Dreading unwanted friction this summer? This new hemp product promises to take care of uncomfortable chafing.
As lockdown restrictions ease and the temperature slowly heats up, you probably can’t wait to throw on your summer wardrobe and enjoy long walks in the great outdoors.
Or maybe you’re dying to get out on your bike and feel the breeze in your hair?
But the warmer weather – if it ever comes – can mean the inevitable discomfort caused by thigh-rubbing.
Just in time, CBD brand Honest Hemp has launched two new plant-based products, designed to reduce friction and help soothe sore skin.
The brand’s Hemp Anti-Chafe Chamois Cream is ideal for keen cyclists who want to take on long distances, but also works wonders as an everyday chafe cream.
Loaded with hemp oil and menthol to soothe and cool the skin, the Chamois Cream is described as the “perfect anti-chafing remedy”, containing a perfect balance of Omega 3, 6, and 9, which matches the requirements of the body to protect the skin.
The Chamois cream is said to be used by professionals in the cycling and equestrian industries to soothe, cool, reduce irritation, and keep you feeling fresh and comfortable, but can also be used as a relief cream for dry and itchy skin.
It comes following the success of the brand’s Hemp Active Gel, which claims to improve blood circulation to decrease the sensation of ‘heavy legs’, whilst also eliminating joint discomfort and maintaining mobility and flexibility.
Increasing numbers of athletes and those with active lifestyles are turning to CBD products, to relieve pain, aid recovery and enhance focus.
Professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Nate Diaz, and Dominic Day and George Kruis, who founded Fourfive CBD, have all spoken of the benefits of the cannabinoid.
Honest Hemp carried out extensive research for its Active Gel, to determine which active ingredients should be used in its and how they all work together. Other factors were also considered during the testing and research process, including the smell and colour of the gel.
Its new Deep Relief Warming Gel is perfect for runners and cyclists to help warm leg muscles before a run or ride on a cooler day.
The warming gel claims to soothe pain and help aching muscles recover after a strenuous workout, offering a range of potential benefits for those who engage in various sports.
Christian Sanderson, managing director of Honest Hemp, said: “We had such great feedback from our first Hemp Active gel, and felt there was more space in the sports market for hemp oil based products.
“We’re very proud of our Hemp Active range and are looking forward to more people discovering the healing power of this plant.”
Exercise-induced endocannabinoids reduce anxiety, says study
Aerobic exercise has been shown to improve mood and reduce anxiety in women
An increase in endocannabinoids circulating in the body after exercise has been found to have psychological benefits in women.
Aerobic exercise has been shown to improve mood and reduce anxiety and fear of threat in women both with and without PTSD.
Researchers believe this is potentially due to the exercise-induced increases in concentrations of endocannabinoids circulating in the body.
Similar to cannabinoids, endocannabinoids are molecules produced by the body when it needs them, to keep things functioning well.
While exercise is known to induces changes in mental state and wellbeing, previous findings suggesting an increase in concentrations of endocannabinoids after a work out could be responsible for these changes.
A team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US examined the impact of moderate intensity exercise in women with and without a history of trauma and PTSD.
Anxiety and fear ratings to electric shock administration and mood states were measured, as well as circulating concentrations of endocannabinoids following 30 minutes on a treadmill at 70 to 75 percent maximum heart rate.
Findings revealed that anxiety and fear ratings to ‘predictable and unpredictable threats’ were significantly lower following exercise, compared to rest.
Analysis also indicated that those who saw greater increases in endocannabinoids experienced greater reductions in anxiety and fear.
There were also ‘significant’ reductions in fatigue, confusion, total mood disturbance, and increases in positive affect following exercise for both those with and without PTSD.
Writing in an abstract, the authors stated: “The mechanisms responsible for the anxiolytic effects of exercise are not fully understood, although recent studies suggest a role for the endocannabinoid (eCB) system.”
They concluded: “Results from this study suggest that aerobic exercise exerts psychological benefits in women with PTSD, potentially due to exercise-induced increases in circulating concentrations of eCBs.”
US officials call for change in rules around cannabis in sport
Regulatory bodies say rules around the use of cannabis in sport “must change”
White House officials are reportedly pushing for a rethink of current policy around the use of cannabis in sport after the ban imposed on sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson.
It comes as the US Anti Doping Agency responded to a letter from members of Congress stating that rules around cannabis “must change”.
The Financial Times has reported that the White House is seeking talks with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), about the easing of restrictions around the use of cannabis in sports.
Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was handed a suspension earlier this month, after she for tested positive for THC.
