Now we know what you’re thinking… How is it possible that the same organic compounds found in the cannabis plant, a plant associated with recreational drug use and effects far removed from performance, is not only safe under anti-doping guidelines but might also be of benefit for a sport as physically demanding as rugby. Well CBD for rugby is here and many professional and amateur players are finding it aids performance and recovery.
Cannabinoids, especially cannabidiol (CBD) are reported to influence a number of different pathways, primarily through the endocannabinoid system. This system has two main types of receptors dotted throughout the brain and central nervous system as well as other tissues and ‘systems’ in the body and are how cannabinoids cause many of their effects.
More recently, research into CBD appears to show that it interacts with several other types of ‘receptor’ in the body that control everything from inflammation to perceptions of pain. This research shows much promise and it is easy to see how CBD would be important in contact sports including rugby, to help us regulate injury related pain, control inflammation, reduce joint and muscle pain and help us relax and sleep to put us back together as quickly as possible and get us back in the game.
We all know that rugby is tough on the body. Physical and mental preparation is key to success and optimal recovery strategies are essential to get back to performing at our best.
The two main phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants are THC and CBD. THC in concentrations of above 0.2% is not legally allowed for sale in the UK. CBD however, has no restrictions and is available for consumption in several forms, the most popular being CBD oil.
CBD is not on the ‘banned substance’ lists of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This means that it is acceptable to use at all levels of sport, and in all sports (including rugby), that fall under these guidelines.
THC is classified as a ‘threshold substance’ this means that it can be consumed and present in the body in small amounts as long as it does not surpass a certain value.
This is why brands like FourFive CBD, founded by professional rugby players, Dom Day and George Kruis, produce 0% CBD oil and state their 0% THC CBD oil is the only product in the world to be tested for cross contamination of banned substances. Certification has been provided by the Banned Substance Control Group (BSCG), this is the gold standard in dietary supplement certification to make sure there is no risk of an adverse test result to players who operate under UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) testing
It is important to note, that not all brands are created equal, some are badly dosed and use crude manufacturing methods, so a risk might always be attached to consuming CBD products. However, this is exactly why nabino carefully selects the most reputable, quality controlled, tested brands and goes a step further by performing their own independent testing to insure accurate labelling and peace of mind.
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