February 27, 2019 at 12:00 am #8462
Cannabidiol aka CBD has officially hit the fitness supplement market! CBD is a cannabinoid found in marijuana(both hemp and sativa) that is not psychoactive like THC, but does have many amazing properties for both healthy and disease-state people. For healthy, weight training people, CBD has many interesting applications including arthritis, pain relief, anxiety, inflammation(systemic), increases appetite, cardio health, sex drive, sleep trouble, and even may lower incidence of getting type 2 diabetes.
CBD has also been shown to have many positive effects for treating cancer including inhibiting tumor growth, inducing apoptosis of cancer cells, preventing development of blood vessels for tumors, and the best part is it seems to ONLY AFFECT CANCER CELLS(in vitro), not healthy cells!! For me, I’m very excited about the application of CBD for inflammation and arthritis. I’ve had 3 surgeries on my left wrist(I’m left handed) which has affected my training, as well as I have a condition known as Barrett’s esophagitis.
I will be doing a pilot study on myself for the treatment of acid reflux with CBD. The endocannabinoid system in our bodies has so many interactions and crosstalk with many of our other systems, including appetite control, energy balance and metabolism, so the applications could be almost endless! The legal status of CBD is very gray to say the least. The gel caps in this pic are from hemp, not sativa, so it may be protected by the agricultural act of 2014. At the same time, CBD is currently a schedule 1 narcotic in federal law, while legal in some form in 29 states(I think). This can cause issues for transporting CBD from a legal state to a non-legal state. If you have join problems or stomach issues, or anything caused from inflammation, CBD should definitely be in your arsenal.
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