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How Does CBD Oil Help Bodybuilders And Fitness Fanatics?



What Is CBD Oil?
First things first, let’s clarify what CBD and CBD oil actually are.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is probably the most well-known component of cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive. This means it doesn’t get you high.

What CBD does do, though, is offer a variety of health benefits, including the following:
  • Reduces and relieves pain and inflammation
  • Has antipsychotic effects to treat people with schizophrenia and other disorders
  • Reduces symptoms of various anxiety disorders
  • Fights cancer
  • Treats nausea and vomiting
  • Treats epilepsy and other neurological disorders
  • Lowers the incidence of diabetes
  • Promotes good cardiovascular health
With so many major benefits, it’s no wonder people are praising CBD left and right.
But, how does it help people who might not have a specific illness but just want to improve their performance on the field or in the gym?


What Is Its Role in the Fitness Industry?
Several recent studies have taken a look at the way CBD oil can benefit bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, and the results are quite promising.
Some of the potential benefits specific to people in the fitness industry include:

Muscle Growth
Fitness-conscious individuals are always trying to figure out how they can grow more muscle.

Research shows that CBD has anti-catabolic properties. This means that it can slow the breakdown of muscle mass and help athletes to build more muscle. It does this by decreasing the number of catabolic hormones (such as cortisol) that are present in the body.

In addition to lowering your levels of catabolic hormones, CBD can indirectly boost muscle growth by improving your stamina. When you’re able to spend more time lifting without your muscles getting fatigued, you’ll see results from your hard work faster.

Studies suggest that CBD will work best for those who want to build muscle if they consume while also avoiding caffeine in all forms, including pre-workout supplements. This is because caffeine increases cortisol levels.

Weight Loss
CBD can also be beneficial to people who are trying to lose weight.

It’s been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is regulated, the pancreas produces fewer fat-storing hormones. This also improves the body’s ability to burn off fat as energy.

CBD also helps lower cortisol levels. When cortisol levels aren’t regulated, your chances of gaining weight and storing fat increase.

Finally, CBD can help suppress the appetite. Many people associate cannabis with junk food cravings (better known as the “munchies”). This may be true for THC, but CBD has the opposite effect.

By reducing your cravings for unhealthy, calorie-dense foods, you’ll be able to reach your weight loss goals much faster with the help of CBD oil.

Better Muscle Recovery
Who doesn’t want to recover faster from a killer workout?

CBD might be just the thing you need after an intense gym session. This is because it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Natural anti-inflammatory products were all the rage in 2017, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. But, why should you take CBD for inflammation instead of an over-the-counter drug like ibuprofen?

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories have been shown to cause serious damage to the liver and digestive organs when taken in excess. CBD, though, has none of these dangerous side-effects.

Better Sleep
Sleep is essential for everyone, but especially active individuals. In fact, it’s when we’re sleeping that our bodies do most of their recovering.

If you’re not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, you’re going to see slower muscle recovery and slower muscle growth. Insufficient sleep has also been linked to weight gain.

CBD can help you get your sleep back on track because it helps the body regulate the hormones that signal time for sleep and wakefulness. CBD also does this without any of the habit-forming properties that come with traditional sleep aids.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety
CBD also helps improve sleep quality because it can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, two serious conditions that often wreak havoc on people’s sleep schedules.

CBD can also be used to help naturally relieve pre-game or pre-competition anxiety for bodybuilders and other athletes.

Sometimes, no matter how prepared you are, nerves will show up and throw you off your game. Luckily CBD, with its anti-depressant and anti-anxiolytic properties, is there to help.

It’s also a great alternative for people who don’t want to take dangerous, habit-forming anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Prozac.

Treat and Prevent Brain Injuries
Finally, CBD has also been shown to have the potential to treat and prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). This is groundbreaking, especially for athletes who are involved in contact sports like football or boxing.

A three-year study found that, out of 446 people who had suffered a TBI in their lifetime, approximately 97 percent of the ones who used cannabis prior to the event survived. Of those who did not use cannabis, nearly 10 percent less — 88 percent — did die from their injuries.

Other studies have also looked at CBD specifically. They’ve found that its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties may have the potential to help reduce the swelling caused by TBIs while also protecting the brain from suffering severe injuries.


