CBD and Sport, a possible combination

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cbd e sport

Maybe at first glance associating CBD and sport may seem like a gamble, but already those who are more knowledgeable about effects of CBD will be able to understand the benefits that sportsmen could derive from hiring. Given the scepticism that still gravitates around hemp, we would not be surprised if someone turned their mouths up reading the title of this post. We at The Spliffer are aware of this, and scepticism is one of the reasons that led us to offer our products online.

As for professional athletes, with the exception of some leagues, the use of CBD is allowed. The WADA in fact, the worldwide Anti association -Doping has delisted the use of cannabidiol among the doping substances. All restrictions concerning the THC.
In particular, Wada has established that all cannabinoids, synthetic and natural, are prohibited, namely:

Cannabis (hashish, marijuana) and cannabis products
Natural and synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols (THC)
Synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of THC

Except: CBD

Legal products have a minimum THC percentage (not higher than 0.2%) which could however be revealed by a doping control, so if you make sport a profession, be careful and inform yourself well on the product you are going to use.

If instead you are not professional athletes the risk does not arise, even if in rare cases a drug test could detect traces of THC. In reality it would be a false positive, but it is good to take it into account if you do not want to run into complications. Using CBD in sports can actually help the athlete to recover from an effort. Whether you are a runner, you practice Muay Thai or any other sport, CBD can come to your rescue.

How?

The answer must be found primarily in the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. After a competition or intense training, the muscle fibers undergo a sort of break and must be rebuilt, in fact, with adequate recovery. Failing this, the athlete is exposed to muscle, tendon and inflammation injuries.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD substantially relaxes the muscle and prepares it for a better recovery and faster. 

Not only that, it has recently been noted that cannabidiol can also help muscle growth , in particular it is useful for those who base their sport on muscle strength , for example body builders. In particular, CBD would favor anti-catabolism, the process that prevents muscle mass proteins from breaking up. This results in a reduction in muscle loss. This effect is also closely related to the improvement of muscle recovery.

Another use for the sportsman is indicated after an injury : whether it is a sprain, a contracture or something more serious, it causes pain. CBD relieves pain and allows us a less problematic course. Given its anti-inflammatory properties, it could also reduce recovery times.

If the previous uses can be useful in the recovery phase, taking cbd before a performance can favor it. In fact, CBD has proven anti-stress and anti-anxiety properties, so before an important test, CBD can help ease tension.

Even if you are runners who try their hand at long distances, CBD can be useful. It is well known that running (in reality also other sports but to a lesser extent), allows our body to release endorphins, substances produced by our brain that they give a sense of excitement. Well according to recent studies  it has emerged that this sensation involves the endocannabinoid system, which CBD helps regulate. So it could have indirect effects on the release of endorphins.

Legal cannabis for sleeping, an excellent remedy.

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The current frenzied rhythms give us less and less time for activities that seem unimportant, but which are actually fundamental. One of these is sleep. We sleep less and less and this negatively affects personal well-being. Sleeping, and above all, sleeping well, brings unimaginable benefits that can literally change the life of each of us. The number of hours of optimal sleep varies from person to person but we can say that an adult must sleep at least 7 hours per night, doing so will benefit from several aspects: increase in productivity and concentration, less risk of gaining weight, better management of the body’s consumption of calories, improvement of athletic performance, lower risk of heart disease, improvement of social life, lower risk of depression, lower exposure to inflammation, strengthening of the immune system.

The reasons why the quality of one’s sleep is poor can be varied, both physically and psychically. Heart problems, chronic illnesses, stress, wrong habits are all factors that put our response at risk.

In this regard, CBD is a substance that can meet us . The Chinese were pioneers in the use of cannabis to promote sleep: as early as 1200 BC we find medical texts that testify to it. Recently, more and more people are using legal cannabis to sleep.

Una research has shown that CBD actually promotes sleep THC may also help, but the beneficial effects are limited to the short term and sleep quality will tend to deteriorate if THC intake is prolonged over time.

How does CBD affect sleep?

