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CBD Poducts for Fitness and Sport: Useful or not?

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CBD oil, unlike the medical CBD used in some studies, is authorized in Germany as a cosmetic product. Since it is prohibited by law to be proposed as a food supplement, it should not be swallowed. In contrast, in other countries such as Great Britain, CBD has already been registered as a food supplement and can therefore be consumed. To avoid confusion, we explicitly state that our statements refer to CBD in general and not to specific oils or products.

Legal status of CBD under the Therapeutic Products Advertising Act:

Many studies show that CBD has different therapeutic properties and is able to provide help for many disorders. Because cannabidiol is currently regulated under the Drug Advertising Act, we cannot make any promises of cure at this level. We also want to clarify that our products are not medical devices.

Many athletes report positive experiences and use CBD-based fitness and sports products (for example, CBD oil) to relieve pain and inflammation and help them sleep better. But does CBD really have benefits for fitness and sport? Can CBD stimulate performance, help develop muscles and promote recovery after training? We will answer these questions in the following article.

CBD and its effects on the body
Is CBD also intended for athletes?
What advantages can CBD-based products have in the field of sport?
Can CBD improve sleep?
Hemp extract CBD against soreness?
Does CBD oil have significant nutritional value?
CBD in competitive sports
Study: Detectability of cannabinoids
Conclusion: Effect of CBD on athletes

Like its older brother tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the plant phytocannabinoids of hemp. However, unlike THC, CBD does not have an intoxicant effect. Many studies highlight the various effects of CBD. Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and calming effects are notably attributed to the cannabinoid. In that regard, CBD could be useful to athletes as well.

CBD and its effects on the body

Once ingested, CBD binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system and exerts its effects. This endogenous system regulates various biological processes, such as:

The feeling of pain
the emotions
the sleep
inflammatory processes
the appetite.

The broad spectrum of cannabidiol (CBD) effects can be explained by the fact that the endocannabinoid system is part of the nervous system and that cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 can be detected in most of the body. Thus, CB1 receptors are mainly distributed in brain neurons (cerebellum, hippocampus and base nodes) and in the peripheral nervous system (for example, the intestine). In contrast, CB2 receptors are mainly located in cells of the immune system.

CBD also for athletes?

The use of CBD-based products in sport is becoming increasingly popular. Regardless of the sport, athletes are generally assured that cannabidiol (CBD) is a miracle drug that can help strengthen muscles and increase performance. In addition, CBD is supposed to relieve sore muscle pain, promote regeneration, inhibit inflammation and help with greater relaxation. This is why more and more CBD-based fitness products are entering the market.

In fact, there are currently no specific studies that have examined the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on athletes. It is only assumed that CBD could be useful to athletes because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and calming effects. On the other hand, there are many reports of athletes reporting various positive effects.

What advantages can CBD-based products have during sport?

The body releases the stress hormone cortisol from the adrenal cortex during exercise and sport. In the short term, this is not a bad thing. However, intense sports and overtraining make the body run at full speed so that even more cortisol is produced to mobilize energy reserves.However, as muscles only develop after training, and this during recovery, Too much cortisol can hinder muscle growth. It is interesting to note that one study suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) could reduce cortisol levels. In this regard, it would be…

Hemp extract CBD against soreness?

Excessive exercise can cause unpleasant soreness. The cause of this typical pain is a micro-lesion (small tear) in the muscle fibers (muscle fibrils), which is accompanied by inflammatory reactions.

Many studies can prove the efficacy of cannabis as a medication for chronic pain. However, THC is responsible for pain relief. CBD, on the other hand, seems to have the necessary properties to help the pain associated with inflammation. However, CBD does not act directly against pain, but only reduces sensitivity to pain.

It has not been scientifically proven that CBD actually helps irritated muscles. However, it is entirely conceivable that CBD oils can promote regeneration. There are also special CBD-based products, such as a CBD-based gel or sports cream, which usually contain other natural ingredients (such as arnica) to promote regeneration after sore muscle.

Does CBD oil have a nutritional value worth mentioning?

Not all CBD oils are equal. When CBD hemp extract is dissolved in hemp oil (hemp seed oil) after extraction, it may contain valuable ingredients. For example, hemp oil extracted from seeds contains important minerals (for example, potassium, magnesium, calcium) and trace elements (zinc, iron, manganese), as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in an optimal ratio. Its consumption can therefore have a positive effect on the body.

CBD in competitive sports

In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed cannabidiol from the list of prohibited substances as a pure substance. All other cannabinoids from the hemp plant remain prohibited substances.

For competitive athletes, this always means that they must be careful when choosing a CBD-based product. Many CBD-based products, especially broad-spectrum extracts, contain not only CBD but also other cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – even if only in small amounts. Even a product without THC (broad spectrum) may still contain traces of THC.

This is problematic because cannabinoids are substances that like fats (lipophilic) and therefore accumulate in the body and leave it only slowly. Regular intake of CBD products can even prolong degradation time. Because everyone reacts differently to cannabinoids and degrades them at different rates, athletes should not take risks.

Competitive athletes must not take any risks.

As an alternative to CBD products such as full-spectrum or broad-spectrum extract, CBD isolate is available for competitive athletes. This is pure crystalline CBD with a purity level of up to 99% depending on the manufacturer.

Study: Detectability of cannabinoids

In one study, the detectability of cannabinoids in urine was examined. Subjects ingested various over-the-counter CBD products (full spectrum extracts) as recommended by the manufacturer. The subjects’ urine was then collected and analyzed 8, 16 and 32 hours after ingestion.

The researchers describe the results as alarming. Even after 32 hours, banned cannabinoids were still identifiable in the urine of 80% of people tested.

Conclusion: Effect of CBD on athletes.

CBD (cannabidiol) is not able to increase performance. In contrast, CBD has the potential to reduce inflammation (for example in the case of painful muscles or joint problems). Many athletes also take drops of CBD oil to reduce pain sensitivity and increase well-being.

However, competitive athletes generally do not use CBD oil, but CBD isolates. Indeed, full-spectrum CBD products and broad-spectrum CBD products contain other cannabinoids derived from hemp that are on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibitions.


Is CBD good for fitness?

Currently, no studies can prove that hemp CBD (cannabidiol) can improve physical fitness. This is because it has no performance-enhancing properties. Many athletes use CBD-based products in the recovery phase after training, among other things to relieve pain and inflammation. Still others use CBD drops to relax and promote well-being.

What CBD for athletes?

Competitive athletes must …

Is CBD good for fitness?

Currently, no studies can prove that hemp CBD (cannabidiol) can improve physical fitness. This is because it has no performance-enhancing properties. Many athletes use CBD-based products in the recovery phase after training, among other things to relieve pain and inflammation. Still others use CBD drops to relax and promote well-being.

What CBD for athletes?

Competitive athletes must choose CBD products carefully. A full spectrum CBD extract and a broad spectrum extract (THC-free) both contain other cannabinoids from the hemp plant. Only CBD as a pure substance has been removed from the list of banned products by the World Anti-Doping Agency. As an alternative to CBD oil, a CBD isolate can be used here.

Is CBD punished by law?

Cannabidiol (CBD) from the hemp plant has no intoxicant effect and is not considered a narcotic in Switzerland, Germany and other EU countries – if the CBD products do not exceed a certain THC content. Therefore, the purchase, possession and ingestion of CBD is not punishable.

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