WHY IS CBD SO GOOD FOR ATHLETES?
There are many answers to this question.
The first one stems from wellness and health rather than illness or injury. When you exercise, your body produces a number of chemicals naturally. These are endorphins. However, your body also produces something called Anandamide. It is a neurotransmitter also known as the “Bliss Molecule.” Anandamide is also classified as an endocannabinoid. In other words, a “natural” cannabinoid produced by the body.
As a result, its receptors also binds exceedingly well with cannabinoids. This includes CBD of course. When anandamide binds to a cannabinoid receptor, it creates a calming effect. This may not be as effective in people with naturally high levels of anandamide. However, in people with low levels of anandamide and people who need an extra push, like athletes, CBD seems to go where no drug has gone before.
CBD interacts with a receptor known as TRPV-1. This is a receptor which mediates pain perception, inflammation, and body temperature. It also activates the Adenosine receptor. This plays a big role in cardiovascular blood flow and function.
What many athletes find is that CBD also helps them find “flow” during exercise. Afterwards, particularly when applied topically, it also helps them recover.
While CBD may not work exactly the same way as THC, there is one thing it does do. Like other cannabinoids, CBD seems able to help the body recover. It also seems to create the ability to seek a more normal “homeostasis.”