Can Cannabidiol Help Runners?


The World Anti-Doping Agency made news last fall by removing cannabidiol or CBD from its list of banned substances. CBD—a non-psychoactive compound extracted from cannabis—had been on the banned list under the umbrella of all cannabinoids since the list’s creation in 2004, due to WADA’s belief that cannabis can increase focus and risk-taking, and decrease anxiety and tension, resulting in better performance under pressure. But changing cultural attitudes, loosening marijuana laws and cannabis’ potential as a medicinal treatment have paved the way for a host of companies marketing CBD pills and creams toward the general pain-riddled public—including achy athletes. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence touting CBD’s efficacy in reducing inflammation, improving insomnia and speeding recovery. See: UFC fighter and sometimes-triathlete Nate Diaz’s post-fight press conference video clip extolling the virtues of CBD between pulls from a vaping pen. But right now, there’s scant scientific evidence that CBD, as it would be used over-the-counter, would have greater antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties than, say, blueberries or dark chocolate.

Source: reposted by Cannabis News World . Original article by Team WR



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