The Future Of Sports Recovery – Is CBD The Answer?

CBD & Sports Recovery

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CBD & Sports Recovery

Image: Right: Eddie Hall (World’s Strongest Man 2017), Left: Paul Manterfield, Owner of House of Gain Gym, Barnsley. Image Credit: CBD Asylum

It seems barely a major sports tournament goes by without some athletes failing their drugs test.

Sometimes they are rightly busted, other times they were unlucky enough to consume a medication or supplement that contained even a mere trace of a banned substance.

Just to confuse the already hazy rules set by the World Anti-Doping Agency, CBD has been restored to the permitted list since early 2018.

The problem is that even the finest, purest product will inevitably retain a minuscule trace of THC (the still banned psychoactive component).

So what is a professional athlete to do? For most of us who do not regularly compete at the Olympics, it isn’t an issue, which is great news because there’s plenty of signs that suggest CBD may help athletes recover with even greater efficiency.

Plenty of professional athletes and bodybuilders are now advocating CBD as the future of sports recovery and athletic performance.

Athletes (including amateurs) are subjecting their bodies to constant wear and tear, high impact exercise that leads to fatigue and ever slower recovery times.

Can CBD really make the difference in speeding up recovery?

CBD May Help To Reduce Inflammation & Effectively Lessen Pain

We’ve all had those aches and pains after undertaking an especially thorough workout.

It’s one of the key factors that people give up undertaking a fitness program, believing that the pain is not worth the gain.

Truth be told, there are hundreds of chemically formulated products on the market that claim to reduce both inflammation and pain.

CBD is not just useful for supplementing these, but may also be good enough as a stand-alone alternative. It contains natural agents that may act as anti-inflammatories, helping not only to soothe aching joints but also speeding up their recovery back to a strong and stable platform.

Skin creams or balms are often used in this context although there’s no reason why oral drops or vape oils cannot be just as effective. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest vaping is actually more effective since it allows for a speedier entry in to the bloodstream.

When it comes to pain management, athletes need to be very careful as plenty of over the counter products contain ingredients that are not approved by the WADA.

Although CBD is not as emphatic for pain relief, it may help the body function in homeostasis which plays a considerable part in managing pain receptors. Again – it is an alternative or a useful additional supplement.

Faster Recovery Times

While potentially reducing inflammation and to help manage pain appropriately, we have so far only scraped the surface on the potential benefits people may find by using CBD to aid recovery times.

There is still plenty of research to be carried out, but there’s no doubt that the cannabinoids contained within these oils and lotions are extremely beneficial in supporting those naturally produced by our own bodies.

The strain inflicted by regular hard exercise does eventually lower the ability of our own endocannabinoid system to ‘keep up’ with the strain we are putting it under. By supplementing with an appropriate strength and high quality dosage extract, it stands to reason that recovery may be swifter.

Video: Alex Montagnani, a professional MMA Fighter, speaks about CBD for fitness recovery and endurance.

A Healthy Body Recovers Faster

The more stress we place our body under, the greater the recovery time needs to be. However, the problem of this is that by pushing ourselves physically we can become more exposed to infections and illness as our immune system is pushed beyond its limits.

CBD oil may boost the immune system considerably and may help with lessening the risk of falling foul to such debilitating illnesses. Anyone who has ever tried to push themselves at the gym while bogged down with the flu will know how awful it can be! Combine this with illness also comprising effective recovery times, and it’s a no-brainer why CBD may well play a very useful role here.

So Is CBD The Future Of Sports Recovery?

The important thing to remember is that everyone reacts differently to CBD.

Our bodies are all different and finding a suitable dosage of a quality product is not an exact science.

It certainly has never been easy to incorporate these products into part of a recovery method, and as mentioned above many professionals are starting to swear by it.

But in our case, perhaps it’s best to listen to the budding amateurs and their own personal testimonials such as these.

A growing number of workout enthusiasts are claiming that CBD makes a real and observable difference in aiding their recovery, so many that it would be churlish to ignore.

As further research is published there’s a very strong chance that CBD may indeed become a far more routinely used recovery aid than at present.

I’m Thomas Jones. I graduated from The University of Aberdeen in 2016 with an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. I’m currently reading for a PhD at The University of Glasgow. I started using CBD in 2017 as a result of finding it in my local vape shop. My experiences in using these products inspired me to undertake my current doctoral research. You can find out more about me and this site here.