It’s one of the hottest trends on the fitness market and, in the last couple of years, it’s been treated as a revolutionary product by professional bodybuilders and gym fanatics alike. But is CBD oil really as good as they say, and how can it help you take your fitness game to the next level?
What is CBD Oil?
Let’s start by clarifying what CBD and CBD Oil actually are.
CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol’, which is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol / THC (probably the most -well-known component of cannabis), CBD is not pshyco-active and, therefore, doesn’t get you high.
Recent studies have looked at how CBD oil can benefit bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, and the results are quite promising. We’ve put some key-benefits together below that come from using CBD oil as a part of a training regime.
Looking to gain more muscle? Research has shown that CBD has anti-catabolic properties, which means it can slow down the breakdown of muscle mass and help to build more. It does this by decreasing the number of catabolic hormones that are in the body.
CBD can also indirectly boost muscle growth by improving your stamina. This means that you’ll be able to do more reps without your muscles getting tired, meaning you’ll see results faster.
CBD has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, which is beneficial to anybody trying to lose weight. When blood sugar is regulated, the pancreas produces fewer fat-storing hormones, which improves the body’s ability to burn off fat as energy.
It has also been shown to help lower cortisol levels. When cortisol levels in the body aren’t regulated, the chances of gaining weight and storing fat increase.
CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help you recover from an intense training session quickly, meaning that you can get back to the gym faster.
Some over the counter anti-inflammatory products (such as ibuprofen) can have damaging effects on the liver and other internal organs when used over a prolonged period of time. CBD oil is 100% natural, meaning that there is also no risk of this happening.
We all know that sleep is a big part of recovery. In fact, it’s during sleep that our bodies go through most of their recovery from training sessions. Bad sleep, or not enough sleep, means slower muscle recovery and slower muscle growth.
CBD helps to regulate the hormones that signal your body into knowing when it’s time to fall asleep, and time to wake up. The natural, organic properties of CBD mean that it does all of this without any habit-forming properties that come with sleep-aid tablets.
These are just a few of the amazing properties of CBD oil that can help fitness enthusiasts and athletes reach full potential, get more out of a training session and #RULEYOURGOALS.