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How to use CBD oil to treat sports-related injuries


The physical and fitness demands of sports are high. Athletes train hard in the gym and on the field. Putting the body through grueling workouts and training sessions can lead to muscle aches. The likelihood of suffering injuries while playing is also high. 

Sportspersons commonly use opioids to manage pain. Opioids are highly addictive, even when used infrequently. Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychotropic component of the cannabis sativa plant, has emerged as a popular pain remedy. Ongoing research on the effects of CBD on the body has also shown promising results regarding healing sports injuries. 

How does CBD work in treating sports-related pain and inflammation?

The body has an endocannabinoid system that plays an important role in ensuring that essential organs function properly. It is involved in many body processes, including appetite, mood, memory, and pain sensations. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to decrease pain and inflammation. Unlike opioids, CBD is non-addictive. 

CBD for treating common sports injuries.

CBD can provide quick relief from pain and inflammation resulting from common sports injuries, including sprains, strains, Achilles tendinitis, jumper’s knee, runner’s knee, rotator cuff injury, and tennis elbow. Most of these injuries fall in the category of ‘overuse injuries’ from repetitive motions over a long period of time. Pain is an ever-present aspect of elite athletes’ lives. Topical application of CBD oil, roll-ons, and patches treats pain. Athletes can keep using the CBD product that works best for them without fear of forming a dependency. Have a look at Cannabis Africa’s Pain Relief Gel and feel the difference.

Post-workout recovery using CBD oil.

When you work out, small tears form in your muscle fibers, which lead to inflammation and a burning pain in your muscles during or after exercise. A review of 132 studies published in Frontiers of Neurology showed that lab-tested, high-quality CBD can help reduce inflammation in the body, and improve mobility in patients [1]. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD can be attributed to its significant level of antioxidant activity.  In fact, CBD demonstrates much more antioxidant activity than Vitamin C [2]. 

The use of CBD for treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Repetitive blows to the head from contact sports such as MMA, boxing and soccer create the risk of a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), whose symptoms include memory loss, depression, confusion, and trouble concentrating. CBD’s antioxidant activity slows or halts the loss of neurons, slowing disease progression [3, 4]. 

CBD for that boost of energy and restoration.

Many athletes have energy drinks before their game to enhance focus and alertness. Too much caffeine has unpleasant side effects like insomnia, nervousness, and increased levels of stimulation in the hours following the competition. In a study, microinjections of CBD to the brain were found to help overcome sleepiness and energy depletion. CBD increases levels of dopamine, a chemical messenger that has wake-promoting effects [5], minus the negative side effects of energy drinks. 

CBD for promoting healing of broken bones.

Medicinal plants have traditionally been used to heal broken bones, sprains, sore joints and bruised joints. In an experiment, a test group that had thigh bone fractures were administered a mixture of CBD and THC for 6-8 weeks. The combination led to an increase in fracture healing by promoting protein collagen in the affected bones [6].