In this post, I am going to go down a little different avenue than the typical pre workout supplements that I usually review. Surprisingly enough, I’m going to research the advantages of CBD and pre workout supplements.
I have been very skeptical as many others, about this new CBD craze. I’m not always quick to jump on the bandwagon about new ideas. Before my research for this post, I had not been a believer of CBD oil. I haven’t had anything to do with weed since my pot smoking days.
I started hearing and reading recently that CBD oil(also known as hemp oil) has many advantages in regards to exercise. Since I’ve been heavy into fitness with both my body and my career, I thought that I should look into this new phenomenon out of curiosity.
It seems that there is a steady increase in both health and fitness as it speedily increases across the US, and people are constantly searching for the next best thing. Now I would like to find out the important advantages of this wonder product. Right off the bat, it naturally provides chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6 and 9, amino acids, vitamins E, D and magnesium. So right here is huge plus.
We are going to going to review what CBD oil is, and if CBD’s are good for your workouts. What various symptoms they benefit. The other uses it has besides working out and recovery.
This post is not advertising for any particular product and it is non-biased about the effects of CBD on exercise. This is only a brief summary, since there is currently so much research on this plant and it’s properties. Let’s look at just the key points of the good and bad, and the opinions about CBD claims and research.
But First, What Exactly are CBD Oils
CBD is by far the fasted growing trend in our era. 620 million dollars in CBD products were sold last year in the United States alone. The CBD oil comes from Cannabis, otherwise called hemp or marijuana. THC along with other impurities are extracted out to make this a pure non narcotic product.
Another words, your won’t get high off of the effects since the THC has been removed, so fortunately you are left with the holistic effects of the plant. This is what makes CBD oil assuredly legal.
Just like most fitness supplements, CBD is not FDA approved. This means that the purity is unknown except for what the manufacturer claims. FDA has approved a purified form of CBD that treats epilepsy, but that’s as far as it goes.
There are many positive attributes that CBD brings to the table which we will be discussing next, but be aware that it can have a few negative side effects also. These include, tiredness, changes in appetite and weight fluctuation, but I don’t feel as if this is exactly a horrible list of cons.
Marijuana Increases Performance?
This seems like a silly thought since “stoners” have a reputation for being sluggish and lazy. However, since the THC(the chemical that gets you high) has been removed, you will get an entirely new set of results.
The energy you get won’t be anything like the pre workout supplements that I generally write about. CBD is much more subtle.
Some research shows that CBD can significatly reduce pain. This is one of the reasons that it can help your performance. The effect from the CBD can increase your pain threshold, therefore having a numbing effect to help you go harder. This means that you can push your workout even harder.
As far as the gym, this translates into being able to push through the discomfort while pushing out the last few repetitions, if you are weight training. For crossfitters, getting through those extra movements. For runners and cyclists, ignoring the pain to go the extra mile. However, CBD is not as effective for aerobic sports such as long distance running, but still has positive effects.
Another excellent advantage is that in studies CBD have shown it can increase your metabolism, therefore promoting weight loss. If this is true, I could definitely use some of that.
CBD can also support your brains cognitive abilities allowing for better concentration and mental clarity. This helps your workouts by keeping you focused on your goals and to help extend the period of time you workout. There is not a lot of research on CBD for muscle growth, buy this may come in the future.
Faster Muscle Recovery
One of the most important discoveries on CBD is that it increases muscle recovery time. The quicker that you recover the better This also means that is can also accelerate recovery from injury by increasing your physical limitations.
Along with this, CBD reduces stiffness and pain in muscles and throughout the body. It also can reduce your muscle pain and inflammation, which will speed up the time that it takes getting back to your workout schedule.
So whether you are recovering from your workout or recovering from an injury, CBD can increase your recuperation time.
You can’t Beat a Good Night’s Sleep
An additional advantage to CBD is that it can help you get good sleep. This in turn, promotes faster muscle recovery. The effects are especially positive if you can’t get to sleep due to soreness or pain.
Not only does this help promote recovery, but it also will help with stress, anxiety and nervousness. Good sleep is associated with decreased sickness and health problems, reduced weight gain, sharper memory and longevity.
CBD would also work very well to help you sleep after exercise, since your adrenaline will be pumping making it more difficult to sleep.
But at What Cost?
CBD’s can be a little bit pricey to some, but it doesn’t have to be. A small bottle of CBD oil(also know as hemp oil) typically cost as low as $10.00 or as high as $300.00 or more. This makes it a bit harder to make a purchase decision. CBD’s are basically priced out according to concentration and purity. To sum it up, you get what you pay for.
The more expensive products have things in common such as being organically grown, chemical free, outdoor grown and a better purity to make it more potent. CBD Full Spectum oils are typically give the best effects. The least expensive CBD’s are made in a factory(not grown outdoors) as cheaply as possible. The lesser expensive oils will by less pure, therefore having less effect.
The quantity is labeled on the bottle, but the purity or strength of the product is often not. It can be difficult to know what your getting for the price, so you will need to do a certain amount of research on the CBD to find out the facts.
CBD is not FDA regulated so unfortunately you will have to do the best that you can on their labeling claims. Fortunately, most of these manufactures have a 30 guarantee on their products, so you can give them a try.
Keep in mind that CBD is also available in vape pens, gummies, sprays, vaporizors and capsules, so there is a world of different products and price points out there. I would just keep it simple, and start with the original CBD oil first and see if this primary product from the plant works for you.
The CBD Conclusion
According to studies, the advantages of CBD for working out has valid truth. From muscle recovery, to reduced muscle pain to improved athletic ability. Personally, I have tried CBD, but only for relaxation and not for the benefits that it gives you when combined with exercise. There is a good chance that you will see a hands on review from me on CBD oil for working out in the near future.
Apparently this “fad” of Hemp oil has proven to be a valuable new way to have increased health benefits for many. It claims to have many other uses such as treating neurological symptoms and disorders, fighting cancer, slowing the progression of Altzheimer’s and reduce seizures from epilepsy.
You will see CBD not only in oil, but also available in vape pens, gummies, sprays, vaporizors and capsules. But not every cure will work for each individual.
I’m not sure that I am quite 100% sold all of the advantages of the CBD hype, even though the scientific evidence is there. Obviously, I’ll need to do some more research and try more product to get a more personal grasp on CBD besides hearsay or online research. Remember that not every miracle cure works for person, but you will never know if you don’t give it a try.
If you have any questions or suggestions about how CBD can help in your exercise program, please leave a comment below and I will respond quickly.