The First Pro Athlete with a Cannabis Brand Sponsor

Tanner Hall has been a longtime advocate of using cannabis to enrich your life. After winning X-Games Gold Medals and shooting some of the most memorable film segments, it soon became clear that Tanner’s cannabis use was not just a phase, but rather a key to his success. Unfortunately, this has not always been easy – at times resulting in lost sponsors and undue judgment from fans. However, Tanner is no stranger to pushing forward in the name of progress; whether it’s in skiing or smoking, Tanner does it his way. I have rounded up some recent interviews and articles highlighting Tanner Hall’s involvement and dedication to redefining the perception of cannabis users. To learn more about his new SKIBOSS collection, click here.

High Times Interview

In this recent interview with High Times Magazine, Tanner addresses when he first started smoking, how cannabis relates to skiing, and how he managed to fight an opiate addiction with cannabis use.

Cannabis Now Interview

In an interview with Cannabis Now Magazine, Tanner speaks out about the ‘lazy pothead’ stereotype and his favorite strains.

CNMThere’s a stigma still with cannabis smokers, but you’re kind of the opposite of the cliché lazy pothead. You’re ambitious and successful.

THI think it’s all a mind state. If you set your mind to something, you can pretty much do anything you want. The human body is pretty incredible and the human brain is a pretty powerful muscle. I’m not gonna sit here and say weed doesn’t make you lazy. It does different things to different people. Like me with alcohol, I just go bananas. Other people can drink it. But for me, when I smoke I have so much energy and motivation, instead of being all ADD-brained out where you don’t know which way to start.

CNMDo you have a favorite go-to strain?

THI’m kinda old school. I really like Afgoo. Lately I’ve been smoking some Girl Scout Cookies, they’re really nice… and then when I’m down in Southern California, it’s always Sweet Dream.

The Denver Post Interview

Tanner sat down with the Denver Post to talk about why he didn’t compete at Sochi and the double standard of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Hall considered making a run for the Sochi Games but bailed after “all the bureaucratic (expletive).”

“Drugs are stupid, dude. I know that. Let’s keep it natural,” Hall said. “Under the FIS rules, you can drink as much alcohol as you can, take crazy pills with a prescription. But if you happen to set that little tree on fire and smell it, you’re out. Think about that. Big up to Washington and Colorado for leading the charge.”

 

Freeskier Interview

Curious just how much tanner smokes when skiing? In an interview with Freeskier Magazine, he stated;

“Personally, I definitely think it’s safe to smoke and ski. I smoked a joint before just about every competition I did. But everybody reacts different to it.”

Black Rock Originals SKIBOSS Collection

The SKIBOSS Collection bridges the gap between cannabis and athletes.

All of the products were created to suit Hall’s preferences. The Tanner Hall SKIBOSS collection features everything you’ll need to roll a joint, fits neatly inside Black Rock’s signature Safety Case, and can be purchased for $14.95.

 

Flow State: Cannabis Helps Athetes Get in the Zone

Have you ever felt ‘in the zone’? That beautiful balance of exhilarating slow motion when you can anticipate your next move with ease and precision – your execution becomes subconscious excellence. In essence, you are fully absorbed in the activity at hand.

The experience of flow is typically characterized by feelings of spontaneous joy and rapture, despite a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions. This is the same sensation artists, athletes, performers, and professionals have when they ‘get lost in their work’, disregarding the need for food, water and sleep.

In the field of psychology, this is known as flow, the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Claremont Graduate University psychologist, coined the term ‘flow’, although the phenomenon has existed for thousands of years under other guises. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It involves full mental immersion and keeping emotions positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.

How is This Possible?

With the exception of basic bodily functions like hunger and pain, people are able to decide what they want to focus their attention on. However, when one is in the flow state, they are fully immersed in the activity, and without making the conscious decision to do so, lose awareness of all other things. Because all of the attention of the person in the flow state is focused on the immediate task; there is no more attention to be allocated to things like time, people, distractions, and bodily functions.

