Whether you’re a runner, jumper, thrower or a little bit of all three, we know that the physical and mental demands of sport are tough on the body. The three key pillars of performance are effective training, the right mental attitude and recovery. It’s probably safe to assume that you are interested to know how CBD products may influence these ‘pillars’, what CBD and cannabinoids are, or you’re perhaps confused about how they work and most importantly, to get some reassurance that these are safe for use in athletics with fears of triggering and adverse test result.
Cannabinoids are organic molecules that are found in the cannabis plants. CBD is one of these phytochemicals that is extracted and used in a wide range of products due to its ability to positively influence or body’s systems. Research into CBD in sport is starting to gain some serious interest as it has demonstrated some interesting effects, both in other areas of research and anecdotally, in terms of improved recovery, promoting better sleep, helping to reduce perceptions of pain and inflammation including joint and muscle soreness.
The two most common benefits our athletes report are feeling calm and relaxed helping to promote better sleep and recovery and reductions in pain. This calmness may also be useful for those who struggle with performance anxiety. We have increasing evidence that CBD is useful for dealing with excessive pre-performance nerves and facilitating mental clarity and focus. This has led to many athletes not just using CBD after training and before sleep to support recovery, but also before and during events, to help in physical and mental preparation.
CBD causes these effects by binding to specialist receptors that are found in cells all around the body, which then triggers them to perform physiological functions that increasing amounts of research is starting to show might be of benefit to runners. For example, CBD may help with controlling perceptions of pain, promote calmness and focus and help reduce joint and muscle inflammation and help with muscle soreness and recovery.
CBD is completely legal and safe to take under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules. THC is restricted in periods around competition, however the amounts found in CBD products are below amounts that would trigger an adverse reaction.
For added peace of mind we also stock 0% THC products designed especially for athletes, and make sure that all our brands are of the highest quality and tested frequently by nabino to ensure that what’s on the label is in the bottle.
We appreciate that as an athlete, your biggest fear is using supplements that might trigger a positive drug test and you might assume that CBD products are the same, or similar, to consuming the full cannabis plant which is banned in competition.
To clear things up, CBD is 100% not a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) at any time and any dose. So you might ask, why is cannabis?
This is because of another cannabinoid called THC, which is responsible for the ‘high’ associated with consuming cannabis plants. THC is a threshold substance, meaning that it can be consumed as long as you do not consume significant amounts to trigger an adverse finding. This is why THC concentration in CBD products are restricted to less than 0.2%.
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