CBD is still hailed as the new ‘go to’ supplement for a myriad of reasons – including making your workout better. But what is it and how can it help? Personal trainer and journalist Lucy Gornall reports
CBD has increased in popularity in recent years and is increasingly becoming a household name.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Although they belong to the same family, CBD oil extracted from hemp plants is very different from CBD derived from marijuana.
Despite the fact that cannabis ignites a ‘high’, CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that produces this ‘high’.
CBD is in the spotlight after extensive scientific research in America has shown that the ingredient can be beneficial to health and well-being. It is said to help with sleep, anxiety and even pain relief.
In fact, if you are in the gym, you can reap more benefits from CBD, to make your workout work harder!
CBD is typically found in oil form and is also sold in conditioners, capsules and even gums. Here’s why CBD can be your new exercise aid …
# 1 Helps beat muscle pain and increase recovery
Does it hurt after a workout? JUDGMENTS for several days? CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, and when applied directly to a sore area, it can help beat sore muscles and joints.
Inflammation occurs after a hard workout, leading to pain, so any inflammatory action can allow you to continue through life, without pain.
CBD hemp extracts are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints to improve pain and stiffness.
CBD hemp extracts are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints
You can take CBD oil in addition to other joint supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, turmeric or omega-3 for additional pain relief.
While many clinical trials of CBD oil and joint pain are on animals, the authors of a report on CBD oil and joint pain were published in 2017 in the journal Clinical experimental rheumatology concluded that “… the preclinical and human data available suggest that the use of CBD should be taken seriously as a possible treatment for joint pain”.
Puresport Muscle and Joint Balm contains 1000 mg of CBD as well as other natural ingredients that promote relaxation, including lavender, lemongrass and peppermint.
# 2 Improves sleep and provides energy
Sleep is the glue that holds us together, and without enough of it you do not have the energy to really give your workout everything you have.
A study showed how sleep results among a group of 72 adults improved within the first month after taking CBD. Try taking 30 mg of CBD 30 minutes before bedtime, to help you fall into a peaceful sleep.
CBD is a popular treatment for insomnia and promotes refreshing REM sleep to reduce excessive daytime sleepiness.
CBD is a popular treatment for insomnia and promotes refreshing REM sleep
REM sleep means ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ and is essentially an expression of refreshing sleep. When you dream, you experience REM sleep, and it is the kind of sleep you hope to get in several times during your night sleep cycle because it helps process emotions and memories and is essential for long-term well-being.
CBD is also particularly useful for sleep disorders in people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, a small but significant study published in 2014 in Journal of Clinical Pharmacological Therapies found.
Although it is still debated whether CBD oil can actually provide energy and therefore improve performance, there has been a study that has found out how small amounts could be somewhat stimulating.
This tends to occur when taking 15 mg or less.
# 3 Beat stress
Most of us will have experienced stress at some point in our lives. In fact, a 2018 UK survey showed that 74 per cent of people had felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
What’s more, 12 million adults in the UK see their doctor with mental health problems each year, research from The Mental Health Foundation has found.
Most of these suffer from anxiety and depression and much of this is stress related. A shocking 13.3 million working days are lost each year due to stress alone.
CBD is thought to potentiate the effects of your natural brain chemicals
Although there are a number of ways to relieve stress, CBD has been shown to be a useful aid.
CBD is thought to amplify the effects of your natural brain chemicals and receptors in the body’s own endocannabinoid system (a collection of mood-related cell receptors).
In a survey, 37.5 percent of respondents said they used CBD for perceived stress, while 92.2 percent said they experienced less stress when using CBD.
Puresport Clarity Oil is specially designed to relieve stress, reduce brain fog and increase concentration thanks to a blend of 1500 mg CBD, Ashwagandha, Vitamin D and Ginkgo Biloba.
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