Why Athletes Should Consider Taking CBD

It’s no secret that the life of an athlete can be rough. Hour after hour of cardio, lifting weights and refining your skill set is bound to be accompanied by soreness and other ailments that, if ignored, could lead to greater risk of injury. Of course, if you’re serious about your athletic goals, you’ve likely steeled yourself to the inevitability of injuries. “Pain is just weakness leaving the body” is a phrase that you’ve almost definitely heard at least once in your life, and while the sentiment is positive, it supports a flawed mindset.

As it stands, there are several ways in which you can address pre and post workout ailments, some being more natural than others. You could always try stretching properly and allowing your body adequate time to recover from the work it put in, but this is easier said than done. You won’t always get the chance to stretch/rest, and even if you do, you’ll really only be able to mitigate a small portion of the soreness and pain that you feel. Certain products and medications are being hailed for their anti-inflammatory effects, but the negatives that come with them far outweigh the relief that they may or may not bring.

As professional athletes are discovering, there are more natural means of achieving relief that avoid the dangers of addictive prescriptions and other potentially harmful products. CBD is a potential answer to many of the aches and pains that you suffer from in your athletic ventures. In multiple studies, the compound has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, preventing you from encountering much of the soreness that you would usually encounter.

CBD, or cannabidiol, enters your body and is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it seeks out the receptors that make up your endocannabinoid system. This system runs throughout your body and is a key component in ensuring that your body remains in homeostasis — a state that is disrupted by pain and inflammation, among other things. It produces its own form of cannabinoid, which is sent and received by different receptors within the system. When CBD is introduced to this system, it can act as an endocannabinoid, both boosting the system’s activity and preventing the release of certain neurotransmitters that would result in feelings of pain and discomfort.

It only makes sense, then, that CBD would be embraced by the world of athletics with open arms. Athletes could benefit from adding CBD products to their daily workouts, and they could even use these products as part of their pre and postgame routines as well. It would provide them with a means of recovering from especially intense workouts and games, potentially preventing them from waking up and having to will their bodies out of bed the following morning.

CBD products such as CBD balms and hemp creams are the perfect gym buddies, fitting into any bag and offering availability at a moment’s notice. Unlike the creams and balms that can normally be found in gym bags, these also boast servings of high-quality CBD hemp extract, and if you’re buying from reputable sources, such as the lab-tested products by CBDfx, you’re sure to get a product that walks the walk.

While the number of active athletes backing CBD might seem small, it’s mainly because of the rules currently prohibiting the compound. For years, CBD has been lumped in with other compounds found in cannabis plants that possess psychoactive effects, and therefore it’s been kept away from professional athletes. However, now that it’s widely understood that CBD doesn’t possess any psychoactive or intoxicating effects, sports leagues are warming up to the compound.

Meanwhile, multiple prominent ex-professional athletes are championing the cause for CBD in athletics, including those with backgrounds in everything from baseball to bicycling. MLB and NBA hall of famers such as Goose Gossage and Rick Barry are actively campaigning for the acceptance of CBD as an alternative to the more controversial medications that athletes are currently being subjected to.

Many ex-pro sports advocates are also pointing to CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects as a reason for the compound to be permitted for athletes. Social anxiety is just as prevalent amongst athletic superstars as it is for the rest of the world, and ex-NBA champion Paul Pierce is even on record stating that he used CBD for the express purpose of curbing his feelings of anxiety and depression.

With a million reasons to embrace CBD and little to no reason not to, it seems obvious that the compound should — and will — thrive once made more available to athletes and the world of sports in general. Its anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory attributes are only the tip of the iceberg, and its other facets will prove just as crucial to your own athletic aspirations. It’s only a matter of time before the floodgates open and CBD gains the limelight that it so rightfully deserves.

Sources:

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7 Best CBD Gummies To Purchase This Year

It’s hard not to notice how popular CBD has become recently. People commonly ingest it through oils and tinctures, but like marijuana, there are other ways to reap its significant health benefits (that do not come with feeling high).

One of these ways is through edibles. Instead of marijuana cookies you may be familiar with, CBD is often infused into candy-like gummies. These gummies can pack a potent punch but have the benefit of being inconspicuous: if you feel yourself feeling anxious or in pain throughout the day, you can take them as-needed, even at work or in public.

