What is CBD?
Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
How can CBD help in my performance recovery?
CBD can be used to supplement the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, which assists the body in achieving balance.
Many athletes regularly push themselves to the brink of their endurance and capabilities, making it crucial to take steps to promote overall health and encourage recovery. By supporting the endocannabinoid system, CBD can help an athlete’s body return to balance.
Cannabis products like CBD oil have become increasingly adopted by athletes and we believe next few years will be much bigger for athletes and CBD.
CBD has been "Green Lighted" for athletes and is a beneficial, natural aid in your workout recovery. CBD is well on it's way to becoming the must have health supplement for athletes of all performance levels. Just see of the benefits of CBD include; reduction of inflammation, pain, decreasing nausea, better sleep, reduction of muscle spasms, protection of heart, lung and brain and promotes insulin sensitivity.
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How to Use CBD (Cannabidiol) to Optimise Your Performance and Recovery
Do you want to optimise your performance in CrossFit® and support your body during regeneration? Then you should try using CBD preparations. This secret weapon of many athletes is already part of the daily routine of a lot of CrossFit® athletes.
CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) belongs to the family of cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. This family also includes THC, which is psychoactive. CBD, on the other hand, has been in the focus of clinical research for years because it has no intoxicating and psychoactive effects, but many positive benefits for your body. So you can use its positive effects in drop form without hesitation. However, it is important to note that CBD oil is not the same as cannabis oil.
In order to understand the diversity of effects, it is particularly important to understand the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is part of the animal nervous system and consists of two receptors (CB1 and CB2), as well as several enzymes and signalling molecules, including CBD. If CBD now docks onto these special receptors, like the right key being put into a lock, the ECS is set in motion. This in turn activates various mechanisms which are interesting for you as an athlete.
CBD IN SPORT
Each intensive training session leads to minor inflammatory processes and injuries of the muscle fibres. This is a natural process which leads to an increase in performance in the long term. CBD supports the healing process through its anti-inflammatory effect and ultimately leads to you being able to resume training faster. CBD is also involved in pain perception. If you suffer an injury through sport, you can use it to relieve pain. Many CB1 and CB2 receptors are located in nociceptive (pain-regulating) areas of the central nervous system.
In the case of pain, they are increasingly activated and contribute to relief. So you’ll be fit for your next competition more quickly. In this respect CBD has another advantage: As a professional CrossFit® athlete it does not fall under doping restrictions, because in 2017 it was removed from the list of prohibited substances by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
REGENERATION WITH CBD
CBD also helps you to regenerate properly. Because you know: Every intensive training session includes relaxation and regeneration, so that you get better and better. CBD does not have a direct effect on sleep. The ECS is involved in the regulation of the emotional state. CBD can therefore have an anxiety-relieving and stress-reducing effect. As a result, you can sleep better and regenerate your muscles optimally. For the next training session you will be full of energy again.
Good sleep also leads to more precision when you perform exercises. Because your focus is sharper and your thoughts more concentrated. In CrossFit® every movement and every reaction counts. You can only reach your full potential if nothing stops you.
CBD DOSAGE FORMS
You can now buy CBD in various forms. These include oil, capsules, tablets, crystals and many more. CBD Oil offers a very good absorption by the body.
These are dissolved in oil and can be placed on or under your tongue if required. CBD is thus already absorbed in the mouth through the mucous membranes and can unfold its effect more efficiently. According to studies, there is no uniform dosage recommendation. Once you have decided on a CBD oil, you should start with a small amount. Read the package insert carefully. After a few days you can increase the amount until you have achieved the desired effect. The amount depends on your body weight, your metabolism and the area you want to optimise. Once the desired effect has been achieved, you no longer need to increase the dose. CBD oil is particularly well suited for this, as you can dose very precisely and individually with the pipette. Just try it out!
From now on nothing stops you from perfect recovery and performance in CrossFit®.
