What are the Potential Fitness Benefits to Athletes?
There is limited evidence from human studies to support the benefits of CBD oil, due to restrictions on the use of and research on cannabis. Fortunately, science is now rapidly trying to catch up and there are more than 30 clinical trials currently being conducted in Europe. Why not read our interview with a CBD advocate and personal trainer; CBD for Fitness: Personal Trainer Emma-Louise
Anyone who regularly exercises has probably needed some pain relief, whether due to injury or for training-based soreness. Both preclinical and clinical studies have indicated a potential benefit of CBD use in chronic pain. Existing over-the-counter pain relievers known as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – NSAIDs (ibuprofen being one example) can sometimes be dangerous to athletes, (particularly ultra-distance athletes) as there is increased risk of gastric trauma, especially if taken as a prophylactic. This can range from relatively benign dyspepsia, to potentially life-threatening events such as upper GI bleeding. It is unsurprising that athletes are looking for alternative treatments.
If you love the science of CBD and want to know more about ongoing studies, why not check out our CBD Knowledge Centre here.
It is well known that Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory agents and therefore could provide benefits to athletes to help relieve inflammation, swelling and pain, especially those recovering from injury. With both pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, is it possible that CBD could therefore provide a safer alternative to NSAIDs for some athletes? Here at HempWell our pain relief creams have added essential oils to maximise the goodness on your skin, our CBD Muscle Balms are great for fighting inflammation and helping muscles recover.
Athletes know how crucial it is to get enough rest in order to aid recovery, sleep is when bodies repair themselves. If you are pushing your body in training then it’s likely you will need more, better quality sleep. Health Harvard website writes: ‘studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep’ which could benefit athletes recovery.
For an easy addition to your routine, why not introduce our Sleep Aid Tablets, specially formulated with 5-HTP and Lavender to help promote a restful sleep.
Is it legal for athletes? What about drug testing?
CBD is available as “broad spectrum” or “isolate”. Broad spectrum CBD products contain CBD and other compounds found in the original plant, which could potentially include trace amounts of THC. If the CBD was derived from EU certified industrial hemp (such as our Cannabis Sativa plants), the THC content of the original plant is legally required to be less than 0.3%.
Some people prefer the broad spectrum products because of a reported “entourage effect” of all of the cannabinoids together. CBD isolate products should only contain CBD without any other cannabinoids. From an anti-doping standpoint, CBD isolate produced from hemp would be the best choice for anyone undergoing zero-tolerance drug testing. You’ll find out Broad Spectrum Oils here and our Pure CBD Isolate Oils here. Our oils are made using hemp grown on our farm in the EU and extracted at a GMP facility, so we can be sure of our traceability and quality.
Although it is not a banned substance for athletes in or out of competition, the potential risk for athletes is if the product you buy doesn’t contain what it says on the label. For example, if a product contained significant amount of THC, there would be a risk of committing a doping violation if drug tested.
It is your responsibility to do your research and choose a reputable brand with lab analysis of their products readily available. To learn more why not read about CBD being used at the Olympics for the first time!