Athletes have started to take notice of CBD, and with good reason. CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, is a non-addictive, non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is already being used as a treatment for sports injury related chronic pain and joint pain. A recent study shows 54% of users surveyed prefer CBD in a topical form like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve. In this article we discuss four real athletes and how they use CBD to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and improve their overall quality of life.
Treating Sports Injury Related Chronic Pain and Joint Pain with CBD
Athletes have started to take notice of CBD or cannabidiol, and with good reason. CBD is already being used as a treatment for sports injury related chronic pain and joint pain. The World Anti-Doping Agency has changed it’s policy on CBD, and the World Health Organization has changed it’s position. Isn’t it time you take a closer look at this exciting new compound that is popping up in your local health food store or nutrition shop.
CBD or Cannabidiol Explained
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by Cannabis, second only to THC in abundance. These plant-derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant in Greek), are characterized by their ability to act on the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system. While THC is the principal psychoactive component of Cannabis and has certain medical uses, CBD stands out because it is both non-intoxicating and displays a broad range of potential medical applications. These properties make it especially attractive as a therapeutic agent.
A Confusing Marketplace
In dozens of states, health food stores, pharmacies, and even supermarkets and restaurants are carrying CBD products. That includes pills, oils, balms, vaping devices (like e-cigarettes), and edibles, including gummy bears, honey, coffees, and alcoholic beverages, among others.
But how do you choose among the different forms, such as smoking or eating your CBD?
According to a recent study by HelloMD and the Brightfield Group, CBD is most commonly used in topical form like our TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve.
In topical form, CBD oil compounds are often used as an anti-inflammatory agent. A recent study by HelloMD and the Brightfield Group found that 54 percent of the 2,400 users surveyed use CBD products to treat joint pain and inflammation.
The study also found:
- CBD is most commonly used to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety, and joint pain.
- 42 percent of CBD users stopped using traditional medications and now use cannabis instead.
- 80 percent of CBD users found CBD be very or extremely effective for treatment.
Organizations both athletic and health are taking note as well and updating their official positions on CBD.
CBD is no longer on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2018 list of banned substances, prompting many professional athletes like UFC star Nate Diaz, ultrarunner Avery Collins and former NFL player Ricky Williams to tout the benefits of CBD as an anti-inflammatory and athletic recovery aid.
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At its November 2017 meeting, the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that, in its pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm. As such, as CBD is not currently a scheduled substance in its own right (only as a component of cannabis extracts), current information does not justify a change in this scheduling position and does not justify scheduling of the substance.
For athletes who struggle with sports related injuries and the associated pain, these findings are exciting, but don’t take my word for it, here are four real world stories from people that are using CBD today, and already reaping the benefits. Consider the case of Kristie McNamara:
Longtime athlete and Runners High customer Kristie McNamara discovered CBD when she was sidelined for a back injury.
Despite my initial reluctance, I’m one of those athletes. I’ve struggled with tightness in my IT band for years, and when nerve damage I sustained in a nasty tumble last fall derailed my 50K race training, I was ready to try anything. Amid recommendations for chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical therapists, one suggestion kept popping up: CBD.
Frankly, I was hesitant to try CBD. As a freelance writer, I probably won’t have to take a drug test anytime soon, but I couldn’t imagine trying to work (or run!) while stoned. The more I heard people rave about it, though, the more interested I became.
Floyd Landis knows the pain that comes from professional cycling. His story took him all the way to the 2006 Tour de France.
(Floyd) Landis uses CBD to manage pain from a hip replacement he had in 2006. He relied on WADA-approved opioid-based painkillers for years, both before and after he was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory for using synthetic testosterone. Eventually, Landis leaned on pot smoking to kick his opioid habit, and in 2015 a friend in the burgeoning marijuana industry suggested Landis try CBD instead.
“It’s the only thing I use now,” Landis says. “I try not to oversell it, because I don’t want to sound insane. But if you can stop taking other pain medications, if you have a natural solution, that’s probably the better option.”
Similar to Floyd Landis, Andrew Talansky was also a professional cyclist.
Andrew Talansky is almost always sore. The 29-year-old spent seven years as a professional cyclist racing for Slipstream Sports. He recently switched to triathlon and now spends hours training both on and off the bike. “I’m using muscles I haven’t used in years,” Talansky says. “My body is constantly inflamed.” Many athletes in his situation rely on common pain relief like ibuprofen, but when Talansky strained a hip flexor last fall, he reached for a bottle of cannabidiol (CBD), an extract from the cannabis plant, instead.
“I took it for a couple of weeks, and there was a noticeable difference immediately,” Talansky says. “And it wasn’t just that my hip was feeling better. I was less anxious, and I was sleeping better.”
As a triathlete, Anke Thiel can relate too:
Anke Thiel was 15 miles into a 50-mile bike ride on the last day of a week-long cycling get away. Her back started to ache.
“I thought ‘Uh-oh, I know this feeling.’ I’m not going to make it through this ride,” said Thiel, a registered dietitian, and an avid sports cyclist. She remembered she had some of a CBD bar left over and ate it.
“I didn’t think about any aches or pains for the rest of day and I thought this is really something good that is happening,” Thiel said.
If you are an athlete and suffer with the associated chronic pain that come from sports injuries then you owe it to yourself to try a topical CBD treatment like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve. We are so confident you’ll love our product, we guarantee it. It’s an all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher product, made with 99% pure CBD and organic coconut oil. To maximize the benefits of TheraJoy, we recommend you make it part of your daily regime.
Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.