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CBD Oil: Should women boxers use it to aid recovery?

Updated: Jan 8

Since 2015, CBD Oil and related products have been appearing on websites and shelves around the UK. Since then it has come becomes a staple in the health and wellness movement and is now breaking into the world of boxing. Unorthodoxx investigates this growing movement and why it could be even offer women benefits beyond aiding recovery.

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (to use its full name) is a compound found in the cannabis plant, however it has no psychoactive properties like THC, which also comes from cannabis. This means that taking CBD will not get you high, instead consumers report that it makes them calm, relieves pain and aids sleep. Humans have been exploiting these medicinal effects for thousands of years, going as far back as the Late Stone Age! It then comes as no surprise that many athletes, particularly boxers, have begun using CBD in their training and recovery regimes as a natural alternative to standard methods like ibuprofen or a cold press. The market for CBD in sports has taken off exponentially. Today you can find many athletes who are ambassadors for CBD brands, which in turn offer a wide array of products to suit the needs of any curious customer. There is also evidence to support that CBD may have some more beneficial effects for women in particular, due to the way it reacts with oestrogen during menstruation. Overall, it appears that CBD could soon be seen as a standard remedy in the boxing community.


CBD in Boxing

You’ll find quite a few boxers and coaches are eager endorsers of CBD products. The brand SupremeCBD has a whole host of sport ambassadors like boxers Anthony Fowler and Enzo Maccerinelli. A notable supporter of SupremCBD is Dave Coldwell, former boxer and now a prominent trainer in UK boxing. A quick glance at Coldwell’s twitter feed will show you many links to the different products made available by SupremeCBD along with his own special discount code for his followers. In the US, Shannon Briggs, the former heavyweight, has even begun to produce his own line of athlete focused CBD supplements. So why are so many boxers turning to CBD?


Well, CBD itself has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties which are fast acting. Also, CBD provides a brilliant natural alternative to over the counter remedies which can become addictive and ineffective. However, its most helpful trait is its ability to shorten recovery times. By reducing inflammation and providing adequate pain relief, athletes can get back in the ring faster. Recent studies also suggest that CBD may have neurogenerative properties which means it could prove to be a mainstay in boxing as a treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury. Even more so, the general calming and anxiety reducing effects of CBD are beneficial for winding down after a tough workout.


Usage, Dosage and Availability

Studies have shown that CBD is very well tolerated in the human body and can be taken in a variety of ways. CBD can be applied topically in a cream or patch to treat specific areas or it can be ingested using a tincture, confection or capsule; you could even bathe in it using a CBD bath bomb.

For those who are concerned about drug tests there is nothing to be worried about. As of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency no longer prohibits CBD. However, some products may contain small trace amounts of THC which can come up in a test. To combat this many brands offer a broad-spectrum product range that may be less effective but are guaranteed not to cause any issues. Dosage will usually be present on the brands website or packaging however a 2017 review claims that individuals respond to CBD differently, so it is recommended that users start low at 20mg per day and figure out what dosage best works for them. As for availability there are many online retailers such as CBDoil Uk, Holland and Barret and Get The Dose. Prices range between brands and products but there is plenty of affordable or more lavish options.


CBD for Women

As CBD becomes more widely available there has been more focus on its potential role in women’s health. Many women have turned to CBD to aid with PMS symptoms as the pain-relieving effects of CBD make it extremely useful to curb cramps. Further evidence suggests that CBD may even have increased effects on women in relation to their oestrogen levels, making them potentially more sensitive to it. Other benefits that can be enjoyed from CBD are its cholesterol lowering properties and its ability to treat acne! Likewise, CBD has also been reported to help regulate hormones and act as a mood balancer which adds to its benefits when treating PMS.


However, it should be said that CBD is not a cure-all and should be used responsibly as part of a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless, it has clear advantages for recovery and has been well received by athletes so far. The future for CBD in boxing looks exciting.



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