Every year the World Doping Agency (WADA) releases its list of prohibited substances. This list identifies the substances and methods prohibited whilst competing in particular sports. In 2018 the released list did not include cannabidiol (CBD) which was a turning point for the hemp industry and paved the way for using CBD in sport.
However, we are about to witness a landmark time for CBD in sport with the advent of the Tokyo Olympics (to be held this year due to being cancelled last year during the pandemic). The games carry an interesting nuance for the CBD industry, as it will be the first time that CBD will be seen as a legally acceptable substance for Olympians.
Since the 2018 WADA announcement, countless sportsmen and women have incorporated CBD oil into their workout regimes. Incorporating natural supplements such as CBD oil can fortify your whole system. Athletes who incorporate CBD into their fitness regimes say that CBD helps them to recover more quickly from injury, reduce performance anxiety and enable them to enjoy better recuperative sleep.
US footballer Carli Lloyds – a two-time Olympic gold-medalist (2008 and 2012) – is a huge advocate of using CBD in sport. She first used CBD when she had a knee injury and through a combination of creams, CBD oils, and sprays as part of her daily routine she found instant relief. She said:
I’m all about routine. I’m all about listening to my body, taking care of my body. CBD just plays into what I’m about.
Dominic Day is a rugby player who plays for the Saracens and he has been taking CBD since January 2018 following knee surgery. He takes CBD oil regularly and treats it as a vitamin supplement, crediting the substance in helping his knee recover more quickly and reduce inflammation.
42-year old golf player Charley Hoffman is a big fan of CBD and one of several pro golfers who use the botanical. He says
I’ve been using it in my daily routine and have found it has truly helped.
With WADA now permitting CBD in the Olympics, the only remaining obstacle perhaps is the lack of knowledge and understanding about CBD and fears about product quality also prevail. Choosing a CBD company that takes the manufacture and research of its products extremely seriously is half the battle. Here at EthicaCBD, we are stringent in our manufacturing and transparent in our research, stripping everything back in our aim of creating the cleanest, most ethical CBD brand in the marketplace.
It will be interesting to see how the Tokyo games play out and to watch the sportspeople involved can benefit from this powerful botanical supplement. Watch this space for updates!
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