The Endocannabinoid System: What it is & Why Athletes Should Care

December 11, 2017

Highly competitive athletes to weekend warriors should understand and care about their endocannabinoid systems. Here’s why!

So you’ve likely heard a little bit about cannabinoids like CBD and how they can help your body maintain balance for peak performance. But how do they work? And why should you, as someone who lives by the “work hard, play hard” motto, even care?

Your Endocannabinoid System: Balance and Performance

Everybody has an endocannabinoid system, a signaling network that keeps our functions in check. Your endocannabinoid system is working continuously to keep things like your mood, sleep patterns, appetite, memory, metabolism, and pain and immune responses right where they should be – in balance.

Your endocannabinoid system is made up of three mechanisms:

  • Cannabinoids
  • Cannabinoid receptors
  • Enzymes that create and break down cannabinoids

Together, these three mechanisms come to the rescue and trigger adjustments whenever the functions get out of whack.

Let’s say for example that your metabolic rate creeps outside its ideal level. The endocannabinoid system responds by triggering the release of the enzymes, which synthesizes cannabinoids.

These cannabinoids – Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol – then bind to cannabinoid receptors located all throughout your body.

The endocannabinoid system predominantly consists of two types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1, located in the brain and central nervous system, and CB2, found throughout the peripheral nervous system, which is all throughout your body.

Once activated, the cannabinoid receptors control the passage of proteins between cells, sending out signals for the body to make the adjustments necessary to get your function, in this case your metabolic rate, back to the level where it should be.

Fun fact? Scientists believe that Anandamide (a cannabinoid your body produces by itself) is responsible for that “runner’s high” you feel after a good workout.

And You Should Care About Your Endocannabinoid System Because?

No matter whether you’re training for your first 5K or have your sights on the next Olympic Games, your ability to perform at your highest level is highly dependent on how efficient your endocannabinoid system can keep your functions in balance.

Your endocannabinoid system has a direct impact on your performance and recovery, playing a significant role in your efforts to reach high levels of athletic achievement.

Just take a look at some of the functions that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating:

Everything from the inflammation you experience after a strenuous lift to your body’s ability to having fuel ready to deliver to your working muscles is influenced by the endocannabinoid system’s ability to keep your functions in check.

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Adding CBD to Your Daily Workout Routine

Over the years, serious athletes to weekend warriors have started to support their endocannabinoid systems by incorporating plant-derived cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) into their wellness routine.

Naturally-occurring plant-derived cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) like CBD share a similar molecular structure to the cannabinoids that your body synthesizes. This means they’re able to interact with cannabinoid receptors, supporting the endocannabinoid system’s efforts as it regulates the body’s natural functions.

CBD oil that’s extracted from hemp also contains other healthy cannabinoids, terpenes, nutritious omega fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It’s an ideal wellness product for athletes of all levels.

Plus, because CBD oil is extracted from hemp and not marijuana, it doesn’t contain THC, so you won’t be slowed down or have your coordination impacted by the annoyance of a “high.”

Get Started with Dixie Botanicals® CBD Products

Dixie Botanicals® offers a line of hemp-derived CBD oil products that is ideal for athletes interested in adding CBD into their regimens.

We comply with the FDA’s guidelines and cannot endorse any specific benefits of CBD or our products. We encourage you to look up the thousands of studies on CBD that are out there and to talk with your doctor.

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