The flow state can be entered while partaking any activity; however, it is more likely to occur when one is performing an activity for intrinsic purposes. Passive activities like showering and watching TV usually don’t bring out flow experiences, as the individual is not actively engaged. Regardless of the specific activity, three external conditions must be met to engage in a flow state:

  1. Clear goals. Adding direction and structure to the task creates purpose.
  2. Unambiguous feedback. You’re immediately capable of negotiating new demands and adjusting your performance to maintain the state of flow.
  3. Success potential. A balance between the perceived challenges of the activity and your perceived ability to perform favorably.

Components of Flow

Jeanne Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi have identified six factors that encompass an experience of flow. While these aspects can appear independently of each other, only in combination do they constitute the flow experience.

  1. The merging of action and awareness, as participation in the activity becomes both automatic and spontaneous
  2. You’re focused only on you, creating loss of reflective self-consciousness
  3. Intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  4. With practice you develop sense of control over the activity
  5. Slow mo vision has set in, your experience of time is altered
  6. You intrinsically enjoy the experience, also referred to as autotelic experience

Components of Cannabis

Many athletes have pre-competition routines designed to increase focus and motivation. Some utilize meditation techniques while others choose less traditional avenues like consuming cannabis. You may be wondering how cannabis could possibly help an elite athlete competing on an international scale, but the parallels between cannabis and flow are more than just a coincidence. Cannabis induces a number of effects in users; those that pertain to flow are as follows (corresponds to numbers 1-6 above):

  1. Cannabis merges the mind and body by stimulating spirituality and a diminished sense of self
  2. Alleviates stress and anxiety, providing a relaxed mental state
  3. Sativa induces feelings of focus and increased energy levels
  4. Cannabinoids have been shown to regulate neuroplasticity, the structural changes and new connections made between neurons when learning and mastering a specialized skill
  5. Users self-report the experience of a slowed perception of time
  6. Inherently induces feelings of euphoria during favorable activities

Still Don’t Believe Me?

You may not be aware (as many athletes must hide their usage), but cannabis use among elite athletes is very prevalent. Athletics inherently create the conditions required to elicit a state of flow. Thus it is not surprising that so many athletes have experienced the state a flow when training or competing.

 

Within the context of sports, Roy Palmer suggests that ‘being in the zone’ may actually influence movement patterns as better integration of the conscious and subconscious reflex functions improves coordination. It is not uncommon for athletes to describe their performance while achieving personal bests as effortless and natural.

Here are some statistics for you:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Rebagliati won the giant slalom event at the 1998 Nagano games with THC in his blood
  • Tanner Hall, freeskiing pioneer and 7-time X-Games Gold Medalist has incorporated cannabis into his skiing and recovery regimens, becoming the first professional athlete with a cannabis pro model sponsorship
  • Former NFL lineman Lomas Brown said that at least 50 percent of the league’s players smoke cannabis
  • Former NBA guard Robert Pack once put the association’s cannabis usage rate at 70 percent
  • Elite triathlete Clifford Drusinsky (39 years old) took the podium for his age group in nine major triathlons in 2013 while using cannabis to train and compete
  • Former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson used marijuana during his six seasons in the NFL to deal with pain
  • International cricket star Sir Ian Botham used cannabis regularly during his career
  • Pro wrestler Rob Van Dam has publically stated that he personally knows “boxers, bodybuilders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana”
  • Pro Skateboarder Bob Burnquist has publicly stated that he’s learned “a lot of tricks while stoned.”

The Challenge: Everyone Responds Differently

But if athletics activities present the perfect opportunity to enter the state of flow, why is it so difficult to elicit on command? The short answer; the conditions of the activity or the mental requirements of the participant are not met. The goal is to pick an activity that you are competent in and passionate about, and then to use cannabis as a tool to induce the ideal mindset.

Cannabis, like your diet and overall nutrition, can both enhance and impair one’s performance as it pertains to athletics. The challenge when incorporating cannabis in an athletic regimen is selecting the correct strain, dosage, and delivery method. We can help you learn more about how to use cannabis when exercising and how to use cannabis for recovery. Furthermore, you can explore our strain guidedosage guide, and the guide to unlocking your full athletic potential through cannabis with Olympian Ross Rebagliati.

Focus on the Activity, Not the Stash

Managing your smoking supplies in between activities and adventures can be challenging, especially when subjected to the elements. However, with the right smoking kit at your disposal, you can focus on the activity on hand instead of the integrity of your stash.

