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Given the growing evidence about the health benefits of CBD, it is least surprising to see professional athletes gravitating towards this non-psychoactive cannabis compound. Athletes are constantly under pressure to stretch their abilities and continuously prove themselves, this puts their bodies under immense pressure. Athletes are prone to suffer injury and fatigue.

The growth in the demand of CBD among athletes has been supported by the fact that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has removed cannabidiol from the list of prohibited substances. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has also done the same.     

In this article, we’ll look at some of the benefits of CBD for athletes.

Pain Relief: CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which activate the glycine receptors in our body and thereby relieve athletes from chronic pain due to inflammation. This includes muscle pain, joint pain, swelling and redness, which are common among athletes.

Anxiety and Stress: Anxiety and stress are an integral part of an athlete’s life. Athletes have to bear the weight of expectation to perform well. The good thing is that much of that weight can be easily relieved with the help of CBD. Studies show that cannabidiol affects the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, which invariably helps in bringing down our anxiety and stress level. Studies show that CBD can also boost serotonin receptors in our brain, which is again beneficial for controlling anxiety levels.

Boosts the Immune System: Athletes need a strong immune system and they can count on CBD for this. Due to its high level of antioxidants, CBD can help in keeping your immune strong and thereby lower the risk of infection. This keeps harmful infections at the bay and helps athletes to perform better.

Controls Appetite: An athlete’s unwavering commitment to a healthy diet plan largely depends on his ability to control his appetite. While summoning will-power can surely help in controlling appetite, CBD can make the task easier.

Keeps the Heart Healthy: A healthy heart is immensely important for maintaining good health and this is very true for athletes. An athlete must have a good heart for optimum performance. CBD is known for increasing HDL level (good form of cholesterol) and decreasing LDL level (bad form of cholesterol). The balancing of HDL & LDL levels goes a long way to keep cholesterol levels under control and thereby keeping the heart sound and healthy.