CBD and Sport
CBD as a means of enhancing performanceBody-builders, runners and fitness enthusiasts are saying that a pre-workout dose of CBD helps them to maximise the intensity of their workouts by lowering the pain threshold. They also believe that CBD helps to minimise the time needed for post-workout recovery, helping them to avoid the dangers of “overtraining”. Some have even gone so far as to call it a “performance enhancing drug”. If this is indeed the case, it is certainly a lot less harmful than the hormones often used in the sporting world to promote performance.
Not yet considered to be “doping”, but this may changeSporting bodies around the world test athletes for a wide variety of drugs, including THC, but now studies are pointing to CBD as a possible “unfair advantage” and are saying that it should be included in drug testing regimens. At time of writing, however, CBD is not among the drugs for which athletes are tested, and there are those who argue that it is a nutritional supplement and that making it against the rules in sports would be akin to considering a healthy diet to be an “unfair advantage”.
Anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects of particular interestCBD has been proven to have anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects, and as most sports people will suffer form an injury at one time or another. It is this use of CBD that seems to be of the greatest interest. After all, when the alternative is powerful pharmaceutical painkillers that could even prove to be addictive, CBD is clearly a healthier option.
NFL player Jake Plummer, who is spearheading the call for the NFL to not only allow but administer CBD to injured players says that in the past, he would use painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin to control injury related pain. He says the drugs upset his stomach and left him feeling “detached”. Today, he uses CBD, and says that he achieves relief from pain without any unpleasant side effects.