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The Weed to Win: An Athlete’s Guide to CBD 

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Athlete's Guide to CBD

Cannabidiol has become so popular and widespread. From being virtually unknown, it is now used not only by patients with severe conditions and for recreation but also by healthy people like sports enthusiasts and athletes. But while many of them are starting to take CBD oil during training, performance, and recovery, other sports buffs are still questioning the cannabinoid’s efficacy especially to people who are in top physical health.

Are CBD products, which get accolades for their medicinal properties, beneficial (and legal) for amateur and professional athletes? Read on to find out.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 U.S. states for its capacity to treat a wide range of health issues from anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. But its multiple benefits do not stop in the treatment of diseases. Cannabidiol can also boost the performance of professionals, including athletes.

To improve their chances of winning, athletes use a variety of supplements. Part of their regimen is taking stimulants, protein powders and other performance-enhancing substances to gain an advantage over their rivals. For these people, even a tiny edge over their competitors or previous records can lead to a win.

How CBD Help Athletes Bring Out Their A-Game

To win, athletes need to work out their muscles through regular, intense training and body conditioning. Here are some benefits CBD can provide for those who want to win the coveted medal.

  • It lowers the release of stress hormones

Pro athletes and other people who often engage in sports put a lot of strain on both their body and mind. The stress coming from intense training can result in physical trauma to the point of injuring themselves. These people find joy and satisfaction in testing the limits of their body. As such they are prone to severe pain from muscle strains, cramps, and other injuries.

During strenuous training, the body including the organs responsible for producing hormones must work harder, which can trigger an overproduction of cortisol, the stress hormone. Having an abundance of cortisol in the blood can lead to tissue damage and can impact your health and performance.

CBD has a unique ability to reduce the production of cortisol during extreme training. A study by the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found that this cannabinoid can limit the production of stress hormone.

  • CBD has potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Inflammation of muscles, especially during intense physical activities can result in pain. Apart from experiencing muscle aches, swelling in your body can have a severe impact on your performance. Cannabidiol has properties that can effectively relieve swelling.

CBD for Athletes

A study by the National Institutes of Health’s Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience found that CBD can suppress the body’s inflammatory response. With its anti-inflammatory property, some CBD oil advocates even say this cannabinoid may replace many prescription medicines that curb inflammation, including pain relievers.

Athletes are accustomed to pain, especially after an extreme workout. If not given relief, the excruciating pain can limit their physical activity to the point that they can no longer move their muscles. Having potent painkillers in their medical kits can make them regain their performance level. The best part of taking CBD is it is safe with a minimal side effect.

  • Help resolve your gut problems

Athletes are prone to inflammation in the small and large intestines, which can cause extreme discomfort. In fact, this condition is among the leading reasons endurance athletes quit from racing.

While CBD will not solve these problems in the gut brought about by dehydration and overheating mainly to those engaged in endurance sports, it can help treat inflammation during or after physical training that can lead to gut problems. In these cases, CBD can be useful for lowering these symptoms.

  • Enhance Sleep Quality

Getting quality sleep every night is highly beneficial for athletes to get the most from their training. Sleep allows their body to repair itself after enduring long hours of exhausting workouts. This activity also keeps their brain sharp, especially during competitions where even a small error can lead to a devastating loss.

Many athletes who take CBD report the cannabinoid helps them to fall asleep with ease and improve their sleep quality. After an action-packed day, many athletes find a hard time getting sufficient restful slumber in the evening. This condition has a lot to do with the overproduction of stress hormones. Stress is one of the deterrents for having deep shuteye. CBD can relieve stress by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for regulating the activities inside the body, including sleep. Hence, a regular dose of CBD can help physically active people get restful slumber every night.

  • Helps in Muscle Recovery

The soreness athletes experience after a competition or hard gym session is a product of damage and inflammation of muscles. This inflammatory response is a process that the body does to heal itself. However, for athletes, the symptoms of this natural bodily process can impact their training. To counter the inflammatory response, many of them resort to taking measures that will hasten recovery. They often use methods like putting on ice and compression that divert blood away from the swollen area.

