Preliminary research suggests that CBD may reduce food intake and boost metabolism, which could promote the loss of fat.

In a two-week study, rats were injected with CBD daily at doses of 1.1 and 2.3 mg per pound of body weight (2.5 and 5 mg per kg). Both doses produced significant reductions in body weight, with the higher dose having the most pronounced effect (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2117240617).

Two types of fat — white and brown — exist in your body. White fat is the predominant form, responsible for storing and supplying energy while insulating and cushioning your organs (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4481171/). When in excess it is also responsible for chronic illnesses – such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.

Brown fat is responsible for generating heat by burning calories. Individuals with a healthy weight tend to have more brown fat than overweight people (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4481171/).

You can convert white fat to brown by exercising, getting adequate sleep, and exposing yourself to cold temperatures (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5893183/).

A test-tube study found that CBD led to “browning” in white fat cells and enhanced the expression of specific genes and proteins that promote

brown fat (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27067870).

CBD may promote weight loss by reducing appetite, boosting metabolism, and encouraging the “browning” of fat cells. However, research is currently limited, and more human studies are needed.

As there is no evidence that CBD has performance enhancing properties, it does not contravene the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Association. As of 2018, the WADA removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition – and the US Anti-Doping Agency did likewise. However, THC is still included as a banned substance.

Athletes put a lot of stress on their bodies. Training stress stimulates adaptation and increased performance, but physical trauma and prolonged wear and tear also lead to injuries and pain. Current methods of pain management are effective, but they’re also killing people through the use of OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. In search of improved sports recovery and safer pain relief, many athletes are exploring the use of cannabidiol or CBD for athletes.

Because of its pain-relieving properties – including musculoskeletal pain from exercise – CBD Oil can be useful when used as a supplement for athletes recovering from injury.