How Athletes Are Using CBD?

CBD has been shwn to reduce inflamation and could be a potential game changing supplement for athletes who train hard.  World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances making CBD for athletes widely accepted. 

Relieve Pain

Studies have shown CBD may be effective for reducing pain, including musculoskeletal pain from exercise, as well as stiff joints.  So whether you are a weekend warrior or training for the olympics you may be able to see benefits in using CBD as a recovery product.

Harvard Health article on CBD to relieve pain

National Institute Of Health (NIH) article on CBD pain relief

Alternative to NSAIDs

NSAIDs are over the counter medicines like ibuprofen and Tylenol. CBD for athletes may offer a pain relieving effect to reduce or eliminate an athletes use of NSAIDS for exercise-related pain, with minimal side effects. 

Alternative to Opioids

According to the CDC, in 2016 opioids were involved in more than 42,000 deaths in the US. Opioid pain medications (i.e. morphine, codeine, oxycontin) are highly effective for pain management, but carry a significant risk of addiction and death by overdose. Cannabinoids are not as effective as opioids for relieving acute, high-intensity pain, but may be effective for long-term pain management – either alone or in conjunction with other medications – with far less risk of dependence or accidental death.

Reduce inflammation

CBD may help reduce the response when your immune system sounds the alarm after hard workouts. This may make CBD a powerful post workout supplement,

Is CBD legal for athletes?

Yes. Starting at the beginning of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition. (Here is the 2019 WADA Prohibited List.) The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) did the same.


Some articles we found online for more info

NFL and CBD –

Harvard Health – What we know –

CNET CBD for pain relief –

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