Diving deep into everything athletes need to know about CBD

March 16, 2022

Every organic CBD supplier from Northern Ireland gets asked whether their products are suitable for aspiring and elite athletes, so we thought we’d do a deep dive into the issue. There’s so many things you want to know and need to ask, which is why we’ve covered all the bases in this quick and easy 5-minute. Without further ado, let’s dive right in…

Is CBD a legal athletic supplement?

Yes, there’s nothing in CBD that will be prohibited by law. It’s an all-natural substance that can be legally obtained, used and stored at home. It is completely different from smoking cannabis, which remains illegal, and it does not possess as psychoactive properties.

If you’re an elite athlete looking to supplement your recovery with CBD products, we always advise connecting with your sport’s governing body first. They will have the final say over what you can and can’t have in your body during competition, and they are the people you need to prove yourself to. The good thing about our products is that you can provide easy access to the independent testing for the specific product you hold in your hand. Something that’s become increasingly important in a world in which tainted supplements have become an increasingly common defense used by athletes who fail tests.

What does CBD actually do to the body?

Our organic UK CBD products have a whole host of natural benefits, one of which is they help athletic recovery. By reducing soreness and soothing muscle tension, CBD allows you to recover quicker with reduced pain. This is really important if you want to make sure you’re getting the full range of benefits from every training session, while also allowing yourself the freedom to enjoy everyday life.

One of the most common mistakes people make when they start taking CBD is that they see it as a magic bullet that will instantly boost performance. As with any natural supplement, it only really makes a difference when you use it as part of a balanced and holistic approach to health and wellness. To see the full range of benefits in terms of your recovery, you also need to focus on stretching, sleep health and dietary quality. Hydration is also key if you want your body to be able to grow and repair as well as it possibly can. If just one of these pieces of the puzzle isn’t in place, you will struggle to achieve the benefits you expect.

Is CBD performance enhancing?

We have to be careful here because this is a phrase with a very specific connotation. Technically water is performance enhancing because if you’re dehydrated your performance levels will crash through the floor. It’s important here to note that in the case of sport, any reference to performance enhancement is strictly speaking of illegal practices. You can think of it as a byword for cheating and one that you need to steer well clear of.

With this in mind, and assuming CBD supplementation is allowed by your sport’s governing body, CBD is not a performance enhancing supplement. Yes, it will help you recover better and soothe the pain of collisions and muscle soreness, but it will not give you an unfair advantage over the competition.

What CBD will do is provide another vital piece of the health and wellness puzzle that will allow your body to recover faster and more consistently over an extended period of time. When you’re looking to force longterm adaptation to an increased training load, this is something that will be vitally important to the level of your resulting performance.

Will you fail a drug test on CBD?

If you take an all-natural organic CBD product from the UK, there’s no reason you’ll be flagged up by a drug test. Everything you’re putting into your body is natural and independently tested, which means it’s as clean as it can possibly be. You can also send any testers direct to the individual testing results to prove the purity of what you’re putting into your body.

This is not the case for smoking cannabis because you’ll also be taking in the psychoactive compound THC that gets you high. While smoking cannabis is increasingly common, it’s important to know that if it is in your system, it will trigger a failed test result. If you want to experience all the benefits of the marijuana plant, taking a pure CBD product that’s been tested for purity and concentration is always the way to go. It will also allow you to continue with everyday life without any of the side effects of taking in the whole plant. Ideal when you want to put your athletic recovery at the centre of your life outside of training.

How do you know how much CBD to take?

While CBD is something of a natural miracle, there’s only so much your body can make use of in one hit. This means that if you want to get the optimal benefits from it, you need to think carefully about the dosage you’re going to take. Because it’s a purely natural substance your body and mind have evolved to process, you can’t overdose on it. What you’ll want to do is read the manufacturer’s usage instructions to make sure you ingest it the right way, as well as their recommended dosages. These can vary from product to product based on the intended user, the desired outcome, and of course the purity of the product.

If you’re still unsure about how much to take, the best approach is to seek out someone who uses Londonderry CBD products in their everyday life. We might just be the people you’re looking for because we know a thing or two about holistic health and wellness! If you’d like to ask us anything, all you do is get in touch direct on our social media. We’ll happily get to know you and recommend some approaches that will introduce you to your ideal dosage before you know it.

Are there any supplements CBD isn’t compatible with?

All the current scientific research and testing shows that CBD products are compatible with all other natural supplements and with whole foods. Common examples of things athletes take in conjunction with CBD products are multivitamins, iron supplements and magnesium. These three will give your body a well-balanced supply of vitamins and minerals that help govern the internal processes that regulate activity in your body’s cells. From there you can add in other supplements such as isotonic drinks to maintain your salt levels, supplements to arrest free radicals, and a natural protein derived from a plant-based source.

You may also want to think about the ideal time to take your CBD so that you get the full range of benefits. Many athletes like to take it at the end of an intense training session, so it enters the bloodstream at the very start of the recovery phase. If you can create a habit that makes sure you never forget to take it, you’ll be able to give your body the steady supply of natural goodness that will make all the difference to the speed of your recovery.

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