Inflammation After Physical Activity? How Hemp Could Help Soothe Your Discomfort

Physical activity is essential for your overall health and well-being. As your muscles build strength and endurance, various chemicals circulate throughout your body that help improve your mood, boost your energy levels, and alleviate stress.1 

However, the same activities that help protect your future health and happiness can also cause a considerable amount of inflammation-induced discomfort. Engaging in similar activities before the inflammation subsides can cause more problems than you might expect.2 

For safe, plant-sourced relief, consider investing in the potential of naturally cultivated hemp. Based on data collected from nearly 2,000 CBDistillery™ customers, most survey respondents report that our hemp-derived products help soothe the inflammation caused by physical activity. 

Why Does Inflammation After Physical Activity Cause Pain and Stiffness? 

Inflammation after physical activity is a natural protective mechanism initiated by your immune system.  

Reduced muscle strength, tenderness, and stiffness after physical activity are common symptoms of acute inflammation. As blood flow increases to overworked joints and muscles, you’ll likely notice a sensation of warmth. Then your immune system sends specialized white blood cells to remove cellular debris and initiate repairs. Although necessary for healing, those white blood cells produce a hormone-like byproduct (prostaglandin) that can cause stiffness, and swelling.3 

What Happens If Activity Resumes Before Inflammation After Physical Activity Subsides?                                               

The inflammation that helps repair tissues compromised by strenuous activity can also cause secondary damage to the body. That secondary damage explains why overworked muscles tend to feel worse before getting better, a reaction known as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). 

DOMS typically sets in within 12-24 hours after a workout and peaks within 1-3 days. You’ll likely notice a temporary loss of strength, reduced range of motion, stiffness, and swelling in the affected areas. Engaging in similarly intense activities before the inflammation after physical activity subsides and injuries recover can cause a continuous cycle of tissue trauma and chronic inflammation. That’s how post-workout inflammation slows recovery, limits fitness gains, and causes overuse injuries.4,5 

Why Are People Using Hemp Products to Soothe Inflammation After Physical Activity? 

Today’s health-conscious consumers tend to prefer natural health and wellness products that address the cause of their distress over over-the-counter alternatives that can cause troubling side effects.6 The search for natural plant-sourced solutions leads many people living with stiffness and pain after physical activity to the soothing potential of naturally cultivated hemp products. Why hemp? 

The oil extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers contains plant elements (phytocannabinoids) that interact with numerous chemical receptors throughout your body, including the receptors of your endocannabinoid system (ECS). As the largest regulatory system in your body, ECS signaling influences nearly every essential function, from stress responses, immune system function, and the perception of pleasure and pain, to organ function and muscle movement. The potential benefits of using hemp-derived products depend on which essential processes might be restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support.7 

Is There Evidence Confirming the Inflammation After Physical Activity Soothing Potential? 

Based on survey results collected from nearly 2,000 respondents, most CBDistillery™ customers report using our products for relaxation, better sleep, and less discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation after physical activity. The data we’ve collected reveals that 88% of those responding prefer CBDistillery™ hemp-derived products over turmeric. Why the comparison? Because the active phyto-compound in turmeric, curcumin, is a natural supplement often used by athletes to alleviate discomfort, calm inflammation after physical activity, and support post-workout recovery.9 

Which CBDistillery™ Products Are Best for Inflammation After Physical Activity? 

There are many types of hemp-derived products. Since there are so many ways for your body to absorb the health and wellness potential, it’s best to find a product that suits your needs and your lifestyle. Although our hemp-derived tinctures are popular with first-time users, everyone is different. 

You might prefer the convenience of using a capsule or treating yourself to a bottle of our delicious gummies.  

When using CBDistillery™ products for the first time, consider starting with a small amount and increasing gradually at a pace you’re comfortable with. Although our hemp-derived products can be used as needed, most of our survey respondents report achieving their best results after 7-14 days of consistent use. 

Can Anyone Use Hemp Products for Inflammation After Physical Activity? 

Naturally cultivated hemp-derived products are generally well-tolerated and considered safe for most adults. While most of our survey respondents (93%) report never experiencing a negative side effect, hemp-derived products may not be right for everyone. 

Like many other plant extracts, hemp oil can interact with several prescription and over-the-counter medications.8 If you have a medical condition or take medication, please discuss your interest in the health and wellness potential of hemp with your health care provider before purchasing CBDistillery™ products. 

Why Trust CBDistillery™ Hemp-Derived Products? 

The quality of the hemp products you select will have a significant impact on your overall experience. That’s why it’s important to stick with a reputable brand you can trust, a respected industry leader like CBDistillery™. 

CBDistillery™ tinctures, capsules, topicals, gummies, and isolate powders are sourced from non-GMO plants grown using natural farming practices. To learn more about our hemp-derived products and the many potential benefits of ECS support, visit CBDistillery™. While you’re there, consider signing up for our Ultimate User Guide download and exclusive offers. 

CBDistillery™ products are third-party tested for purity and potency, and US Hemp Authority™ certified.  You can verify our commitment to quality by viewing the Certificate of Analysis on our product pages or scanning the QR code on every CBDistillery™ product label. 


1. Healthline. A Semeco. (2017 February 10) The Top 10 Benefits of Regular Exercise. 

2. Harvard Health. (2020 April) Understanding Acute and Chronic Inflammation. 

3. Livestrong. C Lunardoni. (2019 April 03) It’s Not Swell to Have Swollen Muscles After a Workout, But There Are Simple Remedies. 

4. Healthline. G Olson. (2019 June 25_ What Is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and What Can You Do About It? 

5. Active. M Fitgerald. (2020) Is Inflammation Holding You Back? 

6. Investopedia. S Delventhal. (2020 February 29) New Generation of Consumers Increase Demand for Natural Products. 

7. Journal of Young Investigators. C Sallaberry, L Astern. (June 01, 2018) The Endocannabinoid System, Our Universal Regulator. 

8. WellSeek. M Radloff. (2019 May 04) Here’s How Turmeric Can Boost Recovery for Athletes.