Day in and day out, athletes put a lot of wear and tear on their bodies. The stress from training stimulates adaptation and increases performance, but this prolonged stress may lead to overuse injuries. Current methods of over the counter pain management and recovery are effective but there side effects aren't being factored into the equation. In search of improved sports recovery and pain relief, many athletes are finally shedding light on CBD or cannabidiol. Here at Canncentrate, we refer to CBD as 'The Unspoken Edge' because its always had a negative connotation due to its relation to marijuana.
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. Proceeding the event, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) did the same.
What Exactly Is CBD Though?
Athletes can legally consume cannabidiol, but I bet you're still a little unsure of what it is. CBD is a cannabinoid (chemical compounds that act directly and indirectly on cannabinoid receptors to help the body maintain stability and health) found in cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine. The two varieties of the cannabis plant include hemp and marijuana. Not to get Canncentrate confused with marijuana, but all of our CBD is derived from hemp, where it's concentration levels are considerably higher than marijuana's and during our extraction process, we strip all THC from our products to ensure all of our athletes pass drug screenings with no problem at all.
What Makes CBD So Enticing For Athletes?
During the grueling season, many athletes lack the proper regenerative processes that help keep them performing optimally. Whether it be from poor nutritional choices to staying up late at night, every aspect has a positive or negative consequence that affects how they perform their sport. CBD has been proven to relieve pain, decrease inflammation, reduce muscle spasms, increase appetite, induce deeper sleep, improve confidence, even prevent concussions, and more.. There's a reason why even before CBD was removed from the prohibited substance list that athletes were benefiting from its therapeutic properties. They just didn't speak upon it..
How Does CBD Work Though?
Inside the human body, we have an endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors and it's primary role is to maintain homeostasis, or balance, within our bodies. These receptors are neurotransmitters that are activated by cannabinoids, including CBD and are involved in the physiological processes stated above.
The CB1 receptors are primarily located on nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, but they are also found in some peripheral organs and tissues such as the spleen, white blood cells, endocrine gland and parts of the reproductive, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. The main roles of the CB1 receptors include pain relief, decreased inflammation, reduced muscle spasms, increased appetite, deeper sleep, and more..
CB2 receptors cause the massive range of cannabis’ medicinal properties because they are responsible for reducing inflammation, one of the primary causes for a host of conditions and diseases. High concentrations of CB2 receptors are located in the gastrointestinal system, immune system, spleen, tonsils, thymus gland, and brain. Because of their location and their ability to reduce inflammation, this receptor is known for aiding in the recovery process for many diseases, such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurodegenerative, psychiatric, autoimmune, cancer, Alzheimer's, MS, Parkinson's, and more..
You're Damn Right..
Think of Canncentrate as a key and CB1 and CB2 receptors as locks. When activated, Canncentrate unlocks these physiological processes and homeostasis begins to take place. So whenever the topic of CBD for athletic performance arises, just know the hype is legit!