Crossfit: it’s a land of cross-training craziness, impossibly fit athletes, and near-impossible WOD’s.
What’s a WOD, you might ask? Good question! According to The Men’s Journal, it’s “the set of modalities that your coach uses to put you through hell on any given day.”
In more literal terms, WOD simply stands for “workout of the day.” And because we at Athlos CBD believe workouts should be made for athletes, not the other way around...we think we’ve found a way to make your next workout of the day a little bit easier.
That way includes the use of a very special hemp-derived compound: CBD. While Crossfit is indeed tough, CBD might be just the thing to help your body adapt to it.
CBD: A Natural Anti-inflammatory
Just think of the physiological barriers that get between you and your athletic recovery. En route to a new WOD PR (workout of the day personal record), you’ll have to fight against stress hormones, pain, inflammation, even your own mind.
The most difficult of these rate-limiting factors to defeat? According to many experts, it’s inflammation. Inflammation can lead to weight gain, poor sleep, poor sports performance, and even injuries (more on those in the next section).
Now for some good news: CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory. It seems to sensitize the immune system to one’s inflammatory state; those who take CBD often have lowered inflammatory markers (interleukins, cytokines, etc) as a result. And this effect doesn’t stay relegated to the lab; many athletes who use CBD report feeling noticeably less inflamed and more supple.
Athletes who opt for Athlos CBD reap additional benefits from another anti-inflammatory compound: curcumin. Naturally derived from turmeric, curcumin is a micronutrient that’s been treasured since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, pro-metabolic qualities. As one review study said, “curcumin combined with enhancing agents provides multiple health benefits.” According to them, curcumin fights against “oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia.” Combine curcumin with CBD, and things get even more exciting!
As if all this weren’t enough, the cannflavins found in CBD’s native hemp are up to 30 times more potent than aspirin. Move over, NSAIDs...
CBD for Sore Joints and Stressed Bones
Now, it’s true that CBD’s aforementioned ability to reduce inflammation may lead to healthier bones and joints in the long term.
Yet, the plant compound may also have more direct effects on joints. The endocannabinoid receptors it activates, after all, play a vital role in regulating bone development. Initial studies (granted, they’ve mostly been done on rodents) show CBD reduces the burdens of osteoporosis and related diseases...by literally helping bone cells grow and specialize correctly. Amazing, right?
If you haven’t already noticed, the endocannabinoid system makes many of CBD’s benefits possible...in this case, it may also allow CBD to promote the formation of collagen networks.
Healthy collagen = structural integrity = healthier joints. As always, CBD is truly holistic...even at addressing the things that most commonly plague CrossFit athletes.
MetCon + CBD = Even Better Metcon
CBD may help you ace your MetCon routine, too. For all the uninitiated out there, MetCon stands for metabolic conditioning.
How does this work? For one, CBD may help ensure your mitochondria stay healthy. You may have learned in high school that mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, but we’ll bet you didn’t learn that CBD interacts with these metaphorical power plants!
Indeed, nobody knew that mitochondrion housed endocannabinoid receptors until relatively recently. It was in 2017 that researchers learned CB1 receptors actually help mitochondria sense their energy influx needs. The implications of this are huge, seeing as mitochondrial health is a driving force behind one’s endurance-sports abilities.
It might not be much of a stretch to say that CBD = mitochondrial health = MetCon!
CBD: The Pre- and Post-Workout Stats
You might be wondering: this CBD stuff sounds great and all...but how do I leverage its benefits so that it works for me?
To answer with one word, consistency. CBD works best when it’s taken every day; hardworking athletes can even take it with their pre-workout.
CBD may be especially useful if you’re a caffeine addict you use caffeine for sports-specific energy — via adenosine A2A receptors, it seems to balance out some of the less pleasant side effects of caffeine. In simple terms...if coffee with 3 espresso shots gives you jitters, try coffee with 3 espresso shots...and a ‘shot’ or two of CBD.
CBD can be taken post-workout, too of course. Some studies show it reduces levels of a major stress hormone, cortisol, that’d otherwise be high in the PWO period. Less cortisol = more relaxation = better sleep = better recovery.
Maybe the only drawback to ‘normal’ CBD is its low bioavailability. Normally, only about 30% of one’s CBD intake actually makes it into the bloodstream — at best. We’ve taken an unusual step to make our CBD more bioavailable, though, by infusing it with the known absorption-booster piperine to boost your results.
The Good Life
Crossfit is awesome...but unless you’re competing in next year’s Crossfit Games, it’s not really an end goal in and of itself.
For most of us, Crossfit is about being well-rounded and dynamic. It’s about being the best overall athlete — and human — we can possibly be. Though this ideal existence is hard to quantify, it does exist...and CBD might be the perfect catalyst to take us there.