Whether you plan on putting on a swimsuit, fake tan, and posing on a stage, or you just want to build more muscle, CBD may be of help.
Even with a solid foundation of exercise, nutrition, and good genes, aspiring bodybuilders and weightlifters are constantly looking for ways to build more muscle, faster.
And although there’s no substitute for years of hard work and discipline, today, bodybuilders are blessed to have access to safe and legal supplements to help them reach their goal a bit quicker.
The use of CBD is becoming more widespread in sports – especially since January 2020 when CBD was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances. So, it’s no wonder that bodybuilders all over the world are incorporating the cannabinoid into their regime.
1. To help support recovery from post-workout inflammation
As anyone who’s ever been to the gym will know, short-term pain and inflammation are simply part of the game. Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is caused by microscopic damage to the muscle and it’s in the recovery where it grows stronger.
For bodybuilders and other intense lifters, the pain can simply be too much and become chronic. And to be able to get back in the gym quickly, as well as to live life without wincing in pain with every step, many opt to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
As well as common side effects like stomach pain and nausea, studies suggest that NSAIDs may actually inhibit muscle growth.
Bodybuilders find topical CBD products particularly effective for targeting sore bodyparts. Formulations such as the CBD Pain Relief Topical and the CBD Muscle Menthol Roll-On Gel combine organically-sourced CBD with other natural, soothing ingredients like menthol, capsaicin, and cannabigerol (CBG).
2. To help support healthy sleep cycles
Sleep is easily one of the most important factors in sports performance – especially when it comes to building muscle. The body needs around 8 hours (more is even better) of high-quality sleep to repair and grow muscles and so should be at the top of any bodybuilder’s priority list.
But getting more sleep is often easier said than done. Many bodybuilders and weightlifters have day jobs, family commitments, or maybe even difficulties with getting to sleep.
I’m sure many lifters would prefer an extra hour in the gym to going to bed early.
Products like the PM CBD Capsules have been specially formulated with PureKana’s therapeutic CBD, melatonin, L-theanine, and GABA to help support healthy sleep cycles.
3. To help support the management of everyday stress
High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) have been shown to inhibit protein synthesis making it harder to build muscle.
There are lots of natural ways to manage stress and many bodybuilders and athletes claim that CBD’s therapeutic properties help support a feeling of calm.