ability to affect the inflammatory response. With climbing, it takes a toll on your joints and tendons, which can cause the onset of inflammation-related conditions such as arthritis. It's important to always be mindful of your body, don't overdo it when working out. And most importantly don’t exert physical force on your body when you're injured - especially if you're still relatively young.
CBD has also been shown to help reduce inflammation when suffering from climber's elbow. Pain develops in the tendons connecting the pronator teres muscle and/or the many forearm flexors (responsible for finger flexion) to the knobby, medial epicondyle of the inside elbow. In many cases medial tendinosis is a gradual-onset overuse injury due to climbing and training too often, too hard, and, most important, with too little rest. Furthermore, developing forearm muscle imbalance and muscle adhesion (trigger point) often contribute to elbow pain and exacerbate injury.
Because climbers use motions that include repetitive gripping and lifting, these are common overuse injuries, often treated with rest, ice and Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). But there are many reluctant to take NSAIDs which is why people are turning to the power of CBD for treating their inflammation.
Why NSAIDs Are Hard On Your Body
Although easily accessible, ibuprofen is still a drug. NSAIDs can be effective at reducing pain and inflammation after an acute injury. They are NOT, however, intended or safe to be taken on a regular basis.
Long Term Health Effects:
- Heart Attack -Taking any dose of NSAIDs for a week, month, or more slightly increases the likelihood of myocardial infarction – Michele Bally University of Montreal Hospital Research Center
- Bleeding or holes in stomach and intestine
- Interferes with blood flow to Kidneys
Concerns As an Athlete:
- Daily use can slow healing of muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons
- Can decrease bone and muscle strength
- Destroys your gut– leaky gut
Inhibits bone healing – interactions occur between inflammatory proteins and bone metabolism. NSAIDs have been shown to have negative effects on, and in some cases prevent, bone healing.
CBD & Sleep
You might not realize it, but the amount and quality of sleep you get each night can impact the way your immune system functions, your mood and even the way you workout.
Sleep is critical to both physical and mental development in babies, children, and young adults. In adults, a lack of sleep has been associated with a wide range of negative health consequences including:
- Cardiovascular problems.
- Weakened immune system.
- Higher risk of obesity as well as Type II diabetes.
- Impaired thinking and memory.
- Mental health problems, the most common being depression and anxiety.
CBD has been shown to improve sleep quality. Climbers are often exhausted after a long day of training and can have trouble winding down when preparing for tomorrow’s ascent. CBD has been shown to help regulate sleep patterns and support your body’s natural circadian rhythms. What's more, the nerves/excitement of an upcoming climb can affect the ease of falling asleep and cause short-term insomnia. A recent study found that CBD reduced symptoms of insomnia more effectively than THC. Dr. Roy Raymann, SleepScore Labs’ Chief Scientific Officer, explains, “Although the mechanism for sleep is not fully understood, CBD is claimed to help sleep by reducing anxiety and pain, two symptoms that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. In general, techniques that help with calming and relaxation have been shown to be effective in improving sleep.”
CBD Products For Climbers
If you're unsure where to start your CBD journey for your climbing adventures, here's a couple of tried-and-tested products for climbers to try before and after your climb:
Gold Buckle Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture – 4000mg $149.00 — or $119.20/ month
Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture – 2000mg. $109.00 — or $109.00 $87.20 / month
Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture – 1000mg $59.00 — or $59.00 $47.20 / month
How to Use: From our 4000mg Gold Buckle Tincture to our 2000mg and 1000mg tinctures, our full-spectrum CBD products are holistically effective, addressing all aspects of climbing, giving you the tools you need to make every grip count. Simply add a few drops under the tongue or add a few drops to your pre/post workout smoothies or protein shakes.
For the ultimate experience, pair our Full Spectrum CBD oil tinctures with our CBD muscle and Joint rubs, perfect for those aching joints, scraped knees, rotator cuff tears, finger pulley injuries and more:
Gold Buckle CBD Muscle & Joint Rub $89.00 – $149.00 — or from $71.20 – $127.20 / month
How to Use: If you’re looking for the highest potency CBD cream/rub for pain relief on the market, look no further! Our Gold Buckle Muscle and Joint Rub is the highest quality, highest potency CBD cream for your pain relief and inflammation. Use this CBD rub for your every day muscle and joint pain and inflammation, paired with our CBD Oil Tinctures for best results.
To soothe your aches and pains, thoroughly rub a small amount in your problematic areas as needed. For headaches and migraines, apply a small amount to your temples, forehead, and back of your neck. Be sure to avoid any open wounds, eyes, or mouth.
While the use of CBD tinctures and topicals is still gradually growing, it is becoming especially popular among sporty people like rock climbers for just the reasons listed above.
Whether to treat specific injuries, handle generalized pain and inflammation, or just to improve mental wellbeing, athletes are finding a myriad of great uses for our CBD products. Are you ready to join them? Browse our full list of high-potency, hand-crafted, premium CBD products here.
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