Not all CBD products are made the same, though. The cannabidiol industry is largely unregulated, so there is no overarching governing body holding CBD companies to high standards or vigilantly enforcing them (the FDA has only sent warning letters to rule breakers). It’s imperative to purchase from a reputable company, and you should keep your interests in mind when shopping (how much CBD do you need? How often will you take it? How soon do you need it? What flavors do you prefer, and what does your budget allow for)? Here are a few of the best CBD gummies to check out this year:

Verma Farms CBDVerma Farms

If you want delicious-tasting CBD gummies, then Verma Farms is worth a look. This brand offers multiple concentrations (such as 10, 12.5, or 21 mg of cannabidiol per candy) and flavors, including Blueberry Wave, Island Apple, and Beary Beach. Though experts say that CBD works best in conjunction with a little THC—and the federal legal limit is .3 percent—Verma’s products are made without THC just in case you are nervous about it showing up on a drug test. The company even offers dried CBD fruit so that you can still get chewy deliciousness if traditional gummies are not your thing.

CBDfx 

CBDfx offers a broad array of CBD products. Many of its gummies also include a few special extra ingredients, such as melatonin for sleep and superfoods like spirulina and turmeric for reducing inflammation. What’s great about CBD gummies is that no matter what you use them for, all you need to do is pop one in your mouth and chew—much more efficient than setting up a vape pen or dealing with the earthy taste of many unflavored oils.

CBDistillery 

CBDistillery sources local hemp from Colorado and extracts cannabidiol from a CO2 process. Their fruity gummies taste delicious and use high-quality ingredients. To make things better, they are vegan and are affordably priced. Any CBD company that knows what it’s doing will have its products tested with third party labs for things like purity and potency, and CBDistillery publishes those results on its website. Many CBD companies do this, like Verma Farms, but not nearly enough—having an easily accessible Certificate of Analysis with test results online is a marker of a legitimate CBD business that is transparent about its products.

Green Roads

Green Roads is one of the more famous CBD brands out there. Not only does it have tasty CBD gummies, its candies come in fun shapes like bears, fruit bites, toads, and “froggies.” They come in a few concentrations from 10 to 25 mg and even include sour flavors. CBD products can taste earthy, but Green Roads’ products ensure that not only do you enjoy the benefits of CBD, you enjoy the actual experience of taking it.

Charlotte's Web Gummies Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is another leading CBD brand. What’s intriguing about its gummies, though, is that each of them have a different formula according to its intended use. Its sleep gummies, for instance, include melatonin, and its “calm” variety incorporates L-theanine and lemon balm. Likewise, its “recovery” label is made with turmeric and ginger to support joint and overall health. It’s packages also come in packs of 60, which should last you around two months.

Happy Hemp

When you think of gummies, you probably do not only think of fruit bites or bears—you also imagine gummy worms, rings, ribbons, sours, and more. Happy Hemp offers all of them, including CBD strawberry licorice. It’s prices range from as little as $23.99 to as much as $99.99, but that’s because the company offers packages available in 250, 750, 1500, and 300 mg strengths. With Happy Hemp’s diverse variety, taking CBD will never be boring.

CBD Infusionz GummiesCBD Infusionz

CBD Infusionz, as its names suggests, infuses CBD into a multitude of products, such as gum, honey, chocolate, hard candy, and more—and of course, an assortment of gummies. CBD Infusionz also gives you the option of choosing between full spectrum or THC, so you can benefit from more potent properties or not worry about THC showing up on a drug test.

CBD is a sizable market, and there’s a gummy out there for anyone who wants to try cannabidiol with a bit of candied fun. Which gummy sparks your interest?

DEA Clarifies Stance: Not All CBD Is Prohibited

Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed this month that CBD does not fall under the Controlled Substances Act

CALIFORNIA: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a statement further clarifying their interpretation and enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In their statement, they make clear the critical difference between CBD and THC, a distinction that cannabidiol retailers have been fighting to bring to light.

The DEA agrees that the CSA targets marijuana specifically because of the psychoactive properties found in THC, its primary active ingredient. Because THC is an intoxicating agent, and CBD is not, the DEA now sees fit to clarify that “Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana… are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA.”


“Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana… are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA.”


The statement by the DEA now means that:

  • CBD may be imported/exported to and from the USA without restriction, and;
  • CBD may be lawfully purchased and sold throughout the country

Although in practice this was already the case, there was a perceived gray area due to widespread misunderstanding and conflation of CBD versus THC as well as the effects (or lack thereof) of each compound.