Can CBD be used for Athletes?

An athlete’s life is nothing to scoff at. Training and breaking down the body, recovering as much as you can with good nutrition and rest only to break it down again is a tedious cycle, not even mentioning how the mental aspect of life in general can throw a wrench into that process and severely throw you off your game for weeks or months on end. That being said, athletes (both recreational and pro) are always looking for ways for their bodies to recover as quickly and effectively as possible in the least amount of time in order to train hard. One look The Cannabis Conundrum at the supplement market can show you how many people are looking for that extra boost in training or recovery. With all that in mind, we have to ask ourselves if CBD can have a significant effect on athletic recovery, and if so to what degree?

The Aftermath of a Training Session

After a workout session your muscles are probably going to be feeling it. Muscular fatigue, soreness, decreased levels of energy and even nausea can all stem from a solid workout, whose effects gradually compound on top of one another as the workouts continue throughout the week. For those new to working out the soreness may even be a bit off-putting and uncomfortable, especially when trying to get to sleep at night (tossing and turning because your arms feel like throbbing noodles isn’t much fun for anyone). Instead of going for that NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) like Ibuprofen or Aleve, which have been shown to have negative side effects in prolonged use, why not consider a naturally occurring alternative to help battle that post-workout inflammation?As mentioned above, CBD has a host of beneficial effects that athletes and run-of-the-mill gym goers alike can take full advantage of without having any of the psychoactive properties that compounds such as THC have- meaning you won’t get loopy or foggy-minded when taking CBD. Listed below are some of the areas CBD can help in:

Inflammation and Pain Relief– One of the biggest issues athletes face on a daily basis is inflammation and the pain associated with that and muscular damage. Studies have shown that pain and inflammation can be reduced through CBD use, which is perfect to have handy after a hard day of training.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety– If you are the type to feel nervous right before an event or even before going to the gym during peak hours (no judgement there, we were all new once), then it might be helpful to know that CBD has anti-depressant/anxiolytic properties. It could help ease those nerves when you need it most!

Decrease Recovery Time– This compound clearly has healing properties as it aids in inflammation and pain management, so it isn’t too much of a stretch to suggest that it may even help athletes and those who are over-trained or injured get back on the horse in a shorter amount of time, please see What is CBD.

Whether you choose to take it before a big game or workout to calm the nerves or after a workout to help manage your inflammation and soreness, CBD can be another tool in your recovery arsenal along with good nutrition and a solid night’s sleep to get you back out there as quickly as possible. If unsure about where to begin checkout information on dosage CBD Intake: Just how Much CBD Should I Be Taking?

Can Athletes Benefit From CBD Oil?

Dedicating a majority of your time towards training to meet and exceed the physical demands of a sport constantly breaks down the body, so recovering effectively with disciplined nutrition and proper rest is a must in order to train effectively and/or to compete at peak performance levels. The tedious cycle of catabolic and anabolic processes the body undergoes while training can quickly wear anyone down, both physically and mentally. That being said, athletes (both recreational and professional) are always looking for ways to recover as quickly as possible in order to return to their training in tip-top shape. With all that in mind, we have to ask ourselves if CBD can have a significant effect on athletic recovery, and if so to what degree?

CBD Recap: What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in Cannabis plants and in industrial hemp. While its cousin compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) creates a euphoric sensation when taken, CBD will elicit no such feeling.

The take away from this is that CBD does not get you high.

It has been shown, however, to still promote some very beneficial effects in the body, such as helping in decreasing the sensation of pain and anxiety. More on this a bit later on- but if you’d like a bit more information on what CBD is, you can always check out The Cannabis Conundrum and CBD in Depth.

