Disclaimer: Part of our mission is to always present the latest cannabinoid research; however, none of this is intended to represent the safety or efficacy of our products. These statements and our products have not been evaluated by the FDA, and our products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before taking CBD to determine if it is right for your needs.
As an athlete, your lifestyle is focused on improving your performance. Whether you’re an elite triathlete, a casual competitor, or a weekend warrior we all want to perform and feel our best. It might not come as a big surprise, but your performance is dictated by more than just the quality of your weekly training sessions. Your quality of sleep, state of mind and ability to recover following both training and competition all dictate how you’ll perform and feel. Recently there has been a growing trend of athletes at all levels of competition advocating for the use of cannabis products, and in particular CBD, as a part of their daily lifestyle, but what effects does CBD actually have and how can you incorporate 6° Wellness CBD products into your active lifestyle?
How you perform in competition or training is based on more than just what you do that day. Your performance is largely dictated by how well you recover 1, sleep 2,3 and your mental state 4. The use of CBD has been shown to support all three of these factors.
We’ve all been there, finished a fantastic training session or competition feeling great, only to be hobbled by soreness the next few days. This may even spill over causing you to not be able to fully perform at your next training session or even cause you to miss a session, or even worse, a competition. Contrary to popular belief, this muscle soreness known as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is not the result of lactic acid build up or accumulation. It’s actually the result of mechanical stress of your exercise that causes damage to your muscles and initiates an immune response resulting in inflammation (swelling) of the tissue. This accumulation of excess fluid in the tissue causes pressure on muscles and nerves in the affected area resulting in pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion. Cannabidiol has been observed to modulate the inflammatory immune response 5,6 and may support a healthy inflammatory response and maintain normal exercise recovery.
Sleep is an integral aspect not only of exercise recovery, but mental wellness and overall health as well. The better you sleep on a nightly basis, the better you’ll feel on a day-to-day basis. The use of CBD has been observed to help maintain healthy sleep habits and sleep architecture 7.
As any athlete knows we train hard, devoting countless hours to our training and competitions. That’s why it’s no surprise that when it comes to the competition itself, it’s not uncommon to get a little anxious. Sometimes this pressure and anxiety can be so intense that it harms our performance or prevents us from competing entirely. Recent evidence that the use of CBD can help maintain a balanced mind 8,9 so you can show up fully for your competition.
Based on the observed effects of CBD on sleep, mental health, and recovery it’s up to you to decide if incorporating 6° Wellness is right for you.
Admittedly, there are many hemp derived CBD companies that advocate and advertise their products for use in athletes and the physically active population. So, what makes 6° Wellness different? Well, for starters we are the only hemp derived CBD company in the world that has someone on staff that has a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. Our Director of Research, Dr. Jonny Lisano, has three degrees in Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology and has specialized in researching cannabis use, immune function and performance in athletes since 2014. Our Founder and CEO, Dr. Helena Yardley, has a dual Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology as well, and has been involved in cannabinoid research for the last 7 years. Both Dr. Lisano and Dr. Yardley are advocates of using CBD products to support their active lifestyle, and use 6° Wellness products on a daily basis.
Aside from our team of experts, we continually strive to provide new and innovative research focused on our hemp derived CBD products and how they affect you. As an added bonus, our products give back to the community, so you know when you make a purchase, you’re helping to support someone (or an organization) in need as well.
Athletes of a variety of levels are subject to being compliant with WADA standards and regulations. So, what is WADA’s stance on CBD? The use of CBD products in and out of competition is permitted by the current WADA guidelines. If you want to see for yourself, check out their website for more information. The use of CBD is also permitted by the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) as they follow the same guidelines enacted by WADA.
While there is currently no research available on how athletes and physically active individuals are using specifically hemp derived CBD products as a part of their life (stay tuned!); there is one study (By our Director of Research) published in 2019 that assessed the types of activities that athletes and physically active individuals were using cannabis products with 10.
The most popular activities to use these products with were: running, cycling, resistance training, yoga, golf, skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing and hockey/skating. However, in total participants in the study reported using in combination with over 26-unique activities 10!
When were the using in relation to their training or physical activity?
The majority of participants in this study advocated for using both before and after their training or physical activity
What were some of the reasons these individuals were using these products?
When individuals were using products within an hour prior to starting their training or physical activity were to: support the skeletomuscular system, support calming of the mind or relaxation, and to support performance or enjoyment during the activity 10.
After their physical activity these athletes and physically active individuals reported that they used to help support: relaxation, recovery, and sleep 10.
How did these athletes perceive their use affected their performance?
In this study nearly 77% of participants reported that they felt the use of cannabis products with their training or physical activity had a positive effect on their performance. Only 3% felt that it had a negative effect 10.
Unfortunately, there isn’t currently any research on how much CBD you should be taking to support your physically active, healthy lifestyle or when you should be taking it. Until more research becomes available, we recommend starting out low at ~10 mg per dose (i.e. one full dropper of the 6° Wellness 600mg bottle) and adjusting as necessary until you experience your desired effects. You might find that you need a little more or a little less as you get more acquainted with our products. We recommend tracking how much you’re using, how often and how it makes you feel as a quick reference guide. Keep in mind it could take anywhere from 30-90 minutes to begin experiencing the short-term effects and a few days of consistent use to feel the prolonged effects.
Tried and true:
The easiest way to use 6° Wellness products is using the oil as a sublingual “under the tongue” tincture. Simply fill the dropper to the desired level and gently disperse underneath your tongue. Just be careful to not touch the dropper to your mouth, this ensures your bottle stays fresh and germ free.
Fill the 6° Wellness dropper to your desired level and disperse into your cup of coffee prior to brewing or pouring it in. For best results we recommend mixing with a small amount of creamer
We all know it’s important to replenish and restore nutrients following a workout. One of our favorite and delicious ways to consume 6° Wellness products is to simply add it in to your post-workout smoothie. Add your desired amount as you would any of your other ingredients, blend and you’re good to go!
Bowl of Oatmeal:
If you’re not a coffee drinker, or you’re just not a fan of smoothies try adding it to your bowl of oatmeal. We suggest cooking your oats first then afterwards adding in your 6° Wellness product and stirring it in. You won’t even notice it’s there!
Keep in mind!
Don’t forget, that because 6° Wellness products are suspended in MCT oil they won’t mix very well with water-based products (hence why we suggest using creamer with your coffee). An immersion blender also helps!
Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis family. While marijuana is legal to varying extents for recreational purposes across the U.S., hemp is legal in all 50-states and associated U.S. territories thanks to the passing of the 2019 Farm Bill. Legally hemp is not allowed to have more than 0.3% THC by dry weight, so you won’t feel any intoxicating effects by using our products. All of our products are third party verified and we provide all our certificates of analysis online. So you can rest assured and verify for yourself that our products meet these THC requirements in addition to not containing any harmful residues.