Reprinted with kind permission of Elixinol
By Tim Higgins
Healthy Not High
CBD oil (cannabidiol hemp oil) is a healthy option because it not only offers many benefits, it is also completely non-addictive and produces no psychoactive effects. This means CBD can be taken safely by anyone of any age without affecting mental capacity or creating dependence. It is especially useful to those trying to keep fit, pursuing sports or training.
Hemp oil is a super-charger for your endocannabinoid system (ECS)
The ECS (endocannabinoid system) is an essential component of a healthy body. A neural network, the ECS is present throughout your body’s central and peripheral nervous systems. It has “receptors” throughout the body, even down to the mitochondrial level. These receptors (the main ones are named CB1 and CB2) are the starting point for a number of control systems that regulate many bodily functions. These receptors have special “keyed” interfaces to which both natural and hemp-extract cannabinoid molecules can attach and “plug in.”
CBD mimics the action – or as scientists would say, it works as a memetic – of the body’s own natural cannabinoids, primarily a substance named 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) which affects the functionality of the immune system, appetite regulation and pain management. The CBD in hemp oil acts in a positive way on these receptors.
Hemp works as a super supplement since it contains an extremely nutritious combination of components. It contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in a balanced 1:4 ratio. Hemp can be consumed either as a food additive or as an ingredient in your favorite smoothie.
Try this “superfood” smoothie
- 1½ cups liquid – juice or milk, for example
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 tbsp hemp seed
- ½ tbsp honey (optional)
- Add ice as preferred, then blend until smooth
A natural source of vitamins & minerals
Hemp oil is a good source of the vitamins and minerals vital to maintaining the healthiest body. Important vitamins and minerals found in CBD include:
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3 & B6
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
Improve training performance
CBD hemp oil offers great benefits for those who enjoy training and workouts. CBD creates a better environment for cellular regeneration, which aids in faster recovery. The presence of cannabinoid receptors on cell membrane mitochondria (found by a French scientist in 2012) is thought to be responsible for this improved cellular performance.
Mitochondria, organelles within your body’s cells, play a large part in the regeneration of tissue and provision of energy within a cell1. Project CBD has an in-depth article discussing how CBD fits in with the structure and role of mitochondria in cell metabolism.
CBD before, during and after a workout
The positive effect of CBD hemp oil on mitochondria can be realized before, during and after a workout. The best-functioning cells and tissues – particularly muscle – will always be those subject to the least oxidative stress. Because CBD reduces oxidative stress, it can be used to:
- CBD is a detoxifier. Which can help prepare the body for a training session by detoxifying and energizing cells for activity.
- CBD assists in cell regeneration. This is important after training when muscles have broken down.
- CBD is a nootropic which aids in cognition and may help improve focus.
Detox with hemp oil
CBD acts on cannabinoid receptors within a cell and can assist in the detoxification process by reducing reactive oxygen species (ROS), an important part of any detoxification process. You can also add hemp seed to your detox programs as these seeds contain the amino acids cysteine and methionine, which stimulate the liver to remove toxins from your body. There are a number of CBD properties that encourage detoxification.
For many training activities, being able to focus is a key factor. CBD is a nootropic2. ,Nootropics aid in increasing cognitive function and may help maintain focus while training. CBD is an anxiolytic, reduced anxiety plays a role in focus improvement. CBD users report they feel very calm and clear-minded when they use it. This is in direct contrast to THC which can cause the opposite effect.
A common complaint arising from fitness training is inflammation. CBD is an anti-inflammatory3 so it’s ideal for those looking to resolve inflammatory conditions that result from training. This anti-inflammatory effect of CBD also reduces muscle soreness, improving post-workout recovery. CBD is positively indicated as a supplement that can help combat many inflammatory conditions, from minor to the most severe.
Better, deeper sleep increases performance
The importance of sleep for those striving for a healthier lifestyle cannot be overstated. Sleep is when our body repairs damage incurred while awake. Those who work out or train will find that better sleep results in faster recovery for tired body parts. Since CBD restores the body to homeostasis and regulates balance and it’s anxiolytic properties reduce anxiety. A relaxed, in-balance body should sleep better and deeper. This, in turn, speeds recovery and optimizes the recovery process. The sleep benefits apply to anyone, whether you work out or just need better sleep.