CBD and Fitness: 4 Things You Should Know About

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound obtained from cannabis, which medical experts claim might treat numerous diseases. CBD is mostly used to manage chronic pain, anxiety disorders, and sleep problems. Due to its potent medicinal value, cannabidiol is no longer famous only in the health and wellness sector. Today, you can find CBD-formulated products in various other industries, including the fitness and hospitality sector. Indeed, there is plenty of documented evidence suggesting that the substance might help to enhance fitness. 

However, there are certain things you should familiarize yourself with before integrating CBD vape juice that actually works or other CBD products into your workout routine. This article shall highlight the four things to know about CBD and fitness.

CBD can optimize your workouts in different ways.

CBD is renowned for its potent analgesic properties. When consumed, the substance enters your body via the endocannabinoid system and boosts the performance of various receptors that regulate how your body picks up and relays pain signals. So, using cannabidiol can go a long way in treating exercise-induced pain. As far as pain treatment goes, CBD is effective against delayed muscle soreness (DOMS). 

Besides treating pain, CBD can also alleviate inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response to the presence of foreign substances. Repeated trauma to muscles, tissues, and bones might also trigger inflammation. According to research conducted on rat specimens, CBD exerts its anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting some of the body’s core inflammatory messenger activity. 

Other ways CBD might impact your workouts include:

  • Boosting sleep quality and duration, thereby helping your body to recover after intensive workouts
  • Enhancing your mental concentration by relieving stress and anxiety
  • Boosting your energy levels due to its fatigue-relieving properties
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There’s a variety of delivery methods to experiment with.

One of the best things is that there are numerous ways to consume CBD. You could vape a CBD-infused e-juice, smoke-dried hemp flowers, or administer CBD oil tinctures sublingually. You could also apply a CBD-enriched balm topically or ingest encapsulated CBD. What’s more – you could do yourself one better by purchasing CBD-infused edible products like gummy bears, baked goods, or chocolate products. 

Now, the delivery method that you choose depends on your desired effects. As you shall find, vaping, smoking and oral administration of CBD oil tinctures deliver cannabinoids straight to your bloodstream. But there’s a tradeoff – the effects of these three delivery methods are usually short-lasting.

If you’re looking for long-term effects, like treating chronic pain or insomnia, your best bet is to choose CBD-infused edibles. Although their effects take longer to kick in, edibles ensure that cannabidiol stays longer in your system.

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CBD won’t get you high.

CBD is often contrasted from its closest cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in that THC induces euphoria while CBD does not. The inability of CBD to cause psychedelic effects is because the substance interacts with endocannabinoid receptors that are widespread in peripheral organs and tissues, known as CB2 receptors. On the other hand, THC binds directly to CB1 receptors near the brain and central nervous system. 

So, you can go ahead and integrate cannabidiol into your workout routine without worrying about getting intoxicated from it. Just remember to conduct your due diligence to ensure that the substance you purchase is formulated with insignificant mind-altering THC levels. 

While it’s impossible to have a cannabis-based product that’s 100% free of a particular cannabinoid, you can easily find CBD products that contain negligible concentrations of THC. The secret is to look out for the labels ‘isolates’ or ‘broad-spectrum CBD.’ 

CBD isolates, as the name implies, are substances that contain cannabidiol as the only active cannabinoid. In contrast, broad-spectrum CBD includes a variety of other cannabinoids apart from psychotropic compounds like THC. If you’re opposed to the idea of intoxication while using CBD to enhance your workouts, shun any product bearing the label ‘full-spectrum.’

CBD may not work for you.

Although CBD comes with powerful therapeutic properties that might aid your workouts, it’s sad to note that the substance may not work for you after all. One of the reasons CBD may not work for you is if you choose poor quality products. As a rule of thumb, always purchase CBD products formulated with cannabidiol, which was obtained by Carbon Dioxide Extraction, as opposed to other extraction methods like Solvent Extraction. If you’re unsure, you can ask the vendor how they source their CBD. 

Another best practice when choosing quality CBD products is to insist on products that come with test results from independent labs. That’s the only way to ensure that the product contains the ingredients that appear on the label and the ratios indicated. 

But besides choosing poor-quality CBD products, cannabidiol might also not work for you if you’re presently under certain medications. So, it’s prudent to discuss with your doctor before using CBD to optimize your fitness (or for other purposes).

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Final Thoughts

Incorporating cannabidiol into your fitness routine is one of the best health decisions you’ll ever make. Besides the tons of health benefits to enjoy, there are also plenty of ways to administer the substance. However, always consult your doctor before using CBD or any cannabis product. Above all, ensure that you can legally possess and use cannabidiol in your jurisdiction before purchasing any CBD product. 

Written By: Nancy Fernandez 

Reference Links

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22850623/ 

https://sites.psu.edu/cannabinoid/files/2020/06/NTI-Meds-to-be-Closely-Monitored-when-Co-Administered-with-Cannabinoids_2020_04_25.pdf 

https://www.slideshare.net/motusactive/surprising-reasons-to-use-cbd-for-your-fitness

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/fitness/articles/2018-05-11/can-cbd-products-improve-your-fitness-results 


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