We are in love with Tennis on so many levels. But as many recreational (and professional) tennis players know, it’s not easy on your mind or body. Yet, we still play the game as often as we can because connecting on that ball is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
As the popularity of tennis grows in the United States, attention to the professional sport has shown signs of mental and physical stress to even the most elite players. Although we do not all have the same pressure as these marvels of the court have, we still carry with us a lot of baggage that weighs down our game.
Fortunately for modern day tennis enthusiasts, the legalization of cannabis and the popularity of CBD has brought new natural solutions to the aches and pains we all experience on the court (or the next day). If it’s all about getting that extra edge on your opponent, cannabinoids including CBD have been found to make some major improvements to the health and wellness of players across the country.
Why is CBD becoming so popular for exercise?
First off, let us give you a quick reminder of what CBD actually is. Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is one of many cannabinoids discovered to help with inflammation and anxiety, with many more on the way, including CBG. These cannabinoids are capable of attaching to our internal Endocannabinoid System. Each and every single human being has an Endocannabinoid System that manages many bodily functions such as mood, pain, inflammation, and even hunger, with the release of our own internal cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. Recently, scientists discovered that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is responsible for the “Runner’s High” or “Exercise High.”
Phytocannabinoids, including CBD, is one of the few exogenous materials found in the natural world to affect and attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our ECS. What many users have voiced is their ability to manage pain and inflammation in order to perform at their best and recover quickly for the next time, with little to no side effects compared to synthetic drugs regularly available during cannabis prohibition.
CBD is in
The legalization of the cannabis plant is slowing rolling out. But CBD has made some big strides ahead of the cannabinoid pack. It’s therapeutic properties and lack of psychoactive effect has opened doors to sports around the world. And tennis is no exception. As of the date this article was published, CBD is allowed for professional tennis players that wish to apply more plant based and holistic remedies to improving their game thanks to the International Tennis Federation approving CBD for competition. Many professional athletes have also advocated publicly for the use and continue to break cultural norms for the benefit of all of our collective mental and physical health.
CBD specifically for Tennis
Swinging a racket and sudden quick movements come with some serious ailment to your joints and muscles. Anything from tennis elbow to back pain, CBD is a natural plant-based remedy for all your basic tennis needs. Although non-psychoactive, CBD can also help your mind focus less on the pain and more on the game. As many players know, tennis is just as much a mind game as it is technique. You need to be ready for anything, but also dish out the unexpected with accuracy and confidence.
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CBD is an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve muscle and joint pain without any known side-effects. CBD has even been found to release serotonin in your brain, allowing for a more pleasurable experience. They don’t say “keep your mind off the pain” for nothing.
Mind Body Connection
Tennis is perhaps one of the most mental games out there. You need to be confident and show your strength from all the way across the court the second you step on those lines. CBD’s ability to keep you calm during competition (and even practice) can give your the upper hand during a match. By relaxing the central nervous system, CBD has been found to be a great way to manage anxiety and reduce blood pressure.
Exercising has been proven to improve your sleep. However, if you’re still not sleeping well it makes it that much harder to exercise. Then you get stuck on a hamster wheel of chasing your health because you’re too tired to let it come to you. Especially for tennis players that have a big match that they’re preparing for, overthinking your strategy and opponent may just mean you lose hours out of your night resulting in exhaustion and poor performance. CBD has been found to help with sleep habits by decreasing nighttime cortisol levels, allowing for more optimal deep sleep.
Sports Science and Plant Research
With the discovery of all these incredible cannabinoids, the legalization of cannabis research has shown many benefits for active people across the country. However, there were few products that took into account the lifestyle of many athletes. Rather than creating something specifically for them, it was just another random CBD product to throw in their gym bag. That’s why we created a hydration supplement that provides all the benefits of CBD, and packs it with premium ingredients to better boost performance and suppress inflammation.
Our Enhanced Hydration formula uses the power of 20mg of Broad Spectrum CBD, CBG, L-Theanine, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Zinc to deliver a natural solution with way less sugar than regular sports drinks. Made to help you move, Enhanced Hydration does not sacrifice on the hydration part. Optimized for ideal electrolyte intake, with great subtle flavors that give you that boost you need when you need it most. Great for everyday athletes or tennis pros alike.
When reviewing our Enhanced Hydration mix, Tennis Magazine wrote “Imagine having Mansour Bahrami's sky-high energy, Naomi Osaka's poise on big points, and walking around the court with Andre Agassi's styled confidence.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of CBD, CBG or our Enhanced Hydration formula, you know where to find us!