Can CBD Improve Your Fitness Results?
Humans are peculiar and exciting creatures. They might just be most inquisitive beings in existence, ready to explore every avenue that can improve their cognitive and physical development. In the realm of health and fitness, that adventurous attitude pushes them an extra mile in search of a unified supplement that can enhance the quality of their life and exercise performance – a compound that works across several fields simultaneously, affecting immunity, mood, motivation, inflammation and pain relief. The latest trends seem to indicate that CBD represents a perfect candidate for such an all-encompassing effect, but can it truly improve your fitness results overall?
The CBD misconception
Unfortunately, it might be hard to persuade more conservative members of the fitness community that CBD is the effective answer to their struggles simply due to its nature. An unfairly maligned substance is extracted from the industrial hemp, a cannabinoid class plant, which people often conflate with marijuana. However, even though they appear to share similar morphological traits to the untrained eye, they are separated by several taxonomic ranks and are used for totally different practical purposes.
The truth of the matter
Thankfully, one can easily find abundant information about CBD online that quickly dispels any confusion about its nature. It is all about understanding the difference between hemp and marijuana. The latter contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), which is a tremendously potent psychoactive substance. On the other hand, hemp plant contains less than 1% of marijuana’s ‘pedestrian’ THC levels, which means that its beneficial effects have nothing to do with getting high. Cannabidiol or CBD is a very specific chemical completely distinct from the THC, and it is extracted from the hemp plant to be used as a pain reliever and a mild sedative – though this is an unfair simplification of its multifaceted effects. Above all else, CBD is a legal compound.
General CBD benefits
One of the most popular uses of CBD extract among consumers is stress relief. It is staggeringly effective when it comes to cortisol secretion interference. The additional positive effect which is naturally related to stress reduction is the amelioration of (milder) sleep disorders. However, this should come with a caveat – since a low intake of CBD can have similar effects on your brain as caffeine, moderately high doses are recommended to induce a good night’s sleep. In addition, CBD engages with your body in such a way that it lowers insulin levels, which bodes pretty well for your waistline. Such CBD related benefits bear an additional significance to consumers that are engaged in regular physical excretion.
Scientifically proven benefits in fitness
The regulation of insulin levels through CBD supplementation is a particularly nifty life hack for gym enthusiasts that, in spite of the tight workout program and diligent dietary habits, still struggle to get their body into shape. This is also where the effects of marijuana and CBD differ – while the THC will promote your appetite to ridiculous lengths (causing the notorious munchies), extracted CBD is a ‘certified’ anti-obesity agent. Combined with your active exercising schedule, the regular ingestion of this supplement increases the probability for desired results.
Furthermore, CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects should not go unaddressed. The bodies of athletes and gym-dwellers are ‘bombarded’ with inflammation that affects their efficiency, durability, and recovery. CBD relieves inflammation in joints and muscles but it also takes the pain out of the equation. Regular painkillers based on ibuprofen will wreak havoc on your stomach and acetaminophen is bound to affect your liver. CBD has no unwanted side effects in this regard, which means that you get all the benefits of painkillers ‘scot-free’.
On paper, CBD is pretty much safe, but you should be primarily distrustful of the market. Right now, advertised CBD levels on the product labels that contain the substance can be wildly inaccurate, thus providing consumers with unexpected (and uneven) results. The same goes for a difference between products that contain CBD in purified, isolated form and those that also contain other components which are natural to the cannabinoid plant. The latter may be more effective and beneficial, as there is some indication that the accompanying components aid absorption of CBD into your bloodstream – which is also known as the entourage effect.
We all choose how to improve our lives and the most efficient solutions often require thinking outside the box. CBD supplements and related products may be getting the flack from misinformed groups for all the wrong reasons, but you should not let others form your opinion. Thorough and independent research will provide you with all the necessary facts, and instill you with confidence that you have chosen your products wisely. With the right knowledge and suitable fitness goals on your mind, nothing will stand between you and desired results.