Think about your favorite exercise or other physical activity for a moment.When you first started, did you experience pain or soreness? When you took your pursuits to the next level, did you feel similar effects? Have you ever injured yourself?
Pain, inflammation, and injuries are common for amateur and professional athletes. Even those who engage in more gentle fitness activities will likely experience some form of discomfort. Opioid painkillers are prescription medication for those often experiencing chronic pain, but opioids and other medicines can come with major drawbacks; addiction and severe side effects are significant issues.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is changing the way athletes and others approach recovery and pain management – allowing them to take a holistic approach for healing and wellness.
CBD and the Body
There is plenty of confusion about CBD oil and its effects on the body.First, it’s important to distinguish CBD from its better-known cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While both are found naturally in cannabis, they have very different effects on the body. THC mainly affects the brain and makes you feel “high.” CBD interacts with various systems and organs in the body and does not have intoxicating effects.
Early studies and anecdotal evidence support the effective use of CBD by those dealing with a host of issues – including anxiety, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and more. Most studies involving CBD suggest further investigation, especially for long-term use.
The World Health Organization stated that CBD “presents no potential for abuse or dependence.”
CBD and Homeopathy
Next, let’s discuss how cannabidiol fits into homeopathic health.
CBD is a naturally-derived compound from hemp that interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is an arrangement of receptors found in cells throughout the body, most notably in the immune system, brain, and digestive system. The ECS is partly responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body.
Whether you’re an active or former athlete, exercise enthusiast, or simply need help after trauma, it appears that CBD may be incredibly helpful to the recovery process. Given its whole-body effect and limited side-effects compared to other drugs, CBD has great potential.
The More You Know
We cleared up a few misunderstandings about CBD above, but there’s other important information you should consider.
First, it’s always smart to speak with a trusted physician before taking any new product. This strategy is especially true if you have ongoing health problems or are already taking other drugs.
You should also research CBD products carefully. CBD oils are usually made using coconut or olive oil. But companies don’t always list the full ingredients of their offerings, and their merchandise could contain dangerous or unhealthy substances. Read labels thoroughly, just as you would with food or anything else you ingest.
Another major issue is contaminants. Hemp can pull heavy metals and chemicals from the soil. Look for a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) from a reputable, third-party laboratory. The CoA should alert you to any foreign materials.
It’s also important to know that different extraction techniques create different product types.
Full-spectrum CBD retains all cannabinoids – including THC – along with an array of lipids, terpenes, amino acids, and more. Hybrid, broad-spectrum products are similar but do not contain THC. Isolates are pure CBD and do not include other substances from the hemp plant.
Some products use synthetic cannabinoids in their formulas, but they are not always labeled properly.
The hard science of CBD is still in its infancy, but its historical use in traditional medicine, early studies, and anecdotal evidence shows great promise for the future. Athletes train hard, and their endeavors often result in injuries, inflammation, soreness, and stiffness. Many are turning to cannabidiol for help to recover from these problems. Non-athletes with pain issues and those who seek to bounce back from trauma are also turning to CBD.
In recent history, many have dealt with these issues by using addictive, sometimes harmful drugs to mitigate symptoms. CBD represents a more natural, holistic alternative for many.
]Terence Mann currently serves as a content writer for the cbdMD Blog and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He previously worked in the entertainment industry writing film synopses, event coverage, features, and editorials for a variety of retailers, magazines, and websites. He’s a big fan of the Oxford comma.
A former professional wrestler, Terence’s primary interest in CBD oils relates to their use by athletes and performers who experience chronic pain and inflammation.