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How to Use CBD (Cannabidiol) to Optimise Your Performance and Recovery

Optimise your performance and recovery now.

Do you want to optimise your performance in CrossFit® and support your body during regeneration? Then you should try using CBD preparations. This secret weapon of many athletes is already part of the daily routine of a lot of CrossFit® athletes.

CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) belongs to the family of cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. This family also includes THC, which is psychoactive. CBD, on the other hand, has been in the focus of clinical research for years because it has no intoxicating and psychoactive effects, but many positive benefits for your body.

That’s why according to the latest case law, CBD oil is legally available in Germany. So you can use its positive effects in drop form without hesitation. However, it is important to note that CBD oil is not the same as cannabis oil.

Train hard, recovery well

In order to understand the diversity of effects, it is particularly important to understand the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is part of the animal nervous system and consists of two receptors (CB1 and CB2), as well as several enzymes and signalling molecules, including CBD.

If CBD now docks onto these special receptors, like the right key being put into a lock, the ECS is set in motion. This in turn activates various mechanisms which are interesting for you as an athlete.

CBD IN SPORT

Each intensive training session leads to minor inflammatory processes and injuries of the muscle fibres.

This is a natural process which leads to an increase in performance in the long term. CBD supports the healing process through its anti-inflammatory effect and ultimately leads to you being able to resume training faster. CBD is also involved in pain perception. If you suffer an injury through sport, you can use it to relieve pain. Many CB1 and CB2 receptors are located in nociceptive (pain-regulating) areas of the central nervous system.

In the case of pain, they are increasingly activated and contribute to relief. So you’ll be fit for your next competition more quickly. In this respect CBD has another advantage: As a professional CrossFit® athlete it does not fall under doping restrictions, because in 2017 it was removed from the list of prohibited substances by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).

REGENERATION WITH CBD

CBD also helps you to regenerate properly. Because you know: Every intensive training session includes relaxation and regeneration, so that you get better and better. CBD does not have a direct effect on sleep. The ECS is involved in the regulation of the emotional state. CBD can therefore have an anxiety-relieving and stress-reducing effect. As a result, you can sleep better and regenerate your muscles optimally. For the next training session you will be full of energy again.

Good sleep also leads to more precision when you perform exercises. Because your focus is sharper and your thoughts more concentrated. In CrossFit® every movement and every reaction counts. You can only reach your full potential if nothing stops you.

CBD DOSAGE FORMS

You can now buy CBD in various forms. These include oil, capsules, tablets, crystals and many more. CBD drops offer a very good absorption by the body.

These are dissolved in oil and can be placed on or under your tongue if required. CBD is thus already absorbed in the mouth through the mucous membranes and can unfold its effect more efficiently. According to studies, there is no uniform dosage recommendation. Once you have decided on a CBD oil, you should start with a small amount. Read the package insert carefully. After a few days you can increase the amount until you have achieved the desired effect.

Be your best self

The amount depends on your body weight, your metabolism and the area you want to optimise. Once the desired effect has been achieved, you no longer need to increase the dose. CBD oil is particularly well suited for this, as you can dose very precisely and individually with the pipette. Just try it out!

For even better regeneration, BRAINEFFECT has developed a CBD oil with an innovative combination of active ingredients. Because in addition to CBD you will find vitamin E, astaxanthin and curcuma in the oil. Vitamin E gives you exactly what your muscles need after exercise or in stressful times: a protective shield for your cells. Astaxanthin and Curcuma are natural antioxidants which provide additional support for your cells and ensure that you can quickly keep going again after intensive training sessions, and give everything you need. Try the RECOVER CBD from BRAINEFFECT now and convince yourself of the effectiveness coming from this ideal after-workout companion.

From now on nothing stops you from perfect recovery and performance in CrossFit®.

CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) belongs to the family of cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa and is widely used by athletes.

THE MANUAL

If you CrossFit, it has been hard to avoid coming across CBD in your social media feeds since the Games. Athletes like Brooke Ence, Kara Saunders, Bethany Shadburn and more have been posting about using it, either for themselves, their pets or both. CBD is here and it appears to be here to stay. With all that exposure, the questions come every day – but the number one question I get from my CrossFit friends about CBD, is either, “how much do I take?” or “Which product should I use?”

I am an avid CrossFitter, I compete with some regularity, and I use CBD every day. I am not a doctor (which should immediately tell you, you should listen to me more, because only 13% of medical schools even teach about the endocannabinoid system, (Colorado University is one of them, I got you Dan Levy!)

