CBD for an active lifestyle

There has been plenty of talk over recent months about CBD and it's many claimed benefits. As a result, we hear it mentioned in connection with managing diverse physiological and psychological conditions, including anxiety, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia and even conditions like MS or Parkinson’s Disease. 

Despite the promising anecdotal evidence, the jury is still out on just how effective the cannabinoid is for these applications, and research is ongoing. However, while it might be too soon to categorically state that CBD is, in itself, a cure for these kinds of conditions, its main wellness benefit might lie in helping us to lead a more active lifestyle. 

How does CBD help?

Behind the inevitable hype that surrounds CBD, there are a couple of properties over which there is broad consensus in the research community. The first is that CBD is an effective anti-inflammatory.  A study published in the European Journal of Pain concluded that CBD could help reduce pain and inflammation. A second study cast light on exactly how CBD inhibits inflammatory pain. 

CBD also helps to reduce pain perception. It does this by interacting with certain neurotransmitters to trigger the release of serotonin. The effect here is twofold. Firstly, serotonin gives us a natural psychological lift, but secondly it helps to relax the muscle fibres, relieve tension and thereby improve blood circulation. 

The net result is that a daily dose of CBD will make your physical exercise routine less of an ordeal. By promoting better circulation and reducing inflammation, you will feel more inclined to meet any physical challenge. 

How can you incorporate it into your daily life?

There are literally dozens of different CBD products on the market. These include topical oils, capsules, vape oils and edibles. Which you choose is largely a matter of personal preference, although each has its own pros and cons. For example, if you take CBD orally with a drop under the tongue, you will have to wait longer to notice an effect, but it remains in the system for several hours. A CBD vape, on the other hand, gives an almost immediate “hit,” but the effect wears off more quickly. 

Whichever you choose, the more important thing when you buy CBD online is to focus on quality. Choose a reputable brand, check the cannabinoid profile and read the reviews carefully before you buy.  

Who can benefit?

At one end of the spectrum, an elite athlete might use CBD to hasten recovery time from his or her last workout and to get the necessary boost for the next round of circuit training in the gym. By the same token, however, senior citizens living with arthritis have found that CBD eases their symptoms sufficiently to give them the impetus to get out for a walk, spend time in the garden or even enjoy a round of golf. 

CBD can help us all to be more active, and an active lifestyle promotes better health and a stronger immune system, Now, more than ever, we are constantly surrounded by reminders of just how important that can be. 

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