CBD for Sports – Is It a Good Idea?

Exercise is a rewarding practice that helps to keep both your body and mind healthy, and improves your overall lifestyle. You can experience an endorphins rush and feel a sense of accomplishment during exercise, but the more unpleasant side effects usually come after you have completed physical exercise. 

Pain due to bad posture, injuries, or physical exertion are not only unpleasant but also affect the quality of your performance and recovery. This is a big struggle. Especially for professional athletes who have to keep training in order to improve their skill set. 

Due to recent studies, it has been found that CBD can be used as a natural treatment for sports injuries, muscle aches, and performance anxiety. Some athletes are still sceptical about using CBD as they have to undergo drug tests and some are worried that the side effects of CBD might jeopardise performance. This is why it is important to take the CBD range you are using into account, as well as monitoring your body’s reactions when taking this compound.

Common CBD myths

There are a few common beliefs surrounding CBD and its effects that have been contradicted, but still circulate due to misinformation. These myths are in direct opposition with facts and can give CBD-related products a bad name. 

Myth: CBD has not been scientifically proven to improve health conditions

Many people have the stance that CBD might be useful for treating some health conditions, but that there is no concrete evidence to prove it.

However, CBD contains many active ingredients that interact with the body to produce an effect. The human body produces endocannabinoids, which are similar to natural cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Your body will recognise the cannabinoids found in CBD and activate a specific receptor response in your body. This triggers specific reactions, which in turn promotes health benefits.

Since active cannabinoids in CBD products bind with corresponding receptors in the body, these products can improve problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Neuropathic pain

CBD has also been shown to help relieve the side effects of chemotherapy and schizophrenia, and can also be used to treat people who have seizures. 

Myth: CBD gets you high

Although CBD improves overall mood, CBD isolates, broad-spectrum CBD, and even full-spectrum CBD products are not psychoactive. This myth arose due to the fact that CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, which is mostly associated with marijuana. 

While marijuana contains high concentrations of THC, CBD products contain a trace amount of THC or none at all. While THC gives a high and euphoric feeling, the amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD products is low enough to increase the efficiency of the cannabinoids without compromising awareness and focus. CBD isolates and broad-spectrum CBD products do not contain any THC at all, so you will experience its therapeutic effects without having to worry about experiencing any psychoactive effects.

Myth: All CBD products produce the same results

Different ranges and brands of CBD products produce results that are unique to the user. CBD isolates consist of 99% CBD, which relieves anxiety and promotes general relaxation. Broad-spectrum CBD contains more components of the cannabis plant which enhances the effect of the product, but does not contain any THC. Full-spectrum CBD products utilise the entirety of the cannabis plant, with less than 0.3% of THC.

Depending on the brand and the potency of CBD products, some will yield greater results, while others may be too weak to make a significant difference. Choosing the right product and dosage is key in achieving the best results possible. Make sure that you buy from reputable sources and check the ingredients listed on the packaging.

Myth: CBD does not cause side effects

Each person has a different biochemistry, so the effects of CBD will vary for each individual. CBD can also interact with different medications, which could have an effect on its results.

It is a good idea to consult with your doctor to determine whether or not CBD will provide health benefits. Getting the perfect CBD doses also takes some time, so starting with a small dose is key until you decide to increase it. Make sure to observe the effect it has on your body and talk to your doctor if you notice any differences.

Can CBD boost performance?

CBD offers a number of benefits and few risks. Since CBD improves recovery, acts as a pain reliever, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in sleep, it definitely has an impact on performance. In the case of performance anxiety, CBD can act as a calming agent, making you feel less pressured and improving your mental state. 

Although CBD does not directly increase your performance, it will improve your mindset and help to repair your body. This will definitely have a positive effect on preparing for a work-out or competition.

In summary, the benefits of CBD that improve sports performance include:

  • Muscle relaxation
  • Alleviation of muscle tension and spasms
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Assisting with sleep and rest
  • Preventing damage to healthy muscles

For professional athletes, how and when to take CBD

If you have not yet taken regular doses of CBD and observed its effect on your body, it is recommended that you start with a low dose. You should also refrain from taking CBD before a competition or practice. 

As you become comfortable with the effects of CBD, you can start to slowly increase your dosage (if necessary) and determine if you should take it before, during, and or after physical activity. It is also recommended to try out different application and consumption methods.

Taking CBD before a workout can boost your energy and help to relax your muscles, making it less likely for you to over-exercise your muscles. It can also help to relieve performance anxiety. Taking CBD after exercising can soothe inflammation that commonly occurs after physical exertion. It is a good idea to try out CBD products to determine what effect it has on you and if the effect is what you desire.

Common CBD side effects and how to overcome them

Although CBD is generally tolerated well by the body, some users may experience a few side effects. These can include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhoea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Mild drowsiness

The side effects produced by CBD will depend on your body chemistry, product brand, range, and the amount of CBD you are consuming. CBD may also have a different effect depending on other medications you are taking, such as blood thinners and pain medication.

In order to prevent potential side effects, you can consult your doctor before using CBD. If you have already started taking CBD and are experiencing these side effects, you could switch to a different CBD brand, range, or product. If these issues persist, your doctor may be able to prescribe something that will ease the effects or suggest a product that is more suited to your needs.

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