How Can CBD Benefit Athletes
Athletes put a lot of stress on their bodies. Training stress stimulates adaptation and increases performance, but physical trauma and prolonged wear and tear can also lead to injuries and pain.
Current methods of pain management are effective, but they’re also harming and in some instances killing people.
As people become more educated more people are in search of natural alternatives to harmful pharmaceutical pain killing drugs. As CBD awareness increases many people are now asking about Cannabidiol or CBD for athletes and want to know is it safe? Is it effective? Will it make me fail a test due to banned substances?
Firstly we would like to say CBD is a natural compound and is regarded by health experts as very safe to consume.
Secondly to answer the question - Is it a banned drug in sport? And will I fail a drug test if I take CBD?
The answer to that is it is absolutely safe and will not cause you to fail a drug test and it is not on the list of banned supplements in sport issued by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency)
That being said there are many companies selling CBD that do not have lab tests done on their products and may well have other added ingredients that are on the banned supplement list.
This is why it is thoroughly important if you are a tested athlete to make sure the supplements you use are from reputable companies that do have lab test results available for everyone to see in their website.
We believe in true transparency and we thoroughly lab test everyone of our products and present all the results on our website.
Our products do not contain any harmful chemicals or banned substances. All our ingredients in all of our products are plant based, free from any harsh chemicals, free from Parabens and Phthalates, free from Pesticides, Insecticides, Herbicides and chemical fertilisers. All of our CBD comes from Organically grown plants and is extracted without using any chemicals or solvents so our end product is pure just how we want it.
We believe everyone should have access to the highest quality supplements free from additives and chemicals. This is why we started Fit CBD as most companies selling CBD are adding harmful ingredients to their products to increase profits all at the expense of the customers health.
We believe health conscious individuals should have access to Organic, Plant based CBD products that are perfectly safe for high level elite Athletes, to the average gym goer, the hobbyist footballer and golfers and even to the everyday man and woman looking to benefit their health without risk of using chemical laden supplements.
If you care about your health and your loved ones and want a reliable lab tested CBD product Fit CBD is the choice for you!
6 Benefits of CBD for Athletes
Studies have shown CBD is effective for reducing pain, including musculoskeletal pain from exercise, as well as stiff joints.
There are countless reports of CBD users who also attest to the fact that CBD helps relieve pain.
We have a product called Pain Freeze CBD and is available in 3 different strengths and sizes to suit everyone’s needs.
This product has over 25 plant based therapeutic ingredients that target the source of pain and acts immediately. Many customers report pain relief within seconds to a couple of minutes. The feedback we have received has been amazing regarding pain relief. We have a wide range of customers ranging from professional athletes such as Professional rugby league players to stay at home mums, and the feedback has been fantastic. All our customers report the Pain Freeze product reduces or completely removes their pain very rapidly and without any harmful side effects.
They also report the smell of the product is very appealing and relaxing in it self.
The smell of the product is a sweet fruity, citrus scent with strong hints of eucalyptus, camphor and menthol.
We have also had many reports of this product being fantastic at clearing mucous and blocked airways from phlegm and reducing nasal swelling. This is no shock as this product contains proven therapeutic compounds such as camphor oil, ginger root oil, cinnamon leaf oil, eucalyptus oil, menthol and capsicum.
All of our ingredients in all of our products are clearly stated on the product label or on our website.
A little bit of inflammation can be good for athletes and help stimulate positive training adaptations. Too much inflammation hinders recovery and hurts performance. There are CB2 receptors in both the brain and periphery, but they are more concentrated in immune tissues. Cannabinoids binding to CB2 receptors may have an anti-inflammatory effect by reducing harmful pro inflammatory cytokine (cell messengers) production. In other words, CBD bound to CB2 receptors help dial down the response when your immune system sounds the alarm after hard workouts.
There is also a mountain of evidence suggesting high levels of harmful pro inflammatory compounds such as cytokines have a negative effect on our health and how we age and may increase the chance of age related dieseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
We believe it is important to help reduce these harmful compounds if you are striving for optimal performance, health and longevity.
