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5E Hemp: Your Gym Spotter

By Alec Rutherford June 16, 2020 0 comments

Is It Better to Take Hemp Before or After a Workout?

With hemp products permeating vast aspects of pop culture, as well as mainstream wellness news, the big question fitness fanatics have now is: should you take it before or after your workout?

The Answer is…Yes!

Hemp is without doubt an effective, safe alternative to reduce pain and inflammation following a tough workout, and when to use this cannabinoid all depends on your chosen method of consumption. Topicals can be applied directly to the affected area to target specific pain and inflammation, but for maximum results and to boost your endocannabinoid system it is recommended to add one of our other products, like the T5K Tincture, prior to the session.

The goal is to have the hemp working at full capacity in your body once your training is completed. For example, if you plan on training for an hour and you like using tincture then you should take your drops just before you start training.

Everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system, and so there is no dosage that is ‘one size fits all’. Most people consume between 25 mg to 200 mg per day depending on levels of inflammation, pain, etc. The best method is to start low and slow until you find the optimum dosage that works best for you personally.

You will be glad you did because there are so many benefits!

This non-intoxicating compound from the cannabis plant has been described by scientists as a pharmacological wonder due to its vast array of benefits, such as...

Reduce Inflammation:
We all know the feeling of aching tired muscles following a workout (or DOMS as it is technically known). Hemp has been shown in numerous studies as a powerful anti-inflammatory with analgesic effects to reduce the pain associated with it.
Lower Cortisol Levels:
A workout is perceived as stress to the body and as such cortisol will be produced. Although it does have some positive effects, cortisol can reduce protein synthesis which will hinder muscle growth and recovery. While the hormone is vital for controlling blood sugar, regulating metabolism, and many other bodily functions, it can also be detrimental in a number of ways. Too much of the hormone has been linked to a number of cancers as well as some mental disorders. Hemp regulates cortisol. 
Prolong Runner's High:
The brain releases an endogenous compound known as anandamide which produces the bliss feeling post-workout. Unfortunately, it is quickly eradicated from the body by an enzyme known as FAAH. Thankfully, hemp has been shown to inhibit FAAH thereby prolonging the feel-good runners high.
Circulation & Blood Flow:
When applied topically, hemp can dilate your blood vessels, allowing fresh oxygenated blood to flow more easily. For runners, hemp is a natural alternative to aid blood circulation.
Relaxing Anti-Anxiety Effects:
Hemp is maybe best-known for its anti-anxiety relaxing effects which may aid a good night's sleep to promote recovery in the body.

Reach Your Goals

The emergence of hemp consumption and use for athletes and fitness fanatics could mark a major turning point in how people recover from the stress of training, and manage both occasional and chronic pain. When pushing yourself, also be sure to reward your body with what it needs to bounce back. 

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