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CBD in Sport : About performance & recovery

Sport performance and recovery go hand-in-hand to ensure optimal benefits from training and workouts. Both performance and recovery are multifaceted and involves a balanced mind and body. Sport recovery in particular is a vital part of any training program and is necessary for repairing damaged muscle, restoring hormonal balance and creating new energy stores for future use by the body.

Common symptoms of the need for sport recovery include:

  • Leg soreness, general aches, and pains

  • Pain in muscles and joints

  • Decrease in training capacity/intensity

  • Moodiness and irritability

  • Increased incidence of injuries

  • Longer recovery from injuries

How CBD works to help with sport performance?

The benefits of CBD as part of a health and fitness plan is due to CBD’s ability to create homeostasis in the body which helps with sports performance while reducing pain and inflammation which helps with sports recovery. NFL players and other professional athletes have started using CBD as a dietary supplement in order to improve their overall athletic performance.

1) Its ability to maintain ECS homeostasis

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is predominantly made up out of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids. Scientists have found that endocannabinoids such as anandamide and 2-AG help regulate and control emotions, mood and cognitive functioning. CBD helps to regulate and maintain healthy levels of anandamide and 2-AG, helping athletes to feel better, perform better and concentrate better during training sessions and competitions.

How CBD works to help with sport recovery

Scientists hypothesize that the sport recovery enhancing effects of CBD are potentially due to:

1) Its ability to reduce pain

Peripheral cannabinoid receptors plays an important role in the body’s ability to inhibit and control pain while significantly reducing pain signals by suppressing α3 GlyRs receptors.

2) Its ability to reduce inflammation

CBD has the ability to decrease the activity of the enzyme cyclooxygenase in a similar way as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen and Naproxen while suppressing immune responses and reducing oxidative stress.

3) Its ability to aid sleep

Sleep is vital to healing and recovering with CBD showing to help improve and promote REM sleep.

CBD in sport : drug testing and doping

As opposed to the infamous other cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) is not on the list of prohibited substances from the anti-doping agency. Most sporting bodies have therefore added CBD to their “safe” list with only a few still listing cannabinoids in general as being a banned substance. However, most drug testings tend to focus on the metabolites of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) not on the ones of CBD. Therefore, by using a THC-free broad-spectrum CBD product, it should make it safer for athletes, as it is not prohibited in competition.

Recommended product types for Sport Performance & Recovery


It's important to use a high-quality product and do so regularly, when using CBD for a condition such as sports performance and recovery.

  • Sublingual Treatments & Ingestibles

    For daily prevention and maintenance we recommend using a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil, tincture or gel cap. This will allow for a slow onset of action that lasts throughout the day.

  • Vaping & Smoking

    For acute flare-up of pain and inflammation post-workout, vaping CBD or smoking CBD cannabis can provide almost immediate relief due to its fast onset of action.

  • Topical Treatments

    For localized pain and inflammation, a topical such as a CBD cosmetic cream or lotion to deliver CBD directly to the affected area is recommended.


CBD for sport performance and recovery is very personal and dependent on the type and severity of symptoms. The general rule of thumb for CBD dosage is 25 mg of CBD, taken twice daily. If results from this amount are not felt, the serving size can be increased by another 25 mg every 3-4 weeks until you the optimal dosage is found.

To help you figure out the right dose for you, head over to our page CBD usage and dosage.

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DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) or Swissmedic. The information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a doctor / physician if you have any medical condition or use any prescription medications. Medical advice should always be sought before starting any new treatment, including the intake of CBD products.


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