World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
WADA announced that from January 2018 CBD, an anti-inflammatory compound derived from Cannabis would be removed from its 2018 prohibited substances list. However, that was not the case with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which remains strictly banned.
This reflects not only their view on the safety profile of CBD but also on its believed benefits for sportsmen and women as a herbal pain relief and anti-inflammatory.
The removal of CBD from WADA’s list of banned substances prompted many professional athletes, including ultrarunner Avery Collins and mountain biker Teal Stetson-Lee, to eschew ibuprofen for CBD. Some believe it’s a safer alternative to pharmaceutical pain killers and anti-inflammatories and works well for athletes looking for a natural recovery supplement.
"The belief is that by better managing post-exercise pain and inflammation, you can recover faster, enhance your training adaptations, perform better in workouts and competitions and possibly avoid injuries."
At the elite levels of cycling for example, the sport is gruelling, punishing and extremely injury prone. It’s not for the faint-hearted. Because of this, elite athletes in cycling are at the forefront of exploring performance enhancers and post workout recovery agents and CBD oil is gaining traction within the sport. The belief is that by better managing post-exercise pain and inflammation, you can recover faster, enhance your training adaptations, perform better in workouts and competitions and possibly avoid injuries.
In the United States, Basketball’s BIG3 recently became the first professional sports league to allow it’s athletes to use cannabidiol (CBD). This is significant news for athletic - professional and collegiate organisations that are starting to embrace cannabis’ healing properties.
Reported medical benefits for Athletes:
- CBD oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help fight inflammation naturally.
- CBD oil contains analgesic properties and is an effective natural pain reliever.
- Can reduce stress and anxiety on game day to facilitate concentration and improve performance.
- Improves recovery time by promoting increased cell action and tissue regeneration.
- High in anti-oxidants, CBD oil boosts the immune system to help fight infection and stay healthy.
In conclusion, CBD provides an inexpensive, legal and natural way to keep your body healthy and well.