CBD for Backpackers

  • November 4, 2020
  • Ellen Anderson
CBD for Backpackers

As we learn more about CBD and other compounds native to the hemp plant, we are discovering ways it can be useful to the human body. May consumers typically associate CBD with sleep and relaxation, however, hemp’s chemical composition is very multi-faceted. CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system which regulates bodily systems and processes that impact overall wellness. Therefore, it is not surprising that backpackers and other outdoors enthusiasts are beginning to discover CBD gives them a helpful boost.  For backpackers looking for a holistic way to boost their energy, motivation and physical well-being, CBD is a great addition to their routine. However, choose your CBD wisely and use it properly to get the most effective results.

Hiking requires energy, a positive mood and a body free from pain. While hiking is an excellent form for maintaining overall well being and staying in a healthy weight range, motivation to put your hiking boots can wane.

Injuries ranging from minor spasms and pulled muscles to stress fractures can be caused by running. Those who are injury prone typically do not warm up or allow themselves to recover thoroughly following a strenuous session.

 

Why are More Backpackers Taking CBD?

#1 Effects on Mood – Stress, anxiety, or depression can affect your state of mind and play an enormous role in your motivation to go for a hike. CBD may be able to balance the hormones in the brain that play an important role in our mood. There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain that are triggered when you ingest CBD. Since this is part of the endocannabinoid system, once the receptors are activated, they bring balance to nearby neurotransmitters, such as cortisol and serotonin.

#2: Effects on Pain – Pain is one of the greatest disruptors when it comes to maintaining a regular hiking regimen.  Hiking requires that our joints and muscles are in good shape.  Additionally, there are many hikers who overdo it and pay for it later in the form of a muscle strain or cramp. The good news is CBD may be able to help. When used before a backpacking session, CBD can give the endocannabinoid system what it needs to regulate pain within muscular and joint tissue. When applied after a hike, it can aid in the body’s crucial recovery process.

#3: Potential Energy Boost  – A more recent discovery is that CBD may play a role in regulating our energy levels, both physically and mentally.  Knowing the regulatory nature of the endocannabinoid system, this does not come as too much of a surprise.  To backpack the desired distance, we must have a good supply of energy to get us through the entire way.

 

Using CBD as a Backpacker: How to Get the Most out of this Cannabinoid for Athletic Purposes

Tip #1: Choose the Right Delivery Method(s) – It is important to be knowledgeable on the different CBD delivery methods available and how they differ.  Topicals are great for targeting localized areas, and they can activate quickly while being long-lasting.  Edibles take up to two hours before peaking in the system but can be long-lasting as well.  Tinctures can activate within a half hour and can last for a couple of hours.

Tip #2: Time Your Intake Properly – If you want CBD levels to peak in your body during your hike, it is important to know when to take your dose.  This depends on the delivery method you have chosen. Use the information above to determine when is the best time to consume or apply your product.

Tip #3: Be Consistent with Your CBD Usage – The endocannabinoid system is a complex system consisting of cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. When we feed the body cannabinoids, this system disperses them as needed and stores the rest for later use. The endocannabinoid system functions best when it has a steady intake of cannabinoids that can be stored. Users are encouraged to maintain a daily regimen rather than only taking CBD as needed.

Tip #4: Quality Comes First – It is imperative that you buy your CBD from a trusted manufacturer. The CBD varies tremendously when it comes to quality and purity. It is recommended to only choose products from a brand with a reputation for delivering high-quality hemp goods. Look for third-party lab reports on the manufacturer’s website to verify the legitimacy of the products’ claims.

Tip #5: The Milligram Strength Makes a Difference – The proper milligram strength differs for each specific body. A certain milligram strength for one person can be too much or too little for another. Experiment with dosages until you find what works best for you. Typically, higher strengths are ideal for those with higher body weights or those with more severe issues.

 

The unique properties of compounds found within the hemp plant, especially CBD, may be able to help with many of the common issues listed above.

 

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