Recover better with CBD
A week into the #BraverThanAver challenge, your body is probably beginning to feel sore. With 3 weeks still to go, you better make sure you get your recovery under control or you may not make it through to the end. According to the NHS, when muscles are required to…
A week into the #BraverThanAver challenge, your body is probably beginning to feel sore.
With 3 weeks still to go, you better make sure you get your recovery under control or you may not make it through to the end.
According to the NHS, when muscles are required to work harder than they’re used to or in a different way, it’s believed to cause microscopic damage to the muscle fibres. Those muscles then become inflamed, which triggers the body to respond and repair, causing muscle soreness or stiffness.
The good news is the soreness will decrease as your muscles get used to the new physical demands being placed upon them. Think of the pain as an adaptation process that leads to greater stamina and strength as your muscles recover and build.
Having said this, you need to allow your muscles to recover. If you have goals to achieve this month, then anything you can do to reduce soreness and help get you back out onto the road ASAP, is essential.
3 reasons CBD may speed up your recovery
1) CBD is a potent anti inflammatory
CBD is a natural, plant derived anti-inflammatory, making it a favourable choice over traditional synthetic shop bought drugs. Recently, research has demonstrated that CBD has wide ranging activity in terms of reducing inflammation by modulating the function of the immune system. Research indicates that overall, the effects of this modulation are very positive for reducing inflammation and promoting recovery.
2) CBD may help you with sleep
Whether you’re someone who struggles to get to sleep or stay asleep, CBD could be useful for you. CBD is commonly used for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia; studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
A recent analysis of CBD and sleep recruited participants who had poor sleep. During the 3-month study, moderators checked up with the participants monthly. After the first check-up, 66.7% reported better sleep, but 25% had worse sleep. At the second, 56.1% of the participants reported better sleep, but 26.8% had worsened.
Researchers concluded that although CBD might help people sleep in the short term, the effects may not be sustained for everyone.
3) Rest and relaxation
Early research shows that CBD may sustain increased levels of the neurotransmitter Anandamide in the body. Also known as the “bliss molecule”, Anandamide is known to positively influence mood.
Anandamide binds to cannabinoid receptors of the Endocannabinoid system, playing a key role in many physiological processes, including mood and relaxation.
Research links low levels of anandamide to mood disorders. Crucially, CBD might help to increase levels of Anandamide. Typically, higher levels of anandamide equate to a better mood and feelings of relaxation. The ‘bliss molecule’ is even believed to contribute to the so-called “runner’s high”—a state of euphoria felt after aerobic exercise.
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