CBD: THE RUNNER’S REMEDY
It’s 7pm on a Thursday and you’ve somehow managed to drag yourself to the gym for the third time this week. The trainers are on and a 45 minute HIIT session awaits. You get on the bike and heed the instructor’s over-enthusiastic calls to push harder. When the class is over, you’re feeling surprisingly chirpy and ready for the weekend ahead. But as they say, with great exertion comes great quantities of lactic acid and painful trips up the stairs. In fact, it’s not just a strict gym regime that brings on muscle aches. As any swimmer, hiker, yoga enthusiast or climber will tell you, a big session can leave your body hurting for days. Scientifically speaking, such soreness is created by the breaking down of muscle fibres, which ultimately multiply and trigger muscle growth during recovery. While foam rolling, hot baths and intermittent icing can make the process more bearable, they generally fall into the category of damage control. Alternatively, CBD oil can have longer lasting effects (when taken sublingually), making it key to recovery during any training regime. Not only do American athletes from Nate Diaz (UFC fighter) to Derrick Morgan (NFL linebacker) swear by it, The Olympic Committee has also recently removed CBD from its list of prohibited substances. Such a move breaks down the stigma around Cannabis derived products and is further recognition of CBD’s innumerable benefits to human wellbeing. Want to know what CBD could do for your exercise regime? Read on for our top three takeaways:
CBD Promotes a Good Night’s Sleep
Just as every training regime needs the right fuel and adequate hydration to optimize performance, sleep plays an integral part in your body’s recovery. In terms of muscle growth, it’s actually during REM sleep cycles that protein synthesis occurs and growth hormones are released. As anecdotal and clinical evidence suggest, by lowering your blood pressure and acting as a relaxant CBD actively promotes a good night’s sleep, which is just what you need to keep your body performing day in, day out.
CBD Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Whether you’re on the tennis court, taking a brisk walk around the park or hitting the cross trainer for a nice bit of cardio, straining your muscles inevitably has inflammatory effects. This usually plays out in the form of burning thighs and achy shoulders for the next day or two. If you want to nip that discomfort in the bud, CBD could well be the way forward. By interacting with receptors in your immune and nervous systems, it actively counteracts the inflammation brought about by exercise.
CBD Is a Muscle relaxant
Unlike painkillers – which work at the level of the brain and trick our bodies out of feeling uncomfortable sensations – CBD actually targets sites of muscle tension. By interrupting nerve signals to the muscles themselves, CBD makes the morning after a big gym session all the more bearable.