CBD refers to cannabidiol, which is found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the active ingredients found in the plant and is directly extracted from the hemp plant. It is said to be closely related to the marijuana plant however, CBD is not psychoactive.
Cannabidiol is said to have many health benefits and is used in medications and many other products that can promote your health and fitness. The medication that has been approved by the FDA is used to treat certain types of epilepsy. However, many people suggest using it for other health conditions like osteoarthritis, back pain, and even cancer.
CBD is popular for its anti-inflammatory effects and its ability to fight pains and aches due to which it is favored by many athletes, trainers, and people who workout. CBD helps your body to maintain its internal balance by managing your appetite, mood, metabolism, stress level, as well as the sleep cycle. Due to this, your body doesn’t show signs of exhaustion even after a good workout as your body carries out its processes easily. Studies also suggest that cannabidiol can promote a better flow of blood as it eases any tension in veins or arteries. CBD can help with high blood pressure as well hence you can carry out your workout for a longer time without feeling stress and exhaustion. It can also help you to avoid sore muscles as it stays for several hours in the body and its effects last for a few hours as well.
Below given are some products that can help you to maintain and promote your physical fitness.
- Tinctures or Drops
Tinctures also known as drops are the most common way to consume CBD. Many brands are available that offer these tinctures and drops online as well as at some grocery stores and medical stores. They are to be taken by putting the drop under your tongue and is said to be the most effective way to consume CBD. It is considered better as compared to a vaporizer or an inhaler as the effects of tinctures last longer. Although vaporizer or inhaler can help the body to absorb CBD quickly however the result doesn’t last long. Hence tinctures are more preferable for better effects. Due to its popularity, many brands introduced flavored tinctures as well, you can choose a flavored one if the unflavoured version is not for you. However, it is advised to do some research before trusting any brand due to the availability of many options and select what suits you best.
- CBD infused supplements
CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its benefits to the nervous system. Hence it is only reasonable to combine CBD with other essential nutrients and vitamins. Research suggests that there are no negative effects of combining supplements with CBD. Although some supplements like that of Vitamin D may not be very effective when combined with CBD however, it is not harmful as well. Many superfood supplements combine hemp extract with probiotics, and omegas to fulfill your daily nutritional requirement and to boost your health. Many athletes prefer these as they can witness positive changes in not only their performance but also in other aspects like improved sleep cycle and better stress management.
- CBD Patches
These patches are transdermal and contain a certain amount of CBD molecules that are combined with a gel-like solution or oil. Usually, you can experience the effects of the patch in the first 15-20 minutes. You can continue with your daily work after applying the patch as it is latex-free and it will not interfere with your work as well. You can even shower, swim, or go to the beach after applying it as it is thin and doesn’t interfere with your clothing as well. These patches are recommended to alleviate pain due to many problems and provide relief in lower back pain and muscle spasms. It is also said to be used in chemotherapy and depression. These patches can even last for 2-3 days and you can choose the type of patch based on your needs easily. Application of these patches not only provides you relief but also helps you to work out easily without suffering from muscle soreness thus keeping you fit.
- CBD Isolates
CBD isolate is a form of cannabidiol that is free from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive present in cannabis. Many CBD products contain some amount of THC, hence CBD isolate is a good option for the people who have trouble with the consumption of THC. The isolate is present in the form of a solid that is powdered for commercial purposes. To produce it many processes are carried out in order to extract all the substances from the plant leaving only CBD. This CBD isolate is free from any taste and smell and hence can be added to various foods and drinks. You can also use it in your inhaler or vaporizer if needed. It can boost your immune system and can regenerate your nervous system. It is necessary to check the label before buying it as a product labeled as THC-free can also contain some amount of THC.
- CBD Coffee
Coffee itself is known for many health benefits like boosting energy and burning fat. Caffeine can be beneficial to burn fat along with a good workout and also helps you to eat fewer calories as coffee can help you feel full for a longer time and suppresses appetite. CBD coffee can be a great way to start your morning to not only boost your energy but also to start a pain-free day. It is one of the famous infusion as it not only serves the purpose but also provides you with your caffeine requirement and a great taste. It improves pain and helps you to work more efficiently throughout the day. Along with pain management, it can also be used to manage anxiety. Some people claim that CBD coffee helps to relieve anxiety and stress and helps you to avoid the jittery feeling. Some cafes are also serving CBD infused coffee due to its growing popularity and many brands are also planning to launch their infused coffee. However, it is necessary to choose a brand that provides the amount according to your needs as some brands contain less amount of CBD.
- CBD Bath bombs and Soaks
Bath bombs and soaks are often used on a self-care day or to relieve muscle pain. Epsom salt is a popular ingredient that is used in various bath soaks to relieve stress. However, recently hemp brands have launched CBD infused bath bombs and soak that can help you alleviate pain in muscles and bones. It improves various skin conditions like rashes and also contains anti-aging properties. It is also considered a good way to absorb CBD without consuming it as dissolving the product in hot water and soaking in it helps your body to absorb it through pores. It is very effective if done after a workout as it helps your body to relax and improves your post-workout condition as well. You can add the product according to your needs and the extremity of pain. The minimum amount is around 25mg of CBD and maximum being 100mg. The soak is also beneficial as it helps with pain as well as inflammation and helps with stiff joints also.