With CBD, they can get relief faster as the substance can interact with the ECS. Once CBD communicates with the endocannabinoid receptors, it can signal the brain to reduce the inflammation.

  • Reduces Fear and Anxieties

Just like other people, athletes can suffer from periods of fear and anxiety, particularly during competition. Many of them fear of losing and getting injured.  Some of them even have social anxiety that can impair their performance when they are playing in sports arenas with large crowds. Failure to cope with these anxieties can lead to lackluster performance.

Many studies show CBD’s ability to reduce anxiety in people suffering from extreme social anxiety. Different research papers found that CBD oil can lower the intensity of fear memories, which are a challenging symptom of PTSD. Another study, this time on CBD oil effects on people with performance-based anxiety, finds that the administration of the cannabinoid decreased the anxiety of people before and during delivering a public speech. These findings can help athletes overcome their deepest fears that can hinder them from giving a remarkable performance during a competition.

  • Helps in Weight Loss

Athletes also have a problem maintaining weight just like most people do. In some sports like boxing wherein maintaining a specific weight is crucial, they do different methods to keep the desired weight that can sometimes adversely affect their performance. Many of them increase or decrease their food intake. While this method allows them to reach their intended weight, it can negatively affect their performance during the match.

Taking a regular dose of cannabidiol can help them keep the right weight without the endangering their health. In 2016, Korean researchers found that cannabidiol has three ways of effecting fat browning. Aside from finding out that the substance activates the proteins and genes responsible for increasing the breakdown of fat, they also discovered that it could multiply mitochondria’s number and activity, which intensify the body’s capability to burn calories.

Legality of CBD for Athletes

After reading the many benefits of CBD for athletes, the next question is whether they can use the substance legally. The answer is a resounding yes. Since the early part of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed cannabidiol from its list of prohibited substances whether inside or outside of competition. Following WADA’s lead, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) also did the same.

However, athletes should take note that the WADA only removes CBD from the list. THC and other cannabinoids are still prohibited. However, with their new guideline, WADA has set a urinary threshold of 150 nanograms per milliliter. Hence, these professionals should only buy pure CBD oil from reputable stores and dispensaries to make sure that it is free from even trace amounts of other cannabinoids.

How to Use CBD?

Cannabidiol products come in many forms. CBD can be taken orally through capsules, tinctures or oil. Athletes can also inhale it through a vape pen. They can also drink CBD-infused beverage such as sports drinks, tonics, and recovery drinks. For muscle ache and pain, they can also apply topical creams and lotions that contain CBD on the affected part.

CBD is also available in two varieties – full spectrum or isolate. Full spectrum cannabidiol products are composed of CBD and other compounds coming from the original plant, which may include traces of THC. Products infused with CBD isolate only contain CBD. CBD isolate and CBD produced from hemp are better choices, as they contain only minute amounts of THC that can put the career of athletes at risk.

Athletes need to take supplements and other legal substances that will improve their chances of winning. Many research and anecdotal evidence say CBD oil can give them a winning edge. However, they need to check the type and quality of the brand they are using because it may contain traces of THC that can endanger their careers.

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3 Excellent Sleep Benefits with Using CBD Oil

Stacey Wellington

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CBD Oil and Sleep Benefits

Happiness consists of getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.”

Robert A. Heinlein, U.S. Science-Fiction Author

 

We live in troubled times – for some people, stressful times.

Cities on total lockdown, regular social interactions that we have taken for granted all our lives are now frowned upon (and are even being legislated against), and governments constantly talk of “flattening the coronavirus curve of infection.” And if this curve isn’t flattened, we’ll lose thousands and thousands more.

The world has never seen anything like it, certainly not on such an all-encompassing global scale, and we used to think that it was the digital age and its social media that had suddenly made our world so much smaller.

