In the past year, CBD has quickly become a well-known health supplement believed to help treat many medical conditions and ailments, but CBD is also proving to be a breakout star among the fitness community.
Whether you’re into high-intensity workouts or just looking to make a few healthy changes in your everyday life, CBD may potentially be a key player.
I bet it’s safe to say that you have some prior knowledge about CBD, so we will quickly cover the basics before jumping into why CBD is making waves in the fitness community.
What is CBD and How Does It Work with Your Body?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid molecule found in cannabis that is believed to possess broad therapeutic potential. CBD is often confused with its psychoactive cousin, THC, when in reality CBD can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.
To understand how CBD works, you must first know and understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a vital molecular system for helping maintain homeostasis, or internal systemic balance. The ECS is widespread throughout the body and is made up of three main components: cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes.
Unfortunately, the ECS can change and become compromised over time and has trouble maintaining balance. Disease and injury can also play a role in throwing our bodies even further out of balance – this is where CBD comes into play. CBD is a natural reinforcement used to stimulate the ECS. CBD does not bind to receptors in the ECS; instead, it stops the breakdown of our own endocannabinoids, allowing the body to use more of what it’s already naturally producing.
Now, let’s talk about some of the benefits of CBD that will help you make the most of your fitness routine and healthy lifestyle.
Using CBD Pre-Workout
Taking CBD before a workout can give you a much-needed energy boost, help relieve pain, and act as an anti-catabolic; all by encouraging your body to function efficiently.
Many people, not just in the fitness community, use CBD as a general mood and energy booster. One of the major selling points for CBD is its antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties, which can help you feel more energized and confident. Also, these properties can help motivate you when you’re struggling to find the motivation to workout.
Studies have shown that CBD is an analgesic, meaning that it effectively relieves pain. Using CBD as a pre-workout supplement will best help reduce sensitivity to pain during your workout, and because you won’t be as sensitive to pain signals from your muscles, you may be able to endure a more high-intensity workout.
Research shows that CBD has anti-catabolic properties. This means that CBD can help slow down the breakdown of muscle mass, helping to build more muscle. CBD is able to do this by decreasing the number of catabolic hormones that are present in the body. Catabolic hormones act to break down muscle tissue. One of the more common catabolic hormones is cortisol, or the stress hormone. Cortisol breaks down muscle tissue to supply the body with blood sugar – CBD has been shown to regulate cortisol.
Fun fact: When your cortisol levels aren’t regulated, your chances of gaining weight and storing fact increases!
Using CBD Post-Workout
Your fitness routine doesn’t end just because you’re home from the gym, so why shouldn’t you use CBD to help continue your routine post-workout?
We already mentioned that CBD has pain relieving properties, but CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may be just what you need after an intense gym session. The anti-inflammatory properties can help you recover quicker and deal with delayed muscle soreness. How nice does a CBD topical massage sound?
If you struggle to find your appetite for a post-recovery meal, CBD may help stimulate your appetite. After all, it’s important to get your protein after a workout! On the other side of the spectrum, some find that CBD helps suppress their appetite and reduces their cravings for unhealthy foods.
Lastly, the key to your fitness routine is sleep. Our body does most of its recovering while we sleep. If you’re not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, you may experience slower muscle growth and recovery. CBD helps regulate the hormones that signal time for rest and wakefulness; getting your sleep back on track!
While some believe that CBD is just another fad, we think that CBD is going to be sticking around for the long haul. It’s nearly impossible to ignore the benefits of CBD – and it’s a huge positive that CBD has no public health risks or abuse potential. Even the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) removed CBD from its banned substances list last year, giving professional athletes the chance to use their platform to show support for CBD.
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