Athletes all over the country are looking for upgrades to hack their regimen to faster success. One method gaining traction is infusing CBD or cannabis before workouts to better help the body stretch, as well as after workouts to ease inflammation and pain.
Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro, a writer and mental health educator, noted that she started using a CBD balm pre- and post-workout and saw dramatic effects. “My recovery time after resistance training can take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours, depending on the length of the workout, the intensity and the heaviness of the weights I’ve used,” she explained. “However, taking CBD following my exercise routine seemed to slightly decrease my recovery time.”
From easing inflammation to helping with better sleep to ignite more effective workouts, CBD is being used by pro-athletes and those in gyms all over the globe. Here are three ways that athletes are advocating for and using cannabis and CBD in their regimens.
Athletes for Care, a non-profit organizational community of athletes that are looking for support and care, advocates for the use of CBD and cannabis in athletics. They’ve been working diligently with other organizations to remove the cannabis ban for athletes, citing that, “’the spirit of sport’ is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind. We have found that cannabis supports these values, including health and wellness, fun and joy, teamwork, community and solidarity and more.”
Runner’s World recently shared that athletes were looking to CBD to augment their workout.
“Already, a growing number of athletes, including many in the trail running and ultramarathon community, consider CBD a key part of their regimen.”
Amanda Brooks from Run To The Finish believes CBD can be a powerful tool for runners during their exercise or after in helping the body recuperate. She cites a 2016 study in arthritic rats where CBD was found to “significantly reduce joint swelling and pain.”
Brooks shared that using CBD in her pre-workout regimen has enabled her body to get into a better “flow.” The Fresh Toast has covered the power of cannabis and CBD for inflammation, too.
Andy Kemp, a professional basketball player and fitness consultant shared recently that each individual must choose whether marijuana is the right hack in their fitness routine as each body reacts to the compounds differently, he explains,
“For example, as a bodybuilder, you’re careful when it comes to nutrition, as you need to consume the right amount of the right calories.