Olympic Athletes Can Use CBD and You Should Too!
Can you use CBD while you workout? If you are an Olympic Athlete, you now have the option of using CBD. As of January 2018, the The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed Cannabidiol from its prohibited status. This is a step in the right direction for all athletes who want to add CBD to their post-workout recovery efforts. While THC is still considered a banned substance, the restorative nature of CBD has finally been recognized by an influential sports organization.
According to WADAs summary of modifications “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited.” Section 8 of the document addresses Cannabimimetics, Cannabis derived or synthesized products exhibiting the pharmacological effects of Cannabinoids. Though Cannabidiol is given a pass, this section does state that “Cannabidiol extracted from Cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.” This highlights the need for lab tested CBD products to minimize the probability of failing a drug test.
Performance Enhancing Drugs
Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) have long been a controversial topic in professional sports. Substances from Steroids to Testosterone are commonly thought of in the sporting world for their ability to boost production and performance. Cannabis is seldom thought of in the same category as other PEDs, but in 1998 it was categorized as a prohibited substance just the same.
A commonly banned substance in professional sports, Cannabis has impacted players from the NFL to the UFC. At the start of the 2017 NFL season, at least 6 players faced marijuana related suspensions or fines. In all instances, the players indicated their Cannabis use was based solely on recovery. Although Nick Diaz’s indulgences may be more recreational, he undoubtedly reaped the recovery benefits of the THC and CBD as well. The good news for both sports is that the NFL is investigating the feasibility of CBD products in pain management and recovery, while the UFC in 2018 is lifting the ban on CBD in response to WADA’s decision.
If CBD is good enough for Olympians, then it should be good enough for you
Many of the best technologies and medicines we have today came from a trickle down approach to research. Race car technology from 20 years ago is standard on new cars, and previously prescription only allergy medicines are now available over-the-counter. As large scale CBD research efforts continue, breakthroughs will find their way into many facets of your life. With the health and wellness industry leading the push, it opens the door to professional sponsorship’s from CBD companies. If you’re an athlete that uses CBD, leave a comment below or contact us for sponsorship opportunities.