As a training athlete, you put your body under a lot of stress, however, as necessary as this may be for body transformation and improved performance, continuous high pressure on muscles and joints leads to wear and tear, pain, and occasional injuries. It is therefore necessary to maintain a recovery routine to restore and repair your body as you train. The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine reports that over half of all athletes at international sporting events use non- steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
Although NSAIDs may seem like a quick and convenient fix for muscle fatigue and joint pain, the side effects can result in the drug doing more harm than good. Athletes – particularly ultradistance athletes – are usually advised against NSAIDs as their long-term use has proved to cause acute renal (kidney) failure, even in athletes with no history of renal disease. The effects of acute renal failure can range from mild symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, inflammation, or confusion; to more extreme symptoms such as internal bleeding and seizures. As an athlete such effects can hinder your ability to train or even lead to the end of your sports career. With its ability to manage inflammation and aid recovery without the risk of long-term health complications, Cannabidiol (CBD) offers a natural and safe alternative to NSAIDs.
So how does it work? As stated in a University of Massachusetts Medical School study, your body already possesses a cannabinoid system with receptor proteins. These receptors can be found in the central and peripheral nervous system. When treating inflammation, it is the process of CBD molecules binding to the cannabinoid receptors that reduces cytokine production – the protein responsible for signalling inflammation to the brain after a hard workout. Unlike medicated anti-inflammatory, CBD treats inflammation without causing damage to other organs in the body. In addition, CBD increases sleep quality. If you often have a disturbed sleep or struggle to fall asleep in good time, you are reducing your chances of a full recovery. By ensuring you get a good night’s sleep, you allow your body’s own repair system to do the work. This is most effective during the N3 stage of sleep - also known as Delta sleep. By integrating a CBD remedy into your evening routine, you can ensure you are getting both the right quantity and quality of sleep for recovery.
Of course, the benefits do not end there, CBD also reduces the effects of anxiety. As an athlete who has endured endless hours of training, the worst outcome is to fall at the last hurdle due to nerves and anxiety. Feeling anxious in high pressure situations is more than normal but you can manage anxiety symptoms such as an increased heart rate with CBD and begin your winning performance feeling calm and in control. Just as being centre stage on competition day comes with its challenges, so too does being stuck at home feeling a bit under the weather. CBD is an immune booster which can help you avoid those pesky flus and colds. Perhaps just a minor inconvenience? Yes, but those missed days certainly add up. As professional coach and endurance athlete Jim Rutberg warns, getting the flu can cost you up to two weeks of training and many over-the-counter cold and flu medicines can contain substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited Substance List. So, to avoid the frustrating bed-rest period, protect your immune system before you get sick.
Unlike many over-the-counter drugs, rest assured that CBD is not on the WADA Prohibited Substance List. Furthermore, CBD is not a drug, meaning you will not fail a drug test nor will you get intoxicated while taking CBD. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not a hallucinogenic and CBD users do not show any dependency or tendencies to misuse, as reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO). As always you should consult your doctor before introducing a new remedy - particularly if you are already on medication - as it may affect the way your current medication breaks down when consumed alongside CBD. If this is your first-time taking CBD, we recommend starting with small doses and increasing as you gain more understanding of how much your body needs. The form in which you choose to take CBD is entirely based on personal preference; perhaps you need CBD bath bombs for soaking sore and inflamed muscles or, if pre-performance anxiety is your biggest worry, perhaps try our CBD oil drops - which can be taken directly or mixed into your morning shake. Whichever product you may want to try, you can browse our wide range of high-quality CBD products at Pulse CBD.
Damian Carr, a Pulse CBD sponsored endurance athlete has been delighted with the results he has seen since adopting CBD into his regime. Damian is an ultra-distance runner with an impressive list of accomplishments under his belt. His most recent achievement found him conquering one of England’s hill ranges not once, but twice. The ‘Ridgeway Challenge 86’ is a gruelling 86-mile route over mountainous terrain, Damian completed this back to back bringing his total mileage to a staggering 175 miles and a total elevation of 15,000 feet – equivalent to scaling Mont Blanc! Tackling this is one fell swoop; Damian ran day and night with no sleep until the finish line. Subsequently, a lot of recovery was needed. Since using our Gold edition oil drops, Damian’s muscle fatigue between hard sessions such as the Ridgeway Challenge, has significantly reduce with a much faster recovery time – even his coach has been stunned by the results. Additionally, Damian has been appreciating much improved sleep which has left him feeling well rested and with much better focus during training sessions. All things considered; CBD has proved to be a much better solution to the immense pressure an Athlete’s body – such as Damian’s – routinely endures.