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The Truth about the Use of CBD for Recovery
Written by Chris Fuller
First off, NO. CBD does not get you high. The cannabinoid known as Cannabidiol (CBD) does come from the actual trichome of the marijuana plant but does not contain the psychoactive euphoric properties that THC contains. So why am I talking about CBD?
This weekend I was fortunate enough to compete in Minnesota at the Kill Cliff Granite Games. The competition lasts for three days consisting of multiple ‘Games-like’ events testing one’s physical limitations and mental toughness. Anyone who’s ever done any sort of competition, regardless of skill level and even event type, can tell you that the soreness they endure during, and thereafter is far greater than experiencing any muscle soreness from regular training. So how do you recover to ensure you’re at your peak performance level during competition and/or training? Well, there’s multiple ways but the one I’ve become a firm believer in, is using CBD.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD is one of over eighty different chemical cannabinoid compounds found in the trichomes of this flowery plant. Cannabinoids are actual agonists that bind to your own special receptor cells in your body known as cannabinoid receptors. Some of these receptors are densely prevalent in the central nervous system while others are located in nearly every organ of our bodies. When the magical bond happens by ingesting CBD into your body, there’s an awesome network that forms known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). I won’t bore you by delving further into our central nervous system and our various neurotransmitters, but within this system some medical professionals have proclaimed the ECS to be the one of the greatest neurotransmitters in our body.
The four primary functions of CBD has had on our body’s ECS has been protection of our entire neural network, homeostasis, immune balance and stress recovery. In layman’s terms, a very beneficial reference to our body’s system of creating it’s optimum energy balance system.
The research on CBD has been never-ending. Scientists have found various beneficial effects that CBD can have on our bodies. Some effects of CBD have been linked to vanilloid receptors which regulate pain, adenosine which helps our circadian rhythm (our body’s natural sleep and wake cycle), and serotonin levels which influence our stress and mood.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER IN REGARDS TO TRAINING?
Every time we do a physical activity, our body breaks itself down in order to build itself back up. This results in our body’s immune response to heal itself leaving us feeling sore, lethargic, and even exhausted. Dealing with post-workout inflammation sucks! Cannabinoid receptors include CB1, which are predominantly found in the brain, and CB2 receptors which are found on cells linked to the immune system. The fact that both of these receptors have been found on our body’s immune cells makes scientists believe that CBD plays an important vital role in the regulation of the immune system. Several studies have shown that CBD plays an enormous role in suppressing cytokine, and chemokine production, while increasing our body’s T-regulatory cell production in turn helping our body’s anti-inflammatory mechanism.
SO WHY AM I SUCH A CBD ADVOCATE?
Well personally, I’ve known a significant increase in my body’s recovery while using CBD and overall well being. Marijuana has been given such a negative stigma being labeled as a Class I Narcotic alongside drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Ummm what? That’s a little absurd if you ask me. Being a veteran and college athlete, I feel that CBD is a safer alternative than using pills or other drugs. MDMA (Ecstasy) has been approved by the VA as an alternative form of medication to combat PTSD. The NFL has finally started researching the use of marijuana for it’s players in correlation to pain management and concussion protocols. Here’s a little eye opening dose of information for you.
In 2016, Arizona was one of the many states pushing for the legalization of cannabis. Finance records show that there was one company who funded the organization appealing Arizona’s recreational legalization initiative. The Arizona-based company that made this generous is known as Insys Therapeutics which is known for Subsys. A very potent fentanyl spray used as a painkiller by cancer patients. This synthetic opioid analgesic is similar to morphine, but is known to be 50 to 100 times more potent. This drug has been known to be highly addictive. You may recall the passing of the great musician Prince. His death was attributed to the overdose of fentanyl. Yet marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance among the world’s most deadliest narcotics.