Settle your gut
Inflammation in the small and large intestines causes a lot of discomfort, and GI distress is one of the leading reasons endurance athletes drop out of races. CBD won’t solve stomach problems from dehydration and overheating (two major causes for athletes), but if you have underlying inflammation issues that contribute to gut problems during or after exercise, CBD may be effective for reducing your symptoms. There are CB1 and CB2 receptors in the colon. Colitis symptoms were inhibited (in mice) when CB1 and CB2 receptors were activated.
Improve Sleep Quality
Getting enough and more importantly better sleep is one of the most effective ways an athlete can achieve greater recovery and ultimately benefit from training gains. Anecdotally, athletes who consume CBD report greater ease going to sleep and a more restful night’s sleep.
We have had some amazing feedback from customers who use our Organic CBD Oil, including Professional athletes who need to perform at their absolute best.
“Great product. Used since I’ve been injured and my recovery is coming on really well. And the sleeps I have been having are so good. Best sleeps I’ve had in ages ”
Greg Eden - Professional Rugby League Player
Our Organic CBD Oil is available in Peppermint flavour and 4 different strengths and sizes to suit everyone’s needs and budget.
If you’re interested in our Organic CBD Oil you can find more information here
One potential reason for this could be CBD inhibiting the reuptake of adenosine.
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) breaks down as your brain burns carbohydrate for energy, and adenosine gradually accumulates in the brain. More adenosine binding to neurons inhibits the release of neurotransmitters, slowing down brain activity, helping you feel calmer, and inducing sleep. Your body metabolizes adenosine as you sleep, and some time later, low concentrations of adenosine help you wake up and the process starts again.
By binding to the same receptors adenosine would bind to, CBD may inhibit adenosine reuptake, which helps it accumulate more quickly and makes you feel sleepy sooner. CBD may also have a potent anti-anxiety effect for some people, which can help them get to sleep and have more restful sleep.
Many athletes report feelings of anxiety especially on the day of competition when the stress of performing at their best is at its peak. We all know the harmful effects stress and anxiety can have on ones mental health and ultimately result is a reduction in physical and mental performance.
There are countless reports from professional and hobbyist athletes that report using CBD massively reduces anxiety and helps them perform to their highest ability.
This could be the difference between a win or a loss in professional competition. As the level of competition within professional sports can be so high any slight benefit in ones performance can result in drastic outcomes which could be the difference between a win or a loss.
Most professional athletes are analysed and evaluated on their last performance. So performing at their absolute best could be the difference not only between winning or losing but even if they will keep or loose their position within their given team or rankings depending on their chosen sport.
Alternative to NSAIDs
Athletes have been consuming over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) for decades, but they may not be as safe as we once thought.
Ultradistance athletes, in particular, are typically advised to avoid NSAIDs during long training sessions and events, due to increased risk of renal damage. But even if your workouts and events are short, long-term or frequent use of NSAIDs may increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and stomach bleeding.
Some athletes have found the pain relieving effect of CBD can reduce or eliminate their use of NSAIDS for exercise-related pain, with minimal side effects. According to The Essentials of Pain Medicine, Fourth Ed., “There are no documented deaths from cannabis or cannabinoid-based products. In a systemic review of studies of oral and oral-mucosal cannabis for various medical conditions, the majority of adverse events reports were considered non-serious (96.6%).”
Alternative to Opioids
According to the CDC, in 2016 opioids were involved in more than 42,000 deaths in the US. Opioid pain medications (i.e. morphine, codeine, oxycontin) are highly effective for pain management, but carry a significant risk of addiction and death by overdose. Cannabinoids are not as effective as opioids for relieving acute, high-intensity pain (5), but may be effective for long-term pain management – either alone or in conjunction with other medications – with far less risk of dependence or accidental death.
At Fit CBD we are passionate about providing the highest quality CBD Supplements for health conscious individuals who demand the best products.
We firmly believe CBD to not only be absolutely safe for athletes but we hypothesise from countless reports and feedback of our customers Fit CBD products containing the highest quality CBD available, improves the performance of athletes on many levels ranging from improved quality of sleep, reduced stress and anxiety to remarkable fast acting pain relief ultimately resulting in an improvement in performance and quality of life.