Just when you thought the health industry couldn’t take things any further, fitness brand Acabada has just dropped the latest bombshell: CBD infused activewear.
According to the NYC based brand, they believe infusing clothes with CBD can help speed up the recovery process.
Cannabidiol or CBD – naturally sourced from hemp plants – is one of the fastest growing wellbeing supplements in the US and UK. According to GP and medical director of Healthspan, Dr Sarah Brewer, there are many health benefits associated with it.
“CBD does have beneficial psychological effects and is particularly helpful for reducing anxiety, promoting relaxation and restful sleep,” Brewer says.
But the biggest motivator for taking CBD oil is to help with muscles and joint pain. “CBD also appears to reduce the perception of pain, and many people take it to help relieve muscle aches and pains,” Brewer adds.
“CBD hemp extracts have anti-inflammatory effects on joints that help to improve pain and stiffness.”
How does this fit in with activewear?
Under each of Acabada’s product descriptions, the brand has listed the muscle groups targeted by the CBD infused into the fabric. For example, the Astor Leggings contain 10 grams of CBD which target the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves, while the Madison Tank contains 4 grams of CBD that supposedly reduces pain and inflammation in the abs, deltoids and obliques.
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How is it “infused”?
“First, microscopic CBD droplets are wrapped in a protective polymer coating,” the Acabada site states. “Put simply, this coating creates an exterior shell for the CBD, to protect it from being damaged by evaporation, oxidation and contamination until their release is triggered. These microcapsules are then embedded into the multilayers of the fibres of our luxe fabrics through a patented textile finishing treatment.”
Because the fabric moves with you during your workout, it creates friction, thus allowing the micro-capsules to gradually open and release CBD.
Is this credible?
The Cut interviewed Robert Carson, a paediatric neurologist at Vanderbilt University who studies the use of CBD in treating kids with epilepsy, to get his view on this new trend.
“My first feeling is this is crazy,” he told The Cut. “But, in actually thinking about it, and it kind of pains me to say it, this could be plausible.”
Carson suggests that just like lidocaine patches (used for pain relief) or scopolamine patches (used for seasickness), topical medicines can be transmitted via material worn on the skin.
However, Carson still remains sceptical because in order to find out exactly how much CBD is being transmitted per workout, per person – and prove whether it’s effective – would require much further research.
“We see this with drug companies all the time — they spend millions and millions on a product, do a clinical trial, and it’s a failure, and then they’re done.”
How much is the activewear and where can you buy it from?
Unfortunately Acabada currently doesn’t ship outside the US so us Aussies won’t be able to strut around in CBD activewear just yet.
In terms of pricing, the collection ranges from AUD $182 for a sports bra to AUD $401 for a jumpsuit. Acabada states their products’ CBD content lasts 40 uses on average, which means if you work out three times a week you’ll be splashing cash every three or so months. Add that to your already exxy gym membership, avocado addiction and home loan dreams? Yeah… questionable.