CBD & The Mental Game

  • November 25, 2020
  • Ben Bechtel

It’s easy to think that athletics is all about the body. Lifting weights, running, and all other forms of training focus on specific muscles in the body to help improve their performance. However, sports of any kind often require more attention and mental focus than most people realize.

Professional athletes – or even amateur players – can experience significant mental distress when they’re about to play a high-stakes game. Anxiety and stress can upend the best physical training athletes can subject themselves to unless they know how to manage it.

According to some research, one easy way to help with game-day stress is to try CBD.

How Does CBD Affect the Brain?

How Can CBD Help with Stress?

Stress and anxiety can create many problems across a wide range of systems, and often it comes down to a few systems in the brain that controls how your body responds to the world around it.

Usually, what happens is that you start thinking about all the things that can go wrong during a game, and that can create uncomfortable feelings in the body. You might begin to experience a racing heartbeat, maybe a bit of sweating, and then your mind will interpret these signs as indicating a serious threat and trip your fight or flight system.

Some studies have indicated that CBD can be used to help moderate the neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for this fight or flight response. By changing these neurotransmitters’ behavior, athletes of all stripes can better manage their anxiety around game-day performance.

How Does CBD Impact Pain?

No studies have shown definitively that CBD relieves pain the way standard practices do. However, some studies do show that CBD can help with managing inflammation in the body.

When the body is injured, it has many ways to manage that event, and inflammation plays a crucial role in stabilizing the tissue around the injury. Inflammation does help in the healing process, but it also makes it slower and more painful because it makes it harder for other systems to step in and perform the tasks they need to in order to heal. For that reason, reducing inflammation can help reduce pain and speed recovery times from injuries and help you get back in the game.

Will It Get Me High?

A common misconception is that CBD, as a by-product of the cannabis plant, will get a person high or affect their psychological state. While some side effects may occur, CBD does not behave like THC, which is the compound in cannabis that alters a person’s perception.

However, if you are a professional athlete, it’s crucial to check your sport’s rules to make sure that CBD can be used since some leagues may have banned all cannabis-based products, rather than just THC.

To find out more about how CBD can affect game day performance, contact the Muscle MX team today!