What kinds of athletes use CBD?
Who exactly are those athletes who use CBD and why do they do it? I could now just list the benefits of CBD, but this time I want to go a little deeper. After three years of building CBD SPORTS I think have a good idea why people take CBD as a supplement for the first time and continue to take it. History shows us that it is often the professional athletes who start using a supplement or a substance for the first time and when that proves successful, the other athletes and active life stylers follow. I am thinking of examples such as protein, creatine and magnesium, but also testosterone, anabolic steroids, EPO (Erythropoietin) and HGH (Human Growth Hormone). The first examples are still examples of supplementation that are allowed in professional sports, but the following list are of course prohibited substances for professional athletes, as this enhances performance and, not unimportantly, can also be harmful to the user. Athletes may also use medications such as Advil, Tylenol, NSAID's, salbutamol, opiates and morphine. Maybe it starts to dazzle you a little by now with al these substances athletes might use. The medicines mentioned are mainly painkillers and salbutamol is the substance in an inhaler that is often used by people who suffer from a form of asthmatic bronchitis. These substances are prohibited for a professional athlete, but a certain dose may also be allowed if an athlete needs the drug due to a medical condition, such as with salbutamol (the inhaler).
The line between a supplement, a drug or even drugs is often thin. A top athlete will always try to get the most out of his or her body. These athletes therefore often cannot avoid getting a little help from supplementation and medication to allow their bodies to function optimally. Someone who exercises at a "lower" level is in fact not very different. You exercise to allow your body and mind to function optimally. To be healthy, to be resilient to diseases and to have enough energy every day to be able to do your work and other daily tasks. The answer to the question which athletes use CBD is therefore simple: every athlete should use CBD.
Before I answer the question "and why?", I still want to put CBD in the right place in the list of supplement, medicine or drugs.
I already indicated that the dividing line is often thin and that is no different with CBD. In any case, CBD in itself is not a drug. You could possibly place Cannabis in that category as a soft drug if you use the THC component. This psychoactive substance is therefore on the WADA list as a prohibited substance for athletes. There is also such a thing as medicinal cannabis that is used to treat epilepsy, among many other things. The medicinal cannabis always comes from 1 plant from 1 seed that is cloned every time so that the composition of the product such as oil or pills from extraction is always the exactly the same. CBD SPORTS sells the supplement variant of CBD and this is therefore neither a medicine nor a drug. No soft drugs, because the THC is not present in the products. Not a medicine, because the extraction is obtained from various plants that grow from different seeds and can have a different structure per product and batch. Usually, the dosages in supplements are lower than those in the medicinal variant, where the THC is also often present.
Athletes use CBD supplements for various reasons. Treating muscle or joint pain, improving sleep, recovering from strenuous exercise, fighting inflammation, and reducing stress and anxiety are the most common reasons for taking CBD in various forms on a daily basis. Just like all other supplements, it is therefore not a short cut to lose weight, gain large muscles or improve your performance.
Why do athletes use CBD?
Athletes do not use CBD as a performance-enhancing agent. By using CBD you will not run faster, you will not lose more weight and you will not increase your endurance. The supplement also does not add anything extra that you cannot get from your daily food intake, as is the case with protein and vitamin supplementation. So why do athletes use CBD?
Your body has an endo-cannabinoid system (ECS). A system that regulates your homeostasis by giving certain signals to receptors in your brain and body and by producing substances that regulate, for example, your body temperature, stress, pain, rest, anti-inflammatories, anxiety and general feeling of well-being. So you already have the cannabinoids 2-AG and Anandamide in your body that are active in that process. We call this endo because they are endogenous. The cannabinoids that you will find as a supplement at CBD SPORTS are phyto cannabinoids. Not from your own body, but from the hemp plant. The reason for athletes to use CBD is to give the ECS a helping hand.
That can help with pain, stress, sleep, inflammation, anxiety, restore concentration and focus. All things that you as an athlete want to keep under control, but which can also be brought out of balance because your exercise and physical efforts can throw you off balance. That is why many professional athletes and more and more "regular" athletes use CBD on a daily basis. At CBD SPORTS you will also find many products that also contain the supplements that athletes already use, such as protein, vitamins and minerals with CBD, so that you do not have to take an entire table full of supplements every day. The topical products such as the muscle gels and balm work locally against muscle and joint pains.
Roald Tromp aka Grandpa CBD is the founder of CBD SPORTS, Public Speaker with a background in Sports Leadership (CIOS Overveen), Sports Nutrition, Professional and Home Fitness Equipment and Education, Masters in Sales & Marketing, Ex-Baseball player, Football player, Alpine Skier , Skate- and Snowboarder, Tennis & Ski teacher and CrossFit and MMA addict.
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