Is CBD Right For Me?
Exploring CBD for the Jiu Jitsu Practitioner...
Jiu Jitsu athletes are always seeking new ways to improve their recovery. One trend that has recently found its way into the community is Cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is a naturally occurring cannabis compound that is non-intoxicating. Per Wikipedia, “It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract.”
While it was first discovered in the 1940s, changes in legislation have sparked increased usage. The federal government still views CBD the same as marijuana. However, all states have passed laws allowing CBD to a varying degree.
There are multiple ways that CBD can be taken into the body. Common methods to take CBD include ingestion, inhalation, and topical application. These treatments range from topical oils to ingestible gummies.
While scientific study is still being conducted, many have advocated the benefits as treating inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures and spasms.
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In addition to those benefits, another benefit may be a healthier alternative to other pain killers. MMA legend Bas Rutten has been champion of CBD for that reason. He provided the following statement for champions.co, “Painkillers are the drugs that the country wants to sell to you. They don’t want you to buy weed because they want you to buy their drugs. Alcohol is good at dulling pain as well, yet in 2010, its misuse cost the United States $249-billion. That’s a lot of money. As for my own experience with CBD, it saved me a lot of trouble after I realized that I had a painkiller problem that started after my last fight in 2006. About five weeks before the fight, all my injuries came back with a vengeance. It starts with one pill, then it becomes two, four, seven, ten, and slowly but surely, you are upping the count, and before you know it, you’re taking insane amounts of painkillers. So, my doctor told me that there is a lot of Tylenol in Vicodin; even some in Norco, and that would be bad for my liver since I take so many. My doctor told me, its better you go to OxyContin.’ I did, and boy that stuff is horrible. Sure you feel good, but it doesn’t help with the pain after a while, and you just take it because you are hooked.”
In addition to Bas Rutten, Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz are big fans of CBD. With advocates like these it is no surprise that CBD has become popular in both MMA and Jiu Jitsu communities.
One key issue with CBD is that it is not regulated by the FDA. That means the quality is not controlled on the federal level.
Ultimately, it will take time for the benefits to be fully explored by the medical community. While anecdotal evidence is not sufficient for scientific studies, it may be worth exploring for those in pain as an alternative to other pain killers. For the Jiu Jitsu practitioner, it may be an affordable way to deal with the physical trials of Jiu Jitsu.
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