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CBD—A vitally important key for maximizing recovery!


In my 24 years at Hammer Nutrition, I’ve shared a lot of information with thousands of athletes on supplementation, fueling and more. And those who’ve come to know me during those many years know that one topic, in particular, is one I’m especially zealous about recovery. I am fond of saying, “Recover right and reap the rewards,” and while that may sound like a slick bit of alliteration, I stand by those words completely.

Why am I so passionate about recovery? Because it is what makes everything else happen… everything revolves around recovery! Think about it: while what we do in our training is undeniably important, all the gains we hope to make occur in that time period in between our workouts. When we don’t attend to recovery, we simply can’t hope to make improvements in our athletic endeavors, and oftentimes we end up worse than before (e.g., excess soreness, insufficient sleep, more frequent sick days, etc.) When we do take care of the all-important aspect of recovery, we reap the rewards of greater fitness, endurance, and overall health.


Resupplying the body ASAP after your workouts with high-quality carbs and protein via Recoverite or Organic Vegan Recoverite is one of those vital steps. Providing the body with a wide range of antioxidants—both from food and supplements such as Super Antioxidant and AO Booster—is another important step.

And here are two other equally important components of superior recovery:

  1. Relieving the aches and soreness that often accompany us after a hard workout. You simply can’t train effectively if your muscles and joints are constantly sore.
  2. Getting consistent quality sleep. Lack of quality sleep, in the words of one highly-respected coach, “is the ultimate performance killer.”

While there are outstanding Hammer Nutrition products that very much help—Tissue Rejuvenator for the aches and REM Caps for the sleep—the undisputed champion when it comes to tackling both together is Hammer CBD. It doesn’t eliminate the use of either Tissue Rejuvenator or REM Caps—far from it—but CBD should be first in your recovery supplement regimen, with those two aforementioned products providing outstanding complementary support.


The 100+ cannabinoids found in the hemp plant—headed up by CBD (cannabidiol)—along with the naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds, act to positively influence and support our body’s cannabinoid system (a.k.a. the endocannabinoid system), which regulates key aspects of our biology.

The two major endocannabinoid receptors are:

Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1): These receptors are found throughout the body, though primarily in the central nervous system and the brain. As expected, these receptors are involved with regulating sleep, mood, emotions, thinking, movement/coordination, appetite, and more.

Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2): These receptors are found mainly in the immune system throughout the body. When CB2 receptors are activated, they work to reduce aches and soreness.

Don’t just take our word for it! Here is just a fraction of 5-star reviews from clients who’ve used one of our CBD offerings:

First time user, but the nuisance daily aches and pains, especially waking, vanish with consumption. No side effects.

Always amazing. I’ve tried other brands and always come back to Hammer Nutrition CBD… you can tell the difference.

I've noticed better quality sleep, faster recovery, and improved tissue healing. Definitely a solid component of my recovery program.

Anxiety has been reduced to zero, I recovery twice as fast from triathlon training, and my sleep quality has greatly improved. Thank you Hammer for another amazing product!


Use our Broad-Spectrum CBD Softgels, or Broad-Spectrum Liquid Tinctures, or our Full-Spectrum CBD Softgels or Full-Spectrum Tinctures (up to 0.3% THC content) on a daily basis to help alleviate aches and soreness, improve your sleep quality, support strong immunity, and much more. Apply pleasant-smelling Hammer CBD Balm to your skin to get quick-acting and thorough relief for those problem sore areas (knees, tendons, etc.).

Derived from organically grown, non-GMO, USA-raised hemp, all Hammer CBD products are of the highest quality there is, and they’re extremely cost-effective as well.

Hammer CBD. You may be able to spell “recovery” without it, but you can only enjoy truly superior recovery with it! If you’d like to discuss how CBD may benefit you, we invite you to give us a call today—or give it a try for 30 days. Like everything Hammer Nutrition sells, we guarantee all our premium-quality CBD products 100%.


QUESTION: What’s the difference between and broad-spectrum CBD formula and a full-spectrum CBD formula?

