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Athletes, pro or amateur, are continually stressing their bodies to achieve their next level of performance.
They’re also accustomed to stress, pain, anxiety at higher levels than non-athletes. Pain meds? Absolutely! They’re used to OTC NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen and Naproxen.
While these pain meds are great for short term pain relief, they come with their own set of side effects from long term use. Ibuprofen has shown to have liver and kidney damage. Acetominophen is attributed to digestive ulcers, high blood pressure and the possibility of strokes.
What’s the answer to helping athletes continue their goal of higher performance without sacrificing their body to OTC meds? Cannabidiol (CBD)!!
Thanks to recent studies and anecdotal reports, CBD has proven to be quite the substitute for OTC and Rx drugs.
Why Should Athletes Use CBD?
When athletes are exercising and training, they’re putting enormous stress on their bodies and minds. It’s just a natural payment to mother nature for pushing the body’s limits.
Building muscle requires breaking down muscle fibers. The rebuilt fibers are now stronger and more resilient for the next stress level. But, the rebuilding process is called pain and soreness.
This is where the properties of CBD come into play. CBD has been primarily known as an incredible anti-inflammatory drug. One of the top reasons everyday athletes and professional athletes have chosen to replace NSAIDs with CBD.
CBD has been found to:
- Fight inflammation
- Combat oxidative damage
- Improve mood
- Reduce stress
- Enhance blood flow
- Protect brain health and function
- Relieve pain
With this long list of beneficial properties, is it any wonder that more athletes are adding CBD to their training regimen?
1. CBD Fights Fatigue and Helps Recovery
After a grueling workout or tournament or race, your body is exhausted and probably in a lot of pain. This physical stress results in increased oxidative damage, too much of which can harm performance and slow recovery. What’s more, it can lead to mental and physical fatigue.
CBD may help recover quicker and perform better. After all, the quicker you recover, the quicker you can train harder!
2. CBD Helps Reduce/Eliminate Pain
CBD has been proven over and over again to be a great anti-inflammatory and pain relief medicine. Athletes who overwork their muscles or even injure themselves can benefit from CBD usage.
However CBD is administered to the body, continued regimented use can show much improved recovery periods.
3. CBD Promotes Optimal Emotional Moods
Pre-Game jitters? Marathon anxiety? Depressed from a lost match? Research suggests that CBD may help improve your mood or motivations.
Even small-scale human studies have found CBD to help with certain forms of anxiety.
4. CBD Assists in Getting a Good Night’s Rest
Because getting a good night’s rest is essential to recovery and daily energy and positive moods, CBD can help with that.
Not having a good night’s sleep because you’re in pain, or are restlessness or have insomnia, your workouts will absolutely suffer. Studies have shown that CBD can help you get to sleep, stay asleep, and have less tossing and turning.
5. CBD Can Help You Lose Weight
What? You’re kidding me?! Why isn’t there an infomercial on this at 1am? Well, simple. There’s a preliminary study that shows there is hope.
There are 2 types of fat cells in our bodies. The white fat cells that store energy and brown fat cells that lower your BMI. The study suggests that CBD can lend a hand in converting white fat cells to brown fat cells.
Does this mean you’ll be shredded overnight or over months? Probably not. But, what it does show that with more studies done with CBD, we might have a new fat-loss wonder drug on the market in the future.