Whether or not you are a sports fan, there is no denying that athletes are a force to behold. However, it takes incredible determination, focus, and hard work to become an elite athlete. Often the success comes at a price.
For many athletes, being at the top of their field comes at a high physical cost, and for a long time, treatment for injuries has meant taking opioid-based medications.
However, in recent years, due to concern for the side effects of long term conventional medications on their body, more elite athletes are turning to CBD.
Moving Away From Conventional Painkillers
Pro hockey player Ryan Vanden Bussche is just one of the pro athletes advocating for the use of CBD. As a seasoned pro athlete, he knows the cost of pushing his body to the limit and has seen his fair share of broken bones in the process.
When speaking about why he opted for CBD, Bussche has openly wondered how “he is still alive given the various pharmaceutical painkillers and anti-anxiety medications he was administered over his 20 + year career span”.
Since discovering CBD, he now teaches other athletes about how it might offer an alternative for faster recovery time physically and mentally. Such is his belief in the power of the hemp plant and his desire to help other pro athletes. Bussche plans to grow his hemp on his recently purchased 64-acre farm.
Bussche is not the only athlete to opt for the benefits of using CBD as part of their pain and recovery routine.
Olympic Champions Opting for CBD
Olympian champions are also advocating for the benefits of using a more natural product to deal with pain, anxiety and recovery that is part and parcel of high-intensity athleticism. Track field and bobsled Olympian Lolo Jones and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas both advocate for the benefits of CBD. Douglas, who uses it for pain, states, “she feels her life would have been a lot easier and pain-free had CBD been an option earlier.”
Fellow Olympic champion Jones reiterates this sentiment. “I have always worked hard to take care of my body and be in the best shape possible she stated. Adding, I have integrated CBD products into my daily routine and noticed the change in my recovery speed.”
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.