CBD can be used before or after a workout.
There is an ever-increasing interest in the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) supplements within the fitness world, and for good reason. CBD has many noted health benefits, and unlike its cannabis cousin THC, its non-psychoactive (no high).
CBD for Athletes
In January 2017, it was reported that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved CBD supplements. This means that athletes can now purchase CBD oils without risking their careers.
This is great news sport stars like Nate Diaz (MMA fighter), who uses CBD as a neuroprotectant and help him heal after training and fighting. Nate publicly used CBD vape oil at the 202 post-match press conference.
Using CBD pre workout
A range of benefits of using CBD as a pre-workout include; reducing the bodies sensitivity to pain, acting as an anti-catabolic, boosting energy levels and improved focus.
Cannabidiol can help users to push themselves harder and withstand soreness whilst training. CBD is analgesic, meaning it reduces the bodies sensitivity to pain. This ability to reduce pain signals to the brain helps you go harder when training.
Another benefit of using CBD before workouts is that is thought of as an anti-catabolic. Catabolic hormones act to break down muscle tissue, which is the last thing you want when working out. Cortisol is one of the main Catabolic hormones.
One of Cortisol’s main functions is to break down muscle mass to supply the body with blood sugar, again, very counter-productive when you’re working out. A study found that subjects given CBD supplements showed a reduction in Cortisol levels in the blood. This effect prevents the breakdown of your muscles when training, helping you to build lean body mass more efficiently.
When used before training, users report that it helps them to focus their mind. CBD is designed to replenish an endocannabinoid system, which correlated with the body’s natural utilization of Adenosine. Studies suggest that CBD increases the activity of adenosine receptors, which help us to relax and focus without feeling drowsy. This is just one of the many ways in which it helps users to push themselves harder when working out.
The Endocannabinoid system directly correlates with the uptake of Glutamate. Glutamate is probably the most important excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, it’s involved in brain functions related to learning, memory and consolidation, mood and behavioural responses. It helps to trigger energy in the right places, without the jittery effects that some athletes suffer with when using pre-workout supplements containing caffeine.
Using CBD post workout
The most popular way to incorporate CBD into your fitness regime is to use it after a workout. The benefits of using CBD after working out include reduced muscle ache, appetite stimulation, relaxation and less inflammation.
Studies suggest that CBD has powerful anti-pain and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help to aid recovery and helps athletes to deal with the symptoms of delayed onset muscle pain. This results in the body’s ability to comfortably train more regularly.
Muscle recovery takes place mostly whilst we sleep. Your body releases its biggest surge of growth hormone during REM sleep. CBD can help us to relax and has been reported to improve sleep patterns.
Getting enough rest is an important part of post-workout recovery, so, a benefit of using CBD is to help you get the 8-10 hours rest your body requires for optimum muscle growth and recovery. This is particularly helpful for people looking to combine the use of CBD and bodybuilding.
Consuming adequate protein and supplements post workout is a highly important aspect to successful training. It’s common knowledge that THC gives users the “munchies”, an elevated level of appetite.
But does CBD increase appetite in the same way that THC would? Well, although there is very little research available on this subject, users report that it helps to stimulate appetite. This helps users to consume all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins required for a successful training regime.
So what’s next?
If you are looking to incorporate CBD into your fitness regime, there are a number of different options. Below we have collated some of the most effective products that our customers say help with their gym routine.