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The Top Pros and Cons of Hemp Extracts for Athlete Recovery

The Top Pros and Cons of Hemp Extracts for Athlete Recovery

Outside Online mentions Hemp Extracts are revolutionizing how athletes recover from workouts. I researched the Top Pros and Cons of Hemp Extracts for Athlete Recovery so you know what to expect:

Top Pros:

  1. Better Sleep = Higher Performance.
  2. May reduce inflammation in tissue.
  3. Option to taking Opioids.
  4. Supports Muscle Recovery.
  5. Soothes Sprains and Injuries.
  6. Hemp Extracts can be administered at home or on-the-go.

Top Cons:

  1. Full Spectrum Products may cause you to test positive for THC.
  2. Negative Social Stigma.
  3. May take up to over a week before it begins to work in the body.

What is a Hemp Extract?

Hemp Extract are products made from the Hemp version of the Cannabis Sativa Plant. Hemp extracts contain naturally occurring CBD and low THC. While they do not make you high, Hemp naturally contains anti-inflammatory properties which many athletes use to help their bodies recover from strenuous exercise.

Check out this video below to learn how Hemp Extract can be used to treat Athlete pain:

Benefit #1.) Better Sleep = Higher Performance.

Why it mattersSleep is critical for helping joints and muscles heal during the post-workout phase of recovery.

Healthline mentions that Hemp Extract does not just increase the duration of sleep, but also the quality. The article quotes, “Many researchers say that Hemp Extracts may improve sleep because it tackles the root causes of insomnia.”

Benefit #2.) May reduce inflammation in tissue.

Why it matters You need to successfully recover in order to consistently perform at your highest.

The journal Future Medicinal Chemistry states “Hemp Extract oil is a novel method for managing inflammation in human tissue.” For athletes that have to push their bodies to the limit day after day, Hemp Extracts might be a real solution.

Benefit #3.) Option to taking Opioids.

Why it matters Hemp Extracts may provide a natural alternative to highly addictive Opioids.

Inflammation is a natural side-effect of the body’s process of creating new muscle tissue. The Physician and Sports Medicine Journal mentions that many athletes self-administer opioids before competition or workouts to pre-emptively prevent pain. While this may provide relief, the addictive nature of Opioids is a risk to our wellness. Hemp Extracts offer Athletes a natural alternative which may prove to be the safest choice for recovery.

Benefit #4.) Supports Muscle Recovery.

Why it matters Hemp Extracts may provide anti-inflammatory support for recovery muscle recovery.

Human Kinetics Journal mentions that high levels of training in athletes can cause inflammation, which leads to a reduced immune response resulting in illness from infection.

Hemp Extracts stimulate the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which may support increased speed of the athlete’s recovery while simultaneously managing the incidence of pain.

Benefit #5.) May Soothe Sprains and Injuries.

Why it matters – Sprains and injuries are bound to happen, so you need a way to stay in the game.

During the natural course of an athlete’s career, he or she may run into several strains and minor injuries. Hemp Extract Topicals may help soothe overworked areas.

Wired Magazine notes athletes use Hemp Extracts as part of their pain-management regime because they are more natural than other options.

Benefit #6.) CBD can be administered at home and on-the-go.

Why it matters – Athletes need an “on-the-go” solution that will harmonize with their busy lifestyles.

We formulate our CBD tinctures in small, portable, 4.25″ tall glass bottles that make CBD Supplementation easy and convenient.

The 3 Cons of Athletes Using Hemp Extracts

Although Hemp Extracts may provide impressive benefits for athlete recovery, there 3 major cons athletes should know about.

Con #1.) Full Spectrum Products may cause you to test positive for THC.

The Farm Bill of 2018 makes full spectrum Hemp Extracts legal in all 50 states if they contain .3% THC or less. The World Doping Agency notes that Hemp Extracts only containing naturally-occurring CBD, short for Cannabidiol, are allowed.

To avoid disqualification, athletes are best to look for a formula with 0% THC so they can take a drug test. Look products labeled “Isolate” as these are Hemp Products containing only naturally-occurring CBD.

It would also be wise to contact your local sport administrator to ensure you have clearance to use a Hemp Extract.

Con #2.) Negative Social Stigma.

Many people are understandable unaware that Hemp Extracts are not Marijuna. Athletes may be shunned for taking Hemp Extracts depending on how their team-mates or coach view and/understand the issue.

Con #3.) May take up to over a week before it begins to work in the body.

Just like we can become deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, we can be deficient in Cannabinoids. It can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks for the body to replenish it’s Cannabinoid Levels. But remember, consistency is the key that unlocks success with Hemp Extracts.

Here’s how to use a Hemp Extract:

  1. Choose a Hemp Extract Isolate Product.
  2. Use .75 ml daily for 2 weeks. We create our droppers to be numbered so you get it right every time. (Pictured Below)
  3. Place dropper under the tongue and hold for 10 seconds for maximum absorption.
  4. Give your body 1 – 2 weeks of daily use. If you feel you need more at the end of 2 weeks, dose up to .85 ml for 2 weeks.
Each Greenlife Tincture includes this numbered dropper so you can get it right every time.


Recovery is of vital importance for any athlete. If you are looking for natural pain relief to help you recover, I recommend starting with an Isolate Hemp Extract.

Thank you for taking the time to read The Pros and Cons of Hemp Extracts for Athlete Recovery. Helping you recover in a natural way is my passion, I hope this article gave you the info you are looking for.

To your health,

Jess Etchemendy

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