Athletes, extreme sports enthusiasts, and all work out junkies share similar challenges. When you are working the body and pushing limits you are going to have soreness, aches and pains. In the past, these symptoms have been treated with ibuprofen, aspirin and other over the counter chemical painkillers that have long term, dangerous side effects. These side effects include risk for gastrointestinal bleeding, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and kidney failure. Now, CBD can offer a natural, non-toxic, relief for athlete’s associated workout and performance pain without the side effects! Here are 5 ways CBD can be of benefit to your training, workouts, performance and general health.
CBD For Pain
You are an athlete and you know that pain is part of the cost of top physical performance. CBD is fast becoming the preferred, natural, pain relief therapy for athletes, dancers and anyone pushing the edge. CBD can be used both internally, in the form of tinctures, capsules, and edibles, and externally, in the form of topical products.
The activity of CBD with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) provides relief by stimulating the endocannibinoids and receptors that are produced by the human body, in the serotonin and opioid systems in the brain and throughout the body. This activity, simply put, is a natural response of the ECS to bring your body to homeostasis or balance. In order to reach that goal the natural pain relievers in the body are stimulated to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and sooth the anxiety associated with pain.
Because CBD is non-psychoactive, non-toxic and has little to no side effects, it can be dosed internally over time and with frequency. Also, CBD topical salves, creams and lotions can be applied to manage local soreness and pain. This provides maximum pain management when dosed both internally and topically. For pro athletes, that must test for no-doping regulations, broad spectrum CBD provides the full benefits of CBD with zero THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) allowing for relief without the risk!
CBD For Mental Focus and Concentration
When it comes to your athletic performance, being focused, calm and concentrated is a key to your excellence. CBD helps release the stress associated with competitions and performances without effecting your energy level and mental clarity. Actually, many athletes report an increased ability to focus and a natural boost in energy.
CBD For Nausea
Athletes often suffer from nausea after prolonged, intense training and workouts. CBD is an effective antiemetic (nausea treatment), which can be used when you feel nauseous and also as a pre-workout preventative. CBDs antiemetic properties are most effective when dosed in very small doses. Just remember, less is more when it comes to CBD for nausea.
CBD For Sleep
One of the most popular uses of CBD is as a sleep aid. Let’s face it, a good nights sleep is at the foundation of your vibrant health and performance. Often, active people and athletes have a difficult time sleeping due to sore muscles, anxiety and over exhaustion. CBD delivers full relaxation and a deep night’s sleep without any brain fog the next day!
CBD For Your General Health
CBD can be used as a daily supplement for your enhanced health and well-being. You can add a few drops of CBD tincture to your power smoothie in the morning or take a broad-spectrum CBD capsule to give your body a daily performance boost.
Are you an athlete that has tried CBD? We would love to hear about your experiences. Please share with us in the comment section below!