Exercising is an essential aspect of maintaining good physical and mental health. The same might be said of cannabinoids like CBD, D8 and D9 THC. However, many people are unsure about combining the two, exercising while feeling the effects. So let’s take a minute to explore a few potential benefits and risks of doing so.
First, let's start by defining cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants. There are over 100 cannabinoids, but the most well-known are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis use, while CBD is non-psychoactive and is known for its various health benefits. ValuSesh offers low-cost THC.
One of the potential benefits of combining cannabinoids and exercise is their ability to reduce inflammation. Both THC and CBD have anti-inflammatory properties, which can aid in the biological recovery process post-workout. Inflammation is a natural response to exercise, but excessive inflammation can lead to muscle soreness and even injury. So the effects may help well after you leave the gym, and expedite how fast it takes to feel better.
Another obvious point is that cannabinoids typically alleviate pain, which can make exercising more comfortable. Exercise-induced pain can discourage people from continuing their workout regimen, but using cannabinoids may help to alleviate this discomfort and encourage more consistent exercise habits.
Additionally, using cannabinoids may help to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety, but some people may find it difficult to relax and calm their mind during a workout. By using cannabinoids, individuals may be able to achieve a more relaxed state during exercise, which can enhance their overall experience.
However, it's important to note that there are potential risks associated with exercising while using cannabinoids. For example, THC can impair coordination and judgment, which can increase the risk of injury. If feeling a slight body buzz makes you prone to over-working or overestimating your ability, definitely don’t try squats and dead lifts after consumption. Additionally, smoking or vaping cannabis can have negative effects on lung function, which can impact your overall performance anyway, especially before intense cardio.
The effects of cannabinoids can vary depending on the individual's body composition, metabolism, and the method of consumption. That’s why it’s best to start with a low dose and monitor how your body responds before increasing your intake. You should also begin with low-impact, low-risk exercise that won’t risk you breaking a leg if you suddenly lose your focus or composure.
And finally, it’s got to be said, everyone’s different. While some of us (wink wink) would rather call “golf” exercise, or absolutely hate to jog any further than from the shower to the towel rack, others are compelled to do push-ups while they “sit around.” With such a huge spectrum of tolerance, physical awareness and overall enjoyment one gets from exercise, it’s safe to say this is a gray-as-fudge issue. Every single one of us is going to have a different perspective and preference.
As with any new exercise routine or lifestyle change, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting, and to listen to your body's signals throughout the experience.