There’s plenty to concern us all, and plenty you could seriously lose sleepover.

Maybe, 3 or 4 months ago, you were even then struggling to get a good night’s sleep – things on your mind, physical pain that’s hard to manage, or anxiety and stress over those things we realize are out of our control anyway. All of these issues can contribute to a disturbed night’s rest. We’ve just had another one added now.

And maybe, just maybe, this is all water off a duck’s back to you, all this death and illness potentially on your doorstep, and nothing can affect you from that sweet moment your head hits the pillow. Lights out. See you in the morning. If you are one of these kinds of people, count yourself lucky. Many people out there will be just plain jealous of you.

Whoever you are, and whatever you feel about what’s going on around you with the coronavirus pandemic, finding a natural way to relax, especially at night, is going to be of significant benefit. For many, an appreciated and much-needed benefit – one that could drastically improve their lives, and their outlook in these troubled times.

We’ve all been there. Getting yourself into bed at a reasonable time, possibly in preparation for a testing day to follow, only to simply lie there, staring blankly at the ceiling. Sleep seems a million miles away. And, to top it all, when it does come, it’s broken and unrestful. You surface the following day feeling more tired than when you hit the hay 8 hours ago.

If this sounds like a typical scenario, maybe a little lateral thinking is called for, and maybe the use of CBD oil for better sleep will be the difference your troubled mind is looking for.

Important: If you are currently taking any form of prescription medicine, it is vital that you first consult your family physician to guard against possible negative interactions between these and the CBD oil.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many cannabinoid substances found in cannabis. However, the substance itself doesn’t usually produce the “high” that cannabis smokers have long enjoyed. CBD medical studies have pointed with evidence to the fact it can be medically beneficial in treating certain neuropsychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, epilepsy, and even schizophrenia.

CBD Oil Sleep Benefits

CBD Oil and Sleep Benefits

The evidence found shows that CBD exerts a calming effect on a person’s central nervous system. It is for this very reason that new researchers have studied the effect of CBD on those will disturbed sleeping patterns.

#1. Enhanced, Deeper Sleep

Pharmacology researchers from the Department of BioMolecular Sciences at the University of Michigan specifically looked into CBD’s effect upon the daily physiological patterns of circadian rhythms in its clinical study.

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle. Responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment, sleeping is a prime example of a circadian rhythm. Think of them as your biological clocks.

In this and other studies, CBD demonstrated a positive enhancement in subjects, with most of them reporting 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. The ability to recall dreams significantly decreased, pointing to a far deeper sleep than normal, as dreams occur during the crucial REM stage of sleeping.

#2. Anti-Anxiety & Anti-Depressant Effects of CBD

As mentioned above, studies have found that CBD has a positive medical effect on those who suffer with anxiety – one of the biggest factors when it comes to disturbed sleeping. By calming the mind of the anxious person, overthinking at night is significantly reduced, and therefore enables sleep to come and, just as importantly, stay.

This calming response to the CBD also has another beneficial element – the less anxious you are, the better and clearer your cognitive thinking and rationalization skills, meaning you can resolve issues more adeptly and faster, and so allow for better sleep.

#3. Pain Management

CBD has been proven to both help rebuild brain cells and to improve the natural serotonin levels in trial subjects. Furthermore, it also affects anandamide levels and the brain’s opioid receptors. All of these are known to positively affect our perception and management of physical pain.

Many people are unable to sleep deeply and fully because they are, in some small way, easily affected by pain. With improved natural pain management, this becomes much less of an issue come lights out at night.

To recap, CBD has been proven to produce enhanced, deeper sleep, even for those who suffer from anxiety and physical pain. So, on that note, sweet dreams and sleep well.

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PrestoDoctor Snags Top Cannabis Telemedicine Award

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PrestoDoctor Snags Top Cannabis Telemedicine Award

Medical tech company PrestoDoctor was awarded the title of the top cannabis telemedicine company in Missouri, said the Associated Press. The award, given during the recently concluded event MOCannBizCon+Expo, recognizes the innovation and accessibility the firm offered to the cannabis community.

