CBD is an extract of the famous marijuana plant that is used in medical care and consultation. CBD has been approved overtime to have the health benefits of treating pain and having a therapeutic advantage over conditions that require attention. 

CBD can be found in various modes like candies, smoke, etc., depending on the recommended usage mode. It is not advisable to imbibe smoke for sports because it may cause drug interactions that may not be healthy. The standard amount of THC found in CBD products should not be more than 0.3 percent. Such regulation combats great negative effects if athletes imbibe smoke for therapy.

CBD in Sports

When a sportsman gets injured, they need to heal quickly and get back to their team. Collaboration in team events poses a huge opportunity for winning in games. Team effort leads to success. Therefore, sports doctors need to know how to treat sprains and injuries. However, since the beginning of sports, doctors have prescribed opioids as a therapy method. Athletes have had to deal with addiction since it is not so good with keeping tabs.

How does CBD help?

CBD is also known as a cannabinoid that is mainly got from the hemp plant. Everybody has cannabinoid receptors that are helpful to the central nervous system function. When one ingests CBD, it mixes with receptors in the system to cause a rapid heating system. Sometimes, the pain may go, but the condition may remain.

Scientists have not established CBD as sole combat for very futile conditions, therefore the need for more medical advice. CBD acts as a catalyst to fasten the process of healing rather than executing the healing.  CBD will not necessarily get you high since it contains antipsychotic, anxiolytic, and properties that alert cannabinoids receptors in the body. CBD may have a rapid effect on someone’s mood and may affect alertness too.

The ECS or endocannabinoid process was discovered in 1990 and how it influences body functions and the processes therein. Sleeping, eating mood, relaxation, energy levels, metabolism, immunity, and vision are some of the activities run by ECS. Ingesting CBD only catalyzes high functionality.  One thing to discover about the brain is its high ECS receptor quantities. Factors like serotonin,” the feel-good enzyme,” are less distributed around ECS receptors because biology has stated the relevance of ECS. ECS is also located in the intestines, liver, ovaries, pancreas, and bone cells.

How does CBD reduce pain?

CBD products can come in many forms, like sprays and paste rubbed or applied on the affected surface. If an athlete has suffered bone sprains, CBD communicates with the ECS receptors in the bones to cause a feel-good moment. Note that it is only relief but not cure. Sports doctors should advise athletes to seek further medical aid to treat the underlying condition. ECS receptors in the brain interact with cannabinoids across the body upon application or ingestion of CBD. Such communication helps to control pain and underlying conditions that CBD can handle.

How is CBD helpful?

The most common point is pain relief and damage control. Have we delved deeper into the benefits of CBD other than the two options? CBD has been prided to treat underlying bone conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and other factors.  Conditions like dementia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries are part of what CBD can handle. Research has it that fifty percent of such conditions have become better upon administration of CBD. However, healing is not imminent, but the ” feel better zone” is activated.

Scientists have used CBD to research other prevalent medical solutions in the field. Other conditions subject to CBD include PTSD, autism, ADHD, cardiovascular dysfunction, among others. Medicine is such a great field to be in with CBD intact. Studies are ongoing about how CBD can be helpful in healing cancer, and other cancerous dangers posed to the human body.

Sports Injuries

The most known injuries are sprains, strains, Achilles tendon injuries, and other infections like a headache. Most of these conditions are a result of overuse of a particular muscle organ until it is dysfunctional. Sprains occur when one or more ligaments get torn apart until there is no more strength. If ligaments are torn, pain is prevalent. Sprains are mostly experienced in the knee or joints, and they cause ineffectiveness in working out.

Jumpers’ knee is also called patellar tendonitis. It happens when the tissue connecting the knee cap to the shin gets injured. Some injuries are obvious, like when you jump too high on a marathon and land too hard; the tissue will dislocate, leading to pain and other conditions. Footballers are the most affected people because they run around too much, crossing circles that are too huge for any knee to persevere. Sometimes, the injury happens during practice, and damage happens even before the main game.

As the name suggests, Tennis elbow is an injury that arises from the overuse of the elbow in games like tennis and volleyball. Overuse of such parts causes the tissues to inflame, causing chronic pain. The use of CBD activates receptors that anchor well, therefore, reducing the pain.

Inflammation and swelling can also be inevitable since tissues wrap against each other, causing a restricted blood flow that comes to swelling. However, cannabis may lead to post-injury success by influencing effective muscle advantage while working out. Doctors are yet to establish proper customization methods to make CBD much effective in healing rather than therapy and pain relief. However, athletes should take care of themselves because it is the first step to self-treatment and reliance. Doctors always advise against drug abuse before a game because it may cause muscle failure and lead to aggressive pain during the game.

Charlotte Cremers
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MS, University of Tartu
Sleep specialist

Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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