Using CBD in sport? Using CBD for more general issues? Read on…

Before we really start, here’s a simple video introduction:

Although CBD has been around as long as the cannabis plant has, its health care properties have only been seriously researched in the last decade, hence the wave of CBD information and products we find now.

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp (Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive part, or the part that makes you ‘high’). In fact, CBD counteracts the effects of ingesting THC.

CBD has therapeutic value for a number of conditions:

  • Inflammation
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Energy regulation
  • Metabolism
  • Reproductive function
  • Appetite
  • Depression

 

The following video is a well-rounded breakdown of the effects of CBD use as described by Doctor Sanjay Gupta, originally a sceptic regarding the benefits of CBD:

How does it work?

 

Humans have naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors all over our body that interact with CBD. We have these receptors as our bodies are already constantly producing their own cannabinoids (the endocannabinoid system (ECS)).

Two types of receptors (CB1 and CB2). They’re found throughout the body, but mostly in the brain and immune system. CB1 receptors are those which allow humans to experience a psychoactive high. These receptors affect memory, mood , sleep and pain sensation. CB2 receptors are anti-inflammatory effects and are found in the immune cells. CBD has a greater affinity with CB2 receptors, so it’s naturally an anti-inflammatory and immune enhancer. It has, therefore, been found to be highly beneficial in treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as  cerebral palsy. Studies have shown it can also help with digestion, as it is a powerful anti-oxidant. It’s properties help reduce stress and help with sleep. Physically, it is an anti-inflammatory and can reduce swelling, muscle and joint pain. It is completely safe to use and non-addictive.

When functioning properly, this system is a major factor in keeping us healthy. Some medical opinion is that many people suffer an endocannabinoid  imbalance known as Clinical Endocannabinoid  Deficiency (CED). Some people may benefit from supplementing with CBD, the most abundant cannabinoid in hemp, a legally grown and regulated crop. It is non-addictive, does not cause a high and is easily incorporated into your current health regime.

The following paper is a great breakdown of the safety and side effects of CBD:

http://www.medicinalgenomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Bergamaschi_2011.pdf

Warning: If you are currently taking any medication, make sure to check with your doctor that it’s safe for you to use CBD, in case of any negative interactions.

CBD for sport

Warning: If you are currently taking any medication, make sure to check with your doctor that it’s safe for you to use CBD, in case of any negative interactions. CBD may not be a permitted supplement in your sport, please double check with your governing body before introducing CBD to your supplement intake. However, if your sport is governed by WADA, they no longer consider CBD a restricted substance. See their memo here: http://www.wada-ama.org/sites/default/files/prohibited_list_2018_summary_of_modifications_en.pdf

Fitness regimen’s and competitive sports all entail one core characteristic. Pressure. Pressure on the body. Pressure on the mind. Taking the punches or injuries of martial arts, the constant pressure of feet hitting pavement, track or rock, the pain of arms, shoulders and legs on that climb in a bike race, the physical stress of lifting that weight or holding that stretch in the gym. The pressure to keep going day after day, to get up every day and repeat the exercises or intervals of the day before. The pressure to not miss a session, not to miss a race. To be your best on the day, whether on the playing field, track, road or in the gym. The pressures of even getting that good night’s sleep every night. They’re the pressures all active and competitive people suffer with.

CBD can help ease these pressures. It has a  strong effect on the immune system, can be used to facilitate the recovery of our bodies, to increase physical and psychological wellbeing, to improve performance or to be a nutritional carrier.

Excellent as a post workout aid, CBD can help with pain relief, inflammation and quite simply, it can help your body relax. If you’re on of those people who finds their training limited to late evenings, nights, etc. then the need to relax post workout before you can fall asleep can be a deal breaker, with your training suffering as a result.

Specific issues that CBD can help with include:

  • Inflammation: It has proven to be very effective as a safe to use anti-inflammatory without negative side effects for the user: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22265864
  • Heart and head protection: Studies continue into how CBD’s healing properties help in the treatment of concussions, but it has so far been shown to help with protecting both the head and the heart: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22670794
  • Muscle spasms: Studies it works as an anti-convulsant and spasmodic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/850145
  • Sleep: Modest doses of CBD can act as a weak stimulant like caffeine, but larger doses can help balance the body’s wake-sleep cycle and make for better sleep patterns when used on a daily basis (morning and night): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23343597
  • We list even more benefits in section regarding general ailments. May of which are also applicable to sports people and gym goers.

All these benefits with no side effects, and as easy to take as a vitamin every morning and night as an oil, or as a post- or pre-workout vape, makes CBD one of the best additions gym goers or amateur and professional athletes can make to their supplement regimen.

Joe Rogan interviewing Robb Wolf about CBD:

Joe Rogan interviewing Joseph Valtellini about his CBD experiences:

CBD for general ailments

CBD can help:

Relieve Pain

This is currently regarded to be the main benefit of CBD use.

We have naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors all over our body that interact with CBD. We have these receptors as our bodies are already constantly producing their own cannabinoids (the endocannabinoid system (ECS)).

Two types of receptors (CB1 and CB2). They’re found throughout the body, but mostly in the brain and immune system. CB1 receptors are those which allow humans to experience a psychoactive high. These receptors affect memory, mood , sleep and pain sensation. CB2 receptors are anti-inflammatory effects and are found in the immune cells. CBD has a greater affinity with CB2 receptors, so it’s naturally an anti-inflammatory and immune enhancer. It has, therefore, been found to be highly beneficial in treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as  cerebral palsy. Studies have shown it can also help with digestion, as it is a powerful anti-oxidant. Its properties help reduce stress and help with sleep. Physically, it is an anti-inflammatory and can reduce swelling, muscle and joint pain. It is completely safe to use and non-addictive.

Bones

CBD can support healthier bones and help with fracture healing. You can find evidence to this in PubMed articles:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20532878
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18071301
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15908955
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19059369

Fibromyalgia

Some tests of CBD’s influence on fibromyalgia have also had positive results:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21533029

Soothing and energy

CBD can positively affect cell strengthening and complete regeneration in some cases.

Alertness and sleep issues

Although CBD has been shown to increase wakefulness in humans in small doses, some have found that it also helps improve sleep by regulating the sleep cycle (which would combat insomnia and daytime sleepiness) and restricting stress, which can negatively affect sleep.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11920-017-0775-9
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19045957

Increases appetite

CBD promotes appetite, according to the National Cancer Institute. Individuals who are depressed, suffer from stress, or who are malnourished from a lack of eating can reportedly stimulate appetite through CBD use.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Studies show positive results in the therapeutic use of CBD when treating Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25125475

 

Warning: If you are currently taking any medication, make sure to check with your doctor that it’s safe for you to use CBD, in case of any negative interactions.

 

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