CBD For Athletes – Here’s What You Need To Know

CBD For Athletes - Here's What You Need To Know

It’s common knowledge that athletes put a lot of stress on their bodies. Between training for hours a day and performing at top notch, the body can only handle so much before pain becomes a common occurrence. Prolonged wear and tear can lead to injuries and severe pain.

In search of a better option for pain management, many athletes are turning to CBD to offer some relief. We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic, with more and more people getting addicted to pain killers. Athletes especially should steer clear of these dangerous pain killers if they want to keep their performance up.

So the question becomes, is CBD the right choice for you?

Let’s start with the basic questions.

Is CBD legal to use for athletes?

Yes. In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition.  Keep in mind, THC is still on the list of banned substances, so if you are going to use CBD for pain relief, make sure the product you are using does not contain any THC.

Ok, so athletes can use CBD, but what does it actually do? 

Cannabinoids already exist in our bodies. Scientists have identified what they call the endocannibinoid system (ECS) that modulates the activity of neurons. Scientists understanding of how the ECS works and how CBD influences it is still evolving. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues. CB2 receptors are as well, but more of them are found in immune system tissues. CBD binding to CB1 receptors has a greater effect the central nervous system, and CBD binding to CB2 receptors has a greater effect on reducing inflammation.

As an athlete you apply greater stress to your body, leading to pain and inflammation greater than what your endocannabinoid system can handle. When you add more CBD, this may help this overloaded system get your neurotransmitters back under control.

How can athletes use CBD?

There are many different ways to consume CBD and they all depend on your personal preference. The most common ways are


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