Suddenly, marijuana doesn’t seem so bad anymore…
FORMS OF CBD
There’s a few different ways to ingest/take CBD. The one I find most beneficial are the tinctures. Little vials which a great dosage per drop that has the quickest means of reacting with our CNS. There’s also balms/rubs. I like these as well and they’re less expensive which is awesome. The only drawback is you might smell a tad bit like marijuana. There are also edible treatments such as gummies and brownies as well. And lastly there’s smoking CBD. You can either smoke the flower or a vape cartridge. Out of the last two, vape will be the safest considering you will not be ingestion any type of carcinogen as you would from burning the flower upon inhaling. I’d recommend experimenting with all the different forms because they all have a different effect, and all of our bodies are different from one another.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email or stop me at the gym! I hope this helps you out and cleared any negative stigma you may have had!
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THE BIG 3 USES CBD
The Big 3 is a basketball league for former NBA players started by Ice Cube. It is the first professional sports organization to allow the use of CBD for pain management and muscle recovery. Twelve other countries have also allowed the use of CBD for professional athletes and consumers, but the Big 3 being the first in the United States. The Big 3’s league made a statement for its reasoning behind wanting to try the uses of CBD to be because, “many states around the country making efforts to decriminalize or legalize cannabis, both medicinally and recreationally, professional athletes who could benefit medicinally are prevented from doing so by league outdated mandates.”(AP News)
“The Big 3 is known as a player-powered league that sees its players as people and not property,” stated by co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz. The owners have taken the advice and feedback of many of its players and professionals in the CBD industry in account to make the decision for allowing CBD and its leaping forward into the health sciences. (Aaron Mansfield) CBD is just one of the 100 cannabinoids that has been medically proven to help with muscle tightness, anxiety, and pain, so CBD being more beneficial to athletes than the addictive pain supplements that have been given to athletes before.
Since the Big 3 has started the trend in CBD in professional sports the NFL and NBA have decided to have discussions about the use of CBD in these professions during their next perspective sports’ unions. So as more information becomes available on the benefits and uses of CBD we may start to see an increase in the use of the organic medicine by professional athletes.
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CBD OIL – A NOVEL PAIN SOLUTION FOR ATHLETES
We are all familiar with the infamous ‘runner’s high,’ that magical feeling of hard-earned bliss and contentment that washes over you after an intense bout of exercise.
Interestingly, the cause for this euphoria is not due entirely to endorphins, as once thought, but is in part due to anandamide – a fatty acid neurotransmitter that is almost identical to THC. Anandamide is detectable at elevated levels after a workout.
Anandamide is the ‘bliss chemical’ produced naturally in our bodies and is responsible for feelings of euphoria, pain-relief, well-being, and relaxation. CBD directly increases the amount of anandamide available to our bodies, resulting in increased benefits, and decreased side-effects, from enjoying your favorite workout routine.
Additional benefits of CBD for athletes include:
Appetite Stimulation: CBD indirectly stimulates appetite, assisting those such as MMA fighters and power-lifters to consume the added calories needed for building muscle.
Muscle Spasms: Strained muscles, dehydration, trauma, and damage to the nerves or spinal cord often cause uncomfortable muscle spasms which are treatable with CBD. [S]
Concussion Protection: CBD has the ability to disrupt the flow of chemicals during a concussion that leads to brain cell death, acting as a neuroprotectant. [S]
This is just a small look into how CBD oil helps not only high-performance athletes but also anyone interested in enhancing the results they experience from exercise. And perhaps one of the greatest potential benefits for exercise enthusiasts is CBD oil’s ability to reducing post-exercise pain and discomfort.
This isn’t necessarily news; even gold-medalist Olympians like Ross Rebagliati have been using CBD for quite some time. Fortunately for Olympians at least, CBD is no longer a banned substance. Other professional sports associations are not as forward-thinking as the International Olympic Committee, meaning far too many professional athletes – and weekend warriors – are forced to deal with lifelong pain from injuries sustained playing the sport they love.
