CBD is growing rapid popularity in the sports realm amongst athletes. In fact, Clay Thompson (NBA star), Alex Morgan (soccer star), Paul Rodrigues (skateboard star), and Travis Pastrana (motorcyle star) are users and owners of a new CBD company called “Just Live”. CBD is an alternative to painkillers or other muscle creams. It is said to help with pain and inflammation so that athletes can get back to training harder sooner. What is CBD? CBD is Cannabidiol which is a phytocannabinoid that comes from a cannibis plant like hemp. Yes, it can come from marijuana (which is a cannibis plant) but most CBD products come from the hemp plant. The flowers, stems, and leaves are the parts of the plant that contain the CBD oil that should be in CBD products.
Most athletes that use CBD use hemp oil because it is low in THC. What is THC? THC is Tetrahydrocannabinol which is a chemical found in a cannibis plant like marijuana that has major psychological affects. THC is not legal for competing athletes so make sure you find a product that is free of THC.
There are a lot of CBD companies out there. If you have interest in trying some of these products, please do your research to find a reputable company with genuine products. As CBD floods the market so does some inferior products that one may think is quality CBD but it is not. CBD can come in the form of capsules, gummies, tinctures, roll-ons, and balms. If you take the oral variety of CBD, you will need to take them pretty much everyday and you have to gradually increase the dosage over time to be safe. The roll-ons and balms are great for applying locally to sore muscles. I prefer to not take the oral CBD because of the cost and just use the balm when I need it. If you do choose to take oral CBD, I would consider the tincture because you put the oil directly under the tongue and it goes into the bloodstream fast. A capsules affect is questionable because of how much your digestive system will lessen and destroy the potency of the CBD.
I have used CBD recently on my neck that was tight and sore and it really helped me get through the day. The benefits did wear off after 3 or 4 hours but it beats taking a lot of pain killers. I also used the balm after my 100 mile run around my sore knee and my swelling feet it . It did help! I carry some in my gym bag now.
CBD won’t cure everything but it is a great aid for athletes who like to push the limits in their training and want a dependable product to aid in the recovery process. You will also find that CBD has other benefits such as helping with depression and anxiety. Whenever I can find something natural that is plant based, I am a fan over the artificial medicines and painkillers out there. I know all too well what some painkillers can do to your gut. I had ulcers from taking too many painkillers. I definitely think you should give CBD a try. The number of elite athletes using CBD is growing and it seems to be a safe option for all athletes no matter their fitness level.