Vaping CBD to boost fitness results for gym rats and athletes

While scientists are only beginning to scratch the surface of the many potential health benefits that CBD products can provide, dedicated athletes and fitness buffs have known for quite some time.  Hemp-based cannabidiol may soon become legal this week nationwide, if everything goes well in Congress, which paves the way for millions of athletes to take advantage of its many magical properties.

The human body produces only two primary cannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG.  CBD, on the other hand, contains approximately 100 variations along with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids instrumental in building muscle mass and expediting workout recovery.  These additional compounds can help fitness enthusiasts to boost the overall efficiency of the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for nearly every major function of the human body. 

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This internal system relies heavily on a delicate combination of neurotransmitters which help to regulate and maintain a balanced state of homeostasis involving the following functions.

  • Immune system
  • Endocrine system
  • Circulatory system
  • Digestive system
  • Neuroprotection
  • Regulation of emotion and mood
  • Stress responses (Fight or Flight)
  • Inflammation and pain perception
  • Metabolism
  • Thermal regulation
  • Muscle movement and agility

Sometimes when athletes consistently engage in high-intensity training, the body’s production of anandamide and 2-AG has trouble keeping up with demand, which results in the endocannabinoid system running inefficiently, at best.  When this state of inefficiency occurs, workout recovery times tend to increase, advancements in muscle building and athletic performance tend to stagnate or diminish, and overall progress in reaching fitness goals often plateaus.  Each of these adverse side effects can easily lead to decreased motivation in the gym, as well.

Hemp-based CBD is non-psychoactive

There are two primary types of CBD oils for vaping.  One is marijuana-based.  The other is hemp-based.  Many athletes worry that vaping CBD is going to get them high, which would not only hamper their workout routines but might even be potentially dangerous.  The trick to keep in mind before purchasing a CBD product is to know the differences between the two.

  • Marijuana-based cannabidiol

The marijuana plant contains larger amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC as compared to hemp.  In fact, when manufacturers extract CBD oils from marijuana plants, the resulting liquid contains as high as 30 percent THC.  It is this THC compound which causes the feeling of euphoria among users, which is a significant reason that the federal government still considers marijuana illegal even against the outcries of numerous state legislatures.

  • Hemp-based cannabidiol

Hemp-based CBD contains only a tiny fraction of THC compared to its marijuana-based alternative.   Products derived from hemp plants typically contain around 0.3 percent THC, or about 100 times less than marijuana-based options.  Hemp-based CBD products contain about 100 times less THC - or about 0.3 percent - compared to the marijuana-based alternative.

Due to this lower THC content, the user rarely achieves the cerebral stimulation of conventional cannabis strains.  There’s also another option for athletes preferring zero-THC in their CBD products.  Hemp-based cannabidiol “isolates” are typically THC-free. 

CBD versus conventional medications

Both hemp-based and marijuana-based CBD products are natural anti-inflammatories which help to speed the repair of torn muscle tissue resulting from high-intensity workouts.  When muscle tissue gets damaged during heavy weight lifting in the gym, for example, the body’s neurotransmitters automatically instruct the brain to feel pain and send nutrient-rich blood to repair the affected area which causes inflammation.

Vaping CBD supplements this muscle repair process while simultaneously reducing the athlete’s chances of experiencing muscle cramps, spasms, sprains, and strains. Meanwhile, gym rats benefit further by preventing possible disruptions in their workout regimen due to injury.

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CBD products are also antidepressants which aid in producing high-quality sleep and stabilizing circadian rhythms.  For the body to recover properly and expediently from high-intensity workouts, it requires the fitness buff to sleep deeply and uninterrupted for a significant stretch of time.  It is during these periods of prolonged sleep that the body produces the human growth hormones and proteins so crucial in building muscle mass and expanding one’s physical endurance.

“CBD has become an integral part of my training and post-fight regimen helping my body’s natural healing process.”
~ Anthony Pettis former UFC Lightweight Champion (“Showtime”)

Conventional sleeping aids and anti-inflammatory medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, can offer much-needed relief.  However, these medications often come with a combination of possible negative side effects.  Some drugs can cause nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, acne outbreaks, and even liver or kidney damage.  Vaping CBD, on the other hand, is considered very safe as well as non-addictive. 

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