CBD oil is taking over the sports world by storm. Athletes the world over have found that using CBD can help them not only heal faster but perform better and extend their careers on the field. That is true for women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe. According to a new report in the Associated Press, Rapinoe is a big fan of CBD oil, as she has come to appreciate the cannabinoid after many injuries.
Rapinoe has had several knee surgeries dating back to her playing days in college. The AP reported that she tore her left ACL when playing for the University of Portland. A year later, she tore it again in her second game back. After the 2015 World Cup, she tore her other ACL in her right knee. Finally, in 2017 she had a meniscus tear in her left knee.
That’s a lot of injuries over the course of one remarkable career.
According to the AP, Rapinoe turned to CBD oil to help with all of her injuries and surgeries. It was her twin sister Rachael who turned her on to the healing power of CBD. Together, the two launched a CBD company called Mendi.
“When it’s taken after a hard training and before bed, I feel it gives me a better night’s sleep and I feel like I’m able to relax a little bit easier,” Megan Rapinoe told the AP. “So, I kind of just have it in my daily routine, like I would eat healthy and take natural products and drink a lot of water and take CBD and get as much sleep. It’s kind of the secret sauce.”
Athletes in all sports love CBD because, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, it’s non-intoxicating, allowing them to perform at peak condition. CBD, a compound found in the hemp plant and which is short for cannabidiol, offers athletes, both amateur and professional, a myriad of benefits. Still, the most important one is that it lacks psychotropic effects. In other words, an athlete can participate in sports without being high.
All-natural, hemp-derived CBD can be either THC-free or, in the case of full-spectrum CBD, contain a minimal amount of THC — no more than .03 percent. But, with full-spectrum, users will find a wide array of natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, all coming together to form what is known as the “entourage effect.” It gives athletes the benefits of the whole hemp plant, making any CBD oil product reinvigorating.
Most of these CBD products come in various forms as well, from CBD Gummies to CBD topicals and more. Each one gives off either a full-bodied flavor or rich scent, depending on the product, making them ideal for athletes of all kinds.
Conversely, for those that prefer pure CBD, there is CBD isolate, which contains none of the other cannabinoids referred to above. While neither is a “better” product, each one does offer user-specific benefits, depending on their needs. Most athletes will prefer THC-free products, as they will not inhibit their on-field performance or put them in a precarious position should they be drug-tested.
Rapinoe isn't the only athlete hopping into the CBD game. Stars from all sports have been touting the benefits of CBD for years. For example, NFL Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor has his own brand of CBD cream called LT PainMaster, which he sells through Diamond CBD.
Although CBD oil hasn’t been embraced officially by pro sports leagues around the nation, pro sports athletes are lining up in droves to sing its praises. Hockey players, who know a thing or two about taking a hit, have been some of the most vocal proponents of CBD oil, while those who play Football and Basketball aren’t far behind. For many, it’s allowed them to reinvigorate their lives both on and off the field.
So, for any athlete out there looking for a way to maintain their performance without resorting to over-the-counter or prescription drugs, CBD oil is the way to go. It’s an all-natural organic compound that compliments every sport.
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