Announcing her partnership with CBDMD, Jones said she felt the need to partner with a high-quality brand to minimise the risk of failing a drug test with THC.
This is particularly relevant since the disqualification of Olympic sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson from Tokyo after testing positive for the compound. Douglas has not only made her name as the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion.
In addition to her many accomplishments, Richardson is also the name behind MotiveCBD. A brand of CBD products designed to help athletes recover, train, and perform better.
Current and Past Pro Athletes Advocating for CBD
There is no doubt that CBD has become a more popular alternative to over the counter prescriptions for athletes across the board. Footballers, rugby players, boxers, UFC fighters, sprinters and NFL players are among the many athletes advocating for CBD. All claiming it helps them recover from injury, insomnia and stress. All of which are problems that plague many pro athletes during training or following an injury.
Women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe is a leading voice in soccer for CBD use. Meanwhile, former boxing champion Mike Tyson owns his own CBD brand. He has been very vocal about his use of CBD during training. While Eugene Munroe, former NFL defender, was one of the first NFL players to promote CBD use back in 2014. UFC fighters Yair Rodriguez and Nate Diaz, both advocate for CBD.
CBD has become integrated into the routine of many athletes. This is particularly true since The World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances in 2017.
The Tide is Turning
As we learn more about the side effects of long-term use of prescription medications. The move to less harmful compounds seems to gather momentum. In addition, it seems that Olympic champions and some of the most elite athletes in the world advocate for CBD.
As a result, products like gummies, CBD oil, and various balms are gaining in popularity. Athletes claim CBD helps them work through pain, inflammation, anxiety and insomnia. Simultaneously optimising their fitness and general well-being.