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CBD oil is gaining a lot of popularity across the country, with people from different fields turning to it for its health benefits. It’s especially fast becoming the go-to supplement of many athletes and fitness enthusiasts. This is because of its ability to reduce soreness and inflammation caused by rigorous training and intense physical workouts. Let’s take a deeper look at CBD for athletes.
CBD for RecoveryDuring exercise, especially an intense one, muscle fibers rub against each other. This creates microscopic injuries or tears to the fibers, which in turn triggers an inflammatory response. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to muscle damage. They are eventually repaired, which allows the muscles to become stronger, but the pain will always be unavoidable. What you simply call a post-exercise soreness is actually an entire process that’s happening inside your body.
Now, to help them manage the pain occurring after a game or a mad session at the gym, athletes and bodybuilders (or even occasional gym goers) often pop ibuprofen to keep them going. But with the stigma attached to hemp-derived CBD beginning to lift, people are switching to CBD products, like CBD for recovery, which is a safer alternative to conventional pain medication. Apart from that, CBD oil doesn’t carry the same side effects that over-the-counter medicines have, a lot of studies have proven its anti-inflammatory benefits.
How CBD for Athletes WorksHow does it work, you ask? CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), an important system in the human body that regulates the function of the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. As such, CBD for athletes helps soothe aches and inflammation. It also helps you sleep better, which is actually when a great deal of muscle repair and recovery happen. It is when the body is asleep that it produces melatonin and human growth hormones. These are important factors in healing and recovery, and if you’re not able to get proper sleep (probably because of the pain, too), then muscles are not given enough time to recuperate.
In short, CBD for recovery helps in many different areas. It activates our ECS and this activation not only soothes sore muscles and joints, it promotes a sense of calm. When we are calmer, the quality of our sleep improves, and sleep is a crucial ingredient in a faster post-workout recovery. Regular activation of the ECS also helps minimize the experience of pain in the long term. Daily servings allow athletes to train harder and stay at the top of their game, making CBD for recovery a better alternative to traditional supplements.
Finding Your CBD Serving SizeApart from recovery, the use of CBD oil also helps in the improvement of an athlete’s performance and can aid fitness enthusiasts in achieving their goals. While it does help you relax and sleep better at night, it also gives you an energy boost when you need to keep yourself awake, alert, and focused on your workout.
It all depends on the serving size you take. Usually, its calming effects are associated with higher serving sizes, while its stimulating effects are achieved when it’s administered in lower servings. Different people have different reactions to CBD, so it’s recommended to experiment and find out how much CBD you should take.
Other CBD Benefits for AthletesAnother thing CBD oil does, which is a big factor contributing to one’s physical performance, is that it helps you manage stress and anxiety. Game-day stress is very common, and high levels of distress and tension could greatly affect an athlete’s focus. CBD oil helps calm you down and improve your mood so you can concentrate on completing the task at hand the best way you know how.
Did you know that this product also helps with gut issues and nausea? You may overlook the fact that an upset stomach could ruin a game, but it does happen, especially to endurance athletes. CBD oil interacts with our endocannabinoid system which helps ease gut issues, and it also connects with our serotonin receptors to help reduce nausea.
Overall, CBD oil enhances one’s fitness routine and athlete’s performance and cuts their downtime by allowing faster recovery. All of these without the side effects and health risks that prescription medications often have. Again, different bodies have different reactions to the product, so the best way to make sure you maximize its benefits is to get the go-ahead signal from your doctor and find the perfect serving and routine which works best for you.
Our goal at Made By Hemp is to educate people about the benefits of hemp-derived CBD for athletes. If you still have questions, we’d love to talk! Drop us a comment below or contact us today!
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CBD Oil and Driving: Everything You Need to Know
Unlike alcohol or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD oil does not give you a high, slow your reflexes down, or mess up with your visual perception and concentration. It doesn’t have any adverse health effects, and studies show it even helps alleviate stress, pain, or trauma. However, different people react to different doses, and if you’re not sure how it will impact your ability to drive and get on the road, here are a few things you should know about CBD and driving.
First of all, What is CBD and CBD oil?CBD is one of the many chemical compounds found in cannabis, a plant which has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years now. Cannabidiol oil or CBD oil, on the other hand, is an extract made from its leaves and stems, usually mixed with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil. Unlike its other cousins, CBD lacks the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which are the ones responsible for getting you high.
CBD oil is gaining popularity as of late, with a lot of studies focusing on its healing potential, and with more and more people taking it as a dietary supplement, using it for therapeutic purposes, physical performance improvement and recovery, and maximizing its properties that benefit the body.
Is CBD and Driving Legal?Though there is still debate over how the FDA should regulate, CBD is legal on the federal level through the 2018 Farm Bill. Therefore, CBD and driving with it in your system won’t get you into trouble the same way drunk driving would. As long as the CBD oil you use contains no more than 0.3% THC, it’s classified as a hemp product and is therefore legal.
