There are few things as rewarding and relaxing as a session after work. For those who play hard, too, CBD has become a go-to for adventures and athletes looking for a natural way to unwind and recover.
Michigan is known for being an active state; days on the water, hikes in the woods, plus excellent terrain for hiking, cycling, and all sorts of adventures make so many of us weekend warriors in the very best sense of the term. For us, and for professional athletes whose livelihoods and careers depend on going hard and recovering harder, finding a safe and effective way to recover is vital to get back on the go the next day.
CBD tinctures and other products have popped up as recovery for athletes, and with good reason. Study after study has shown that CBD provides many of the same benefits as bud, but without the psychoactive effects. That means a pro athlete can use CBD to reduce inflammation, relieve sore muscles and joint pain, and improve sleep, all without leaving practice wooked out.
One important study found that CBD is an anti inflammatory, but offers similar benefits to those found in Vitamin C and Vitamin E supplementation, two vitamins known for inflammation and skin conditions, respectively.
As you might expect, there seems to be a disconnect between the science of CBD and the acceptance of it by major sporting bodies. There has been progress; in 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, removed CBD as a banned substance. Many Olympic sports have allowed its use, though there remains a pervasive ban on THC. Major League Baseball, interestingly enough, is the only major US sports league to have removed THC from its list of illicit substances.
However, with so many leagues still wary of THC, athletes have to be careful when choosing a CBD product. While high-quality CBD, by definition, lacks any THC, some poorly regulated or tested products may have trace amounts, usually as a result of contamination with other products. That has led to some athletes using CBD to test positive for THC, and it’s also a risk for those with occupations that require them to get tested as well. As this article explains, some cheap drugs tests can’t effectively differentiate between CBD and THC, while some CBD products are simply mislabeled.
If you’re interesting in using CBD to relax, relief pain, or recover, start with a small dose, and be sure to experiment with different ways of taking it; there are coffees and gummies, plus balms and oils, all of which may be more or less effective based on your unique needs.
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