For example, many athletes and active adults use cannabis or CBD to help them recover. But why?
Can cannabis or CBD help you recover? Let’s review few advantages of consuming cannabis that might help athletes from physical recovery.
- Safer Way of Managing Pain
Cannabis is such an effective recovery aid that many professional athletes have secretly used cannabis to help them recover. Cannabis has pain relieving, appetite enhancing, stress relieving, sleep enhancing and mood boosting effects—all factors that contribute to a timely recovery.
- Doesn’t Cause Hangovers or Bodily Harm
Banning athletes from using cannabis forces many to turn to alcohol instead, which poses a number of disadvantages.
As former Seattle Seahawks player John Moffitt recently explained:
If you’re an athlete and you’re drinking (alcohol), you’re deteriorating your body far more than if you’re an athlete and you’re using marijuana.
- Aids Recovery and Performance
Cannabis smoking can be helpful for some activities such as extreme sports, as it improves muscle relaxation, reduces anxiety, and extincts fear memories (e.g., negative experiences) leading to enhanced performance.
It is also worthwhile to note that cannabis smoking improves sleep time and recovery, which may favor performance when an athlete is facing multiple competitions in a short period of time.