If you don’t know yet, CBD — or cannabidiol — is the non-psychoactive ingredient of the cannabis plant. It’s booming in the recent years due to new studies and anecdotal evidence that prove its effectiveness for large number of conditions and disorders. Legalization of hemp has added to its popularity.
The chemical that is responsible for cannabis’s psychoactive effects is called THC — or tetrahydrocannabinol — which is mostly removed from CBD products. THC gets you high, while CBD doesn’t. That is why pure CBD is legal. Some of “full-spectrum” CBD products (made by extracting not only CBD but other cannabis substances) may contain trace amounts of THC. However, like ours it should be 0.3% or less to meet legal requirements.
Athletes’ bodies are under huge constant stress, which may result in trauma, soreness and pain. Although traditional ways of managing pain work for most people, conventional medicines tend to have a number of adverse side effects. Moreover, their prolonged use can build up a tolerance, they are also habit forming and overdose may be extremely dangerous. There’s no wonder many athletes are looking for a safer all-natural alternative. CBD products appear to be well-known and proven to benefit athletes of all walks because the unbelievable anti-inflammatory properties it possesses.
For starters, CBD is legal for athletes. It was removed from the list of prohibited substances in 2018. However, THC is still prohibited in competition, so using full-spectrum THC-containing hemp products can lead to failed drug tests.
In general, CBD-containing products improve recovery and have great potential to enhance athletic performance:
- Treatment of traumas. CBD relieves pain, takes down inflammation, and increases regeneration of tissues.
- Relaxation and sleep support. The body repairs itself during sleep, physically and mentally, that is why proper rest is crucial for achieving the best results. CBD promotes healthy restful night’s sleep and fights insomnia.
- Stress relief. If you are nervous before competition, CBD will help alleviate anxiety. It also improves body’s overall stress resilience and makes you stronger on all levels.
There are plenty CBD-containing products out there in various forms and doses. You can inhale CBD as a vapor, swallow it in form of capsules or pills; eat or drink CBD-infused sports drinks and various edibles. There are also CBD-rich body lotions and creams, as well as tinctures or drops for placing under the tongue.
The way of use affects how quickly you feel the desired effects. CBD taken orally has to be digested, so it may take a bit longer. Topicals are said to be quicker than edibles, while inhalation via vaping and sublingual application are the most rapid.