It does help athletes recover from workouts and competitions and the aches and pains associated with pushing themselves to their limits. It is cited by many users as a source of relief from a variety of ailments and conditions.
Already there are plenty of athletes using CBD products because their experience and peers tell them it works. They see and feel results.
The World Anti-Doping Agency permits the use of CBD and the BIG3 became the first American professional sports league to allow the use of CBD products by its athletes in 2018. It seems a wider embrace is inevitable from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA with the historic passage of the Farm Bill.
There is still work to be done for sure. Leagues, organizations and governing bodies likely will be in the headlines in the near future as they explore how to make a tool like CBD available to their athletes now that the federal government has embraced hemp with legalization.