Benefits of CBD for Sports Performance

by | Nov 23, 2020 | CBD Education

CBD is just beginning to get the recognition it deserves. Previously, it had been widely viewed as a substance that was only effective for reducing pain. However, CBD has countless uses and can help improve the lives of all types of people from all different walks of life, including athletes. 

Athletes, such as football players, baseball players, boxers, etc., are known for taking top-notch care of their bodies. Doing anything less takes money out of their pockets and glory from their names. It’s no secret that athletes are always looking for healthy ways to maintain their peak physical health. For many in the sports performance field, CBD is one of the best tools available to keep greatness alive. 

Benefits of CBD for Athletes

Treats physical pain

Athletes are no strangers to physical pain. Whether from a strenuous workout or a big game, it’s easy for athletes to get sore, bruised, or even stretched out muscles. The bones in their bodies can also become a source of pain, especially in the shoulders, hips, and knees. Depending on which sport an athlete participates in, the pain they experience can range from mild to severe. For example, a golfer is going to experience much less physical pain than a hockey player will. No matter what level of physical discomfort an athlete is feeling, however, CBD can help by relieving pain and reducing inflammation, allowing the athlete to continue without discomfort. CBD offers the advantage of being safer than other pain relief options and completely non-habit forming. In the middle of an opioid epidemic, that makes CBD a particularly attractive option for anyone suffering from prolonged physical pain. 

Increases physical agility and strength

CBD alone will not turn an athlete into The Hulk, of course, but when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it can fuel the body in ways that increase agility and strength. That’s because CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which is responsible for regulating many bodily functions. Taking CBD before a workout, practice, or game can help improve endurance, muscle agility and retention, and minimize any swelling caused by a previous physical injury.

Reduces stress and anxiety

Athletes tend to be extremely passionate about their profession, meaning that they usually leave it all out on the line. Rather than their job fitting into their everyday lives, their everyday lives need to work around their job. This can create an excess of stress in one’s life even if being fully consumed in sports is what they want most. Additionally, not obtaining the results they want or running into obstacles can fuel further stress and anxiety. By reducing stress and anxiety, CBD allows those who use it to take a deep breath, clear their minds, and function with purpose instead of reaction.

Improve Sleep

A good night’s sleep can make the difference between winning and losing a competition, as any athlete will tell you. CBD can help athletes get this vital amount of rest to let their bodies heal and prepare for important workouts or games in the upcoming days. Athletes who use CBD consistently report having an easier time falling asleep and experiencing a deeper sleep. As a result, they can wake up better rested and ready to take on the day. By lowering anxiety, CBD may also improve an athlete’s ability to sleep soundly. 

These are just some of the benefits of CBD for athletes. If you are an active person and want to improve your physical wellbeing, CBD can help, no matter what level of sport you participate in.

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Athletes don’t have to worry about getting in trouble for using CBD, either. Both the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) recently took CBD off their lists of prohibited substances for use by athletes in or out of competition. It’s important to note that only CBD was removed, however, and THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, is still prohibited. As a result, any athlete using CBD and related products should carefully read the product labels to protect against accidental consumption of a prohibited substance. CBD labeled “full-spectrum” may contain other compounds including THC in very small amounts which is something to keep in mind. From an anti-doping view, CBD labeled “isolate” or hemp-derived CBD are the better options.  

While more research is still needed into all the effects and benefits of CBD for athletes, it’s already clear that it is a great option for them for a variety of reasons. There are multiple ways to consume CBD depending on the athlete’s preferences but some popular ones are drops (generally taken sublingually), gummies, and topical creams. Why not try one out for yourself and see what CBD can do for you as an athlete?

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If you are considering CBD, you can learn more about Neuro XPF’s CBD products. We can help you determine which products are best for you based on what goals you are trying to achieve. Our CBD products help all athletes increase their sports performance and limit any physical pain they may experience.

<a href="" target="_self">Kyle Turley</a>

Kyle Turley


Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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