Most minds reject even attempting to calculate the expansive numbers of budding athletes on an annual basis… and with good reason. Football is still America’s most active pastime – with over 1,088,000 participants in the sport from pee wee to professional. But outdoor track and field, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, cross-country, tennis, and swimming are close on its heels. Many sports run almost neck-in-neck in gender participation while volleyball, tennis, and swimming are dominated by females. Still, regardless of how much training a player has, a simple accident can lead to a lifetime of pain, suffering, and even early permanent retirement from the activity. But that doesn’t necessarily have to happen. In fact, science has recently discovered a link between athletic healing and CBD (Cannabidiol). But can cannabis really be the key to protecting and healing over seven million American athletes?
Learn more about how CBD works with the body in a popular article we posted HERE after you finish this important article.
First of All, What is CBD?
The use of medical marijuana is a relatively new debate, especially considering cannabis is one of the oldest medicinal herbs known. In fact, religions and science alike can trace its use back to ancient times for both recreational and medicinal use. Yet, for over a century, scientists have focused solely on the negative aspects of the plant. The shift in Western society is so new that it’s taken media stage and confused a slew of people in the process. But the truth is, cannabis has always been beneficial for medicinal needs. Science just needed to narrow those findings down to meet political expectations.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that affect neurotransmitters in the brain. There are at least 113 cannabinoids in cannabis, and cannabidiol (CBD) is one that has been receiving a lot of medical and scientific attention. Why is that the case? Well, whereas marijuana contains a high amount of THC (the chemical responsible for the “high” or “stoner effect”), CBD can be derived from the hemp plant in high concentrations, with virtually no THC. Marijuana is a cannabis plant bred for high THC concentrations and hemp is now being bred for high CBD concentrations, but almost zero THC levels, and certainly below the illegal amounts. Which makes hemp CBD products safe as a medicinal aid for all ages and lifestyle needs.
Ask any “stoner” or marijuana enthusiast why they’re pro-cannabis and you’ll end up with a myriad of answers. However, the top two are generally based on the “zoning out” or relaxing properties of the THC, and the natural element – meaning it’s among the safest recreational substances available. But marijuana is still a drug by definition, and it is still addictive with continued use. However, CBD derived from hemp isn’t addictive because of its anti-psychoactive properties. Yet its medical properties are still impressive when used correctly.
How Does Cannabidiol Help Athletes?
Lately, athletic associations and individual fitness fanatics have gotten on the CBD wagon. This goes beyond the common practice of smoking a joint to steady nerves before a big game. Science has proven that Hemp-based CBD reduces pain, inflammation, and muscle spasm. But that’s not all. Properly taken, CBD derived from hemp also reduces nausea and helps with sleep patterns or insomnia. But perhaps the biggest scientific result deals with CBD’s effect on the brain. Unlike THC which causes the brain chemistry to change and crave more of the drug itself, CBD (cannabidiol) actually protects the brain’s neurological function and improves healing speed after concussive injuries. While it may sound like a miracle cure, it’s very close. high-quality CBD must be taken properly and with proper intent to work correctly. But when those guidelines are met, post-routine CBD use can be tremendously effective for reducing athletic-related injuries and improving the healing process so you can get back to the game.
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