First, let’s be clear: You can’t overdose on CBD. Overdosing on CBD would be, I guess, you took a lot and feel really relaxed? The horror!

But you also don’t want to be using an unnecessary amount, because good CBD is not cheap (If your CBD is what you would consider “cheap” it’s probably because it’s trash) So I am going to break down what I take, how much I take and when I take it. This has worked extremely well for myself and a good friend, as we both have come back from injuries that basically shelved us for almost a year. We are both now back to training and competing, pain-free.

I use Pure Spectrum products because I know the hemp is grown right here in Colorado, at the largest USDA certified Organic Hemp farm in the United States. Getting that label from the USDA is not easy – and it covers everything from their growing practices, to how they harvest the plants and make the product. Pure Spectrum is big on their “Seed to Sale” transparency. In an industry where hustlers are always looking to increase their profit margins and are increasingly looking to places like China to import cheap, polluted, low quality CBD – I like knowing what I am putting in my body, is pure, organic hemp. They also post third-party lab tests of their product on their website. In the health and fitness industry or the supplement industry, that’s pretty rare.

So to make things easy for you guys, I broke down exactly what I take, when I take it and how much I take. I also have a list of my favorite products below, ranked in order of importance, to me. I hope this helps answer some of your questions.

Here is my daily CBD calendar:

Morning: Pure Spectrum Black Label Cannabidiol Oil (1 full dropper)

Honestly, if you only buy one product and only use it once a day, this is what you should have on deck.

Pre-workout: Pure Spectrum 99% Isolate powder (Ill just use a key to measure out my dose, cover the tip of your house key liberally. Figuring out white powder dose sizes on the tip of a key is a skill you may or may not already have :)))))

Afternoon/Post-workout: Pure Spectrum Black Label 5000mg. I refill old THC cartridges for my vape pen with the Pure Spectrum oil. Lifehack. You’re welcome.

Evening: Pure Spectrum Hydrating Face Creme/Black Label RECOVER salve If it was a hard training day or I can just feel some soreness coming on, I’ll use the pain salve or muscle lotion topically as needed but I use the face and hand lotion every day.

CrossFit Games athletes Brooke Ence and Logan Ewing (Center and Left) with Mile High CrossFit owner Bekka McCoy.

Bonus

The CrossFit “Hibernation” Dose:

This was something my good friend and training partner Westy Guill and I coined after playing around with dose sizes and different methods of ingesting CBD. Any day we train more than once, or get under heavy weight, this is the go-to. You will go directly to sleep and you will sleep like a tiny baby and awake feeling refreshed and ready to, as Brooke Ence says in the Pure Spectrum commercial, “do it all over again.”

Scoop the 99% isolate powder on to the end of a popsicle stick. Use enough to cover the entire curved end. Put the powder under your tongue, hold it there. While holding it under the tongue, take a full dropper of the 5000mg Black Label tincture and squeeze it under your tongue as well. Hold both there for at least 60 seconds if possible. Enjoy – this has also been referred to as “The Hangover Dose” – so if you want, use it after hard training or hard drinking apparently.

Your shopping list:

I put these in order of importance to me personally. If I could only have one product it would be the 5000mg, if I could only have two, the 5000mg and the powder, etc.

Pure Spectrum Black Label 5000mg Cannabidiol Oil
Pure Spectrum 99% Isolate Powder
Pure Spectrum Black Label RECOVER salve
Pure Spectrum Hydrating Face Creme

Pure Spectrum boasts an 80%+ customer retention rate, which is unheard of in most industries. This is because their products work. I have spoken with numerous people who told me they tried CBD a while back and did not notice any benefits. I always encourage them to give it one more chance and to use a reputable company like Pure Spectrum. Nearly all of them contact me a month later and can’t believe the difference. They were using ground beef and saying they didn’t like red meat – I got them to try some filet mignon, and their view changed.

CrossFit Games athletes Logan Ewing and Brooke Ence flex-off during the Pure Spectrum CBD commercial shoot at MBS CrossFit. Both Games competitors trust Pure Spectrum for their recovery needs.

Follow any of the links in this story to check out Pure Spectrum’s full product line. Find out why Games athletes like Brooke Ence, Emily Bridgers, Dani Horan, Logan Ewing and many, many more, let Pure Spectrum be their advantage. wild/STRONG readers get 10% any order, just use the code: WILDSTRONG at checkout.

THE MANUAL If you CrossFit, it has been hard to avoid coming across CBD in your social media feeds since the Games. Athletes like Brooke Ence, Kara Saunders, Bethany Shadburn and more have been