What are the benefits of CBD Oil for professional athletes?
In this article, we are going to explore how CBD may just be the Ying to athletic performance`s Yang.
With the mounting new acceptance of hemp and hemp related products, more and more research is emerging to provide concrete proof and information that proves the medical benefits of hemp products, especially things like Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil.
Over time athletes put a huge amount of stress on there bodies, to positive and negative effect. Training stress stimulates adaptation and increased performance, but physical trauma and prolonged wear and tear also lead to injuries and pain. Current methods of pain management are effective, but prolonged use is now showing to have terrible consequences. In search of improved sports recovery and safer pain relief, many athletes are turning to CBD… But should you?
Why should athletes use CBD?
When you work out, you put stress on your body to encourage it to grow, by breaking down muscle fibers, you allow them to grow back, making you fitter, stronger and faster.
Anyone who has ever pushed themselves to hard when training, knows that feeling of hardly being able to move when they first wake up. If you push too hard, recovery can take you out of the game for days at a time, and injuries are even harder to bounce back from.
Fortunately, nutritional supplements exist that can help us take on all these challenges and be the best that we can be. The newest performance-enhancing natural supplement to hit the market is CBD… But what exactly can CBD do to help with recovery?
5 Potential benefits of CBD for athletes.
A little bit of inflammation can be good for athletes and help stimulate positive training adaptations. Too much inflammation hinders recovery and wreaks havoc on the body. Research has shown that CBD appears to block inflammatory pain by interacting with another protein, the glycine receptor, which plays a critical role in transmitting pain signals from the body, through the spinal cord, and into the brain (where pain is actually perceived). CBD bound to CB2 receptors helps dial down the response when your immune system sounds the alarm after hard workouts.
Improve Sleep Quality
If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep throughout the night, or sleeping for a full 8 hours, you may be suffering from insomnia, This can be caused by a number of factors, including anxiety, stress or other underlying health issues.
How CBD can help?
When a discrepancy is detected, cannabinoids are synthesized to interact with receptors. Then they stimulate a chemical response to address the issue, in turn promoting homeostasis which may help improve any underlying Issues that may be disturbing your sleep.
CBD and athlete anxiety
Anyone can suffer from performance anxiety, it is particularly common among musicians, actors, and athletes, stress and anxiety also known as “stage fright” can be a performers worst nightmare!.
Cannabis research has shown us that cannabinoid receptors, interact with certain receptors in the body that play a key role in the management of emotions like stress and fear, potentially helping to manage those game day nerves.
Alternative to pain killers
No pain. No gain, right?…
Athletes have been consuming over-the-counter pain killing drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium for decades, but they may not be as safe as we once thought. Studies are starting to show that over the counter pain killers could be causing major side effects.
The body has a endocannabinoid system, not a ibuprofen system, which should be food for thought when using your next pain killer.
Using CBD, you’re able to boost your endocannabinoid system which is naturally involved in all kinds of bodily processes, including managing pain and inflammation.
Preliminary research suggests that CBD may reduce food intake and boost metabolism, which could promote weight loss.
Research from 2018 helps explain. The process of turning white fat cells to brown fat cells actually changes how these cells interact within the body.
Brown fat cells could be a more active form of fat. They burn off energy as heat and increase thermogenesis, meaning that they actually burn calories.
Burning calories is vital for weight loss, CBD may help burn fat by turning white fat to brown fat in the body.
CBD is taking the athletic industry by storm, with all of these new studies and findings showing the potential medicinal value and health benefits, CBD could mark a major turning point in how athletes recover from training stress and manage both occasional and chronic pain.
Reports are showing that CBD offers potentially amazing health benefits, with few risks or side effects. If it improves recovery as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and sleep aid, then it has great potential to improve athletic performance. Anything that helps athletes to reduce consumption of over the counter pain killers, opioids, and prescription sleep aids, can only be a good thing.