What Is CBD?

Chances are, you’ve heard someone mention they’ve begun taking CBD oil (or some other form of CBD) to help them feel better. Maybe it was your mom, hoping to finally get some decent sleep after years of insomnia. Or perhaps it was that triathlete coworker who’s been dealing with muscle aches courtesy of a killer training schedule. Or maybe it was your neighbor, the one mentions his chronic back pain every time you strike up a conversation. Wherever you heard it, you may be wondering: What is CBD, anyway?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant that works with your body’s endocannabinoid system to help bring your health back into balance. CBD oil and other products, which are often derived from hemp (a type of cannabis), can help your body in many ways, including:

  • Relieving pain
  • Helping you recover from injury
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Encouraging better sleep
  • Soothing anxiety and stress
  • Minimizing digestive issues
  • Helping get rid of migraines and other types of headaches
  • Lessening the symptoms of arthritis and multiple sclerosis

With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder that CBD may seem like a dream come true for athletes and other people who love to exercise but aren’t so fond of the sore, tired muscles that can happen as a result. Not only can CBD help ease those muscles, alleviating pain, stiffness, and inflammation, but it can also relieve muscle spasms and help you get the sleep you need to be primed and ready for the next big race, hike, or bike ride.

Here’s another important thing to know about cannabidiol: Because it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC)—the psychoactive compound responsible for the high you feel when you smoke or ingest cannabis—taking CBD won’t make you high or cause you to fail a drug test.

With no side effects, CBD is also an excellent replacement for opioids and NSAIDS (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) for folks who are trying to conquer chronic or acute pain, like those with arthritis or recurring back pain. What’s more, CBD is all-natural, non-addictive, and non-toxic.

There are three main categories of CBD products: CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD. (Check out our blog post on “What Are the Different Types of CBD?” for more info.) CBD isolate, the type used in all CBD Sport Solutions products, is the purest form of CBD. It comes in oil, often as drops that are taken under your tongue; capsules that are easily swallowed; gummies that can be chewed; and salves or lotions that can be applied to the skin to treat pain. CBD oils and salves tend to begin working faster, while capsules and gummies may take a little longer.

CBD affects everyone differently. Some may find relief in a very small dose while others may require more to benefit from its effects. Always start with the lowest dosage, then increase it as needed. You can even give CBD to your pet to help ease chronic pain and anxiety—during thunderstorms or car rides, for example. Just be sure to give your furry friend the smallest dosage.

There’s a reason people are talking about CBD. This all-natural compound can actually help heal your body so you can start—and stay—feeling your very best. Doesn’t it deserve a spot in your gym bag or daypack?

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