Why make CBD part of your daily workout?

Do you regularly work out or exercise? If you do, you are ahead of the health and wellness game. Exercise statistics indicate that only 19% of people in the US engage in physical activity every day with the participation rate higher for men (20.2%) than women (17.8%). This despite the benefits of exercise. Even 30 minutes a day of exercise can make a difference. It might improve your mood, lower the risk of heart disease and help control anxiety and stress. [1]

You also want to be sure to get the most out of your workout. Here’s where (cannabidiol) CBD may offer some help to be “on top of your game,” and, should you suffer an injury, help speed up recovery.  

CBD and the ECS

To understand how CBD can help working out, you first need to understand the role it plays with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a vital molecular system that plays a very important role in maintaining homeostasis, which is the body’s efforts to maintain stable functionality and operate optimally regardless of any changes in its environment.  For example, homeostasis comes into play when we want our cells to maintain optimum performance so that our body temperature isn’t too hot or cold. There is increasing evidence that the ECS helps to regulate stress, pain, immune system, and other functions of the body. Also, research on animal models suggests that CBD seems to be able to interact with the immune system to reduce inflammation from a number of conditions.”[2]

The ECS is made up of three components: endocannabinoids; cannabinoid receptors, which act as neurotransmitters (neurotransmitters send and receive messages over small gaps between neurons, which are called synapses) and enzymes.  CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system to produce more of its own cannabinoids, and it and slows their breakdown.[3]

How CBD can enhance working out

While  more research is needed to understand how CBD can enhance working out, many find its use for general overall wellness and recovery from injury.

CBD Helps Relieves Pain

Knee pain and injury is common among athletes, often the result of improper exercise form and technique or overexertion. Knee pain may also be the result of a pre-existing condition from a previous injury. By helping relieve pain and inflammation, CBD can be a key part of knee pain treatment to aid in relief and recovery.

CBD Aids Muscle Recovery

CBD can heal muscle pain and spasms naturally through its anti-inflammatory properties. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD promotes better recovery and limits the wear and tear that can occur during a workout session.[4]  CBD also is a powerful vascular relaxant. It dilates the blood vessels, thereby increasing the flow of blood to the affected area to bring about an analgesic effect to reduce pain and muscle spasms. [5] 

CBD Reduces Stress

Some studies have found CBD can lower stress and anxiety, which can enhance a workout session. A 2011 study found that CBD was able to reduce anxiety in individuals when they faced with public speaking.  Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety and discomfort.[6] Also, animal studies have found that CBD can reduce the effects of depression and anxiety. A 2014 review of animal studies found CBD exhibited anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects.[7]

During stress, muscles tense up, which affects performance and therefore increases the chance of injury. CBD may help the body process serotonin, a chemical that has a wide variety of functions in the body and contributes to wellbeing and happiness, thereby reducing stress. CBD doesn’t necessarily boost serotonin levels, but it may affect how the brain’s chemical receptors respond to the serotonin that’s already in your system.[8] CBD therefore can be part of pre-workout prep to enable athletes to train without causing damage to their bodies. 

CBD Aids Sleep

Lack of sleep as well as poor-quality sleep affect workout performance.  CBD increasingly is becoming a go-to solution for improved sleep. Some research on CBD and sleep indicates that CBD may interact with specific receptors in the endocannabinoid system to potentially affect the sleep/wake cycle. Furthermore, by reducing the symptoms of pain and anxiety, CBD may also contribute to a more restful sleep.[9]

When it comes to fitness, CBD and working out may just be a wining combination.

 

 

 

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