Sports & Cannabis – these 6 ways cannabis shortens recovery time

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Sport is very healthy. Cannabis is very healthy. And damn if it’s not true, you can also use cannabis very usefully during sports! For example to promote your recovery after the physical exertion. In this article, we’ll give you six excellent reasons why weed and workouts are a match made in heaven.

Athletes at all levels have one thing in common. They want to minimize their recovery time after a workout. That’s why elite athletes in particular are constantly experimenting to see if they can improve this important part of their training cycle. Find out here 6 ways cannabis shortens recovery time after exercise.

#1 Reducing Pain

One of the most powerful properties of cannabis is that it relieves pain. Research shows that cannabis is even 30 times more potent than aspirin. It is therefore not surprising that cannabis has been touted for decades as a painkiller for various problems, from fibromyalgia, arthritis until degenerative disorders and much more.

Many people are not aware that avid and competitive athletes are in almost constant pain. Exhausting training sessions performed several times a day are a heavy burden on the body. Some athletes work out as much as three times a day; then you can be sure that pain will occur. Not during training, but after.

There are two types of pain after a workout. The first is delayed-onset muscle soreness. It usually occurs two days after a particularly strenuous training session. This is good pain; it contributes to muscle recovery and – more importantly – muscle growth. But it is pain nonetheless. For example, after an intensive leg workout, an athlete will have difficulty walking for several days. That is the norm, day after day, week after week. By the time they’re healed, it’s time for another leg session.

The second pain comes from old-fashioned wear and tear. The body is not so forgiving for people who want to be competitive in a sport. The cartilage in a knee can wear out or an old shoulder injury suddenly reappears. The long-term load on the body will show itself in various forms. Therefore, many athletes eventually turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or opiate-based drugs to cope with the pain.

Time and again, cannabis has proven to be a much healthier alternative to pain. Also pain that athletes have to deal with on a daily basis. So are you an athlete with regular sports-related pain? Then try cannabis as a pain reliever.

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#2 Reduce swelling and inflammation

Muscle, joint and tendon infections are more common in contact sports such as football [Shutterstock/Dziurek]

Muscle, joint and tendon infections are common in athletes at all levels. Especially in contact sports such as football or mixed martial arts. Even if you train hard, you sometimes get injured; that’s part of it.

A common example is tendonitis in various parts of the body. This is usually caused by overuse that can leave the body in an inflamed state for too long. Sometimes diet and lifestyle choices also play a role.

Anyone who has had tendonitis knows that it is painful and limits various movements. But also that healing can take a long time. Consuming cannabis daily can help reduce such inflammation. Especially when combined with a diet plan that restricts all foods that contribute to this process such as sugar and other fast carbohydrates, refined fats and processed foods with many artificial additives.

Cannabis alone will yield great results. But when you combine it in the right way with the right holistic approach, it can be truly life-changing.

#3 Recovery of tendons and bones

One of the many benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) is that it has positive effects on the healing of tendons and bone tissue. A study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research showed that CBD, when properly administered, helps to heal fractures faster. In fact, the study showed that bones were less likely to break again in that same area.

This is partly due to the direct effect of CBD on the inhibition of the G-protein-coupled receptor 55. If this receptor becomes overstimulated, bone loss can accelerate. This leads to a softening of bones and even contributes to conditions such as osteoporosis† CBD has been shown to prevent this and promote better bone density.

#4 Slow appetite

Weed contributes to a better appetite. [Shutterstock/RomarioIen, bewerkt door MWS]

Point #2 covered the importance of good nutrition. The difference between an athlete who eats well and gets their prescribed meals and an athlete who misses two meals because of a lack of appetite is huge. It affects not only recovery but also performance during the next training session.

Sometimes athletes cannot take enough meals a day. So they cannot replenish what they have lost during their training sessions. But if you don’t get the right amount of protein, healthy fats and essential carbohydrates, you will not recover sufficiently. Weed can be very beneficial for athletes who find it difficult to meet calorie requirements.

This is especially true for athletes who need to eat up to seven meals a day. If they realize at meal five that they have two to go, food can be quite a struggle. Some athletes therefore prefer a hybrid high in THC to increase their appetite after losing enthusiasm for another meal. Others use a earlier in the day sativa dominant strain to keep their appetites up all day long.

There are other ways to simulate appetite, but the effectiveness of cannabis is unparalleled and preferred over drugs known to increase appetite.

ALSO READ: Research proves: cannabis affects appetite

The benefits of CBD oil for athletes (and of course also for people who see sport only as a step on a ladder)… [beeld: ST.art/Shutterstock]

#5 Neurological damage

One of the oldest lies we’ve been told about cannabis is that it destroys brain cells and makes you dumb. In fact, it does the exact opposite.

Neurogenesis refers to the growth and development of neurons in the brain. While scientists used to believe that this couldn’t happen after the embryonic development stage, they now understand that it still happens. Even as we get older. One of the most beneficial cannabinoids to help with this is THCA.

Everyone is familiar with THC, but not so many people understand the benefits of THCA† This compound is likely to have neuroprotective properties. One of the best ways to get your dose of THCA is to process fresh weed in a smoothie.

Cannabis is known to show promise in the symptoms of neurological disorders ranging from Alzheimer until multiple sclerose until epilepsy† Scientists have found that THC and CBD not only reduce inflammation in the brain, but also lower excitotoxicity. That’s cellular damage in the brain when receptors overactivate. All of this is why more and more NFL players are turning to cannabis to recover from brain trauma.

ALSO READ: Cannabis restores brain to ideal health

#6 Sleep quality and quantity

It can be difficult to go to sleep after an intense workout. Weed helps. [Shutterstock/Flamingo Images]

Good nutrition and adequate rest are actually the biggest factors for a good recovery. Weed is also a well-known means of improving sleep quality. And if an athlete gets enough sleep, the body can repair muscle damage. Body cells are recycled and a cascade of different hormones is activated for muscle growth and repair. If sleep time or sleep quality is negatively affected, it will greatly increase recovery time.

Cannabis has been proven to improve sleep duration and quality. When an athlete gets a good night’s sleep, it significantly improves their performance. When it comes to improving sleep, indica-dominant cannabisproducten usually the best. Indica provides muscle relaxation and peace of mind.

Conclusion: worth a try

While many supplements and even performance-enhancing drugs serve their immediate purpose, cannabis appears to benefit in many different areas. And all those areas together ultimately result in a shorter recovery time. The faster you recover, the more training sessions you can fit into a specific cycle. And that ultimately benefits your performance on a competition day, for example.

This is especially helpful for athletes who are less likely to recover. Every person is different and so is the recovery time of every body. This has to do with genetic factors, recovery methods, sleep quality, nutritional deficiencies and external factors. Powerlifter and sports nutritionist Anthony Ricciuto finds that athletes who need 72 hours to recover can shorten that period to 48 hours with cannabis. In addition, weed is a natural remedy and non-toxic.

ALSO SEE: Video – Ex-top athlete talks about his favorite supplement: cannabis oil

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