Now that cannabis is legal in several parts of the U.S. and its stigma is beginning to loosen, athletes and fitness gurus have started lauding cannabis’s wellness benefits. But how does cannabis affect hard-training athletes? … Here are some benefits.
- Reduce Inflammation
Reducing muscle and joint inflammation is one of the most noatable feature of cannabis research. Many research works have found that CBD, the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, helps ease inflammation. For athletes who want to reap the benefits of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties without smoking or getting the high, topical and tincture products are highly recommended.
- Reduce Pain
Following its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis has also been found to alleviate pain. This is one area of cannabis research that has shown many positive results. Studies have found that cannabis can alleviate pain caused by everything from chronic pain to acute pain from muscle spasms.
- Sleep and Relaxation
CBD is known to support healthy sleep cycles without causing drowsiness. Enjoying quality sleep each night is one of the most important aspects of recovery. During sleep is when your body repairs, recharges, balances hormones, and even drops fat.
Research has shown that CBD has anti-catabolic properties, which means that it can help reduce the breakdown of lean muscle tissue and even help to build more muscle mass. CBD has been shown to decrease the number of catabolic hormones in the body and regulate the stress hormone cortisol, which breaks down muscle tissue to supply the body with blood sugar.