From Amateurs and Olympians to Professional Champions, athletes face incredible strain every time they step onto the field. Athletes use their bodies in extraordinary ways, pushing the human capacity for endurance, flexibility, strength and pain. As a result, physical injuries are common. You hear about an athlete's career ending due to injury all the time. You've probably rooted for a player in the past and watched as injuries kept them from the big event. Or, perhaps you have faced a similar struggle when working out, training for a competition or just casually playing a sport. Fighting through pain and injuries can have long lasting effects that wear down the body. To combat inflammation common with physical activity, sleep soundly for muscle and joint regeneration, and target localized pain, Athletes are increasingly turning to personalized CBD solutions.
CBD vs. Other Painkillers
Inflammation and pain are all too familiar to athletes, who often turn to opioids for relief. Unfortunately, opioids are dangerous due to their addictive nature. Moreover, NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, can negatively affect the liver, stomach, or kidneys, if used over extended periods of time.
CBD is getting more and more attention these days in the athletic world as a safer alternative to NSAIDs and opioids with additional mental and physical benefits. CBD oil can relieve inflammation, post-surgical pain, and anxiety, while improving sleep quality, which can decrease when the body is in pain. Moreover, studies have shown CBD to strengthen the brain after a head injury. In fact, the University of Miami is currently spending $16 million dollars to closely examine CBD’s impact on brain injuries.
Unlike NSAIDs, CBD eases physical pain with minimal to zero side effects. Plus, CBD can help minimize the stress and pressure an athlete faces on the field and any accompanying anxiety or depression that may result from an injury. With CBD, athletes can power through minor aches and pains during practice and find a more effective, fast-acting healing approach for major injuries.
How CBD Works
CBD works closely with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for a string of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. The ECS receptors are found all over the body, but primarily in the peripheral sensory nerve that links to the brain. CBD blocks the neurotransmitters that send signals to the brain, causing pain and also preventing the release of pro-inflammatory molecules.
Additionally, CBD acts as a muscle relaxer on stiff muscles that can also ease pain. This relaxation allows athletes to exercise and strengthen any problematic areas.
Since it is common for athletes to experience pain in the tendons, muscles, or ligaments, using a CBD lotion that penetrates beneath the skin can decrease pain and inflammation. And CBD lotion isn't just for new injuries. The lotion can also help with acute flare-ups from that old "football" injury you've been nursing for the better part of a decade.
Concerns about CBD in Drug Tests
Athletes face drug tests on a regular basis, but CBD does not show up in urine tests, allowing them to take the drug without violating any anti-doping policies. Furthermore, there are no recreational properties to CBD, allowing athletes to focus CBD nutraceutical on health and healing.
As of January 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency has removed CBD from its list of banned substances, allowing more athletes to switch from opioids and NSAIDs to CBD. This is a step in the right direction for U.S. advanced CBD research, following countries, like Canada, that have approved and marketed CBD products for years.
Currently, at least 20 trials studying CBD’s benefits are taking place in the United States. However, because the Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD, finding quality, pure extracts without THC can be a challenge.
Fortunately, trusted websites are out there. For example, Tru Medicinals provides clearly-labeled, pure CBD products, including oil, capsules, and lotions, and nano water tinctures.
Other Factors Athletes Consider
Athletes of all levels work with trainers, nutritionists, and physicians, keeping their bodies balanced and healthy. As everyone who uses CBD should, athletes need to check in with medical professionals to make sure the CBD is not counteracting any other medications or treatments they are taking. In fact, athletes, who endure strenuous workouts, can optimize their CBD intake by supplementing other herbal remedies that may work in tandem.
Finally, everyone should inquire about the right dosage, depending on their weight, medical background, and current health. Athletes only have a short window to perform their chosen sport at the top of their game. For many, that sport is their livelihood and the culmination of a lifetime of practice. They need the safest, most effective substance in order to remain in top form and stay healthy!
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