Hormone RegulationMost of us have heard about the “runner’s high”. If you are not familiar with the term, it’s a rewarding/empowering sensation some people experience during longer workouts (it can be achieved in many forms of exercise, not just running). From my experience, it feels like running turns into floating; no feelings of fatigue, pain, or really much of anything except for energy and motivation. It feels like you can go forever! I love how the runner’s high feels because it pushes a person in going harder in their workout, and it feels good doing it! It’s an incredible positive feedback loop to ride while exercising.
Endorphins vs EndocannabinoidsI used to believe that this sensation is caused by the endorphins that are secreted by the increased activity. Recent research indicates that this is not the case. Endorphins are too large to pass the blood-brain barrier right away. This means it is very likely they do not have direct effects on the brain—rather, they work in the muscles to suppress pain. Endorphins help bring one to the peak, but they do not cause the high sensation. Research from the University of Heidelberg suggests that endocannabinoids, which are also secreted during exercise, play a more substantial role in creating this high sensation compared to endorphins. The evolutionary theory explains that our bodies release endocannabinoids to desensitize physical activity—which, back in the stone age, was essential for finding food and fleeing predators (survival). So… if endocannabinoids are the primary reason for experiencing this sensation, that means CBD will help a person experience this sensation more often in their workouts. Many people have never experienced the runner’s high before, and with CBD now available nationwide, there’s a good chance that number will increase over time. I have definitely noticed an escalation in falling into a runner’s high since I started to use CBD as a daily supplement. Naturally, the more you experience the runner’s high, the easier it is to achieve.
Appetite ControlIf you are looking to maximize your fitness, being mindful of what you put in your body for fuel is essential. We all work with different diet combinations based on what works for us individually. Some of us have allergies or are sensitive to some foods, while other people can eat whatever they want. Sometimes we fall into eating habits that our bodies do not necessarily agree with. One bad habit being overeating.
How does CBD help a person gain control over their diet?Unlike THC, CBD is not an appetite stimulant. In fact, CBD encourages satiety and fullness. How does this work? Let’s cover a couple things first:
- A part of the brain, called the hypothalamus, controls appetite by regulating the secretion of two different hormones: ghrelin and leptin.
- Ghrelin stimulates the feeling of hunger and appetite. Leptin does the opposite; it creates the sensation of being full.