The legendary University of Oregon track and field coach, and Nike co-founder, Bill Bowerman said, “If you have a body, you are an athlete.” Everyone is capable of performing to his or her highest athletic capability.
But what happens when the athlete’s most valuable asset, his or her own body, is worn down? How can an athlete recover from pushing the limits? The answer may come to some as a surprise. Cannabidiol (CBD) is taking the sports recovery world by storm and looks to be the next big thing for athletes’ recovery.
CBD is one of 104 compounds found in cannabis. The main psychoactive chemical is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the sensation of getting “high” that most associate with marijuana. However, CBD is not a psychoactive chemical, making it an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana. Once extracted from the cannabis plant, CBD oil is diluted with a carrier like coconut or hemp seed oil, making it safe and effective for recovery use. CBD carries many health benefits just as prescription drugs do, but without the highly addictive opioid drugs that can cause serious injury or death if taken in excess.