How to Use CBD Oil for Pain from a Sports Injury

How to Use CBD Oil for Pain from a Sports Injury

by Erica Garza

how to use cbd oil for pain after a sports injury

From martial arts fighter Nate Diaz to professional cyclist Andrew Talansky, many athletes are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) to relieve the pain and inflammation of sports injuries as well as to enhance performance. Not only can CBD relieve discomfort post-injury; it can also serve as a protectant. Whether you’re a professional athlete or you just shoot hoops with your friends now and then, here are some ways you can use CBD oil for pain, specifically in relation to a sports injury.

How CBD Works

The cannabis plant contains over 400 chemicals, of which 70 to 120 are unique to the plant and known as cannabinoids. The two major cannabinoids in cannabis are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which makes a person feel “high,” and cannabidiol (CBD), which has no psychoactive effects.       

Along with having antioxidant qualities that reduce inflammation, CBD interacts with the serotonin and vanilloid receptors in the brain, affecting one’s perception of pain. Some athletes report that CBD is so effective in relieving the discomfort of sports-related injuries that it has replaced opioid-based painkillers, which can have highly addictive properties.

Along with relieving pain and inflammation, some research shows that CBD can also serve as a neuroprotectant, which is ideal for football players who are at high risk for concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

In addition to general pain and inflammation, CBD has been shown to relieve muscle spasms, muscle soreness and even help a person sleep better.

Topical Versus Internal CBD

CBD can be used both topically and internally, from balms you apply to the skin to tinctures you hold under your tongue. The most common method of using CBD is oral, ideal for whole-body relief. CBD can be taken as an oil or tincture held under the tongue or vaped, or the remedy is also available in capsule form, which often makes it easier to dose. Taking CBD orally means that it will be metabolized faster, so you can feel its effects right away. This method may also potentially alleviate other symptoms like anxiety or sleeplessness.

When experiencing sore muscles or spasms, CBD applied topically can target the pain directly. Methods available include patches, balms, body oils and even bath soaks. The onset of relief may be more gradual, because it has to pass the transdermal layer, but its effects will also be long lasting, making it a suitable option for chronic pain relief.

CBD Dosage

CBD dosage depends on the user’s specific needs as well as the method used. Though there have been no serious potential side effects, keeping the dosage low (such as 5mg daily) is preferred to avoid intolerance, especially when using capsules, oils or tinctures. This dose can then be gradually increased over time.

When applied topically, CBD can be used more liberally, but keep in mind that its effects may take longer to set in, so patience is key.

It’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor about any pain you’re experiencing to make sure your sports injury doesn’t keep you benched for good.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.

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CBD for Sports Recovery and Performance

CBD for Sports Recovery and Performance

Learn how sports recovery and performance is positively affected by CBD with Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D.

Everyone can use CBD safely and effectively; from the daily walker, to the occasional runner, to the true weekend warrior, to the pro-athlete. Sports leagues are starting to consider cannabis because cannabidiol (CBD), one of the prevalent cannabinoids in cannabis, can help athletic performance, as well as recovery from training. For both the office worker and pro-athlete, CBD, unlike its cousin molecule THC, will not trigger a failed drug test.

CBD Can Improve Performance

 

The chance to improve performance stems from CBD’s intriguing ability to decrease anxiety without creating any subjective high or alteration in thinking. Laboratory research with humans confirms that CBD decreases anxiety, even in tough situations. Many athletes emphasize that CBD helps them approach big contests without fretting, while their minds remain sharp for strategy and split-second decisions.

CBD Can Enhance Recovery

 

CBD should also speed workout recovery. Unlike other anti-inflammatories, CBD does not harm the stomach lining or increase the rates of certain strokes. Research confirms that CBD suppresses the main contributors to inflammation, swelling, and soreness potentially protecting muscle cells for growth. The molecule’s delightful enhancement of sleep also should make recovery fast and efficient. New data on CBD’s ability to balance immune function suggest that it could prevent the annoying colds that often make training less than optimal, too.

CBD Can Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

 

In addition, CBD’s legendary role as an anti-inflammatory make it an ideal aid to recovery from injury or training. Animal research confirms that the unfortunate traumatic effects of brain injury decrease in the presence of CBD, so everyone playing a rough-and-tumble game should have a source of CBD on the sidelines. A 60 mg dose immediately after a bump to the head should become a standard addition to the concussion protocol. There are no intoxicating effects and the anti-oxidant properties literally prevent the death of cells.

 

CBD Users Pass Drug Tests

 

Drug testing in sports can be a moving target. Currently, cannabinoids are listed as banned substances but the test employed focuses on metabolites of THC. CBD will not appear on a drug screen currently, so athletes can rest assured that they are not violating the rules of the game. The spirit of drug testing in sports concerns unfair advantage. CBD is a gentle molecule with no potential for intoxication, addiction, or stimulation. It’s keen ability to enhance performance and recovery should make it a superb addition to any athlete’s training regimen. Unfortunately, a handful of prohibitionists want to add CBD to the list of banned substances in a knee-jerk reaction to its link to cannabis. A bit of education should ensure that the International Olympic Committee won’t sacrifice the brains and recovery of athletes to political correctness.

Try CBD for Your Sports Recovery Regiment

 

Case reports reveal that experienced athletes using 30 mg (or more) of CBD per day notice less angst before big games, quicker recovery, and easier sleep in as little as five days. Sometimes, however, the most convincing research stems from the data you gather yourself. Give it a try!