Hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), or hemp extract, has been gaining in popularity in recent years. As long as CBD extract is produced using hemp plants, not marijuana, and contains less than 0.3% THC, it's considered legal in all 50 states. Some states enforce restrictions on buyers, but federally, general consumers who want to use CBD are in the clear.
Unfortunately, while the social stigma surrounding hemp extract has largely been eradicated in general populations, the athletic community hasn't fully embraced the benefits of CBD and some competitive fields still have strict regulations in place governing its use. Read on to find out what amateur, college, and professional athletes need to know.
CBD for Amateur Athletes
Amateur athletes don't have to worry about the restrictions put in place by regulatory bodies. They are free to take advantage of CBD's non-psychoactive therapeutic benefits, which include reduced joint pain and inflammation and improved muscle recovery after strenuous workouts. Guardian Athletic has more information about the benefits of cannabidiol for athletes looking to reduce recovery time and improve performance on their website.
Those who plan to engage in collegiate athletics or try out for semi-pro or professional sports teams should be aware that CBD can show up on a blood test for several days after consumption. They should also note that some hemp extracts contain up to 0.3% THC. This extremely low concentration is unlikely to produce a positive test result for marijuana, but it's still better to buy CBD from a reputable supplier that uses lab testing to ensure 0% THC concentrations.(more…)
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