Athletes are actively moving their muscles. But, in order to produce the optimum performance, their bodies still need to regenerate properly. If the participant is a regular gymnast, a weekend warrior, or a pro athlete, rehabilitation is vital to prevent injury and ensure optimum performance.
As a result, more athletes are searching for options that will help to improve their post-workout rehabilitation. CBD is a fascinating choice for athletes. In this article, we will illustrate the use of CBD as a sports rehabilitation technique and the evidence that confirms it. At the conclusion of this post, you can understand that a lot of athletes are adding CBD to their fitness rehabilitation regimen.
Early Discovery of Cannabinoid
While hemp was a plant popular in the American colonies and essential to many industries in the early stages, after the turn of the 20th century, cannabis plants bred with high THC content started to be contentious. The entire hemp-growing industry (often produced for fiber) was attacked on prohibition propaganda, such as the scandalous ‘Reefer Madness’ video, and the notion that hemp and marijuana were the same weed.
The presence of the first individual compound in the cannabis plant was identified in 1940 by a British chemist called Robert S. Cahn. About two years later, American chemist Roger Adams was a pioneer in the isolation of the first cannabinoid ever known, cannabidiol or CBD.
Mental health treatment
No-brainer is the value of concentration and commitment when playing a sport. Some people are taking pre-workout pills containing heavy doses of caffeine to help boost concentration. Yet CBD can also help to increase concentration by reducing stress/anxiety.
CBD has been found to have anti-anxiety effects that moderate the body’s response to stress.4 This is significant because the body can use extreme muscle exercise as a symptom of stress during workouts. This can activate a stress hormone, cortisol, that signals the body to reduce protein synthesis. Fortunately, CBD can improve the presence of chemicals such as serotonin to better control the body’s stress reactions.
Athletes who are using CBD
One of the reasons why CBD has become such a hot subject in the sports community is that many pro athletes (or retired athletes) have begun to lobby for more CBD-enabled athletes. CBD has become a source of relief for these athletes, particularly in sports where injuries are frequent (like contact sports). Men’s Wellness has recently included some of the most influential proponents of CBD for pro athletes. The list includes Ryan VandenBussche, a former NHL player, and David Ahrens, a former NFL linebacker.
Is CBD forbidden in sports?
Actually no, a chemical compound called cannabidiol is not banned. But note, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to acquire a pure extract of CBD or oil from a cannabis plant. Anyone who purchases CBD oil, extract, or any other CBD substance should be mindful that it could be a combination of CBD and other cannabinoids. All other cannabinoids, including THC and more than 115 other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, as well as all synthetic cannabinoids, are forbidden in sport.
Cannabinoids will also remain in your body long after you’ve used them. When opting to use an out-of-competition drug that is banned only in-competition, competitors should be mindful that the full wash of these drugs and their metabolites cannot be readily expected. You can learn more about the drug clearing times here.
Are there any health risks involved with CBD and other cannabinoids?
So far, there is not a lot of evidence available on the health risks of CBD. Initial findings show that it is reasonably well accepted and that it is not likely to induce dependency or violence. The adverse events and side effects of CBD identified tend to be due to complications with prescription drugs. As there is an interest in CBD in the treatment of different diseases, there is ongoing research on its safety profile, which could provide more information in the future.
However, there are important and well-understood health hazards involved with the use of marijuana.
How to use CBD in sports
There can be a variety of methods of ingestion or use when it comes to CBD use by athletes. Oils and tinctures are the most suitable type of sublingual intake, entering the bloodstream quickly and causing fast results. Oils and tinctures are suitable for pain management as well as for mental wellbeing, stress control, sleep, etc. CBD topicals are a perfect option for effective pain relief to be administered directly to the affected region.
Edibles and snacks are another great alternatives for athletes. Usually packaged for the right dosage, CBD edibles and liquids are suitable for on-the-go CBD use. CBD is a perfect choice for athletes and people who are busy when it comes to pain relief, inflammation and mental wellbeing. Since the compound is naturally derived, it can act as a perfect alternative for conventional drugs, but can also be viewed as actually occurring on a drug screen.