The Aftermath of a Training Session

After a solid workout session your body may be a bit upset with you for a day or two. Muscular fatigue, soreness, decreased levels of energy and even bouts of nausea can all stem from an intense workout. Throughout the week the stress gradually compounds upon itself as the workouts continue, which is why recovery practices are so incredibly important to stick to- especially for those adhering to an intense training regimen. For those new to working out the soreness may even be a bit off-putting and uncomfortable, especially when trying to get to sleep at night (tossing and turning because your arms feel like throbbing noodles isn’t much fun for anyone). Instead of easing the pain of muscle soreness by going for that NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) like Ibuprofen or Aleve, which have been shown to have negative side effects with prolonged use, why not consider a naturally occurring alternative to help battle that post-workout inflammation?

As mentioned above, CBD has a host of beneficial effects that athletes and casual gym goers alike can take full advantage of. A few of the ailments CBD has been shown to help reduce are:

    • Inflammation and Promote Pain Relief- One of the biggest issues athletes face on a daily basis is inflammation and the pain associated with that and muscular damage. Studies have shown that pain and inflammation can be reduced through CBD use, which is perfect to have handy after a hard day of training.
    • Stress and Anxiety- If you are the type to feel nervous right before an event or even before going to the gym during peak hours (no judgement there, it can be a very intimidating place), then it might be helpful to know that CBD has anti-depressant/anxiolytic properties. It could help ease those nerves when you need it most!
    • Recovery Time- This compound clearly has healing properties as it aids in inflammation and pain management, so it isn’t too much of a stretch to suggest that it may even help athletes and those who are over-trained or injured get back to training in a shorter amount of time.  Please see What is CBD.

With this information you can look to take CBD infused products in 3 distinct timeframes related to athletic performance: Before training/competition, during training/competition, and post-training/competition. Let’s take a deeper look at each one of these time frames.

Before Training/Competition

As alluded to before, stress and performance anxiety can rear its head when about to step on the field or even in the training room. We are all our own worst critiques and negative self-talk is a slippery slope of diminishing performance if not managed correctly, especially when we find ourselves not performing up to our own standards. While sports psychology is beyond the scope of this article, CBD products may be able to help ease the nerves and get your head back into the game instead of dwelling on past mistakes.

If you find yourself waking up super nervous on game day, think about taking a CBD edible a few hours before game time. The longer digestion period couple with the steady-rate of CBD absorption in the body during that time may enable you to better regroup and focus before it’s time to play.

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During Training/Competition

If you are in the midst of the action and you feel your performance or your attitude slipping due to physical or mental fatigue, being proactive about the situation can literally save the day. Having rituals to fall back on that calm the mind down are invaluable tools to have; a phrase or motto that holds a lot of weight for you, a wrist band that reminds you why you do what you do, and breathing techniques that refocus your attention are all useful tools to have in your mental arsenal. If looking to add to that arsenal though, CBD oil cartridges and tinctures may be a great way to go. The quick diffusion through the bloodstream from the lungs makes it a great way to get a quick pick me up when the situation calls for it.

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Post-Training/Competition

After battle has been waged, rest and recovery is needed the most. Supplement good nutrition and sleeping habits with any of the products on our site! They have all been shown to help boost recovery and decrease pain related to inflammation.

However, if suffering from an acute injury such as knee pain or a swollen ankle, having a CBD lotion or salve readily available may be the most beneficial. Applying the ointment enables the compound to work directly on the afflicted area instead of traveling through the entire body, providing a more direct treatment so to speak.

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Note-

It is very important to see what works for you and what doesn’t when it comes to supplements for athletic performance. This article is by no means saying that these products or methods of application will automatically boost performance. Everyone will react uniquely to what they put in their body- such is the way of human individuality. See what works best for you based off of these guidelines and create your own perfect athletic supplemental kit!

Whether you choose to take it before a big game or workout to calm the nerves or after a workout to help manage your inflammation and soreness, CBD can be another tool in your recovery arsenal along with good nutrition and a solid night’s sleep to get you back out there as quickly as possible. If interested in trying out some CBD products but don’t know where or what would be best for your particular ailment, check out CBD Bioavailability and Methods of Intake to see which method may work best for you!

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