BY STEVE BORN
Now that spring is here, so too are the hopes of warmer weather and longer days ahead. Needless to say, we're all eager to increase our training volume and intensity in preparation for our key events that are still to come.
Never forget that while what we do in our workouts is obviously important, all of the gains we make occur in the time between them. Recover thoroughly and you'll enjoy some noticeably serious improvements in the quality of all your training sessions. Getting adequate sleep and managing soreness are key to repairing your body for the next workout. Enter CBD - one of the most revolutionary advances in sports medicine in recent memory. Adding CBD to your regimen is a simple step to promote deep sleep and help reduce aches and swelling, among a myriad of other benefits.
Perhaps you already have a pretty good recovery arsenal put together - Recoverite, Super Antioxidant, AO Booster, Tissue Rejuvenator, and more - but one extremely important piece of the recovery puzzle that you really must incorporate is Hammer CBD. Here's why:
CBD is short for cannabidiol (pronounced can-uh-bih-DIE-all), one of over 60 compounds called cannabinoids (pronounced kuh-NAB-in-oyds) that are found in the hemp plant. A number of cannabinoids are produced in the human body as well. Cannabinoids act on receptors found in the cells that are part of the body's endocannabinoid system, a system that regulates key aspects of our biology. The two major cannabinoid receptors are:
- Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1): These receptors are found throughout the body, though they are primarily located in the brain. Among the many areas of human health that CB1 receptors regulate is immune system function and sleep, both of which are crucially important components for recovery.
- Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2): These receptors are found mainly in the immune system throughout the body. When CB2 receptors are activated, they work to reduce soreness, aches, and pain.
When we use a CBD product, not only do we receive the benefits that those cannabinoids we're consuming provide, we are also - and this is arguably the main benefit - activating and positively influencing how our built-in cannabinoid receptors work. In taking a CBD product, we aren't overriding the body and how it wants to naturally work. We are simply enhancing how it works and helping it work more efficiently.
In addition to the plethora of benefits supplied by the broad-spectrum Hammer CBD formula (sans THC, of course), we also benefit from the numerous terpenes that naturally occur in the product. Terpenes are organic compounds found in many plants that contribute to the color, scent, and flavor of the plant (mint, basil, and other similar herbs are good examples of terpene-rich plants). There are over 100 different terpenes found in hemp, none of which have psychoactive properties. Terpenes have a number of health-benefitting properties and it is believed that the terpenes found in hemp work synergistically with the various cannabinoids also found in the plant. Thus, terpenes enhance the overall health benefits you can get from cannabinoids while supplying specific benefits of their own.
Taking nothing away from any of the other Hammer Nutrition supplements or fuels that you're using for recovery (because they're all valuable!), Hammer CBD is one that you absolutely must add to your regimen.
Apply Hammer CBD Balm to the skin to get quick-acting and thorough relief for those problem sore areas (knees, tendons, etc.). Use Hammer CBD Softgels or Hammer CBD Tincture on a daily basis to supply numerous benefits, especially in regard to helping alleviate aches and soreness, supporting strong immunity, and achieving the quality sleep you need.
Derived from organically grown, non-GMO, USA-raised hemp, all Hammer CBD products contain a broad spectrum of highly beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. They're all 100% THC-free and none will cause a positive result on any drug test, athletic or otherwise.