CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in hemp, is at the center of a new frontier in plant power. With reported benefits including pain relief, anxiety relief, sleep cycle regulation and reduction of inflammation, scientific institutions around the world continue to unlock uses and benefits, leading to legislative changes in the US and other countries making CBD widely accessible.
Today, CBD is consumed by people from all walks of life to combat a variety of symptoms and ailments, but the fitness community has been one of the primary drivers in the CBD explosion over the past few years. Power lifters swear by it; MMA fighters praise it; long-distance runners rely on it; and fitness professionals from all categories are incorporating CBD into their daily health regimens.
But why the significant CBD adoption among fitness enthusiasts? With a molecular structure similar to endocannabinoids produced by the human body, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are reported to accelerate recovery, boosting blood flow and oxygen to the cells and allowing people to bounce back more quickly after workouts.
If you haven’t yet used CBD to complement your training, here’s what you need to know.