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Humans are constantly searching for natural remedies for better health. And physical exercise is one of the best remedies for the well-being of both body and mind.
But, there are also other natural and safe ways to improve your health. In this article, we are going to elaborate on one of them, Cannabidiol or shortly CBD. In fact, our main purpose is to dive into details of the effects of CBD on fitness and bodybuilding.
As you know, fitness and bodybuilding activities can increase self-esteem and improve health. But, it is not easy to do things in order and avoid any injuries. In order to maintain good performance, you need to eat healthily, follow a nutritious diet, boost your energy levels, and sleep better. And for all of the above, there is this cannabis derivative, CBD, capable of helping you.
Below we will explain what CBD is and its abilities to help for a healthy and active lifestyle.
What is CBD and why is it safe to use even though it is a cannabis derivative?
First things first, CBD is a cannabis compound very different from THC. In fact, explaining the differences between these two cannabinoids results in explaining the legality of CBD. As you may know, THC is the one ingredient of cannabis plants that gives the psychoactive effects. That means THC causes addiction and has the ability to “get you high”. For that reason, cannabis plants that contain more than the allowed percentage of THC, are illegal and not safe to use. On the other hand, CBD, besides being non-psychoactive, fights addiction and is safe to use because it does not cause negative side effects when taken properly.
In addition to that, CBD has numerous therapeutic properties that can help humans maintain a good state of health. But, it is important for you to know that most cannabis plants, if not all, contain THC and CBD. To find a cannabis plant capable of producing less than 0.3% THC, which is the legality percentage of THC in most countries, we have to dig into the Cannabis Sativa family. We have to do that because this particular family contains two strains, one can be legal and the other one is illegal. We all heard about the illegal one, Marijuana. The other one is hemp or as many call it industrial hemp.
These two varieties of Sativa differ from each other in the concentration of THC and CBD. Marijuana is illegal and not safe to use because it contains around 20% THC. Hemp, on the other hand, if it contains less than 0.3% THC is safe to use and legal. Adding to that the fact that hemp can produce more than 20% CBD, makes it the only cannabis plant legal enough to produce CBD. But, enough about CBD basics, let’s move into the health benefits of it.
What are the health benefits of CBD that can boost your fitness and bodybuilding?
Those who are fitness-oriented need a lot of stamina and planning among other things. CBD is there to help and can do so in many different ways, so let’s dive into details of a few:
- Cannabidiol is able to improve nutrition
- It can boost energy levels
- Helps you sleep better
- Cannabidiol is able to reduce stress and improve mood
- Helps in managing pain and inflammation
Above we wrote only 5 abilities of CBD regarding fitness and bodybuilding because the list is large. Now let us explain more about each particular ability.
CBD can help improve your nutrition
Fitness enthusiasts need a lot of essential nutrients to have a good performance in their workout sessions. They need proteins, carbohydrates, and fats to avoid any weakness in muscle growth. CBD products and CBD oil in particular contain these essential nutrients. CBD contains protein, calcium, iron, fiber, and some essential vitamins. In addition to that, CBD is able to help control or maintain a healthy state of metabolism and appetite. Cannabidiol is able to act on certain receptors to avoid overeating, and this way helps maintain body weight. All these factors are determinant and lead to better performance.
CBD can boost your energy levels
What fitness lovers hate the most is getting low on energy and CBD can help by regulating blood sugar levels. As a result, it impacts the level of insulin, and therefore maintaining a lower level of insulin more glucose is turned into energy. Otherwise, it would be converted into fat and that does not help. There are a lot of reasons you can feel low on energy such as, lack of good sleep, stress, or insufficient diet. CBD helps on all of them by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors, resulting in immunity improvement and better energy balance.
CBD can help you sleep better
Having enough rest through sleeping helps heal the muscle tears and CBD improves sleep. In case you do not sleep well, then it will be hard for your body to turn protein into muscle. CBD also helps fight factors of sleeping problems such as stress or anxiety. Moreover, proper rest will result in better muscle growth and will help maintain a diet and fitness routine.
CBD can reduce stress and improve your mood
The high levels of stress hormones can and will slow down muscle growth. Again as we mentioned above, CBD has the ability to reduce the level of stress and as a result, maintain good mental health. By regulating serotonin levels, CBD keeps anxiety disorders like depression away.
CBD can help manage pain and inflammation
And last but not least, the ability of Cannabidiol for pain management. Fitness enthusiasts may suffer from common occurrences like pain, swelling, or aches. And once you feel pain, it can affect your workout routine and destroy all your fitness goals. Cannabidiol is able to engage with cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system and regulate the sensation of pain and inflammation. It has the ability to treat all sorts of pain and provides a good level of strength.
There is no doubt that Cannabidiol can help fitness lovers in many ways. Most of us have fitness goals that are really hard to achieve and we can say that CBD will serve as an accelerator of achieving those goals.
Assuming that you are a beginner in the CBD world, we recommend you start with small dosages first. In case you are using other medications, make a visit to your doctor. That way you will remove any doubts about the product and the dosage, and also remove the possibility of negative side effects.
This cannabis wonder compound will improve your overall immunity, both physically and mentally. It is safe, it does not cause addiction, and it will not get you “high”, so give it a try.
Have you used CBD to aid your health and fitness endeavors? How did it help you? Let us know in the comments below…