You may have noticed a slew of current and former professional athletes recently endorsing CBD products, but the benefits of CBD before and after workouts could also help the average athlete.

The World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its prohibited substances list in September 2018. Although there are few peer-reviewed studies on the pre and post-workout benefits of CBD, there are plenty of athlete testimonials to support it. UFC fighter Nate Diaz declared in 2016 that “it helps [me] with the healing process and inflammation.”

Pre-Workout Benefits

A 2017 study, published in the journal JCI Insight, gave CBD to healthy volunteers at the University of Nottingham and Oxford University. Click here for the results. A separate 2012 research project, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, focused on in vitro animal subjects. However, the criteria that the scientists researched would also be applicable to humans.

Post-Workout Benefits

Many athletes have also shared anecdotal stories of using CBD after their workouts in a bid to enhance recovery. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a benefit of CBD is promoting restful sleep, which is essential as deep sleep is the most optimal time for the body to build muscle tissue. 

A preliminary study, published last September in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, looked at whether CBD affected the sleeping patterns participants.

A 2009 study from the journal Future Medicinal Chemistry also looked at whether CBD could be beneficial in post-workout recovery. Click here for the findings.

*FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your vet before starting a new dietary supplement program.

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