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Stress, anxiety, relief…why i started using CBD…

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CBD for stress…the calming effects of CBD

CBD Studios founder, formerly a personal trainer I have always lead an active lifestyle. I am no stranger to the daily stresses that can impact our mental health and wellbeing. After trying CBD I found the results beyond beneficial by its calming effect, which made life easier when things got overwhelming.

I noticed the positive effects it was having physically too. Notably the backache from previous sports injuries was diminishing and knee pain was massively reduced when running. With this, CBD Studios Chamonix was created to offer products for body and mind. CBD Studios have created natural CBD wellbeing products to meet this need, complementing daily active life.

I have continued using CBD ever since, as I undeniably feel relief and notice its naturally therapeutic calming effects.

It has evidently been a difficult two years, with Covid 19 and being a solo parent with two children aged four and five.

CBD for calm since the Covid pandemic

Since the outbreak of Covid19 I have been witness to and been faced with many difficult and stressful situations.

Over the last year we have been confronted with confinement, home schooling, compromised family situations, change in work, health implications….the list goes on. With the stress that all this may incur, it is advantageous to at least try and maintain a sense of calm. Which by no means is easy and we often feel the need to explode!

Whilst it may be helpful to take some deep breaths or check we taking enough exercise when we are feeling anxious,  it is also becoming more and more favourable to also supplement with CBD oil.

Why is CBD effective for stress?

Our body has natural cannabinoids (CBD), which work to keep the body in balance by regulating the systems that control stress and anxiety, such as serotonin  (happy hormone), and cortisol  (stress hormone). When faced with the situations of last year these systems may have become exhausted. By using CBD as a supplement it provides a natural boost to keep these systems balanced helping you calm an anxious mind promoting a better sleep.

All our CBD products are made with organic CBD, products and extracts. They help with sleep, calm, skincare, and provide relief,

The website is easy to navigate and choose the right CBD products you need. We are open for click and collect, free delivery the same day in Chamonix and provide free postage in France.

CBD oil

An easy way to take CBD as a supplement is CBD oil drops, consuming a few drops of oil under your tongue. Drop your dose under the tougue morning or night or as you feel the need.
It is quickly absorbed into the blood stream via the capillaries under the tounge.

If you feel stress taking over and need to manage it better…CBD oil will do just that. This CBD oil formula allows you to maintain a balance of life, allowing you to better cope with the stresses of everyday life. These oils have no trace of THC, so are not harmful to your concentration or can alter your sensations. There is no taste, so a perfect solution for people sensitive to other earthy flavors of this type.

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CBD Tea

Due to the notable efficacy of CBD for sleep we have designed a range of calm and sleep teas with hemp and CBD. I have selected other herbs for blends that taste delicious, all with calming properties.

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What is CBD, simply explained

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What is CBD?

Simply put, CBD is one of the 104 cannabinoids (chemical compounds) found in the cannabis plant. It is extracted from industrial hemp plants and added to a carrier oil to be ingested orally, vaped or used externally on the body.

Does it make you high?

No, CBD itself does not give you the mind-altering “high” associated with marijuana.  The name cannabis is the family name of a variety of different species, of which hemp and marijuana are both members. Marijuana contains a chemical called THC, which is what gives the mind-altering high when smoked or ingested. CBD is made from hemp and contains such an insignificant amount of THC that it absolutely does not produce mind-altering psychoactive effects. Because of its link to the marijuana THC-containing plant, it has caused much confusion and been grouped in the same category.

What is hemp?

Hemp is a truly remarkable plant that has been used in a variety of widespread and diverse ways for literally thousands of years. Hemp seeds are now being recognised in the health food market for being high in unsaturated fats; they can be eaten raw or cooked, made into dairy-free milk, or used in beauty products. The fibres of the plant can also be used in the production of textiles.

More recently, people are researching and responding to the health and medical benefits of the plant. The growing of hemp is still illegal in some places but laws and opinions are changing due to education and research.

