Athletes of all abilities and backgrounds have developed a fondness for CBD in recent years. From the CBD gum beloved by golfers to the CBD sports drinks hawked by retired pro football players, this non-intoxicating cannabinoid has already made quite an impression on the wide world of sports.
While some of these products might be dubiously effective (CBD beverages in particular have major issues), there’s a significant amount of scientific evidence to suggest CBD could have a lot to offer fitness enthusiasts. Pain and inflammation are two of the most common issues encountered by athletes, and early research on CBD suggests it’s both an effective anti-inflammatory and a largely side effect-free pain reliever, even for chronic issues like arthritis.
But what’s the best way for athletes to use it? While vaping is the fastest option, and pain relief sprays have recently become more readily available, CBD topicals are the method of choice for many. Since they don’t harm the lungs and can deliver concentrated doses to problem areas, these products have become popular among health-conscious workout warriors.
They do have their downsides, though — some CBD topicals are ineffective at relieving pain deep in the muscles, since the molecules are too large to penetrate multiple layers of tissue. And, like many CBD products, they can be quite expensive, which isn’t ideal for a product that may or may not actually work.
Fortunately, CBD isn’t the only way to take your workout to the next level.
BioTech CBD Cream by Diamond CBD ($60)
Billed as “the ultimate CBD cream for athletes,” this topical comes with 1000 mg of full spectrum CBD (the most effective type of the oil). Detailed laboratory results are available on the product page, and it has solid reviews — 4.9 out of 5 stars from over 150 customers.
Wireless Bluetooth Sport Headphones by Letscom ($19.99)
These headphones come with an IPX7 waterproof rating, making them ideal for heavy sweaters (or those who like to run in the rain). They can last up to eight hours on a two hour charge, and they have easy-to-use buttons for controlling volume, answering phone calls, and more.
Workout Gloves by Simari ($15)
Made with microfiber and lycra, these gloves are lightweight and breathable. They also come with foam pads to protect your palms, and reinforced wrist guards to prevent sprains. And if for some reason they don’t work for you, there’s a 30 day money-back guarantee.
High Waist Yoga Pants by IUGA ($17-$25)
These are some of the bestselling (and best reviewed) yoga pants out there. Not only are they made with moisture-wicking material and an ultra-stretchy fit to minimize chafing, they also come with a feature that’s all too rare in women’s sports apparel: pockets.
Hemp Protein Powder by Nutiva ($12-$32)
It doesn’t contain CBD, but this protein powder is rich in the essential oils and fatty acids found in hemp, which are great for your body. It’s vegan, organic, GMO-free and sourced solely from hemp grown in California.
Cell Phone Armband Case by Tribe ($10)
This highly rated water-resistant case fits many of the most popular phones on the market, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. The no-slip elastic band is adjustable to fit your measurements, and it comes in a range of colors to suit your personal style.
Weighted Vest for Women by Empower ($25-$50)
Contoured to fit comfortably on a woman’s torso, this vest is available in three different weights: 4 lb, 8 lb, or 16 lb. The extra weight helps build strength and burn more calories, and (somewhat surprisingly) it also comes with pockets.
Resistance Bands Set by Tribe ($21)
This 12-piece set has everything you need for a low-impact workout at home or the gym: five color-coded bands, two cushioned handles, two ankle straps, and a door hanger. It also comes with a waterproof bag for lugging it all around, and an extensive guide of exercises to try.
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