Athletes often suffer chronic pain conditions and are almost always sore. Although, they receive prizes for their efforts and are recognized for their stellar performances, many athletes battle with common pain issues like a torn muscle, strained ligaments, arthritis and more.
While many athletes are lucky enough to find reprieve in painkillers like ibuprofen, a significant number of other athletes suffer chronic pain that eventually makes them unfit to participate in the activities they love.
However, a lot is changing as most athletes are coming out to speak in favor of CBD and how it can help athletes continue doing sports with minimal pain than the usual medications.
Examples of athletes who have spoken in favor of CBD are Tennessee Titans Linebacker, Derrick Morgan; UFC fighter, Gina Mazany; Former Baltimore Ravens, Eugene Monroe; MMA, Chris Camozzi and UFC Fighter Nate Diaz.
Isn’t CBD a Banned Substance For Athletes?
One of the many questions some are quick to ask is if CBD isn’t a banned substance. CBD was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as an illegal substance for athletes to use.
However, following several extensive research and animal studies, WADA has declassified cannabidiol as a controlled substance. Following the approval which was made public in January 2017, athletes can now freely purchase and use CBD without risking their careers.
These are the 5 major reasons more and more athletes are using CBD.
1. Lower stress and anxiety
Preparations may give a sense of confidence, but it can never erode the feeling of anxiety just before the big moment. It’s not uncommon for athletes to feel anxious just before a big game or event. And during the game, the entire body (including adrenal system) works extra hard which leads to stress.
CBD is widely known for its antidepressant/anxiolytic properties that effectively treat anxiety disorders and regulate the secretion of cortisol which responsible for stress in the body.
2. Beat Inflammation
Inflammation is a painful reality many athletes live with every day. It occurs when lactic acid accumulates in muscles, joints and body parts an athlete uses because of insufficient oxygen. When left untreated, they can impair an athlete’s ability to engage in future activities.
However, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can suppress inflammatory responses by targeting certain receptors. It can be used to prevent joint injury during physical activities and also manage post-exercise pains from swellings.
3. Pain reliever
Many athletes will agree that training and pain go hand-in-hand. But if the post-training pain continues unhindered, an athlete may be unable to engage in a further activity.
While OTC painkillers merely make you numb to pain which exists, CBD is a much better way of dealing with pain from wear and tear. It helps to combat chronic and neuropathic pain without putting your brain in a fog.
4. Control weight and appetite
One of the challenges for professional athletes is eating the best foods so their bodies can be healthy and perform at its optimum capacity. However, developing an appetite for the right kind of foods can be a big struggle.
With CBD, you can slow down your appetite for foods and control excessive eating tendencies. Additionally, CBD also aids athletes to feel full longer when a big game is underway.
5. Boost the immune system
Preparing hard for an event or game puts the body under tremendous stress. Sometimes, the stress may exceed what the body can bear which can make you get sick just before the big day.
Using CBD can help keep your body healthy during training, especially in winter when athletes are likely to get ill. With its high antioxidant properties, CBD aids your immune system to fight infections and keep your heart in good shape.