As an athlete myself, I’m always looking for the latest trainers to help me run faster, the lightest bike to bring my cycle times down and supplements that will aid my recovery as I get older. Since discovering CBD oil, I can say my performance and recovery has improved massively. CBD is no longer being viewed as something bad, but as something that can help an athlete improve and recover.
Here’s four things you should know about CBD and how it can improve you as an athlete
It’s not a banned drug
Many people assume Cannabidiol is on the prohibited list. It might surprise you to know it isn’t. Meaning it’s safe to take and will not show up on a drugs screen. The US Anti Doping Agency removed CDB as a banned substance in 2018, The World Anti-Doping Agency followed suit in 2019.
One thing you should be aware however is some CBD oils and tinctures extracted from cannabis plants, may also contain THC and other cannabinoids that could result in a positive test for a prohibited cannabinoid. Make sure you check before you use CBD oils – Good News is all our CBD products are safe for athletes to use.
CDB helps regulate serotonin levels that not only help to give you improved sleep, which we all know is greatly important for athletes, you’ll also benefit from less anxiety and an increased level of Melatonin to further help sleep
Alternative to pain meds
To stay on top form against the competition most athletes take traditional long term pain medication such as Ibropben or aspirin. Which can cause some very unwanted side effects. While they do get rid of pain, these pain meds can seriously damage the mucosal layer that protects your stomach.
Reduces Performance Anxiety
I don’t know about you, but when my parents came to watch me at sports, or I really wanted to win against someone specific on the day of competition, I’d get terrible performance anxiety to the point I’d mess up the competition completely and end up taking home silver or bronze if I was lucky!
As with sleep, CDB promotes Serotonin which helps you feel good and less stressed out. Don’t worry you won’t lose your edge turning on adenosine, quite the opposite.
If you are not sure what Adenosine is, well look at it in this respect,m when you drink caffeine to give you a buzz on the competition, you actually turn off Adenosine, giving you some nerves when you line up to compete. CDB turns that on, you’ll be amazed at how different you feel come competition time.