WHAT IS CBD?
CBD is the short-term for Cannabidiol hemp oil. Most people are familiar with medical marijuana which is made implants with high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is known for its psychotropic side effects. CBD hemp oil is made with higher concentrations of CBD which creates a non-psychoactive hemp oil. The benefit to this is that works naturally with our bodies and doesn’t create the high that medical marijuana does. CBD hemp oil offers many potential health benefits and is safer than its counterpart.
HOW CAN IT IMPROVE MY FITNESS REGIMEN?
Initial research shows that CBD could help a person across many avenues. CBD oil has shown to with the body’s endocannabinoid system which is responsible for a ton of processes within the body. The results of using CBD shows the potential for helping a person with appetite, sex drive, sleep, inflammation and hormones. Any person struggling with any of those issues may struggle with their fitness as well.
A person who is not sleeping well is not reaping the full benefits of whatever work out they have in place. A runner who is dealing with inflammation in their knees is going to struggle during their run. CBD has shown to help with both of these issues and could give a person relief allowing them to make the most of their work out. If CBD helps a person sleep, then a person who has gotten in a great workout will reap the most benefits by getting a full night’s rest. A person suffering from inflammation who is able to use CBD will be able to run farther or work out longer.
Some people worry that by using CBD they will end up with the munchies and gain a bunch of weight. That however is not the case. Part of what makes a person want to eat is the THC in marijuana. CBD oil has very little THC so the same effect does not occur. CBD has the ability to lower certain hormones produced by the pancreas for some people. Lower levels of these specific hormones can help boost weight loss. It also could mean less risk of type II diabetes and or obesity. CBD oil has the ability to help some people maintain blood sugar levels which in turn protects the pancreas.
DECREASED CORTISOL LEVELS
Cortisol levels are something many people who are focused on their fitness are concerned about. Cortisol levels are directly tied to a person’s stress levels. Higher levels of cortisol equal higher levels of stress. CBD oil has been shown to decrease cortisol plasma levels, thus decreasing a person’s stress levels. If you think about it CBD oil has a kind of double whammy affect. If CBD can lower a person's cortisol levels and lower fat storing hormones produced by the pancreas, than a persons odds at being able to drop some weight increase significantly.
SO HOW DOES A PERSON BEGIN INCORPORATING CBD INTO TEHIR FITNESS REGIME?
First it is important to understand that the main difference between marijuana and CBD oil is that CBD oil is not illegal. In fact CBD can be purchased in any state. It also comes in many forms: capsules, oil liquids, tinctures and gum.
As mentioned before, before beginning any kind of CBD oil it is essential that you speak with your physician. He or she will be able to tell you if the CBD oil interact any of your other medications and they can recommend a beginning dosage. Most doctors will recommend a starting dosage of 25 mg, twice a day.
As a person sees how it affects them they can adjust their dosage accordingly. If they notice little to no impact after a few days they can increase the dosage. Or if the impact seems to be too great he or she can lessen the dosage.
Be aware that the research on this particular type of natural supplement is in its infant stages. That means there are no long-term studies able to tell you about any long-term side effects. Of all of the studies so far there have been very minimal side effects.
You must make an informed decision about whether CBD oil is right for you and you can only make that decision if you do your homework/research. Finally, be aware there are both natural and synthetic options when it comes to CBD oil. Again choosing between synthetic and natural is a personal option and you need to do your research on which would be best for you. Consulting your doctor will also help make a better informed decision.
CBD oil has some amazing potential for health benefits in a variety of areas, including but not limited to, chronic pain, sleep, weight loss, inflammation, anxiety and many more. If you are person that struggles with any of these and have tried other medications the oil might be the right choice for you.
--- Wendy Lynch with Body Spartan, October 11, 2017