When you have to deal with a recurring injury or chronic pain, the ability to stay fit and healthy can be drastically diminished. Getting up and moving around can be nearly impossible for some people and can lead to even more complex health issues.
Even on the days where you feel great and have lots of energy it can still be tough to get motivated to get out and exercise, so adding injury or discomfort into that equation can make physical activity, never mind exercise, tough to think about.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has been gaining popularity with people trying to find better solutions to their chronic pain management issues. Although there is a lot of misinformation, and even some confusion, about the benefits and legality of CBD products, the results are starting to speak for themselves.
Let us take a look at what you need to know about using CBD and its many benefits so you can decide for yourself if it is the right solution for you.
What Is CBD?
Cannabinoid is a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis plant. For many years, the other well-known compound called THC — that creates the narcotic effect in marijuana — has been the only thing that many people knew about. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the one that gets you ‘high’.
Now, with greater study into the many benefits that can come from the medical use of Cannabis, more and more patients are finding relief and cures to many health issues.
How Does It Work?
CBD oil works by creating balance in your Endocannabinoid system, which is comprised of a complex network of neurotransmitters and receptors. Everything in your body including your sleep receptors, immune system and cell growth is dependant on a properly functioning system. It can help regulate cell activity throughout the body to help your systems run properly and stay in sync.
What Can CBD Treat?
As studies continue, there is more and more proof that many of the areas of your body can be positively affected by a CBD supplement. There are no recorded harmful side effects and a low risk of dependency. Originally studied as a solution to childhood epilepsy and the reduction of harmful seizures, CBD oil is now recognised for its many different healing properties.
If you are dealing with chronic pain, CBD oil supplements can help treat inflammation, joint and arthritis pain as well as the pain from cancer treatments. If you are having trouble with a recurring injury, or any other pain that is limiting your mobility, you may want to investigate the benefits of CBD oil to get you up and moving.
There have been many questions about the legality of CBD oils. Medical CBD is legal in the United States of America, as long as it comes from a blend that has less than a 0.3% concentration of THC. It comes in a variety of formats:
- Capsuled supplements;
- Dissolvable caplets; and
- Liquid oil that can be dosed in droplets.
Take caution when ordering CBD products online. These are much harder to regulate and have often been found to contain much less concentration of CBD than advertised. To guarantee yourself a safe and properly concentrated product, it is best to speak to your medical professional for a proper prescription.
CBD and Exercise
Within the US, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of older adults and collegiate and professional athletes consuming CBD edibles and oils.
By taking them immediately after exercise, they aim to recover quickly and effectively. Some believe that CBD reduces the body’s tendency to break down tissues and promotes muscle growth.
What we currently know about CBD and exercise is based on anecdotal reports and there is basically no research on the topic.
However, future research aims to look at the value of CBD for exercise-induced inflammation and to investigate CBD’s effects on inflammatory biomarkers [compounds like C-reactive protein in the body that occur with inflammation] in athletes and exercise recovery.