Whether you're an everyday gym-goer, once-a-week jogger, or a stone-cold Iron Man in training, you've likely heard a lot of noise right now about CBD working wonders on the pre and post-workout body. But what's the fact and fiction here? Let’s take a deeper look.
How does CBD work again?CBD works by binding with the body's natural endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for sustaining balance in various bodily functions, including mood, metabolism, stress, and sleep. This stimulation enables you to handle pain and inflammation better. CBD's role in promoting internal harmony is what makes it just as useful before workouts as after.
How do our muscles work?Quick biology class lesson: we have over 600 muscles in our bodies; they comprise between a third and a half of our body weight. The way our bodies strengthen muscle is called hypertrophy and it’s a little strange. As you exert energy on the muscles (through say, a hardcore spin class), they become damaged. The body repairs these damaged fibers by fusing them, which increases the size and mass of the muscles, building them stronger than they were before your work out.
Is it legal to use CBD in sports and athletics?
Even at competition-level, CBD gets an okay from the UK and World Anti-Doping agencies. In 2017, the institutions ended CBD prohibition as long as the athlete's urine contains less than 150 nanograms per millilitre of THC when it comes to testing.
What does CBD actually do when exercising?
There is a variety of reasons people use CBD as part of their exercise routines. For many, it doesn't make a difference in the type of sport they're doing - from endurance runners and swimmers to strength trainees and yoga instructors, each activity has its CBD supporters.