Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural active compound from the cannabis plant. It is the non-intoxicating component, predominantly found in the hemp plant.
In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed Cannabidiol (CBD) (derived from marijuana or hemp) as a compound from the list of prohibited substances in sports, in or out of competition.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) The psychoactive component of marijuana is still prohibited in sports, in or out of competition. The same ban also applies to synthetic cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) has many of the same potential benefits as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but without the regulatory issues. It has become one of the most talked about and revolutionary additions to any sports individuals nutritional daily intake for a number of positive reasons:
- Reduces muscle injury and promotes recovery
- Promotes a positive sleep cycle
- Reduces anxiety in training and competition
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Protects the central nervous system
Cannabidiol (CBD) is also ideal for sports athletes with repeated use. It does not create a dependency like some prescribed pain management medications can. There are a variety of methods of consumption or application of CBD for athletes. Oils and tinctures are the most common form of consumption in sports, as they enter the bloodstream immediately and start producing effects quicker than other forms of consumption or applications.
Using CBD as a natural alternative for athletes is a safe choice as it does not appear on a drug test as a banned substance. Taking CBD should not cause you to test positive for THC on any drug test, but please consult your doctor, sports couch or physician prior to consuming CBD.