Important Things to Know About CBD Oil Dosages


1) Every Person is Different and May Require a Different Dosage
If you’ve been following the articles on our site, then you have probably heard of the endocannabinoid system. This is a unique system in our body that’s responsible for improvement and maintenance of our mental and physical health. CBD can help to regulate that system by binding to different receptors located within that system. Those receptors are referred to as CB1 and CB2. The endocannabinoid system is extremely complex and far from understood, leaving researchers trying to determine whether or not the CBD directly or indirectly effects those receptors and exactly what role they play in affecting ones’ health.

While the exact way they affect our system still remains a mystery to most researchers, what we do know is that every person has a different endocannabinoid system, and therefore while the instructions on a CBD oils’ bottle may be informative and clear, the standard dosing may affect two different people in completely different ways.


2) Genetics, Tolerance and General Health
If you accept the fact that everyone is different, then you can understand that everyone has his/her own genetics, tolerance, and general health. There are those that suffer from severe debilitating conditions and others that are only looking to cure their day to day anxiety. Each person has their own reasons and genetics, tolerance and general health, definitely, come into play. It cannot be expected that someone who is in the prime of their game, from a health perspective, will require the same dosage as someone who has severe medical issues.


3) It’s Not a Miracle Cure
Whether the right dosage of CBD will work for your body or not, it’s important to understand that CBD oil is not a miracle cure. Don’t expect to take a few drops and, Voilà, you’re cured. The effects of CBD oil are not instant, and people constantly make the same mistake. They use CBD for a short period, expecting it to cure them instantly, and when it doesn’t work, they complain, asking for a refund. CBD can take time to work and similar to your health issues, it won’t happen overnight. The key is finding the right dosage.


The Standard CBD Oil Dosage Manual
Now, remember, this guide is a general one, and it is extremely important to read the dosage instructions on the CBD oil you are taking. Furthermore, it is always best to contact the CBD oil company to ask them the right dosage for your medical condition. With that said, there are a few common dosage guidelines:


  1. Start by taking one drop on the first day. It’s important to see how you feel as everyone reacts differently. It may even cause you irritation, and therefore it’s important to stop.
  2. If all goes well, increase the amount to 2 drops per day for the first 3-4 weeks. This is the testing period to see if it is helping any of your symptoms.
  3. Spread the drops throughout the day. For example, take one in the morning and one in the evening.
  4. If you don’t experience any change, then increase at a slow rate and see how you feel. With each person, it is a question of finding the right dosage.

Remember that you need to put the drops under your tongue and let them take effect for 30 seconds.

Numerous sites state the following dosage guidelines when using CBD orally:

  • General Health: 2.5-15mg CBD
  • Chronic pain: 2.5-20 mg CBD
  • Sleep disorders: 40-160 mg CBD
 

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Very informative.
Was thinking of giving CBD a try just to see if it helps with general well being and improved sleep.
I'm a little surprised about the claims for muscle growth and weight loss however as I bet these are very minimal at best and more "potential / side" results then actually targeted benefits.
 

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I've used it for years @ a low dose 5-10mg does it for me I tried 15-20 I was up all night.. I do not use it every night as it does lower BP and may become habit forming. For Tren users it should work well
 
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I tried CBD oil for pain relief after knee surgery (sublingual and om the knee) but it didn't help. It made me a bit sleepy but that's all. The issue us that the highest dosed CBD oil available here has only 5% CBD while for most only a 15% oil is effective.
 
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I take 14 mg morning and night under the tongue for 30 seconds. It helps with anxiety for sure and somewhat for sleep. After reading this I realize for sleep I should be taking more then twice the dose I am taking, maybe I should try that because my sleep sucks and always has.
 

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I tried to get some on Saturday @ a government dispensary in Toronto , nationwide shortage lol
I'm interested in its pain killer attributes as a substitute for ibuprofen
 
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I tried to get some on Saturday @ a government dispensary in Toronto , nationwide shortage lol
I'm interested in its pain killer attributes as a substitute for ibuprofen

Order it online from government. OCS. I got some that has thc and cbd 5mg per ml. Helps me sleep, don’t notice any pain killing benefits.
 