Learning to Live With Pain
Anyone who plays (or has played) a sport understands the aches and pains that are the inevitable result. Full contact sports often include over-stressing joints, doing abrupt defensive moves, and sustaining repeated blows to the body and head.
Basketball, baseball, and soccer players spend tons of time running across the field or court, causing immense strain on their joints and tendons – ultimately resulting in inflammation and often debilitating pain and soreness.
Yet professional athletes of all stripes, from tennis players to figure skaters, are accustomed to the concept of ‘playing through the pain’. Even so, injuries mean time away from the sport, which means the fear of losing their ‘competitive edge,’ and maybe even prize money or sponsorship, were they to take the time needed to recuperate.
For the rest of us who are no strangers to a pickup game of basketball or catching a great wave, but whose livelihoods don’t depend on our athletics, sports injuries are perhaps even more debilitating. After all, the average Joe or Jane doesn’t have a full complement of physical therapists and world-class orthopedic surgeons to tend to our rehabilitation.
Opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs like NSAIDs are the most common approach to dealing with daily occurrences of pain in pros and amateurs alike. But what few realize is that even these everyday drugs come with a laundry list of side effects, including death.
In fact, if NSAID deaths were calculated separately in National Vital Statistics reports, they would be the 15th leading cause of death in the US.
This bewildering statistic does not take into account the far-reaching effects of chronic pain/prescription drug use on a person’s mental well-being, and subsequently every aspect of their life (family, friends, sleep, etc.).
CBD offers a non-toxic, non-addictive, virtually side effect-free alternative when dealing with chronic and acute pain. Despite worldwide cannabis legalization efforts, and the legality of hemp-based CBD in many countries, most professional sports authorities do not take approve of its use. As such, CBD’s therapeutic and medicinal applications remain a topic of heated controversy as research continues to show what many athletes have known anecdotally for decades: that cannabis and CBD could be an ideal way to relieve pain without devastating side-effects.
Let’s take a look at how various professional sports organizations feel about CBD.
The NFL and CBD
Although the National Football League still tests players for both THC and CBD, many expect this policy to change during the renegotiation of league contractual terms in 2020. Many current and former players struggle with chronic pain, opioid dependency, and the life-long consequences that come with both.
This potential change comes in the wake of 1,800 NFL players suing the NFL for violating federal drug laws to keep them playing in the midst of debilitating pain, irresponsibly distributing controlled substances. No surprise, then, that in a survey of retired NFL players, 71% admitted they had misused painkillers while playing, and in retirement use opioids at a rate three times higher than the general public.
Yet, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner as of this writing, is not in support of the recreational use of cannabis, but claims he is willing to listen to the league’s medical advisors in regards to the role of cannabis in safely treating pain for players:
“To date, [the league’s medical advisors] haven’t said this is a change we think you should make that’s in the best interests of the health and safety of our players. If they do, we’re certainly going to consider that.”- Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
Undeterred by the NFL’s official stance, former NFL players like Eugene Monroe, Jake Plummer, Jim McMahon, Ebenezer Ekuban – and even Joe Montana – are speaking out in favor of removing marijuana from the NFL banned substances list:
“Legalization is picking up steam on a global level and I feel like now is the time to spread information about the curing capabilities of this plant.”
– Joe Montana, Hall of Fame quarterback
“It’s time for the NFL to change its archaic standards to better protect its players. For too long, I’ve watched my teammates and good friends battle with opioid addiction and leave the game with a long road still ahead; it’s time to make a change.”
– Eugene Monroe, former offensive tackle
“There’s years I don’t remember, just because I was in such a fog. That’s when I really started using cannabis to combat my pain. I’ve been an advocate for it for a lot of years, and I’m not ashamed of it.”
– Jim McMahon, former quarterback
“I think in due time, the NFL is going to realize that CBD is not a performance-enhancing drug. If anything, it helps with anxiety, helps with concentration, it helps with pain.”
