Athletes are always looking for a way to make a “marginal gain” over their opponents, and many have now turned to CBD oil to give them the edge in their chosen sports.
In 2018, CBD was legalised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and since then its use among top sportsmen and women has rocketed thanks to the many benefits it is said to bring.
Among those to swear by the healing powers of CBD oil include MMA star Nate Diaz, two-time Masters champion golfer Bubba Watson and World Cup winning captain Megan Rapinoe.
Nate told a press conference that CBD “helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place” .
Explaining why he used CBD, Bubba said: “The inflammation in my body, waking up with better sleep – those were the two things I focused on.
“With a seven-year-old and a four-year-old at the house, and playing golf all day, I needed some energy fast.”
Megan, meanwhile, stated: “CBD is a natural alternative that has helped me stay at the top of my game for several years now, whether that be regulating my sleep, relaxing on long flights, helping with inflammation or recovering after hard training and games.”
Moreover, a recent article in The Times quoted new research published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism which claims that more than 25% of 517 rugby union and league players surveyed use or have used CBD oil as an alternative therapy to painkillers or sleeping pills.
According to The Times, the researchers stated that the players were taking the product “in an attempt to improve sleep and pain management”,
A new study in Sports Medicine has also examined whether CBD may be usable as a performance-enhancer in sports.
The researchers looked through more than 200 studies and trials before concluding that: “CBD may exert a number of physiological, biochemical and psychological effects with the potential to benefit athletes.”
This included moderating inflammatory processes.
However, the researchers did note that “well controlled studies in athlete populations are required before definitive conclusions can be reached regarding the utility of CBD in supporting athletic performance”.
In England, two cannabis-based medicines used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis have also been approved for use by the NHS.
So perhaps it is only a matter of time before cannabis oil becomes much more mainstream.