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This is just my experience - after having experimented with Dr. prescribed "medical" level CBD oil for pain/inflammation/anxiety.
After nearly 3 months - I gave up.
No change whatsoever.
Complete waste of money.
 

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This is just my experience - after having experimented with Dr. prescribed "medical" level CBD oil for pain/inflammation/anxiety.
After nearly 3 months - I gave up.
No change whatsoever.
Complete waste of money.
Any reading I’ve done on the subject suggests extremely high dosing to see therapeutic effects. While that doesn’t mean that people won’t see benefits at lower levers, it might be why you saw no changes. Dosages run in published studies refer to dosing in the 600mg-1000mg range daily if I remember right.

Ouch! On the wallet!
 

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Any reading I’ve done on the subject suggests extremely high dosing to see therapeutic effects. While that doesn’t mean that people won’t see benefits at lower levers, it might be why you saw no changes. Dosages run in published studies refer to dosing in the 600mg-1000mg range daily if I remember right.

Ouch! On the wallet!
yeah exactly.
I made a review video about it.
It's extremely cost prohibitive at the quality/concentrations they sell it in.
To "maybe" work - I'd have to be taking somewhere in the $60-100 range per dose at current market prices! And that's ONLY if it actually did something!
 

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I got a script. They gave me 2 grams a day to use, lol.
Anyhow I got it because I have a trapped nerve in my shoulder blade area. The pain is really annoying.
So I started to rehab it and got it down to a reasonable level of pain, irritation but it always seems to stall there.
So I though I would try the muscle relaxation (anti inflimation) benefit of CBD oil
I bought Apharia 25:1 so 25 mg if CBD to 1 mg of thc. Per cc.

Now most drugs work well on me, I can easily cycle on 300 mg of test, so I started with 13 mg yesterday, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Made me feel funky at work, little too woozy. But it did the trick. It kept the muscles relaxed enough that I had no nerve pain. See if I calm myself I can almost will away the pain. But when you are working running around full tilt, you have a tendency to get tense.

I took 25 mg both nights to sleep. Fuck I had a wicked sleep. This morning I was really refreshed. Normally after work I want to take a nap. Today I’m just fine. But we will see if this was an anomaly in the future.

So today I tried 9 mg at breakfast. Still a little too weird feeling, but I didn’t feel over relaxed like yesterday. Next dose I took 6 mg. Maybe a bit light. So I need to decide if I want mushy feeling and no pain at all or a bit of tension pain and no mushy feeling.

Now the only reason this is working for my injury is because it’s related to a tense muscle. If it was joint pain it wouldn’t do shit.

Also for me I wouldnt use it before training. I need all the energy I can get for training.

If you have used the stuff from the dispensaries, it’s not the same as the script stuff, not even close.

Anyhow, once my injury finally relieves itself, I’ll likely stop or only take before bed to sleep. I guess I was sleeping so sound last night that I was releasing earth shattering farts, that actually woke my wife from her sleep, lol. Or it could be I upped my protien and my body needs time to adjust, lol.
 

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I’ve used CBD every night to sleep for the past 6 months and haven’t slept better. Normally my back hurts and I can’t fall asleep however with CBD I don’t have that issue
 

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Good read I've been looking to add this into my routine at a low dose will definitely keep you all posted on my experience with this.
 

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I've tried it for chronic pain but didn't helped me. On the other hand your article states to avoid caffeine wich I didn't do.

I've tried thc oil and it did work for chronic pain, the down side being you are stone as fuck for way to long and I don't like it.

There's also hybrid out there. They seemed to work better (on me) but I hate being dizzy in the day when you got things to do. Overall it wasn't practical for me.
 

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I've tried it for chronic pain but didn't helped me. On the other hand your article states to avoid caffeine wich I didn't do.

I've tried thc oil and it did work for chronic pain, the down side being you are stone as fuck for way to long and I don't like it.

There's also hybrid out there. They seemed to work better (on me) but I hate being dizzy in the day when you got things to do. Overall it wasn't practical for me.
You know that's how I feel today, dizzy
 

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I tried it, did nothing for me. I think it’s a placebo effect for the majority of peopls, just my 2 cents.
 
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