Strenuous workouts, strict diets, immense stress, these are all things athletes experience regularly and the outcome isn’t always glory and gold medals. With all of the strains put on athletes bodies and mind it’s tough to keep them in excellent shape. CBD is a natural remedy extracted from cannabis that aids with many issues that arise from intense training. Don’t worry it is perfectly legal and your favorite athletes probably use it too!
Here are 5 ways athletes will benefit from CBD:
Nothing is worse than coming home from a grueling workout with what seems like every muscle aching, knowing that tomorrow you will have to wake up and do the same thing. Instead of popping a few Advil every couple hours, reach for some CBD. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an anti-inflammatory that helps restore any tissue damaged during a workout, so it doesn’t just mask the pain like conventional medicines, it combats pain speeding up recovery. It can be taken by mouth or applied right to the sore area for natural relief your body will thank you for.
Stress and Anxiety
No one gives their top performance while anxious, to be the best it's important to stay focused and not spend energy analyzing the different outcomes of every situation, we all do it. But CBD can help with stress and anxiety too! A small study done at the University of São Paulo found that CBD reduces social anxiety. Not only did participants report feeling better after treatment, they had brain scans are done that showed the changes in blood flow to the region of the brain linked to anxiety. This proves that CBD relieves stress and alters the way your body reacts to anxiety.
Nothing will put an athlete on the bench like a head injury. New research is constantly being unveiled about how damaging a concussion can be. Although head injuries can’t be avoided or predicted, they can be prepared for. In a three-year-long study of traumatic brain injuries in athletes, researchers found that patients who had previously used CBD as a remedy had a 9% better survival rate than those who did not, and if the patients continued using CBD after the injury their recovery time was much shorter.
As an athlete, diet is an important factor in performance, but we all have those days where nothing will satisfy hunger, but sweets. It might seem odd CBD actually controls appetite since most people associate cannabis with excessive eating. But CBD brings our body back into homeostasis, basically balancing the body and regulating everything, including appetite. So whether you are trying to lose or gain weight CBD will help!
It's hard for athletes to find the perfect balance between maintaining energy through their long days but still getting a good night’s rest. Some supplements will keep you energized throughout the day but up tossing and turning all night. While typical sleep aids can result in oversleeping or feeling extra groggy in the morning, not ideal when you have to be up and moving early. Luckily CBD is a perfect balance! When taken in the morning or midday CBD increases alertness all while still keeping the body and mind relaxed. When night time comes around CBD won’t interfere with sleep but actually better it since the mind will be stress and anxiety free. Research has shown that CBD also has helped reduce insomnia and REM sleep disorder.