The Wonderful World of CBDs: For Athletes
Effective chronic pain management with minimal side-effects is a challenge for athletes. CBD is extremely effective in managing inflammation post exercise.
By connecting with the two main types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are found on cells throughout the body, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), helping it in striving to achieve homeostasis—the body’s natural state of balance.
CBD oil can bridge the gap between the basic, but effective, RICE approach (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and anti-inflammatory drugs. It can also be used as a topical treatment in certain sports where the skin can easily become damaged.
CBD is a proven analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent, and the advantage of CBD remains in the ability to use both during and after exercise thanks to the absence of psychotropic effects. The same anti-inflammatory action of CBD may protect heart, lungs, and brain right after an injury, and during its treatment. The reduction of muscle spasms is another post-workout benefit of CBD extracts, while the anti-emetic effect of this cannabinoid may help athletes reducing nausea.
Finally, the role of CBD in sleep regulation is another benefit for athletes. A good quality sleep each night is fundamental for muscle growth and recovery. The quality of sleep can seriously influence athletes’ performances, and pre-performance stress can turn in restless nights. The relaxing and sedative effects of cannabinoids are well known, with many people reporting better sleep patterns and reduction of insomnia. The hemp-based products with high amounts of CBD are preferred for improving sleep quality, thus providing a natural physical and mental recovery.