The use of CBD by athletes is increasing due to studies showing that it can benefit the human body.
In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency allowed CBD to be used by sports professionals after recognising its beneficial effects. However, it is still recommended that CBD products are not used before any competitions in case traces jeopardise their career with anti-doping regulation violations.
Through lotions, capsules and droplets, many athletes are now using the remedy to increase performance and optimise the body’s recovery. Here, Cannabis Health explains the effect CBD can have on athletes.
Strengthen the immune system
According to research, CBD can act as an immunosuppressant by reducing the immune system’s inflammatory responses and preventing rapid cell growth. Although this sounds like a negative, CBD’s nature may be able to help deal with hyperactive immune systems that often attack themselves. By strengthening cells, the athlete’s body will become more resistant to stress and infection.
No matter the level of the athlete, everyone will encounter anxiety and stress during training and competing, which can have an effect on motivation. CBD can help the body to relax by increasing the rate that Anandamide is produced. It is proven to reduce anxiety symptoms and limit the stress response to working out.
Athletes will often experience wear and tear and, as it is well known that CBD offers pain relief, many are turning to the remedy to counter this. During muscle damage and injuries, CBD can speed up recovery by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which regulates the function of immune tissues. By activating this system, it can help to soothe sore muscles and calm the nerves in the body, so they repair at a quicker rate.
Help to sleep and relax
It has been widely reported that CBD can be useful when struggling to relax. As sleep is an important time for the body to recover, this can help athletes rest on a night and therefore achieve optimum results during training.
A study has found that CBD can lead to increased endurance. The substance could help to boost endorphins while an athlete is working out by balancing the endocannabinoid system and offer a ‘runner’s high’. This is a huge athletic advantage for those training, but struggling with motivation.
Increased muscle gain
CBD is known to speed up the recuperation of your body and can help muscles to grow. The products can benefit those who are power building through an enhanced recovery process and, by preventing inflammation, muscle mass will expand a lot faster without putting the body under too much stress.
It’s also been found that the anti-catabolic properties of CBD ensure athletes can build muscle more steadily without injury and with reduced pain.
Controlled weight gain
Some studies have shown that CBD can boost metabolism while reducing the amount of body fat and appetite, while others show an increase in appetite. This could be useful for athletes who are ‘bulking’ to increase muscle mass or those who need to improve their eating habits.
The CBD brand helping black women love their natural hair
Seventy five percent of products on the black hair market contain toxins
Europe’s first CBD hair care brand for type 4 afro hair is encouraging women to embrace their natural look.
Baked Kurls was founded by natural hair coach and content creator, Jessica Bukeny, who specialises in sharing tips for those with type 4 hair with her 35,000+ followers on TikTok.
After years of damaging her hair with heat and processed products, in 2018 Jessica began experiencing hair loss and decided it was time to embrace her natural look.
But the lack of information out there for those with her hair type left her feeling “excluded” from the conversation.
According to a 2018 report, 75 percent of products on the black hair market contain toxins, exposing black women to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the hair care they use.
With Baked Kurls, Jessica is hoping to transform the industry for the better.
Based on research that suggests CBD could promote hair growth, all the products are designed to repair damaged strands and lock in moisture.
Its herbal hair growth oil, Boost, contains a blend of pure CBD with Ayurvedic herbs and oils such as Hibiscus, Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Fenugreek, and coconut oil.
But it’s about more than just selling products, Baked Kurls wants to educate women by providing them with the secrets and tools to achieve healthy, natural hair.
Through its podcast, events and growing community of supporters, it is providing a safe space for women with naturally kinky, coily, afro hair to have candid conversations about their natural hair.
Jessica told Cannabis Health how the brand is revolutionising black hair care.
CH: What are some of the benefits of adding CBD to your hair care routine?
Jessica Bukeny: Baked Kurls’ CBD haircare does not contain any THC, so there are no psychoactive effects when using the products. All of our products are based on independent research that links CBD to promoting hair growth, through CBD’s makeup of nutrients and fatty acids such as Omega-3,6 and 9. As well as soothing a dry itchy, and flaky scalp, through its anti-inflammatory properties, and barrier protection against environmental damage.
CH: Can you tell us about your own journey to embrace your natural hair?
JB: In 2018 I was suffering from hair loss, and heat damage from over-processing my hair. I really wanted to grow out my natural hair but I wasn’t sure where to begin. I felt excluded from the natural hair conversation since there weren’t many products aimed at typ
e 4 hair and content online was very minimal, due to texturism that arose in the natural hair movement.
CH: Why is there a need for something different in the natural hair space?
JB: Seventy five percent of the products on the black hair market contain toxic ingredients. With this in mind, I realised that there was a need in the natural hair space for products that have an equal focus on high-quality, vegan, clean, and non-toxic ingredients, accessibility as well as genuine claims about the effectiveness of the products (backed up by independent scientific evidence), that simply do what they say on the bottle without jeopardising health. Baked Kurls was born out of a gap in the natural hair space.
