SESSION I : Athletic CBD

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SESSION I Athletic CBD

cbd for your recovery

Active Individuals put a lot of stress on their bodies, to positive and negative effect. Training stress stimulates adaptation and increased performance, but physical trauma and prolonged wear and tear also lead to injuries and pain. No matter how fit you are, sometimes you need more to recover post-workout. Some sessions can leave you sore for days afterward. Your muscles become inflamed, which triggers the body to respond and repair, causing muscle soreness and stiffness.

As you apply more significant stress to your body, leading to pain and inflammation greater than what your endocannabinoid system can handle. With the use of CBD, you combat this overloaded system, get your neurotransmitters back under control and help maintain your bodies homeostasis.

LET'S BREAK DOWN THE BENEFITS OF CBD

Inflammation: CBD may be extremely useful in managing inflammation pre-and post-exercise. CBD may prevent joint injury during physical activity, as well as reducing any pain from swelling that may prevent you from training properly. 

 Pain: Cannabis is an analgesic, helping to alleviate pain both during and after exercise. Many athletes use CBD following their workouts to continue managing pain from achy muscles, joints, and injuries.

 Sleep and Relaxation: CBD is known to regulate the sleep cycle without causing drowsiness. Getting the required sleep each night is one of the most crucial aspects of being a healthy athlete as muscles recover best during sleep. Rest is one of the most important aspects of being healthy overall.  

 Reduction of Muscle Spasms: Cannabinoids are known to have antispasmodic properties. Some causes of muscle spasms in athletes include straining of a muscle, dehydration, trauma, and damage to nerves or the spinal cord.

 Increasing Appetite:  Anyone engaging in more intense workouts should be ingesting a higher number of calories than during periods of lower intensity. CBD has shown to stimulate the appetite, without adding higher fat content to your diet.

Protection of Heart, Lung, and Brain: CBD has been shown to offer protection for the heart, lungs, and brain during and after injury. The short-term neuroprotective effects of CBD in the brain continue to be researched for purposes of treating sports concussions. 

 Blood Sugar Regulation: If your diet is on point and you have a top-quality workout program underway, yet you can't seem to drop a pound or build muscle, this may have something to do with low insulin sensitivity.  High sensitivity to insulin promotes storage of excess glucose as glycogen in the liver and muscles. Low insulin sensitivity, on the other hand, leads to the storage of glucose as fat, creating difficulties in shifting glucose into the muscle. Optimally, our insulin should be low most the time, and CBD use has been found to be associated with lower levels of insulin. 

Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

The Endogenous Cannabinoid System is an integral part of our bodies' regulatory systems. A healthy ECS is vital for overall long-term health. Our ECS helps modulate the aspects of homeostasis across all major body systems ensuring that all systems work in concert with one another.

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It is comprised of a network of two identified Cannabinoid Receptors. CB-1 receptor sites are predominantly present in the central nervous system, connective tissues, glands, and organs, while CBR-2 are found in the digestive, immune, lymphatic, and peripheral nervous systems. Many tissues contain both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors, each linked to different actions.

 CB-1 – regulating appetite, memory, mood, and nociceptive (outside stimulus) pain, as well as cardiovascular and neural tissue health.

 CB-2 – regulating inflammation, immune health, and potentially neuropathic issues.

 

Cannabinoids interact directly as keys within the endocannabinoid system, while receptors act like locks. Every time one key fits into one lock, the lock is opened and causes an effect to occur to maintain vital functions throughout our body. Our bodies already produce their own endogenous cannabinoids, including Anandamide and 2-AG, and are receptive to Phytocannabinoids, which include THC and CBD.

 THC & CBD

Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don't have the same psychoactive effects. CBD has relatively no psycho-activity and acts a partial antagonist of cannabinoid receptors, which means its presence can dial down the intensity of the 'high' from THC.

 THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain to produce a high or sense of euphoria. THC begins to provide pain relief as it lowers the level of pain felt.

 While CBD and THC both bind to the CB2 receptor, they interact with the CB1 receptors in different ways.

 

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Why You

Should Use CBD

When you work out, you put stress on your body to encourage it to grow. By breaking down muscle fibers, you allow them to grow back, stronger, and faster than they were before.

But anyone who has ever pushed themselves hard when training knows that this process comes with difficulties. If you push too hard, recovery can take you out of the game for days at a time, and injuries are even harder to bounce back from.

CBD FORMATS

 Oral | Swallowed Tinctures, Oils, Capsules, and Edibles.

Ingested CBD, passed through the digestive tract, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Typically take 1-6 hours to kick in and lose a bit of potency as the liver filters them before entering the bloodstream. *best for long term daily supplementation

Oral | Sublingual Tinctures, Oils and melt away sheets.

It is absorbed directly into your bloodstream from capillary-rich areas underneath the tongue, along the gums and cheek. This most potent, bioavailable, and quickest ways for CBD to enter your bloodstream – around 10-15 minutes – just a few minutes longer than vaping/smoking, which is almost immediate.

Inhalation | Vaping, Dabbing, Smoking High CBD Cannabis Flower

This is the quickest way to get CBD circulating through your system, but it also is sufficient for the shortest period. Peak bloodstream levels are within 10 minutes.

 Topical | Salve, Creams, Lotion, Sprays and Bath Soaks

It is applied directly to the skin the CBD locally targets, like muscles, inflammatory cells, and pain-perceiving nerves. Very little, if any, enters the bloodstream — unless it is designed for transdermal activity. The moment you experience symptoms, topical applications can provide perceivable relief within the first 30 minutes.

Source Material

https://www.taralaferrara.com/journal-blog/cbd-for-athletic-recovery

 https://xwerks.com/blogs/cbd/5-ways-athletes-can-benefit-from-cbd

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3997295/