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Getting Sweaty with CBD: Fitness and Cannabis

by Kelsy Chauvin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday April 17, 2021

Maybe you work out regularly. Perhaps you want to start. CBD can help.

The CBD craze has taken root in many current lifestyle trends, but its benefits around our exercise routines prove to be some of the most surprising. Cannabis compounds support the all-important endocannabinoid system, which in turn helps every other human system —nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, etc. — plus other physiological processes.

CBD (cannabidiol) is derived from hemp, a versatile cannabis plant. Hemp isn't like its cannabis cousin, marijuana, because it contains barely any THC (.03% or less), the compound that sparks a psychoactive "high."

Instead, CBD is natural compound that our bodies store and utilize when needed. Most notably, it may reduce inflammation, one of the body's biggest everyday afflictions. And by helping the endocannabinoid system, CBD gives the body a better shot at improving natural function and healing.

What does that mean for a good workout? Among its many benefits, CBD may lead to more energy, looser joints, healthier circulation and better flexibility. While research is still unfolding around CBD's potential in the fitness realm, fans are already getting physical with CBD.

Pain and Inflammation Reduction
Inflammation is the body saying "something is wrong." It's often a problem in our joints, but it may occur in muscles, ligaments and other vital body parts, too. When you're feeling lousy with chronic aches, swelling, or acute pain, consider CBD. Try putting a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue or rubbing CBD balm at the pain point. It may take a few doses or applications, but in time, you may find your soreness diminishing or even disappearing.

Tweedle Farms, Oregon's first farm-to-table cannabis cultivator, offers reliable tinctures and topicals grown by independent farmers.

Performance and Endurance
Once you're ready to amp up your workout, CBD can get you in the right headspace. Its long been favored for alleviating stress and anxiety, which can inhibit athletic performance. The benefit may be indirect, but less angst and discomfort leave more space to focus. A CBD mint or gummy may help you find your groove before a game, long run or workout session.

Muscle Recovery
Working up a sweat with rigorous cardio routines or weight lifting feels great in the long term. In the short term, however, soreness can catch up with us. Tiny tears in muscle tissue are inevitable when building strength, as are occasional injuries.

Tweedle Farms handmade CBD Muscle Rub combines a variety of nourishing oils infused with a high concentration of cannabinoids. It also contains arnica, a plant that provides well-established therapeutic benefits, and an essential oil blend including cooling camphor and peppermint. as well as a lovely essential oil blend rich in cooling oils like Camphor and Peppermint.

For targeted relief, consider the transdermal relief spray, made with aloe vera, witch hazel and 200mg of CBD.

Rest Is Best
A good night's sleep lets our bodies and minds heal and recover and gets us energized for the next day's workout. When considering sleep, many look toward products with high concentrations of CBN, another cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Tweedle Farms offers offers a 2:1 CBD/CBN tincture, as well as CBN-rich sublingual tablets.

Flower Power
Tweedle Farms specializes in growing hemp rich in CBD. While it manufactures a variety of edible, topical, concentrated (wax), and other products, the company is best known for its CBD flower. Smoking or dry-herb vaping its flower (also sold as small buds, shake, and pre-rolls) delivers an immediate effect. If you have trouble falling asleep, wake up frequently or suffer from insomnia, CBD flower may help send you off to dreamland and have you waking up feeling rested and revitalized.

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Kelsy Chauvin is a writer, photographer and marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, feature journalism, art, theater, architecture, construction and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.