Is it possible to Motivate yourself to get fit and recover afterwards with full-spectrum CBD?
By: Herbert M. Green
Exercising, some people love it, some don’t. Yet, we should all be doing it to stay fit and healthy. What if I told you that there are those who believe that vaping CBD-rich hemp flower before and after your next training cycle may give you an edge? Whether you want to optimise your workout routine and boost your performance or just need an extra push of motivation to get you off the couch, it could be that vaping CBD may be the secret you’ve been looking for.
Why vaping CBD flower could be beneficial for your pre-workout
A huge part of getting a good exercise routine going or hitting your training goals is motivation. In order to get motivated, you need to get rid of anxiety. Stressing about getting off your lazy ass or not hitting the goals you set out for yourself can seriously cramp your style. Luckily, a multitude of studies over the last few years has suggested that CBD might reduce anxiety, not only in the brain but also in the body by reducing cortisol levels (1). A relaxed state of being both mentally and physically is a much better starting point to get you going.
Others claim that vaping CBD flower might be a good motivator because your body doesn't only receive the full-spectrum of cannabinoids, but also the terpenes from that flower. And when it comes to motivation, terpenes may be a great deal of help. The terpene Myrcene, for instance, is supposed to aid the absorption of CBD into our system, while D-Limonene seems to give you more energy while ɑ-Pinene promotes motivation and focus. It is known that Pinene also acts as a bronchodilator, opening up your airways and providing you with more oxygen to work with during your training.
Could vaping CBD flower help you recover post-workout?
After a rigorous workout, your body needs rest to recover. That aching, stiff feeling we get the day after exercising is a well-known phenomenon called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) (2), and it’s caused by inflammation of your stressed muscles. DOMS is believed to be mitigated by CBD and other cannabinoids because they seem to have potent anti-inflammatory agents (3).
Researchers believe that CBD has an antispasmodic property (4); which could be a blessing for anyone who experiences muscle spasms and cramps regularly but especially after intense training sessions due to strained muscles, dehydration or sports-related injuries. Grabbing a vaporizer filled with CBD hemp flower could help you to relax your muscles and speed up the healing process. If you are experiencing pain, cramp or spasms in a localised area of your body, there are signs that by applying a CBD-infused topical on that painful area may soothe that discomfort and aid the healing process even more.
Which vaporizer is most practical during exercise?
Now that you know why incorporating CBD in your training routine could be beneficial, the question remains which vaporizer is best to use before or after exercising. A portable vaporizer is an obvious choice here, simply out of practicality.
Ideally, you want the vaporizer to be as small as possible and in that case, the PAX 3 is the way to go. It’s exceedingly portable, super easy-to-use on the go and stylish to boot. But, if you feel that you need more vaping power, you may want to go for a Crafty+ by Storz & Bickel, which is a bit chunkier than the PAX, but also more powerful.
Have you tried upping your game by vaping CBD before and after your workout? Did it help you get motivated or recover faster? Which vaporizer did you use? We’d love to hear about your experience with CBD and exercise. Let us know through our social media channels or in the comments below!
Peace out & vape on!
Herbert M. Green
- Effect of cannabidiol on plasma prolactin, growth hormone and cortisol in human volunteers - A W Zuardi, F S Guimarães, A C Moreira - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8257923/
- Delayed onset muscle soreness: treatment strategies and performance factors - Karoline Cheung, Patria Hume, Linda Maxwell - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12617692/
- Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs - Prakash Nagarkatti,† Rupal Pandey, Sadiye Amcaoglu Rieder, Venkatesh L Hegde, Mitzi Nagarkatti - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/
- Medicinal cannabis in pharmacy – looking beyond the high - SAMI ISAAC, DR BANDANA SAINI & DR BETTY CHAAR