How to Exercise High: Cannabis Tips for Athletes

The idea of a pre-workout routine is commonplace in the world of athletics. Maybe you pound a protein shake, visualize your run, or go through your favorite warm up. However, for many athletes, cannabis consumption is an essential component of their pre-workout routine and they consistently travel with a stash. In addition to the mental piece, cannabis also induces physical effects that can enhance athletic performance – or at least make it more pleasurable. You’re probably wondering, how can cannabis possibly be considered a ‘performance enhancing drug’? Cannabis provides many benefits that athletes are able to harness before, during, and after activity. This guide will help you understand how cannabis aids in athletic performance and how to leverage these benefits in your own athletic endeavors.

  1. Start with Strain: Cannabis Sativa

    Weed is weed, right? WRONG. Just like there is good weed and bad weed, there are two primary species of cannabis, they are known as cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. You can think of this like red wine and white wine. Whether you’re an experienced consumer or just learning, selecting the appropriate strain is one of the most important, yet often overlooked steps.

    As a general rule of thumb, most athletes will benefit from incorporating a sativa strain into their pre-workout routine, as opposed to an indica strain, which is better suited for recovery. Sativa strains provide increased energy, focus, creativity, and euphoria. On the other hand, indica strains provide stress and anxiety relief, suppress nausea, and appetite stimulation, which are great choices for your post-workout cannabis therapy.

    There are also hybrid strains that take on characteristics of both the indica and sativa species. Because each of us has a unique brain and endocannabinoid system wiring, we all respond to cannabis is slightly different way. This means that selecting strains is easier said than done, but a quick conversation with your budtender or caregiver should help you find the appropriate sativa for your next workout.
    Popular sativa strains often end in ‘haze’ like Super Silver Haze, Super Lemon Haze, Purple Haze, Ghost Train Haze. Other popular sativas are Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Durban Poison, Acapulco Gold, East Coast Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, and Green Crack.

  2. Use a Vaporizer or Eat Edibles

    Vaporizersediblestinctures, and topicals are best suited for athletes. Despite its prevalence, smoking cannabis is not actually the preferred consumption method for most athletes. Smoking is simply not as effective at delivering isolated cannabinoids (the therapeutic compounds in cannabis). Remember, the THC in your edibles or vaporizer came from cannabis buds, so make sure the cookie or concentrate is labeled sativa.

Vaporizing: Vaporizing either flower or cannabis concentrates will deliver immediate benefits and the effects will last anywhere from 30-90 minutes. You’ll achieve the same effects if you dab as well. A solventless sativa-hybrid dab before skiing really helps us find the flow.

Edibles: Ingestion of cannabis results in a delayed onset time. Relief likely wont be felt for 30+ minutes; however, the effects will last for 2-4+ hours, which is ideal for endurance activities like running, backpacking, climbing, or swimming.

Tinctures: One of the more discreet options, but a bit more challenging to acquire in non-legal states (although you can make your own). Relief likely won’t be felt for 15+ minutes; however, the effects will last for 1-3+ hours.

Topicals: Perfect for treating muscle, joint, and surface-oriented pain. This type of treatment does not provide the typical THC ‘high’, it is simply localized pain relief similar to Bengay or IcyHot.

  1. Start with a Small Dose

    Managing dosage can be the most challenging part of the process. That said, you should try any new cannabis products at home in a comfortable setting to see how your body responds before incorporating them into your exercise routine. Research and anecdotal evidence shows that there is a fine line between enhancing performance and detracting from it. Dosage in this case refers to managing the amount of THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis (as other beneficial compounds like CBD are non-psychoactive). You will notice that the recommended dosages vary with each consumption method.

    Vaporization: Take just a couple slow and steady inhalations; the effects will be felt within minutes. Wait a minimum of 15 minutes before deciding to repeat. You can always bring a portable vaporizer with you for additional dosing.

    Edibles: For occasional consumers, we recommend 5-10mg of THC. In the state of Colorado, 10mg is considered a single serving size.

    Tinctures: 2-4 drops of the cannabinoid-rich liquid under the tongue is often a sufficient starting dose. The effects will be felt within roughly 15 minutes.

