Several weeks after a hysterectomy last spring, Bo Roth was suffering from exhaustion and pain that kept her on the couch much of the day. The 58-year-old Seattle speech coach didn’t want to take opioid pain-killers, but Tylenol wasn’t helping enough. Roth was intrigued when women in her online chat group enthused about a cannabis-derived oil called cannabidiol (CBD) that they said relieved pain without making them high. So Roth, who hadn’t smoked weed since college but lived in a state where cannabis was legal, walked into a dispensary and bought a CBD tincture.
“Buying from a reputable manufacturer is crucial, because it matters how the plant is cultivated and processed,” Dr. Maroon says. One clue that a company is cutting corners: too low a cost. Good CBD is pricey—a bottle of high-quality capsules is sold in Cohen’s office for $140. But for many, it’s worth the money. Roth spent $60 on her tiny bottle. But when her energy returned the day she started taking CBD, she decided that was a small price to pay.
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system; this system exists to keep our bodies in balance. Most of the time when someone is overweight there is one main culprit that leads to them struggling with weight loss: metabolism. Metabolism and weight loss are very connected because your metabolism is what converts food into energy in the body. It’s also responsible for the body’s ability to burn calories and the rate at which it does so.
CBD Oil has been found to provide the type of benefits offered by anti-catabolic supplements plus a lot of other upsides. The anti-catabolic effects of CBD oil help bodybuilders to grow muscle mass fast – this is most effective for bodybuilders who are using CBD as a pre-workout supplement. Best results are from a CBD oil dosage from 10 to 50 mg per day prior to the workouts.
The previously mentioned study which established improved mitochondrial function with CBD use also observed that CBD stimulates gene expression within white fat cells. This initiates the “browning” of these cells. This mechanism shows promise with converting hard-to-lose white fat into a more easily burnable form. Additionally, researchers found that CBD decreased the rate of new fat cell creation.
CBD Oil can have seriously positive benefits for bodybuilders. CBD is a powerful cannabinoid found in certain strains of hemp or cannabis. In the field of muscle building, there are 2 main types of supplements. The first is anabolic supplements which enable increased anabolic hormone production in the body. This, in turn, increases protein synthesis which makes muscle grow faster. The second type is anti-catabolic supplements which also help bodybuilders grow muscle faster but without the side effects and downsides generally associated with the using anabolic supplements or steroids.
Lisa Hamilton, a jeweler and doula in Brooklyn, NY, knows about the side effects. She recently tried CBD for the shoulder pain that plagued her five years after an accident. Her doctor certified that she was in chronic pain, which under New York State law allowed her to buy from a state dispensary. One Friday, she swallowed two 10-mg capsules, the amount recommended at the dispensary, then took another two on Saturday. “By Sunday, it felt like I’d gotten hit by a truck. Every muscle and joint ached,” Hamilton says. She cut back to one pill a day the following week, but still felt hungover. She stopped after that.
There are many additional benefits offered by CBD Oil to bodybuilders. It can be used to reduce pain and inflammation, acheive better quality sleep and rest (important for muscle recovery and repair), increase appetite, help with strengthening bones and joints, manage stress, anxiety and depression, and (common for many bodybuilders) reduce constipation. Because CBD is a modulator it will work through the CB1 and CB2 brain receptors to respond to imbalances in the body systems.
To make matters more confusing, nine states (including California, Washington, and Colorado) let residents buy cannabis-based products with or without THC. Nearly two dozen other “medical marijuana states” allow the sale of cannabis, including capsules, tinctures, and other items containing CBD or THC, at licensed dispensaries to people whose doctors have certified that they have an approved condition (the list varies by state but includes chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, autism, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis). Sixteen more states legalized CBD for certain diseases.

Before you can make an educated decision about whether to add CBD oil into your fitness and/or bodybuilding workout regimen you need to know what it is. CBD oil is made from marijuana plants. Now before you stop reading because you have no interest in using an illegal drug, which is very smart and responsible, be aware that CBD oil is not an illegal substance.
Unfortunately, THC needs to be removed from its schedule 1 status before we can study the full relationship and extent of the entourage effect. The line of thinking is there exists a perfect ratio between THC, CBD, and the rest of the phytocannabinoids — this ratio could only cause a slight and manageable high, or still none at all — high levels of CBD will counteract THC’s psychoactive properties.
Moreover, the inconsistency (to put it mildly) of the weight loss “industry” is probably more sketchy and less regulated than the current state of the cannabis industry. Google ‘weight loss scams,’ for instance, and you get 5.76 million search results! There have been some shocking scams over the years, including vibration machines, weight loss pills (containing poisons such as arsenic), and ‘Vision-Dieter Glasses,’ just to name a few.
All in all, current research shows us that we will experience the most significant degree of therapeutic relief when all the cannabinoids and the terpenes —  essential oils that produce the plant’s aromas —  are in the oil. Even adding just a little THC in CBD oil can greatly improve the medical properties because of the phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
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