Why are athletes using CBD oil?

Friday, Jan 25, 2019

If there’s one group of people you can expect to keep up to date with the latest scientific thinking on what’s best for the human body, it’s athletes.  So when it starts to become public knowledge that professional athletes are using CBD oil to help with their training, even cannabis doubters will have a reason to start reviewing their opinion of medical marijuana.

Originally posted on 11th September 2017, Updated on 25th January 2019

What is CBD?

CBD is one of the main beneficial cannabinoids in cannabis.  CBD products, such as CBD oil, may be legal in some places where cannabis and cannabis oil are illegal.  The reason for this is that CBD oil is generally made from hemp, which is basically a close relative of cannabis but which has lost most of its cannabinoid content, leaving only CBD.  This obviously reduces its overall medical effectiveness, but if CBD is all you need, then it can be a good choice.  Alternatively, you can buy cannabis oil made from a strain of marijuana which has been specifically bred to have a high CBD content, which will have a broader range of cannabinoids.  These strains typically have a minimal amount of THC, which means they work more on the body than on the mind, although they can have a soothing and calming effect.