We are paying close attention to how sports organizations are responding to the new World Anti-Doping Agency's recent removal of CBD as a banned substance. After all, we are at a critical point in history in the usage of cannabis products, and the ways in which major sports organizations maneuver through this new landscape is very important.
Recently, the Big 3 Basketball League (or BIG3) announced that they will be allowing CBD for athletes effective immediately. Let's take a quick look at what's going on with the leagues beloved ex-NBA stars.
WHAT IS THE BIG 3?
The BIG3 is a 3 on 3 basketball league created by Ice Cube (yes that Ice Cube) that stars former NBA talent. Big names such as Nate Robinson, Al Harrington, Carlos Boozer and Metta World Peace are among the stars of the league. The league may be new - having its fresh debut in 2017 - but is already seeing early success. Last year, it was broadcast in over 30 countries and was drawing in medium-tier ratings, which, for a new league, is an outstanding start.
THE CBD OIL BOOM
With CBD oil's recent boom in the market (especially since you can get CBD online), it's not surprising that the BIG3 is looking to capitalize on the supplement's benefits by allowing CBD for athletes.
This news comes after a recent study of 644 retired NFL players, which showed that 52% of them used opioids during their career (of which 71% reported abusing them.) The entire athletic industry is starting to turn its eyes towards CBD hemp oil as an effective alternative to the highly-addictive and life-destroying opiate industry.
Pain management plays a large role in why the Big 3 allows CBD for athletes (especially since most of these athletes have already had years of wear and tear), but the benefits exceed pain management.
In fact, CBD oil shows significant promises for athletes including, but extending far beyond, pain management.
- CBD oil has been shown to not only have potent pain-killing properties; it can also be combined with opiates to reduce the overall dosage needed.
- Researchers in Neurotherapeutics released a study which highlighted the use of CBD oil as a treatment for anxiety disorders, which included panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- CBD has promising research regarding its anti-inflammatory properties. One group of researchers found that cannabinoids (such as CBD oil) provide potent treatment against inflammatory disorders.
There is a wealth of research studies regarding CBD oils effect on athletes mood, minds, and bodies. So, to us at least, it seems like a no-brainer to include CBD oil as part of your daily regimen if you're an athlete. Of course, science alone isn't going to push the change (which has been evident), so it's crucial that the community, the players, and the staff stand behind the change, which is precisely what we have been seeing.
THE BIG DECISION
"I had a knee surgery, I consider it a botched knee surgery…. you have nothing but pain pills to get through that … I tried it. I have not taken a pharmaceutical or anti-inflammatory pain pill since. Ever since that happened -- and I've had three surgeries since then -- I managed all of my pain through cannabis." - Al Harrington
It seems like a large part of this decision has come from the owner of the league, who was willing to bypass long-standing negative connotations in favor of scientific results. It was also, however, due in large part to one particular player (and the MVP) of the league.
Al Harrington was last year's first, and currently the only, MVP in the BIG3. Al has been on the forefront of the marijuana debate in athleticism. He owns a dispensary, is an avid proponent of CBD oil usage, and is currently selling his own line of vape products.
Al Harrington has been using CBD oil for years in order to treat an injury that he sustained on the court. Now that the Big 3 allows CBD for athletes, Harrington has been jumping at the opportunity to give his teammates (as well as players around the Big 3) creams and other solutions. For Al, CBD oil has become part of his business as well as his life goal.
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