Guest post by Noah
Choosing to run regularly can be one of the greatest gifts you could give to your own body. Aside from helping you lose weight and get fit, running is great when it comes to reducing the risk of certain diseases and alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, not all people have equal stamina and determination, which is why using some extra help can be highly beneficial.
Recently, CBD oil has become quite popular, also thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian who swear by its properties and benefits. And even though some skeptics might dismiss it on the grounds that it comes from marijuana, it’s crucial to point out that CBD oil is actually hemp, which is a sativa family, while marijuana can be from both sativa or indica family. Aside from that, marijuana contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is what gets you high, whereas CBD does not contain such properties.
So, what are the benefits of CBD and how do they impact one’s running?
CBD is popular for a good reason due to its multiple beneficial properties. It can be used as pain relief and it has anti-inflammatory properties. But, apart from that, it is claimed that it can reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Also, due to its calming effects, it is used to help those who suffer from anxiety, sleeping disorders, and depression.
Now, when it comes to running, it is safe to say that all the benefits mentioned above will improve anyone who decides to run more frequently. But, another important aspect of using CBD is that it can speed up the recovery process and thus, improve one’s training and running altogether. This is mainly thanks to the fact that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties: sometimes, training too often can lead to constant inflammation which can subsequently trigger a heightened inflammatory response, and therefore, chronic inflammation as well. But, it’s been discovered that CBD can extremely relieve inflammation and its symptoms such as swelling and pain.
How to use CBD?
CBD can be found in many forms, and the most common ones are tinctures and topical creams, however, it’s important to know that tinctures are more common. So, aside from treating yourself to a lovely pair of trainer socks for running, you should also consider getting something little extra that can calm your nerves and boost your performance.
CBD tinctures are used sublingually meaning a few drops under a tongue, still, since they have different levels of potency, it’s absolutely essential to do your research until you find the dosage and strength that work for you.
Aside from tinctures, there are also CBD topical treatments: creams and balms that contain CBD. If you run on a regular basis, then you’re probably familiar with muscle pain relief creams. Well, CBD topical solutions are supposed to be used for joint or skin connected problems, and CBD should be absorbed directly into the skin. Therefore, many CBD-infused creams and balms may contain other soothing ingredients such as peppermint.
Choosing the right product
Since the CBD industry is still unregulated to a degree, it’s easy to get confused when trying to find the right type of product. So, when browsing products online, always be sure to carefully read the ingredients, reviews, and testimonials from other users. Also, it’s important to buy from trusted sellers and producers that possess valid certification and licenses.
Adding CBD to your daily routine can definitely improve your running, mainly through reducing inflammation and anxiety. But, before you decide to start using it, make sure to consult your doctor, especially if you’re suffering from any health conditions.