The Athlete’s Guide to Treating Inflammation with CBD
No, you don’t have to chug glassfuls of raw egg-yolks in the style of Rocky Balboa to excel in your sport. But there is a hot new trend among athletes that is undoubtedly helping them optimize for success.
Say hello to CBD, the non-psychoactive, non-habit-forming cannabidiol found in the cannabis plant that has everyone talking — from yogis and dancers to fighters and ballers.
We know: it might seem totally counter-intuitive to think that anything related to the cannabis plant —which is usually thought of as being palliative — would in any way help the pursuit of a serious athlete. But remember: CBD is not THC, which means it won’t get you high, and in fact, might even up your game. Here’s how:
To better understand the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, researchers involved in a 2016 studyconcluded that “topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects.” This is great news for athletes who practice sports or work out regularly and seek an all-natural relief for sore, overworked muscles. CBD salves, lotions or roll-ons can be used on muscle groups before and/or after physical activity to manage inflammation associated with over-exertion.
To understand any possible relationship between CBD and weight loss, Korean researchers looked specifically at immature fat cells, and found that CBD enhanced expression of a core set of brown fat-specific marker genes and proteins.
They concluded that their data suggests “CBD might play dual modulatory roles in the form of inducing the brown-like phenotype as well as promoting lipid metabolism. Thus, CBD may be explored as a potentially promising therapeutic agent for the prevention of obesity.”
Hit Pause on Pain
As we previously reported, “a recent study cited findings that CBD oil use reduced the incidence of painful spasms in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis,” for example.
And other studies have shown the efficacy of CBD as a possible treatment for arthritic pain. This is a pretty good indication that CBD might also work to treat pain and soreness associated with intense workouts.
Cortisol Crusher and Anxiety Annihilator
Cortisol, aka “the stress hormone” has been shown to negatively affect immunity, metabolism, blood pressure, heart disease and more, which is why it’s crucial that our bodies do not produce too much of it. In a previous article, we reported that “Some refer to CBD as “nature’s xanax,” which makes it a great option for people who don’t want to ingest THC, but do seek a calm, balanced baseline without having to resort to strong pharmaceutical drugs”.
If you’re looking for the perfect formulation, Botanika Life’s CBD spray will zap anxiety from your orbit completely. It’s made with all natural ingredients, is THC Free, Non-GMO, Gluten Free. Carry it with you in your purse, pocket or suitcase for easy access and make it part of your daily wellness regimen.