The Benefits of CBD for Athletes
What is CBD?
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, Is a non-psychoactive treatment for pain and is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract.
Is CBD Legal for Athletes?
Yes. Starting at the beginning of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition. The psychoactive component of marijuana, THC however, is still prohibited in competition.
Research suggests that CBD shows help in relieving pain and reducing inflammation, which could be useful for athletes participating in intense exercise. While THC can also be used to treat pain, it may cause unwanted side effects and could affect athletic performance. CBD is a safe alternative to this.
Not only is CBD oil great for muscle retention but it has also been known to improve physical performance. Working powerfully against the pain and sensitivity of the athlete’s body.
9 Benefits of CBD for Athletes:
Strengthens the Immune System – CBD helps athletes by strengthening their immune system, so that your body is more resistant to stress and infections. This keeps the body and all organs in top condition for athletes exercising at a higher level.
Anxiety and Stress Reducing – Prior to competitions, the athletes’ mind and body can be under a lot of anxiety and stress. CBD allows the body to suppress anxiety, allowing the athlete to continue training without the worry of the body reacting in a negative way.
Speeds up Recovery – Using CBD products such as lotions, creams and ointments can speed up the recovery process because of the anti-inflammatory elements of CBD.
Relieving Pain – When exercising, quite often the body is over worked, and pain can occur. If treatment is not received, muscle strain may develop after training, which can have a major impact on the athlete’s career. CBD allows athletes to increase their pain tolerance, ensuring that muscle cramps and pain are reduced.
Helps Sleep and Relax Better – CBD is known for its calming effect, necessary for a good and relaxing sleep. Sleep is a vital need for the recovery of the body certainly when you wish to achieve optimum performance. CBD assists athletes to stand up energetically and rested, with the goal that they are hoping to succeed. In general CBD products are natural in excelling an athlete’s muscle retention and improving their physical performance.
Preventing Inflammation – One of the most affective features of CBD is that it can have an anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or excessive strain during a demanding workout. These inflammations can prevent athletes from participating in competitions or continuing their training schedules. With CBD, this becomes less of an issue and allows the athlete to continue as normal.
Less Appetite and More Control Over Weight Gain – The feeling of hunger diminishes when using CBD. Therefore, is also ensures that you keep your weight gain under control.
Natural Athletic Advantage – By activating and balancing the endocannabinoid system in the human body, both endurance and overall condition of your body will begin to increase. Safely, CBD offers an athletic advantage in sport. Without the need for steroids or other doping techniques.
Increases Muscle Gain – CBD in sports helps muscle sto grow through the recovery process. CBD products are particularly beneficial in the area of muscle gain and power building. Through an enhanced recovery process and the added prevention of inflammation, athletes can build and expand their muscle mass faster.
The Conclusion and what do studies say about CBD?
According to recent research released in 2020, CBD may support athletes in many ways.
Reduced Inflammation and Pain
A 2020 article published in Sports Medicine analysed pre-clinical animal studies and clinical CBD trials in non-athlete populations. The authors found that CBD may promote physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects potentially beneficial to athletes.
One of the key findings of the review is that CBD could help alleviate inflammatory pain associated with tissue damage and neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage or irritation. This could signal an important advantage for endurance athletes: repetitive, long-distance workouts can provoke inflammation and irritation in peripheral nerves.
Protection against Gastrointestinal Damage
The above Sports Medicine study also found that CBD may protect against gastrointestinal damage. Athletes who regularly engage in strenuous activity can reduce oxygen and nutrition to their gastrointestinal tract
GI stress can negatively influence exercise performance and recovery due to nausea, vomiting, and impaired nutritional uptake. Preclinical research has shown that CBD can reduce tissue damage and restore the permeability of the intestine.
For athletes curious to experiment with CBD, we would advise opting for sublingual tinctures. Drops administered sublingually gets CBD into your system quicker and has higher bioavailability.
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