CBD for Athletes: Research, Benefits, and Side Effects
Megan Rapinoe. Lamar Odom. Rob Gronkowski. Current and former professional athletes in many sports are endorsing the use of cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD.
CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. Though research on CBD is limited, it does show promise in treating a number of conditions associated with athletic competition, like joint pain, inflammation, and muscle soreness.
CBD has many of the same potential benefits as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but without the psychoactive effects. Based on what we know right now, here’s why athletes from around the sporting world are getting into CBD and what you should know about it.