Why Athletes Should Pay Attention to Their Endocannabinoid System

You have probably heard of CBD from other people at the gym. Many are raving about CBD being able to help maintain body balance for peak performance. Everyone is talking about this new supplement not just in the sports world but in the medical and beauty and wellness industries as well.

If you are an athlete, you really should pay attention to CBD and how it works with the endocannabinoid system.

"Endo … what?"

Endo means internal or within, so endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced inside the human body.

Phytocannabinoids, on the other hand, are cannabinoids produced by plants – specifically the cannabis species.

How the human endocannabinoid system works

How the human endocannabinoid system works

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This is a signaling network that regulates certain functions in your body such as mood, appetite, memory, sleep, metabolism, and pain response.

The human endocannabinoid system has three mechanisms:

  • Cannabinoids
  • Cannabinoid receptors
  • Enzymes that break down cannabinoids and create more cannabinoids

What the endocannabinoid system does is make sure that all three mechanisms self-adjust when something goes wrong. If, for example, your metabolic rate suddenly goes higher than the normal level, the endocannabinoid system will trigger a response to correct the imbalance.

There are two types of cannabinoids produced by the body:

  1. Anandamide
  2. 2-arachidonoylglycerol

Scientists believe that the anandamide in your body is responsible for the natural "runner's high" you experience after a workout.

There are two types of cannabinoid receptors:

  1. CB1 receptors are located in the brain and central nervous system
  2. CB2 receptors are found in the peripheral nervous system and throughout the body

When cannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors, CB1 or CB2 sends out signals for the body to make the adjustments necessary for the specific function to get back to the normal level.

Why athletes should care about their endocannabinoid system

Why athletes should care about their endocannabinoid system

Whether you are training for the next Iron Man competition or simply want to get in a good workout, the efficiency of your endocannabinoid system has a direct impact on your body's ability to perform and recover during high-impact activity.

Why? Because the the endocannabinoid system helps regulate the following functions:

  • Create energy balance
  • Maintain a healthy metabolic rate
  • Immune response
  • Bone mass
  • Pain signaling
  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Sleep
  • Intestinal motility

An effective endocannabinoid system keeps your body functions in check so that you have enough fuel for your muscles and inflammation is minimal even after some serious lifting.

Why add CBD to your training routine

Why add CBD to your training routine

Some people have a deficient endocannabinoid system. Fortunately, nature has gifted us with the same cannabinoids to supplement what we have in our bodies. These cannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant.

Plant-derived cannabinoids (also called phytocannabinoids) share a similar molecular structure to the endocannabinoids inside your body. One of these phytocannabinoids is CBD – short for cannabidiol.

CBD is able to interact with cannabinoid receptors like endocannabinoids do, which helps support the endocannabinoid system in regulating certain body functions.

From weekend warriors to serious athletes, everyone is jumping on the CBD bandwagon. Adding CBD to their workout regimen or wellness routine is the best way to incorporate plant-derived cannabinoids into their endocannabinoid systems and ensure balance.

The CBD oil that is extracted from hemp also contains omega fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – creating an ideal and complete nutritional supplement for athletes of any level.

What makes CBD very attractive is the absence of THC – those three letters are a bane to any professional athletic career. THC is extracted from marijuana while CBD comes from hemp. CBD will never get you "high" or send you crashing with poor coordination.

Get started with CBD supplements from PrismCBD® today

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Since CBD hemp oil products are classified as dietary supplements in the United States, we cannot explicitly endorse specific health benefits of CBD. What we have is a wealth of data on recent CBD studies that you can easily look up on our resource page.

Read about CBD and talk to your doctor before you get started with PrismCBD® supplements.

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