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The Future of Sports and CBD

November 09, 2018

The Future of Sports and CBD

CBD is a supplement that is widely known and widely misunderstood.  As the opioid epidemic continues in America, it has also affected professional athletes, with all major sports organizations experiencing a high rate of opioid addiction.  CBD, on the other hand, is not addictive and completely natural.  So why isn’t CBD being prescribed instead of addictive painkillers? 

Common Misconceptions About CBD

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and is one of the major cannabinoids and non-psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant.  The misunderstood facts about CBD are many.  One of the most important things to know about CBD is that even though it can be derived from either hemp or marijuana, CBD itself does not create any of the psychoactive effects like the other more well-known cannabinoid THC.  Cannabis plants produce thousands of compounds, and CBD is one compound that offers many therapeutic benefits, without the high that is typically associated with cannabis.  

CBD Basics

There are many different brands of CBD, and different ways to use CBD.  CBD products that don’t contain THC are legal to sell and consume since they fall outside of the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act.  This is also the reason CBD is rising in popularity as an alternative to over the counter drugs.  You may have noticed CBD products popping up in your local health food store and all over the internet.  There are salves, tinctures, pills, candies, and you can even vape certain types of CBD oil.  Every individual is unique in their preference, and with so many options to choose from, your top priority should be quality first.

Quality of CBD products varies greatly by brand.  Green Classic’s premium collections of CBD Tinctures, Capsules, Vape Products, Topicals, Edibles, Pet Products, Concentrates, and Isolate are hand-selected to ensure the highest-quality products, all in one convenient online shopping experience.  It is important to us that you get the best value and best quality, so every product is 3rd party lab tested for potency and purity.

Breaking the Stigma

There is a certain stigma that surrounds CBD, even though its benefits can be easily researched and the legislation is changing rapidly.  In the sports world, we have experienced great strides towards CBD acceptance, with the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) lifting the ban on CBD completely earlier this year.  This historic decision immediately impacted the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and effectively changed the policies of other global sports organizations who look to WADA for guidance, like the International Olympic Committee, the US Anti-Doping Agency, and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.  This lift allows professional athletes to use cannabidiol to manage pain and inflammation as opposed to the addictive painkillers that have been prescribed for generations.  CBD is a non-addictive, natural alternative to pharmaceuticals, providing relief for athletes as they train and even after they retire.

How CBD Affects the Body

If you Google the benefits of CBD, you’ll find testimonials of people across the world using this natural remedy over pharmaceuticals.  Athletes have said CBD salves and CBD oil have helped their chronic pain and inflammation after a hard workout, sometimes even better than ibuprofen

Although the FDA has not yet approved the use of CBD as a health supplement, these top athletes and many more are using cannabidiol to improve recovery time, decrease muscle tenderness, help with sleeplessness, and even reduce stress and anxiety.  The mounting evidence of CBD’s benefits, combined with the recent lift of the ban of CBD by WADA is helping to pave the way for reform, acceptance, and testing to see what this remarkable plant is able to offer in terms of health benefits.

The NFL and CBD

In recent years, more and more athletes have stepped forward as advocates for cannabidiol, sharing their personal experiences with both prescription painkillers and CBD.  While the NFL still has one of the most strict drug policies, current and former players are using their voices to start the conversation and create change surrounding CBD and its use in sports therapy. It has been reported that nine out of ten NFL athletes suffer from daily aches and pains, and nearly all attribute this pain to their football career. During the course of a football player’s professional career, 90% have reported concussions during play, with 60% having more than one concussion, and most indicating they have had long-lasting symptoms from these concussions.  Almost all players are injured at some point during their career, and nearly half have had to have surgery or will need to have surgery for their joints.

The pain isn’t over once they stop playing the game.  Retired NFL players can face continuing pain, additional surgeries, and even degenerative brain conditions.  As you age, painkillers are prescribed more and more often, but those drugs have their own unpleasant side effects to deal with.  As a result, many retired players have looked to healthier alternatives like CBD to manage their ongoing pain. 

Even with continued acceptance from other agencies like WADA, until the NFL reconsiders its policy on CBD, players won’t technically be allowed to take advantage of CBD’s many documented health benefits for athletes.

In Conclusion

With legislation changing every day, and sports agencies like WADA beginning to recognize the multitude of benefits that CBD can offer athletes, it is apparent that change is underway.  WADA’s updated policy positively impacts sports across the world, allowing athletes to be the best they can be, without the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. 

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