Hemp is also used for making CBD oil, which is extracted by a variety of processes. CO2 extraction is widely the most acclaimed method.  At a low temperature it puts carbon dioxide under pressure. This gas becomes a liquid and is passed through the plant and extracts the CBD with it.

Cannabinoids are produced naturally in the body as part of the endocannabinoid system and are responsible for homeostasis in the body. Their 2 receptors are CB1 and CB2, which are stimulated by the CBD produced in the body. CB1 receptors are found in the nervous system and brain, while CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and gastrointestinal system. Both these receptors are important in maintaining cardiovascular activity, appetite, mood, memory and pain.

CBD Studios do not offer or claim to have any medical cures or treat any illness.

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CBD and biking

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CBD and cycling

Cycling has increased in popularity over the years as an environmentally friendly form of transport, as a hobby and a sporting activity. The increase in cycle paths for roads and off road bike tracks has made riding more accessible and great fun.

Biking is a great form of exercise as it improves cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility. The exercise in itself is also a remedy for stress relief and all the benefits of fresh air and the outdoors.

By looking after your physical and mental health you are more likely to reach your exercise potential or fitness goals.

Research on CBD is still in the early stages, however some of what is being discovered is showing promising to help your body to prepare and recover.

The significant and important noted benefits of CBD include, relaxation, improving sleep quality, and anti-inflammation providing relief from muscle discomfort.

CBD for cycling

CBD is one of many components found naturally in the hemp plant.

It is also produced naturally in the human body. CBD helps the body’s endocannabinoid system, which controls the internal balance of natural chemicals notably associated with pain, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.

This is called homeostasis, a term used to describe the process of maintaining the internal balance in an ever-changing external environment.

There is research to suggest that by using CBD as a supplement it can support these functions to maintain balance and overall wellness.

There are many reports that CBD effectively relieves aching muscle and tired joints before and after exercise.

Its soothing anti-inflammatory virtues are highly appreciated by athletes, including cyclists.

Cyclist Teal Stetson-Lee chooses CBD instead of ibuprofen to relieve muscle discomfort from exercising.

How can CBD be used as a cyclist?

Reduces muscle soreness after biking

When you are pushing yourself during a hard ride or competition you will tear the muscle tissue which then creates inflammation. The body will naturally start to repair and build up the damaged tissue, to result stronger muscle tissue. 

However when you push too far, the inflammation and pain can be too much for the body to deal with. This is when you may want to use painkillers or anti-inflammatories.

CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that can be used after biking for relief of cramps and aching joints so to promote recovery.  Unlike other pharmaceutical drug products, CBD has few side effects and there is no risk of overdose.

Accelerates the recovery of cyclists

CBD is often used after exercise for muscle recovery but it is most widely recognised for its relaxing effects. Relaxing the body’s circulatory system and overworked muscles after exercise will encourage the body to focus on repair. With this power, CBD can therefore reduce recovery time after exercise, training sessions or races.

Promotes sleep

All athletes know that sleep and rest is essential. It is really important to sleep well to be in good shape the next day and recover well.  When the body is tired, performance is compromised as well as the risk of injury being greater.

Evidence is continuing to show that CBD can calm an active mind to help with sleep.

Helps to treat anxiety

CBD oil may help your physical performance and daily life, by helping you regulate anxiety and stress. Exercise is a remedy for stress itself, but if you need a more of a boost, CBD may help promote the calming of mind and body.

The nerves before competitions may be alleviated by CBD oil as it is an effective natural supplement to treat anxiety .

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Choosing CBD for cycling

For tired over worked muscles we recommend CBD recovery balm. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help calm aches and discomfort after exercise. It can be applied to knees, shoulders or wherever you need relief.

In addition CBD oil is suitable as an all round wellbeing supplement to boost your body’s natural systems associated with discomfort, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.

If you are ready to try CBD balm or CBD oil or both it could be your next steps towards a more relaxed comfortable body and mind.

