CBD is hot in 2019
Without a doubt, CBD products are all the rage right now. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard about it too, or even done some research on the topic yourself.
But did your “research” ever lead you to wonder if CBD could actually function as an effective pre-workout supplement as well? Turns out there is much, much more to CBD that current research indicates, as new uses for it are being revealed at an exponential rate.
Could CBD be the secret of “high” achieving athletes? (Pun intended) let’s check it out and see if you stand to benefit from its usage as well.
Quick Refresher On CBD
Just in case you can’t fully recall what CBD is, let’s quickly bring you up to speed. To start with, CBD is an abbreviated name for the compound Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid compound extracted from the cannabis plant.
Now wait just a second- before you fly off of a tangent and close your mind, read on a bit more.
Cannabis plants contains several natural cannabinoid compounds, not all of which get you high. In particular, the euphoric high associated with smoking a good joint (or eating it, whatever) is attributed to a specific cannabinoid by the name of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short.
THC and CBD are cousins that share a mere familial linkage to the cannabis plant, but which are significantly different. CBD is devoid of psychoactive effects, so you will not get high or experience euphoria from its consumption. The cannabis plant that is grown for CBD is also modified to have very low amounts of THC (usually less than 0.3%), too low to experience any psychoactive effects, and is known as hemp.
In addition to this, CBD is largely safe to possess in most of the USA, even though specific legislation may exist at the state level. Regardless, the point is that CBD should not be confused with THC as it will not get you high.
Using CBD For Workouts
It’s good knowing that CBD is all gnarly and stuff, but you’re probably pondering how it helps in the gym, right? We’ve got you covered.
At its core, much of CBD’s potential as a pre-workout adjuvant comes from its ability to influence the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system acts as a mediating factor to assist the body with optimal function, such as regulation of our circadian rhythm. In the case of a workout, it means the following:
Improved Stress Resistance
In order to gain strength and increase muscle mass, the body needs to overcome its catabolic processes in favor of an anabolic environment. This isn’t easy, however, as the body seeks homeostatic balance above all else.
CBD oil possesses anti-catabolic properties, which reduce the influence of the hormone cortisol on testosterone and muscle tissue, which means a more productive work out for you and reduced muscle loss from the push and pull forces at work all day long.
Improved Drive And Motivation
Stimulant pre-workout are everywhere, and do a good job of getting you amped up to kick that workout’s butt all over the gym floor. But then there’s the unenviable crash that might (often) occur, leaving you a floundering puddle of protein with no desire to get up.
CBD can help provide a cleaner stream of motivation and drive, one that does not need additional nervous system stimulation to deliver. By increasing levels of a lesser known neurotransmitter by the name of anandamide, in turn serotonin and dopamine levels are enhanced to help you tackle the task at hand.
Energy Drinks With CBD?
The energy boosting benefit of CBD supplementation as a pre-workout is subjective. Why subjective? Because of two things- 1) CBD exerts a strongly calming or rest inducing action in a lot of people that use it; and 2). Some people are far more sensitive to dopamine’s effects which downstream help enhance other neurotransmitters that may boost energy.
There’s a simple way to overcome this of course, such as is the case by consuming CBD along with another proven pre-workout stimulant such as caffeine. Nanocraft CBD has addressed this very problem by formulating CBD oil drops enriched with organic caffeine and vitamin B12.
More coffee shops are even popping up that now add CBD oil to your favorite lattes, so things are looking good on that front. It is also likely that you will see more energy drinks with CBD in the near future.
If you are unable to get your hands on the combination, or simply cannot use stimulant based products owing to sensitivities, then we advise starting with the smallest dose of pure CBD oil in order to assess your tolerance.
How To Use CBD As A Pre-Workout
Here’s a twist for you that you probably didn’t see coming- when you think of pre-workouts, you’re probably envisioning gulping something down, right? However, the phrase pre-workout merely refers to the timing, which is just before your workout.
So, if you shower at this time it is theoretically pre-workout. But back to the topic at hand- CBD can be used far more ways than orally.
In fact, it can also be used inhalationally, and there is such a thing as topical CBD which can be used for pain management during workouts, or before for assisting with warming up if discomfort may extend such practices.
Each of these methods of administration have their own advantages and disadvantages, such as faster effect from inhalation, more system-wide benefits from consumption, or specific localized action from topical application.
Seeing that most people will go the classic oral route, consuming a CBD supplement about 1 hour prior to hitting the gym will give it enough time to be absorbed and start eliciting action based on its half-life in blood.
Sublingual dosing is another attractive option that will grow in popularity as well, since it also significantly increases the speed at which CBD enters blood. It is currently considered the second fastest mode of administration for CBD products.
There’s More Yet
While we were talking about its role as a pre-workout, it is worth mentioning that CBD may function even better when consumed in the post-workout window.
You can benefit from improved recovery times, blunted DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness 1-2 days after your workout), and better sleep- the real game changer dictating how much you grow and recover.
Summary- CBD as A Pre-Workout
When it comes to using CBD as a pre-workout supplement, our recommendation is to give it a shot. If you’ve grown accustomed to using heavy dose stim based products you will undoubtedly miss the alertness promoting properties, but this can be easily overcome by combining CBD with caffeine.
With regards to timings, why not have some before and after your workout? There’s no hard and fast rule about how often you can take it, as long as you respect the overall amount consumed throughout the day. It’s not that uncommon to see guys taking it 4x times daily, with their morning coffee, pre and post-workout and before bed to milk all the goodness out of this supplement.
Don’t miss out on its potential benefits for lack of information or wrongly classifying it as just something the hippies do!