Is CBD the key to getting back to peak performance quicker?
BY BRETT WILLIAMS
When you think about a weed leaf, what type of image comes to mind? A giggling hippy with a taste for reggae, or a strong, healthy athlete?
It’s probably the former. Cannabis plants have long been associated with stoners and Doritos, making 4/20 a holy day for layabouts to do nothing but smoke up and chill out.
That perception could soon change. If a strong push from a quickly growing industry has anything to say about it, cannabis and its byproducts could soon be considered as essential as vitamin supplements to keeping you active and healthy.
You might have already seen cannabis-based recovery products floating around the gym, especially if you’re in a weed-friendly state out west. So, what’s the deal? Are you opening a gateway if you try one out?
The key to your experience with a cannabis byproduct all comes down to the cannabinoids. These are the chemical compounds found in different types of cannabis plants, like marijuana and hemp. There are thought to be over 100 different varieties of cannabinoids, but most attention goes to the two most significant: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Marijuana as we’re most familiar with it is grown (and smoked and eaten) for THC, which has the psychoactive properties your burnout buddies love. Hemp, meanwhile, is heavy on CBD, which is non-psychoactive, so there’s no high when ingested.