CBD for Athletes

CBD FOR ATHLETES

It puts a lot of strain on your body to be at peak physical performance; Athletes know all about this. No matter which sport, constant training and pushing your body to its limits are going to have some negative side effects. 

Some common problems experienced by athletes are:

  • Chronic muscle aches due to strain
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Torn ligaments
  • Chronic knee and back pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Stomach problems

While there are methods of managing pain and other symptoms (commonly NSAIDs and prescription opioids and sleep aids), they’re often harmful and addictive; For this reason, athletes, their trainers, and doctors are searching for a more healthy and effective way to provide pain relief and improve recovery efforts. Fortunately, CBD oil is showing promise in this area a more natural alternative choice.

WHAT STUDIES ARE SHOWING

Research is still being conducted into CBD’s effectiveness for athletes; However, there are some promising studies to note so far:

  • In 2008, GW Pharmaceuticals combined and examined reports from 20 years worth of pre-clinical CBD trials on animals and concluded that CBD was effective with pain management.
  • In 2016, the University of Kentucky conducted a study on rats and found that CBD was effective at reducing pain and inflammation.

HOW CAN CBD RELIEVE PAIN AND OTHER SYMPTOMS FOR ATHLETES?

It’s not scientifically understood yet how CBD acts as a pain reliever. It is thought that CBD can be effective due to its interactions with serotonin and vanilloid receptors found present in the brain; These receptors are partly responsible for how you perceive pain and your mood.  It’s also believed that the antioxidant properties found in CBD are helpful with symptom relief.

CBD is being used by some athletes in the following ways:

  • As an alternative to NSAIDs, such as Advil and Motrin
  • To reduce inflammation
  • As an alternative to prescription opioid medication
  • To help with sleep
  • To settle stomach problems due to stress

SHOULD I TAKE CBD TO TREAT MY SYMPTOMS?

Athletes all over the world are claiming to successfully treat and manage their symptoms through use of CBD. Also, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently removed CBD from its list of banned substances for athletes; This has led to many athletes switching from traditional painkillers to CBD. 

It is important to note that some CBD will have very low percentages of THC (no more than .3%) which can show up on drug testing. If this is a concern, you should choose a CBD product without THC.

HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?

Due to users responding differently to CBD, and because the pain severity being treated varies,  there is no set standard for how much to take. It is recommended that you start your treatment with the lowest dose, between 5-10 mg, and work your way up from there as needed. Some users end up taking between 50-100mg per day of CBD.

While rare, there is a possibility you can experience certain side effects from taking CBD, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Diarrhea

If you’re planning on adding CBD into your pain treatment regimen, please involve your physician in your decision. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without discussing it with your physician.

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