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  • This numerical code was created from an event that sounds like a modern fairy tale. Originally, it meant a time: 20 past four in the afternoon. Or, in the English notation 4:20 (pm) - short: 420 or just: 'four twenty'. Nowadays this number is an international and frequently used "code" and can stand for all kinds of things: for cannabis itself, for the use of cannabis, or for the festivities (like Christmas for cannabis friends) that are celebrated on April 20th (English date spelling 4/20 - four twenty).
  • The certificate of analysis provides information about whether the analysed batch of a product meets the requirements or specifications applicable to that product. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is a common document for drugs, but also for their starting materials.Above all, the certificate provides information about essential quality characteristics (such as the content of CBD or other valuable ingredients) as well as permissible and impermissible impurities.In our laboratory analyses you will find information on the content of cannabinoids, among other things. This way you can be sure that you get what you expect from the product (e.g. CBD) and that there is nothing in it that you need to worry about (e.g. THC). Of course we always check for impurities, e.g. heavy metals and pesticides. Current laboratory analyses of our products can be viewed here.
  • The form of administration or administration form describes the way in which a certain substance, usually a drug, is administered or used. For cannabinoids, the following forms of administration are particularly suitable:Buccal (via the oral mucosa), inhalative (via the lungs), oral / peroral (via the mouth), sublingual (via the mucosa under the tongue), topical (usually on the skin; application is localized to produce a localized effect), transdermal (absorption via the skin, the effect is felt in the body)
  • In pharmacology, the bioavailability of an active ingredient is an important measure. It describes the proportion of the substance that passes into the bloodstream (more precisely: into the systemic circulation) and is thus available at the site of action. A 100% bioavailability is achieved by intravenous administration of a substance. If the active substance is administered to the organism by other means, e.g. orally, it is compared with the bioavailability after intravenous administration, and on this basis a percentage is given. Thus, an oral bioavailability of 50% means that, compared to intravenous administration, half of the active substance enters the systemic circulation.
  • A biphasic effect is the effect of an active ingredient when low and high doses of the same active ingredient can cause opposite effects. Alcohol also has such an effect: while small quantities of alcohol can have a stimulating effect, larger quantities of alcohol have a calming to sedating effect. CBD has shown such a profile as an active ingredient in several studies: While e.g. a dose of 300mg CBD had a calming effect on the participants, a significantly higher dose of 900mg CBD not only did not show a calming effect - at this very high dosage the test persons even reported an opposite effect; they not only felt more stressed than test persons who received the lower CBD dose, but also than those who received only a placebo (i.e. no active ingredient).
  • Cannabinoid receptors are, besides cannabinoids themselves and the enzymes responsible for their degradation, important components of our endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoid receptors are distributed throughout the body and are involved in a variety of physiological processes through the central regulatory role of the endocannabinoid system. A cannabinoid researcher summarized these processes as follows: "Relax, Eat, Sleep, Forget and Protect" - hardly any area of our life is not affected in one way or another. In addition to CB1 and CB2 receptors, cannabinoids can also unfold their effects via other pathways. Based on the results of a study, for example, it was suggested to include the receptor "GPR55" in the class of cannabinoid receptors.
  • Cannabis originally refers to the hemp plant - whose full Latin name is Cannabis sativa L..However, in common parlance "cannabis" is also often used to refer to the dried female flower. Dried female flowers are one of the possible end products that can be made from the cannabis plant, some of which are also used for intoxication purposes. Since the medical use of cannabis is back to normal in Germany, the word "medical cannabis" is often used in this context to distinguish it from "normal" cannabis, which is often not used on medical prescription and is obtained from unofficial sources.
