Top athletes get up each day with the intention of being at the top of their sport. They train hard, eat well, push boundaries, and maximize recovery. But more often than not, this extreme dedication takes a toll on their bodies.
MMA fighters, NFL players, and cyclists are just some athletes who are turning to CBD as a safe way to manage this soreness, improve their recovery, and to reduce reliance on over-the-counter pain medications. In fact, in May 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that CBD products that have had all trace amounts of THC removed (the psychoactive element) are no longer banned.
Here’s why more athletes are doing their research and coming out in favor of CBD for managing pain and inflammation naturally and without nasty side-effects:
One of the biggest issues athletes face on a daily basis is inflammation. CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and integrates with the human body to help bring it back to balance faster and reducing aches and pains from muscle tear and swelling.
CBD is high in antioxidants, which helps lower your risk for infection and boosts your immune system. After all, there is nothing more frustrating than training for months (or years!) before a crucial event, only to get sick beforehand.
Most athletes experience muscle aches from pushing themselves during training and competitions or nerve pain from overloading muscles in order to build greater strength and stamina. CBD works directly at the site of irritated nerve receptors by acting like a lock and key system with the human body’s existing endocannabinoid system. It sends signals to the specific problem areas, reducing pain, and speeding up musclerecovery.
Muscle spasms in athletes happen due to the straining of a muscle, dehydration, trauma, or damage to nerves. CBD has antispasmodic properties and works with receptors present at the site of muscular synapses. In less-scientific terms, this means that CBD helps muscles rest and relax, encouraging faster muscle repair, growth, and strengthening.
Reducing game-day nerves and managing anxiety is crucial for top athletes. The science behind CBD for anxiety shows that CBD activates mood-balancing receptors, helps to grow the hippocampus (the small organ in the brain that regulates emotions), and pumps up your “bliss molecules”.
For athletes that are subject to hits and blows to the head like football players, hockey players, and gymnasts,research has found that CBD could mean the difference between a severe concussion, and just a foggy head for a while. As a neuroprotectant, CBD helps to protect against damage as well as reduce damage to the brain and nervous system by encouraging the growth and development of new neurons.
Top athletes challenge the human body to the brink of its endurance and athletic capabilities in pursuit of getting to the top of their game. CBD is fast cementing its place as the natural edge top athletes have been looking for to optimize training, boost performance, and sharpen focus on their way to new athletic heights.