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What is CBD and can it help with your training? When taken orally right after exercise, CBD may have an influence on a quicker recovery from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). In addition, CBD use among athletes is increasing and can influence and mitigate the release of cortisol, which has been linked to stress and inflammation. CBD and the endocannabinoid help to regulate the sleep cycle, and there is promising, but not specific, evidence that CBD can help to reduce sleep disorders and improve the quality of sleep.

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Andrew Hatchett, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Brittany Hughes, Brian Parr. The influence cannabidiol on delayed onset of muscle soreness. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2020;7(2):89-94.

  • When taken orally right after exercise, CBD may have an influence on a quicker recovery from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
  • There are more CB1 receptors in the brain than all the dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin receptors combined, and ten times more than opioid receptors.

Rojas-Valverde D. Potential Role of Cannabidiol on Sports Recovery: A Narrative Review. Front Physiol. 2021 Aug 3;12:722550. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.722550. PMID: 34413793; PMCID: PMC8369499.

  • CBD use among athletes is increasing and has overtaken nicotine as the second-most commonly used substance among contact sports athletes
  • The endocannabinoid system is linked to some central and peripheral effects of exercise, such as bliss, peacefulness, and euphoria.
  • Cannabinoids are also involved in neurogenesis and neuronal plasticity; mood control; dopamine release; serotonin release, and analgesic effects
  • CBD can influence and mitigate the release of cortisol, which has been linked to stress and inflammation, although the mechanisms and causes are not fully understood.
  • CBD and the endocannabinoid help to regulate the sleep cycle, and there is promising, but not specific, evidence that CBD can help to reduce sleep disorders and improve the quality of sleep, although the effects are not fully understood.

McCartney D, Benson MJ, Desbrow B, Irwin C, Suraev A, McGregor IS. Cannabidiol and Sports Performance: a Narrative Review of Relevant Evidence and Recommendations for Future Research. Sports Med Open. 2020 Jul 6;6(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s40798-020-00251-0. PMID: 32632671; PMCID: PMC7338332.

  • CBD appears to show neuroprotective properties, and has yielded promising results in the treatment of nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
  • CBD modulates inflammatory response and may also protect against gastrointestinal damage associated with inflammation.
  • CBD may be beneficial to bone health but there is no specific evidence to point to as of yet.
  • CBD has not been shown to influence or affect resting heart rate, and may induce and potentiate vasorelaxation, and may also reduce resting systolic blood pressure levels.
  • CBD use is unlikely to impact or change cognitive or psychomotor functions.