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Everything an Athlete Needs to Know About CBD Topicals

Whether working out at home or with equipment in a gym, athletes may incur injuries. There may be several alternatives for them to address issues like swelling, soreness, and pain. One...

Whether working out at home or with equipment in a gym, athletes may incur injuries. There may be several alternatives for them to address issues like swelling, soreness, and pain. One of these alternative therapies is cannabidiol, also known as CBD.

However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) states that all other cannabinoids remain illegal in athletic competition, even though CBD is permitted.

Understanding that CBD products may still include THC and other prohibited cannabinoids is crucial.

Anti-doping regulations hold athletes accountable for any chemical discovered in their blood or urine. As a result, they may be using CBD products that may still carry inevitable potential consequences, especially if the CBD is refined from marijuana and not hemp.

What Are the Benefits of CBD to Athletes?

Even though there are still many questions regarding CBD and its effects on athletes, a preliminary study suggests that it is indeed worthwhile to investigate further.

CBD appears to have beneficial effects on several ailments, including joint pain, inflammation, and aching muscles associated with athletic competition.

Here are several reasons athletes try CBD, based on current information about them in the sporting world.

  • To reduce stress and anxiety
  • As a healthier substitute for sedatives and opioids
  • To enable quicker recovery
  • To lessen the symptoms of CTE

How CBD Topicals May Help with Inflammation

Debilitating inflammation-related illnesses include lupus, arthritis, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome, and arthritis. Most medical treatments aim to treat and manage the inflammation's symptoms rather than its underlying causes.

CBD is thought to aid in the relief of uncomfortable symptoms while also changing the mechanisms causing inflammation, so it may well be reasonable to intimate that CBD can help with inflammation resulting from sustained or overly-exertive exercise.

How CBD Topicals May Help with Pain

The capacity of CBD oil to reduce pain is heralded one of its significant advantages. According to studies, CBD helps relieve pain caused by various illnesses, such as spinal cord injuries, back pain, and muscle spasms.

Numerous studies show that CBD has a significant effect on the glycine receptors in the central nervous system. These receptors greatly influence our sense of pain. CBD increases glycine receptor activity, which lessens the perception of pain.

How CBD Topicals May Help with Recovery

Insomnia and lack of sleep are problems that most modern society, including athletes, currently face. Most athletes have rigorous training schedules, so if they do not get a decent night's rest, they will suffer the repercussions the next day when they wake up early.

Endocannabinoids, which are involved in a variety of physiological processes, particularly our wake and sleep cycles, are more likely to bind to CBD in our system.

CBD Topical Products That May Benefit Athletes

The use of CBD salves, lotions, balms, and muscle rubs is a popular and expanding trend among runners, cyclists, other athletes, and active people looking to support training recovery or dealing with fatigue, pain, and inflammation.

Here are three of Imbue Botanicals’ CBD topical products that are a great addition to any athlete's recovery routine:

Imbue Black Label 680mg Premium CBD Salve – 3.4 Oz. Jar

Manufacturers create CBD topicals by combining CBD and carrier oil or ingredients. However, if not properly formulated like Imbue, this process can dilute the CBD and lessen its potency.

A clinically effective salve like Imbue Black Label 680mg Premium CBD Salve in 3.4 Oz. Jar provides more than double the amount of CBD per ounce than ordinary salves and addresses the most critical problems when nothing else will.

They are the strongest Full Spectrum salves available. Imbued salve is the best option for serious athletes providing guaranteed relief in a proprietary formulation that is unlike anything else on the market.

Imbue embody 400mg Premium CBD Salve – 4 Oz. Jar

Imbue's unique, embody topical salve offers an excellent choice for the more moderate athlete and “weekend warriors”.

Each 4-ounce glass jar of 400 milligrams (mg) of Full Spectrum CBD and essential oils contains grape seed oil, beeswax, and a 400 mg CBD extract from quality Colorado-grown hemp, rosemary, and mint essential oils and infused arnica.

Customers rave about its effectiveness for their arthritis and chronic pain relief.

Imbue embody 400mg Premium CBD Lotion – 8 Oz. Bottle

Imbue's exclusive topical lotion delivers great relief and revives the areas where applied. Each 400mg of Full Spectrum CBD and essential oils comes in an 8-ounce cobalt glass bottle with a pump dispenser.

Ingredients include grape seed oil, a paraben-free lotion base along with Imbue’s proprietary hemp-derived premium Colorado-grown CBD oil extract (400mg CBD) and essential oils of rosemary, mint, and infused arnica.

Potential CBD Effects That Athletes Should Know

Most people tolerate CBD oil reasonably well, with few known adverse effects. It is essential that CBD oil consumers are aware of the possibility of these side effects, even if they are minimal and infrequent, AND ONLY result from using ingestible CBD and NOT TOPICAL APPLICATIONS.

  • Diarrhea
  • Modifications in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth

Author’s Bio

Casey Bloom’s field of studies is concentrated in language and literature. Aside from writing for CBDClinicals, she creates edibles infused with CBD. She is a vegan advocate who believes in the healing power of CBD. Casey aspires to become a mother who raises a naturally healthy family. You can find her insights at


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