Cannabidiol (CBD) works with our body’s fascinating endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system monitors, regulates, and at times restores majorly important systems and functions in our body like our mood, appetite, immune system, digestive system, neurological responses, metabolism, memory, sleep quality, and energy levels to name only a few.
Working out for health reasons, professionally training for competitions, or simply being fitness-oriented means you’ll be pushing your body past its limits and sometimes delve into brutal works leaving you feeling tired and sore.
CBD can help you accomplish any fitness goal and participating in fitness activities can help you crush any lifestyle goal you may have. The two are a match made in heaven, right?
We are going to cover how anyone (no matter what your athletic level may be) can benefit from incorporating CBD into their training, which products may work best, as well as other useful tidbits of sports-related CBD information.
How Does CBD Benefit Athletes?
Cannabidiol will not get you high because it possesses zero psychoactive properties. Using CBD before or after your workout can give your mind and body a boost without feeling impaired.
Cannabinoids from cannabis and endocannabinoids our body create activate (or unlock) receptors in our endocannabinoid system (ECS) that help your body function optimally and restore balance (homeostasis).
Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, you know that in order to perform at your peak level, you must give your body sufficient rest. Boosting your recovery time and your performance are two major benefits of adding CBD into your training.
Exhaustion and fatigue are the two biggest side effects of an intense workout. Nobody wants to feel mentally and physically pooped, so why not dial-down your recovery time by incorporating a high-quality cannabidiol product to your regimen.
In order to perform like a beast (or machine, whichever you prefer), rest and recovery (R&R) should be your BFF. CBD-rich products work with your body. Cannabinoids like cannabidiol give your ECS a helping hand so it can help your body get back its happy place.
Dial-Up Your Performance Level With Cannabidiol
When you’re consistently pushing your body to new levels, it is essential to promote optimal mind-body balance within. We’re sure you’re aware that a healthy lifestyle begins with balance, but did you know that your body’s ECS is built to constantly ensure your body is a fine-tuned balanced machine?
Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are promising little holistic healing molecules that are solely focused on homeostasis. Give yourself a natural boost right before or during your workout by using a CBD tincture or (if you’re comfortable) vaping.
You want a delivery method that can be absorbed swiftly into your bloodstream and activate within minutes. Vaping CBD oil will take effect within minutes (under 10) and lasts a relatively short time (45-60 mins) – perfect for a hardcore sweat session, right?
If you inhaling things isn’t your jam, that’s okay. Using a CBD-rich tincture sublingually (under your tongue) is the second fastest method of delivery to take effect. Because tinctures are absorbed through mucous membranes in your mouth, they bypass your digestive system and enter your bloodstream directly. On average, the onset of effects for a CBD tincture is about 15-20 minutes.
Incorporating CBD into your Post-Workout Recovery
Did you know, you’ve got a built-in bodyguard and nurse inside your body? It’s true. Your endocannabinoid system monitors, heals, and may even restore major functions and systems inside you.
It even produces its own endocannabinoids. CBD can speed up your recovery time by providing a boost of cannabinoids that help your ECS heal (balance) your body.
If you opt to add CBD oil to your after workout smoothie, it may take 2-3 hours before you feel any effects. When you consume CBD orally it has to pass through your digestive system prior to entering your bloodstream and getting down to work.
Although it may take a few hours before any effects are absorbed by your body (time to effect), CBD consumed orally can stay in your system for a significant period of time (duration of effects) – 6 hours or longer.
Can I Use CBD and Compete in Competitions?
Every sports organization has its own regulations regarding CBD. For example, the CrossFit organization has excluded CBD from its list of banned substances, however, cannabinoids like THC are still banned.
If you are an athlete competing, you may be required to drug-test on or offseason. Avoid cannabis-based extracted CBD products (legally defined as containing over 0.3% THC). Also, cannabidiol extracted from hemp may have trace amounts of other cannabinoids like THC (less than the legal limit in the U.S).
Fair Warning: Your body may build up and store other cannabinoids (like THC) at higher levels if you use CBD for a prolonged period, which may appear on a drug test.
In the End
Hemp-derived CBD can be made into many forms of products. Adding cannabidiol to your workout regimen is not just for the pros, home-gym heroes, and weekend warriors can too benefit from a balanced CBD routine.
Working out and training can leave you fatigued and sore. CBD may help speed-up your post-workout recovery time. Using a cannabidiol tincture or vape oil before training, you may feel enhanced focus, relaxation, and boot in motivation levels.
Written by: Heather Burton