Why you should use CBD for sports & athletic performance

on Mark Web
Waarom je CBD zou moeten gebruiken bij sport & atletische prestaties

CBD is used by many elite athletes. For example, also MMA fighters, the Diaz fighters - Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz are very much in favor of using CBD for post-fight recovery.

Not long ago we saw Nate Diaz vaping CBD after his UFC fight against Conor McGregor:

In addition, many athletes are investing in the CBD business. Probably also because they find CBD useful for athletic performance and post-workout recovery.

The CBD industry is currently very popular and is expected to reach billions of dollars in the coming years.

Athletes need a good night's sleep and a quick recovery to perform well. Therefore, CBD can be very helpful for them, as it helps to deal with insomnia, reduces inflammation and shortens the recovery time needed by muscles after physical exertion.


What is CBD

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. CBD was discarded for years because it has no psychoactive properties. However, its medical capabilities have recently become increasingly apparent and are now more valued, including reducing inflammation and anxiety. CBD is even used as a treatment for certain types of epilepsy and arthritis.

CBD is easily tolerated and even doses of 1500mg per day are taken by people without any problems.


Cannabis and medical use

The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) previously classified cannabis and its constituents as "narcotic drugs". The pharmacological conditions were subsequently modified by the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, signed in Vienna (1971). However, this rule was without prejudice to previous "narcotic drugs" legislation (namely, the 1961 Single Convention). Many other drugs have therefore been added to the table of controlled or strictly prohibited substances.

Both hemp and cocaine were classified as narcotics, and when a law on non-narcotics was passed, it seemed appropriate to withdraw some of the previous regulations and list them as "psychotropic" substances. This was suggested by many pharmacologists, as the 1971 Convention included amphetamines (drugs strongly analogous to cocaine), as well as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) as psychotropic substances. However, removing them from "narcotic" legislation acknowledged the flaw of the previous classification and after some closed discussions it was decided to leave things as they were.

The previous ban on cannabis and hemp had largely eliminated cannabinoids from science. That's why we knew very little about cannabis and its medical uses until now.

The medical use of cannabis became a political problem in the XNUMXs at the height of the AIDS crisis. Many people suffering from AIDS campaigned for the use of cannabis as an antiemetic. This was followed by the approval of drugs to treat nausea such as marinol and dronabinol.

Meanwhile, there are also approved drugs such as Sativex to treat pain (active cannabinoid components THC and CBD) and Epidiolex (to treat epilepsy).

It is unfortunate, however, that decades of prohibition have significantly slowed the progress of the use of cannabis and its derivatives.


CBD for athletes and athletic performance

CBD or cannabis are not performance enhancing drugs. It is especially helpful for its pain-relieving properties and because it reduces inflammation. In addition, CBD does not reduce your physical performance.

On the other hand, THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid, is associated with decreased motor performance. Nevertheless, CBD oils, e-liquids, tinctures contain very low amounts of THC and therefore CBD oils are absolutely not associated with reduced motor performance.


CBD properties

CBD and athletic performance by athletes are primarily associated with:

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties: This allows the athlete to recover faster and experience less muscle inflammation. In short, you will not experience as much and therefore less muscle pain.
  2. Calming and Anxiety Reducing Effects: Athletic performance can improve once the athlete experiences even less anxiety. CBD for athletic performance is helpful for reducing anxiety. You will also experience more rest, which will benefit your recovery. 

    Many athletes and top athletes also experience fear and 'stage fright', which is the fear of doing something wrong in front of a group of people. This situation often improves with the daily use of CBD.
  3. CBD and Concussions: CBD may have both neuroprotective and analgesic properties. In other words, it reduces damage to the brain neuron system. In addition, it can stimulate the growth and development of new neurons.

In addition, there are many other properties associated with CBD that can be useful for athletes. For example, there are some studies that claim that CBD can also help you lose weight.

Nevertheless, it is important to take all the CBD news with a pinch of salt sometimes. A lot of CBD news is nevertheless regularly overwritten by CBD sellers. While we are also part of the CBD business, we would like to emphasize that many studies are still in an early stage. We think it is very important to inform our customers about CBD products and which studies are still ongoing. For example, no one can guarantee that CBD will cure cancer, even though there are promising studies on CBD and cancer, for example how CBD can effectively modulate tumor growth† But as mentioned, a lot more research is needed on this hugely important topic.


How should I use CBD for athletic performance

CBD is sold in many forms such as tinctures, oils, vapes, creams, and/or edibles. There is not enough information about the correct doses. The dose mainly depends on the weight of the person. Some sources suggest starting with a dose of 5-10 mg and increasing it by 5-10 mg until you feel pain relief or a decrease in inflammation.


Conclusion: CBD for athletes and athletic performance

We know CBD is great for anxiety treatment. Fear is not a good ally to put in a good performance not only in athletics but also in other disciplines. When we feel anxious or stressed, we don't think clearly. That is why CBD can also help athletes who suffer from anxiety.

There have been cases of amazingly good athletes who have had to retire early due to anxiety issues. For example, there was the case of Sebastian Deisler, a footballer who played for Bayern Munich. Sebastian Deisler was partially vulnerable because of his fear. In addition, there is also the situation of Per Mertesacker, a football world champion with Germany and a former Arsenal centre-back. Per Mertesacker stated that he did not like football and that he suffered from nausea and nervousness before every game. His fear did not allow him to enjoy football. These are just two cases of athletes suffering from anxiety. They most likely could have benefited immensely from using CBD, but unfortunately CBD was not legal for them at the time.

CBD is not only great for an athlete who suffers from anxiety, but also for anyone to reduce inflammation and as a pain reliever. 

 

by MarkWeb

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