Though this is legal, we wouldn’t suggest you telling the officer as many do not understand the difference between hemp and marijuana.
How long does CBD oil stay in your system?There is no one single answer to this question as there’s a whole lot of key factors which influence how long CBD oil will stay in your system. The body’s reaction also differs from individual to individual. Among the factors contributing to how long the substance lasts in your body including your body weight, your lifestyle, metabolism, and of course the frequency and amount of CBD oil you consume.
Because CBD can be stored in fat cells, it can stay longer in your system if you have a larger body mass than if you have very little fat in your body. So it also makes sense that people with a more active lifestyle are able to get rid of traces of CBD from their body faster compared to those who do not exercise because they eliminate traces of CBD as they burn the fat. It’s the same thing with diet—as fiber-rich food pulls fatty substances from the body via stool, CBD is eliminated in the process as well. So the more fiber you take in, the faster CBD will exit your body.
Sometimes, though, metabolism is a completely separate thing from a person’s weight or lifestyle, and if you naturally have a high metabolic rate, you’ll be able to eliminate CBD faster no matter how much you weigh or what kinds of food you eat.
Perhaps the most important factor to consider is how much you consume and how often you take it. If you take CBD oil on a regular basis or if you take it in large doses, it will take time before you clear your system completely of the substance.
Won’t it make you feel sleepy?When taken in higher doses, CBD oil gives a relaxing effect that can promote better sleep. However, small doses can give you an energy boost and keep you alert, awake, and focused, so you may actually drive better! But again, different bodies have different reactions to the product. There is no “one serving fits all,” so it is best to figure out how much CBD oil to take and how your body reacts to it before trying CBD and driving.
So, should you CBD and drive?Yes. You can take CBD oil and still drive because the 0.3% THC in it will not impair you or get you high. You will still function like your normal self. However, be sure you source your CBD oil from a company you can trust so you know they display the accurate chemical breakdown of their products.
This article was originally published on Made By Hemp.
In our modern, fast-paced world, stress is becoming a very common component in our everyday lives. It has become so common, in fact, that we no longer seem to notice stress until it has compounded into something bigger and has started affecting our health. Stress, or rather, stress hormones (a primary stress hormone like cortisol), are released into the body to trigger our “fight or flight” response. In dire situations, these hormones help elevate our energy supplies, increase the concentration of glucose in our blood, and even help our brain use glucose optimally for quicker decision making. However, long-term activation of the body’s stress system could cause a host of health problems — anxiety, depression, heart disease – to name a few.
Therefore, it is important we learn of ways to relieve ourselves of stress. Below are five simple ways to relieve stress:
1. CBD Oil
You’ve probably heard of CBD quite often this whole year. There is good reason for that. Aside from its uses in alleviating the symptoms of epilepsy, it is also being used as a natural means of reducing anxiety and a great way to relieve stress. This is because all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This is a network of CBD receptors along our central nervous system. These receptors react to CBD by fixing imbalances, strengthening our immune system, and relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. So a couple of drops of CBD oil every day might just be a great way to help relieve stress.
If you are looking for a very cheap way of reducing stress without taking anything, meditation is the way to go. Meditation has been known to help ease stress and anxiety by focusing our attention to emptying our mind and breathing deeply. Not only will this help you relax, but it could also re-energize you to help you face the rest of your day with a bit more calm. If you find yourself stressed by too many meetings or an impending deadline, take a few minutes to center yourself, empty your mind of any thoughts, and breathe.
Physical activity causes our body to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin. To people who have experienced what is called the “runner’s high”, this is actually the rush of endorphins released by your body as a response to running. Endorphins help our body reduce stress by helping our body overcome pain, and regulate our sleep. The stress hormone cortisol actually reduces the production of happy hormones in our body which will lead to more stress for us. Exercising would help build these hormones back up in our system.
4. Reduce caffeine
We all have a caffeine threshold. Caffeine is known to help keep us awake and give us that boost of much-needed energy, especially in the mornings when all we want is to go back to sleep. However, too much caffeine can contribute to anxiety which in turn causes stress. It could also cause heart palpitations, cold sweat, and some digestive upset when you take too much caffeine. So if you find yourself getting anxious after your second or third cup of coffee, it might be a good idea to skip that cup of joe and maybe have something with lower caffeine levels. Perhaps a nice low caffeine tea, or, dare we say, some decaf coffee?
Spending time with friends and family is a great stress reliever. No matter how introverted and socially averse you are, there is always someone you prefer spending your time with. And for those of us who are extroverted, being with people is an energizing experience. Laughing and having an enjoyable time with the people you love will help you relax more, and forget about your woes. In women, spending time with family and children helps in releasing oxytocin, a natural stress reliever.
