As the Olympics is upcoming, one of the competitions that everyone is looking forward to is swimming. One thing most people do not know that competitive swimming is very demanding on the body and most swimmers retire early.
Swimmers have to keep their bodies in optimal shape. To maximize their performance, swimmers undergo rigorous training, which can cause severe physical and mental strain. Fortunately, CBD, one of the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, can help swimmers in several ways.
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of CBD for swimmers.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Optimal cardiovascular health is very essential for swimmers because they needed the energy to push themselves. Numerous studies have found that CBD is capable of improving your cardiovascular health in many ways. Studies have found that CBD helps in improving the blood flow to the muscles, which may help in providing energy and endurance. CBD could also help in improving the endurance of swimmers by alleviating performance anxiety. One other way CBD could help in increasing your energy levels is by ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Speed Up Recovery
One of the most important aspects of athletic training is post-workout recovery. For the muscles to properly recover, your muscles need to rest properly and heal quickly. With the use of CBD, swimmers can reduce muscle-related fatigue. One study has found that CBD is capable of suppressing the production of cytokine, which is an inflammatory marker. When the inflammation in your body is reduced, it enhances muscle recovery.
Alleviates Muscle Pain
Swimmers are no strangers to muscle pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Grueling swim and rigorous workouts can cause severe pain. Many studies have already shown that CBD is a very effective natural pain-reliever. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help in reducing inflammation and swelling, which helps in reducing muscle pain and stiffness. Relief from muscle pain and inflammation can be much beneficial to swimmers and will aloow them to peform better every day.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances in 2018. This means that swimmers can use CBD products to get relief from body and muscle pain and to relieve inflammation. However, THC is still on the list of prohibited substances, and therefore, you need to make sure that the CBD products you use do not contain any THC.