CBD (or Cannibidiol) is a non-psychoactive element of the Hemp plant, which has now been isolated and synthesised in the form of tablets, oils, balms etc. Legally, cannabis has historically been prescribed to patients for the treatment of arthritis, anxiety and poor sleep quality. Now, more physiological benefits have been discovered, explaining the drive of CBD into the market.
WHAT WILL IT DO?
Taking CBD aid’s your body’s ability to recover, by reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles and promoting a good night’s sleep.
Fear not, the ‘getting high’ or psychoactive element, has been removed so you’ll only experience the side-lined health benefits – if that’s not your bag though I’d recommend the uncertified ones ;). Seen more as a natural remedy, CBD offers something more than your standard supplement range does. It’s more holistic and arguably more of a herbal approach to relieving some of the exercise induced pains associated with HIIT classes.
STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH…CBD + ME
Living a pretty high-tempo’d work week, squeezing in two or three 1Rebel classes per week, the odd 50km cycle or just the day-to-day office work, I needed to be operating at full capacity to get the best out of myself. Concentration levels at work need to be high, which makes aches and pains from these routine things a distraction and uncomfortable.
Seeing CBD thrive in the health & fitness sector, I was lucky enough to try a few different products and see for myself. I took this very seriously and I’ve been extremely systematic in my approach to testing the effectiveness of this new comer to the market. Originally sceptical, I tested six different brands of CBD over the course of 18 months and noting the effects of my physical well being with, and without sustained periods of exercise. I was also tracking my Fitbit generated sleep data.…perhaps taking it a little too seriously?
Throughout the time I was taking a form of CBD (oils, tablets or capsules), the results showed that my sleep had continuity improved, from waking up 2-3 times to sleeping right through. My sleep architecture balanced out and progressed towards the norm as well – deep sleep was at a healthy 25%, while my light sleep was around 45%-50% and REM sleep taking the other 25%-30%. The average length of my night’s sleep increased from 6.4 hours to a whopping 8.1 on average per night (admittedly, some of this was in lockdown which may have helped this figure). I was getting some solid hours in to say the least, which was proving very beneficial to my mental health and energy levels throughout the following day.
Apart from the benefits in between the sheets, I could start to see the other rumoured physiological health benefits come to light. The lower back pain and neck aches from long cycles disappeared, and my attention span & focus at work increased which has obvious advantages – looking good so far.
Compare this to the periods of sustaining the usual exercise routine and weekly pressures, but not taking any CBD, I saw my sleep quality suffer and was back to sleepless, worry-filled nights. The physical toll of HIIT classes and the aches of long cycles come back to haunt me…gulp.
Drawing to a conclusion that whilst taking CBD, my kip was sublime. The quality and quantity of sleep changed for the better, allowing me to train comfortably 2, 3 or 4 times per week and enjoy going for cycles more often… could it be a miracle cure?
Its good, but here’s the rub. It’s expensive. There also aren’t currently many rock-solid health claims with CBD yet – meaning it’s yet to receive its colours in terms of legitimacy in the pharmaceutical space. However, it’s worked for me, so I’m going to carry on using it and if you’re drawing any parallels – I suggest you try it out and see for yourself.
I WANT SOME – WHERE CAN I GET IT?
If you’re like me and want to give it a whirl, I’ve created a CBD Chocolate Brownie Protein Shake, available in all our bars (great for the evening workouts), and we have stocked some highly reputable CBD oils and tablets from Goodbody Botanicals in most of the clubs.
If you can’t find much info or are uncertain of which products to try, get in touch and I’ll help you out.
Shake Chef x
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