CBD or Cannabidiol is the active compound found in the cannabis plant. In most products, it is extracted from hemp which is a variety of cannabis. It may cause drowsiness but it is not intoxicating. CBD has a lot of medical benefits and is being used to treat a number of conditions. However, a major part of research on the benefits of CBD for different treatments is underway. One interesting area is the effect of CBD in addressing the arthritic problems in sportspeople. By the way, CBD is legal for athletes. Athletes put a lot of stress on their body which has both positive and negative effects. On one hand, it increases their performance and on the other prolonged wear and tear leads to pain and injuries. Chronic conditions like Arthritic pain are way too common among athletes after a certain period. Recent studies show that CBD can be a better alternative to pain-relieving medicines. Let's understand it's working. How does CBD Work To understand how CBD keeps arthritic problems at bay for sportspeople, first, we must understand that CBD also forms inside our body naturally. According to the research, scientists have identified the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our body that modulates the working of neurons. This is the pathway that controls the transmission of pain and pain receptors. However, the research is still young regarding the working of the ECS system. The primary function of ECS in the body is to maintain homeostasis (a process by which an organism maintains stability). ECS does so by regulating the neurotransmitter levels in the body. It releases CBD which binds with CB1 receptors (found in the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues), and CB2 receptors (found in the immune system). This reduces pain and inflammation throughout the body. How CBD Helps athletes With Arthritic Problems Athletes on a regular basis apply extreme stress to their body which leads to arthritic pain in long term. This along with inflammation on regular basis overburdens the ECS system of the body. Providing the body with external doses of CBD relieves this overburdened system and helps in faster recovery. The external CBD taken by athletes put their neurotransmitter level back to optimal levels and helps them maintain homeostasis. CBD is becoming increasingly popular among athletes as it has a range of benefits. Apart from relieving pain and inflammation, it also serves as a better alternative to pain-relieving medicines and opioids. It also helps with better sleep which ultimately leads to better recovery for athletes.
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