Sweat + CBD = Athlete’s Success
Move over whey protein, hit the road, energy drinks. It’s time to meet the newest supplement on the block – CBD. Slip on those sneakers fitness-fan, things are about to get serious. Here we take a look at what CBD will do for you in the gym when combined with pure grit and hard work.
Hey there, athlete – Your body has it tough
As a gym bunny, your body goes through some tough weekly sessions. Like wear and tear, high impact movement, the odd injury and fatigue. You’ve probably felt all these things (and more) after a long gym session or special event. As we’ll cover in a moment, CBD can help with all these things. But before we get into that, there’s something that we need to clear up…
There are many (many) medical benefits of CBD oil
No longer is cannabis seen as purely a source for getting high. This valuable resource is far from a preserve only for hippy-dippy types. In fact, CBD oil doesn’t contain any psychoactives. Which means that you won’t get stoned, no matter how much you consume.
The field of cannabis-related research is building, and building, gaining traction for showing CBD as full of health-benefits and impressive natural powers. Let’s explore them now…
CBD aids inflammation
As an athlete, you may do daily battle with inflammation. CBD oil is an anti-inflammatory, which can reduce the chance of injury, and driving down the associated symptoms of inflammation (such as pain and discomfort).
Pain relief that keeps you clear
Over-the-counter pain killers can serve as an efficient, effective pain reliever, but along with these can come brain-fog (which could quickly lead to the masking of pain that you should be listening to).
CBD provides a far clearer way to overcome pain, while side stepping the haze and the brain fog.
Calm those jittering event nerves
That big game or important event is coming up, and no matter how hard you mentally prepare, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid those butterflies.
CBD is just about the most effective supplement for gaining a little light relief for your performance anxiety. In fact, it’s even used by some as an alternative to medical anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medication – like Zoloft, Xanax, and Prozac.
Hit the treadmill again, faster
Let’s face it, injuries sometimes go hand in hand with being a sports person. Rather than keeping a stock of painkillers such as Vicodin or Percoset (which only handle the pain), CBD also assists with recovery time.
Still doubtful? Then consider this, CBD has been scientifically proven to aid a huge (and growing) variety of medical conditions, such as seizures and Multiple Sclerosis. In short, if it can help and heal those with these serious medical issues, it can be a friend to the athlete who’s looking to speed up their recovery periods.
CBD oil is a battler of bugs and sickness
You know how it is – you spent weeks (maybe months) in training. Then, come the week or the marathon or the big competition, you get sick. Like, take to your bed, kind of sick.
CBD oil is a natural booster of your immune system (you know, the thing that fights off germs and the dreaded pre-match day lurgy). This is because it’s high in anti-oxidants, which can reduce your chance of picking up an infection. And as a side bonus, this is also good news for your heart health.
CBD oil could also help control your hunger and weight
CBD is an athlete’s BFF when it comes to supporting your dietary goals. It boosts your workout longevity and performance, while helping control your appetite.
Which may come as quite a shock, given the association between cannabis and the ‘munchies’. To explain this, sudden hunger is the result of the THC found in weed. Which isn’t present, at all, in CBD oil.
Listen up, footballers, hockey players and gymnasts – CBD oil is a neuroprotectant
Those in high-impact sports training could do far worse than add a dose of CBD oil to their training. This is because CBD has powerful neuroprotectant properties, which assist oxidation and helps support brain injury recovery. All in all, this could prove helpful for lessening the impact of a post head-bump concussion.
Pump some iron, hit the track, get set for a good gym session, every gym session. With CBD oil, your athletic performance is about to get a serious boost.
This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.