How to use CBD
How should I use CBD?
CBD has many different positive effects on our physiology, and with that comes a few different strategies for its use, depending on your goals.
Outlined below are a few ways we at HCC use CBD in our day-to-day lives to improve our recovery and performance.
(In every instance, start with three drops (15mg) per serving and increase from there as required).
CBD modulates the body's inflammatory response, which can be extremely useful when going through a training block, allowing you to repair more tissue before going again. We take CBD with the first meal or shake after training, particularly when it's a long run or heavy resistance session.
Unlike other sleep aids, CBD will not knock you out right after taking it. Instead, it increases sleep latency during the day (keeping you more alert). It will increase the amount of time you are asleep when you decide to hit the hay. Put simply, using CBD during the day will inadvertently help your sleep that night. This is not to say that you shouldn’t use CBD in the evening before bed; we find the calming effects of CBD a beneficial part of our nightly routine.
Evidence points toward a calming effect on the CNS (central nervous system) when using CBD. We have found this helpful in combatting racing thoughts and promoting clarity when working on assignments or pre-event jitters (even more so when combined with a meditation practice).
Get the most out of your CBD
CBD is a large molecule, making it tricky to absorb. Studies show that ingesting CBD with foods high in unsaturated fat will significantly increase exposure, giving you the most benefit. Protein shakes and avocados, for example, are good options. However, if you want to feel the effects quickly, placing CBD oil under your tongue and holding it for 60 seconds is your best bet.