Why do athletes use CBD?

The CBD or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis plants. This substance is recognized as having many therapeutic benefits. Although scientific consensus has yet to be reached, it is believed to relieve chronic pain, anxiety, depression and many other ailments. And if the scientific community is increasingly interested in CBD, it is because, unlike many drugs that come with a list of potential side effects as long as your arm, CBD has none.

One of the many uses is that it can be used to help athletes with their practice. Athletes use CBD for a number of reasons. Are you a sports enthusiast and interested in CBD? Naturalpes tells you more about the uses of CBD for athletes.

" I use WELLNESS 20% CBDoil before races to calm my agitation and the CBD balm after a fall or on my muscular pains ", Kylian Nestola, 600STK Naturalpes rider

Is CBD legal in professional sports?

First of all, it is necessary to know if CBD is legal in Switzerland. This substance is not psychoactive, it does not have high effects and no legal reason to prohibit it.

In addition, in Switzerland as elsewhere, it is the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that is responsible for establishing which substance can be used without risk to health and without distorting performance. However, in 2017, WADA removed CBD from prohibited substances in sports competitions. Apart from any controversy, therefore, CBD is quite legal in professional sports. It is still necessary to choose quality products, containing a very small amount of THC. If you test positive for THC, you will be banned from participating in professional sports competitions.

Why are athletes interested in CBD?

Athletes, especially professional ones, are always looking for a way to live their passion as intensely as possible while preserving their health. This is why, even without bad intentions, many athletes have turned to banned substances.

One of the main benefits of CBD is that it helps treat many disorders and tap into its full potential without any side effects. It is also a legal substance, not being considered a doping product. If athletes are interested in CBD, it is simply because they have nothing to lose by trying it. This product is likely to help them in their practice without causing them harm: why ignore it?

" Your only limit is yourself ", Johan Fernandez, Ultra Trailer Naturalpes

Does CBD increase sports performance?

CBD has, in some respects, similar properties to certain stimulants such as coffee. It would allow a boost of energy by increasing the heart rate and thus, indirectly, the sports performances. However, this virtue must be put into perspective. First of all, it must still be proven. Secondly, if CBD significantly increases sports performance, it would be considered a doping substance. It cannot be said that CBD increases sports performance, but rather promotes it.

What are the benefits of CBD for an athlete?

More and more athletes are integrating CBD into their routine. This phenomenon is all the more interesting as athletes, especially professional ones, are particularly vigilant about their lifestyle.

They use it on the one hand becauseit seems that CBD can relieve inflammations. In case of injury, indeed, inflammations are common and can paralyze a sportsman during long days. According to some studies, CBD would participate in the recovery and to find a sporting practice quickly.

They use it on the other hand thanks to its presumed faculties to relieve the pain. Between cramps, aches, micro-injuries, and others, athletes put their bodies to a lot of strain and expose themselves to recurring pain. However, according to many testimonies, CBD would be useful to reduce pain.

Finally, some athletes also find that CBD helps them cope with anxiety and stress before competitions. And it can even help them relax and sleep better at night after tough days on the field or before a high-stakes game.

" We are the average of our food and our choices: choosing to eat with quality food & supplements is a non-negotiable basis for health as well as performance CBD helps me to improve my recovery and therefore my sports performance ", Ilénia Moix, Sports Coach / IFBB Competitor and Naturalpes Athlete

What are the risks of CBD for an athlete

The use of CBD products would involve certain risks for health. However, it should be noted that none of these risks have been the subject of scientific studies to date.

Factually, the main risk is to fall on CBD of bad quality. Either a synthetic product, containing harmful products, or CBD containing a high level of THC. This is why sportsmen must at all costs be vigilant about the origin of the products they buy.

The second risk concerns doping tests. Some products, especially cosmetics, are less careful about the level of THC contained. The athlete Lauren Goss has paid the price, and was suspended 6 months of competition because of a CBD lip balm containing too much THC.

Some cases of dependence have also been noted, without any scientific study.

In other words, the main risks of CBD for sportsmen are related to its origin.

" CBD in oil and balm has taken an important place in my sports practice! During intense training, competitions or shooting, it helps me to recover and get through the day ", Olivier Cuvet, MTB Freebike Rider & Naturalpes Athlete

Summary: everything you need to know about CBD for athletes

To summarize, CBD for athletes:

  • is totally legal in Switzerland;
  • passes the anti-doping tests of all world competitions;
  • would promote the recovery of pain and inflammation related to sports practices;
  • would enable you to look forward to competitions with peace of mind and to get back to a good night's sleep;
  • is safe if purchased from a quality shop.

In our store, you will find the best CBD for athletes!

The CBD industry is booming and it's no wonder. CBD has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. The renewed interest in this substance has seen the emergence of hundreds of stores, both physical and online, offering products that are supposed to be of high quality. However, as we have seen, if you are a high level athlete, you are exposed to big problems by buying your CBD anywhere. At Naturalpes, you will find quality flowers, oils and cosmetics that will not slow you down in your sport practice. You are a sportsman and consume CBD? Do not hesitate to share your experience with us in comments!

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