– Ebenezer Ekuban, former defensive end
The NBA and CBD
The National Basketball Association has a rather strict stance on cannabis and CBD, giving players four random drug screens a year, with each ‘failure to pass’ resulting in increasingly severe consequences.
Surprisingly David Stern, the former NBA commissioner from 1984-2014 (who notoriously tightened regulations on cannabis use) recently stated that medical marijuana “should probably be removed from the banned substances list.”
“… If you told the fans that if the players rubbed it (marijuana creams) on their knees that they wouldn’t take a night off, that would really send it over the top.”
– David Stern
Unfortunately, that change in heart hasn’t lead to lifting restrictions on cannabis for current players. Former power forward Al Harrington owns medical marijuana businesses in three states, and has spoken to NBPA president Chris Paul about the possibility of removing cannabis as as banned substance.
There is currently no planned renegotiation of the NBA collective bargaining agreement until the 2023-2024 season. But that doesn’t stop current stars from continuing to speak out in favor of allowing cannabis use among players for myriad reasons. Karl-Anthony Towns, center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, agrees with former commissioner Stern:
“There's a difference between recreational and medicinal. A Vicodin or Percocet is very, very addicting… just because we're NBA athletes, we're not super humans. Some of us have conditions that could use [medicinal marijuana] to our benefit for everyday living…”
– Karl-Anthony Townes
The Controversial History of Cannabis in Sports
Before the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Code by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2004, prohibition was left up to the governing international sports federations to ban, or not ban, cannabis from their sport. Cannabis was perhaps the most heated topic of debate at the 2003 World Conference on Doping in Sport, and the result was a ban in virtually every single sport.
The list of prohibited substances is based on these three criteria — a substance must meet two of the three to be banned:
Potential to enhance performance
Risk to the athlete’s health
Violation of the spirit of sport
One may assume that the prohibition of cannabis in sports happened due to the first two pieces of criteria, however, this may not be the case.
In fact, cannabis is often discussed as a substance that has a detrimental effect on athletic performance due to an altered perception of time, distorted spatial perception and impaired coordination.
But the reality is, cannabinoids could potentially allow an athlete to feel less stressed and perform better under pressure. Cannabis may decrease depression symptoms, anxiety, and fear, while also increasing risk-taking behaviors without altering decision-making abilities.
In 2002, after observing that over one-fourth of all positive tests conducted by the French International Olympic Committee (IOC) were positive for cannabinoids, one researcher decided to conduct a survey. What he found was a positive correlation between the level of competitiveness in sports and the usage of cannabis.
Cannabinoids have also been found to play a considerable role in the extinction of fearful memories by interfering with learned aversive behaviors. This effect could be a massive advantage for an individual who has experienced a traumatic event or injury in their sports career.
This study openly acknowledges the cannabis may provide an athlete with an unfair advantage and sports authorities should regulate its use, however, it is hard to ignore the potential health benefits that can also be experienced.
The Future of CBD in Sports
At the start of 2018, the WADA officially removed CBD from its list of banned substances. Due to this major step forward in policy, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will also stop testing for CBD.
This is great news for many athletes, particularly UFC fighters, who will now be able to legally implement CBD into their performance and recovery regimens. The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Player’s Association are also among those with much more lenient attitudes on medicinal cannabis.
Considering the influence WADA have on sports organizations worldwide, it will be interesting to see the way this decision to remove CBD from the banned substances list will change the perception of CBD in the coming years. This decision, coupled with the voices of athletes who are now comfortable to speak out about their own positive experiences with cannabinoids, will likely do a lot to remove the stigma associated with cannabis use.
It’s unrealistic to imagine a world where athletes from every sport have access to tailor-made cannabinoid regimens, with specific cannabinoid profiles geared to relieve whatever ails them. Research on the benefits of lesser-known cannabinoids like CBG and CBN is still in its infancy, but early results are promising.
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