These days the question isn’t “what can CBD do for me?” but rather “what can it NOT do?” From managing stress and helping you sleep, to calming inflammation and treating chronic pain, this dynamic, non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant is basically the Childish Gambino of cannabidiols. In other words, it is widely known to do way more than just one thing. And for those currently prioritizing their fitness goals (i.e., a whole lotta folks), CBD might just be the secret weapon you didn’t know you needed. Here’s why:
For a lot of people, fitness goals can bring about not only physical, but also mental stress. We might feel anxious when we don’t achieve our milestones fast enough, or when we compare ourselves to the universe of perfect abs that seems to permeate Instagram. Luckily, CBD is known to help manage any type of anxiety. As we reported, one case study from 2016 found that CBD, taken as an oil tincture, safely and effectively addressed symptoms of PTSD (including anxiety and sleep issues) for a 10 year-old girl.
Korean researchers in a study published in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, reported that CBD was found to “stimulate genes and proteins that enhance the breakdown and oxidation of fat; increase the number and activity of mitochondria (which increases the body’s ability to burn calories); decrease the expression of proteins involved in lipogenesis (fat cell generation),” reports Leafly. All together, these results come from CBD’s ability to bring about “fat browning,” — converting white adipose tissue, which stores energy, to beige-colored fat tissue that burns it — and which NIH says may be explored as a potentially promising therapeutic agent for the prevention of obesity.
Helps Build and Tone Muscles
Some believe that CBD can also be used to naturally build muscle mass. One study shows that CBD can lower the number of catabolic hormones in the human body, which means that any muscle gained is not so quickly and it makes it easier to gain mass faster.
Consider the story of Van Dyken, a swimmer on the U.S. Olympic team, who suffered an accident in 2014 that paralyzed her from the waist down. She endured tremendous amounts of pain on her road to recovery, which she credits largely to CBD.
Aids in Recovery by Fighting Inflammation
When we exercise, our muscles and tissues experience a certain degree of damage, which creates inflammation, the body’s way of starting the recovery process. But too much inflammation can have negative ramifications, such as poor workout results and worse, excessive muscle damage, reports U.S. News. However, a 2018 review published in Frontiers in Neurology states that CBD is an effective way of improving pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis, precisely because it is known to reduce inflammation.
Natural Energy Booster
Even though CBD is also known to help with sleep disorders, it has also been known to help in regulating the normal energy by promoting wakefulness and ensuring that the body cells are in good condition throughout the day.
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