The World Anti-Doping Agency announced that CBD will no longer be banned from use effective January 1st, 2018. This is significant news for both professional and amateur athletes worldwide, if you have been waiting to try CBD, now you can!
Whether you are a weekend warrior, obstacle racer, professional or ametuer athlete, its all about recovery and maintaining homeostasis or balance in our bodies. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a complex system that controls a variety of biological responses in the body including immune responses, mood, sleep, inflammation and pain. Within this system are receptors CB1 and CB2, that are found throughout the body, organs and the brain. Cannabidiol interacts with these receptors to elicit responses that help restore and maintain a state of homeostasis. CBD is extracted from hemp, not from a flowering marijuana bud, so it does not contain THC, the psychoactive property that gets users “high”. Basically, with CBD oil, your body gets the medicinal benefits of hemp, without the THC.
Many athletes at all levels claim that their recovery times are shorter, but please do your own research. There are thousands of reputable studies regarding CBD published online. CBD oil is categorized as a dietary supplement in the United States. I am making no specific medical benefits or claims, per the FDA’s DSHEA guidelines.