It’s hard to be sure, but we may live in the most fitness-obsessed culture in history. Never have there been these many gyms where people take hours out of the week to focus on improving their bodies. Everywhere you look fitness gurus are selling their new “wonder supplement” and YouTubers pushing the new best workout
It’s hard to be sure, but we may live in the most fitness-obsessed culture in history. Never have there been these many gyms where people take hours out of the week to focus on improving their bodies. Everywhere you look fitness gurus are selling their new “wonder supplement” and YouTubers pushing the new best workout routine.
And while the focus on health and fitness is a good thing, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. With more options than ever, how do you determine what is right for you?
Today, we are going to be talking about adding CBD oil to your fitness regimen. There are differing opinions on the subject, but today, we hope to help you answer the question – is this right for me?
First – What Is CBD Oil?
With the legalization of marijuana in many places around the country, there have become a lot of so-called “experts” on the topic. The result has been more confusion and misinformation. So, let’s set the record straight.
Cannabis is a genus under the family Cannabaceae that is native to South-Central Asia. The different species of plants within the genus are commonly referred to as hemp. However, the word “hemp” is generally used to refer only to those varieties of the plant that are specifically bred and selected for non-drug (non-psychedelic) use.
In other words, hemp and marijuana are technical “cousins,” that is, both are varieties of the species: cannabis sativa (one of the three main species of cannabis). But that is pretty much where the similarities end.
So, to summarize – cannabis is the broad overarching term here. There are several varieties under the broadterm of cannabis which include what is commonly called hemp and its cousin marijuana. Hemp has been bred over the years to contain a high amount of cannabidiol (CBD oil) and only contain a tiny, negligible amount of THC (the psychotropic substance found in high amounts in marijuana). It is this kind of hemp from which CBD oil and CBD topical salve are extracted.
What Are the Benefits?
Now that we covered what CBD oil is and where it comes from, the question is – what good will it do for my fitness regime?
The answer is – potentially a lot.
While the verdict is still out on a lot of aspects of the potential benefits of CBD oil, the preliminary results are very promising. This totally legal, non-psychoactive, non-addictive, 100% natural oil affects your body’s endocannabinoid system. Now, we could get into a lot of the technical science stuff involved here; however, the low down is that CBD oil’s effects on this system are very beneficial to overall health and fitness.
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for controlling and maintaining homeostasis in several of the body’s most important functions including immune response, sex drive, sleep, appetite, and mood. If these systems are working right, you are on track to a healthier lifestyle.
The magic of CBD oil lies in its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent throughout your body. If you’ve been on the fitness scene for any amount of time, you have probably come to realize that inflammation is the bane of your existence when you are working out. The ability of CBD oil to reduce inflammation can reduce recovery time putting you back at it more quickly and getting you results more quickly. And since it impacts so many key functions of the body, CBD oil can help make sure that inflammation stays in check throughout the body’s most vital systems.
On top of all that, it appears that CBD oil may help in other ways too. For instance, some research seems to indicate that CBD oil can help lower insulin, helping your body regulate blood sugar. This can result in more energy, better rest, and protect your pancreas. And let’s be honest, we all want our pancreas protected!
In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, naturally derived CBD oil has B Complex Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, and Magnesium.
Anytime you are deciding about changing up your fitness regimen; it can be hard to find good, solid information to assist in your decision. The hope is that with the information in this article, you will have a good starting point from which to determine if CBD oil belongs in your fitness regimen.
Research and study are ongoing; however initial results are very promising. CBD oil looks like a great addition to anyone’s health and fitness regime.