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By Taeler Christine

Cannabidiol is becoming increasingly more popular among those in the fitness community, with oils, topical creams and even protein treats infused with it. With the promises of reducing anxiety, subsiding soreness, and not giving you the “munchies,” competitors and gym goers are becoming the top buyers.

Better known as CBD, it is a natural compound found in both hemp and marijuana. Like THC, CBD is a cannabinoid, but unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you ‘high.’

CBD is responsible for many of the positive effects of hemp oil and while it is not a medical treatment or cure for any medical disorder, CBD has the potential to provide symptom relief for a variety of health concerns, according to Cured Nutrition’s Ashleigh Johnson.

The company sells CBD oil, infused spices and even infused cookie dough.

Since CBD has such a wide variety of uses and benefits, just about anyone and everyone can benefit from using it.

According to Johnson, CBD can be used to treat epilepsy, depression, neurological disorders, acne, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.

“While CBD is often used to reduce symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and inflammation, it can also be taken simply for general health and wellness purposes and is considered safe for people of all ages, including children,” Johnson said.

The wide range of uses and lack of negative side effects some associate with smoking marijuana is why Johnson thinks the fitness community is taking such a liking to the oil.

She said the anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent supplement for athletes, or anyone looking to speed post-workout recovery.

Another selling point for the always-on-the-go folks looking for a chill pill: it improves sleep quality, according to Johnson.

“Which also plays a huge role in the recovery process,” she said. “Many users find that CBD’s calming effects lead to improved ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

With gut health being a trending topic as well, CBD oil could tie in with that, too.

Johnson said CBD is considered anti-inflammatory, and could help with digestive issues.

Where to start:

Unfortunately, Johnson said there is not a one-size-fits-all dosage when it comes to CBD. There are many factors that affect a person’s response to CBD, including the concentration of CBD, the weight of the individual, metabolism and existent deficiencies of the endocannabinoid system and the severity of the condition being treated.

“No different than being deficient in Vitamin D, our cannabinoid receptors experience deficiencies. So, it may take several doses for one to find their own daily cannabidiol intake for efficacy,” Johnson said.

Since most companies are not able to recommend a specific dosage, Johnson said folks at Cured Nutrition generally encourage people to experiment with different dosages, evaluate the effect over a period of time and adjust as needed.

“We always recommend starting low and going slow,” she said. “[They] can increase gradually while continuing to monitor their reactions until they achieve the desired effects.”

The good news: Johnson said there are no known negative no side-effects to CBD and therefore once an individual discovers their optimal dose there should be no need decrease.

When Should You Take It?

This depends on your lifestyle. CBD oil does not make you sleepy, so pick a time where there will be consistency.

Johnson said there is no perfect time of day, but most find that adding CBD into their morning or evening routine is the easiest way to stay consistent.

No matter what CBD product you decide on, it is important to run it by your primary care physician, especially if you are taking other medications. Many side effects of CBD are still being explored.

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