CBD Oil and Exercise
In this Article we will discuss how CBD Oil can affect Exercise on the whole. Also, we will discuss CBD Benefits and side effects. Further, we will talk about some Cannabis related definitions, i.e. CBD, THC, and ECS. Also, how CBD works within the body for a pre-workout or post-workout recovery.
We all know that physical exercise has numerous benefits for overall health and wellness. From reducing obesity to heart health, as well as improving mood and reducing stress.
So many people are asking can CBD help my workout routine? The answer is YES!
Many weekend warriors, celebrities, and professional athletes are now turning to CBD for a wide variety of issues in regards to physical fitness. Including discomfort, strains, soreness, a better night’s sleep, and a speedy recovery from a tough workout.
However, there still needs to be a lot of education on the subject. Some still think CBD is “Weed” and will hurt your body, or by no means be beneficial. So why would you take it for exercise if it will take away from your overall health. Nothing could be further from the truth.
First, we need to talk about what/how CBD and THC are different.
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It is one of 113 or so chemicals extracted from the Hemp Plant when it is processed. These chemicals are called phytocannabinoids. CBD is the most abundant of these nutrients in the plant, comprising roughly 30-40%. Another well known cannabinoid is THC Tetrahydrocannabinol. The cannabinoid that gives the user a euphoric “high” like that found in Marijuana.
More Importantly, this is where the confusion lies between these two. On one hand, CBD Oil made from Hemp will never get you high or any mind-altering issues. Industrial Hemp is bred to have very low THC levels. 0.3% or less for it to be legal for commerce. Moreover, most reputable brands will even filter out this tiny amount to make a CBD Oil that is completely THC-Free.
On the other hand, the Marijuana Plant is bred for high levels of THC and low levels of CBD. Essentially, both plants are the complete opposite of one another regarding CBD and THC. But because CBD can come from the same plant family as THC “Cannabis Sativa” much confusion remains. CBD and THC are Apples and Oranges so to speak.
WHAT NUTRIENTS ARE IN THE HEMP PLANT?
The Hemp Plant contains many other valuable minerals, vitamins, terpenes, proteins, phytosterols, enzymes, essential sugars, polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids.
- Hemp contains iron, zinc, carotene, vitamins B1/B2/B6/D/E,
- Calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus
- Amino acids, and heart healthy omegas.
- Also is a great protein source.
- Making Hemp a “Treasure Chest” of Nutrients
Essentially, the Hemp Plant is like a nutrient-rich multivitamin.
HOW DOES THE ECS WORK?
The ECS or Endocannabinoid System was recently discovered a few decades ago, this system has receptor sites called CB1 and CB2. These lie all throughout your body including your brain, your organs, and your immune system. This system is responsible for your body’s homeostasis (balanced health) levels. It works to signal other cells to maintain life.
Like the old-fashion switchboard operators of the past connecting a phone call, these cells receive and translate what is going on within the body to keep you alive. I.E. your running a fever, so you start to perspire, that is the ECS at work.
The ECS is responsible for appetite, body temperature, inflammation, digestion, and motor function, among others.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD Oil works within the ECS by utilizing or reacting to the receptor sites. Either the phytocannabinoids from the Hemp plant, which is what CBD is, or your body’s own produced endocannabinoids.
Many people don’t know that your body actually produces its own cannabinoids or what we call Endocannabinoids.
Moreover, what is so amazing about Hemp CBD, is that it mimics these naturally producing cannabinoids so well that your body can function at optimal levels. Being from a natural plant source, your body welcomes the CBD, as oppose to a synthetic drug that has your body go into fixer mode, and then to be broken down and filtered through your liver and kidneys. Causing these organs to be burdened and work overtime.
Even over the counter “harmless” medications like Acetaminophen burden and tax the liver, while leaving behind trace amounts of synthetic molecules. While many prescribed medications do the same, many are not aware that these medications will also rob you of other vital nutrients. In essence, your alleviating one condition for a future condition to come.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul!
More importantly, each cannabinoid has a different structure, which in turn will cause a different result when they interact within the Endocannabinoid System. Essentially, Hemp CBD acts both like a lock and key. Taking CBD might cause an immediate effect, such as discomfort relief (The Key) to a receptor site in your knee or back. Whereas, another might block or shut off appetite receptors so you don’t have the urge to overeat (The Lock).
- CBD is not a performing-enhancing substance, such as steroids or stimulants.
- Preliminary Research suggest that in some users it will lower stress and relax blood vessels. In large amounts it might make the user a bit drowsy. Not the best for a pre-workout regime.
- CBD topicals are great for any time, many use them before exercising for targeted relief.
- Ingestible CBD is best for post-workout recovery, mood enhancement, as well as a restful night’s sleep.
- CBD helps your body’s ECS function at optimal levels, as you once did when you were younger.
- CBD is nutrient-rich to supplement anyone’s diet and any exercise regimen.
More CBD Information
Read About the Latest FDA News regarding CBD Here.
Try our CBD Sample Pack if still not sure about getting on a full CBD Regimen.
Remember, the faster you recover and the better you feel, the more likely you are going to get back out there to exercise. This is all for sustaining and attaining your fitness goals and for an overall healthy lifestyle.