CBD, known more formally as cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that are present in marijuana, but CBD itself can be sourced from either the classic marijuana plant or from industrial hemp. Although an extensive stigma still exists pertaining to the use of CBD, it is legal in many states at higher potencies, with lower potencies being legal in all 50 states.
In addition to the multitude of medical uses that research deems cannabidiol to possess, it can also be utilized by those who do not have a present ailment. One of these instances, which maybe is not discussed enough, is applying CBD as a way to boost your workout. Certain characteristics of cannabidiol are actually ideal, and possibly quite effective at motivating consumers to hit the gym more often, or simply for making workouts a bit more comfortable and bearable.
Keep reading to discover the 5 ways CBD can help to boost your workout…
1. Lessens inflammation so you can work out often and pain-free
Although it is healthy for muscles to break down a little so that the process of inflammation can kick-in and rebuild them into a stronger version, too much inflammation, caused by overexertion or poor form, can lead to injuries, decreased workout performance and just pain in general. For those who train regularly, nothing is more debilitating than having to take a break from your training regime because of an injury.
Studies show that CBD may be effective at reducing inflammation in addition to pain, two much needed results for athletes concerned with the complications of getting hurt. Many athletes already swear by cannabidiol for increasing their workout performance, claiming that it diminishes the body’s proneness to break down muscles and other tissues, and instead encourages greater muscle growth; two desirable results for those who are seriously involved in fitness.
2. Helps find your inner calm and strength
It is easy to feel anxious about all the endless possibilities in the world, or simply feel stressed because you just have too many deadlines coming up. Around 40 million U.S. adults suffer from some type of diagnosed anxiety disorder. Although being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is not massively prevalent, it is normal for humans to experience some level of worry, and this sensation can become extremely physical, making it difficult to carry on with your day. If part of your day is completing your workout, this can sometimes become burdensome too. On the other hand, for those who are deeply involved in their fitness regimens, pre-workout anxiety can appear, for a number of reasons. Some are not sure if their bodies will be able to handle the intensity, while others are trying to reach new goals not knowing what the outcome will be.
Of course it is helpful to be active if you are feeling stressed or worried; the movement increases dopamine in the brain, likely leading to a better overall mood, but for some even getting to the gym in the first place can be challenging.
Anxiety is probably one of the medical conditions that has been researched frequently within the CBD world, with many studies expressing its efficacy at managing this worrying. With fewer worries cycling in the brain needlessly, it becomes easier to focus on your workout and enter that active headspace with an overall sense of calm, which just might help you unlock that burning fire within, unleashing your inner strength.
3. Gives you a good night’s sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to pump iron
Just like staying calm during a stressful day can be tough, so is getting to bed at a decent hour and in a content state of mind. It is easy to let your brain run in wild circles the minute your head hits the pillow; the brain is a thinking machine after all, and yet, getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to functioning better the next day. We all know what the difference feels like in the morning between sleeping well and tossing and turning all night; most simply do not feel refreshed if their body does not have enough time to heal and regenerate itself.
Working out can seem exhausting for those who are fatigued or tired, and it is easier to consider not training when the mind or body feels this way. On top of this, around 70 million people in the United States alone are said to suffer from insomnia, a sleep disorder that can leave you completely worn out.
Cannabidiol can actually be of assistance, and this is becoming even more clear because of science. Numerous studies show that cannabidiol might just be the sleeplessness solution we have all been waiting for. Consuming high grade CBD before bed or during the evening could indirectly boost your workout, because you might finally feel you have slept well enough, leading to increased alertness the next day so that you can be refreshed and ready to go pump that iron.
4. Motivate yourself to hit the gym simply by focusing your brain
Life is insanely hectic for most people, so finding time to actually work out throughout the week sort of just sounds like an absolute the straw that might break the camel’s back. It is easy to let your self-care routine feel like a chore, but it does not have to. Focusing and concentrating on your tasks throughout the day might sound simple enough, but it can actually be extremely challenging. Not to mention that around 4-5% of adults in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, this only adds to the complexities of being able to focus and get your to-do list done with.
In a world where you wake up each morning, immediately manage to get your work done and then actually have the free-time and energy to spend on something other than just relaxing at home, managing to fit the gym into your schedule does not seem all that gruelling. Unfortunately, this is the case for very few individuals because most people tend to procrastinate or simply take on way more than they can maybe handle. On top of all this, life likes to throw curve balls at us, which only complicates everything even more.
Interestingly enough, CBD may be able to act as an aid to motivate one to hit the gym, because some studies show it improves focus. Although focus in general has not been heavily research in pertinence to its relationship with CBD, the way that cannabidiol interacts with those who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD has been studied. One of the most prevalent symptoms of ADD/ADHD is an inability to concentrate, so even if only a select percentage of the population has this condition, many globally do experience lack of focus, usually just on a much smaller scale.
So, next time you feel overwhelmed by your day and have a hard time completing all the required assignments, think about consuming some CBD early in the day. Don’t worry, as long as it is from a reputable source it won’t get you high, so you can even go to work, get things done and still have time to workout without spending your entire fitness routine thinking about what you still have not finished at work.
5. Relax strained or stressed post-workout joints and muscles
Probably one of the most uncomfortable parts about working out, is that awful pain you can experience post-workout. Sometimes referred to as muscle soreness, when you are utilizing certain parts of the body rigorously, you are actually breaking those muscle fibers down a little, so that they can regenerate themselves and become stronger. Ultimately, this helps us to reach our appearance, health and strength goals, but it can also be painful.
In addition to consumable CBD tinctures and oils, topical cannabidiol-based salves, creams or gels can also help soothe strained, sore and stressed out post-workout joints and muscles. Some fitness addicts swear by CBD, because they claim it makes their experience that much more bearable, especially after a demanding workout. For those who do not feel comfortable with consuming CBD, a topical product can administer the relief needed, without the commitment of ingesting the compound.
Our Final Thoughts:
Although cannabidiol (CBD) may not be the workout answer for everyone, there are a multitude of available accounts which describe this organic compounds ability to encourage motivation, focus and concentration, on top of helping you get a better night’s sleep and soothing those tense, strained or inflamed joints and muscles post-workout.
If you feel like any of these possibilities appeal to you, it may be beneficial to give CBD a trial run. There are little to no side effects with cannabidiol, and the medical uses are rather extensive, so even if you find that this cannabinoid simply is not your cup of tea, there was little lost and no harm done.
We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.