Article by Kim Torres (edited)
CBD for Sports Injury Pain
Athletes of every level will be all too familiar with sports-related injuries and pain, regardless of whether it’s a result of intense training or related to a specific event. While both sportsmen and their coaches are largely knowledgeable about how to treat pain, the search is on for natural treatment options that won’t induce drowsy side effects and can get them back in the game as quickly as possible.
Recent years have seen a new and powerful treatment option rise to fame in the sports world in the form of CBD oil. This is non-invasive, entirely natural and has few, if any, side effects. Compared with traditional pain remedies, CBD (cannabidiol) is pocket-friendly and easily and legally accessible in every state in the US.
CBD for Pain and Inflammation
CBD doesn’t require a prescription or in-patient treatment. It has been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammation. According to personal testimonies, it also offers many other health benefits, such as promoting better sleep quality, enhanced focus and higher energy levels.
Until recently, professional athletes had no choice but to rely on aggressive anti-inflammatory pills or injections to treat swelling and pain resulting from a sports injury. The significant side effects of these traditional medicines have resulted in many professional careers being destroyed. It is for this reason that more athletes are turning to CBD tincture as a way to naturally combat pain, as well as enhance their day-to-day performance.
One of the most appealing qualities of CBD oil is the fact that it works to heal pain from the inside out. It thus treats the root cause of the injury, rather than just providing a band-aid effect for the manifesting symptoms. Whilst further research is underway to determine whether or not CBD can eventually be classified as a medicine by the notoriously strict FDA, it has already been cleared for use by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
How CBD Works to Reduce Sports Injury Pain
The hemp plant contains over 400 beneficial natural chemicals that synergistically work to improve one’s health. One of the most important of these is cannabinoids.
Inflammation that happens as a result of a person’s pain receptors being triggered is effectively reduced by the antioxidant properties of cannabinoids, whilst simultaneously interacting with serotonin and vanilloid receptors that alter our perception of pain.
This winning combination has been so effective that athletes who once relied on highly addictive opioid-based painkillers are now opting for a daily dose of CBD tincture instead to supplement physical therapy and/or chronic pain.
In addition to helping to combat pain and inflammation, CBD also works as a neuroprotectant, according to research. This is invaluable to participants in contact sports such as football and boxing. It also relaxes muscle spasms, soothes aching muscles and rejuvenates the muscles post-workout. This further adds to its ever-growing appeal as a recommended supplement for athletes.
CBD Tincture Or Topical Balm?
Both CBD tincture and CBD-infused balms have their advantages when it comes to treating sports injuries. However, for maximum effect, a combination of the two works best. Taking a sublingual tincture as a sports medicine is the quickest and most convenient way to benefit from CBD. Many will argue that it is the fastest way to experience the long term benefits it offers.
Topical ointments are perfect for treating localized injuries such as muscle spasms or sprains and strains. CBD balm can be applied liberally as many times as you like. For example, if you have knee pain, you can apply a CBD lotion or balm to reduce swelling and aid the healing process. Your knee tendon pain should begin to subside as the blood flow increases and the CBD acts to relieve pain. Same would go for shoulder, rotator cuff or other ligaments that can be torn or strained during strenuous physical activity.
If your pain is severe, a tincture will metabolize more rapidly than a topical balm. You will, therefore, experience a greater sense of relief within a shorter time as well as enjoy better sleep, despite your injuries.
Will CBD Tincture Make You Feel “High”?
There are thousands of existing articles clearly stating that CBD oil does not produce any psychoactive effects. Yet, some athletes are still concerned that it could negatively affect their performance. They should rest assured that the opposite is true.
Not only can it help enhance their determination and stamina, they’ll also never have to worry about failing a drug test, providing the CBD tincture they are using contains the legal amount of 0.3% THC or lower. Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the compound in cannabis that produces psychoactive effects.
CBD has already marked a turning point for athletes looking to manage pain and recover from injury with natural anti-inflammatory substances. The only issue is that, until more research and studies are carried out, we are left wondering about how CBD can be best and most effectively used by athletes to help prevent and treat injury and joint-related issues.
The same is true of many new products that emerge in the sports world. We know they are beneficial but the specifics of how they are beneficial still remain somewhat vague. The sports world is ever-evolving, with new workout fads arriving and going out of fashion more quickly than ever. One thing we do know is that with CBD tincture making headlines via anecdotal evidence of helping to overcome serious illnesses such as cancer and epilepsy, it will likely become a mainstream medicine in the future.
A word of warning for professional athletes:
Always make sure that you purchase a CBD tincture from a reputable source and you request verification of the ingredients by obtaining a lab report. The Anti-Doping Agency has approved the use of CBD oil that contains 0.3% THC (as per federal law); anything over that amount is illegal and could terminate your sporting career right as you start to feel stronger and more energetic than ever before.
If you’re injured, ask your health-care professional or physical therapist about incorporating CBD for pain relief into your recovery process. Alongside their recommendations for strengthening exercises, you should be as good as new in no time!
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