CBD oil (cannabidiol) is one of nature’s miracles that we’re only now rediscovering. CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids that are found in hemp and marijuana, both of which are really cannabis.
Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the substance that gets you high when you smoke pot, CBD has no psychoactive effects. It does, however, have a lot of powerful effects that can help extreme athletes perform better and recover faster.
Is CBD legal?
Yes, as of the 2018 Farm Bill, it’s 100% legal. It’s made from industrial hemp which has been used for millennia for everything from clothing and paper to medicine and rope.
Industrial hemp and marijuana are genetically identical, but hemp produces very little THC. That means you can take it and it doesn’t alter your mind. It won’t affect your driving, climbing, skiing, or anything else you try to do.
What can CBD do for me?
CBD has established effects on two important areas for extreme athletes: focus and inflammation.
There’s a great deal of evidence that CBD can contribute to focus and concentration. Online, there are millions of stories from people who used it for tests, driving, and video games to increase their ability to concentrate.
The amount of CBD needed to have an effect on your brain varies by person, but it’s usually a lower amount than is needed for inflammation. Start by taking a small dose and see if it helps you focus as you tackle an extreme event.
Every athlete, no matter how fit, gets inflammation in the muscles and joints. Typically, ice and ibuprofen are what’s offered, but CBD can help reduce the inflammation and accompanying pain.
Take CBD before, during, and after an event to keep swelling down. The dosage is likely to be higher than you need for concentration, but you can start small and keep adding on. There are also creams with CBD in them that can have an excellent effect on your swelling and muscle pain.
There are a number of other benefits you can get from CBD that are less apparent but are just as important.
Many times athletes will find themselves taking lots of ibuprofen, aspirin, or even opioids to keep the pain and swelling down. By using CBD, you decrease the likelihood that you’ll need anything like that. In fact, there’s evidence that CBD reduces the urges of addiction, so even if you’ve found yourself struggling with drugs, taking hemp CBD (with no THC) can help to break the constant urge for more drugs.
Bodybuilders and athletes are discovering that CBD, before, during, and after a workout or an event can help reduce recovery time. The muscles are able to use CBD to heal faster and reduce the pain that’s associated with a hard workout.
Internal and external
CBD has been shown to be a powerful massage additive, as a cream or topical, as well as ingested as drops. You can use both at the same time since there’s no evidence that you can OD on CBD.
CBD: The extreme athlete's friend
CBD is the ideal addition to the extreme athlete’s repertoire. There are few side effects, it’s well tolerated, and it works on many levels. Since it doesn’t get you high, it doesn’t slow you down. You can stay in the game, even taking it during the game. It can reduce your dependence on painkillers and anti-inflammatories.
Try CBD for your next extreme event and see if helps up your game.