As the popularity of CBD, or Cannabidiol, has continued to increase more and more people have begun to ask if taking CBD could help them improve their workouts … or even improve the results they get from working out.
We are going to address this issue in this article … so let’s get started.
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 address 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)
That last statement is most important when it comes to assessing CBD’s benefits to those who workout.
You see, any time you exercise you cause microscopic damage to your body’s muscles and tissues. It’s this inflammation that triggers the body’s repair processes which then enable the muscles (and tissues) to grow back stronger.
The problem is too much inflammation, if left unchecked by inadequate repair processes, can lead to excessive muscle damage and declining workout results.
It should be noted that inflammation is a leading cause of strains and sprains and can even lead to more serious health conditions if left alone for too long.
In fact, a 2018 review that was published in Frontiers in Neurology stated that CBD reduces inflammation and improves pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis.
CBD providers, like Sarah’s Blessing of London, England, report that they are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of both older and younger adults who are using CBD oils, creams and edibles to recover faster from a workout.
Many are also saying that they believe CBD my help promote muscle growth, but no studies have been done to prove that result as of yet.
One thing that few dispute is that CBD can be a safer workout inflammation reducer than NSAIDs and opioids.
You see, for a long time those who workout frequently have resorted to taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers for their nagging pain.
We have all heard about the “opioid epidemic” that is sweeping the world. These drugs are highly addictive and can lead to a whole host of issues down the road.
NSAIDs, on the other hand, can also be harmful to your health. For instance, in a study of ultra-marathoners that was published in the 2017 Emergency Medical Journal, it was found that 18% of the runners who took ibuprofen every four hours during a marathon for pain relief suffered acute kidney damage.
The bottom line is rubbing CBD oil on a sore muscle or joint appears to provide safe, natural relief that will allow a person to get back in the gym faster.
One issue preventing more exercisers 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, which we mentioned earlier. 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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