An athlete's body is under constant wear and tear.
From the strenuous practices to the long game days, athletes rarely take a break and must persevere through any pain. Recently, a growing number of athletes have been turning to CBD (Cannabidiol) to relieve pain and for recovery instead of prescription drugs like ibuprofen, opioids and beyond. In fact, the basketball’s BIG3 became the first professional sports league in the United States to allow its athletes to use CBD in June –– and this shift isn’t surprising.
Painkillers are extremely dangerous and addictive. A study from Linda Cottler, the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions, found that former NFL players use opioids more than four times the rate of the general population. CBD offers athletes a natural and more effective solution for maximizing performance without sacrificing their physical and mental health in the long run.
Still not convinced? Here are four benefits to incorporating this plant-based remedy into your athletic routine:
- Minimizes inflammation: Athletes must take special precautions to avoid injuries. CBD is the ultimate natural cure for healing inflammation. Taking our Stay Sharp capsules before you begin working out will proactively prevent tears, breaks and swelling.
- Shortens recovery time: Plants power people. In addition to using CBD to relieve pain, it is proven to prevent seizures, fight cancer and reduce the risk of diabetes. CBD allows you to connect with your body’s energy to combat pain and speed up the healing process.
- Enhances game-day performance: Playing in front of a crowd can be intense. CBD supports the body’s ability to manage and deal with stress so that your nerves never interfere with your performance. Plus, it boosts body and brain function; you will always be in the best state of mind going into a game.
- Improves sleep: Good, deep sleep is key to restoring your body from the previous day’s activities. If you miss out on zzz’s, you will be less sharp and have a weakened immune system. CBD products like our Calm capsules will promote relaxation and reduce stress so that you will be anxiety free when your head hits the pillow.
Simply put, CBD is transforming how players perform and recover. If you want to push yourself without the use of toxic, chemical prescription drugs, CBD is the answer.
Written by Gabe Kennedy, Co-founder Plant People.
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