CBD: The Benefits

Author: Brett Ayers

We’re in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic, and given the landscape you’re rightfully curious about CBD. You’ve likely heard lots about it, but before you decide if it’s worth trying, it’s good to know how CBD can actually benefit you as an athlete.

In this article, I break down the major benefits that CBD offers. What we know about CBD is constantly evolving, so check back regularly for updates.

MANAGING PAIN AND REDUCING INFLAMMATION:

Studies on CBD as a pain management substance are becoming more and more common and are continuing to show that using CBD is an effective way to reduce musculoskeletal and joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation.

Although a little inflammation can be good for athletes, too much can slow down your recovery and hurt your performance. CBD that binds to CB2 receptors helps to reduce cytokine production, having an anti-inflammatory effect. In other words, it helps to dial down your natural immunoresponse to a hard workout.

A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO POTENTIALLY HARMFUL MEDICATIONS:

In 2016, the CDC reported that opioids were responsible for more than 42,000 deaths in the US alone. This is a number that has unfortunately increased over the last years. Opioid pain medications like morphine, codeine, and oxycontin are all highly effective when it comes to pain management. However, the risks of addiction and overdose far outweigh the benefits associated with the short term pain relief.

Although CBD research is constantly evolving, we still don’t know 100% if it is equally as effective at treating high-intensity, acute pain. However as a long-term pain management solution it is as effective (if not more effective), and carries non of the risks associated with user dependency and/or accidental overdose.

Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and naproxen have been used for decades. However evidence is beginning to reveal that these alternatives may not be as safe as we once thought. More specifically, long term use of traditional over-the-counter medications has been associated with renal damage and increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Many athletes have found that the pain relieving effect of regular CBD use has significantly reduced, if not fully eliminated, their use of these over-the-counter medications for pain that’s related to exercise, and with minimal side effects.

IMPROVING QUALITY OF SLEEP:

The most effective way to recover is to sleep, and getting better quality sleep is one of the most effective ways you can realize greater improvements to your performance. Athletes who consume CBD have regularly reported that they had an easier time falling asleep and that they woke up feeling more refreshed and energized.

Scientists believe that this is because CBD is inhibiting the reuptake of adenosine, which blocks the release of neurotransmitters. This slows down brain activity, and helps you feel calmer. This is also part of the argument as to why CBD is a great anti-anxiety solution. It helps induce and improve the overall quality of your sleep.

Are you curious if ImpACTIVE CBD could be right for you? Contact us directly by email at info@impactive.ca

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