It doesn’t matter whether you’re a world-class professional sportsperson that’s striving to be at the top of your game or a weekend warrior who enjoys the challenges of a run at  Bowen Road or hiking the Peak trail here in Hong Kong, you’re going to be putting a lot of stress on your body.

While training stress stimulates adaptation and increases performance to a positive end , the negative impact of high-impact training and prolonged wear and tear can lead to injuries and pain.

Current pain and recovery management methods are effective but can, in certain instances, lead to long term dependency. As a result, and in search of improved sports recovery and natural  support from aches and pains, many people in sport are now considering using cannabidiol or CBD.

As a result, we will look at the role CBD can play in sports, so you can decide if it is right for you.

Table of Contents

Is CBD legal in sports?

Why would CBD be used in sports?

What CBD products are popular with athletes?

How much CBD is right for you?

Want to know more about CBD? 

Before we delve too deep into the world of CBD and its role in sport, the first question we need to ask is whether CBD is legal in sports? Well, the answer is yes.

From 2017 onwards, CBD does not appear on the list of prohibited substances, meaning that the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) allows for the use of CBD oil products within the sports and competitions that it regulates. However, it is essential to note that other substances, such as THC and cannabis , remain banned.

With the lifting of any ban by the WADA, it means that theoretically, CBD oil is allowed in competitive sports, even at the most professional level. So much so that it’s thought that at the recent 2020 Olympic Games held in Tokyo, many athletes used CBD in various formats before and during the competition.

Why would CBD be used in sports?

When extracted from hemp, CBD oil has been known to potentially help soothe aches and pains, inflammation and stress. But how can it benefit those who play sports? To this question, there are actually multiple answers; however, our research would suggest that many athletes claim they find using CBD helps with:

Soothing aches & pains 

Rather than relying on over-the-counter medicines, athletes are now choosing to use CBD to support recovery by soothing aches and pains and combating inflammation. This can be helpful for everything  from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) to lingering injuries and stiffness which can hinder training and  performance.

Ensuring a good night’s sleep

Sleep is one of the most critical times for recovery, without an adequate sleep schedule your body is not capable of recovering to its fullest potential and over time this can impact performance. As a result, a lot of sportspeople have been turning to cannabidiol to support a more restful night’s sleep allowing them to train harder, run further and perform better.

Pre-match nerves can affect amateurs and professionals alike, and CBD’s effects may be beneficial to ensure people have an adequate night’s rest before their big game. 

What CBD products are popular with athletes? 

There is a vast range of CBD products currently available on the market, designed to support athletes with soreness , stress, sleep, and they range from capsules, topicals and e-liquids to infused coffees and bath bombs. 

It should be noted that CBD is deeply personal, so identifying why you’re looking for CBD products is critical before making a purchase. 

At Found, there are several products that are popular in terms of supporting better recovery and muscle relief. 

Felix & Co’s CBD recovery capsules and body balm have been a firm staple for our customers who are looking for ways that CBD can support deep body repair and muscle recovery. 

The recovery capsules combine curcumin, the active ingredient in tumeric with powerful anti-inflammatory effects with CBD to promote efficient recovery. This provides people with a general product that is used to aid in recovery. 

Topical balms can be an excellent option for athletes as they work directly on areas of soreness such as joints or aching muscles. CBD in this instance is absorbed transdermally – which means its absorbed through the skin and works to provide localized relief. Felix & Co’s body balm is a stimulating blend of organic CBD, jojoba, beeswax, rosemary, lavender, arnica, menthol and shea butter which provides an effective solution for managing soreness. 

cbd cream, topical balm

Other ways to ingest CBD to address recovery include Liquid LIFE, a water-soluble CBD liquid designed to mix easily into your favourite food or beverages, such as coffee, tea and sports drinks. Water-soluble CBD products provide people with the ultimate flexibility and can be used before, during and after-workouts depending on your preference. Water-soluble CBD products generally have smaller CBD particles which can be more easily absorbed by the body than regular-sized CBD, delivering faster onset times and less wastage.

When dealing with stress, various CBD options support  calming effects that are beneficial to many people taking part in sports, including Found CBD bath salts, Flow by Found CBD capsules, and Felix & Co 1800 mg CBD oil.

The Found bath salts blend of CBD, and Epsom salts are perfect for decompressing and aiding in muscle recovery, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. 

As all athletes know, a restful night’s sleep is essential to maintaining their peak performance levels. So to help aid a peaceful night’s sleep, the selection of CBD related products can include Felix & Co CBD sleep softgels, Found CBD Tea and Felix & Co 600mg CBD oil.

Made from a mixture of 20mg CBD and 1mg of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate sleep, each Felix & Co CBD sleep softgels capsule aids rest and relaxation when taken 30 minutes before sleeping.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for any athlete deciding how much CBD they should be taking to help with pain management, combating stress, or aiding a good night’s sleep. This is because everyone has their very own unique body chemistry and reacts to CBD differently. 

But as a good starting point, we always recommend 0.5mg of CBD per KG of body weight, and you should continue to experiment with your serving size until you find what works consistently for you. To learn more about finding your CBD  sweet spot, read here. . 

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about CBD and the role it has to play in sports, please talk to our team of knowledgeable staff via email or in-store at the Found Cafe in leafy Sheung Wan. They can answer any of your questions and help you shop our range of CDB products that match your needs and preferences.