  • In plant breeding, hybrid usually refers to offspring resulting from the combination (crossing) of the characteristics of two plants from different, preferably pure-bred (inbred) lines. The offspring of such a breeding, the F1 generation, then combines in the best case all positive traits of both the mother and the father line. One speaks then of heterosis, or the heterosis effect.In cannabis, hybrid is also used to make it clear that a particular cultivar can clearly be assigned neither to the Sativa nor the Indica spectrum. Whether and to what extent all these categorizations (hybrid, indica, sativa) are scientifically tenable is still the subject of lively discussion. The background is that due to the extremely long history of cannabis use (10.000+ years!) original populations, so-called landraces, no longer exist, since genetic material from other geographical zones and/or populations has been crossed in by humans - whether intended or not. Therefore, some argue, all varieties (or cultivars) that exist today should strictly speaking be called hybrids.
  • Cannabis sativa L., i.e. hemp or simply cannabis stands for a plant species within the cannabis family (Cannabaceae). Within this species different varieties (better: cultivars) can be distinguished from each other. They differ not only in their growth form (the so-called morphotype), but also in their own specific profile of cannabinoids and terpenes -- the chemotype. The profile of a variety is as individual as a "chemical fingerprint". In practice, this means that not all cannabis is the same. Different varieties can be grouped in different ways; one of the more common divisions is based on the content of the two "main" cannabinoids THC and CBD. "Type 1" describes THC-dominant strains, "Type 2" refers to strains with a balanced ratio of THC to CBD and CBD-dominant strains are referred to as "Type 3". A still common, but scientifically rather controversial way of classifying different cannabis varieties is the division into "sativa" (or sativa-branched / sativa-dominant), indica (or indica-branched / indica-dominant) and hybrids. The effect of "Sativas" is often described by users as mentally activating, stimulating and also more psychoactive, whereas that of "Indicas" is more physical, calming and relaxing. If one imagines Indica and Sativa as the ends of a spectrum of possible effects, the so-called hybrids lie somewhere in the middle, thus offering the user a mixture of the above mentioned essential characteristics of Indicas and Sativas. The reason for the sometimes very differently perceived effects of different varieties is only partly due to the different contents of cannabinoids -- especially the terpenes are said to have a great influence on the subjective perception of effects.
  • Cannabidiolic acid (A for acid) is one of the many ingredients of cannabis. Although the non-acidic form, CBD, is much better known, the plant itself produces almost exclusively the acid form, CBDA. CBDA is also said to have potentially desirable effects, some of which are even said to be more potent than those of CBD itself. However, research on this is still in its infancy.
  • Cannabigerol, or CBG for short, is one of over 100 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis or hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.). However, CBG is something special because the starting molecule produced in the plant, cannabigerol acid, is also the basic building block from which all other cannabinoids are produced in the plant. For cannabigerol itself, antibiotic effects against multi-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) have been observed - at least in mice.
  • The vaporization of cannabis concentrates is called dabbing. Concentrates are usually in the form of waxes or resinous oils. These are applied to a piece of metal ("nail") that has been heated to a high temperature, where they immediately begin to vaporize. The vapors are inhaled through a kind of bong (water pipe). In this way it is possible to inhale very large quantities of cannabinoids in a very short time. From a medical and/or health point of view, however, this type of application cannot be recommended.
  • A ready-to-use form or preparation that can be taken without modification is also called a dosage form. On the other hand, this term can also refer to the form of a medicinal product (dosage form), which then also includes the type of application. The dosage form does not always have to correspond to the final preparation.
  • The term edible in the context of cannabis means edible food to which cannabinoids have been added. Mostly THC is meant. Well-known examples are so-called space cakes, i.e. cakes containing cannabis, or cannabis butter ('cannabutter'). Among recent developments in this area, especially wine gums containing cannabinoids are very popular. Edibles" can also mean liquid, i.e. drinkable, cannabinoid containing food, capsules and partly also oils and tinctures. A special feature of Edibles is that although it takes longer to take effect than when cannabinoids are inhaled, the effect lasts much longer. You can find out more about this in our article on the topic of onset of action and duration of action.
  • Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by the body itself. Cannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids include 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) and N-arachidonylethanolamide (AEA). AEA is often also called anandamide, derived from the Sanskrit word ananda ("bliss"). Just like the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids), the body's own cannabinoids are able to dock to corresponding cannabinoid receptors (CB1, CB2) that are distributed throughout the human body to exert their effect.
