Soccer Players and CBD: New BFFs?
Amateur soccer players, as well as the pros (Ronaldo, if you are reading this, we are thinking of you!), know very well that this particular type of sport comes with a variety of potential injuries such as knee sprains, calf strains, wrist fractures, ankle sprains, and kneecap bursitis.
So, what might be the magic cure for these injuries? You guessed it right — cannabidiol!
In case you were wondering, cannabidiol was removed from the list of prohibited substances for 2020 by the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier in 2019. Even though cannabidiol is allowed, other synthetic and natural cannabinoids are strictly forbidden.
Since soccer players put both their minds and bodies under plenty of mental and physical stress (some even play around 50 games in a single season), they need something effective to keep them in shape.
Not only that, but soccer players who participate in the World Cup have only a couple of weeks to fully recover before competing in the extremely intense tournament with their team — hence why players are usually left totally exhausted, feeling immense fatigue, not to mention mental fog and physical pain.
This is where cannabidiol comes into play.
Instead of trying different, possibly harmful and addictive, drugs, players are turning to products containing CBD. According to evidence, CBD is a great cure for pain and it is also effective in fighting off inflammation in the body. Furthermore, studies have also shown that it increases focus and decreases anxiety levels.
It’s no wonder then that many celebrated athletes have already shared their love for CBD with the public. Famous athletes like Mike Tyson, David Wells, Jay Williams, Jake Plummer, Eugene Monroe, and Derrick Morgan are known for being besties with cannabidiol.
Just like THC, CBD is also derived from hemp or cannabis plants. It affects the endocannabinoid system by coming in touch with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body. These receptors regulate a bunch of functions including memory, sleep, pain, metabolism, and appetite.
Nevertheless, since marijuana-derived CBD is still illegal in some states, athletes who are actively promoting it will have to do a lot more than just bend the rules in the league to get access to their preferred painkiller as national drug policies will have to be altered as well.