CBD’s Growing Role in Sports Recovery

by Kathy T. Cooley

The first medical use of cannabis traces back five thousand years ago. Despite cannabis reputation as a drug, after a lot of studies and research, cannabis is gaining new friends. Professional athletes are beginning to reap the benefits of using cannabis to improve endurance, concentration, performance or to help with recovery. Regardless of the sport, an athlete’s body goes through a significant amount of pain at each practice and game. The recovery phase after every intense exercise follows a process where the muscles receive nutrients and repair themselves. An athlete’s body is exposed to wear and tear, fatigue, high impact, and injury. At the end of a long day of training and practice, you will feel these effects at large, and it may impact your performance thereafter.

CBD's Growing Role in Sports Recovery

 

Recently, CBD was removed from the list of banned substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which encouraged many professional athletes, including ultrarunner Avery Collins and mountain biker Teal Stetson-Lee, to replace ibuprofen for CBD. CBD is a way to aid the bodies in the recovery process. Other than THC, the other cannabinoids found in cannabis plant are non-psychoactive, providing relief without the high. Because there are no psychoactive effects, and many powerful medicinal benefits, CBD is ideal for treating athletes, children, and those who want to remain clear headed.

If you are curious about just how CBD can help you perform your very best from game-time, to recovery, read on.

 

CBD Helps with Inflammation

Athletes face inflammation issues daily. Inflammation in joints and muscles causes chronic pain in athletes. CBD oil is anti-inflammatory by nature and helps to prevent joint injury during any physical activity, as well as reduce any pain from swelling.  A growing number of athletes like Talansky believe that having CBD seeds supports in recovery without getting you high or giving you a false sense of ability when you are injured or in pain. This seed is a much clearer way to combat the pain and won’t put your brain into a fog.

 

CBD Reduces Game-Day Stress and Anxiety

There is enough evidence of how effective CBD for anxiety is. CBD oil reduces anxiety levels and the intensity of fear memories, a challenging symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  This oil can give athletes some relief from performance anxiety. CBD has antidepressant properties, making it a natural non-habit forming anti-depressant as compared to habit-forming antidepressants like Zoloft, Xanax, and Prozac.

 

CBD Helps Control Your Appetite and Weight

Having CBD seeds is a great way of curbing your appetite and helping you take control of your weight. For athletes, the main concern is always about putting the best foods into their body to increase longevity and performance. If you want to shed a healthy amount of weight or are struggling to maintain a specific diet, CBD seeds can help. Snacking CBD seeds keeps you feeling full for longer, thus slowing your appetite. CBD seeds have also been found to improve insulin function, which is also a contributor to feeling great after you eat, and not overeating.

 

CBD Oil and Head Injuries

According to some studies, CBD acts as a neuroprotectant as it could strengthen the brain against the damaging effects of a concussion. CBD oil treats as well as prevent any brain injury. For athletes such as football players, hockey players, and gymnasts who are subject to hits and blows to the head, CBD oil could mean the difference between a severe concussion, and just a foggy head for a while.

 

CBD is Great for Your Immune System

There is nothing worse than training and practicing for an event for months or even years, and then right before it’s time to perform or the big game is about to start, you get sick. CBD oil boosts the immune system thus avoiding any unwanted sicknesses.

Not only will it be helpful for the big game or event, it will also help you stay healthy during the training, especially during the winter months where you are more likely to get ill. This is primarily due to the high level of antioxidants present in CBD, which helps lower your risk for infection, and is also great for your heart health.

 

To summarize, CBD has shown great prospects for athletes and professional sportspeople in the form of both preventive and therapeutic benefits. In Florida, marijuana dispensaries are budding up like weeds, mainly because of the larger number of Floridians who support medical marijuana. Get in touch with Florida marijuana doctors if you’re interested.