CBD and its Benefits for Athletes
An early big win for professional athletes as Cannabidiol has been removed from the list of prohibited substances! This opens up the starting gates for athletes wanting to treat their pain and inflammation from pre- and post-stress work-outs, which CBD seems to do naturally.
Natural CBD formulas are undoubtedly good for people and offer an alternative treatment to traditional prescription medicines that often leave patients with unwanted side-effects. While CBD and other cannabinoid derived medicines continue to be met with speculation many sports leagues are starting to address the issue athletes have been hurdling over to get the treatment they deserve.
What is CBD
CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids that is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant, especially the variety of cannabis known as hemp. It was the first molecule isolated in cannabis; it was at first thought to be a precursor to the well-known cannabinoid, Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Since it was discovered that CBD is an isolated cannabinoid over 100 other cannabinoids have been identified. Although most cannabinoids offer medical properties there seems to be much interest in the CBD molecule because of the variety of potential medical benefits it offers. Because it is non- psychoactive there has been much confusion about its legality.
CBD works very well with our bodies and actually binds to receptors found throughout our endocannabinoid system ( ECS ). Our ECS is comprised of both our immune and central nervous system and includes organs such as the brain and skin. Just like other cannabinoids it interacts with tiny receptors known as CB1 and CB2 receptors and helps them regulate communication and production of hormones thus reducing and relieving conditions such as pain and inflammation.
Legality of CBD
The US Food and Drug Administration already has given the green light for its approval of CBD as medicine by releasing its first CBD based medicine last year. Epidiolex was approved by the FDA last year already and is used in the treatment of rare forms epilepsy and its associated symptoms of seizures. So effective is the CBD as a treatment for seizures many patients often reduce hundreds of seizures a day to zero after treatment of Epidiolex.
CBD is legal in all 50 states as long as the CBD is extracted from legal hemp. This is thanks to the Farm Bill that was passed by the Senate on 11 December 2018 and signed the following day. This means for the first time in over 50 years farmers are able to plant, cultivate and process hemp and is great news for the CBD industry.
So technically CBD is a legal commodity as long as the final product is derived from local hemp. Hemp is technically and legally noted as a plant with less than 0.3% THC. What is important about hemp is that it is packed with CBD and its easily extracted using a variety of methods.
CBD and Athletes
The demand for CBD treatments has surged in the last couple of years. Not only are peer-reviewed studies proving the promising medical benefits, athletes who have taken the plunge and tried CBD for themselves have also realized the benefits.
Leonard Marshall – NFL defence end Leonard Marshall has used CBD instead of traditional treatments after he showed signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy ( CTE ). NFL is a dangerous contact sport and statistics show that up to 40% of players may show signs of CTE. A traumatic brain injury is caused by concussions in the contact sport. Leonard Marshall’s use of CBD has been tremendous and his symptoms were significantly lowered or disappeared completely after treatment of CBD oil.
Eugene Monroe – An NFL offensive player was one of the first professional athletes to come out of the closet and open admit to his use of CBD as a medical treatment for his health and wellness. He is also an advocate for further studies of CBD in sports science as well as an activist for the removal of cannabinoid-based medicine in the athlete’s treatment protocol.
Nate Diaz – MMA fighter Nate Diaz made it public knowledge in 2016 about his use of CBD. At a press conference following his fight with Conor Mcgregor, it was established that his vape pen did, in fact, contain CBD while he was answering journalists questions! Diaz claims to use CBD before and after fights and finds that it gives him the strength he needs to be such a top fighter.
Chris Camozzi – Another mixed-martial athlete that used CBD for pain and inflammation is Chris Camozzi in the MMA league. The fighter claims CBD has been a highly effective and efficient treatment for the knocks he has taken to his body over the years and allows him to continue fighting in the sport of his choice.
Above are just a couple of professional sports stars that have turned to CBD as well as openly advocate the use of CBD for natural treatment of their conditions. Many more will follow suit and this is also due to sports league administrations allowing the use of CBD. The World Anti-Doping Agency has also recently made changes to their prohibited substances and CBD is one of them.
” Cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic and has no psychoactive activity. Synthetic cannabidiol will not have THC but cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance “. Source
The athletes mentioned above are paving the way to a more natural way of treating sports-related injuries and conditions in the future. We will be seeing CBD as a treatment of choice in the near future, not only because it works, but also because of it being natural with almost no side-effects.