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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (or CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound that can be extracted from hemp and cannabis plants to be used for nutritional, medical, and therapeutic purposes. CBD can help athletes increase their overall health and performance by fighting inflammation in the body and alleviating pain, and creating balance in the body...

CBD oil can also be used to aid sleep, help injury recovery, improve concentration and reduce anxiety.

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Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system refers to a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules. You can think of cell receptors like little golf holes on the surface of your cells. The key to sinking the put in these golf holes are chemical molecules called agonists. Each time an agonist binds to a cell it relays a message, giving your cell specific direction.

The endocannabinoid system is the name for a series of cell receptors that respond to certain kinds of agonists. Two primary cell receptors make up the ECS, Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). The keys for these receptors are called endocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoids are like the body’s natural THC. In fact, endocannabinoids got their name from cannabis. Plant cannabinoids were discovered first. Endo means within, and cannabinoid referring to a compound that fits into cannabinoid receptors.

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What does the ECS do?

Cannabinoid Receptors are found all throughout the body, giving them a wide variety of functions. However, certain receptors are more concentrated in specific regions. CB1 receptors are abundant in the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are more often found on immune cells, in the gastrointestinal tract, and in the peripheral nervous system. Athletix CBD oil is derived from USDA Approved Hemp and is a CBD supplement in a high concentration.

The diversity of receptor locations shows just how important endocannabinoids are for day-to-day bodily function. They help regulate sleep, digestion, mood, motor control, immune function, reproduction and fertility, pleasure and reward, pain, memory and temperature regulation.

Endocannabinoids are the chemical messengers that tell your body to get these processes moving and when to stop. They help maintain optimal balance in the body, also known as homeostasis. When the ECS is disrupted, any one of these things can fall out of balance.

Where do endocannabinoids come from?

If your body cannot produce enough endocannabinoids, you might be in for some trouble to maintain homeostasis, especially for athletes who have different nutritional requirements compared than the sedentary set. That is why Athletix as a lifestyle supplement for athletes provides the necessary dosage of CBD needed for an athlete to perform on a higher level than those who are not supplementing their ECS.

Endocannabinoids are the chemical messengers that tell your body to get these processes moving and when to stop. They help maintain optimal balance in the body, also known as homeostasis. When the ECS is disrupted, any one of these things can fall out of balance.

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Beyond cell receptors

Cannabinoid receptors are often what we associate with the endocannabinoid system. But, the ECS is more complicated than that. Enzymes also have a crucial role to play in the process. In a way, enzymes are kind of like Pacman. They gobble up various compounds, change them, and then spit out the parts. In the ECS, enzymes break down leftover endocannabinoids. Enter non-psychoactive CBD.

Enter Athletix or "non psychoactive CBD". While THC binds with cannabinoid receptors directly, CBD does not. Instead, it works it’s magic on an enzyme. The enzyme in question is called FAAH, and it is responsible for pulling excess anandamide out of circulation.

CBD stops enzyme FAAH from breaking down all of the anandamide, and therefore makes more of it available for use by your cells. This is why CBD is a natural mood-lifter without psychoactive effects.

CBD and Runner’s High:

What is Runner’s High: a sensation of pure happiness, elation, a feeling of unity of one’s self with nature, endless peacefulness, inner harmony, boundless energy, and a reduction of pain sensation. Runner’s High motivates us to exercise and sustain intensive aerobic activity over long durations.

We naturally produce anandimide which activates our CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce psychological and physical rewards like euphoria and pain relief. The relationship between Endocannabinoids and exercise is that the brain has an ECS which gives us runner’s high, we aren’t producing endorphins as previously thought, it’s your endocannabinoids kicking in.

Exercise makes your body create anandamide, the chemical compound in your body that makes you feel in the zone. How does CBD affect Anandamide? It works against fatty acid amid Hydroxylase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of anandamide, by reducing the compound that destroys the thing you want, it inevitably makes you feel good, so an increase in runner’s high.

CBD works as an analgesic both during and after exercise, by reducing pain and inflammation overall, and aiding in the recovery process, it also reduces inflammation in the heart, the lung and the brain and reduces muscle spasms.

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