Cannabidiol (CBD) products like oils and creams help athletes to recover because of their therapeutic effects. Athletes can use it as part of their training regimen. In this article, we will investigate the pros and cons of using CBD oil and cream for recovery by athletes.
CBD is one of the major cannabinoids found in the cannabis family of plants, and it is gaining popularity mainly due to its therapeutic effects. Apart from this, products made using it are widely being used by people due to their lack of psychotropic effect and minimal side effects at higher doses. It can be consumed orally to get systemic relief from ailments, as well as used topically to get quick localized relief.
Better Sleep: Sleeping is essential because the body repairs damages, as well as remove toxins during it. Consuming CBD oil increase the duration and improves the quality of sleep, and thereby accelerates recovery in athletes.
Decrease Tissue Inflammation: Cannabidiol products are popular for their anti-inflammatory effects. So, consuming CBD oil and applying CBD topical products reduces inflammation and accelerates healing. This results in better performance, as well as helps to maintain fitness.
Reduces Pain: Pain is part and parcel of athletic training, and most often athletes use opioid pain killers to manage chronic pain. However, they have side effects in the long-term and pose the risk of developing an addiction. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a better option mainly because of its analgesic effect and lack of side effects at normal doses.
Better Immune System: The intense training of athletes has the disadvantage of producing free radicals due to increased metabolism; this causes oxidative stress and reduces immunity. Consuming CBD oil protects the body from damages due to oxidative stress and boosts the immune system due to CBD’s positive effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Muscle Recovery: The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of CBD help with accelerated muscle recovery after training in athletes.
Drug Test: Consuming full-spectrum hemp CBD oil puts athletes at the risk of testing positive in the drug screening test.
Social Stigma: There is still a negative social stigma about hemp products because it belongs to the cannabis family of plants that also includes marijuana.
On a final note, cannabidiol (CBD) is a better option than pharmaceutical products used for improving athletic performance. Besides, more research is conducted to better understand the potential use of CBD in athletic training.
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