PrestoDoctor co-founder and COO Rob Tankson said that the award is a result of the company participating in the telemedicine community across the United States. It is known for provided medical recommendations to more than 100,000 patients in 5 states in the country. The company entered the Missouri market only recently.

About PrestoDoctor’s participation in the Missouri cannabis community through its telemedicine services, Tankson said that it “is anticipating robust demand in the newly-opened Missouri market.” He also noted that the team is planning to “continue to meet the needs of the Missouri cannabis telemedicine community.”

The Rise of Telemedicine

Telemedicine has revolutionized the provision of medical services through remote means. In recent years, these companies are able to provide more efficient and effective recommendations with the emergence of advanced technologies. Such platforms use online tools to connect patients with qualified physicians, especially through text- and video-based communication avenues, said The Fresh Toast.

In the cannabis industry, this mode of medical services has become necessary in light of the need for recommendations from licensed cannabis medical practitioners when getting a medical marijuana card. Today, prospective MMJ patients can acquire endorsements from their physicians through telemedicine platforms.

PrestoDoctor allows patients to communicate with their “compassionate licensed physicians” and “world-class patient support team” through secure video chat. Clients can schedule appointments through the company’s website. This way, users can consult their board-certified doctors online.

When getting medical marijuana cards in states where PrestoDoctor operates, patients can set a consultation session with a PrestoDoctor physician to find out if they have qualifying conditions. After the assessment, the company will send a certification form that the patient has to accomplish.

This form, complete with a doctor’s signature, is required when applying for an MMJ card. Other documentation requirements can vary depending on the state. In Missouri, the state requires proof of residency. The Missouri Medical Marijuana Authority also charges an application fee upon submission.

When approved, the patient will receive an email notifying them of the status of their application along with instructions to access their digital MMJ card, which can be printed or save on mobile devices.

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JAMA Study: Number of Seniors Using Cannabis On The Rise

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Seniors Using Cannabis On The Rise

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that the number of American senior citizens who consume cannabis has increased from 2015 to 2018. Market Watch said that the reasons for the increased use are unclear.

The JAMA research evaluated data of around 14,896 individuals from 65 years old and up based on records from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. These people reported using “marijuana, hashish, pot, grass and hash oil.”

According to the study, there was a 75% jump in just three years. This means that from 2.4% of the senior population who used cannabis and related products in 2015, the figure spiked to 4.2% in 2018. This is a huge leap from the mere 0.4% in 2008.

Highest among racial and ethnic minorities

An interesting finding from the research is that the highest recorded surge in marijuana consumption is among racial and ethnic minorities. According to data, there was a whopping 336% increase in use in this group.

This is followed by senior citizens who have diabetes with an increase of 180%. Other groups that showed notable spikes in marijuana consumption include seniors who were treated for mental health issues (157%), individuals with $20,000 to $49,000 income (139%), those with incomes of $75,000 and up (129%), college-educated seniors (114%), married individuals (100%), and women (93%).

Unclear reasons

In a report by Market Watch, it was noted that the researchers, headed by Dr. Benjamin Han, did not include questions a Because of this, the study did not include a conclusion as to why the respondents consumed the plant. Dr. Han, who is an assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, said that the figures could be higher.

This is because while 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, there remains a stigma against the plant. According to the geriatric medicine and palliative care specialist, respondents could have hesitated to reveal their cannabis use.

Moreover, it is important to note that the newly-published study failed to ask medical conditions such as chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease or arthritis. Market Watch remarked that this could have provided valuable insight into the reasons for using the plant as medical marijuana is known for treating chronic and debilitating medical conditions and symptoms.

Meanwhile, Dr. Han expressed concern over possible negative interaction effects of cannabinoids with current medications taken by seniors.

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