If you are a person who is serious about their fitness and/or bodybuilding you are always looking for new ways to make the most of your workouts. Part of why people stretch before and after the workout is keep themselves from being sore the next day. People also adjust their diets and supplement with vitamins or protein drinks. CBD oil is the next big thing in fitness and bodybuilding.
What is CBD oil?
Before you can make an educated decision about whether to add CBD oil into your fitness and/or bodybuilding workout regimen you need to know what it is. CBD oil is made from marijuana plants. Now before you stop reading because you have no interest in using an illegal drug, which is very smart and responsible, be aware that CBD oil is not an illegal substance.
Most people have heard of marijuana plants that give a person a “buzzed” feeling which is caused by the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is a psychoactive chemical. CBD is a different chemical, also known as Cannabidiol. This active compound does not have any psychoactive chemical and comes with many health benefits, according to limited studies.
How can I use CBD to grow muscle?
Our bodies do not naturally grow muscle. It is one of the most challenging tasks of a bodybuilder and a fitness conscious person. We have catabolic hormones in our bodies that break muscle mass down. In order to reverse that issue a person needs to take anti-catabolic supplements.
CBD supplements could help a person accomplish that goal, by lowering the number of catabolic hormones in a person’s body. With lower catabolic hormones a person’s body will not be able to break down muscle mass as quickly allowing a person to increase his or her muscle mass.
- For the best results a person should avoid caffeine. Caffeine can increase cortisol levels.
- It is recommended that a person does not use supplements with caffeine.
- CBD supplements should be used if you’re stressed out, smoke or have the flu or cold.
Can CBD help with weight loss?
Absolutely, CBD is the opposite of your typical THC marijuana that makes you want to eat more. CBD has shown the ability to help regulate a person’s blood sugar levels. With regulated blood sugar levels there is less fat-storing hormones produced by the pancreas in a person’s body resulting in less fat being stored. Since more fat can be burned off as energy there will be less fat cells in a person’s body.
Along the same lines a person who is anxious on a regular basis can throw their cortisol levels out of whack. A person with cortisol levels too high or too low end up with unpleasant symptoms. One of those symptoms can be increase in weight, which most of us try to avoid. CBD oils or supplements can help regulate a person’s cortisol levels so that they peak when they are supposed to and lower at appropriate times.
Both of these pieces combined, regulated blood sugar levels and cortisol levels can help a person lose weight safely and appropriately.
Other Fitness/Bodybuilding Benefits…
Helps with Inflammation
We have all push ourselves at one point or another during workout. The result of that can be some inflammation and some pain making the next workout more challenging. Many people mask that pain with an over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medication.
CBD, which is a natural supplement, has been shown to help some people with the same type of pain. CBD could help a person get back into their workout grew without having to take something that could do damage to other parts of their bodies, for example their liver.
One well-known anti-inflammatory takes a pretty hefty toll on a person’s liver every time they take it. Over time if a person takes that anti-inflammatory on a regular basis they could do some damage to their liver.
Helps with Sleep
Getting a good night sleep is one of the keys to helping a person lose weight and build muscle. A person who is not getting enough rest has a body that’s not functioning properly. That means the person’s body can’t burn off energy the right way or help build muscle the right way. CBD has been shown to help some people get their sleeping back on track. Another great benefit of CBD is that it does not have the addictive effects that some of the sleep medications, out on the market, do have.
CBD is a natural supplement that works with the body to regulate its own natural chemicals. CBD has also shown that it can be very effective in helping a person deal with anxiety. Anxiety is the number one reason people are unable to get to sleep. The initial studies show that some people run very well to using CBD to help lower their anxiety. Further, it shows once that anxiety has been brought down the people involved in the study were then more able to sleep soundly and for longer periods of time.
Anyone trying to be healthier through a fitness program and/or bodybuilding program will want to do their research on CBD supplements. Although, there has not been a lot of research, the research that has been done shows there are many potential fitness, bodybuilding and health benefits to using CBD.
Along those same lines, most over-the-counter medications have side effects. At this point, the side effects from CBD have been very minimal and very minor. There have been some complaints of tiredness, upset stomach and a few cases of diarrhea. Outside of those few side effects most people have stated they have encountered minor side effects or none at all.
In conclusion, CBD has some amazing fitness, bodybuilding and health benefits. Anyone looking to build muscle, lose weight and sleep better should look into CBD supplements and/or oils. As with any new supplements or medication be sure to consult your doctor before you introduce something new into your body.
Your doctor will be able to give you the pros and the cons. He or she will also be able to talk to you about your other medications and if there could be any type of reaction across medications or adverse side effects.
CBD has the potential to help a lot of people with a lot of symptoms, including but not limited to, weight loss, sleep, inflammation, muscle building and so many more. Do your research, talk to your doctor and make an educated decision about whether CBD is a good option for you.