Athletes are always on the quest for improvement. Getting better results every time they exercise is a must. Their goal is to reach the maximum capacity of their own bodies. Boosting their performance or making their time recovery faster is a passion.
To do so they need and extreme focus and a very strong motivation. It's a remarkable mental strength to push yourself always further and to keep going even when your whole body hurts.
The longer you trained the stronger you get physically and mentally.
A lot of techniques exist to help with recovery or motivation. Specific nutrition prior and after a workout, sleep, massage stretching, etc…
The new underground trend is to ingest cannabis prior to and after a run/workout. Why that is? Well, Cannabis when ingested (smoke vape edibles, etc...) will interact with our brain and body receptors. It interacts specifically with the receptors regulating pain, emotions, appetite, and memory.
CBD (cannabidiol) focuses more on calmness and relaxation. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) may relax inhibition, induce a lack of focus, drowsiness and generates euphoria.
All of these side effects might not seem like a wanted state of mind when trying to execute a workout. Although, when our bodies are in action, working out or running, etc… our brain instinctively make similar compounds. Our Endocannabinoid system (EDS) will produce a high level of anandamide (cannabinoid) after exercise.
This specific process happening in our bodies is called the runners high. Cannabis has the power to induce this natural high. Gregory Gerdeman, an assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College reports; "cannabis can minimize distraction and help exercise be not just a means to an end but an enjoyment."
Athletes are turning to Cannabis for many other reasons like the potential of better sleep or its anti-anxiety side effect to release the stress before a competition.
Cannabis also has potential to increases the oxygenation of tissues, reduces muscle spasm and relieve pain.
Some athletes prefer to use only CBD(Cannabidiol) to avoid the psychoactive high. On its own CBD also have great perks for active workouts.
You could still get the pain relief; it has been reported to be effective for musculoskeletal and stiff joints caused by exercise.
CBD is also a great replacement for ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve). These two last substances have been considered safe for a long time, but new studies show that frequent use could increase our risk of heart attack and stroke.
Ibuprofen and naproxen sodium are also harder to assimilate by our guts and liver than CBD. Cannabidiol on the contrary actually helps rebalance our gut health, thanks to its incredible anti-inflammatory function.
The compelling anti-inflammatory asset of CBD is also alluring for athletes. This benefit can help reduce soreness and accelerate recovery.
All in all, Cannabis can be a good addition to your athletic routine. Always make some testing first to find the perfect dosage and more importantly the best product for you. You might prefer marijuana, you might prefer CBD, or stick to topicals, it is all about personal preferences.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.