Is CBD Oil Safe for Athletes?

October 29, 2018

It’s always important to consider the safety of any wellness product you consider adding to your training routine. Thankfully, CBD oil is safe and well tolerated.

Athletes considering incorporating CBD oil products into their training routine are often curious about the safety of using a cannabis product.

You’ll be happy to hear that CBD oil is safe for athletes of all ages because it is non-toxic, non-intoxicating, and has minimal side effects.

If you’re an athlete and compete in sporting events, you’ve likely heard about CBD oil and how it supports your systems to help you train harder and recover more quickly. Athletes of all levels – from amateurs to professionals participating in top sports leagues — are using CBD products to physically perform at their best.

Recognizing that athletes worldwide rely on us for the cannabinoids they need to perform at peak levels each day, Dixie Botanicals® also takes a number of important steps during our manufacturing process to ensure that our CBD oil products are always safe and reliable.

CBD is Non-Toxic and Non-Intoxicating

CBD (cannabidiol) has shown to be safe and non-toxic, even when consumed in high amounts. In 2011, researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil explored the safety of CBD in a research review titled “Safety and side effects of cannabidiol.”

After investigating the findings in previously published studies, the research team concluded, “high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.” This level of CBD intake is far higher than what is present in the suggested servings of Dixie Botanicals® CBD products.

Just last year, German investigators set out to extend and update the 2011 review’s findings by exploring new evidence from more recent studies in their article, “An update on safety and side effects of cannabidiol: A review of clinical data and relevant animal studies.”

Their findings were consistent with those of the earlier review, and “the often described favorable safety profile of CBD in humans was confirmed and extended by the reviewed research.”

Hemp-derived CBD oil is also non-intoxicating, so you don’t have to worry about it adversely impacting your coordination, mental focus, or reaction time.

While hemp’s cousin marijuana is specifically bred to contain high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes a high, hemp naturally contains no more than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight, far less than the amount needed to be intoxicating.

Instead, hemp naturally produces significant levels of CBD, making it an ideal source for CBD products.

CBD is Well Tolerated

CBD has become the cannabinoid of choice for many athletes because it is highly tolerable. The side effects that some people have reported experiencing are minimal and often easily alleviated, and in most cases will not cause a positive drug test.

The most common side effects tied to CBD include:

  • Dry mouth: A dry sensation in the mouth is one of the most commonly reported side effects of CBD. This effect may be related to the endocannabinoid system — the regulatory system that CBD interacts with — inhibiting the secretion of saliva.
  • Low blood pressure: There have been reports suggesting that high daily servings of CBD oil may cause a minimal drop in blood pressure. In some cases, low blood pressure can cause a feeling of lightheadedness. If you’re on blood pressure medication or have any concerns about your blood pressure, you should talk with your doctor before taking CBD.
  • Drowsiness or wakefulness: In most cases, CBD has awakening properties. Occasionally, when taken in higher doses, CBD can cause drowsiness. Depending on how CBD oil affects you, you may want to adjust your intake and experiment with the ideal time to take CBD.
  • Alters how some medicines are metabolized: Studies suggest that CBD can inhibit cytochrome P450, a group of liver enzymes responsible for breaking down pharmaceutical drugs. This temporary effect can alter how some medicines are metabolized and increase their effects.

You can learn more about the potential side effects of CBD oil.

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Our Quality and Safety Standards

While hemp-derived CBD oil is well tolerated and has only minimal side effects, keep in mind that not all CBD oil products are the same. With a growing number of manufacturers entering the market, it’s important when buying CBD online that you do a little research to make sure you buy a safe and high-quality product.

Dixie Botanicals® has put measures in place to further ensure the safety and quality of our hemp-derived CBD products.

Our non-GMO hemp plants are grown free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. After harvest, we use supercritical CO2, rather than toxic solvents like butane, to safely extract our hemp oil and remove the risk of contamination.

Every batch of our CBD oil then undergoes our Triple Lab Testing® process. Three points in the production process, our CBD oil is checked to make sure that it contains reliable levels of CBD and that it’s free of solvents, heavy metals, or other potentially harmful contaminants.

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Trusting the Safety and Quality of Your CBD Oil

With Dixie Botanicals®, you can feel confident that our CBD oil products are safe to incorporate into your training regimen. Get started with our high-quality line of CBD products today through our the HempMeds® online shop.

Still wondering whether CBD oil is right for you? Discover how adding CBD to your training and competition routine can support your systems to naturally boost performance and facilitate recovery through our blog.