The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will go down in history for many reasons. One of them is that, for the first time, participating athletes can use cannabidiol (CBD) to improve their sports performance. To understand how a component of cannabis could have slipped into a sports competition, you have to go back to 2018, when the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances . The measure came into effect in 2020.
In fact, CBD or cannabidiol is an ally of elite athletes . Figures like soccer star Megan Rapinoe have publicly declared users: her own sister runs a CBD brand. At ProfesorCBD , the first ecommerce in Spain for products derived from cannabidiol according to Forbes magazine, we celebrate this step forward. And, among our ambassadors, we have athletes who attest to the benefits of the substance for better sports performance . This is the case of Álvaro Martínez, sailor and former Spanish Sailing Champion, who has been using one of our CBD oils for a year to rest better. “In a regatta it is very important to be focused and relaxed, control your emotions and build a strategy. CBD gives me that state: I use it a month before an important regatta. You need some time to notice its benefits”, he declares.
The most popular formats for athletes are oils and creams. ProfesorCBD also has the only CBD oil on the market that incorporates GABA into its formula ( Buenas Nochezzz, from hakuna Oil ), a neurotransmitter that studies link to a calming effect.
As for creams, it is known that the topical use of CBD is the best option for athletes with pain or localized injuries, as it has an immediate effect, while the oil acts more in the medium term. At ProfesorCBD we have the Athletics sports gels , with a hot and cold effect, for before and after training, respectively. In addition to relieving muscles and joints, they hydrate the skin.
It's not magic. It's science.
The root of the versatility of CBD must be found in the endocannabinoid system, a set of receptors present in all mammals whose activity affects the entire organism. CBD is known to help you function more efficiently – hence all of its associated benefits.
Among the multiple actions for which CBD is studied, the following stand out:
1. Anti-inflammatory. There are several studies that maintain that CBD reduces unwanted inflammation, which is that which affects the muscles or joints close to those that are recovering. Bye bye shoelaces.
2. Relaxing. Its use would therefore reduce muscle tension and provide a better rest. It is known that good sleep is at the base of good sports performance , at the same time that it helps to speed up recovery from injuries.
3. analgesic Pain relief is a priority for athletes.
4. Antiemetic. That is, avoid nausea, a discomfort that attacks some athletes after making a great effort.
For all this, it is not surprising that in the most peculiar Olympic village in history, CBD has ceased to be an open secret to become a completely legal shared experience that enhances the performance of the best athletes in the world. . For the before and after. “In my case, it also helps my muscle recovery, because as a sailor I do a lot of strength and endurance work and I end up with pain in the lower back, abdomen, legs and arms…”, concludes Álvaro Martínez. Welcome be the CBD."