Is Cannabis The New Sports Medicine?
For years cannabis has been banned from sports. Regular urine tests are done on professional athletes to test for performance enhancing drugs. This begs the question: Is cannabis a performance enhancing drug?
The answer is no. Well let’s just say, it’s never been proven. But performance enhancement is not the reason athletes are opposed to the ban on cannabis. In fact it’s another reason entirely.
Injuries. They plague all who enter the athletic profession and unfortunately it’s not a matter of if but a matter of when. Unless you’re superman, you’re not leaving your career unscathed. Unfortunately a lot of these injuries are sustained for life.
The truth of the matter is that CBD can be a great help to athletes with long term injuries. CBD is just one of the 113 identified cannabinoids found in cannabis that makes up over 40% of its extract. One of the main health benefits of CBD is its pain relieving properties.
The fact that CBD has no addictive properties is just an added extra. It’s a well-known truth that many athletes get addicted to opioids during their professional career because of their need for the constant use of prescription pain killers.
After their professional careers many athletes have confessed that CBD is their medicine of choice to ease their pain. NFL players like Eugene Morgan and Marvin Washington are stepping out to show their support for CBD and how much it has helped them after their retirement from their sporting careers.
Full contact sports like football cause major damage to the body and can cause long term injuries that need constant medication. Now that CBD is on the rise in popularity and causes little to no side effects, all we need to do is wait for the sports regulations boards to start accepting CBD as a form of pain-relief for players that are still in the prime of their careers.
By speeding up the recovery time of injured sportsman, CBD might even make sporting careers a little longer.