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More athletes and consumers are turning to CBD to treat pain

More athletes and consumers are turning to CBD to treat pain

More people are turning to CBD to treat pain and chronic pain from medical issues like arthritis, fibromyalgia and sports injuries, and the naturally-derived substance is quickly becoming athletes’ and health-conscious consumers’ preferred medicine of choice.

What exactly is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, originates from the cannabis sativa plant. Though it stems from the same source as recreational marijuana, it’s non-psychoactive and non-addictive, making it an idea way to treat pain without prescription drugs, painkillers or opioids.

The substance has shown promising results in helping people diagnosed with a wide array of conditions like anxiety, epilepsy, depression, PTSD, insomnia, muscle spasms and more.

Professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe has been a long-time supporter of CBD and says she’s been using it “for a number of years so far, and I’ve seen really good benefits for me. It’s something that’s part of my daily routine now and something that’s certainly part of my recovery routine.”

The 34-year-old athlete helped lead the U.S. to victories at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments. Her team also won a gold medal during the 2012 London Olympics, and finished as runner-up at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Megan strongly believes that CBD is a safe all-natural way to treat pain from injuries or post-workout recovery without side effects or the use of prescription painkillers.

“…To this day, I think if I wanted to find somebody to give me an opioid prescription or a sleeping pill prescription or some other prescription drugs, I think that that would in many ways be easier and technically legal to give. Which, I think we’re seeing right now, has been horribly damaging to our country and to athletes as well,” she says.