  • Through the special interaction of cannabinoids and terpenes, a special plant synergy can be created, the so-called "entourage effect". Terpenes can influence the effect of the cannabinoids in different ways (and vice versa). This also shows a potential advantage of full-spectrum extracts over extracts or oils that contain only CBD in pure form. The latter lack potential synergy partners; the entourage effect is absent. Even if this is slowly changing at present - terpenes are still considered a "neglected pharmacological treasure chest" in cannabis research, as the "discoverer" of THC, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, put it, because of their enormous potential with regard to individualized therapy design with cannabis flowers and/or full spectrum extracts.
  • Many substances are not used in their pure form, but in a mixture which, in addition to the main component, also consists of other substances, so-called auxiliary substances. The finished mixture is then called a formulation.Excipients can e.g. facilitate the application through formative properties, make the production more efficient or, as in the case of the liposomal formulation of our hemp capsules, improve the bioavailability.
  • CBD-Isolate is a crystalline solid or powder consisting of almost pure CBD. Just like (full spectrum) extracts, isolate can be obtained from hemp plants containing CBD. During extraction and subsequent purification, all non-CBD components are almost completely removed, so that the final product contains 99% pure CBD.On the one hand, this means that synergies and potentials resulting from the presence of other valuable ingredients of the hemp plant are not utilized. On the other hand, the use of isolate can also be advantageous in certain situations, e.g. due to its flexible application and comparatively low price.
  • Limonene belong to the terpenes and are found in higher concentrations, as the name suggests, in citrus fruits and are responsible for their characteristic smell.Limonene is often used as an inexpensive fragrance, e.g. for cleaning agents, as citrus scent is associated with freshness and cleanliness. It is also used as a vegetable insecticide and in preservatives and cosmetic products.Limonene are considered to be mood-lifting, antidepressant, immunostimulant, antimicrobial and are used in skin therapy.
  • In liposomal formulation, the value-giving component of the formulation (e.g. CBD) is introduced into the interior or into the double membrane layer of so-called liposomes. The advantage of such a formulation is, among other things, that substances can be better absorbed by the body in this way, which in their natural form may be poorly bioavailable. The bioavailability of e.g. CBD, i.e. the proportion of absorbed CBD that reaches the bloodstream, can be effectively increased by this.
  • In Germany, medicinal cannabis is usually referred to as cannabis, which is available in pharmacies upon presentation of a prescription. Particularly in differentiation from normal cannabis (i.e. without the addition "medicinal"), medicinal cannabis is a largely standardised herbal medicinal product. The active ingredient contents (THC and CBD) are defined in the European Pharmacopoeia and are regularly checked. Furthermore, it must be possible to prove with analyses that there are no residues of pesticides in the finished product that exceed the maximum permissible amounts. Not only the cannabis itself, but also the production facilities must meet strict requirements and these are also regularly checked. Depending on the context, medical cannabis may mean not only the dried female flowers, i.e. the "traditional" end product, but also the plant itself and other products made from it, such as extracts.
  • MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, i.e. triglycerides (neutral fats) containing medium-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids include fatty acids with 6-12 carbon atoms. They are found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and butter, among other things, but not in their pure form, but in a natural way in a mixture with other triglycerides. MCT oil is mainly used in the manufacture of cosmetic products, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals.In general, MCT oils are considered a valuable food component in the sense of a holistically health-promoting diet.Unlike other oils, MCT oils can be metabolized independently of pancreatic enzymes, which explains their use in various (mainly metabolic) diseases. MCT fats are also particularly suitable in the context of a ketogenic diet, such as that used in some pharmacoresistant forms of epilepsy.
