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CBD 2: Sports & Performance - Were We Wrong All Along?

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit. In this episode, we revisit CBD (Cannabidiol) but this time take a closer look in the context of sports and athletic performance. It starts with a Twitter debate that Bill & Tom perform in roleplay like fashion. This may or may not have pushed us to make this episode and then we take a closer look at a 2020 Review and see what the current literature says on CBD in a sporting/athletic setting. We also look at the product Beam and its sleep powder. 


The main points covered are

  • Pain

  • Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage - Muscle Function, Soreness and Injury

  • Cardiovascular (CV) & Metabolic Functions

  • Illness & Infection

  • Sports Performance Anxiety

  • Sleep (This is where Beam comes in!)

Loads of science in this one but hopefully we've filled any gaps that were perhaps left in the first CBD episode. We are not saying it's useless and we hope that in 5-10 years time we are proved wrong but as it currently stands, the results are underwhelming and inconsistent meaning that the high price tags seen on the products just aren't warranted.


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New to the show? Head back to episode 1 "Let's Chat, Covid & Fitness" where we give an introduction into who we are and talk about the current state of ourselves and the fitness industry during this covid pandemic


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Studies Mentioned

Cannabidiol and Sports Performance: a Narrative Review of Relevant Evidence and Recommendations for Future Research

Cannabis Use and Sport: A Systematic Review

A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study

A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Haemodynamic Effects of Cannabidiol

Efficacy and Safety of Cannabidiol in Epilepsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

No Acute Effects of Cannabidiol on the Sleep-Wake Cycle of Healthy Subjects

Extract of Ganoderma lucidum prolongs sleep time in rats

Effects of L-Theanine Administration on Stress-Related Symptoms and Cognitive Functions in Healthy Adults

Theanine consumption, stress and anxiety in human clinical trials: A systematic review

l-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses

The effect of magnesium supplementation on primary insomnia in elderly

[Long-term HRV analysis shows stress reduction by magnesium intake]

The effectiveness of melatonin for promoting healthy sleep

Melatonin and health: an umbrella review of health outcomes and biological mechanisms of action

Evidence for the efficacy of melatonin in the treatment of primary adult sleep disorders

Effects of exogenous melatonin on sleep: a meta-analysis

The effects of cannabidiol and analgesic expectancies on experimental pain reactivity in healthy adults

The Effects of Cannabidiol Oil on Noninvasive Measures of Muscle Damage in Men

Effects of Cannabidiol Cream on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

The influence cannabidiol on delayed onset of muscle soreness

The effects of L-theanine (Suntheanine®) on objective sleep quality in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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