* DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is for educational purposes only. It does not exploit or provide medical advice of any kind. Therefore, any reliance you place on the information below is strictly at your own risk. Please check with your medical provider before starting or changing a CBD routine.
In the world of athletics you constantly hear people stressing about maintaining appropriate hydration and how it can impact performance and recovery. Yes, drinking plenty of water is absolutely an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are heavily active.
But more specifically, how can CBD infused water be incorporated into an active lifestyle? How can it be beneficial for both pre- and post-workout regimens?
What is CBD Water?
For those who are not familiar with CBD in general, this compound is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis plants, along with THC. But unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that does not leave users feeling high, unlike its counter part THC.
Ongoing and preliminary studies continue to show how CBD can provide a plethora of health benefits for the mind and body and can be an effective supplement to take for the active individual for many reasons.
Several athletes are including CBD into their training regimens, including professional athletes like Mason Ho, Taylor Knox, Scotty Lago, Shawn Hale among others. But while active people have several different CBD formats to choose from, CBD water is one of the newest workout supplements hitting market shelves.
Basically, CBD water is alkaline water that has been infused with tasteless, water soluble CBD powder. In addition to CBD capsules, tinctures, edibles, and vapes, CBD water is just another type of CBD-related product that athletes may take to help with their pre- and post-workout necessities. Considering it simply needs to be consumed like regular water, CBD water seems to be a convenient way to take advantage of all that the cannabis plant has to offer.
CBD water is made with sophisticated technology referred to as "nanotechnology." This state-of-the-art technology (utilized in the pharmaceutical space) is designed to help make cannabinoids like CBD more easily absorbed within the body by decreasing the average size of the CBD molecules. While not necessarily reserved only for CBD products, nanotechnology provides users with a way to make the most of their CBD water.
What is Nanotechnology?
Thanks to nanotechnology, scientists are able to take CBD and create extremely tiny "nanoparticles." By doing so, the tiny particles are so small that they are more quickly and effectively absorbed into the bloodstream.
As such, this makes the CBD more "bioavailable" in the body, which simply means more of the substance is able to be absorbed without having to take as much of the product. CBD does not have to pass through the digestive system before taking effect in the body.
The smaller substances are reduced to tiny particles that are one-millionth their original size (25 nanogram AVG.), making them better able to pass through cellular membranes more efficiently. The much smaller size of CBD molecules thanks to nanotechnology allows them to reach the cells of the body a lot faster and more efficiently. CBD is then more readily accessible by the cells and takes effect much faster. That's the power of CBD water.
What Are the Pre- and Post-Workout Benefits of CBD Water?
Those who lead an active lifestyle likely follow a specific diet and include certain supplements in order to achieve their desired goals. This demographic may want to consider adding CBD water into the mix in order to take advantage of the following benefits...
Pain relief. One of the most common reasons why users take CBD is to counter the effects of pain they may feel as a result of any number of reasons. People with arthritis and other degenerative diseases have been using CBD topicals to successfully to alleviate the pain associated with their disorders.
But athletes, too, can experience effective pain relief from CBD water. It's no surprise that those who are extremely active tend to experience some degree of discomfort in their muscles and joints after an intense workout. By having CBD water readily available before, during, and after a workout, active individuals can deal with their pain in an effective yet safe manner rather than depending on NSAIDs to do the trick.
CBD's ability to relieve pain is the result of its ability to interact with receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and mimic the role that naturally-occurring endocannabinoids play in the body.
The ECS plays a role in balancing a number important bodily functions, including pain. When CBD oil is introduced into the body, it influences how the ECS's receptors behave and can help to reduce pain in the body, which can prove to be extremely helpful for the active individual.
Quick recovery. Active individuals may find that they're unable to return to the gym or training field too quickly after a vigorous workout as a result of pain or muscle soreness they experience. But an increasing pool of research is showing how CBD can be an effective means of slashing recovery time required between workouts.
In fact, some professional athletes are using CBD for this very reason. Because of CBD's ability to alleviate pain and inflammation, those who lead an active lifestyle can return to training with shorter periods of recovery. Further, CBD may also play a role in facilitating protein synthesis and minimize muscle damage, which can help to effectively combat muscle soreness and get athletes back to their training faster.
Nutritional supplementation. CBD water is packed with vital vitamins and nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, Omega-3 and -6, fiber, amino acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
All of these play a vital role in maintaining a healthy body, and rather than depending on traditional supplements to access them, athletes can simply drink CBD water both before and after their workout to replenish the body with what it may be lacking from a nutritional standpoint.
The studies that have already done on CBD are very promising and exciting, and innovative products like CBD water make this cannabinoid even easier to take and more effective on the body. Anyone who leads an active lifestyle would stand to benefit from what CBD water has to offer. It's an easy and convenient way to benefit from CBD, making both pre- and post-workout tactics more effective.
Application x CBD
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Cannabinoid options of application:
Transdermal (Skin)-Topical Salve: This application is typically used for acute and direct application. Such as an ankle sprain, arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and migraines. Full-spectrum salves provide a whole panel of cannabinoids for increased potency.
Tinctures: Tincture oils are utilized in full-spectrum form (whole plant derived) and Isolated forms (Pure CBD) that are applied directly under the tongue or mixed in water. This form is typically used for direct application to the central nervous system and the entire body for ailments like anxiety, stress, epilepsy, insomnia, depression, PTSD, autoimmune responses, ADHD, cancer, systemic inflammatory disease such as, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. All applications are available as CBD isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum.
Soft Gels: Full-spectrum soft gels essentially have the same application as tincture oils. The difference is that each soft gel is measured to a specific milligram to provide a consumer with a perfectly measured dose of CBD. This would be used for any ailments one might use CBD for, including all the ones listed above.
Superfood powder: Super food green powder has a broad range of greens, phytonutrients, vitamins and of course CBD. This application is great to give some a nice, clean energy boost before a workout or just to get your day started naturally with improved focus.
Athlete Relations x Physiologist
Kai Pattison was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Kai graduated with a Master’s degree in clinical physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University. He is very passionate about human physiology and the applications in sport performance, recovery and clinical diagnostics. Kai has specialized in cardiopulmonary diagnostics, exercise induced energy expenditure and metabolism. Kai has also gained extensive research experience at UCSD on Parkinson’s disease. He enjoys educating and informing people on the importance of exercise to reduce risk of multiple inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. His passion for alternative medicine enables him to strive when promoting health and wellness.