Sports that Allow Athletes the Use of Cannabinoid Oil
This article contains information on the sports organizations that have changed their stance on the use of professional athletes using cannabinoid oil.
Professional athletes seem to live like rock stars.
Always on TV.
Getting all the girls.
Millions of dollars in sponsorships and team contracts.
But what most people don’t realize is how often athletes rely on heavy prescription meds to treat all their injuries.
An athlete’s entire career depends on their ability to stay in the game. Sitting out a match to recover could mean losing their starting position.
Professional athletes need tools to help them recover fast, heal muscle pain, and stay cool under pressure. And leaning too heavily on prescription drugs has sent hundreds of players into a life of serious opioid addiction.
Continue reading to see how natural, organic cannabinoid oil is making strides in US athletic organizations:
Cannabinoid Oil vs THC
There are no organized sports teams that allow unlimited consumption of recreational marijuana. Thank goodness cannabinoid oil supplements are not the same thing!
Old superstitions surrounding cannabis are changing. Health experts today acknowledge the difference between smoking and using cannabinoid oil.
There are over 100 different cannabinoids so far identified by scientists. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prominent. They are also by far the most extensively studied and best understood.
Both CBD and THC interact with the Endocannabinoid system, but each have different natural effects.
The ECS is a complex system that works within the body and controls a variety of biological processes:
- immune responses
- pain responses
THC is the cannabinoid people think of when they think of marijuana. It creates psychoactive effects that would not be helpful for athletic performance.
CBD can never cause a high, no matter how much you use. CBD bonds with different receptors in the brain that do the opposite of THC, and help counter psychoactive effects.
Cannabinoid oil is a natural botanical concentrate extracted from the stalk and seed of cannabis plants. That is to say CBD oil comes from hemp, not from flowering marijuana buds. When sourced properly, hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in the United States and contains less than 0.3% THC.
Cannabinoid oil contains terpenes, nutritious omega fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It is notorious for anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects.
This means CBD is not only ideal for pain relief but also organic relief from performance anxiety.
The first step towards legalizing cannabinoid oil for athletes is spreading awareness. CBD oil is a harmless plant supplement with a myriad of therapeutic effects ideal for professional athletes.
WADA Gives the Green Light
For the first time ever, an anti-doping agency is allowing pro athletes to use CBD products.
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) was created by the International Olympic Committee in 1999.
WADA maintains a list of approved and banned substances for hundreds of sports organizations around the world:
- International Olympic Committee
- International Paralympic Committee
- International Federations
- Over 200 National Anti-Doping Organizations, including USADA
WADA’s 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods now makes a clear exception for the use of Cannabinol. This is massive progress for advocates of CBD treatments in professional sports!
Marvin Washington is a Super Bowl champion turned CBD advocate and cannabis entrepreneur. He says:
“I played in the NFL for 11 years and know the pharmaceutical routine you need to do to play,” he says. “From anti-inflammatories and painkillers to Ambien… whatever it is. The leagues are poisoning their players.”
According to Washington, all four major sports leagues in the US have an issue with opioid addiction among current and former players.
Regarding the WADA’s new CBD friendly policy, Washington had the following to say:
“The future of professional sports lies in non-toxic, non-addictive substances like CBD.”
So, which sports leagues have started embracing the future?
The North American Premier Basketball League
The NAPB is a brand new, minor pro basketball league for North America.
In January of 2018, The NAPB finalized a deal with Green Roads Athletics to provide Official Alternative Nutrition. This is the first ever pro sports league to officially promote the use of legal CBD oil products in place of pharmaceutical drugs.
NAPB is a brand new sports league. They aim to reactivate defunct teams, starting with cities that once had NBA, CBA and D-League teams but no longer do.
For their inaugural 2017-2018 season, the NAPB managed to get eight teams on board. These include relatively unheard of teams like the Vancouver Knights and the Nevada Desert Dogs.
But creating jobs for minor league basketball players isn’t NAPB’s only goal. They also give back to their communities as often as possible. They’re currently partnered a number of established nonprofits:
- American Cancer Society
- Autism Speaks
- Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
- NFL Alumni
- Big Brothers and Sisters of America, and more.
Treyous Jarrells, former running back for Colorado State, is a consultant for Green Road World and Green World Athletics. What does this all-star cannabis entrepreneur have to say about a pro league embracing CBD oil?
“This is history, my brothers. Athletes such as myself have been working extremely hard to make CBD an alternative alongside the opioids, stimulants, painkiller shots and over the counter medicines a reality.”
A Safe Alternative to Prescription Drugs
MMA fighters, NFL players, and athletes everywhere are turning to CBD oil as a safe alternative to addictive painkillers.
CBD oil helps fight inflammation, relieve pain, and reduce stress — making it perfect for professional athletes. No wonder so many athletes and sports organizations are raising their voices about it.
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern endorsed removing league penalties for players’ cannabis use last year.
“I’m now at the point where personally I think it should be removed from the banned list,” he said.
But you don’t have to play pro basketball to reap the benefits of cannabinoid oil.
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