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How CBD benefits your skin

CBD skin care: Alleviating ACNE, DRY SKIN AND AGEING WITH CBD PRODUCTS

CBD is a Cannabinoid found in hemp. It is a natural compound that is known for healing properties. CBD can relieve inflammation and have anti oxidant benefits. This means it can be beneficial for dry skin, spots and aging (free radical damage.)

Cannabinoids are produced naturally in the body and stimulate 2 receptors, CB1 and CB2. They are part of the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The biological processes of the skin are affected by the ECS. It will be affecting processes like cell production, growth and death, hormone production and cell communication. This is responsible for homeostasis in the body.

If this homeostasis is disturbed and out of balance, it may result in various issues related to skin care and skin health:

Acne

Often a cause of acne is the over production of sebum. This is the oil that is released by the skin to keep hair moisturized and skin protected.

By activating CB2 receptors it would lead to the reduction and balance of sebum production.

When skin gets painful and red due to acne, CBD is able to soothe this dull ache or throbbing sensation. The cells in the skin contain CB1 and CB2 receptors; these receptors are stimulated by CBD and communicate with the nervous system to reduce the inflammation.

Dry skin

Dry skin is often a problem and can lead to dermatitis or itchiness. It can be caused by climate, heat, soaps, illness, accidents and allergy. In normal skin, sebum is produced to protect the skin and to prevent moisture loss. By stimulating CB2 receptors in the sebaceous glands you will increase sebum production if needed.

This is when using a topical CBD balm or ointment could help. When using CBD balm, the cannabinoid supplement works with the endocannabinoid system in the skin striving to create the correct balance.

Anti aging

The signs of ageing can be caused by exposure to toxins outside the body, such as chemical pollutants and UV rays. When cells are damaged by external factors, they become agitated and create free radicals. The affected cell will try to stabilize itself by taking an electron from another cell. This is called oxidation. This cellular stress and damage means that your skin is weakened. This can cause a loss of collagen and firmness, causing wrinkles and fine lines. If skin is exposed to external factors causing inflammation, free radical formation and oxidative stress will be evident. This will lead to these age-related issues/ appearances.

So there are anti-oxidants…. Antioxidants are found in our body and skin and their job is to find free radicals and neutralize them before they do any damage. CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The ECS is found in the skin so by applying a topical CBD balm the antioxidants would be picked up by the Cannabinoid receptors to oxidise the free radicals.

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There is research to suggest that by using CBD as a topical cream or balm it will help boost your body’s natural systems keep the skin in good health.

CBD Studios recovery balm is anti-inflammatory due to the CBD but the other ingredients have a soothing and therapeutic effect for skin care.

CBD is infused into coconut oil, and is blended with the most hydrating apricot oil and soothing plant extracts.

Coconut oil hydrates the skin and is rich in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and Vitamin A. Both are good at repairing and helping to maintain skin elasticity.

Shea butter gives the balm a lovely silky feel, which applied to the skin, softens and moisturizes. It also has anti-oxidants, which help nourish ageing skin and fatty acids, which heal skin irritations.

Candelilla wax vegan beeswax is nourishing and hydrating.

Apricot Oil added to the balm is moisturizing, calming and soothing for irritated skin.

Hemp-seed oil is rich in fatty acids, which help hydrate and soothe inflamed skin.

Camphor essential oil is used to relieve skin irritation and maintain skin health. It is also anti inflammatory, so helps to relieve pain and inflammation of muscles and joints.

Lavender essential oil helps your body to relax. It calms irritated skin and soothes irritated skin. It is anti-inflammatory which will ease muscular and joint discomfort.

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So we have found with regular use of both the CBD recovery , the skin softens, strengthens and looks and feels fresher.

Natural is the way forward, we no longer want to be using chemicals in our skin care routine let alone on our faces.

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Dry hands and anti-aging…how CBD can help

The use of CBD is showing a valid role in preventing ageing, maintaining a healthy balance of moisture as well as feeling soft and smooth.

CBD is full of essential fatty acids, omega 6 and omega 3.  Essential fatty acids have proven roles in the maintenance of the skins health and appearance.

