CBD For Athletes: Benefits, Research, & Legality

CBD For Athletes: Benefits, Research, & Legality

At the start of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD, or cannabidiol, from the list of prohibited substances — in or out of competition. This means that athletes are now allowed to use the naturally occurring hemp compound for the first time ever in the 2021 Olympic Games.

There’s just one catch: Athletes still cannot test positive for the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. 

You see, while CBD derived from hemp is virtually THC-free (no more than 0.3% THC), CBD that is extracted from marijuana tends to have higher traces of THC. 

For this reason, it’s important for athletes to purchase CBD from an honest and reputable company that focuses on hemp-based, non-intoxicating hemp — like Healist

Here at Healist, we only use broad-spectrum CBD, which contains less than 0.0% THC (undetectable levels). We also publish lab tests for every single blend we offer so you can be totally confident knowing exactly what’s in the product you’re using. 

Why is this so important for athletes? Because all it takes is one THC-positive test, and the athlete can be disqualified. Understanding where your CBD comes from can make all the difference between winning a gold medal and sitting on the sidelines. 

Wondering how athletes can benefit from CBD? Read on to discover more about this increasingly popular all-natural wellness compound.

How Can Athletes Benefit From Using CBD?

Athletes are no stranger to using a wide variety of supplements to enhance their overall performance. From creatine-filled protein powders to adaptogen-rich drinks, there are a ton of products out there that can (legally) provide an extra edge.

Whether you’re a high-level athlete or if you’re just looking for ways to support your wellness, CBD just might be what you need to help you reach your goals. Of course, it’s no miracle supplement that’s going to instantly transform you into an unbeatable machine — that’s something only practice can do — but CBD can help your athletic performance in more ways than one. 

Benefit # 1: It Can Provide Stress Support*

Like many people around the globe, athletes are susceptible to stress in their everyday lives. However, they often also suffer from additional stresses — especially if they compete at a high level or play a professional sport. Between the pre-game uneasiness to the tension after an adrenaline-filled match, it can be really tough for an athlete to give it their all when they are feeling stressed.

Thankfully, CBD has been known to help soothe feelings of stress and tension, helping people to feel more calm and relaxed — perfect for athletes in need of a little relief.* 

While there are many CBD products on the market that can help us manage stress, we recommend our Calm Discovery Drops

We take the highest quality CBD extracted from hemp grown right here in the USA, and we blend it with botanical actives like orange essential oil and a unique custom calming terpene combination to support your body’s innate ability to cope with daily stress and feelings of unease.*

To help quiet your mind and maintain focus when it matters most, start with a mild or medium dose of CBD placed directly under your tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. Wait around 20-30 minutes to see how you feel before taking more, if needed.

Benefit # 2: Supports Good Sleep

Consistent, quality shut-eye plays a major role in muscle growth and repair, which is vital for athletes. Moreover, pre-performance stress can lead to sleepless nights, which can immensely diminish athletic performance. Sleep is when your body repairs, recharges, balances, and more — needless to say, sleep is crucial for optimal health and performance!

If you’re not clocking in the recommended seven to nine hours of restorative sleep each night, don’t worry, CBD may help get you there. 

To fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to win, we recommend our Sleep Drops — a fast-acting, sleep-inducing blend of organically farmed CBD with just the right levels of botanical essential oils and a custom sleep terpene blend to support a healthy sleep cycle with no next-day grogginess.*

To use our Sleep Drops, we recommend starting with a mild dose of CBD placed directly under your tongue 20 to 40 minutes before bedtime. Assess how you feel and take more if needed. 

Benefit # 3: Soothes Discomfort and Soreness

Whether you’re working out simply to stay in shape or you’re training for your next pro event, muscle soreness and other discomforts can get in the way of performance, ultimately hindering your goals. This might be as simple as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (or DOMS for short), which are the notorious post-workout aches that make it nearly impossible to train without taking a break for a couple of days, or it could be something a little more serious such as a sprain or pulled muscle. 

To soothe feelings of overall body discomfort, many athletes now turn to CBD. 

Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface as to what CBD can do for soothing feelings of discomfort, but the future is definitely looking bright! Plus, it has been determined to be generally safe to use for most people, according to the World Health Organization.

If you want to give this naturally occurring soother a try, we suggest our Relief Drops. Masterfully crafted with a CBD-botanicals blend that includes organic ginger oil, turmeric oil, and a custom relief terpene blend created to support your body’s innate ability to soothe tired and sore muscles and general body discomfort.* What’s not to love?

Because everyone is different, at Healist, we like to say the right dose isn’t prescription, it’s personal. To help provide relief for sore, achy, and tired muscles, we recommend starting with a mild or medium dose of CBD placed directly under your tongue for roughly 30 seconds before swallowing. Wait around 20-30 minutes to see how you feel before taking more if needed.  

What Does the Research Say?

When it comes to CBD and sports, there really hasn’t been enough research just yet to make a no-doubt statement that CBD for athletes is beneficial for performance. However, in the recent studies that have been done, there are promising results for athletes and wellness advocates alike. 

Plus, believe it or not, there has been zero evidence that CBD could reduce athletic performance or cause any type of harm to overall health. So, if you’re a little worried about CBD hurting your next mile time or making you lose your next big match — you can let that worry go. 

What Are the CBD Laws For Athletes?

CBD is permitted by both the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as well as the World Anti-doping Agency. But, as touched on earlier, only CBD is allowed in sports — every other compound found in the cannabis plant (including THC) is still banned. This means that you have to be 100% certain what you are getting. Broad spectrum hemp extract contains undetectable levels of THC, and the only way to know you’re getting the right CBD is to use broad-spectrum CBD, which contains undetectable levels of THC. 

You’ll also only want to purchase from an honest company like Healist that can provide third-party lab test results to prove that their product does, in fact, contain absolutely no THC. 


So, can Olympic athletes (and all athletes alike) use CBD? Absolutely! 

As long as they make sure they are purchasing pure CBD like our organically farmed broad-spectrum CBD oil, athletes can enjoy the many benefits CBD has to offer, such as:

  • Calming the mind
  • Helping to manage feelings of stress
  • Supporting healthy sleep quality
  • Soothing discomfort and tension 

And the best part? Since all of our CBD contains undetectable levels of THC, athletes can enjoy our wellness blends without the worry that they’ll test positive for THC. We choose to use CO2 extraction to provide the richest profile of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids that work in sync with your body just as nature intended — without the THC.  

What’s more, our formulas don’t just stop at CBD. Across each of our products, we’ve paired CBD with clinically-backed active botanical ingredients designed to power your body’s innate capacity to find calm, relief, sleep, and overall well-being.* 

You see, we don’t set out to “cure” or “fix” by blocking or numbing what’s natural. We see well-being as an everyday practice to cultivate and create great solutions that work innately with our body’s amazing processes in order to restore balance when life ultimately interrupts. 

Our ethos is simple: always 100% clean and natural ingredients, always 100% benefit-focused products. 

If you’re an athlete and looking to improve your performance, our broad-spectrum CBD just might be the solution. Check us out today and see what CBD can do for you tomorrow. 

Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!



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