If you’re like most athletes, the main limiting factor in achieving your goals is recovery time. After all, you can put mind over matter to eat better and train harder, but you can’t will your body to recover faster. Enter CBD Hemp Oil.
Hemp Oil? For Athletic Performance?
We know what you’re thinking. Hemp oil… isn’t that made from cannabis, the same plant marijuana comes from? Wouldn’t that be the last thing an athlete trying to stay on top of his or her game would want?
Hemp vs. Marijuana
So, let’s clear up one misconception: hemp and marijuana are not the same thing! While they are in the same family (cannabis), their chemical makeup is notably different. THC — which gives marijuana its mind-altering properties — is almost non-existent in hemp. (In fact, CBD hemp oil is not considered marijuana if it has less than 0.3% THC.) However, most hemp is loaded with CBD, a compound that promotes a healthy inflammation response to normal everyday demands and may alleviate exercise-induced muscle aches and pains. So, CBD hemp oil could be one of the very best supplements for athletes.
How CBD Hemp Oil Works
Your body comes naturally equipped with an endocannabinoid system (or ECS for short). The ECS regulates a whole lot of stuff in your body, including your body’s response to how you feel after a hard workout.[i], [ii] How? Cannabinoids. These compounds bind to cannabinoid receptors on your cells, the way a lock fits into a key. Once a cannabinoid binds to a receptor, it can tell the cell what to do, such as help the body recover from a workout![iii]
Your body makes its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids. Guess what else contains cannabinoids? Cannabis! These phytocannabinoids (plant-based cannabinoids) act upon the same receptors on your cells in a similar way. That’s why cannabis products can modulate normal everyday inflammation, such as from workouts, and ease related discomfort. [iv],[v],[vi],[vii],[viii],[ix]
Proven in People
Two human studies have found that medical cannabis significantly decreases physical discomfort associated with everyday living.[x],[xi] CBD hemp oil is a cannabis product that contains over 20% CBD, hemp’s most active helpful constituent. For athletes, it could be just the ticket to get back in the game sooner.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Original Post: January 10, 2019 at 21:01 by Barlean’s