CBD: a natural support for those who play sports

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CBD (cannabidiol) is an active ingredient with numerous beneficial effects; it promotes muscle recovery and can be particularly useful in sports contexts. It is a natural support for those engaged in competitive physical activity, as well as for those returning to sports after a long hiatus or starting for the first time.

If certified, CBD is safe and legal even for professional athletes. In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency, in fact, removed CBD from the list of prohibited and doping substances, allowing athletes to benefit from the numerous positive effects identified by scientific research.

What are the benefits of CBD in sports?

The benefits of CBD for those who engage in physical activity are numerous.

  • Applied topically after a workout, CBD promotes muscle recovery and helps alleviate muscle and joint pain.

  • Consumed as CBD oil or capsules, this active ingredient is very useful for supporting the body in cases of pain and for all those muscle and skeletal inflammations related to sports injuries.

  • CBD is a formidable natural aid for managing anxiety and stress, which may manifest as performance anxiety for competitive athletes or as discomfort with one's own body for those resuming physical activity after a long break.

  • Cannabidiol can assist with sleep disorders, encouraging the proper relaxation necessary for falling asleep and maintaining sleep, essential conditions for those involved in physical activity.

In general, CBD acts to rebalance the endocannabinoid system, helping regulate the production of inflammatory agents and promoting homeostasis.

Sports and CBD: What Science Says

In March 2023, the first study on the topical administration of CBD in elite athletes was published. This target group is accustomed and trained to deal with sports injuries on a daily basis and carefully assess the safety of the products they use and how they could impact their athletic performance. Topically applied CBD was well-tolerated by athletes, and after six weeks of use, muscle pain decreased significantly with a corresponding improvement in muscle function.

A recent pilot study on the potential of CBD in physical exercise used IL-6, or interleukin 6, a protein produced by the immune system crucial for regulating inflammation, as an evaluative parameter. The research suggests that CBD can help attenuate systemic inflammation, regardless of the dosage. It revealed that by binding to the CB2 receptor, present in our endocannabinoid system, CBD can help avoid the potential cytokine storm that usually occurs after intense muscle trauma, causing pain.

A study on the effects of cannabis on athlete performance highlights how the active ingredient may be relevant for muscle recovery during training and competition. Through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system and receptors involved in pain perception, CBD can support the body during the performance cycle.

Another study on the use of cannabidiol for sports recovery suggests that taking CBD combined with other recovery protocols could help improve physical performance, potentially disrupted by structural imbalance due to exertion. It could therefore be useful in cases of consecutive competitions, to facilitate recovery between one race and the next.

Various preclinical studies on CBD and sports suggest that CBD could benefit athletes in several ways. Besides supporting the body in cases of pain, CBD can help with anxiety and stress and may be useful for better sleep. These features make it a useful active ingredient for athletes dealing with performance anxiety or poor sleep quality.

CBD can be applied topically or consumed as CBD oil. It is a safe product with rare or irrelevant side effects, as this study on the side effects of CBD reveals.

However, as most cited articles specify, it is crucial to use caution and only use certified and legal CBD-based products that are not contaminated with harmful substances and do not contain THC levels above permitted limits.

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What are the benefits of sports on the body?

According to a study published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the benefits of physical activity are manifold and have a positive impact on various areas of the body.

  • Physical activity enhances brain activity, improves cognitive abilities, memory, and concentration, raises the attention threshold, reduces the risk of dementia, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

  • Exercise reduces the likelihood of developing depression, promotes mood, and improves short and long-term anxiety states.

  • Physical activity improves sleep quality, reduces the time needed to fall asleep, and helps maintain sleep for longer periods.

Exercise can seriously improve the quality of your life, which is why you should dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to movement.

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The calming and relaxing beneficial effects of CBD (cannabidiol) can help those who suffer from stomach pain, both for pain relief and for improving gastrointestinal activity.

Everything you need to know about CBD during pregnancy

As suggested by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), pregnant women should not consume CBD, neither during the nine months of gestation nor while breastfeeding, because CBD could endanger the growth and health of the baby, who is not yet capable of metabolizing the active ingredient.


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Yes, it is versatile and safe even in competitive sports. It is also very useful when combined with practices such as yoga and mindfulness.