Why Athletes Are Using CBD
Recently, stories about pro athletes including Bubba Watson, Mike Tyson, Lamar Odom, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson using CBD products have been making headlines in the news. Tyson’s not just using CBD, he’s launched his own line of cannabis products called “Tyson’s Ranch.” The UFC even signed a multi-billion, multi-year deal with Aurora Cannabis in May, PRNewswire reports.
Why? Well, among all of the symptoms and conditions CBD can effectively treat, chronic pain is one of them, as we can see by one of many reviews published in Dove Press.
“There is no direct evidence of performance-enhancing effects in athletes,” says one study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. “The potential beneficial effects of cannabis as part of a pain management protocol, including reducing concussion-related symptoms, deserves further attention.”
The main reason athletes were drawn to CBD throughout this study were due to its effective and promising chronic pain management properties.
In addition to CBD’s effectiveness in reducing chronic pain, it is also a promising neuroprotectant that could help prevent brain injury or at the very least, prevent it from progressing.
A study published in Current Neuropharmacology reported CBD as neuroprotective and a promising treatment for conditions such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. Another study published in the American Journal of Pathology supports these findings, placing heavy emphasis on CBD’s antioxidant properties.
These studies, and these athletes own firsthand accounts of their CBD use, further demonstrate how this cannabinoid could help a whole new demographic of people you wouldn’t necessarily expect to use CBD oils or lotions. These products allow them to experience great pain relief, alleviate muscle and joint pain, and preserve their cognition without experiencing cognitive impairment or unpleasant side effects.
CBD is a natural alternative to highly addictive and life-threatening medications, such as opioids. Research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry last month found CBD reduced cravings and anxiety in patients with heroin use disorder, which is huge. This kind of data has the potential to save lives and put an end to an epidemic that is currently plaguing the nation.