Can I use CBD if I’m an athlete?
We are all familiar with the infamous “runner’s high.” A runner’s high is the magical feeling of bliss and contentment that washes over you after — or during — an intense bout of exercise.
It was once thought that the source of this euphoria was due to endorphins, but this is not entirely true. It is also due to anandamide – a fatty acid neurotransmitter that is almost identical to THC. Anandamide is elevated after a workout.
Anandamide is a “bliss chemical” produced naturally in our bodies. It is responsible for feelings of euphoria, well-being, pain-relief, ease, and relaxation. CBD directly increases the amount of anandamide that is accessible to our bodies.
Additional benefits of CBD for athletes include:
- Pain and Inflammation
- Appetite Stimulation
- Muscle Spasms
It can also help with concussions, because CBD disrupts the flow of chemicals during a concussion that can lead to brain cell death. In other words, it acts as a neuro-protectant.
This is just a quick look into how CBD oil helps high-performance athletes as well as anyone interested in enhancing the results they experience from exercise. Finally, perhaps one of the greatest benefits for exercise enthusiasts is CBD oil’s ability to reduce post-exercise pain and discomfort.
Will I test positive on a drug test?
Some CBD products still contain small traces of THC. You should be able to find that information on the packaging or within the lab report (COA).
The federal legal limit is 0.3% for CBD products, but even the smallest traces can cause you to fail a drug test.
In order for CBD, or cannabinoid-rich hemp oil products to test positive on a drug test, an individual would have to be using unusually large amounts — above 1000 milligrams — of the product per day.
An option, though, is to use a CBD isolate. Isolate products don’t have any THC. If you are concerned about failing a blood test, it might be wise to use a CBD isolate. You won’t get the “entourage effect,” but you will still be able to get substantial benefits, and you won’t be assuming the risk of testing positive for THC.
Medical review officers say THC can stay in your system from any where between five and 30 days in a urine test.