Cannabidiol can improve both the phase preceding sleep, therefore helping us to fall asleep faster, and the actual sleep phase. We are still in the beginning but it seems that the beneficial effect of CBD has to do with the interaction of endocannabinoids with proteins, receptors and chemicals present in the brain. Myrcene too, a type of terpene present in cannabis helps sleep because it has sedative effects.

CBD helps sleep as it acts on anxiety and stress, in particular it helps regulate cortisol, the stress hormone, which has a significant impact on sleep cycles. Even those who suffer from chronic pain that cause insomnia can find a valuable source of relief in CBD.

CBD has been shown to help relax muscles, even those with Parkinson’s. This would help you sleep faster. A typical case of use can be indicated after intense physical activity conducted at the end of the day. Despite tiredness it is sometimes difficult to fall asleep because we are still stimulated by endorphins, taking a little CBD can definitely help.

Even pregnant women, who are often subject to nausea, stress and anxiety, can find valuable help in CBD. In this regard, the World Health Organization has not identified risks for this category of people.

How to take CBD for sleep?

There is no general rule, and the optimal dosage is achieved only by experimenting. Here you can read some valuable information about the dosages

You can use for example the oil , the effects of which will be slower to manifest but will last longer compared to other products. In general, to take effect, it is recommended to take CBD 30-60 minutes before going to bed.

And did you use legal cannabis to sleep?

Let us know, leave a comment below!

The (infinite) uses of hemp

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Hemp is a plant from whose female inflorescences cannabis light is obtained, or if you want legal. The uses of hemp in all its forms – extracts, fabrics etc etc – are manifold: from the medical field, to clothing for recreational purposes.

Unlike cotton, hemp requires minimal pesticide use. It also acts as a herbicide because, due to its structure, it is tall and thin, it prevents the formation of weeds. The fabric obtained from it makes it suitable for all seasons. In fact, hemp clothing keeps warm in winter and cool in summer, they absorb body moisture and keep it dry. They last three times longer than cotton garments, protect against UV rays and are cheaper than cotton on average. As soon as they are worn they can be a little stiff but after some washing it softens considerably.

Hemp can also be used in the kitchen and is highly appreciated by those who conduct a vegan diet because the oil obtained from it is considered an alternative as much as fish oil. It is in fact rich in omega 3 and is generally used in soups, cereals and smoothies. It is very nutritious, just think that 100 grams of peeled seeds bring about 600 calories to our body, 5% of which are water, 5% carbohydrates, 49% fat and 31% protein.

Animals can also benefit. In general, intake is via capsules. Hemp can also be used to make plastic, or rather bioplastic. The use is not yet widespread but we are sure that due to the problems that traditional plastic is creating, bioplastic will become increasingly important. Still in the embryonic phase is the use of hemp as fuel, called “hempoline”, would replace diesel in engines.

The first to use hemp to make paper were the Chinese around 200 BCE, who had previously sensed its use to treat physical pain. In addition to being more sustainable, it is also more durable, in fact, hemp paper does not turn yellow like traditional paper. It also performs very well as a building material, it is resistant, insulating and light. Hemp boards are an interesting alternative to wooden boards.

We can also extract oil from hemp or use its inflorescences to benefit from the multiple properties of CBD.

CBD has significant beneficial properties: relieves pain, reduces anxiety and depression, helps those suffering from insomnia, is useful against acne, has beneficial effects on the heart, is useful against diabetes, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is used in treatment of epilepsy.

CBD can be taken in various forms: CBD oil, extracts, legal hashish etc etc.In the form of oil it must be taken in drops to be placed under the tongue. On the dosage of CBD oil we have already spoken in a previous article. You can also smoke in a cigarette or with a vaporizer, we do not recommend its use because, in some countries, it is illegal to smoke it, the sale is legal only for technical purposes.

For topical use, hemp can be found in cream or gel and relieves skin pain and inflammation.

As you can see, hemp can have different uses, but there are still many people who are not aware of it, also because institutions and multinationals, despite the progressive decriminalization, still seem little inclined to recognize the properties and uses of this precious plant.

 

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