Many sports people, athletes and competitors across the world are turning to CBD for sports, to aid muscle recovery during training. Despite the many positive anecdotes from well-known sports people, including Nate Diaz and Eddie Hall, there are still some athletes who are reluctant to try it. Concerns such as side effects, stigma around cannabis derived products, and lack of awareness means many sports professionals are missing out. In this blog we aim to help alleviate any worries you may have about taking CBD for sports recovery.
CBD for Sports related DOMS
DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, can be a major hindrance for sports people in training. Vigorous, intense exercise is a big strain on the body for even the most fit and healthy. As muscles rub against each other during training, they can get sore and tear. As the tearing continues, muscles become inflamed and swell, leading to muscle fatigue. Muscle recovery can only begin once the swelling has died down, which is where CBD becomes very useful.
CBD can help to reduce this swelling, which leads to faster muscle recovery. This can be a real game changer during intense periods of sports training.
What about side effects?
CBD, unlike its psychoactive sister compound THC, does not get you high. CBD is a natural cannabinoid that already exists in our body as part of our endocannabinoid system, which modulates the activity of neurons.
As you train, you will sometimes put more pressure on your body than it was designed to take. Using a CBD supplement before and after training can help athletes get their neurotransmittors back under control and maintain homeostasis.
Is it legal for athletes to take CBD?
Yes. CBD was removed from the WADA list of prohibited substances back in early 2018. It made a distinction between THC and CBD, removing CBD but leaving THC and synthetic cannabinoids, stating: “The following cannabinoids are prohibited: Natural cannabinoids, e.g. cannabis, hashish and marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids e.g. Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabimimetics.”
WADA also increased the urinary threshold for THC from 15 nanograms per millileter to 150 nanograms, suggesting an allowance for the 0.2 milligrams of THC (the legal limit) found in most CBD products. All Amma Life CBD products are below this legal limit and are made with 100% natural, wholeplant CBD.
What are you waiting for?
At Amma Life, we strongly believe every sports professional should be using CBD, just like the professionals such as the world’s strongest man, Eddie Hall, and martial arts champion Nate Diaz. If you have a worry about using it for your training schedule and we haven’t covered it here, please get in touch. We would love to talk to you about your concerns so we can help more sports people discover the optimizing effects of CBD.