By Dr. Morgan Camp, MD
Sports injuries are a common occurrence among athletes, and they can range from minor strains and sprains to more serious fractures and tears. Recovery from sports injuries can be a long and painful process, and many athletes turn to painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to manage their symptoms. However, these drugs can have side effects and may not be suitable for everyone.
In recent years, CBD has emerged as a potential alternative for athletes looking to manage their sports injuries. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties, which can make it a useful tool in managing sports injuries.
One of the key ways in which CBD can help with sports injuries is by reducing inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system to injury, but chronic inflammation can lead to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of cytokines and other inflammatory molecules.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology found that CBD reduced inflammation and promoted the regeneration of nerve cells in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. Another study published in the European Journal of Pain in 2016 found that CBD reduced pain and inflammation in rats with osteoarthritis.
CBD can also help to relieve pain associated with sports injuries. Painkillers such as opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed for pain management, but they can have side effects and may be addictive (See our Blog Post: CBD as a Natural Alternative to Opioids and Pain Killers). CBD has been shown to have analgesic properties, which means it can help to reduce pain and discomfort associated with sports injuries without the risk of addiction or other side effects.
A 2018 study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found that CBD reduced the frequency and severity of migraines in patients with chronic migraine. Another study published in the Journal of Pain in 2017 found that CBD reduced pain and improved sleep in patients with chronic pain conditions.
Protects Nervous System
CBD can also help to protect the nervous system from damage caused by sports injuries. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common sports injury, and it can lead to long-term cognitive and neurological deficits. CBD has been shown to have neuroprotective properties, which means it can help to protect the brain from damage caused by TBI and other types of sports injuries.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation found that CBD reduced brain damage and improved neurological function in a mouse model of TBI. Another study published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism in 2016 found that CBD reduced brain damage and improved cognitive function in a mouse model of cerebral ischemia
CBD can be taken in a variety of forms, including oils, capsules, edibles, and topicals. The optimal dosage and method of administration may vary depending on the individual and the specific condition being treated. It is important to note that while CBD has shown promise as a potential treatment for sports injuries, there is still limited clinical evidence on its safety and efficacy in humans.
In conclusion, CBD can be a useful tool for athletes looking to manage their sports injuries. CBD can help to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and protect the nervous system from damage caused by sports injuries.
CBD is safe, non-addictive, well tolerated and has less side effects than many popular Pain meds including NSAID’s and Acetaminophen.