CBD Research Finds Athletes Benefit From Topical CBD Use
The Journal of Cannabis Research recently featured a study researchers conducted of an open-label pilot study to determine the efficacy and tolerability of cannabidiol (CBD) as a potential pain management therapy in a group of former elite athletes with chronic levels of pain in the lower extremities.
In one of the first open-label pilot research studies of its kind, research teams at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana and The Tiger Research Group in Dallas, Texas teamed up with previously professional athletes in US/American football, track and field, or basketball to determine the impact and tolerability of topical CBD as a potential therapeutic for pain management.
Key takeaway - Topical cannabidiol is well-tolerated in individuals with a history of elite physical performance and chronic lower extremity pain. Six weeks of treatment provided significant decreases in pain and improvements in function.
CBD, or cannabidiol, has been gaining popularity in recent years as a potential treatment for a range of conditions, including pain, anxiety, and inflammation. It is also increasingly being used by athletes as a way to improve recovery and performance.
Another recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Sports and Active Living examined the use of topical CBD in elite athletes. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia, aimed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of CBD in this population.
The study involved 15 elite athletes who were administered a topical CBD product for four consecutive days. The product contained 200 mg of CBD per 10 ml and was applied to the skin twice daily. Participants were monitored for any adverse effects throughout the study period.
The researchers found that the topical administration of CBD was well-tolerated by the athletes, with only minor adverse effects reported. The most common adverse effect was mild skin irritation. However, this effect was temporary and resolved quickly after the athletes stopped using the CBD product.
The study also found that the topical CBD product was effective in reducing pain and improving recovery in the athletes. Participants reported a significant reduction in pain levels after using the product, as well as an improvement in their overall recovery.
These two studies add to the growing body of research on the use of CBD in athletes. While more research is needed to fully understand the safety and efficacy of CBD in this context, the results of these studies suggest that topical CBD may be a safe and effective treatment option for elite athletes.
One of the reasons that CBD is of interest to athletes is its potential to improve recovery. Recovery is a critical aspect of athletic performance, as it allows athletes to train at a high level consistently. CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce the inflammation and pain associated with intense exercise.
CBD may also help to improve sleep quality, which is essential for recovery. Studies have shown that CBD can increase the amount of deep sleep that individuals get, which is the stage of sleep that is most restorative.
Another potential benefit of CBD for athletes is its ability to reduce anxiety. Many athletes experience anxiety and stress, which can negatively impact their performance. CBD has been shown to have anxiolytic effects, meaning it can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and promote relaxation.
However, it is important to note that CBD is not a magic bullet. It is not a substitute for proper training, nutrition, and recovery practices. CBD should be used as part of a comprehensive approach to performance optimization.
The use of topical CBD appears to be a safe and effective treatment option for elite athletes. It may help to reduce pain and inflammation, improve recovery, and reduce anxiety. However, more research is needed to fully understand the safety and efficacy of CBD in this context. Athletes should also be aware of the regulations surrounding the use of CBD in sports and consult with their coaches and medical professionals before using CBD.
This research helped us develop our topical CBD products, including the Satividol CBD 3000mg Muscle Gel launched in April 2023.
- Hall, N. et al. (2023) "Topical cannabidiol is well tolerated in individuals with a history of elite physical performance and chronic lower extremity pain", Journal of Cannabis Research, 5(1). doi: 10.1186/s42238-023-00179-8. https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-023-00179-8