CBD is a chemical found in marijuana. CBD doesn't contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. Research suggests that CBD shows promise in helping relieve pain and reduce inflammation, which could be useful for athletes participating in intense exercise. While THC can also be used to treat pain, it may cause unwanted side effects and could affect athletic performance. CBD is one of the more than 113 different cannabinoids found in hemp plants. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system to affect bodily processes like pain perception, appetite, sleep quality, and help you recover faster.
CBD shows to be helpful with a variety of things including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease. CBD can also improve your sleep quality which is important in reducing your cortisol levels to produce the hormones you need for repairing muscles.
For athletes, CBD can be used in a topical form such as CBD cream. This is used to alleviate muscle soreness with the anti-inflammatory effects. This is intended to help your body recover quicker.