(Courtesy of Nufabrx)
I woke up at 5 a.m., like I always do, and hit the gymy gym for a lil’ chest-day-plus-stairmaster-and-jump-rope action. I needed something that would apply pressure to the elbow and knee regions.
I came here to talk shit, and I’m honestly sad that I won’t be able to. Because the Nufabrx CBD-infused (and capsaicin -infused) compression elbow and knee sleeves have not wronged me. In fact, using them has been a positive experience, one that may benefit others as well. *Deep sigh.*
Dr. Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, said that there’s limited research on the therapeutic effects of CBD alone. However, there’s more research on CBD with THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (which is not legally allowed in consumer products at a higher concentration than 0.3%). This is perhaps one of the reasons why CBD claims are so confusing, because we know more about the efficacy of products with both CBD and THC, but the vast majority of CBD products sold contain only CBD. It’s important to know that products with just CBD and CBD with equal parts THC are totally different products.
Acabada claims its activewear gives you a dose of CBD as you move, but there’s not enough research to prove it works.
I had the opportunity to test out the CBD-laced workout gear for myself and have to admit, I was intrigued by the product idea. I’ve used other CBD products on and off (a tincture, which I found helpful for stress and anxiety) CBD gummies, a protein bar, and a variety of topical CBD products marketed to help with post-workout muscle soreness . But I was pretty skeptical about the clothes, since the only products I’ve found truly helpful are the more potent CBD tinctures.
What does the science say?
“If you look at a knit under a microscope you’re going to see thousands of fibers, and the microcapsules bond to these fibers. And they’re at all different levels within the fabric. These different levels hold the microcapsules and as you’re moving you’re actually breaking the ones that are the highest, or on the surface,” Baum said. According to Acabada the CBD lasts for about 40 wears and washes (and this is also subject to how long you work out and wear the clothes after.)
When I asked Cooper about her opinion on if CBD clothing could work in theory, she seemed skeptical. “Given that we don’t even know if topical CBD can permeate the skin and have meaningful effects on the body, we definitely don’t know if CBD in clothing would have that effect.”
How does CBD activewear work?
I will say I noticed a bit of a difference during the barre class. I have been going to barre classes on and off for years, and typically during the leg- and seat-work sections of class, my lower body is shaking and burning so much that I don’t know if I can do one more rep of the exercise. And while my muscles were definitely shaking (which is the goal in barre class since you’re trying to “fatigue” the muscle) I did notice that my legs weren’t burning as much as they normally do — usually at this point in class the burn can get pretty intense.
While wearing the leggings, I was able to power through more reps than usual because my legs weren’t hurting as much. Can I say if this was due to the leggings or some other factor? Not really. But it was noticeable. The next morning I also noticed that my lower body wasn’t as sore as it would normally be after taking a barre class.