Running on CBD: Can CBD Improve Your Running Performance?
CBD can help keep your body and its functions balanced while you’re out on your training runs.
No matter whether you’re an experienced marathon runner or a jogging rookie, incorporating CBD supplements into your running regimen can help your body stay balanced for peak performance.
Whenever you’re out for a run, a whole host of things are going on inside your body. By stimulating your body’s native systems, CBD can help ensure an array of functions operate efficiently and at their best.
What Happens to Your Body When You Run
Strenuous physical activities like running challenge various physiological systems in your body.
Of course, muscles like your glutes, quadriceps, hip flexors, calves, and abdominals work to move your legs forward and back and keep your torso upright.
As soon as you take off, your heart rate and breathing rates must quicken to accommodate the greater need to deliver oxygenated blood to your working muscles. Your body drives blood away from areas like the digestive system so that more can go toward your muscle cells, and your blood vessels dilate to facilitate blood flow.
At the same time, your muscles start using energy molecules made from food called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). While your muscle cells keep small stores of ATP floating around for immediate use, your body must quickly create more ATP, which it obtains by burning fuels such as fats and carbohydrates in a series of chemical reactions. More oxygen is needed for these processes, so your breathing rate will typically pick up even more.
Your body temperature also increases as you run, as the aerobic metabolic reactions that are working to deliver fuel to your muscles cause excess heat. Your sweating mechanism kicks in, allowing that heat to leave the body as the fluid evaporates, so that you keep a safe internal temperature.
As you get in better running shape, your body gets more efficient at all these processes, efficiently shuttling oxygen and fuel so that your muscles are able to work longer.
CBD and Balance
An all-natural cannabinoid found in cannabis plants like hemp, CBD augments our body’s own synthesized cannabinoids to help our major regulatory network – the endocannabinoid system — keep functions running smoothly.
The endocannabinoid system, no matter whether you’re running or at rest, is tasked with keeping in balance a whole host of functions, some of which include:
Everything from the inflammation you experience after fartlek runs or hill repeats, to your body’s ability to deliver fuel to your working muscles, is dependent on your endocannabinoid system performing optimally.
Naturally occurring plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system through the system’s cannabinoid receptors, found in the brain and central nervous system. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, it supports the system’s efforts as it works to regulate your body’s natural functions.
Plus, because CBD oil is extracted from hemp, it contains trace to no levels of THC. This means you can experience the natural balancing properties of CBD while you’re running and not have to worry about being slowed down or having your coordination impacted by a euphoric “high.”
Ways to Incorporate CBD Into Your Running Regimen
For runners interested in adding CBD supplements to facilitate their running workouts, Dixie Botanicals® offers a variety of products that lend themselves well to a pre-run routine.
For those looking for a smaller serving of CBD to help support their run, Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drop tinctures are ideal. Combining award-winning CBD hemp oil with vegetable glycerin, Dew Drop tinctures can be placed under the tongue and absorbed through the mouth for fast absorption. These CBD tinctures come in 1-ounce or 2-ounce dropper-top bottles, which are compact enough to slip into any waist pack.
With a growing body of research revealing that caffeine can help boost running performance, many runners find that taking a Dixie Botanicals® Kicks energy chews before training can provide an all-natural balancing energy boost. Kicks are bite-sized energy chews that contain award winning hemp-derived CBD, 100 mg of caffeine and energizing B vitamins. Available in Chocolate and Sour Apple, Kicks provide a natural, sustained boost of energy. If you’re a runner who prefers to not have caffeine before a run, our Mango Citrus Kicks offer 60 mcg of Vitamin D3 instead.
Running can do a number on your joints and muscles. Many athletes have found incorporating a CBD topical into their pre-training routine is beneficial. Infused with CBD hemp oil, Dixie Botanicals® Salvation Balm allows CBD and the other active compounds in the balm to be absorbed through the skin. Before your training run, massage the balm into your sore muscles and joints, directing the natural balancing benefits of CBD right where they’re needed most.
Take it Slow and Listen to Your Body
Once you decide CBD supplements can be a beneficial component to your running regimen, it is recommended that you start out with a lower serving of CBD and gradually increase your intake as necessary.
CBD can affect everyone differently. While most athletes describe CBD supplements as helping them get “into the flow” or “more focused,” some have reported feeling relaxed and in some cases drowsy. This may not be ideal for you and your training.
Dialing in on the ideal timing and serving size of CBD supplements can take a little trial-and-error. You may want to first try adding CBD before a shorter, less intense training run until you have a better grasp on how your body will respond.
Get Started with CBD Supplements
Athletes of all levels have discovered the natural benefits of incorporating CBD supplements into their training regimens.
Learn more about how CBD can boost performance and facilitate recovery by visiting the Dixie Botanicals® blog. Start adding CBD to your running regimen today by visiting the Dixie Botanicals® online shop.