Jul 10, 2020 | Douglas Petersen

CBD for Athletes

CBD for Athletes

Athletes undergo a lot of strenuous physical activity that is essential for improving performance, but it also increases the occurrence of injury and pain. Intracellular fluid or venous blood from the damaged cells oozes out and may cause inflammation. The existing methods of pain and inflammation management come with their side effects. Therapeutic drugs also hurt the organs and systems. Opioids used for pain management are addictive and possess other potential health risks. CBD is an excellent solution for athletes. 

What is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidoil is extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant, and it has become quite popular for its health-related benefits. Another significant phytocannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant is the THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. It can cause intoxication and can alter the state of mind for the time being. Most of the CBD products available in the market contain less than 0.3 percent THC, whereas it should be at least 5 percent to cause a high. 

Is CBD legal for athletes?

In 2018, CBD was made legal, and the World anti-doping Agency took it out of the list of prohibited drugs. CBD products containing a negligible quantity of THC may not show up on the drug test if the COA (Certificate of Analysis) shows THC as ND, or Non Detect. . As long as THC is not detected, CBD is permissible and can be used for any purpose. The legality of CBD outside sports differs from country to country. Some of them allow its use while others still need more time to think if it's safe or not. 

How can athletes benefit from CBD?

CBD is an effective remedy for relieving musculoskeletal pain caused by intense physical activity. It can be used to reduce the stiffness in the joints and reduce inflammation by interacting with the endocannabinoid system of the human body. 

CBD can replace NSAIDs

Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including Advil and Aleve, are not entirely safe. They increase the chances of renal damage and heart health issues. CBD is safe as it causes no potent side effects like the NSAIDs. Opioids are medications prescribed for chronic pain caused by severe health problems such as arthritis, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. However, it is addictive and opioid overdose can cause death. CBD is safe as it causes no potent side effects like the NSAIDs and opioids. 

Helps in reducing inflammation 

Vigorous physical activity may damage the cells and muscles in such a way that the intracellular fluid oozes out and causes inflammatory reactions in the surroundings. CBD can help in reducing inflammation by interacting with the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. It can significantly reduce cytokine production, which activates the body's immune system after a strenuous workout. 

 

Improves sleep quality 

A sound sleep is necessary for improved performance. The calming effect of CBD can help in treating insomnia and improving the overall quality of sleep. Sleep cycle may also get disturbed due to anxiety and depression. Luckily, CBD can deal with these as well. 

 

Wrap up

CBD is highly beneficial and can be used to treat various health issues. If you think your health condition can be resolved with CBD, make sure you concern your doctor before choosing a product or dose. 

 

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