The chemical make up is similar to the lipids of our skin, so it makes it the perfect substance to easily penetrate through into cells. CBD is not able to reach the bloodstream when applied topically, but when applied generously it will work on surface and interact with the cannabinoid receptors nearby.

It can moisturize and bring beneficial nutrients between the cells as the essential fatty acids are absorbed.

CBD also contains vitamin D, which is required for the absorption of calcium. As well as vitamin E, and other vitamins of the B complex they provide great nutritional value to the skin. This in turn maintains youthful vitality and reduces acne, abrasions, psoriasis and eczema.

The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in the cannabinoids, Terpenes and other compounds found in CBD oil also have a role in anti-ageing and skin health, when applied internally or topically.

 

Antioxidants in CBD are able to bond with free radicals, stopping oxidative stress therefore DNA damage. A free radical is an unstable atom or group of atoms that has an unpaired electron. If it is unpaired, it makes it chemically reactive. It will try and use an electron from another molecule to stabilize itself. So if CBD can help and provide this missing bond it is going to help keep cells stable.

 

 

Regarding the anti-inflammatory properties, we know that skin ageing and inflammation are closely linked. It relaxing the skin, prevents drying of the skin, helps repair damaged skin and reduces healing time.

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CBD oil absorption with food

Having worked as a Personal trainer with an interest in nutrition I have been looking into research regarding CBD and food. Several different medical associations have carried out studies to see how CBD is absorbed in the body when ingested with food.

It was a small study but with very clear results.  Half the volunteers took the CBD on an empty stomach and had breakfast 4 hours later. The other half of the volunteers had breakfast first and took their CBD 20 minutes after. After 2 weeks the subjects swapped the method.

Blood was taken form the volunteers though out the duration and the results show a huge difference between CBD taken with food and CBD taken without. The CBD taken with breakfast showed the increase to be 14 x higher than if taken without food. The absorption of CBD showed to quadruple when ingested with the morning meal.

Noted also was the type of food can make a large difference in the amount of CBD that gets absorbed into the body. The test was carried out with a fat in the breakfast, this could be yogurt milk, bread, cereal etc.

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CBD for muscle and exercise relief

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CBD for muscle relief and after exercise

CBD has become a widely accepted supplement because of its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD is indeed a supplement from hemp plant but it is also produced naturally in our body as part of the Endocannabinoid system.

The Endocannabinoid system regulates many of the different systems we have to our control our natural functions, this is homeostasis.

Sleep, Anxiety, Relief, Energy, Skin health

There is research to suggest that by using CBD as a supplement it can support these functions to maintain balance and overall wellness.

CBD for sport

CBD for athletes

If you work out or exercise regularly you accept that inflammation and pain can be the outcome of a hard session.

One valuable way that CBD may help athletes is by relieving and minimizing inflammation post-workout.

Recent studies have shown that CBD oil works at receptor sites to reduce inflammation. A reduction in inflammation would result in reduction of muscle soreness, muscle and joint ache after exercise.

How can CBD products be used?

Reduces sore muscles after exercise

When you are pushing yourself during a hard workouts or competition you will tear the muscle tissue which then creates inflammation. The body will naturally start to repair and build up the damaged tissue, to result stronger muscle tissue. 

However when you push too far, the inflammation and pain can be too much for the body to deal with. This is when you may want to use painkillers or anti-inflammatories.

CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that can be used after sport for relief of cramps and aching joints so to promote recovery.  Unlike other pharmaceutical drug products, CBD has few side effects and there is no risk of overdose.

Accelerates the recovery of muscles

CBD can be used after exercise for muscle recovery it is also widely recognised for its relaxing effects. Relaxing the body’s circulatory system and overworked muscles after exercise will encourage the body to focus on repair. With this power, CBD can therefore reduce recovery time after exercise, training sessions or races and in turn could help you to achieve your fitness goals sooner.

Promotes sleep

All athletes know that sleep and rest is essential. It is really important to sleep well to be in good shape the next day and recover well.  When the body is tired, performance is compromised as well as the risk of injury being greater.