No matter your station in life, stress is unavoidable. Keeping these five tips in mind will help you in managing or maybe even relieving stress. And in turn will help you enjoy life more, avoid health issues, and even develop a healthier relationship with yourself and with your social circle.
This was originally published on Off The Main Page on July 30, 2017.
August 13 is International Lefthanders’ Day, so I’m celebrating already!
A long time ago, people thought that left-handed people had dealings with the devil and the trait had to be corrected. The prejudice is gone, but the question remains. Why are some people left-handed?
Some researchers believe it’s genetics, but that is not likely the full story. Some experts say genetics only play a part 25 percent of the time. Although, it can run in families. Some say handedness can be pretty random. Stress during pregnancy can cause a child to lean toward being left-handed.
It also doesn’t necessarily make you “right-brained.” Gina Grimshaw, Ph.D., director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Wellington in New Zealand, says:
Most left-handers seem to have similar language processing to right-handers. But for the most part, left-handers do not differ obviously from right-handers. They certainly don’t have reversed brains.”
It can also affect school performance as well. People who are left-handed or ambidextrous are more likely to use their brains in different ways.
Unfortunately, it is linked to a higher risk of mental health problems as well. According to a 2013 Yale University study, when researchers polled patients at a mental-health clinic, 40% of those with schizophrenia or schizoaffective said they wrote with their left hand.
Being left-handed makes us awesome and unique.
One very common side-effect of anti-psychotics is a condition called tardive dyskinesia. It can be permanent and can cause twitching of the eyes, lips, tongue, and extremities.
The drug is called Ingrezza, and it's awaiting an FDA decision for the tardive dyskinesia treatment.
Christoph U. Correll, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Molecular Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, said in a press release:
"Until now, one of the few options for physicians, when managing TD, was to stop, change, or lower the dose of antipsychotic medication, potentially jeopardizing patients' psychiatric stability. In clinical trials, Ingrezza significantly and rapidly improved TD symptoms compared to placebo, reducing involuntary movements acutely and through 48 weeks of treatment without compromising underlying psychiatric care. These results, combined with convenient once-daily dosing, represent a tremendous breakthrough for patients suffering from TD."
Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning to get ready for work? Well, you aren't the only one! According to one study, getting up before 10 a.m. is the equivalent of torture. You may need an I.V. of coffee when you get to work at 8 or 9 in the morning. You blink and struggle to stay awake under the fluorescent lights.
The article says:
"Dr. Kelley and a research team at the Sleep and Circadian Institute have confirmed something that has crossed everyone’s mind as they watched someone helplessly nod off on early morning public transit—a 9 am start is just fucking inhumane."
"This is because the human body runs on a biological timers. They’re called circadian rhythms and they are genetically preprogrammed cycles that regulate human energy levels, brainwave activity and hormone production."
Disrupting our circadian rhythms can cause many symptoms. Our bodies have certain patterns, and workplaces should change the workday to fit that, but they probably won't.
The eight-hour workday was started to maximize productivity, but it really doesn't. Many companies are starting to have more flexible workdays and hours. It's mainly for work-life balance, but it could help in this department as well.
I ran across an interesting article on How Stuff Works today. It talks about a possible link between intelligence and mental illness. It's an interesting concept to think about . Are the smartest of us also mentally ill?
The example the author used was the great inventor Nikola Tesla. His inventions were precursors to many things we use today such as A/C electricity, electrical generators, and more.
However, he also had many behaviors that could be described as something a mentally ill person would do. The things in his life needed to be divisible by three. He used 18 napkins at every meal. He would only stay in a hotel room with a number divisible by 3. He would probably be considered obsessive-compulsive if he lived today.
The article also says:
"Researchers conducting one such study of Swedish teenagers discovered straight-A students were four times more likely to develop bipolar disorder, a mental illness marked by alternating moods of elation and depression, illustrating a correlation between intelligence and higher instances of mental illness. As the study subjects' emotional state transitioned from low to high, there was evidence of increased activity in the frontal lobe of the brain. This area is known for regulating creativity."
Many smart and creative people suffered or do suffer from mental illness. Carrie Fisher and Kurt Cobain were bipolar.
This where the term "tortured genius" comes from. I'm not saying everyone who is smart is mentally ill. I'm just looking at people who are considered "smart" and also happen to have mental health issues.
This was originally published on Off The Main Page on April 10, 2017.
The renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, has an interesting explanation on why he is an atheist:
“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.”
Many people ask, “What existed before the Big Bang happened?” Hawking says:
“When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in. It’s like asking directions to the edge of the earth; The Earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge; so looking for it is a futile exercise… it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god.”
In his book, The Grand Design, he says:
“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper set the universe going.”
Note: Touch paper is paper with chemicals used as fuses for explosives.
Hawking is a very smart man, and I find his explanation of the universe interesting.
Infographic via InformationIsBeautiful.net.