Pushing to the next finish line, getting a new PR, landing that advanced yoga pose, an athlete pushes their body to the limits. From fatigue, wear and tear, injury, and general wellness, it’s no surprise the great demand for quality supplements.
With supporting research and growing social acceptance, can CBD be the next big thing to help athletes?*
CBD and The WADA
First things first, does The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency allow the use of cannabidiol (CBD)?
At the start of 2018, both the WADA and USADA removed CBD from their prohibited substance list. Here’s an excerpt from the WADA’s 2019 code book (pg.8 S8):
“The following cannabinoids are prohibited:
• Natural cannabinoids, e.g. cannabis, hashish and
• Synthetic cannabinoids e.g. Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC) and other cannabimimetics.
From this we can see THC is still on the prohibited list, and it’s important to know any Full Spectrum CBD products will contain trace amounts of THC. (No more than 0.3%) The WADA did set a urinary threshold of 150 nanograms per milliliter for THC. This is up from their previous allowance of 15 nanograms per milliliter. This was done with the intention of lowering the risk of an athlete testing positive due to THC use outside of competition. Spokesperson Ben Nichols was quoted in a USA Today article saying:
“Our information suggests that many cases do not involve game or event-day consumption. The new threshold level is an attempt to ensure that in-competition use is detected and not use during the days and weeks before competition.”
Please note – there is no guarantee that our products will pass a THC drug test, but for any athlete who does not have testing or the everyday active person who enjoys working out or participating in athletics, as you know, our products are amazing for recovery, sleeping, and all around wellness.
For athletes who will be competing, or for those who don’t even want trace amounts of THC, CBD Isolate products are the way to go. CBD Isolate is where the hemp plant is processed down and all other Cannabinoids are stripped away. Leaving only the Cannabinoid CBD.
The Science of CBD
What we’ve learned is our body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), and this system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, facilitating healing, and keeping our cells functioning properly. Sometimes this system isn’t working efficiently, and from research studies we’re finding cannabinoids have a direct impact on this system.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, which unlike it’s cousin THC, is non-psychoactive. Which means it doesn’t get you high! This cannabinoid, when introduced to our EcS, interacts with our cB1 and cB2 receptors. These receptors are all over our body from the brain, nervous system, spine, and other tissues. cCBD is seen as an up regulator and down regulator, meaning it has the potential of bringing the ECS system back into harmony and maintaining that healthy balance.
From curbing the immune response that causes inflammation, to possibly reducing seizures by reducing the buildup of gluatmate, we are finding CBD has a wide range of possible applications.
Reducing Inflammation & Pain / Alternative to NSAIDs
Many active people and athletes end up using NSAIDs like Ibuprofen to help with soreness, inflammation, and injuries. What we’ve learned over the years is these medications are extremely dangerous when used regularly. A few of the major concerns is risk to renal failure, gastrointestinal issues, and even heart failure and stroke. It’s no surprise there’s a search for something safer.
CBD has one of the best safety profiles out there, and there are no documented deaths from cannabinoid-based products. There are several studies to show cannabidiol can reduce inflammation all over the body.
Study on difficult to treat pain
Study on reducing neuroinflammation
Study on reducing lung inflammation
Study on reduced inflammation and pain related behaviors
Stomach and Gastrointestinal Issues
Inflammation can happen all over the body, and when your GI is affected it can cause a lot of discomfort. For marathon runners or endurance athletes, this distress can be too much to bear and some find themselves dropping out before the finish line. Studies are finding CBD is also reducing inflammation in the digestive system.
Study on reducing chronic inflammation in the gut
Study on reducing pancreatic inflammation
Good sound sleep is a huge part of the recovery process for athletes, and is important for general health for all of us. Studies are showing us that by taking a regimen of CBD before bed can increase the amount of time sleeping and the time spent in REM.
Study on sleep wake cycle
Study on anxiety and sleep patterns
From reduction of inflammation and pain to better sleep, we are really starting to understand the benefits of CBD for active lifestyle people and athletes! Take a look at our products we recommend for athletes, active lifestyle people, and anyone on dietary restrictions.
**The FDA has not evaluated these statements, and this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases or ailments. Always check with your doctor before starting this or any other supplemental routine.