Under the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code, THC is considered a “Substance of Abuse.”
The 21-year-old won the 100-metre qualifying event in the Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon on 19 June and earned a place on the US Tokyo Olympic team.
The athlete was regarded as one of the favourites for a gold medal, having run the sixth fastest time in history.
But Richardson’s Olympic dreams were crushed after the drug test led to a 30-day ban.
According to Richardson she took the drug as a way to ‘cope’ with the loss of her biological mother.
The decision made by WADA caused outrage on social media among fellow athletes, politicians, celebrities and cannabis experts who have voiced concerns and demanded for the ban to be lifted.
According to the Financial Times, the White House is seeking a meeting with WADA through the US office of National Drug Control Policy, which has a seat on the body’s foundation, to discuss the current restrictions of cannabis use in sport.
In response to a letter from members of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamie Raskin, following Richardson’s ban, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) agreed that the rules around the use of cannabis in sport “must change”.
The body stated: “The US Anti-Doping Agency agrees that Ms Richardson’s exclusion from the Tokyo Olympic games is a heartbreaking situation and that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) rules concerning marijuana must change.”
“USADA does not make or have a direct vote on the anti-doping rules but, as a WADA Code signatory, we are required to enforce them. During the Stakeholder comment phase of the rule-making process, USADA has advocated for more flexible and fair rules to address the use of marijuana by athletes.”
WADA said it has not yet received a request for a meeting.
Sha’Carri Richardson’s Olympic ban over cannabis use sparks global outrage
The athlete admitted to using cannabis to cope with “emotional panic” after the loss of her mother
A 30-day suspension imposed on Track and Field star Sha’Carri Richardson, after THC was found in her system, has sparked global outrage.
American sprinting champion Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for cannabis last week, after winning the 100 metre race at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon on 19 June.
A 30-day ban was subsequently imposed following the failed drug test which showed levels of THC.
THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that causes the ‘high’ sensation.
The 21-year-old was regarded as one of the favourites for a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, having run the sixth fastest time in history this year.
But Richardson’s Olympic dreams appear to be crushed – at least for now – as the ban will run until 27 July, preventing her from running her signature event and competing for the title of world’s fastest female.
Richardson has now revealed she had lost her biological mother, disclosing that she took the drug to cope with her ordeal of “emotional panic.”
In an interview with NBC, Richardson, said: “I want to take responsibility for my actions, I know what I did and what I’m not supposed to do.”
Under the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code, THC is considered a “Substance of Abuse,” and the athlete’s ban was announced by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Friday.
The news has caused widespread of outrage among fellow athletes, celebrities, politicians, and cannabis experts.
Speaking to the Independent, Erik Altieri, executive director of the US advocacy group NORML, said: “In 2021, at a time when marijuana use is legally accepted in a growing number of US states and around the world, it makes exactly zero sense for regulators to continue to take punitive actions against athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson or anyone else who chooses to consume cannabis in their off-hours.”
Richardson added: “We all have our different struggles, we all have different things that we deal with, but to put on a face and have to go out in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain.”
She continued: “Who are you? Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with your pain or you’re dealing with a struggle that you’ve never experienced before or that you never thought you’d have to deal with, who am I to tell you how to cope? Who am I to tell you you’re wrong for hurting?”
The athlete emphasised that she has never used performance enhancing drugs and expressed confidence she will bounce back for future Olympics accepting her faults.
Congresswomen Alexandri Ocasio-Cortez spoke against the international committee’s anti-doping policy on Twitter.
“The criminalisation and banning of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy,” she wrote.
“The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms Richardson and any athletes penalised for cannabis use.”
While cannabis use remains banned at the federal level, more and more states are legalising the drug for recreational as well medical use.
Further calls for her suspension to be lifted have emerged following her explanation, as cannabis is prescribed for medical conditions, including anxiety, in US states.
Harvard Medical School professor and cannabis expert Dr Peter Grinspoon questioned the rationale behind the US Anti-Doping Agency, telling the Boston Globe: “You won’t find any studies proving cannabis as a physical performance-enhancer.”
He added: “Millions of people across the world use cannabis as a less harmful, plant-based alternative to opiates, benzodiazepines, sedating muscle relaxants, Ambien — the list goes on and on.”
Even Seth Rogen, who recently launched his own cannabis company in the States, weighed in to express his support for Richardson, writing on Twitter: “If weed made you fast, I’d be FloJo [American track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner].”
In a statement announcing the ban, USADA CEO Travis T Tygart commented: “The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels; hopefully, her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to her.”
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