Professional athletes in particular are turning to CBD as an alternative, plant-based solution to pain relievers such as ibuprofen or percocet. CBD is now known to help with athletic recovery, is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, an anti-anxiety solution, and has been demonstrated to have a neuro-protectant effect in cases of traumatic brain injury. Additionally, it has no known side-effects and is not considered addictive.
Despite the stigma associated with the cannabis plant from which CBD is derived, some athletes are going public with their CBD use. Numerous sports leagues are now opening up to the use of CBD amongst their athletes. The NFL and the NFL Players Association recently agreed to work in tandem to study the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players. In addition to pain management, the football community has actively been exploring CBD to help with brain injury due to the high number of concussions resulting in CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) that devastates the lives of many football players.
In the baseball world, Major League Baseball pitcher David Wells pitched the the 15th perfect game in baseball history and was considered to be one of the game’s better left-handed pitchers. During his career he was plagued with injury and pain, causing him to abuse prescription medications while at the height of his career. After being introduced to CBD, Wells was able to stop all pharmaceuticals in favour of CBD.
Research is showing that CBD is a proven wellness medicine that increases stamina, athletic ability and provides potent recovery aspects for both brain injury and athletic endeavours. We’re looking forward to the time when increased research will help us understand better how this ancient plant can help professional athletes, and non-pros alike.
Does that mean athletes in the Olympics can use CBD? Great article!