Top 7 good reasons to use CBD for sport!

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Le cannabidiol, or CBD, is renowned for its soothing effects, for both body and soul. Therefore, the question of its interest in the context of sports practice arises. Could it not contribute to the mind of an athlete who is about to serve for the match, to muscle relaxation after a race or to find sleep the day before a final?

Well yes, and that's not all CBD can do! Here is our top 7 of good reasons to use CBD for sports !

1. A painkiller with no side effects

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CBD has many sports benefits, and very few side effects

The effects of CBD are numerous, and increasingly well known. Some are more obviously interesting for athletes than others:

  • Relief of chronic pain thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect
  • Reduction of anxiety through antidepressant effect
  • Treatment of sleep disorders looking for his relaxing effect
  • Possible food supplements thanks to that high in omega and vitamins (especially true for hemp so the CBD is extracted)

In addition to these benefits for sport, CBD does not present more noSide effects notorious known. Thus, CBD, especially when consumed in high doses, can give a mushy mouthfeel, cause a headache, or upset the digestive system. We are far from the side effects of anti-inflammatories that can go so far as to cause stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, asthma or heart problems.

For athletes, therefore, CBD represents the hope of a alternative to painkillers and, above all, to opioids (codeine, morphine, fentanyl in particular), which are highly addictive. The interests of CBD in the context of sports therefore seem quite interesting.

The many virtues of CBD mean that it can be used both before and after sport.

2. Cannabidiol helps the mental preparation of the athlete

Before sport, CBD will above all contribute to the mental preparation of the athlete. By reducing the level of stress and anxiety, it allows you to be more serene when entering the field, the track or simply the gym. It is also a good alternative to stimulants (especially caffeine) since it allows you to benefit from a renewed energy without experiencing adverse effects such as increased nervousness or increased heart rate.

In this case, one consumption per sublingual route or oral is more appropriate. The first is to place the amount ofCBD oil wanted directly under the tongue for a few seconds (30 to 40) before swallowing it. The cannabidiol then enters the body quickly, for rapid effects (usually after  20 minutes). By directly swallowing the CBD (by CBD capsule. as CBD infusion or in a food), the digestive tract is requested. It is then necessary to be a little more patient to benefit from diffuse and lasting effects (one to two hours after taking).

3. CBD promotes sports recovery

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CBD helps relax muscles after exercise

After sport, on the contrary, CBD is mainly used as recovery aid. Painkiller, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant, it can reduce recovery time at the same time as it relieves cramps and aches. Sublingual CBD oil remains an effective and popular solution for most athletes. It can then be associated with a topical application, i.e. local.

In addition to the CBD products usually used in the context of sports, all the interest of creams, balms and other massage oils is then felt. For example, it may be interesting to turn to a CBD muscle relaxer gel. There are also CBD patches, using the transdermal route for a regular supply of cannabidiol. They do not cause effect peaks, but rather a light and permanent relaxed state. And of course without dependency.

4. CBD is not addictive

Another big advantage of CBD for sport, it is not not addicting. THC, another well-known cannabinoid extracted from the same plant (cannabis sativa), like many painkillers, is both psychologically and psychically addictive. What is a serious problem in itself is doubly so for athletes since these molecules can influence their performance. They can also lead to their elimination from competitions for doping.

The CBD, on the other hand, does not make you dependent. Better, it would even seem to be able facilitate weaning to certain addictive molecules (THC, alcohol, drugs) by reducing anxiety and the desire to consume. If you want stop smoking cannabis or search for a tobacco substitute for improve your athletic performance, CBD is once again a solution to try.

5. CBD can be combined with other products beneficial to athletes

CBD is not the only cannabinoid that has benefits for athletes. Thus, the molecule is often associated with the CBG, or cannabigerol. Like CBD, CBG is not not psychoactive (it does not hover). Its effects are quite similar, and we recognize analgesic and pain relieving properties which could also be useful in the context of physical preparation or recovery. It even seems to offer better results than CBD when it comes to reduction in pain sensation and muscle fatigue.

The good news is that it is entirely possible to combine the effects of CBD and CBG. Before or after sport, CBD and CBG can be taken separately, at the same time or simply through a product that combines the two cannabinoids. Beware, however, of the CBD/CBG association if you compete (see below)!

If you are on any treatment, however, it is important to discuss your desire to take CBD with your doctor. There is indeed a risk ofdrug interaction, especially with certain antidepressants. Space out the takes However, a few hours is often enough not to interfere with the treatment.

A fundamental question for any sportsman who takes part in official competitions nevertheless persists: is it authorized to consume cannabidiol when you are a high level athlete ?

6. CBD is not a doping product

CBD is authorized by the World Anti-Doping Agency

CBD is authorized by the World Anti-Doping Agency

Without further suspense, let's get right to the point: yes, it is quite authorized to consume CBD as part of the practice of sport, including at the professional level. According to'World Anti-Doping Agency herself, the CBD is not a doping product. The Montreal-based anti-doping foundation goes even further by stating that “all natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited, with the exception of cannabidiol (CBD)”.

The world of professional sport nevertheless continues to make the THC cannabis doping hunt and, to a lesser extent, to other identified cannabinoids, regardless of their proven effects. The cannabinol (CBN) and  cannabigerol (CBG) are thus in particular part of the cannabinoids explicitly excluded from the list of products authorized in sport. To avoid taking any risks, it is therefore necessary to favor products based on CBD isolate, which make it possible to ensure the absence of THC and other cannabinoids.

Surprisingly, CBD is banned by most horse federations. Thus, a horse that has been administered CBD for recover more easily for a competition could well be disqualified. Indeed, CBD is also beneficial to horses which, like all mammals, have an endocannabinoid system and therefore respond to cannabinoids. A jockey under CBD, OK, but not a horse then!

7. Many top athletes already use CBD

There are many good reasons to use CBD for sports. Information that has not escaped many top athletes who are increasingly interested in the molecule! Many professional athletes thus benefit from its advantages before and after major competitions. Nonetheless, the lack of perspective compared to these new products, and the relative difficulty in ensuring their composition, still blows hot and cold in the world of sport, with great convinced, and others who still have some reservations in the face of fear (justified or not) of the doping control.

Among the converts are English rugby players George Kruis and Dominic Day who, in addition to their contribution to the XV de la Rose, have together created a cbd oil sales company. An initiative that came to Kruis following the discovery of anti-inflammatory properties of the product following ankle surgery.

The world star of women's football Megan Rapinoe also publicly mentioned the benefits of CBD oil in sports, as well as the need to end some taboos around the pain management in athletes. Mike Tyson (boxing), Rob Grongowski (American football), Nate Diaz (Ultimate Fighting), Paul Pierce (NBA, basketball), Brooke Ence (crossfit) and Ross Rebagliati (snowboard) are some other examples of top athletes already convinced by the CBD.

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