Many people already use cannabidiol (CBD) for relaxation and stress relief, but another little-known attribute of the substance is it’s benefits to the world of fitness. In January 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of prohibited substances for athletes in competition, meaning CBD is now an acceptable way to enhance performance and aid in recovery. This is great news for professional athletes as well as fitness enthusiasts everywhere.
Cannabidiol is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and others. This cannabinoid in specific is non-psychotropic, meaning it does not produce a “high” feeling for the user and is safe for use by anyone. CBD is extracted from the flower, seeds, and stalk of the cannabis plant and formed into oil or isolate powder making it a versatile ingredient that can be added to a multitude of products. The cannabinoids in CBD interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps our bodies maintain homeostasis, thus promoting our overall well-being. This also helps us to maintain proper sleep patterns, regulate our appetite, and increase metabolism; all great factors that go along with a fitness lifestyle.
Moreover, CBD does wonders for inflammation on the joints and muscles. A vigorous workout causes microscopic tears to the muscles, which activates our bodies anti-inflammatory response so the muscles can repair and come back stronger than ever. CBD provides extra help in this process, giving the body a boost into recovery. This magical cannabinoid also reduces the stress hormone cortisol. When your cortisol levels are too high, it can cause symptoms such as high blood sugar, hypertension, and reduced immunity.
Making CBD a regular part of your post-workout regiment can greatly benefit the body and mind throughout a stressful lifestyle full of exercise.