Don’t be surprised when athletes start opening up about their use of this cannabis-derived compound. No doubt due to an increase in medical studies and anecdotal evidence, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced they’re removing Cannabidiol from their list of banned substances starting in 2018.
What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many natural chemical compounds, known as “cannabinoids”, found in cannabis plants. A common way people are using CBD is through hemp oil, which doesn’t make you stoned. In fact, it doesn’t really have any side effects for most people. Some people have said that CBD makes them sleepy —and if that’s the worst thing people can say about it, that’s pretty incredible considering the HUGE slew of benefits reported from taking CBD.
Why Athletes Use CBD
CBD Hemp oil products don’t have recreational value, unlike their infamous cousin, marijuana. So why are thousands of people consuming, vaping, or applying it every single day?
Well, if you hop over the PubMed and search for “cananbidiol,” you’ll find nearly 3,000 studies on the potential benefits of CBD.
With an increase of publicity on health issues experienced in uniquely high volumes by athletes…it’s no wonder so many have recently spoken out about this. CBD oil is commonly used post-workout, as a stress reliever, sleep aid, and for more serious wellness goals.
Thanks to bold athletes like Nate Diaz, Joseph Valtellini, Jake Plummer, Jim McMahon, and many more, it’s become easy to find anecdotal evidence that supports reasons athletes use CBD.
A major risk for NFL players is brain injury, like CTE. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease that destroys brain cells. It’s found in people who’ve experienced repetitive trauma to their brain —like athletes and military personnel.
In July of 2017, researchers studied the brains of 111 deceased NFL players. 110 were found to have CTE.
CBD Study on CTE
You’d think the medical world would be exploding with huge clinical studies on CBD after all this anecdotal evidence and promising studies on mice, right?
Unfortunately, it’s still pretty challenging to get the OK to study anything related to the oh-so-scary word “cannabis.” Regardless of the fact that hemp is incapable of causing psychoactive effects, it’s often grouped together with marijuana when it comes to laws. I suppose it’s understandable, albeit a stretch, to ban hemp because it looks like marijuana…but the strange bans on hemp get weirder. Recently, the FDA attempted to make Cannabidiol (CBD) a schedule I drug. That means CBD, a compound with zero negative side effects and copious evidence of benefits, was almost put on a list that says it’s just as dangerous as herion and meth.
There’s absolutely no logic behind that, but it does give us a greater appreciation for the athletes who’ve come forward about their use of CBD and scientists that have jumped through so many hoops to study CBD.