How can CBD benefit sport and athletes?

When you workout and take part in sport, you’re probably doing it for enjoyment and to improve your fitness levels and health. This is a great way to look after yourself and has a number of benefits, however, it also puts stress and pressure on your body.

Sport can result in:

  • Injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Strained muscles
  • Nausea

Typically, this is all seen as part of the process of improving physical fitness as your body builds muscles and stamina and recovers after intense workouts. Yet, they can be frustrating and reduce your sports performance. This is where CBD comes in.

How does CBD help with sport?

CBD or cannabidiol can have a positive impact on sports persons across a range of activities like football, gym workouts, swimming and rugby.

When taken as part of a healthy lifestyle it can result in:

  • Faster recovery
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced muscle spasms
  • Maintained homeostasis
  • Reduced feelings of sickness (during intense workouts)
  • Better sleep

All of the above opens up more possibilities for training and reduces the ‘negative side effects’ of physical activity.

Maintained homeostasis

Faster recovery, pain relief, reduced muscle spasms

One of the major ways CBD can benefit you in sport is through helping you maintain homeostasis by keeping your nervous system and neurotransmitters performing well. Homeostasis is the state of having your biological systems maintaining stability, allowing them to optimally control temperature, water content and carbon dioxide levels.

Homeostasis is important when working out and training as while your body is under greater stress, possible pain and inflammation, your natural endocannabinoid system may need to work harder. By boosting it with external CBD from supplements, you help it maintain control and keep you systems stable.

Reduced feelings of sickness

CBD can reduce feelings of nausea that may occur with intense sporting activity as it attaches to the endocannabinoid system in humans. As this happens, it triggers a neurotransmitter that reduces feelings of nausea. Whilst you should stop activity when you feel symptoms, it can reduce the negative impact and get you back to your normal self sooner.

Better sleep

Being well rested can be a great help when it comes to doing your best in sport and meeting your goals. As CBD reduces the reuptake of adenosine, it can lead to a better quality of sleep, meaning you’re more rested to exert yourself.

As CBD can also reduce anxiety, it could also be why we hear people reporting better sleeping patterns when taking supplements.

How does CBD work

When CBD enters the body, it is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to parts of the body that have receptors to activate its effects. As CBD is naturally present in the body, adding extra CBD to your system boosts your system beyond what it can normally achieve, and can speed up recovery in sports; it also reduces blood pressure, inflammation and even anxiety. Read our health guide for more information.

When you choose our water soluble CBD oils, you absorb up to 99% of the CBD, achieving faster and more effective results than untreated CBD. The Swiss micelle technology used to manufacture our oils ensures incredible bio-availability, allowing you to find the boost you’re looking for either before or after sport.

Is CBD legal in sport?

As recently as 2018 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances for competitive and non-competitive sport. This decision opened up the possibility of taking CBD if it works for you, as required. However, always check if you are unsure and be aware of what is and isn’t permitted where you play or compete.

More answers on how to use CBD

Our FAQ is the next step for more information on CBD if we haven’t answered your questions here, as well as our other benefit guides. For more help, please contact us on or call 0800 1234 5567

With our range of 99% soluble CBD oils you will find it more effective than other brands you may have tried, which have low absorption rates of typically 5%.

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