  • The terpene myrcene is very common in the plant kingdom. In larger concentrations it can be found in pines, ripe mangoes, fennel, juniper, ginger plants, hops and dill. And of course in hemp or cannabis. Here it is considered the main suspect for the so-called "couch-lock" effect, a state of extreme physical relaxation, in which it may seem impossible for the person affected to get off the couch (spoiler: it usually works out after all). Pharmacological interest is focused on the antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), analgesic and relaxing to sedative properties of myrcene. Fun Fact: If you always wanted to attract bark beetles without much effort, myrcene is your salvation, because for the beetle this terpene is an almost irresistible messenger (pheromone).
  • In today's terminology, pesticide means any agent that is used to protect (mostly plants) against pests. Pesticides are mainly discussed in the context of pesticide residues in products (mostly food). For pesticides authorised in the EU, there are usually maximum levels for both the amount of pesticide applied and the pesticide residues that may be present in the intermediate or final product.
  • Psychoactive or psychotropic substances are all substances that are able to influence the human psyche. The induced influence can take very different forms and also show great differences in intensity. The spectrum ranges from a barely perceptible stimulation or relaxation, e.g. by a sip of coffee in the morning, to a largely complete change of consciousness, e.g. by psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, DMT and Co.).Whether the change is experienced as positive or negative depends on a number of different factors and not least on the user himself. Psychotropic drugs are also considered psychoactive or psychotropic substances - the term alone does not therefore say anything about the legality or illegality of a substance.The most frequently consumed psychoactive/psychotropic substance worldwide is caffeine. Caffeine belongs to the group of stimulants. Cocoa contains theobromine, a substance structurally related to caffeine, which is also a stimulant frequently consumed worldwide.
  • This refers to a form of application or administration of a substance. The substance is placed under the tongue (sub "under", lingua "tongue"). The mucous membrane under the tongue is particularly thin and well supplied with blood, which enables the rapid absorption of substances into the bloodstream.
  • Terpenes and terpenoids are very small molecules, some of which are very potent and can therefore have an effect even in extremely low doses. Terpenes occur in nature in great variety and are not only responsible for the aroma and taste of cannabis. The concentration of different terpenes, the so-called terpene profile, is an essential distinguishing feature of different cannabis flower varieties.Terpenes and cannabinoids can work together in a special form of plant synergy, which is then called the "entourage effect".The most common and well-known terpenes in cannabis include limonene, myrcene, linalool, α-pinene, caryophyllene and humulene.
  • A tincture is an alcoholic extract. According to the European Pharmacopoeia, only ethanol in certain concentrations (usually between 20 and 60%) may be used as a solvent during extraction.
  • Topical application refers to a form of application or administration that takes place locally and is therefore intended to have a localized effect. The classic example of a topical application is an analgesic sports gel that is applied to or near a painful joint to produce its (e.g. additional warming) effect.
  • A vaporizer uses heat to enable the vaporization (vapor = vapor) of active ingredients. To prevent combustion, which produces undesirable and often toxic by-products, only enough heat is generated to vaporize the desired ingredients. Vaporizers are used, among other things, to make active ingredients (active substances) from medicinal plants available, including cannabis. Usually temperatures between 180°C and 210°C are recommended. The boiling point of THC is 157°C, that of CBD is slightly higher (160°C - 180°C). Vaporizers can make the active ingredients of the cannabis plant safely and effectively available. With vaporizers, a distinction must be made between devices for vaporizing dry, mostly plant material and devices for vaporizing so-called "liquids". The latter have become known especially in connection with nicotine as an alternative to smoking cigarettes.
  • As the name suggests, at least to the botanists and latinists among you, this terpene is found in large quantities in pine plants (lat. Pinus) (including pines, firs, spruces and of course pines). But also myrtle, dill and caraway contain high concentrations of myrtle.α pines are associated with mental freshness and clarity. The Japanese custom of "forest bathing" (Shinrin yoku) makes use of this characteristic - practitioners "bathe", so to speak, in the forest air saturated with α pinenes and thus consciously make use of their clarifying effect on the mind.In addition, there are indications of antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), bronchodilating and memory supporting effects of α-Pinenen.
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Why athletes are allowed to take CBD – WADA 2020 gives them the green light

