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Any long-distance runner will tell you that endurance and stamina are a crucial part of the race. If you are a runner, you know that it takes time and dedication to improve your speed and fortitude for every stride.but what if there was something else out there to naturally enhance your performance?

Let me introduce you to your new best friend: CBD

Cannabidiol or CBD is derived from hemp, a species of cannabis.

Now may already have an opinion about cannabis given the fact that it is typically associated with drug usage, but don’t worry, CBD can’t get you high. This is because the hemp plant contains less than 0.3 percent of THC. THC is the psychoactive compound abundantly found in marijuana, another species of cannabis.  

What if you take a lot of CBD?

Don’t worry, if you are getting CBD from industrial hemp, the medical community has proven that even taken in large doses, there is not enough THC in there to induce mind-altering effects.

How does CBD Work in the Body?

Humans and animals are naturally wired with an endocannabinoid system. This wonderful structure that we have in place is used to fine-tune our physiological functions and promote a state of homeostasis. It is composed of CB1 and CB2 receptors that are located all around our brain and body.

When CBD is ingested, inhaled, or topically applied, it indirectly interacts with these receptors to produce outstanding medicinal effects. Research and clinical trials have shown that insomnia, chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression may be successfully treated with the use of CBD.

Specifically related to endurance, CBD supports balance in the cells, which improves your performance before, during, and after a run as it can fight inflammation and chronic pain while improving focus and stamina.

If you are a runner and looking to incorporate CBD into your routine, read on for a personalized plan to build endurance while fighting the symptoms of injury!

Before Your Run: Gridiron’s CBD Energy Shot and Fast Acting Salve

You probably already have a pre-running ritual. Maybe you stretch, start off with a light jog, or perhaps you use pre-workout or another exercise supplement.

While warming up is always beneficial to your body, using highly caffeinated energy drinks or pre-workout mixes can lead to a crash in energy later or make you anxious and jittery.

Before you run, use Gridiron’s CBD Energy Shot. It gives you 20 mg of pure CBD that kicks instantly.  

Using it before your long-distance run will not only allow you to get the most out of your performance, but you will not have to worry about nasty side effects of other energy substances that “promise” to boost your energy before a run.

If you have been running for a while, you are probably all too familiar with injury associated with pain and inflammation. Whether that be an old injury you got in college or even just severe muscular soreness, CBD is proving to be an effective natural treatment and much safer than traditional over the counter medications that can have negative long-term effects so that you can push yourself to get the most out of your run.

Additionally, prior to your run, apply CBD salve to any areas of discomfort. Many athletes will apply the salve to their feet and joints before they put on their tennis shoes. Each jar of this fast-acting salve contains 50 mg of CBD! It is perfect for the long-distance runner that deals with muscle soreness and joint pain but wants to improve their athletic performance without thinking about discomfort!

Gridiron MVP™ CBD Alkaline Nutrition with Humic/Fulvic trace minerals, probiotics and vitamin B complex concentrate - 4oz

After Your Run: Gridiron Fast Acting Salve, Concentrate, and

When you finally kick off those running shoes and take a shower, CBD should be your next go-to!

We recommend using the fast-acting salve again to prevent muscle soreness while reducing inflammation. Rub the concentrated CBD over your joints and muscles to get an instant “pick me up” as a side dish to your runners high.

If you run in the mornings, grab a bottle of CBD concentrate to use in your water or to mix into a post-workout protein shake. Not only will the concentrate last you a long time, but you can customize exactly how much CBD you want to take so that you can have more energy for the rest of the day!

If you run in the evenings, the last thing you need is something that keeps you awake all night long. We recommend using Gridiron’s Night gummies with melatonin.

Hold on one second, I know what you’re thinking! You just read that taking CBD before and after a morning jog will give you a natural boost of energy, so how can it also help you fall asleep?

Allow me to explain.

When small doses of CBD are taken during the day, it improves wakefulness and gives you energy; however, when the cannabinoid is taken in larger amounts this stimulates the production of melatonin and tryptophan, thus helping you get to sleep.

Not only will the gummies give you the right dose of CBD before bed, but the added amount of melatonin will ensure that you get some peaceful shut eye so that you are ready to run again the next day!