Considering the various health benefits that many consumers are finding through the use of CBD products, including reduced inflammation and pain relief, it’s no surprise that athletes everywhere are expressing interest in using this popular cannabinoid in order to bolster athletic performance and also heal their body between workouts.
Today, there are many high-profile athletes who are incorporating CBD products into their workout regimen. CBD use by athletes is permitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency, although all other cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant are not permitted. Under these current restrictions, many athletes are opting to use broad-spectrum CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD products contain the CBD cannabinoid and other cannabis-derived terpenes but no THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.
In this article, I will highlight some of the professional athletes who are using CBD and touch on why they have decided to use CBD to protect their most prized asset: their bodies.
Professional golfer and two-time Masters championship winner, Bubba Watson, is a frequent user of CBD based products. As reported by CNN, Watson uses CBD as a way to increase his optimal performance capabilities without sustaining an injury. Watson also uses CBD as a way to increase his longevity, which is important to him; at 41 years old, this professional golfer wants to be able to stay in the game for 7 more years. Watson has also said that he uses CBD as a way to remain active with his young children.
Ryan VandenBussche, a former professional hockey player, has used CBD in order to reduce the pain caused by numerous sports-inflicted injuries. Over his 14 year NHL career, VandenBussche sustained broken bones and multiple concussions. When his pain started to worsen throughout his career, he was initially prescribed opioid painkillers by his team doctors. However, VandenBussche found that the synthetic opioids were taking a negative toll on him mentally and physically. Through word of mouth, VandenBussche heard about CBD and ultimately used CBD and cannabis products to completely wean off of the synthetic opioids he was prescribed. Now, VandenBussche uses CBD to manage his pain and he is a vocal advocate for the perpetuation of CBD education.
Chris Camozzi is a UFC fighter who has recently become vocal about his personal use and advocacy for the beneficial aspects of CBD. He is open about the fact that he has used CBD-based products to assist with this athletic recovery and also take care of the injuries he has incurred. Camozzi wrote about his CBD experience on a frequently-visited Reddit post, in which he expounded on his success through CBD usage. In the post, Camozzi even attributes his quick MCL (knee ligament) recovery to CBD therapy.
Just this week, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that Rob Gronkowski, the popular and now retired NFL linebacker from the New England Patriots, is a proponent of CBD and has even signed on to create his own line of CBD products. In the article, Gronkowski is quoted as saying, “I was blown away with how well it [CBD] worked." Gronkowski, who is famous for his large stature but even bigger personality, has not been quiet about the fact that after his nine-year NFL career, he found himself in a lot of pain and even mental dispair. However, now that he has retired from the league and has embarked on a consistent CBD regimen, he is pain-free for the first time in nearly a decade.
As we move into 2020, we can expect many more athletes to come forward and share their affinity for CBD. Not only is this new-found openness to CBD important for other athletes who may be seeking new and natural methods for athletic longevity and recovery, but the swell of athletes-turned-CBD-advocates is also beneficial to the average consumer. As CBD continues to be normalized and accepted within the sports world and beyond, more and more consumers will be drawn to trying the products themselves, allowing a greater portion of our population to experience the benefits of cannabidiol first-hand.