BY MARIE LODI
Photographs courtesy of brands
Think back to the last time you went to a hard workout. Did it hurt to laugh the next day? Maybe you were walking funny? Whether you’re starting a new exercise routine or you’re a fitness regular, sore muscles are inevitable. It’s normal to feel tight and achy about 24-48 hours after a really hard HIIT class — that’s when DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness, sets in — but it’s far from pleasant. The good news is that you can combine cannabis and recovery tools to ease your pain as your muscles begin to rebuild themselves (and, in turn, make you stronger). Read on for our 9 favorites.
Draw a hot bath and add in this bath bomb that is equal parts CBD and THC. The combination of cannabinoids and heat will loosen everything up and relieve your discomfort.
Does that spot on your hip feel weird after every run? Try this pain stick, which is equal parts CBD and THC, to help ease the ache.
This spray incorporates anti-inflammatory cannabis extracts, healing arnica, and soothing peppermint oil. It’ll feel cool on the skin and you can target larger areas, like tight upper back muscles, easily.
We raved about this balm and its magical abilities to help with everything from golf-induced back aches to tired legs from skiing. Try it and you’ll love it just as much as we do.
The founders of Lit Method (aka people who exercise for a living) name dropped this pen as a key part of their recovery process. That’s a vote of confidence.
Foam rolling hurts and is frankly really boring to do. But it’s good for you so make it a point to get one that has trigger points that’ll dig deep into tight knots.
Not into laying on a foam roller? You could also cheat and use something that does the hard work for you like a Theragun. It’s an amazing and effective recovery tool that vibrates over painful parts of your body.
Drinking plenty of water will help flush out your muscles. If you want to streamline your recovery routine, try this two-for-one foam roller and water bottle.
Infrared saunas are super trendy for recovery — people love them because they’re traditionally at lower temperatures than your standard sauna, making it easier to tolerate. You could fork over for weekly sessions at your local spa or treat yourself to this blanket, which will let you sweat it out at home.