What You Need to Know About CBD and Sports

August 23, 2019 08:00:29

You may have heard a lot about CBD and you may be wondering what this cannabis compound can do for you as an athlete. Read on and discover the answers to many of the questions that you may have had about the role of CBD in athletic performance and its legality.

Inflammation/Pain Management

Athletes experience soreness or pain after training or competitive events because of the micro-tears and the fatigue induced by their exertion. This fatigue and soreness or even pain can increase the recovery time that an athlete needs to get back to their best in readiness for more training sessions and competitive engagements on the track and field.

CBD has been proven to reduce inflammation and modulate the pain signals sent from different parts of the body to the brain. Consequently, athletes can benefit from this compound since there will be a reduced likelihood to cramp, become sore or have tight muscles.

Better Sleep

Adequate sleep is important for all athletes because it allows their bodies to rest, recover and regenerate so that the athlete can compete at a high level consistently. The repair of damaged muscle fibers also happens during sleep. CBD can facilitate quality sleep and extend how long one can sleep for proper recovery and healing of muscle tissues.

Mental Health

An athlete who cannot focus or pay rapt attention to their craft will not last long as a competitor. CBD can play an instrumental role in keeping athletes focused without having to take supplements high in caffeine.

CBD can also mitigate the stress detected by the body when muscles are over-exerted during training or athletic competitions. CBD lowers the stress response of the body by increasing the production of serotonin, so you will be able to perform better on the track and field when you aren’t stressed.

Legality of CBD in Sports

Many athletes would like to try CBD and experience its many benefits but they fear that they could be penalized for using an illegal substance. The truth is that CBD is allowed in various sports disciplines.

For example, the World Anti-Doping Agency-WADA didn’t include CBD on its updated list of substances which are prohibited by the world body. This green light from the world body has paved the way for other sports authorities, such as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to exclude CBD from their list of banned substances.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes CBD as a non-addictive and safe compound which isn’t subject to any international controls. Experts believe that the growing body of research and the absence of restrictions could be the reason why CBD industry actors, such as Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR) and Grapefruit Boulevard Investments Inc. (OTCQB: IGNG) may either already be having or planning to bring CBD products to market targeting athletes.

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