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CBD and Professional Sports – An Ideal Alternative to Opioids

February 01, 2018 7 Comments

CBD and Professional Sports – An Ideal Alternative to Opioids

In a previous blog, we talked about how  CBD helps relieve chronic pain and inflammation, which is a far better alternative than addictive opioids. Furthermore, since itdoes not provide the psychoactive affects found in its cannabis-brethren THC, CBD is becoming a major source for healing amongst professional and amateur athletes.

CBD Legal in UFC as of 2018

Personal opinions aside, if your occupation involved getting beat up for a living, would you want a supplement that, as stated in  this Oxford Academic study, “in comparison with placebo, the cannabis-based medicine (CBM) produced statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest, and quality of sleep, [with] no adverse effect-related withdrawals or serious adverse effects in the active treatment group.”

In a September 2017  press conference, UFC championship contender Nate Diaz was seen smoking a CBD vape pen. When asked what he was thinking since he could have been suspended, Diaz replied, “It helps with the healing process and inflammation and stuff like that. You want to get this for before or after the fight, in training, to make your life a better place.” He was never tested positive “in-competition,” further noting the minimal traces of THC in typical CBD products.

But that was 2017. As of January 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency who governs drug testing in sporting leagues ranging anywhere from the UFC to the Olympics,  issued the statement that, “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” but further clarified that THC is still prohibited – good thing PureKana products contain less than .5% THC!

Legalizing CBD in the UFC is a major step forward in the demonstration for the efficacy of medicinal marijuana as a pain reliever.

NFL and NBA athletes add to the debate

Marijuana in the NFL has been a highly publicized debate in recent years, just ask Ricky Williams:

https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/08/01/nfl-nflpa-marijuana-study

But from the player’s point of view, is it reallyjustabout “recreational” use?

In a recent  study on drug abuse amongst professional athletes, 99% of former NFL players tested positive for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a disease found in many athletes with multiple concussions and traumatic brain injuries and is often treated with addictive pain killers.

Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan  told CBS News, “For me, it was the neuroprotectant qualities of it. It’s not about getting stoned. It’s not about, you know, guys getting high and abusing it. It’s about the medicine behind it.”

Which is what makes the  announcement that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has offered to work in tandem with the NFL Players Association to study the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players.

As for the NBA, former Denver Nugget Al Harrington, who was even quoted in an  interview to NBA.com saying, “I was one of those guys who grew up thinking if you smoked weed you had no future,” started rubbing CBD creams on his knees where the majority of his inflammation occurred. The article went on to state, “[The creams and drops] didn’t bring the high that smoking marijuana delivers. But it brought Harrington relief. He says that after using anti-inflammatory pills for seven and a half years, he hasn’t had to use one since. And it opened his eyes to the possibilities that medical marijuana could bring to people in pain.”

 

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7 Responses

Robert Almeida
Robert Almeida

March 19, 2018

What about drug tests and hair follicle test i work in the oilfield service will it affect those kinds of tests will it be detected causing a failed test

David
David

March 04, 2018

I tried cbd oils and it is helping with my low back pain

Rene
Rene

February 20, 2018

I bought the cbd oil t help me sleep. Unfortunately it doesn’t work for me. I struggle with sleep and back pain. I was really hoping this would help me.

thomas skinner
thomas skinner

February 14, 2018

Is this pain relief product legal in Il. yet? Would it work on pain relief in the hands for carpal tunnel and arthritis?

William
William

February 13, 2018

I have severe lower back pain
William
William

February 13, 2018

I have severe back pain

jason dempsey
jason dempsey

February 12, 2018

I suffer from lower back pain,I was in a bad storm ,which caused a tornado to form and was tossed around like a rage doll.I get lower injections in my back from a pain management clinic I go see and I also have been on pain meds for 5-6yrs.
I want a different method of dealing with my chronic pain other than pain killers daily. I tried to stop taking them but my body starts going through bad with drawls and hurt badly..Wanting to try this product to see if it works

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