18/03/2020 9 MIN. READ Katharina Schweigert
18/03/2020 9 MIN. READ Katharina Schweigert

Medical cannabis has been legal in the UK since 2018, but can only be attained through a doctor’s prescription and for special, indicated medical needs. However, CBD is sold freely in small doses and can also be used by healthy individuals to support and improve their sense of well-being. But what about athletes? Does implementing CBD products make sense for them, too? And what about doping control? Surely that also exists in the amateur field? 

At a glance! Our themes for you:

  1. Happy athletes
  2. Infobox: watch out during your web research!
  3. Give pain the cold shoulder
  4. Recover faster after exercise
  5. What’s left?

1. Happy athletes

Whether in the gym or on a new track, it’s always about going all in. Pain, tiredness and stress are burdensome companions, let’s leave them behind. 

Our bodies contain a substance––the endocannabinoid anandamide––whose effect is strengthened by CBD. It’s no accident that in Sanskrit, ananda means “bliss.” So why not boost the happiness a bit in sports training and competitions?

 

CAN YOU FEEL IT?

At the same time, CBD is able to influence the regulation of our pain system. Thanks to its chemical structure, it can link onto various receptors (for example, the 5-HT receptor) ike a train car to positively influence our pain sensations, our heart and circulatory system, and the body’s defense system. Looks like we’re perfectly equipped to start our day with fitness. 

But how’s our motivation? Looking for a little pill to swallow and overcome one’s inner couch potato? Unfortunately, we have to let you down here; medicine isn’t that easy! Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the prerequisites for a well-motivated leap out of bed and into your workout gear. Sleep is number one, and we mean healthy sleep. Anyone who approaches exercise with a mindset of high performance and commitment knows how important a well-rested mind and body are. 

2. Infobox: caution during your web research! Don’t be lured in by false promises

Here at VAAY, we want to offer you the best CBD products. We love our products and regularly use them ourselves. If they didn’t have that added value for us, we wouldn’t be able to convey our enthusiasm to you. If you decide to buy a CBD oil or CBD gel, you’re being guaranteed a personal CBD experience; you’ll notice the effects of the CBD product. It’ll just vary by user and type of use. 

Have a glance at our guide for better sleep. You’ll understand that simply buying CBD won’t cut it. It can support and improve your sleep when used correctly at the right time. If you implement the CBD products while also practicing a healthy night routine and making an effort to maintain a restful sleeping environment, you’ll feel the most noticeable improvements. 

In a nutshell: we’re offering you the best possible CBD products for support. We’re not making unbelievable claims that’ll just disappoint you later on. However, you’ll inevitably run into those while researching CBD products online. The bright side: you’ve informed yourself here first and won’t fall into their marketing trap!

3. Give pain the cold shoulder

Maybe you still remember where that scar on your knee came from and how badly it bled. That skateboard has long since been rusting away in the garage, yet the possibilities for injury in life have only multiplied. The majority of injuries today happen in the household, followed closely by exercise. Don’t think that your body is invincible. “It’s not going to happen to me” doesn’t exist. Are you really concentrated and physically able when you go to the gym or get on the track? You’ve seen how important it is to care for oneself. The likelihood of injuring yourself is quite high. Too often, accidents are caused by carelessness.

What happens if your ankle cracks and you feel blinding pain? Sport injuries usually affect the bones and the connective tissue which stabilises the joints. This includes ligaments, muscles and tendons. Even your cartilage can be painfully affected. 

Why do I need pain?

