This one is actually old news, but with Super Bowl LVI right around the corner, Bengals looking to pounce and Rams ready to headbutt, we thought it would be a good time to go over this news once more just to remember how much CBD has been popularized in such a short period of time.
A consumable that was once frowned upon just for being sourced from cannabis is now a part of one of the strictest sports leagues in the world. While the NFL is probably the most widely recognized, other sports have also hopped onto the cannabis train. Although CBD and the NFL once had a torturous relationship, it now seems more of a friendship.
There has always been a fair bit of discussion tied around what types of products professional athletes can and can’t consume. This is particularly because some substances may be considered ‘performance-enhancing.’ And that’s where the controversy comes in.
Its use has been attributed with functional benefits for athletes in the past, including instances of using CBD before a workout and after, potential weight management, muscle relaxation, pain relief, and better sleep patterns. Because of this, there has always been some kickback from leagues in allowing their athletes to consume cannabis derivatives. In this case, fear of the potential performance-enhancing effects of CBD for athletes.
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) received a number of requests from players asking for permission to use CBD as part of their pain management routine. The NFLPA was then forced to look at the issue and address these requests for consideration.
The conclusion was that as of 2020 NFL players can use CBD oil products to enhance their wellbeing and health.
If the potential CBD health benefits are in fact true, CBD could not only help professional athletes live a higher quality of life, it may also translate to higher quality sports events. Think of it this way, if a player is resting, recovering, and sleeping better, feeling more energized, more focused, and happier, then it’s likely to show on the field.
Whether CBD is good for athletes or not needs not only to be decided by clinical studies in order to draw up a conclusive statement but also by the players themselves.