There is plenty of press around the benefits of CBD, but for every positive news clip, there’s a doubter ready to throw cold water on this so-called miracle oil. So what’s the truth? Well, it’s a bit more complex than it seems, so we decided to put CBD on trial.
Or is the recent buzz about this so-called pain reliever much ado about nothing?
A review in the FASEB Journal looked at the effects of CBD on chronic inflammation, exploring potential mechanisms and upsides of using CBD. The researchers noted that not only does CBD act on inflammation through different mechanisms than NSAIDs, but it is also free from the adverse effects of NSAIDs like stomach problems and hemorrhage.
A Swiss study published in Pharmaceuticals in 2012 compared CBD with nitrazepam. The researchers found that a 160mg dose of CBD increased the volunteers’ sleep duration.
The Frontiers in Neurology study in 2018 stated that high doses of up to 1,500mg of CBD per day and chronic use are tolerated by humans. However, CBD oil is relatively expensive, and you don’t need to use a huge amount. If you are a cannabidiol novice, you should use between 1mg and 6mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight daily. This means a 180-pound bodybuilder should use between 18mg and 108mg per day.
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It is tough to do a great workout when you feel sluggish. CBD could help by regulating the blood sugar levels in your body. This, in turn, impacts the level of insulin you produce. By maintaining a lower insulin level, the body burns more glucose into energy rather than converting it to fat. As well as seeing better muscle-building results, you may also enjoy having more ‘zip’ in your workouts.
At present, it is much easier to find CBD than THC. In the United States, both remain on the list of controlled substances. The issue with CBD is confusing because it comes from the hemp plant as well as from marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the list of controlled substances, but not CBD. In general, it is easy to find, but a handful of states, such as Idaho, make it tricky.
Bodybuilders Using CBD
Remember, chronic inflammation hinders muscle recovery and can kill your gains. Fortunately, it appears as if CBD could help with post-workout inflammation, thus helping the body recover faster from an intense workout.
Realistically, the best oil for muscle growth probably won’t directly boost your muscle mass. However, CBD could have a significant indirect impact.