At Amma Life, we’re passionate about maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle. One of our favourite health-boosting habits is regular physical exercise, particularly when combined with CBD. That’s right, CBD can be taken as a sports supplement to support your active lifestyle. Used either before or after a workout, it is rapidly proving to be a winning formula.
What is CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound called a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Unlike its more famous cannabinoid cousin, T.H.C, CBD does not have any intoxicating effect and is an ideal ingredient in any sports or food supplement.
What effects may CBD have on the body, particularly when it comes to maximising sports performance?
Many of us will have experienced the runner’s high – that feel-good sensation after rigorous exercise attributed to the production of endorphins. Scientists now recognise that endorphins are only partly responsible.
Studies on animals and humans show after extended cardiovascular exercise, there is a spike in the endocannabinoid, anandamide, which seems to correlate with feelings of increased wellbeing. Could Anandamide potentially aid the recovery process after exercise?
CBD is an incredibly versatile food supplement that can support a range of biological systems.
In the UK, CBD is sold as a food supplement, often in oil or paste form. Another popular CBD delivery method in the sports community is CBD E-liquid, considered the quickest way to get CBD into the bloodstream. But a word of caution, there are many CBD brands out there selling products made from CBD isolate, which is a purified form of CBD. Contrary to what you might believe, the best CBD products contain the full spectrum of active ingredients, often known as Whole Plant CBD oil, due to the unique synergy between the hundreds of molecules in the cannabis plant
CBD is also finding a natural home within the bodybuilding community, as it may support sports recovery.
And what about post-training recovery? A common consequence of hard exercise is coping with sports recovery. Indeed, CBD topical creams are perfect for applying after a serious training session, and proving very popular with the sports community.
CBD – Before and After a Workout
For many of us, just getting to the gym is a miracle in itself, so once we’re there we want to make the most of our workout. How does CBD fit into this?
The overwhelming consensus is that CBD has got properties that are recognised as useful in a sports supplement and can aid with sports recovery.
CBD topical creams, perfect for applying after a serious training session, are proving very popular with the sports community.
CBD on Competition Day
It’s not surprising then, that CBD is now an accepted part of many professional athletes’ training regime, easing the post-competition and sports recovery process.
This general acceptance into the sporting world got a boost last year (2017) when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) took CBD off list of banned substances. However, any CBD used by athletes must contain less than 0.1% THC.
The best way to ensure the CBD oil you are taking fits these WADA guidelines is to buy CBD products extracted from legal Cannabis sativa, sometimes known as hemp, as they will not exceed the legal 0.1% legal THC limit or 1mg per product. At Amma Life, we go out of our way to ensure our CBD products are safe and legal to use, providing third party lab tests to show not only CBD content, but that our products are free from heavy metals, pesticides, and mould.