You Worked Out, Now What?
CBD And Workout Recovery
As an athlete or fitness enthusiast, it may not be uncommon to experience feelings of fatigue, soreness, pain, and even nausea after an intense workout session. These symptoms are unsurprising as intense physical activities place a lot of stress on your internal organs and the entire body system. Many individuals in such situations, would opt for over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen to help take off the edge and while such drugs may be effective in providing some level of relief, you would be surprised to discover the damage they do to the body after constant use.
NSAID drugs like Ibuprofen have numerous side effects that have been linked to them. Athletes are therefore advised to stick to a more natural substance like CBD which has been proven to be extremely beneficial to the human body system.
When people hear about cannabis, hemp, and marijuana, they all think about one thing - getting high. This misconception has been aided by a lack of information and is therefore unsurprising.
Although hemp and marijuana originate from the cannabis sativa plant and have a lot of similar characteristics, a crucial difference between them is the amount of THC they each produce. While hemp contains a minuscule 0.3% THC and much higher concentrations of CBD, marijuana can contain up to 35% THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are two out of over 100 active cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant, and unlike the psychoactive THC, CBD has no psychoactive qualities and thus, cannot elicit a 'high' when ingested.
Due to the absence of psychoactive effects and the many therapeutic benefits of CBD, it is a viable and ideal alternative for workout recovery.
Benefits Of CBD For Athletes
On the 1st of January, 2018 The World Anti-Doping Agency completely removed CBD from its list following the decision of The Olympic Committee and their subsequent removal of CBD from their list of banned substances. This set a remarkable precedent, giving athletes and exercise enthusiasts the freedom and wherewithal to use CBD.
Some Benefits Of CBD Include;
Cannabis is a powerful analgesic and can be used to provide relief from painful symptoms which often occur during and after rigorous exercise.
CBD possesses potent anti-inflammatory qualities which inhibit the proliferation of cells, suppress the production of cytokine and induce apoptosis. In this way, it may help reduce pain and swelling in injuries which occur during training exercises.
What could be better than a good, relaxing sleep after a training session? Studies show CBD can be useful in improving the quality of sleep after a long day, providing you with much-needed rest, thereby, allowing your body to recover.
Athletes require an adequate diet rich in calories to provide them with sufficient energy to perform effectively. CBD enhances the levels of ghrelin and leptin (hunger-regulating hormones) without significantly altering insulin levels in the body and as such, can be used to stimulate appetite, and encourage the consumption of more calories.
Nausea, pain and inflammation, and fatigue are some symptoms experienced by athletes after a workout session. CBD with its anti-emetic, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties has been beneficial in symptom reduction, thereby enhancing the proper functioning of the body system.