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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) and its precursor CBDa are dominant “cannabinoid” compounds found in hemp and cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), another cannabinoid compound, CBD is not a psychoactive compound affecting a person’s perception or behavior.

What does CBD do?

Think about it like this – each of us have small key holes in our brain that have a corresponding key, which is usually in the form of a compound. This can be a compound from inside the body or from outside the body, which is the case for CBD. We have CBD receptors on our brain (key hole) that respond, or react to, the CBD (the key).

CBD has been widely studied and results show that our bodies react in a positive way when CBD fits its receptors in our brain. Therefore, CBD is considered a beneficial compound. CBD has been shown to be helpful for:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Improving sleep
  • Relieving symptoms of PTSD and other clinical applications such as glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease
  • Relieving pain
  • Decreasing delayed onset of muscle soreness 

Let’s hone in on sleep, then muscle soreness. Research suggests that CBD may affect the sleep-wake cycle, and provide a slight stimulatory effect in the morning and a sedating effect at night before sleep. This suggests a synergistic relationship with our natural sleep wake hormones and is a safer alternative compared to melatonin supplements. Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycle and is produced in our pineal gland. Supplementation with melatonin may disrupt our natural secretion of this important sleep hormone. Rather, supplementation with CBD works synergistically with natural melatonin to help improve sleep. One study even showed that people with a history of insomnia improved their sleep scores by 66.7% when supplementing with CBD 30 minutes before bed (Shannon, Perm J 2019)!

With regard to pain, CBD is better absorbed through the skin than THC and is often used to treat muscle or joint pain. CBD creams, oils, and lotions (topical CBD) may decrease delayed onset of muscle soreness. For example, research has shown that soreness is decreased 48 hours after a series of squats when using CBD compared to a placebo. The same is true for patients with chronic pain disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis (Blake, Rheumatology (Oxford) 2006).

MagMile CrossFit is now offering CBD products to help our members attain optimal sleep and reduce muscle soreness so that we can perform at our highest ability during each training session! Look for the Complete Oil and CBD Sport Lotion by Bluebird Botanicals at the front desk. Simply drop an appropriate serving of the oil underneath the tongue and allow to dissolve, and/or use the topical lotion on areas of soreness about 30 minutes before bed!