CBD in sports has been a hot topic this year, after being accepted (for the first time in history) at the ‘2020’ Olympic Games. More and more athletes are stepping up to praise the plant-powered compound for its ease of use. But what are the rules – if any – for taking CBD for fitness? Here’s what you need to know...
Is CBD Good for Sports?
Research on the benefits of CBD is in its early stages, but studies indicate a link between the compound and muscular pain (which you may experience after a workout). "While there’s no definitive outcome, from what we understand in studies to date, CBD appears to target both neuropathic and inflammatory pain in quite different ways,” says Pain Consultant Dr Daniela Tonucci.
“In practice, when looking at calming neuropathic pain, we have been testing whether CBD may help to stop the nervous system from over-firing, which in turn could centrally ‘soothe’ the nervous system. This ‘soothing’ of the nervous system is what a lot of the conventional pain medications do.
“However, [CBD oil’s] anti-inflammatory effect is understood to be more focused at the source. If it’s joint pain or arthritic pain, the pain receptors are in the joints themselves, rather than being located centrally.”
Can Athletes Take CBD?
Yes – any athlete can take CBD, no matter what sport they’re playing. The PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association) has even partnered with Cannaray to promote CBD for use on (and off) the course. The likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson have all been spotted using CBD oils or CBD capsules while playing. But it doesn’t stop at golf – you can take CBD before or after yoga, football, ballet, skiing… the list goes on.
Is CBD Prohibited in Sports?
No. In fact, CBD was removed from the World Anti Doping Agency's List of Prohibited Substances in 2018, and given the go-ahead for use in professional sports. A greater understanding of the compound – and a flurry of studies surrounding its benefits – have led to it becoming a staple in both pro and amateur sports.
So, It Won’t Show Up in a Drugs Test?
Drugs tests don't screen for CBD, as it's not a banned substance in sports. Anti-doping tests are looking for THC in your system, and using products with less than 0.03% THC means you’ll get the all-clear. At Cannaray, we lab test all our CBD products to ensure our blends are THC-free – from our CBD gummies to our CBD topicals. We’re even approved by ESSNA European Specialist Sport Nutrition Alliance, who are as passionate as we are about anti-doping in the fitness world.
Fight Fit with a CBD Vit Hit
If you’re looking to start small (literally), opt for the Bright Days CBD Capsules in a trial-sized 200mg jar, which holds 20 capsules in total. It’s the perfect pick for beginners. These CBD supplements give you a quick hit of vitamin C and vitamin D3; two healthy heroes known for helping to support your immune system. They’re also said to contribute to normal cognitive function, which may improve your concentration, so you can bring your A-game to every sport.
Try the CBD Sports Kit
Fuel your fitness further with the CBD Sports Kit; a dynamic duo of CBD blends that are just the right size to toss in your gym bag. The kit teams the Bright Days CBD Capsules with the Bright Days CBD Oil Drops; a zesty, citrus-flavoured oil that tastes ultra-refreshing when you’re hitting half-time or finishing a run. Use the products in tandem or mix and match them depending on your mood. We rate a combo of Capsules in the morning, followed by a post-workout dropper of Oil.