Athletes, whether beginner or well-experienced, will at some point undergo immense pain or injuries from training sessions, or from participating in events or games. To get relief, they will turn to therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or, worst-case scenario, opioids, which, in the long-run, aren’t the healthiest or safest ways of getting relief. This has resulted in the search for alternatives – more organic and safer alternatives.
The possible answer to their problems: CBD
Why Choose CBD?
Legal: Accepted by WADA & USADA
Firstly, CBD is now completely legal for athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency and the US Anti-Doping Agency have officially removed CBD from their list of prohibited substances. THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), however, is still banned. CBD products tend to have minute traces of THC, which may be a problem here, but, to ensure that athletes who are regular users don’t test positive for the chemical, WADA has set a limit of 150 nanograms per milliliter of THC in urine drug tests. This is to also detect whether athletes are using CBD while competing in events or games.
CBD is well-known for its many therapeutic benefits.
- Pain reliever
- NSAIDs alternative
- Opioids alternative
- Potential aid in gut issues
- Sleep aid
How To Use CBD
The speed of the effectiveness of CBD depends on the type of CBD and the administration route.
CBD comes in many forms:
- Topical creams and lotions
- Edibles and infusions
- Inhaled as a vapor (vape pen)
The quickest way to experience its effects is via sublingual (under the tongue) tinctures or drops if vaping isn’t your thing. Next in line is topicals, then edibles or anything orally administered.
According to Hempsley.com, there are 3 types of CBD:
- Full-spectrum (whole plant) – Full-spectrum CBD products contain a full profile of all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant, which means there are minute traces of THC.
- Isolate (pure) – These products contain pure CBD extract, removing all other compounds.
- Broad-spectrum – This type is the middle ground option between isolate and full-spectrum CBD. It begins as a full-spectrum oil but then goes through a refinement process to remove all THC compounds.
CBD can be derived from both marijuana and industrial hemp. If the CBD was derived from industrial hemp, the THC content should be of the legal limit of less than 0.3%.
CBD isolate and hemp-derived CBD are better choices for anyone with zero-tolerance drug testing at work, or to avoid any risks of failing a drug test.
How Much CBD To Use
There is no standard dosage for CBD as it has shown to affect people differently (different tolerance levels). Also, due to its recent legalization, CBD is still relatively new and is not well-regulated. This causes many cases of mislabeling, which is a risk for users and in this case athletes when the product ingredients differ from those on the label. One such case might be where the presence or content of THC in the product is completely bypassed and the focus is on CBD leading potential costumers to believe there is a negligible amount of THC. Therefore, the responsibility of finding a reputable brand is up to the customer.
CBD has great potential in becoming an alternative to painkillers and abuse-prone drugs, such as opioids, as it presents many therapeutic benefits from having anti-inflammatory properties to being a sleep aid, and ultimately improving athletic performance.
Information source & original article from trainright.com
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