Since the beginning of our research, we have expected a lot, especially from the regenerative effects that CBD can offer athletes. For example, we conducted field research based on the existing study material. We have worked together with athletes from various sports as well as masseurs and physiotherapists. Before the treatment, the athletes, who all suffered from strong muscle tension due to training, took CBD drops under their tongues. The first series of tests with Raw CBD oil with hemp oil as the carrier substance and a total CBD content of 4 or 2.9% did not reveal any significant changes. The THC content of these oils was 0.2%. It can be assumed that the high content of CBDA, the inactive precursor of CBD and the low content of CBD did not have any effect.
The second test series was already more promising. Here a full spectrum Hemp Extract (co2 extracted) with a mixture of MCT oil and black cumin oil was used. The CBD content was 8%, the CBDA content was very low at 0.4%. The THC content was 0.03%. Here we got a positive feedback from 4 of the 5 test persons. The massage was perceived as much more pleasant.
The third and last test series consisted of a two-component product. First, the athletes took 10 drops of a plant tincture from various endocannabinoid-promoting plants. The tincture was alcohol-based (66%). One minute after ingestion, the athletes took a full spectrum Hemp Extract (fractional distillation, decarboxillation, dewaxed). Pumpkin seed oil was used as carrier substance. The CBDA content was 0.031% and the THC content 0.0007%. With this combination all 8 test persons indicated a positive effect.
In our anonymous questionnaires we received the feedback of the athletes on the one hand, on the other hand we also asked the therapists for their professional opinion. They reported a reduced stress reaction of the patients. This stress reaction takes place in the form of a protective tension of the muscle. The human body reacts to impending pain, such as that caused by a hard sports massage, with an unconscious additional tension. This makes it difficult for the therapist on the one hand because he often cannot get deep enough into the muscle, on the other hand it is painful for the patient because the pressure for the treatment has to be increased. By reducing this protective tension, the therapist can work deeper into the muscle, and the patient finds the treatment more pleasant.
We suspect several factors as the reason for these pleasing initial tests: We primarily attribute these effects to the antispasmodic properties of cannabidiol (CBD). Studies show that CBD has shown outstanding results in the use of severe spasticity and epilepsy. The analgesic (analgesic) and anti-inflammatory (anti-inflammatory) effects of CBD could have a further share. However, the latter should only have a long-term effect and have no influence on the perception of the treatment as such.
These tests also suggest that a low CBDA and THC content is the key to the observed muscle relaxation effect.
These tests provide a first positive approach for a meaningful use in regeneration for top athletes.