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Road Warriors, Sports Injuries & Brittle Bones – All Benefit From CBD

Written by Dr. Leah Zachar

Why do Road Warriors & Athletes who sustain sports injuries all benefit from CBD?

Daily, athletes push their bodies to the limits, and very often they face muscle stiffness. Many of these muscle pains turn into injuries and often cause chronic pains which interfere with further sports participation – and may cost them their job.

For the past few years, professional athletes, such as Nick Diaz have started using CBD. Why? Because CBD is a better alternative to all the painkillers and drugs they are already prescribed to reduce their pain.

The human body contains an endocannabinoid system which includes CBD. Unlike THC (marijuana), CBD does not get you high. However, CBD offers you all the medical benefits of THC – and a few more that THC does not offer – such as treatment for osteoporosis and improved fracture healing rates.

Our body produces CBD naturally. However, in times of stress – physical or mental, our body may not be able to produce enough. CBD given by tincture, or softgels replaces the CBD deficiency and helps the body to recover from the sports injury quickly.

What can CBD do for the athlete? CBD is effective for treating pain, muscle spasms, muscle sprains, soft tissue injury, and it can also help to heal broken bones.

Additionally, using CBD for pain relief does not have any of the side effects that experienced by opioids, analgesics, and muscle relaxants. An added comfort is that CBD is NOT picked up on any drug tests, as opposed to THC – which is picked up on all drug tests.

Question: I have a medial meniscal tear. The orthopedic surgeon said it is not severe enough to operate. Well – it is certainly severe enough to interfere with my tennis. Can you help?

In medial meniscal tears, you have swelling, pain, and sometimes heat at the injury site. CBD takes care of all three. CBD works at the TRPV-1 receptors and blocks them. This is the mechanism by which the CBD helps to heal the meniscal tear and allows you to go on with the game.

Question: I live for playing Rugby. I played it before I got married, while on our honeymoon, and every chance since for the last 14 years. Now, at age 37, my knees are killing me. My orthopedist is telling me that I have early osteoarthritis. He recommends I stop playing. That’s not going to happen. Rugby is my first wife. Karen, the woman at home, is my second wife.

You certainly do not have to give up your first wife – Rugby. As for Karen, I’m not a marriage counselor; I’m a M.D. – CBD specialist. There are endocannabinoids present in the synovium of the joints of people with osteoarthritis. This is the location of the pain, warmth, and inflammation seen in osteoarthritis.

In the joint is the amino acid – FAAH. CBD blocks this and the result is reduction of swelling & pain. In addition, CBD blocks the TRPV1 receptor and result again, is reduction of swelling & pain. So, there are two mechanisms by which CBD can improve your symptoms and allow you to continue to play. Continue to see your orthopedist – an invite him to join our Ask A Doctor Facebook forum.

Ref: “The endocannabinoid system in pain and inflammation: Its relevance to rheumatic disease.” Eur J Rheumatology. 2017 Sep; 4(3): 210–218.

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About the author

Dr. Leah Zachar

Dr. Leah Zachar, M.D. is a physician who worked for nearly thirty years in Internal Medicine.
She currently is a scientific adviser to CBD Testers. Dr. Zachar believes that there is much that medical cannabis, and cannabidiol in particular can offer to traditional medicine.