CBD For Skiers: Is CBD Oil Effective For Pain After Fun on the Slopes?
Ski season is on its way to many places across the country and with the cooler weather, often comes winter and for some, chronic pain. To remedy, conventional pain medications such as NSAID’s (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), over-the-counter (OTC’s), and even opiates are often prescribed to manage chronic pain, soothe anxiety and other related symptoms, as well as recover from injuries from long days out in the backcountry.
Thankfully, we’re living in a time where more and more alternative options are becoming available to provide relief. One of them that has been exploding in popularity is cannabis’ CBD, also known as cannabidiol.
CBD is a cannabinoid derived from hemp plants and is considered non-psychoactive — meaning it will not cause any mind-altering effects like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Instead of being consumed recreationally, it is touted for its many therapeutic benefits and used for medicinal purposes. CBD is known for its ability to naturally provide relief in both the mind and body without the negative side effects typical of most pharmaceuticals.
Best of all, CBD is entirely legal for consumption in all 50 states, as it doesn’t produce any psychoactivity. CBD has also been shown to address the following:
- Prevents muscle spasms
- Relieves anxiety
- Reduces pain
- Prevents the development and spread of bacterial growth
- Boosts appetite
- Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Improves bone growth
- Improves skin conditions, including psoriasis and chronic acne
- Regulates sleeping and waking patterns
- Reduces inflammation
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
How Can Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Provide Skiers Pain Relief?
Since it’s known to provide anti-inflammatory effects, hemp-derived CBD may be able to help manage injuries and speed recovery.
Through its interaction with CB (cannabinoid) receptors found in the endocannabinoid system, (ECS) CBD works as an effective natural alternative for addressing joint pain as well as chronic pain, allowing for athletes and skiers to skip on the dangerous chemicals and addictive opioid painkillers altogether.
Former U.S. Ski Team star Chad Fleischer has suffered many knee and neck injuries throughout his career, which often caused chronic pain and required surgical attention.
After being prescribed several different medications (including opiates) and finding many to be ineffective for managing his injuries and related symptoms, Fleischer made the switch to CBD in the form of oil. Since his revelation of CBD, Wendy Fisher, Daron Rahlves, and other former U.S. Ski Team athletes are joining Fleischer in his quest to get CBD approved as a safe and effective painkiller for athletes.
In comparison, CBD is a far superior option to addictive (and many times ineffective) pain killers for a number of reasons. For one thing, CBD can be taken in many different ways — you may consume it orally in the form of an oil or capsule, smoke or vape it by way of inhalation, apply it topically, ingested it as an edible, or introduce it to the body via a suppository.
However, the fastest and most effective way to get the most out of your CBD before hitting the slopes is by consuming it in the form of a full-spectrum CBD oil. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain CBD as well as (cannabinol) CBN and cannabigerol (CBG) — other beneficial cannabinoids that just like their botanical cousin CBD, are non-psychoactive.
They also contain flavonoids, terpenes, and other chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that when working together, have the ability to provide a greater effect than what they would on their own.
This effect is commonly referred to by scientists as the entourage effect, which theorizes that cannabinoids are stronger and seem to boost the effectiveness of a CBD product when working in unison.
Cannabinoid Combination and Their Synergy
The term, entourage effect, was introduced some twenty years ago to propose the mechanism of how cannabis compounds work in synergy to regulate the overall psychoactive effects of the cannabis plant.
The idea is simple: other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the cannabis plant contains other cannabinoids and compounds like terpenes and flavonoids, and all these active and inactive constituents work together to produce what is called the magic of cannabis.
However, it was in 1998 when Shimon Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam published their study on the entourage effect of cannabinoid activity, which postulated that the number of inactive components increased the activity of the primary endocannabinoids. They believe that this also helped explain why there is an even greater effect produced than the isolated compounds.
A study of analgesia conducted on mouse models showed that pure CBD showed a therapeutic response, but only at a certain concentration with a narrow therapeutic window.
However, a plant extract including other natural components of the cannabis plant showed a more potent and efficacious dose-response than the pure CBD extract. The higher efficiency of the combined plant extract might be explained by the synergistic interactions between CBD and other constituents of cannabis.
By introducing CBD oil into the body before bashing moguls and spending all day in the snow, many skiers have reported enjoying a decreased feeling of the pain associated with prior injuries or chronic conditions as well as a full mind and body relaxation that provides a sense of clarity and improved focus.
Using sublingual administration, just a few drops of CBD oil may be able to alleviate any anxiety before trying that long-anticipated pre-gnar jump out on the slopes. If you’re not familiar with CBD and how a full-spectrum oil will affect you, be sure to take it up to an hour before hitting the slopes.
Also, please keep in mind that CBD will affect everyone differently. CBD is a personal experience and can be a bit tricky to gauge in terms of dosing, as everyone metabolizes CBD differently so we recommend starting with a low dose and slowly increase it until you find your personal “sweet spot”.
Here are a few things skiers looking to consume CBD should keep in mind before reaping its array of benefits:
- Choosing full-spectrum CBD oil can provide a greater benefit in the body – i.e. the “entourage effect”.
- CBD has exceptional anti-inflammatory effects that provide safe, natural, and effective pain management next to conventional painkillers.
- CBD oil (typically sublingual products) may be added to foods, beverages, and underneath your tongue.
- Consume CBD up to an hour before skiing or spending time outside in the cold or stressful situations for best results.
- 5 mg. of CBD is a safe dose to start off with. The key is to always start low and slow in the beginning and work your way up to your preferred dose.
As the popularity of medical and recreational of the cannabis plant grows more and more globally, folks are constantly looking for quicker, safer and more effective ways to consume it.
Overall, many skiers and athletes are turning to CBD oils as it can help them manage pain, recover from injuries, and prevent slope anxiety so they can ski longer and harder. While there are many routes of administration for CBD consumption, we recommend full-spectrum CBD oils over CBD isolates and any day of the week, due to their ability to produce synergistic effects in the body for a greater, more therapeutic effect.
Interested in trying out CBD before going out on your next ski adventure?
Take a look at our selection of full-spectrum CBD oils, which contain all of the essential bioactive chemicals that offer great therapeutical value so you can skip out on the pain and jump into the fun.