While THC corresponds nicely with Netflix and chill, CBD has become synonymous with wellness and movement. It is becoming increasingly popular in the pro-sports world, where athletes are turning to cannabidiol to help them heal injuries and increase focus. Now, it is being touted as the next big thing for sports and fitness buffs who want to get in the zone. For runners, CBD offers numerous benefits.
Everyone knows about “runner’s high”— a phenomenon attributed to a release of brain chemicals that cause athletes to experience energy, euphoria, and a sense of well being. While endorphins have always been thought to be the catalyst for this experience, recent research suggests that the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an even more prominent role.
As seasoned runners will tell you, it takes a while to arrive at the peak of bliss associated with runners high, but once reached, there is no mistaking the feeling. This may actually be due to a substance in the brain called anandamide, one of the more important endocannabinoids naturally produced in the body. Anandamide is often dubbed ‘the bliss molecule” (anandamide is Sanskrit for happiness and joy).
What Does CBD Have To Do With It?
The fatty acid amide hydroxylase breaks down anandamide. CBD works to reduce this enzyme, which causes the body to retain more of it over a longer period of time. The inevitable result is an improvement in mood. (This is also one of the reasons CBD is being studied for the treatment of mood disorders.)
By utilizing CBD, you combine the uplifting effects of an increase in anandamide with all of the other benefits CBD is known for; reducing inflammation, relieving pain, keeping the body in a state of homeostasis, and more. Ever wonder why you feel good even hours after a workout or why you sleep like a baby the same night? That’s your amazing endocannabinoid system hard at work and functioning correctly.
For some people, the ECS may be out of balance. Adding CBD to your fitness regimen can pay big dividends. Who knows, if you have been seeking that famed runner’s high, CBD might just help you find it!