When it comes to keeping stamina, energy and endurance during a workout — and having an efficient recovery — it’s important to get proper nutrition, hydration and rest. However, routine gym-goers and athletes are turning to cannabidiol to take their workouts to the next level. An increasingly popular supplement, CBD (or cannabidiol – a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp) has been studied for an astonishing list of possible benefits. Currently, it is only FDA-approved for the treatment of certain epilepsy disorders, but research suggests it may interact with systems that reduce inflammation and modulate cortisol production, making it an interesting candidate to improve recovery times for exercise.
An advanced nano-liposomal form of CBD can be incorporated at any time of day, depending on your needs and desired outcome. For those who exercise on a regular basis, studies suggest that CBD can be a vital part of any workout routine, regardless of the workout’s difficulty or length.
Better Sleep, Better Workout
While getting a restful night’s sleep is important for many daily functions: alertness, concentration, hormone balance and digestive health, it’s also the gateway to an effective workout. Taking CBD the night before hitting the gym might be a powerful way to improve recovery time, muscle soreness and joint pain, and conventional wisdom (even research) shows that a restful night of sleep can improve physical fitness.
Metabolism and Cortisol
A healthy person’s level of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, rises and falls in a 24-hour cycle. Cortisol increases as the sun rises, peaks around 8 a.m. and drops to its lowest levels a few hours after midnight. However, this ebb and flow is negatively affected by an increase in stress — either acute or chronic. CBD might be able to decrease cortisol levels by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, thus helping your metabolism’s natural rhythm. Over all, adding CBD to your pre-workout routine might positively impact your energy levels and metabolic fire.
Although commonly an afterthought, preventing inflammation, muscle soreness and joint pain is crucial before it starts. Whether you’re prone to injury or engage in vigorous, daily exercise, muscle or ligament damage is a possibility; therefore, preventing inflammation is key.
Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.