CBD – The Benefits & Potential
By: Gazette Staff
With the mounting new acceptance of cannabis and cannabis-related products in America, more and more research is emerging to provide concrete evidence and information that proves the medical benefits of cannabis products, especially things like Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil.
When you think of cannabis products, your mind may immediately picture being ‘stoned out of your mind’ or ‘lazy and hazy’, which doesn’t seem very effective for athletic purposes. However, most CBD oils, capsules, or tinctures do not contain any THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) or so little that they don’t get you ‘high’. What it does offer, though, is an extensive list of medical uses that any athlete could benefit from.
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive property that is found in cannabis plants, and it is the key ingredient for the medicinal properties of cannabis. While you can find CBD in flower or bud form, the most practical and common use for this is in tinctures and CBD oil capsules.
Athletes subject their bodies to high impact, wear and tear, injury, and fatigue. At the end of a long event, or a long day of training and practice, you feel these effects at large, and it may impact performance thereafter.
CBD Has Shown To Help With Inflammation
One of the biggest issues athletes face on a daily basis is inflammation. CBD oil acts as an anti-inflammatory which is a great way to prevent joint injury during physical activity, as well as reduce any pain from swelling. CBD topical creams are a great alternative to things like lidocaine or bengay.
Potential Pain Reliever
While over the counter painkillers are proven to mask most pain completely, they can put you in a fog, as well as give you a false sense of ability when you are injured or in pain. CBD is a much clearer way to combat the pain, and won’t put your brain into a fog.
Reduce Game-Day Stress and Anxiety
Sometimes no matter how long and hard we train, we still get a little nervous before a big game or event. One of the best benefits that you can get from CBD oil is some relief from performance anxiety. CBD is notorious for its anti-depressant/ anxiolytic properties, many patients with anxiety disorders or depressive disorders have turned away from harmful and habit-forming antidepressants like Zoloft, Xanax, and Prozac and turned to the non-habit forming and all natural CBD oil.
Faster Recovery Time
Sometimes hurting yourself is just inevitable. Instead of turning to OTC painkillers like Vicodin, Percoset, or Methadone, which only help with pain, you can combat pain as well as speed up your recovery time with CBD products.
CBD Oil and Head Injuries
New research has recently surfaced regarding CBD and it’s medicinal benefit to head injuries. In a three-year study, researchers found that out of 446 patients who had suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) about 97% of those who had previously used cannabis prior to the event survived the TBI.
CBD is Great For Your Immune System
There is nothing worse than training and practicing for an event for months or even years, and then right before it’s time to perform or the big game is about to start, you get sick. CBD oil will help you with that because it boosts your immune system. Not only would CBD be helpful for the big game or event, it would also help you stay healthy while you’re training, especially during the winter months where you are more likely to get ill. The reason for this is because CBD is high in antioxidants, which helps lower your risk for infection, and is also great for your heart health.
Without having conclusive medical proof of the benefits of CBD products, it is obviously difficult to make any bold claims about who should and who shouldn’t use cannabidiol.
There are certainly tons of other benefits of CBD, and as more research comes out it will be great to have a further understanding of how best CBD can be used to help athletes and everyone else.