Evidence is continuing to show that CBD can calm an active mind to help with sleep.

Helps to treat anxiety

CBD oil may help your physical performance and daily life, by helping you regulate anxiety and stress. Exercise is a remedy for stress itself, but if you need a more of a boost, CBD may help promote the calming of mind and body.

The nerves before competitions may be alleviated by CBD oil as it is an effective natural supplement to treat anxiety .

Choosing CBD for sport

CBD Studios Chamonix develop CBD products that are used for muscle relief and exercise recovery.

For tired over worked muscles we recommend CBD recovery balm. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help calm aches and discomfort after exercise. It can be applied to knees, shoulders or wherever you need relief.

In addition CBD oil is suitable as an all round wellbeing supplement to boost your body’s natural systems associated with discomfort, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.

If you are ready to try CBD balm or CBD oil or both it could be your next steps towards a more relaxed comfortable body and mind.

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CBD research and benefits

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CBD research and benefits by Emma Hodges

 

My Dad and I were discussing CBD Studios and I explained how it is extracted from industrial hemp, the same as the hemp used for textiles and rope. 

“Well, why don’t you could just chew on some old rope then?” he said. 

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This comment has often made me smile, because obviously hemp has to go through a proper extraction process to be processed into CBD products such as oil or balm. And it is a typical Dad comment…

Another typical comment was from a tennis friend who said, “well, even if it is a fad or a placebo, it is working on my knees so that’s all that matters.”

There is no denying that CBD has become very popular, with some advocates even proclaiming it as a wonder-drug or miracle cure. It does indeed appear to have remarkable inflammatory relief properties, as well as helping with anxiety, addiction, acne… the list goes on. The trouble is that very little actual scientific research has been done, which means that there is very little that can be recognised or supported.

Does CBD make you high
Cannabidiol molecule

So, the facts… everyone has a network of receptors in their body called an endocannabinoid system. Two types of receptors – CB1 and CB2 – are found in the brain and other tissues throughout the body. They receive cannabinoids, which are released in response to environmental factors such as hunger, stress or inflammation. CB2 receptor acts as a protective system when the body needs relief or is distressed. For example, if your toddler is having a tantrum and you are trying to leave the house in a hurry, your body will respond by releasing cannabinoids to send a message to manage your stress. This is called homeostasis, which is a balance of physiological processes to keep us healthy. 

The information above is scientifically proven. However, CBD research, particularly on humans, has a long way to go. It seems that plant-derived cannabinoids, specifically CBD, can act positively upon the endocannabinoid system. Tests have been done extensively on mice and rats and findings show that when CBD is given to rats it can improve the symptoms of stress. However, the main issue is that not enough research has yet been done on humans in order to make actual scientific claims, yet certain reports and findings seem to be working on the certain body conditions. 

CBD Studios do not offer or claim to have any medical cures or treat any illness.

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Terpenes and the entourage effect

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Other Compounds Found in Hemp & THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT

One of the appealing things about CBD is the variety of aromas and flavours that the different strains give off. These are the result of terpenes – molecules found in herbs, trees and fruit that give essential oils their distinctive aromas. There are thought to be over 200 various terpenes in the cannabis plant, different concentrations making each strain unique.

 

The flavour of the terpenes and the benefits of the other cannabinoids are maximised by whole-flower vaporisation. In addition to their aromas, terpenes have direct interactions with our bodies.

