6 Reasons Why You Should Utilize CBD (Cannabinoid) Post Workout

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How often do you work out? If you’re an athlete or a fitness enthusiast, then you probably know about the risk of workout injuries and the need to recover after a workout before going at it again. Post-workout stretches are one of the ways athletes reduce pain and soreness but it’s not always enough. To get more lasting relief following a rigorous workout, more people are turning to CBD to reduce muscle and joint pain, inflammation, and to aid recovery.

How else does CBD improve post-workout recovery? Check out these 6 reasons you should use CBD post-workout:

Lowers Level of Pain

CBD works in the endocannabinoid system and causes the body to release its own cannabinoid compounds such as adenosine and anandamide. Activation of certain brain receptors and interaction with the immune system leads to lower inflammation, less pain, and reduced anxiety. Pain relief is one of the main reasons people use CBD today and the widespread use of cannabis and hemp in different cultures throughout history can also be traced to pain relief, among other reasons.

Reduces Episodes of Muscles Spasm

Stiff, aching muscles are a way of life for a lot of fitness nerds and most people don’t want prescription pills because they have unpleasant side effects when used for long. Products such as those sold by CBD Central reduce muscle spasms significantly, and according to a study by the University of California, it also reduces the perception of pain by 50 percent.

Injuries

Intense, consistent workouts are likely to result in minor injuries and when this happens, you need a way to speed up the healing process in order to maintain a successful exercise routine. CBD can help soothe those muscles when soreness kicks in, and it can also prevent inflammation, which is common with some forms of exercise especially weight lifting. The benefit here is two-fold; CBD reduces the chances of acquiring injuries and it also speeds up healing in the event of an injury.

Improves Sleep Levels

CBD improves the quality of sleep particularly in people who suffer from sleep irregularities, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Even in low doses, it causes relaxation and reduces the intensity of pain and anxiety, making it easier to fall asleep. Although cannabidiol interacts with adenosine receptors in the same way that caffeine does, insomnia patients report that ingesting a small amount of CBD extract before bed creates a balance that facilitates quality sleep.

Higher Appetite

Although CBD doesn’t have the THC cannabinoid that causes the munchies, it can still be used to regulate appetite and encourage hunger. In 2017 the National Cancer Institute published a report showing how CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors to create the feeling of hunger, and in the long term the report suggests that it can help people with low appetite. That being said, it is not likely that using CBD over a period of time will make you gain unhealthy amounts of weight. Eating habits should still be kept under control in order to improve your workouts and to prevent diseases associated with obesity.

Aids in Reduction of Inflammation

CBD products like gels and topical creams have been used successfully to treat muscle pain, joint pain, and to reduce inflammation. Cannabidiol delays inflammation and also inhibits destructive insulitis due to the effect it has on certain brain receptors and the immune system. These painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects are perfect for a post-workout regimen – and it also has the added benefit of relaxing the mind and muscles, making recovery much faster.

How it works

So how exactly does CBD improve recovery after a workout? CBD interacts with brain receptors and the nervous system to create a wide range of effects. The main effects are pain relief, reduction of inflammation, and reduced stress and anxiety. The vanilloid receptor (or TRPV1) that is responsible for pain sensitivity and inflammation is activated once CBD is ingested, and the GPR55 receptor – which determines how the nervous system responds to painful stimuli, is blocked. In addition, CBD also causes the release of serotonin in the blood, which reduces stress and regulates your mood.

Anandamide, a neurotransmitter released naturally by the body to reduce pain and inflammation, is also highly active when CBD is introduced in the body. Another neurotransmitter that is known to reduce inflammation is adenosine, which is more active when you take CBD. Cannabidiol causes the body to use more of its own neurotransmitters in a way that improves healing and reduces the chances of developing injuries due to regular exercise.

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