No matter what sport we’re competing in, after enough time training it’s probable we’re battling some serious inflammation. Don’t believe me? Just search ‘Athletes and Inflammation’ for the countless scholarly articles on the subject. Even more innumerable are the articles on how athletes can fight the condition. Whether it’s a diet change, a supplement, or a complete change in workout; many active people will try anything for their inflammation to avoid switching to a lifestyle of latency. To continue playing soccer, rock climbing, throwing the ball, etc. everyone has to find a way to combat the pain caused by inflammation AND somehow work through their inflammation.
Those competing in professional athletics will generally turn to taking ibuprofen daily when their body reaches this point. Ibuprofen is known to cause bloating, nausea, constipation, ringing in the ears, and more side effects. According to Outside magazine, in the face of these side effects, many athletes have started turning to CBD. They interviewed many athletes including former pro cyclist Floyd Landis. Landis launched Floyd’s of Leadsville in 2016, a natural workout recovery supplement that uses CBD as the main ingredient.
“It’s the only thing I use now,” Landis said to Outside. “I try not to oversell it because I don’t want to sound insane. But if you can stop taking other pain medications, if you have a natural solution, that’s probably the better option.”
Landis uses CBD to recover from a hip injury, and based on the growth of the CBD market in the last 5 years, he is not alone in this CBD epiphany. This growth continues despite the lack of research on the effects of this isolated cannabinoid. A myriad of CBD oils, topicals, bath bombs, and more have begun to flood the market; giving those interested in the cannabinoid quite a lot to choose from. However, as we move forward & interest continues to grow, we need to stay informed on what exactly is in our CBD oil.
When advising people, whether they’re athletes or not, on which brand of CBD is right for them, I always give one rule of thumb; “Know where the CBD flowers were grown.”. The main issue with CBD products on the market now is that many of the start materials are grown in countries with little to no air pollution regulation. Since hemp is an accumulator plant, as it grows it is taking on these pollutants in places like China. This is simply not the right product for someone who is painstakingly eating organic, plant-based, or gluten-free like many athletes are.
Every week it seems that there is a new athlete in support of cannabis, which is a blessing both for the public recognition of the plant and because many athletes can benefit from the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
Cara Wietstock is a native Californian living in Washington state with almost a decade of budtender experience and even more stoner experience. While she's not pontificating on the current state of cannabis for Roottie, she is practicing yoga, sipping CBD infused teas and hiking through the Pacific Northwest.