CBD for Athletes

Joseph Rosenblatt

When you’re an athlete, you push your body to the limit. You’ve probably tried a lot of strategies and supplements to stay in the game, from foam rolling to protein powders. However, there is one natural supplement you probably haven’t considered that could help you stay healthy and recover faster: cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD. It is the active ingredient in hemp extract, and scientific evidence is growing in support of the health benefits it can provide.

If you’ve heard of CBD before, then you probably know that it can be sourced from marijuana, but it’s important to remember that CBD can can also be sourced from industrial hemp! Here at Enliven Essentials, we offer a range of products made with full-spectrum hemp extract that is created from plants bred for high concentrations of CBD and low concentrations of THC, in other words industrial hemp. That means that you get a wide spectrum of beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, and other nutrients from the cannabis plant, without the psychoactive effects of typical marijuana. Keep reading to learn how CBD can benefit you as an athlete and try Enliven Essential’s high-quality hemp extract products today!

CBD is Not a Banned Substance

The first question you might be asking is: am I even allowed to use CBD? You should check the rules for your preferred sport in your area, but according to the World Anti-Doping Agency, CBD is allowed! As of 2018, the agency removed cannabidiol from its banned substances list, which means Olympic athletes can utilize hemp extract and so can any athletes whose sports accept the rulings of the World Anti-Doping Agency without amendment. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – and therefore marijuana – are both still banned, which is important to note because some hemp extract products do still contain THC. Enliven Essential’s products are made from specially bred hemp plants so they contain only trace amounts of THC — less than one percent. Remember to double check your local athletic association’s ruling to ensure that the hemp extract products you use will not disqualify you.

How It Works

Hemp extract and its main active ingredient, cannabidiol, interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a system similar to your nervous system that is found in all mammals, and according to a growing number of scientific studies, it monitors and controls a variety of bodily functions, including your experience of pain, inflammation, anxiety, appetite, mood, and more.The phytocannabinoids found in hemp plants interact with your ECS in much the same way that medications like antidepressants interact with your nervous system. SSRIs mimic naturally made neurotransmitters to encourage a healthier mental state, and phytocannabinoids seem to encourage homeostasis across a number of systems.

Hemp Extract for Athletes

There are a few effects of CBD that can be especially beneficial to athletes. While the study of cannabis-related substances is severely restricted, there are a growing number of scientific studies that show how CBD has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Are you sore and stiff after a tough workout? Try hemp extract as alternative pain relief instead of NSAIDs like ibuprofen. Recovering from a painful injury? Hemp extract can help you avoid dangerous opioids and, as many professional athletes can attest to, shorten your recovery time. Nervous before a big competition? CBD can also reduce anxiety and nausea. With hemp extract, you can experience all the benefits of CBD without the uncomfortable and inconvenient “high” of marijuana.

Professional Athletes on CBD

Mixed martial arts fighter Nate Diaz is one of the most well-known professional athletes who have been open about their use of cannabidiol. In a 2016 post-fight press conference, Diaz talked about how CBD “helps with [the] healing process and inflammation” and how vaping can “make your life a better place.” He was issued a warning by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but the rules were changed soon after to allow for the use of CBD.

In the world of football, players Eugene Monroe and Derrick Morgan have both come forward in support of a research program called When the Bright Lights Fade. Preliminary studies show that cannabidiol is a promising treatment for traumatic brain injury. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a serious concern and ongoing problem for many professional football players, and the project believes that CBD offers a real solution.

How to Get Started

You have options when it comes to adding hemp extract to your health regimen. Enliven Essentials offers a pain cream you can use for targeted relief — apply to aching or inflamed muscles and enjoy long-lasting effects without CBD ever entering your bloodstream. Check out our article on topical CBD application to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages. The Enliven Essentials collection also includes a versatile, full-spectrum hemp extract oil that you can use in a variety of ways. Try sublingual application for fast-acting effects or mix the oil into your post-workout smoothies or other recipes.

If you are trying hemp extract for the first time, remember to start with a low dose and adjust based on your personal comfort level. We also encourage you to talk to your doctor about using CBD, especially if you plan to use it instead of traditional medications. Our page on how to use CBD outlines all your options for adding CBD therapy to your fitness routine, and you can always contact us here at Enliven Essentials if you have any questions about our products. Explore our product collection today and start living your best life!