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For people involed in Sports, it is all about Sport performance, but also about Sports recovery. The quicker you recover from your Sport, the better. Quick recovery equals increased Sport performance. CBD products in their many forms, like CBD Oil, Creams, or Flowers are entering the world of sports. Sport performance and recovery go hand-in-hand to ensure optimal benefits from training and workouts. Both performance and recovery are multifaceted and involve a balanced mind and body. Sports recovery in particular is a vital part of any training program. It is necessary for repairing damaged muscle, restoring hormonal balance, and creating new energy stores for future use by the body.
The benefits of Cannabidiol as part of a health and fitness plan are due to CBD’s ability to create homeostasis in the body. This helps with sports performance while reducing pain and inflammation which in turn helps with sports recovery. NFL players and other professional athletes have started using CBD as a dietary supplement to improve their overall athletic performance.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is predominantly made up out of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids. Scientists have found that endocannabinoids such as anandamide and 2-AG help regulate and control emotions, mood, and cognitive functioning. CBD helps to regulate and maintain healthy levels of anandamide and 2-AG, helping athletes to feel better, perform better, and concentrate better during training sessions and competitions.
Scientists hypothesize that the sports recovery enhancing effects of Cannabidiol is potentially due to:
Cannabidiol can decrease the activity of the enzyme cyclooxygenase. This is a similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen and Naproxen. However, Cannabidiol also controls immune responses and reduces oxidative stress.
Sleep is vital to healing and recovering. CBD shows great success in improving and promoting REM sleep.
As opposed to the infamous other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol is not on the list of prohibited substances from the anti-doping agency. Most sporting bodies have therefore added CBD to their “safe” list. There are only a few still listing cannabinoids in general as being a banned substance. However, most drug testings tend to focus on the metabolites of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), not on the ones of CBD. Therefore, using a THC-free broad-spectrum CBD product will make it safe for athletes, as it is not prohibited in competition.