 

 

These are some of the terpenes found in CBD and the effects they produce:

  • Pinene (pine): Pinene is the most common terpene in the world and has anti-inflammatory properties. It produces the fresh cleansing scent found in orange peel, pine needles, basil, and parsley. It’s been known improve airflow to your lungs and promote alertness.
  • Myrcene (earthy, musky, fruity): Myrcene can be found in mangoes, hops, thyme, lemongrass, and basil, and is the most commonly found terpene in cannabis. It can compose up to 50 percent of a cannabis plant’s terpenes. Myrcene has been shown to be useful as an anti-inflammatory, a sedative, and a muscle relaxer. Many indica strains have high levels of myrcene, which contribute to the tired/stoned feeling (if higher than 0.5% myrcene in a strain, it creates the “couch-lock” feeling in users).
  • Limonene (citrus): Like its name suggests, limonene smells like lemons, oranges, mandarins, limes, and grapefruits. Its invigorating fragrance has been shown to elevate mood and relieve stress. It’s also, interestingly enough, probably found in your favourite cleaning products or perfumes not only because of its citrusy aroma, but also due to its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Limonene also improves absorption of other terpenes and chemicals through the skin, which makes it great in strains that you use for tinctures, ointments, and other topicals.
  • Humulene (hoppy, earthy): Humulene is found in hops, coriander, cloves, and basil. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to suppress appetite (while many other strains only increase appetite).
  • Linalool (floral, spicy): Linalool is found in fragrant flowers and spices like lavender and coriander, and is widely known for its stress-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant effects. The linalool terpene balances out the jittery side effects of THC, making it an effective treatment for both anxiety and psychosis. Some studies also suggest that linalool can boost the immune system and significantly reduce lung inflammation.
  • Caryophyllene (peppery, spicy): Caryophyllene is found in Thai basil, cloves, cinnamon leaves and black pepper. Studies show that it can help treat anxiety, depression, and act as an anti-inflammatory, which sounds like a big job to handle for one small terpene.
  • Terpinolene (smoky, woodsy): Terpinolene can be found in sage and rosemary, and has slightly sedative, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. It’s also been found to depress your central nervous system, and therefore induce drowsiness and reduce excitement or anxiety.

Evidence suggests that whole-plant hemp is far more beneficial than isolated compounds from the plant. As it is with many beneficial plants, fruits, and vegetables, we consume many, many elements at one time. The combinations make up and provide the nutritional benefits we need. The entourage effect is somewhat similar to this concept of “whole plant medicine”, the idea being that you are working with several components at once.

So, when we speak about the CBD entourage effect, we’re talking about the interaction between many different compounds within the cannabis plant. Since the hemp plant has more than 500 different compounds, there’s a lot to choose from.

Especially interesting are flavonoids, a phytonutrient (natural chemical), that creates the colour in plants,

The Linus Pauling Institute has noted that flavonoids may exhibit anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties.

Flavonoids have powerful antioxidant properties preventing damage our skin cell, causing illness and ageing. they are present in many well-known “super foods” such as green tea, apples, and blueberries. Flavonoids also possess anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, and some reports have indicated that they can increase antibody production, thus helping strengthen the immune system.

Other Vitamin found in hemp plants include Vitamin A, C, E and B complex vitamins (niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine) and beta-carotene are also found in full spectrum CBD oil.  Zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus are minerals found. 20 amino acids, Omega 3 and omega 6 are also found.

It is important to understand that the cannabinoids in CBD oil are still under a lot of scrutiny and a lot more research has to be done until there is proof that they actually cure illnesses. However evidence is accumulating that benefits of using CBD include, relaxation, improving sleep quality, and anti-inflammation providing relief from muscle discomfort. The concern over addiction to prescription painkillers brings people to feel that CBD oil is a much safer alternative.

CBD Studios do not offer or claim to have any medical cures or treat any illness.

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CBD and sport

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Everywhere we look sources are proclaiming CBD to be a natural alternative to ibuprofen, an antidote to anxiety, a sleep aid, a post-workout recovery aid. I am going to talk more specifically about the use of CBD for athletes.

Sports men and women put their bodies through a lot of pressure, resulting in both positive and negative effects, therefore many athletes are already using CBD as an indispensable part of their regime. Endorsed by a number of leading and influential sports people, I thought CBD definitely worth investigating and trialling myself. Could CBD not only improve my running performance but also reduce the effects of old injuries? Could it help relieve sore muscles, and delayed onset muscle soreness? But first of all…

Is it legal?

