Should We Add CBD to Our Routine?
Gym clothes? Check. Water bottle? Check. Pump worthy playlist? Check. What about CBD? Unless you have been living under a rock for the greater part of the last decade, we’re pretty certain that you have heard of CBD. If you haven’t, or the three letters still kind of confuse you, CBD stands for Cannabinoid. It’s one of 103 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant and it won’t get you high. Research now suggests that your fitness routine could improve with the addition of the cannabis-derived substance.
Can Gym-Junkies Benefit?
When it comes to our fitness regimes and diets, we often take inspiration from famous athletes, sport-stars, and attractive instagrammers…
Interestingly, since the World Anti-Doping Agency lifted its ban on CBD in September 2018, a number of fitness professionals and athletes have come forth in support. US Professional Basketball player Adam Kemp admits that he uses it as the staple for high performance, muscle building, and boosted stamina.
And, if you’re still not convinced, Dr. David Bearman, a leading pioneer in the field of medical marijuana told the HuffPost that he found CBD to be a “powerful anti-epileptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, a muscle relaxant.”
The main attraction for gym-goers adding CBD to their workout is due to claims of its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation and specifically muscle inflammation is enough to hinder anyone’s fitness journey. After a good workout, muscle tissue becomes deeply inflamed, no matter how much you stretch before or after.
Inflammation left unchecked is the hallmark of muscle damage and sport-related injuries. This is the reason you often see serious athletes bearing sub-zero temperature ice baths or chomping down on antioxidant containing foods or supplements. Thorsten Rudroff, exercise scientist and director of the Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at Colorado State University says “CBD for exercise-induced inflammation is absolutely the next big area we need to explore”.
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Muscle Building and Increased Stamina
Catabolic hormones are those in the body which can cause a breakdown of muscle. Of course when working out increasing muscle mass and tone is pretty important, so reducing the levels of catabolic hormones such as cortisol is imperative for ‘those gains’.
Research published in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research suggests that CBD works directly with our endocannabinoid system to interfere with cortisol secretion. Meaning (in lay terms), CBD could slow down the breakdown of muscle mass and, in fact, help build more muscle. It is also suggested that CBD can indirectly help manage cortisol levels by improving our sleeping patterns.
CBD’s anti-catabolic and anti-inflammatory claims could make it the most recommended supplement in fitness and its additional benefits in the health and wellness sector would suggest it’s not at all a fad. As more begin to question and probe modern medicine, CBD could be the all-natural way forward.