Many of us like to follow a training routine and stay active in the gym. Whether you are new to this world and want to start taking sports supplements, or already an experienced user of traditional supplements thinking of switching to a more natural product, you can include CBD products in your routine to train and improve your Lifestyle.
CBD products are very popular in the fitness industry. Hemp-derived protein powders have been commercialized for quite some time, but can we include CBD, another hemp substance, in our sports routine?
We will explain how CBD can be a good complement to your training regimen.
The health benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a cannabinoid, i.e. one of the active substances present in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is believed that it has some fantastic properties for general well-being, which is why many people have begun to include it in their routine.
The body has a system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which consists of cannabinoid and endocannabinoid receptors that we produce ourselves. The ECS’s job is to keep homeostasis, i.e. to keep our body in balance. It is achieved through cannabinoid receptors, which are found on the surface of cells and “listen” to the external conditions of the body. When something changes, endocannabinoids inform cells so they can respond appropriately. Endocannabinoids are created to help that process take place.
Studies on CBD have shown that when ingested, it encourages the creation of additional endocannabinoids that help us regulate the ECS. Consequently, it improves overall health and well-being. As it is a totally natural substance, it is a fantastic supplement for those who care about their health and a good functioning of the body.
CBD to train with energy
Part of a good sports routine is having enough energy to give your best effort in the gym. Many sports fans take supplements before training to receive the necessary energy during the session. Can CBD be taken before a training session?
You may not feel the same rush of energy as with other supplements (oftentimes containing sugar or caffeine), but it is a natural way to improve energy levels in general.
CBD for post training recovery
CBD seems to be even more promising to help recovery after training. The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggested that “resistance exercises activate the endocannabinoid system,” and that affects mental state. Cardiovascular exercise dramatically increases the levels of anandamide (an endocannabinoid) in the body, and that improves mood and provides that euphoria after training. In other words, the ECS is responsible for the release of endorphins during exercise.
Since CBD has a direct impact on the ECS, it will probably make you feel more euphoric and positive after going to the gym.
In addition, after exercise it is essential that the body recover homeostasis. The body should reduce the temperature and restore muscles that may have been damaged during exercise. CBD can help in that process by encouraging the creation of endocannabinoids, ensuring that the body recovers its natural and healthy state.
The ECS also has an important role in food intake, because it ensures that we eat the necessary amount and that we are hungry when we lack energy. With the use of CBD to ensure proper functioning of the ECS, you could better regulate food intake to be as healthy as possible.
Finally, the ECS is important for regulating sleep. Rest is essential for recovery because it is the moment in which our body devotes its energy to repair the body. With the intake of CBD to stimulate the ECS you can sleep the time necessary to be healthy and in good shape.
There are many ways to take CBD, both sublingually with an oil or in a capsule. You can add a few drops of CBD oil to the protein shake you drink after training (a CBD protein shake, why not!).
It seems that CBD for training can be a good complement to your sports routine, whether you add it before exercising to feel more energetic or if you take it later to help you recover.