    Topicals: Start with a few sprays and apply more as desired. Because they are non-psychoactive, you run little risk of overdoing it.

  2. Get Outside

    Going to the gym is probably not going to deliver the experience you’re hoping for. The energetic nature of cannabis sativa can sometimes create anxiety, so you don’t want to be on the treadmill or bench press and wondering if everyone knows you’re high. Hit the park, the trail, the beach, the mountain…anywhere with some fresh air and space to connect body and mind.

  3. Choose the Right Activity

    For your first high activity, it’s important that you pick an activity that you are competent in and passionate about. Consuming cannabis before trying any new sport probably won’t go too well, unless you’re Travis Pastrana. It is also important to set challenging but achievable goals in conjunction with the activity. Practically, this means picking the right ski run or a realistic run time.

  4. Push Yourself

    Cannabis is a mood enhancer that increases your pain threshold, which means you won’t hate that grueling hill or that final lap quite as much. As some athletes say, the THC helps you embrace the suffering.

  5. Find Your Zone

    Everyone reacts differently to each type of cannabis, which means some activities and strains are going to pair better than others. For example, someone doing one hour of yoga will want a totally different strain, dosage, and consumption method than a backpacker. To learn more about how choose, check out a few of our favorite cannabis exercise ideas.

  6. Use CBD for Recovery

    what is cbd oil

    Cannabis is an extremely potent plant from a medical perspective. There are specific strains that are rich in a compound called CBD. Instead of getting you ‘stoned’, CBD works in myriad ways to heal your body.

What are the Benefits?

Increased Pain Tolerance: Cannabis is an analgesic, helping to alleviate pain both during and after exercise. Some athletes are actually able to increase their pain threshold by using cannabis prior to exercising. Andrea Giuffrida, an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, explains “the endocannabinoid system works like endorphins” – aerobic exercise actually activates the endocannabinoid system in the same way that the cannabis plant does. Thus, endocannabinoids (produced naturally in the body without aid from cannabis), which regulate pain, mood, and memory, can actually help you push through an intense workout similar to the effect of endorphins.

State of Flow: Cannabis helps athletes induce a mindset that is ideal for entering the state of flow. Consuming certain cannabinoids leads to increased focus and energy levels. For a more on how cannabis helps athletes get in the zone, check out our guide.

Creativity: Cannabis stimulates creativity by allowing the brain to connect seemingly unrelated concepts. This allows athletes like skiers, surfers, and mountain bikers to pick more creative lines and make connections they otherwise may not have made. Many athletes self-report an increased sense of fluidness or float when using cannabis with sport.

Improving Mood: Cannabis is a mood enhancer, helping athletes enjoy and focus on repetitive athletic tasks.

Anti-Inflammatory: The potent anti-inflammatory effects of THC and CBD can be used to help athletes loosen up prior to exercising. Cannabis helps alleviate stiff, sore muscles and joints.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

    Consume cannabis sativa via vaporizer, dabbing or edibles
    Trying the delivery method and dose at home beforehand to find your preference
    Get outside, do an activity you’re competent in, and enjoy

Olympian Ross Rebagliati On Unlocking Your Full Potential With Cannabis

Ross Rebagliati is a Canadian professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist. After winning the giant slalom event at the 1998 Nagano games, he was found to have THC in his blood and was automatically disqualified. The controversial decision was later overturned as THC was not actually on the list of banned substances, and Ross was given back the gold medal. But why strip the medal from any Olympian for testing positive to a substance that wasn’t actually banned? It was out of this frustration that Ross began to fight back – becoming an activist, businessman, and spokesperson for cannabis. We sat down to talk with Ross about how you can incorporate cannabis into your life in a healthy way.

What is your preferred consumption method?

I prefer edibles for the morning and the evening if I have a busy day. Concentrate vaporizers are also convenient for certain situations.

Many perceive cannabis as a lazy drug, how do you manage to stay so active and motivated while consuming?

The perception that cannabis is a lazy drug is nothing more than that. Each person has a choice in life to be productive or not. Sure an inexperienced user could inadvertently get they’re hands on some heavy indica and end up in a couch lock situation, but that’s not how educated cannabis users operate. For me, cannabis unlocks the potential within everyday. Whether its with my family or pulling extra hours at work, cannabis helps me appreciate every moment for what its worth. Personally, cannabis also has an uncanny quality of bringing priorities to the surface, helping me better manage my day, week, month, year and life in general.