Pain is important, even for athletes. It shows us where our limits are. Before it goes as far as an injury, pain sets in through excessive strain and overuse. Those are warning signals you can suppress; there are loads of cooling sprays and pills out there. Sooner or later, however, your body will pay you back for treating it that way. If your exercise and health are equally important to you, consider another approach. 

Once your leg’s in a cast and the doctor’s standing over you, that’s when your pain will shoot you the clear message, “We’re doing nothing for a while.” Nobody will expect you to go about your day with crippling pain. 

CBD can alleviate pain sensations

CBD presents the possibility to not only ease your pain but also to support your healing process. The purpose of the cannabinoid CBD isn’t to shut down your pain receptors. Rather, it acts as an antispasmodic, gently alleviating the source of the pain. 

Pain during exercise is usually attributed to joint problems. The muscles and ligaments are trying to make up for the stability lost during the accident. This means, they tense up. The pain grows, leading to constant tension. If you manage to counteract this constant tension in good time, you can successfully alleviate some of the pain.

The same thing happens when you try to cram a whole week’s worth of workouts into one day. Your body probably won’t be used to that level of exertion. Your muscles will get overworked and begin to hurt and cramp up in distress. This should deter you from pushing any further. 

Here’s where our VAAY SPORT Sports Gel can be implemented for support. It’s cannabidiol-based effect lets the muscles relax and can, for example, reduce soreness. Its effect is enhanced through the gently warming capsaicin and clove oil.

Does CBD protect athletes against inflammation?

Like pain, inflammation is an important part of the recovery process. Where’s what happens in an inflammation: the brain directs messenger substances to hurry to the injury and essentially carry out first aid on the spot. Typical signs of inflammation include swelling and noticeable heat on the injured body part. The purpose of swelling is to hinder the injured joint in further movement. Regularly pushing your limits during exercise will result in injuries time and again.

Why CBD is particularly helpful in cases of inflammation!

A glance at our body’s defense system shows the importance of cannabinoids in the inflammation process. Humans would be long extinct were it not for our own personal hemp plantation that we carry around in our body. The endocannabinoid system is an extremely complex construct, and a constant companion in our mobile first aid kit. It takes care of us when we’re in pain, tells us when we need to go to sleep and when it’s time to eat. In a nutshell: it cares for our wellbeing. 

In order to be at the operation site as soon as possible, the cannabinoid system is in constant exchange with endogenous substances like the bliss molecule, anandamide. Research has been able to show that cannabinoids, the way they’re contained in cannabis (CBD, THC), have a very similar effect. So, it makes sense to support our endogenous cannabinoids with additional plant substances. 

Can CBD also fight off muscle soreness?

Soreness occurs due to tiny tears in the muscle fibres. These micro-injuries evoke inflammations of varying pain and intensity. Who hasn’t felt that every movement hurts the day after a tough workout? The least trained muscles are always hit the hardest. If you already know that you want to train weaker muscles on a certain day, you can prepare for muscle soreness with CBD by applying VAAY Sports Gelspan style="font-weight: 400;"> to the affected muscles before or after your workout. 

4. Recover faster after exercise

A successful training program strikes the right balance between training sessions and sufficient recovery time. If you’re training for a competition, this might make you a bit impatient. Nevertheless, recovery is extremely important for preventing potential pain and inflammations.

Plant-based cannabinoids have an undeniable positive influence on our immune systems. When excessive inflammation mechanisms are partly switched off, the healing process of bones and connective tissue is promoted to the same extent.  

In our training ambitions, psychological effects like stress and fear of failure are often overlooked. Sufficient sleep also contributes significantly to increased performance; CBD has been used to successfully treat sleep disturbances. Placebo-controlled studies have proven the anxiety-reducing effects of this hemp compound. Keep in mind, however, that psychological problems should not be approached exclusively with medicinal products, but should be discussed with an experienced psychotherapist or doctor. 

