CBD oil has quickly entered the health industry as a revolutionary new product, hitting the shelves of a number of health stores throughout the UK. It is thought to be a miracle product with the abilities to not only reduce muscle soreness but also control epilepsy. But what is CBD oil and is it really such a miracle in the health and fitness industry?
So CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant. Woah! Does this mean you can get high? No! THC is the active component in cannabis which gives you that ‘high’ psychoactive effect. CBD is not psychoactive, it will not get you high but this also makes it legal in the UK. It comes with a number of benefits along with reducing muscle soreness, aiding sleep, helping with skin conditions such as acne and eczema and even helping anxiety. But what research is there to support any of these claims?
A 2010 study found that CBD induces antidepressant-like effects comparable to that of anti-depressant medication. Meaning that the oil can help to reduce anxiety, aid sleep and also stabilise emotions. Other research has found that CBD oil has anti-catabolic properties, which means it can slow down the breakdown of muscle mass, helping athletes to build and retain muscle. It has also been found to indirectly boost muscle growth by boosting stamina, with it’s anti-fatiguing properties. If you’re looking to lose fat and keep it off CBD oil can also help, showing to help regulate blood sugar and also lower cortisol levels, reducing chances of gaining weight and storing fat. If you’ve given it your all in the gym, CBD can help with it natural anti-inflammatory properties. Meaning you’ll get back in the gym with quicker recovery time without having to take any over the counter medicines.
So, how do you take the oil? The oil I tried from Elixir Botanics* is so simple to use, with just 2-3 drops with the eyedropper under your tongue daily. The hard bit is holding it under your tongue for a minute before swallowing and swilling it down with something tasty. Note that it doesn’t taste the best, it tastes like hemp but it’s bearable. I’m going to continue putting it through the test to see if I really do notice some changes. I’ve found my sleep patterns already improving and feeling much more chilled and less socially anxious. With so many benefits I think it’s a health product that you can’t not give a go. If you do you want to give it a go you can use my code LAURA10 for discount and 25% of all proceeds will go to the fantastic Mental Health Muscle, a non-profit organisation who promote a healthy mind through exercise.