Fitness & CBD
In recent history, wellness has grown in becoming far more dominant as a lifestyle value. In the pursuit of wellness we, as consumers, are more intentional, more integrative, and more holistic about the products we consume and by extension, the ways in which we optimize our health and performance. Especially now, in the midst of this global health crisis, the mindset surrounding health and wellness has become even more critical and highly valued.
Humanity has been using cannabis and hemp in medicinal contexts for thousands of years. Even so, modern research is still uncovering the myriad of health benefits that can be provided by CBD. Hemp, specifically CBD, has developed a new relationship with exercisers and athletes. With the current research being conducted and self-reported benefits of CBD, the therapeutic potential is exciting to see. These benefits include aiding recovery, boosting energy, and enhancing athletic performance.
A system in humans that supports cannabinoids
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system in all humans and mammals that produces compounds called endocannabinoids. These compounds facilitate the responses in regulating cognition, coordination, anxiety, memory, learning, emotions, appetite and pain perception.
The same receptors in the human body that react to endocannabinoids also react to phytocannabinoids from cannabis/hemp plants. Phytocannabinoids are consumed either by smoking, vaping or absorption through the digestive system and even the skin—our topicals are designed to work with the cannabinoid receptors on your skin.
The increase in interest in Cannabidiol (CBD) is rooted in the diverse array of effects on the human body and the fact this information is just beginning to become available to consumers.
What is CBD?
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds contained within cannabis plants. THC is the cannabinoid that is most responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with therapeutic effects. It is non-addictive, and federally legal. In other words, you cannot get high from CBD, instead you can reap the restorative benefits.
While the anecdotal therapeutic benefits of CBD are already overwhelming, still more clinical trials are underway (many of which we are helping to fund through our partnership with the Wholistic Foundation [hyperlink to the wholistic journal entry].
CBD for Fitness Performance
Human tested research confirms that CBD decreases anxiety, even in especially taxing situations. By decreasing mental blocks that can sabotage workouts, CBD gives exercisers an advantage to reach and break through their fitness goals.
Preliminary research is being conducted on the effects of CBD on anandamide—a naturally occuring compound produced by the body. Anandamide is a cannabinoid that is responsible for the second wave of endurance that is commonly known as “runner’s high.” The evidence suggests that CBD may assist exercisers in sustaining longer durations of activity.
CBD for Muscle Recovery
Exercise often causes physical stress, creating a need for a period of rest and restoration before continued activity. CBD can be helpful in limiting damage from exercise and preparing the body for the next activity or workout. The effects of CBD have been reported to include a reduction of inflammation swelling and soreness, which may protect muscle cells and promote growth.
Humakina and Fitness
We created products that are formulated to maximize performance with the power of CBD. We take a holistic approach to health and we believe that improved physical performance is a definite way to improve overall health and wellness.