Better Workouts and Recovery with CBD For Fitness
Health and wellness for women has evolved beyond Jane Fonda workout tapes and diet pills. Women are now working out right alongside men in crossfit, powerlifting, and bodybuilding. We are recognizing every day that we can push our bodies harder than previously thought. When we look at the big picture of self care, body image, and fitness, there is a recurring theme of recovery. We have to deal with aches and pains, we have to deal with the anxiety, we have to relieve emotional and physical stress.
We know we have to take care of ourselves and we have to balance family, work, fitness, and mental health, so what are the tools that help us do it? Much of how we all find balance comes down to the individual. How I manage my time and schedule may not work for you and vice versa. But what can work for many of us are recovery techniques. How are you recovering from workouts and dealing with anxiety? Are you taking over the counter drugs or prescription drugs? For me and many others we looked to natural remedies such as CBD oil and CBD gummies. An assistant professor of pharmacology at Temple University, Dr. Sara Jane Ward, weighed in on CBD for sleep, anxiety and epilepsy.
“‘The best understood effects are that it may prevent seizures, lower anxiety, and decrease inflammation,’ says Ward. In fact, last year the FDA approved the first CBD pharmaceutical, Epidiolex, which treats certain forms of epilepsy. ‘Some people using CBD report that they’re better able to fall asleep, but it’s not clear whether this is related to decreased anxiety of pain.’”
CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp and it is non-psychoactive, in other words CBD oil drops or 500mg CBD gummies will not get you high. There is no concern with failing a drug test while using CBD oil because there is no THC in the compound. Pure CBD oil has many uses including aiding in inflammation reduction, reducing anxiety, and helping with joint pain. I’ve been consistently using CBD oil and CBD gummies for months and have noticed a distinct drop in joint pain. I used to have achy wrists and elbows from typing and some aggressive upper body workouts. I’m clearly still typing and I haven’t changed my workouts, but the nagging pain has been greatly reduced.
Some of you may be concerned about CBD oil side effects which is valid. In my experience I have not had any side effects from using CBD oil and gummies. I have noticed I sleep better and I’m much more relaxed, but I have not experienced any negative side effects and feel very safe using CBD oil regularly.
CBD is not a magic pill, and won’t fix all of our ills. We still have to put in effort to better ourselves and achieve our goals. CBD is something that can be used as a tool to help aid in that journey.