CBD in fitness and sports

CBD is becoming an increasingly popular dietary supplement among athletes not only because it does not have psychoactive effects, but also because it is legal in most countries of the world and is not subject to anti-doping tests.  More and more athletes are turning to it for its positive effects and as an alternative to classic drugs for pain and inflammation

Thanks to the huge potential in improving sleep quality, helping with pain and inflammation, and increasing energy, the use of CBD drops, for example, is becoming a daily routine not only for top athletes.  Below you will find a list of 8 reasons why you too should not hesitate to include CBD products in your fitness "menu".

8 reasons why athletes use CBD:

No side effects

CBD oil is made from all-natural cannabinoids and ingredients.  The chances of you facing any unwanted side effects while taking CBD are almost zero. Most CBD products contain no or very little side effects. However, you can avoid them by taking simple steps such as the correct dosage and buying quality CBD products.

CBD in protein shakes

Almost every athlete includes protein shakes in their fitness routine and thus relies on them as part of an overall healthy diet.  Adding CBD drops to a smoothie or protein shake is a quick and effective way to consume it.

Better sleep

Quality deep sleep is key to sports performance – it enables tissue regeneration, muscle building and improves cognitive function.  So it's no surprise that better sleep is one of the main reasons why athletes take CBD and HHC.  It has been proven to reduce insomnia and promote REM sleep, improve daytime alertness, concentration and help reduce anxiety. Check out the review written by Tabulkářka Ester after using CBD.

Tips for better sleep quality:

  • Create a regular sleep pattern
    Try to go to bed and get up at a similar time each day so that your body gets used to a regular sleep pattern.  If possible, try to stick to your sleep schedule even on weekends.
  • Create a calm surrounding
    Create a calm and comfortable environment for sleep. Darken the room, lowers the room's temperature and get in some fresh air.
  • Limit stimulants
    Limit stimulants, which include: caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, especially in the late hours, as they can negatively affect sleep quality.
  • Relaxation techniques
    Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga or tai chi to relax your muscles and calm your mind. You can read how to learn to relax here.

Interested in learning more about sleep? We covered this topic in more detail in the article: Sleep - everything we know about it.

Relieves pain

Whether it's muscle soreness or a nasty sports injury, CBD can ease pain and speed up recovery. CBD has been shown to be effective for pain caused by inflammation, joint pain, or non-inflammatory chronic pain. Among other things, it is also a natural alternative to the painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs that athletes often rely on.

Strengthens the immune system

With "hard" training, sooner or later your body will not avoid some disease because your immune system will be disturbed. A poor night's rest makes the problem worse—while you sleep, your body produces infection-fighting chemicals called cytokines. Fortunately, CBD can support the immune system and help you stay feeling okay. There are CB2 receptors on the immune cells, so using CBD and other phytocannabinoids can balance the function of the immune system.



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Calms the intestines

Almost every athlete has experienced a feeling of nausea during high-intensity exercise. Up to 70 percent of athletes suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. The stress of training can cause exercise-induced damage to GI symptoms, leading to nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Performance anxiety then affects the nervous system and disrupts digestive functions. Regular use of anti-inflammatory drugs can also cause massive damage to intestinal tissue. CBD is such a great alternative!

Reduces the feeling of anxiety

If you are one of those athletes who have a feeling of anxiety before a big sporting event or demanding training session, then CBD is the way to prevent these feelings. With regular use, this substance will keep you calm and in a state of complete concentration. A successful performance is about being physically and mentally prepared long before it. Being well rested, calm and focused on performance and not having any worries.

Easy dosage

Finding the right dose of CBD is generally very easy. You can choose from different strength drops based on your needs and weight. As an athlete, you can start with one or two drops under the tongue and gradually increase the dosage as needed. If you want to further increase the dosage, you can then add drops to food, drink or the aforementioned protein shakes.

This was a list of the most common reasons why athletes should use CBD products. However, it is important to remember that CBD should not be used as a substitute for medical care and consultation with a doctor is always recommended. However, for athletes looking for a natural and effective solution to improve their performance and recovery, it is an ideal choice

1. [online]. [cit. 2023-02-18]. Available from: https://womensfitness.co.uk/health/sports-supplements-5-reasons-why-athletes-love-cbd/
2. [online]. [cit. 2023-02-20].Available from: https://www.smilz.com/learning-center/10-reasons-athletes-use-cbd-oil-sporting-injuries

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Igor is a marketer from WOXO agency. He specializes in advertising, PR and marketing, but in his spare time he has long been involved in hemp issues and follows the Czech market with CBD and HHC products.