Every fitness enthusiast has their own pre and post-workout routine that they use to enhance workouts and to reduce stress on the muscles and joints.
Lately though, CBD has been promoted as an essential workout treatment, and the list of reasons for this goes on and on. To learn more about the role CBD plays in exercise, let’s go through a few benefits of CBD – with regard to fitness. So how does CBD help you in the gym?
Increase Pain Threshold
Exercise can be a source of pain especially when engaging in high-intensity workouts, in which case you wouldn’t be able to continue when your back or thighs are on fire. When the pain becomes too intense, it will limit endurance and muscle growth – and if the pain is not addressed, any continuation with exercise will start damaging the body as more stress hormones are released. To prevent all this, CBD is used to increase pain threshold so that exercise routines are not altered or stopped altogether.
Focus & Energy
The last thing you want is to show up at the gym without the energy to carry through a workout session. Stamina is something we build and sustain through eating the right food, hydrating, breathing correctly, attaining proper posture, and of course, exercise. But what happens if you don’t feel strong enough to work out? You don’t want to go to a workout high on sugar (or other unhealthy sources of energy); so what other options are there? As long as you’re not experiencing a sickness-related drop in energy levels, you can use CBD to rejuvenate body and mind before going in for a workout. Another benefit is that CBD can help you get into a very focused state of mind that will make your efforts at the gym a positive experience, as opposed to just suffering through it.
Muscle Soreness & Pain
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Post-workout soreness is common when exercising regularly; but using pain medication presents more challenges in the long term. In addition to being addictive, they can also damage the liver – which leaves CBD as a viable alternative. Cannabidiol reduces pain through a combined process of neuropathic interference and activation of certain cannabinoids in the body to alleviate pain. Researchers suggest that CBD mediates the immune response to pain and inflammation, stopping the process of swelling.
Sleep & Relaxation
CBD is thought to act on CB2 receptors that are responsible for regulating mood, appetite, and sleep/wake cycles. As many as 25% of the population struggles to attain a deep sleep state, and this can be disastrous for anybody involved in extensive physical workouts. CBD can help by reducing pain, anxiety, and inducing a relaxing state that allows you to fall asleep faster and go through all the stages of sleep.
By moderating hormonal function and balancing things like sleep, appetite, and mood, CBD is able to set the stage for a successful workout and it can reduce tissue damage over time. Stress hormones, such as cortisol, can be extremely damaging to developing muscle fiber. When released in high amounts over a long period of time, it can start destroying existing muscle and make it impossible to gain more. It’s also possible that the reduction of hormones such as cortisol and the release of anandamide may lead to higher energy levels, and a more positive outlook – all of which will get you excited about hitting the gym.
Final Thoughts: Why CBD Should Be Part of Your Workout Regimen
CBD generates a plethora of hormone-regulating, pain-reducing, anti-anxiety effects that are essential to maintaining health, and more so when you’re working out every day. It reduces swelling and pain, boosts energy, and it works amazing when used before a competition to reduce anxiety.
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