Yes. At the start of 2018 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition – and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) did the same. There is an important caveat: ONLY CBD was removed from the prohibited list. The psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, is still prohibited in competition, as are synthetic cannabinoids. The specific wording is: “the following cannabinoids are prohibited: natural cannabinoids, e.g. cannabis, hashish and marijuana.”

Some of the reviews and testimonials have been really interesting. One of my training partners Caroline Ford, of Chamonix Mt Blanc, France, has seen significant results. A keen hiker and cross-country runner, Caroline has been using CBD oil and balm on her ACL after exhausting all other treatments. “After about a week of rubbing it on my knee, 4/5 time a day, I already saw a huge reduction in inflammatory pain. I then reduced it to morning and night. When I am working out I rub it on before and wrap it in a sleeve to keep it warm to make sure it all soaks in. What we know is that it is not curing or fixing the injury, but it is reducing the inflammation almost immediately, rapidly reducing or stopping the pain. Other than this, the great thing is that CBD is completely harmless. It is important to buy it from a good reputable company so you know that is from high-end production facilities. Like many athletes I’ve spoken with, we appreciate that CBD is a natural product. We don’t like to take ibuprofen, opiates or prescription medications. The side effects are too negative and they are addictive.”

Andrew Talansky, a professional triathlete and elite cyclist from Napa, California, who rode in the Tour de France; “I don’t like to take stuff like ibuprofen or prescription medications. I took it (CBD) for a couple of weeks and there was a noticeable difference immediately. And it wasn’t just that my hip was feeling better, I was less anxious and I was sleeping better. I’m always looking for natural alternatives.” When Talansky heard an increasing number of athletes talking about CBD he, “went from scepticism to being interested to asking advice on how to use it,” he says. Now he encourages other athletes to try CBD, in part “to get rid of the association with smoking weed,” he says, “it’s completely different.”

CBD: How it Actually Works

Athletes can legally consume cannabidiol, but what is it and what does it actually do?

To begin with, cannabinoids already exist in your body. We have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that modulates the activity of neurons. The cannabinoids found in the body are the same as those found in the cannabis plant. Scientific research on how the ECS works and how CBD influences it is still evolving.

Researchers believe that CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that help with pain management. 

CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues. CB2 receptors are as well, but more of them are found in immune system tissues. CBD binding to CB1 receptors has a greater effect the central nervous system, and CBD binding to CB2 receptors has a greater effect on reducing inflammation.

So, it is becoming more apparent that taking CBD as a supplement increases the activity of your body’s existing endocannabinoid system.

This is actually what is called homeostasis, a term used to describe the process of maintaining internal balance in an ever-changing external environment. In humans, homeostasis refers to a multitude of processes that ultimately keep our bodies functioning properly.

As an athlete you apply greater stress to your body than your endocannabinoid is designed to manage. Adding exogenous CBD supplements seems to help this system and the activity of neurotransmitters for athletes to maintain homeostasis.

 

MyTrial With CBD

After researching athletes and other sporty types I decided to trial CBD for myself whilst training for a 20km high altitude trail running race. Not a huge distance but I wanted to push myself and experiment with how CBD would affect my performance and recovery, so I started to use the recovery balm on my shoulders and knees.

I immediately noticed that my sleep improved straight away; I slept soundly, woke up less during the night, and felt fresh in the mornings. This obviously made me far more eager to train and gave me more energy for my training sessions. then noticed that I was training with more vigour and pleasure.

The most apparent difference though was that the pain from my long-term shoulder injury was subsiding. The dull ache, pins and needles, or sometimes-agonising numbness had finally ceased. This pain is usually present all the time, even when just sitting at a desk, so to feel that it was really easing off was a significant effect.

On a more personal note, I’ve also noticed that since using CBD I feel much calmer. I have two small children so am no stranger to the pressures of juggling family, work, sport, and life in general. For this busy athletic mum, CBD combined with stretching, massage and yoga has been a game-changer both physically and emotionally.