CBD is quickly becoming a favourite among professional athletes who want to recover from muscle strain and injury naturally. But this promising natural alternative is not just for the pros and may be able to support your fitness routine and well-being in a number of ways.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is one of over a hundred different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike the better-known cannabinoid THC – that is responsible for the ‘high’ associated with cannabis – CBD is not psychoactive and is legal in the UK.
Over the last few years, CBD has attracted a lot of attention, with people proclaiming its benefits for a wide range of ailments, including arthritis, chronic pain, epilepsy, eczema and insomnia. However, the science is lagging behind popular use and there have been very few clinical studies investigating its potential for the numerous conditions that people are commonly using it for.
What we do know is that CBD and other cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system. This system plays a central role in maintaining human health by regulating processes such as sleep, appetite, pain and immune response. Research, mostly from animal studies, suggests that CBD reduces inflammation and limits our perception of pain by targeting various sites and indirectly influencing the levels of cannabinoids produced within the body (namely anandamide).
Pro athletes and amateurs alike are seeing the benefits of CBD
While the research is catching up, numerous sports professionals have been outspoken about their use of CBD for the management of chronic pain, recovery from injuries, pre-game anxiety and sleep management. UFC fighter Nate Diaz, triathlete Andrew Talansky and footballer Cullen Jenkins have all been vocal about the benefits they have experienced from taking CBD. Professional rugby players George Kruis and Dom Day were so serious about using CBD to stay in shape for a sport that’s notoriously hard on the body, that they founded the CBD company fourfivecbd, producing a high quality range of CBD oils, balms and capsules, including FourFiveCBD’s 0% THC CBD Oil, the only CBD product as yet to have been tested and cleared for use by the BSCG (Banned Substance Control Group) which is un-paralleled in terms of the certification of dietary supplements.
More recently, sport’s associations have begun collaborating with cannabis companies to explore CBD’s potential, because unlike the commonly used pain medications – opioids and anti-inflammatories – CBD has no known adverse effects or potential for abuse. Natural CBD products may prove to be a powerful alternative amidst growing concern about opioid dependency in the sporting profession.
CBD’s potential to gently assist in the recovery from injuries makes it an obvious choice for professionals, amateur athletes and sporting enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re sore after a tough work out at the gym, a round in the boxing ring, or you need a little help getting to sleep each night due to an injury, CBD might be able to help.
But is CBD safe and legal?
In the UK, CBD is completely legal. Naturally, there’s still some stigma to using a substance associated with an illegal drug, but attitudes are shifting fast. In 2018, the World Doping Agency (WADA) officially removed CBD from its list of prohibited substancesand CBD by itself is increasingly permitted by professional sports bodies. That said, the UK’s anti-doping position is to be cautious, as some products may contain higher THC levels than advertised, which is a serious concern for the professional athlete. An alarming 2017 studyshowed levels of THC in some CBD products that went well beyond FDA limits and UK products may be no different.
Herein lies the trouble with the new and rapidly evolving CBD market: a lack of regulation. A report by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis discovered that just 11 out of thirty products they tested had a CBD content that was within 10% of the advertised amount. That’s why to verify cannabinoid content, companies often send their CBD products for independent testing by third-party laboratories. To be extra careful, it is worth buying from companies that freely share third party lab test results that display the levels of cannabinoids in each product.
In this growing but uncertain industry, SeedsmanCBD acknowledges that professional and amateur athletes alike want peace of mind when it comes to CBD. Purity is important, and only expert analysis and testing can guarantee it. Following independent lab tests commissioned by the company, any product found not to contain its declared CBD level is withdrawn from sales. Founded in 2002, Seedsman has been an expert voice in hemp and cannabis for years, as well as an advocate for boosting this plant’s reputation and increasing awareness of its impressive health benefits. In 2018 Seedsman launched online CBD superstore SeedsmanCBD, dedicated to bringing customers accurate, high-quality information as well as reputable, lab-tested products they can trust. Each product comes with a detailed ingredients list and instructions for use.
How to use CBD in your fitness regime
You’ll find CBD sold in 4 main forms:
The most common form is CBD oil, made from concentrated CBD rich hemp extract that has been infused into an edible oil such as coconut, olive or hemp seed oil. Oils are sold as either ‘pure CBD’, ‘full spectrum’ or ‘broad spectrum’. ‘Pure CBD’ oil is made from a CBD isolate infused in an edible oil; ‘full spectrum’ oil is rich in CBD and contains other cannabinoids and plant compounds; ‘broad spectrum’ oil is used to refer to hemp extracts rich in CBD and other cannabinoids, but that has had THC removed.
Just run a marathon? A few drops of oil under the tongue or capsules or pills can be swallowed to help soothe injury pain, sore joints or sleep disturbances.
Creams and salves
These are applied directly to the skin, making them ideal for targeting achy muscles and specific problem areas. Use a cream, ointment or salve to combat muscle stiffness after overtraining, or to treat sprains and swelling. Excellent for hard gym days and tender muscles.
Extract-infused oils can be incorporated into edible products like protein bars and powders, drinks, chocolate bars and other snacks. Throw a few bars in your trail backpack or snack on a CBD oil chocolate bar after your yoga class.
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