How Can CBD Oil Help Athletes?
The therapeutic values of CBD is already fairly well established. This compound is an effective pain reliever, a sleeping aid, and an anti-inflammatory. However, the benefits of CBD go beyond simple disease-related use. These same qualities for revitalising health also make CBD an excellent choice for athletes! Its ability to reduce stress can prevent burnout. As a sleep aid, CBD can improve recovery times. Even the mechanism behind cannabidiol's ability to calm anxiety can lead to sports benefits. Current research shows that CBD has an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. It has mild side effects compared to conventional pain relievers. Many scientific experiments have shown that CBD also has a calming effect and promotes sleep. That's why CBD could interest athletes. In early 2018, they removed CBD from the list of banned substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In the United States, CBD is already widely used by athletes as an alternative to herbal pain relievers. Could this new trend catch on here in the UK? Will CBD be the next supplement in your cupboard alongside your BCAA's and creatine. Heres some research that we've compiled so you can make up your own mind.
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1. CBD can help reduce inflammation
Athletes regularly suffer from muscle and joint pain, either through progression or injury. Healing sometimes requires time and patience. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD have been proven in several studies. CBD could be useful for athletes, both preventively and for regeneration. Cannabidiol could also reduce body aches. There are countless causes of inflammatory reactions, which can also be caused outside of sports. However, for athletes, various sports injuries can cause these inflammations. They are usually painful and can compromise progress and training goals. CBD could speed up the healing process.
Because of intense training, athletes sometimes experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which is inflammation because of micro-lesions in the muscle fibres. The pain usually sets in between 12 and 72 hours after training. This can last between 3 and 7 days. CBD is said to reduce inflammation and therefore speeding up the repair of muscle tissue. Daily dosing of CBD can even prevent some of this inflammation from even setting in.
2. CBD can relieve pain
The pain that occurs after a workout is because of inflammation of the muscles. Athletes often use over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, or acetylsalicylic acid to relieve pain. In addition, it has only mild side effects. Several studies have shown that CBD relieves pain. However, due to lack of studies, it has not yet been scientifically proven that CBD would be more effective than over-the-counter medications like aspirins and paracetamol for relieving pain and inflammation. Chemical drugs are far from free from side effects. Physical damage can occur, especially if large doses are taken regularly. Ibuprofen and diclofenac can cause stomach ulcers. They can also promote cardiovascular disease. In severe pain, opiates such as tramadol or codeine may also be prescribed. These have significant side effects and, in the worst case, can even make you addicted. The side effects of CBD are very mild. Also, cannabidiol is not addictive.
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3. CBD could speed up muscle regeneration
CBD does not directly improve your sports performance. It will not make you run faster and will not make you gain muscle mass. However, cannabidiol can speed up the regeneration of your muscles. Better regeneration means being able to train more often and more effectively. The regeneration phases are of the utmost importance for top athletes. The faster the physical recovery after a difficult session, the faster the training can be continued. CBD could contribute to the cellular regeneration of athletes between training sessions or competitions. On the one hand, it could speed up the regeneration of wounds by reducing inflammation and relieving pain (s). Also, top athletes are often exposed to extreme pressures. Competitions and training are trying. In addition, athletes are often very ambitious, which can generate additional pressure. Fears and worries are widespread among athletes. They may, therefore, have trouble sleeping and have trouble falling asleep. Many people use CBD for anxiety, stress, and sleep disorders. Many users consume it for its calming effect. Therefore, CBD could be used after training to help you relax, relieve stress, and therefore sleep better. American manufacturers of CBD have already specialized in the needs of athletes. For example, the former professional cyclist Floyd Landis created his own brand "Floyd's of Leadville" in 2016. He markets CBD products to athletes looking for natural alternatives to relieve sports-related illnesses. Floyd Landis targets: "40-year-old athletes and sportsmen who want to feel good when they wake up in the morning".
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Which CBD products are suitable for athletes?
CBD products suitable for athletes include; CBD oil, CBD bath bombs, CBD muscle rubs, CBD protein powders, CBD water and CBD e-liquids ... There is something for everyone. For injuries, CBD creams may be more appropriate as they are applied directly to the inflammation. CBD bath bombs to relax and heal your whole body, CBD oils could be taken as a preventative or to promote muscle regeneration after training or after competitions. In our experience, CBD has a relaxing effect, but at higher doses, it can also make you too relaxed. Therefore, we recommend that you take it after your sports training.
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To conclude, we can say that CBD has many benefits for athletes. Cannabidiol could be almost perfectly adapted to the needs of an athlete. It could help the body heal wounds, reduce body aches, sleep better, regulate weight and regenerate the body faster.