CBD for Athletes
CBD for Athletes: Everything You Need to Know for Taking CBD as an Athlete
CBD for Athletes:
An athlete’s body is put under a lot of stress; it is required to perform at its best almost constantly and recover as quickly as possible. That stress is what pushes the body to adapt and increase performance, but it also puts it at risk of physical injury, mental stress, prolonged wear and tear, and in extreme cases, overtraining.
With the growing popularity of cannabinoid products across the world, cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a great option for people who want the benefits reported of medical marijuana, but not the THC content, or live in one of the many places where cannabis is still illegal.
But what is CBD, and does it actually work? Furthermore, is it even legal for athletes to take? In this article, we’ll help you get clear on what’s true, whether or not CBD can help you, and how to take it.
The Basics: What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. While cannabidiol, like marijuana, is derived from the cannabis plant, CBD has a negligible amount of THC in it (the psychoactive compound found in cannabis) so it is safe to take and carry on with your normal day, continuing to work, drive and function as normal (or better).
For more information on how CBD works with our body click here.
Is CBD Legal for Athletes?
Yes, CBD is now completely legal for athletes to use, both in and out of competition. At the beginning of 2018, in its yearly review, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from their list of prohibited substances. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) also removed it from their list, meaning you can use it freely around the world and in the US.
Benefits of CBD for Athletes
Pain and Inflammation Management and Relief
Paracetamol and other traditional painkillers (NSAIDs) work quickly and effectively, but there are risks if you plan to use them for a prolonged period, and both NSAIDs and opioids come with the risk of addiction. Many athletes experience reoccurring stress injuries, and CBD can be a great way to manage the inflammation. More scientific research needs to be done on the physical benefits of CBD, but all anecdotal evidence has been extremely positive.
Stress, Anxiety, and Sleep Quality
Whether your stress and anxiety are caused by your intense training schedule or outside circumstances, CBD is great for helping you manage your stress level. Staying calm and keeping a clear head is essential for optimal training and performance, and if you’re staying up at night worrying or dealing with insomnia, your body will struggle to find the time to recover correctly. CBD takers report that it is much easier to fall asleep than usual.
For more info on CBD & sleep click here.
GI Discomfort Management
CBD can also help you manage the inflammation in your gut that causes a lot of discomfort and gastrointestinal distress. If you are a person who suffers from nervous-stomach or has experienced stomach issues during endurance sports, many have reported that CBD effectively helped them control the symptoms.
How Should I Take CBD and How Much Should I Take?
How you take CBD is completely up to you, and due to the growing popularity of CBD, there are a huge number of ways you can consume it. Just to list a few, there is oil, tea, capsules, pill, rub it into your skin in topical creams and lotions, or eat it in an edible.
The way you take it is completely up to you, though the way you take it will change the time in which it takes to get into your system. Generally, smoking or vaping it is considered the fastest way for it to get into your system, but it is not a particularly healthy way to take it, and that won’t be the right option for most athletes.
Using a dropper of oil under the tongue or rubbing it into your skin is considered the next effective for most people, and finally all other methods of digesting it, though these are often the most pleasurable.
How much you should take is a difficult question to answer and will vary from person to person. If you plan to take CBD for the first time, it’s best to take a low dosage at first and build up once you know how your body reacts to it and feel happy taking it.
Where Should I Buy it From?
Where you purchase your CBD products is up to you, though ensure that it is a respected retailer that tells you the CBD content on the packaging, as many don’t. We always recommend our own LivKind 500mg CBD Tincture as we provide our lab results, how much CBD is in it, a full list of ingredients, and a recommended serving size. If you’re looking for a tincture that is completely clear and upfront on what it is and how to use it, you’ll love it.
We also recommend our CBD Salve which is great for muscle relief & joint pain.