In the time that’s passed since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed cannabidiol (CBD) from its banned substances list, athletes have been finding the substance beneficial for a variety of uses. From relaxation and focus ahead of major competitions through to treating inflammation and speeding up recovery time, CBD has shown itself to be an important aid to attaining peak performance.
Like THC, CBD is a molecule present in cannabis. However, contrary to popular belief, cannabidiol does not produce any psychoactive effects. This is what prompted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to remove this product from its list of banned substances in the world of sport.
What’s happened with CBD since it was removed from WADA’s banned substances list?
Since CBD was removed from WADA’s banned substances list, more and more professional athletes have been purchasing hemp concentrates to improve their physical condition. And, consequently, with better physical condition comes better performance.
But it’s still early days and there’s still a lot to learn about all the varied uses for CBD. So to keep up to date with the latest information on the benefits of CBD for athletes, and the latest hemp news, download our companion cannabis news app before reading on.
The use of CBD before a sports competition
Cannabidiol can be a great help to an athlete who is getting ready for a competition or intense training session. Indeed, this product has properties that allow it to act effectively on the mind. This is important, especially for high-level athletes.
Before a major competition, it is possible to discover the benefits of CBD oil. Used in sublingual mode, this product allows you to clear your head and better concentrate on the goals to be achieved. In addition, it reduces stress and anxiety, which are generally the first cause of poor performance in a top athlete.
Optimizing energy without undesirable side effects
For an athlete, consuming CBD just before an event is an effective way to optimize their energy, without the risk of exposing themselves to the undesirable effects of doping substances.
It should also be noted that this molecule also helps to better support athletes with the pain and inflammation associated with physical effort, allowing them to continue surpassing themselves without the use of heavy medications. This is what justifies its popularity, particularly in the world of endurance sports.
The use of cannabidiol as an aid to recovery
Cannabidiol is becoming more and more popular in the sports world because it is effective, both before and after physical exertion. Indeed, CBD has properties that promote quick recovery after intense sports activity.
In a natural way, this molecule constitutes a powerful anti-inflammatory product. It can thus act on the muscles and accelerate their recovery time. Thus, athletes reduce the time required for recovery periods between competitions, allowing them to continue performing and training at their peak.
In general, the effect of CBD after the physical effort is most optimal when it is applied locally. It is, therefore, preferable to use massage with CBD oil or a cream containing cannabidiol to quickly relieve the muscles. In case of injury, this product reduces the sensation of pain and helps to heal as quickly as possible. Please note, however, that you must know how to use it properly to get the most out of it.
CBD research is ongoing
In recent years, CBD and its mode of action have been the subject of particular attention from the scientific community. Numerous studies have been conducted and have revealed the benefits of this molecule on the body.
According to the researchers, CBD has very promising analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Recent experiments suggest that the proper use of CBD leads to a significant reduction in inflammation and pain in people suffering from rheumatism, osteoarthritis, etc. Does this mean that we are moving towards authorization of cannabis-based drugs? Only time will tell.
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