ANSWER: There are a over 100 cannabinoids as well as terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds in the hemp plant, all of which provide numerous benefits for many aspects of human health.

One of the cannabinoids is THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the one responsible for the “high” effect. Broad-spectrum formulas have all the aforementioned cannabinoids, terpenes, and more present, with the exception of THC. Hammer Nutrition’s broad-spectrum CBD formulas are guaranteed via Certificate of Analysis to have 0.0% THC content. If you’re a drug-tested athlete, subject to drug tests in your job, or if you’re one of the countless people who simply don’t want any THC in their bodies, a broad-spectrum formula is what you want.

In a full-spectrum formula everything is present, including up to 0.3% THC. This formulation is oftentimes a more attractive option, especially for anyone not subject to drug testing, because of what is known as the “entourage effect.” This describes the synergistic benefits experienced when all the compounds in the hemp plant are consumed together. While a broad-spectrum formula offers tremendous benefits, a full-spectrum formula offers even better, more complete “entourage effect” benefits.

NOTE: 0.3% THC content is nowhere near what would be required for the psychoactive effects to occur; one would literally have to take many bottles of a full-spectrum formula to come anywhere near close.


So what’s the difference between Super Antioxidant and AO Booster? What are your recommendations for which one to use?
Hammer Nutrition replied:
Thanks for your excellent question, Jeff! Super Antioxidant contains primarily water-soluble antioxidants, which neutralize specific free radicals. AO Booster is comprised of all fat-soluble antioxidants, which neutralize different types of free radicals, those that are fat-soluble-produced and that which water-soluble antioxidants are not effective at neutralizing. If there were only one or two types of free radicals negatively affecting our bodies, we’d be able to get by with one, maybe two, antioxidants such as vitamin C (water-soluble) and vitamin E (fat-soluble). The truth, however, is that there are several different free radicals, both water-soluble and fat-soluble, which is why a wide variety of antioxidants is necessary. Additionally, not only do antioxidants work on a specific type (or types) of free radicals, but a large majority of them also work synergistically supporting, augmenting, and enhancing the effects of other antioxidants. The saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” is quite appropriate when talking about antioxidants and how they work in the human body. This is why, ideally, both products can and should be used together (1 capsule of each is fine). If, however, budget limitations allow for only one of these two products, I (Steve Born) would personally opt for AO Booster because it provides benefits that exceed antioxidant support. See:

Jeff Stone

I periodically use THC in the form of gummies or the traditional method (smoke). Am i getting the same benefits that CBD would provide?
Hammer Nutrition replied:
Thank you for your excellent question, Mark. If the gummies you consume contain only THC, you will not be receiving the benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) and the other 130+ cannabinoids and other compounds (mainly terpenes) found in the cannabis plant. Smoking cannabis appears to allow entry of all the cannabinoids (including CBD) into the body, though this has not been heavily researched. One small study showed that total cannabinoid levels, as assayed by radioimmunoassay (RIA), were found in blood, then later in urine, when passive smokers inhaled. That said, when cannabis is smoked/inhaled, or consumed in edible form, the THC content will be significantly higher than what is found in broad-spectrum products (those contain 0.0% THC content), as well as in full-spectrum products (up to 0.3% THC content is permissible). How these higher levels/amounts of THC affect the function of the other cannabinoids (terpenes) as well, is not known and, to my knowledge, not addressed in scientific research.


Ok, a CBD newbie here. I tried one capsule a few times in the morning with no effect. I have some soreness, etc. I am using the Full Spectrum Soft Gels. I am 6’1" and 240 lbs. How often should I take them to achieve success?

Hammer Nutrition replied:
Hi Al, thank you for reaching out about usage. While some people notice significant effects from their usage, that is generally not the case. It take some time to build up levels in the body. Body size is also a factor as is individual sensitivity. I am 5’11, 170 and I take 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night, for example. My suggestion is to take one softgel in the morning and one at night before bed for 7-10 days straight, then evaluate. BDF

Allen McLean

I have noticed less soreness, improved sleep quality, feel recovered

John Dawson

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