Kinky, type 4 natural hair tends to be more prone to breakage because of the shape of the hair. Usually caused by dryness and/or poor hair nourishment, breakage gets in the way of length retention, softness, and strong hair strands. Baked Kurls’ products help to combat issues that black women typically face with type 4 hair typically face in their everyday maintenance.
CH: Why do you think more women are feeling empowered to embrace their natural hair now?
JB: Thanks to the rise of social media, more women are realising that type 4 hair isn’t hard to manage or undesirable. The recent laws and initiatives tackling hair discrimination in the workplace, has allowed for women to feel more confident in themselves to wear their hair to the workplace however they desire.
Baked Kurls steps in at the intersection of women who have just begun growing out their natural hair, or women who already wear their natural hair out, and are looking for non-toxic, clean, vegan and effective products. We provide the products, tools and knowledge to better understand how to look after their hair. We take the stress out of the everyday maintenance of natural hair.
NFL funds $1 million research into medical cannabis and pain
The move is the next step in a shifting attitude towards players who use medicinal cannabis
The National Football League (NFL) in America is providing $1 million in funding for research into pain management and cannabinoids.
The pain management committee of the NFL and the NFL Players Association announced it would stump up the funding on Tuesday 8 June.
According to the organisation’s news platform, the move is the next step in a shifting attitude towards players who use medicinal cannabis to manage pain from injuries.
For years the NFL suspended players who tested positive for cannabis use, despite many maintaining that it is safer than commonly-prescribed opioids.
The NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee (PMC) was formed as part of a Collective Bargaining Agreement over a year ago, with the goal of benefitting the health and safety of NFL players through education and research.
Last year it conducted two informational forums on CBD to learn about the current state of CBD science and manufacturing in the US, as part of its aim to find alternatives to opioids in the pain management of players.
Earlier this year, the PMC made a formal request for information on “pain management alternatives to opioids”.
At the time, the NFL said it was seeking out qualified researchers who could lead studies into pain management and athletic performance.
Up to five grants are expected to be awarded later this year.
Dr Kevin Hill, the co-chair of the pain management committee and director of addiction psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, said the level of interest in the use of medical cannabis “far exceeds” the amount of evidence available.
NFL.com reported that the committee has heard “mixed results” from players about using marijuana to treat pain and Hill. believes it could be “riskier” than people realise.
“There is a need for better information, better science,” Hill said.
“When we talk about having elite athletes use CBD to treat pain, we want to make sure it’s No. 1 safe, and No. 2 efficacious. I don’t think we’re at that point yet.”
Charlotte’s Web collaborates on CBD/CBN sleep and anxiety study
New research will assess the potential of cannabinoids CBD and CBN for improving sleep and reducing anxiety.
New research will assess the potential of cannabinoids CBD and CBN for improving sleep and reducing anxiety.
Renowned CBD brand Charlotte’s Web is collaborating with the University of Colorado-Boulder’s REACH (Research and Education Addressing Cannabis and Health) Centre on a preclinical sleep and anxiety study.
The scientific investigation will use the company’s full spectrum hemp formulations with CBN (cannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) and levels of THC below 0.3 percent to examine the impact on anxiety and sleep quality.
There is limited preclinical or clinical data on phytocannabinoids other than CBD and THC, especially their effect at levels available in commercially sold hemp-derived CBD supplements.
While there is some anecdotal evidence on the ability of CBN to help with sleep, there is little substantiated clinical or preclinical evidence to validate these claims.
It is hoped that this study will inform future clinical initiatives to better understand how specific ratios of cannabinoids and different delivery formats are effective at supporting improved sleep quality and instilling healthier sleep patterns in humans.
Charlotte’s Web is the only hemp CBD brand supporting the University of Colorado REACH Centre’s milestone study.
“Charlotte’s Web is committed to advancing science on the benefits and safety of CBD and other hemp phytocannabinoids through rigorous scientific investigations such as this sleep and anxiety study,” said Tim Orr, senior vice president of Charlotte’s Web and president of its CW Labs division, which currently has more than a dozen scientific research studies underway.
“We’re honoured to team up with CU’s REACH Centre to explore the potential impacts of full-spectrum hemp extract with CBD and CBN on anxiety and sleep quality.”
Monika Fleshner, PhD, Professor of Integrative Physiology, and a member of the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Boulder is the project lead, and this preclinical study will be conducted in her Stress Physiology Laboratory.
“There is a great need for properly controlled experimental studies that are designed to test the potential neural and physiological impacts of hemp derived phytocannabinoids,” she commented.
“With support from CU REACH and Charlotte’s Web, our research will explore both the efficacy and mechanisms of how these substances can affect complex brain-mediated behaviour, such as disturbed sleep.”
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