Should athletes take CBD?

George Kruis
George Kruis

At fourfive we are strong believers that CBD is the perfect accompaniment for both amateur and professional athletes. Dom and I have both played professional rugby, playing at both club and international level. During our careers we incorporated CBD oil into our routine to help support our active lives and our general wellbeing. We got great results, it gave us that extra boost throughout our physically challenging careers. And we wanted to share that with others sportsmen and women, creating a CBD brand that they could trust.

Is CBD legal in sport?

As an athlete you may be apprehensive to start using CBD. You may be wondering if CBD is a legal supplement and whether you may get penalised by it being picked up in drug tests. Which no athlete can afford to fail. 

In January 2018, CBD was removed from the prohibited list issued by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). Meaning that if CBD was picked up in a drug test for sports you would not be penalised. CBD is also deemed legal in the UK as long as the CBD product contains less than 0.2% THC, which has no noticeable effects on the body or mind. And as more research takes place, the world is waking up to CBD. 

Why trust fourfive?

At fourfive, we offer a CBD Oil that is made for athletes.  Our Pro CBD Oil is tested by BSCG (Banned Substance Control Group) making it one of the safest products on the market. Plus it’s infused with Vitamin D3 to complement the CBD and promote a healthy and active lifestyle including maintaining healthy bones. 

Why should athletes take CBD?

Our fourfive brand was formed from first hand experience with CBD in the athletic world. We saw the effect CBD had on our careers and wanted to share that experience with other athletes and those wanting to maintain an active lifestyle.

CBD works as a supplement by interacting with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). A network of receptors and enzymes that play a major role in the normal functioning of many systems and processes by bringing the body back into balance or ‘homeostasis’. These receptors can be activated by CBD to support a healthy body and mind. 

The ECS & Digestion

The body’s endocannabinoid system helps to balance gut function, as well as aspects of pancreatic function and glands that product hormones which in part control appetite, including the thyroid and pituitary glands. This can support digestive health and appetite, as well as boosting your mood.

Sleep & Performance

High-quality sleep is essential for athletes with rigorous training routines. A good night’s sleep before a game or competition could make all the difference to the result. Regular, good quality sleep is critical to support proper training and preparation. This is because many of our body’s most vital processes occur whilst we sleep, including repairing cell damage and building new tissue. This makes sleep vital to muscle growth, not to mention focus and concentration. The ECS helps regulate sleep quality.

ECS & Muscles

Did you know the ECS can also be found in our skin? This makes a CBD rub a great product for athletes. Whether recovering from a hard workout, match day or training session. A muscle rub applied to the skin and massaging the muscles may help athletes get through the highs and lows of an active lifestyle. The fourfive rub is also infused with menthol for a cooling effect and great smell. 

There are a several great ways you can support your ECS. Take a look at the fourfive range and read our athlete reviews to help you work out which products to include in your regime.