With its anti-inflammatory properties and its capacity to improve sleep quality, CBD is gaining popularity among those looking to take things to the next level in the gym. Here’s what you need to know before taking the plunge.
Whether you’re trying to get back into shape, set new personal bests, or leave your competitors in the dust, CBD oil may be the perfect addition to your exercise regiment. With all of CBD’s promise, it’s no wonder that athletes and novices alike are rushing to introduce CBD to their diet.
To understand how CBD affects an exerciser’s workout and recovery, it’s important to first understand CBD. Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is one of more than 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its more well-known cousin THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD has no psychoactive properties and does not induce the ‘high’ typically associated with cannabis products. In fact, CBD counteract the effects of THC and shows substantial health benefits in its own right.
When you put your muscles under tension, microscopic tears are created in muscle fibres. This damage caused by inflammation trigger the body to rebuild muscle tissue to be bigger and stronger. However too much inflammation can lead to excessive muscle damage, strains, sprains and poor results.
To mitigate these symptoms, exercisers often use products with anti-inflammatory properties such as ice baths, antioxidant-containing foods or drugs like ibuprofen. CBD too has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and may be a convenient addition to your routine. In one study, the authors concluded that CBD can mitigate pain and improve mobility due to its ability to reduce inflammation.
Quickens Recovery Time
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, CBD may help reduce the time needed to recover between workouts. By reducing inflammation, the aches and pains that commonly follow vigorous exercise may be less intense or prolonged allowing the exerciser to return to the gym, running track or football pitch sooner than what would have been ordinarily possible.
Eases Joint Pain
Have sore knees, hips or shoulders? If joint pain is holding you back from exercising, CBD oil can help. Some studies are tentatively suggesting that CBD may reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis. One 2017 study using topical application of CBD gels on rats indicated that there is potential for relief for arthritis pain-related behaviours without side effects. As the interest in CBD exponentially grows and as more funding is made available for research on humans, more evidence could appear proving its therapeutic benefits in mitigating pain.
CBD is known to help with relaxation and sleep due to its calming effect on the central nervous system. For a more detailed view on CBD’s effects on sleep quality refer to our recent blog article here Suffice to say, longer and deeper sleep can lead to better muscle recovery and more energy to tackle your next workout.
Easy Addition to Your Workout Smoothie/Shake
After your workout, while you are already making your post-workout smoothie, add a few drops of CBD oil to get all these benefits. Not only will you be fuelling your body with healthy proteins and nutrients, but you’ll be supplying your body of a much needed recovery supplement.
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