Could CBD be the Key to Improving Your Workout or Athletic Performance?
Everyone from weekend warriors to professional athletes are looking for an edge these days, that has caused many to take a long, hard look at Cannabidiol, or CBD.
Could taking CBD help you lift more weight or run faster or perform a particular sport better?
While there haven’t been any specific studies that show CBD directly increases performance it does offer a number of benefits that could conceivably help athletes perform better.
For example, it has been shown to be a powerful pain reliever. Also, it is highly effective as a stress reliever.
Both of these things could help an athlete perform better. Let’s take a closer look at CBD.
First, let’s explain what CBD is for those who are not that familiar with it.
CBD, or as we said earlier Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. There are two cannabis plants – hemp and marijuana.
Marijuana contains THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical that gets marijuana users “high.” Hemp contains very low levels of THC, not enough to get users high.
That’s the big difference between hemp and marijuana, which can be important when selecting what source you want to receive your CBD from. We’ll discuss this more in a minute.
Right now, let’s go back to CBD. This chemical has been associated with producing a number of health benefits for those who use it. For instance, Harvard University Medical School in the US reports:
“CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. CBD may also offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.” (source)
Already, a number of benefits linked to CBD – such has an absence of pain, better sleep and reduced anxiety – could easily lead to improved athletic performance.
Of course, one of the biggest benefits linked to taking CBD is pain relief and athletes have been quick to take advantage of its all-natural, highly effective pain relief.
A recent article in Outside magazine said that a large number of athletes are turning to CBD for pain relief of sore muscles and joints.
According to the article, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) “removed CBD from its list of banned substances in January, which prompted many professional athletes, including ultrarunner Avery Collins and mountain biker Teal Stetson-Lee, to eschew ibuprofen for CBD.”
The reason athletes are choosing CBD over ibuprofen? Because many believe CBD is a safer alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription anti-inflammatories.
We have all heard the horror stories associated with Opioids, which can be highly addictive.
CBD offers strong pain relief and is safe, natural and not addictive. It also does not produce a high like marijuana.
Athletes looking to increase performance can worry about becoming intoxicated or flunking a drug test.
CBD is NOT psychoactive.
When you think of recreational marijuana, which has been legalized in eleven states and Washington, DC, in the US, that is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. The reaction that brings about the intoxicating effects associated with smoking marijuana is exclusively due to THC interacting with our bodies’ CB1 receptors.
THC is still most often consumed by smoking marijuana but it is also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.
CBD, on the other hand, provides relief for a number of conditions without the euphoric effects of THC … making it of greater benefit to athletes.
One big differentiator between CBD and THC is CBD doesn’t bind with CB1 receptors and can never cause a high, no matter how much of it is consumed.
Currently, one issue preventing more athletes from benefiting from CBD is the wide ranging quality of the CBD products that are on the market today.
For instance, many CBD products contain CBD isolate instead of full-spectrum CBD. It is believed that full-spectrum CBD offers users many more benefits compared to CBD in isolated form due to what is being called “the entourage effect.”
You see, there are over 100 substances in the cannabis plant and the entourage effect says that they all act together to enhance their effects.
Taking only CBD instead of full-spectrum CBD deprives users of a variety of additional benefits, including better sleep, greater pain relief, reduced nausea, inhibited cancer cell growth and more.
Another problem with many CBD products is that they are notorious for over-reporting the amount of CBD they contain.
A 2017 study of 84 commercial CBD extracts that was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that only 31% contained the amount of CBD they claimed.
Still another problem is companies using cheap quality CBD or cutting corners in the manufacturing process to save money and increase their profit margin.
So how do you find a CBD provider you can trust so that you can get post-workout relief and then hit the gym even harder the following day?
The key is to do your research. Visit company websites and read their testimonials. Also study where they get their CBD and how they manufacture their products.
One company you may definitely want to check out is Sarah’s Blessing. This company has built a strong reputation for providing the highest quality CBD products.
It offers three varieties of CBD oil – 3%, 6% and 9% solutions – along with candy, tea and cream that also contain high quality CBD.
Sarah’s Blessing gets its CBD from hemp grown in Switzerland and it uses a superior CO2 extraction process to ensure the highest quality and potency of its CBD.
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