Help out the masseuse

Our musculature plays a role in almost all sports injuries. Regardless of whether it’s a bruise or a broken bone or joint, the muscles are almost always directly or indirectly participating. In the event of an accident, your muscles tense up to prevent the further movement of the injured part and protect the body from further, more serious injuries. 

We feel all this and rely on the healing hands of physiotherapists. The first thing the masseuse feels is your muscle. Hard as a rock. Not very helpful! If you’re lucky, you get an experienced therapist who can loosen up your protectively tensed muscles.

You can, however, also take a little weight off the therapists’ shoulders before your appointment. Apply VAAY SPORT Sports Gel to the skin over the tensed muscles. This can speed up your recovery as well as yield better results. The CBD’s antispasmodic power also comes into effect here.

Faster, further! CBD?

CBD won’t make you run faster or build more muscle. Having said this, you can improve your athletic performance yourself, with its support. As we said, the best athletic performance is achieved through a balanced training program. That means intense drills without risking injury, combined with a chill routine on your days off. Persistence is as important while relaxing as it is while training. For your desired results, don’t forget about a balanced diet and adding in any meaningful targeted products of your choice for extra support. 

He who heals is right

CBD has only recently become so well known. By contrast, marijuana’s effects have been known for thousands of years. Soldiers were already applying hemp leaves to their wounds for pain reduction 5,000 years ago. They bounced back quickly and were able to get back into battle. Back then it was the battlefield, today it’s athletic competitions that can lead to injury and drops in performance.

In the case of military commanders in China and India, the end justified the means. By contrast, the list of forbidden substances in competitive sports is long. Barely a week goes by where a doping scandal isn’t being exposed. 

The harmless offspring

Cannabidiol is considered legal and can be purchased in the UK as long as it meets certain requirements. The class ‘hemp’ - cannabis - contains various types. Read more on this in our Hemp Wiki article, Cannabis vs. Hemp.

Each type has some different characteristics, such as the THC content. Hemp is classified as narcotic if its THC content is more than 0.2%. If it contains less than 0.2% THC, it falls in the industrial hemp category––that’s what our products are made of. 

Back to CBD. A CBD product can be distributed without complications as long as it’s made from hemp and contains no THC. It’s best to keep your hands off anything else. Especially if you’re planning on working out. For comparison, hashish has a THC-content of 8-16%.

Clear message! Right?

In 2017, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) lifted its ban on CBD. WADA is a non-governmental organisation committed to informing athletes and protecting them from dangerous performance-enhancing substances.

Should I use CBD before or after training?

How you use CBD depends on several factors. You can massage it in as CBD oil, consume it orally or get cosy and let it do its thing in the bathtub. Every dosage form comes with a recommendation. If you’re noticing effects, you can maintain that dosage form.

Before training, or after with lots of water? What matters is the effect

If your feet feel tired and heavy after your last workout, it makes sense to massage CBD into the affected points. If you’re looking to avoid sore muscles tomorrow, it makes more sense to use the CBD before or directly after your workout.

Think about whether you’re trying to treat existing aches or prevent future ones. See? You already have the answer.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects!

Absolutely. Even if the list of side effects isn’t as long as a dictionary. 

‘More is more’ is definitely the wrong approach here. For an injured little finger, for example, a low dose will be enough. Sore thighs, on the other hand, could benefit from a larger dose. If you stick to the given dose recommendation, you shouldn’t have much trouble with side effects. If you do, see the bold print above again!

Profound side effects are not described on the label. Your concentration might temporarily go a bit fuzzy. Sometimes people experience dizziness, usually if they already have high blood pressure. If you’re pregnant, you should ask your doctor before taking CBD. Same thing goes if you have a condition resulting in abnormal blood coagulation, or you’re already on any medications. 

5. What’s left?

Athletes, you can breathe out now. CBD is yours to purchase and use. With the WADA’s approval, you no longer need to worry about doping controls etc. Competitive athletes can join the rest of us in using CBD to treat pain, reduce inflammation and support our immune systems. We think that’s pretty cool.

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