Since it’s 2018 legalization, CBD has become one of the most popular supplements available for commercial sale. It’s popularity for many reasons, but all are primarily tied back to the many stories of CBD helping people deal with many problems that they suffer from. Indeed, many personal stories and some scientific evidence have indicated that CBD can help people deal with many emotional and physical challenges.
Pain and inflammation reduction seem to be one of the key benefits that people have reported finding from their CBD use. This is more than just a few stories, as some studies have noted that CBD appears to be able to reduce both pain and inflammation. While more research is unquestionably needed, it does seem highly possible that CBD can help individuals who suffer from pain, soreness or inflamed muscles. This has the potential to benefit many people – such as athletes.
Are there benefits in CBD for athletes? What are they? Here’s an answer to those questions and more.
First, let’s answer some common questions about CBD. CBD oil is a specific type of cannabinoid. There are over 110 cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds that can have a variety of impacts on your body. All come from the cannabis plant.
CBD is not marijuana, nor should it be confused for marijuana. Marijuana also comes from the cannabis plant but has vastly different processing and cannabinoid levels. Marijuana also comes with high levels of THC. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol and is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the high feeling that you feel when you use marijuana.
Some types of CBD products do contain THC. However, they are legally required to contain no more than .3% THC, a level that is far too low to result in any sort of intoxication. CBD will not get you high.
Ongoing studies are still trying to determine the specific biological method by which CBD works. However, it is understood that CBD’s impact on your body comes from its impact on your Endocannabinoid System. Everyone has an Endocannabinoid System, which is made up of a few component parts, including cannabinoid receptors that are found throughout your body and cannabinoids that are produced internally.
Two cannabinoid receptors have been identified by researchers so far: CB1 and CB2. These receptors can be found all over your body. Under normal circumstances, your body will produce cannabinoids that bind with these receptors. A certain reaction will then occur, resulting in a variety of physical or emotional impacts for you. Your endocannabinoid system is believed to impact sensations like pain, inflammation and more.
CBD oil does not bind with CB1 or CB2 directly. It appears that CBD works by making your body’s own cannabinoids bind for longer periods of time with your body’s cannabinoid receptors. This, in turn, can alter the impact of your body’s Endocannabinoid System.
To be as clear as possible: No CBD products available on the market have been approved by the federal government to treat pain. However, countless individuals – and some research in humans and animals – have found that there might be some potential in this area.
For example, many medical websites have discussed CBD’s ability to lessen the symptoms of pain. Indeed, numerous studies have found that CBD can lower pain and pain symptoms in humans and animals, helping them move easier. Some medical professionals believe that CBD has the potential to help people reduce pain. Indeed, groups that deal with painful disorders, like the Arthritis Foundation, have gone as far as releasing a document of best practices for arthritis sufferers who are looking to CBD for pain relief.
It goes without saying that this can help athletes deal with the common aches and pains that come with their profession by helping them feel better, move faster and have quicker recovery time from games, workouts or injuries.
All of these methods of consuming CBD come with their own positives and negatives, including how long it takes for them to work, the dosage required and potential experiences with side effects. In many cases, athletes find a more positive benefit from taking topicals. That is because you can use the topicals by massaging them directly into areas of pain, stiffness or soreness.
Selecting a dose – particularly when using a topical – can be a challenge. Your best bet is to follow the instructions on a label and increase the dosage until you begin to feel a difference.
While it appears that athletes can reap numerous benefits from CBD, it is worth noting that there are a few things all athletes should keep in mind before consuming the product.
First, make sure you are aware of the side effects that come with CBD. The good news is that side effects are usually mild and tolerable. However, a terrible time to discover that CBD gives you an upset stomach would be just before a game. As such, it is worth trying to CBD in a situation where no immediate performance is required on your part.
to help athletes. However, many athletes have said they have found relief using CBD. Second, make sure you check with a medical professional before starting CBD. There are some concerns about the potential that CBD may have with certain medications. CBD may suppress a critical liver enzyme, resulting in someone absorbing more of a medication than they were intended to. As a result, you should always check potential drug interactions and review CBD use with your doctor first. This will ensure that you don’t unintentionally endanger yourself by taking CBD.
Last, make sure that you only purchase high-quality products that come with a Certificate of Analysis. Unfortunately, there are quite a few horror stories out there when it comes to CBD about people buying products that contained ingredients that gave them an allergic reaction or using products that were inaccurately labeled. Sadly, these experiences are also backed up by scientific data. In 2017, the University of Pennsylvania tested 81 CBD products and found that nearly 70% were mislabeled for a variety of ingredients, including THC levels, potentially putting users in a position where they were consuming products that weren’t appropriately labeled or consuming higher than legally allowed levels of THC.
For athletes – and particularly athletes who undergo drug testing – this can present a major problem.
This issue is compounded by the lack of federal regulations in this area, including a lack of labeling requirements. As a result, high-quality vendors have turned to making Certificates of Analysis available on all of their products. A Certificate of Analysis is essentially a test result that comes from a third-party vendor. It shows every ingredient and the amounts of each ingredient found in a CBD product. It is a way of keeping consumers well-informed about the CBD they are about to consume.
It is worth noting that all of our products at SUPA Naturals come with Certificates of Analysis.
To be sure, more work must be done before anything medically definitive can be said about CBD and its ability