Getting into shape is hard, and motivating yourself to keep going to the gym and working out even when you aren’t seeing results or have hit a plateau is harder. There are certain products that make the process a little easier, like supplements and protein powders, but what about CBD? When someone unfamiliar with cannabis hears “CBD”, they don’t think of getting into shape, they probably associate it with smoking and getting high. While CBD is part of cannabis, and even comes from the plant itself, it’s not the component of the plant that gets you high which means you can consume it without experiencing a high. CBD has been proven to have a ton of health benefits, many of which can help you achieve your fitness goals.
In order to workout to your full potential and get maximum results, you have to be well rested. Many studies done, especially in recent years, have shown that getting enough sleep is extremely important for fat loss and muscle gain. Often, if one isn’t getting the results they should be, the amount of sleep they’re getting is to blame. One study compared people with nearly identical lifestyles/work out habits, and found that by altering sleeping patterns those who got less sleep lost as much as 50% fat than those who slept the recommended amount of time. CBD is known to have sedating effects, and can be a useful tool in fighting disorders like insomnia in order to get a full night's rest.
Depending on the dosage, CBD can make you gain or lose weight. When taken in smaller amounts, it leads to weight loss by stimulating the metabolism, increasing the rate calories are burned, decreasing lipogenesis, fat browning, speeding up metabolism, and suppressing appetite. However, if taken in a larger dose, which often occurs if you smoke cannabis, it can actually increase appetite and slow down other bodily functions. Fundamentally, if consumed responsibly and in low amounts, CBD can help you lose weight faster and it even has the potential to give you more energy - all important components of trying to get in shape, gain muscle, or lose weight.
Be Energized Without Being Jittery
Everyone knows caffeine can cause jitters, but did you know even protein when consumed in large quantities can too? CBD fights the effects of caffeine by allowing you to feel calm while still being energized, so you avoid that “jittery” feeling and, ultimately, the crash the comes with it. This is unhealthy at best and detrimental at worst to your body and your health, especially when you are already exerting yourself while working out. Consuming a ton of caffeine can also negatively affect your sleeping patterns, which in itself is important to fitness, especially if consumed late in the day or at night.
Fight Off Pain
If you’re someone who regularly works out, you’re probably familiar with the soreness that comes from pushing yourself during your workout or eve the pain that you experience from pulling or straining something. CBD has been proven time and time again that it’s an effective pain reliever. With anti inflammatory properties among other things, CBD can raise your pain threshold and help you recover faster so you can get back to working out as soon as possible without risking further injury.