Can you tell me specifically about your cannabis regimen as it pertains to athletics?

With regard to athletics, my cannabis consumption regime isn’t much different then another day. I always wake up around 5 or 6 am and have coffee with medicated honey as sweetener. If I’m going to the gym (like most days at 6am), I’ll use my RossGold vape pen with wax or shatter in the parking lot right before I go in to increase motivation and focus. Typically, I’ll have 3 or 4 puffs. This dose would vary depending on ones individual tolerance. Depending on the activity, I would also use cannabis as a recovery tool. For example, after a 60 mile bike ride, I would use a high CBD strain of flower or extract to conquer achy, inflamed muscles. If I actually incur an open wound i.e. a cut or road rash, then I use a sativa with lots of THC to manage that kind of pain. Mixing two of these strains together in a joint or vaporizer can be effective in treating both kinds of pain at the same time. Hybrids are now becoming standard with sativa and indica bred together with varying ratios of THC to CBD. When I need to get to bed early and recover from a crazy day, I will eat 2-4 medicated chocolates (2 doses per chocolate), which aid with sleep. I will have 2 chocolates at night on a normal day and increase the dose depending on my physical output and stress level that day. Getting the required sleep each night is perhaps the most important aspect of being healthy. Muscles grow and recover best during deep sleep.

What’s in your snowboarding stash? How do you carry it?

Over the years my snowboard stash has changed with the times. It would normally be 3 or 4 joints for the day, totaling 3-4 grams. I like to pre-roll if possible. These days it’ll be using edibles in the morning to combat sore muscles from the day before and then using high-THC activity-ready sativa strains during the day for focus, awareness, and alertness. Our RossGold vape pens are great in a blizzard as they can be operated with gloves on in gale force winds. In the old days, I would use a film container. Kids these days wouldn’t even know what I’m talking about…(laughs).

 

Do you think that the stigma of cannabis users has changed as of recent?

The stigma surrounding cannabis use has changed for the better. The continued research and scientific evidence is changing the way open minded individuals perceive cannabis use. People now realize the ideological thinking of the past that kept cannabis illegal was a mistake. The benefits of cannabis are far reaching and have yet to be fully explored. Having said that, the safety (lack of toxicity and side-effects) of cannabis makes its mainstream recreational acceptance stellar when compared to other legal, recreational products like alcohol and tobacco.

What else do you recommend people to do help refine the perception of cannabis?

Practice sensible ‘sensi’ etiquette, but also, many businesses could provide appropriate smoking areas. This would get puffers off the chairlift and into a designated public consumption area. Spaces where people can get together and be social – ski resorts, golf courses, hotels, tour groups, etc. need to include this marketing adjustment into their future business plans; providing areas and/or entire venues that are cannabis friendly. The financial upside would be enormous. This sort of action would really be forward thinking and help normalize cannabis use. Get it out of the shadows and be proud, just in a respectful way!

What is CBD? How Cannabis Aids Athletic Recovery

While using cannabis as a pre-workout supplement may sound crazy, it is not uncommon for elite athletes to use cannabis as a recovery tool as well. After an intense workout or training session, you may be tired, sore, or even nauseous. Many people in this situation may toss back two or three Ibuprofen, crack a beer to take the edge off and call it good.

However, what you may not realize is that NSAID drugs like Ibuprofen and Aleve are extremely dangerous, especially when used with regularity. If deaths from the toxic effects of NSAID drugs were tabulated separately, these drug toxicities would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States.

Therefore, we suggest athletes stick to a more powerful, less toxic, and naturally occurring substance like cannabis. In this guide, we will help you understand the benefits of cannabis as a recovery tool and how to garner these benefits in your own post-workout regimen.

Now you might be thinking “I just had a great workout, my head is clear, the last thing I want to do is get ‘high’.” You don’t have to – you can reap the therapeutic benefits of cannabis with no psychoactivity. How is this possible? Simply put, cannabis is comprised of several different beneficial compounds known as cannabinoids; some are psychoactive and others are not.

What is CBD?

Of the 85 known cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are usually present in the highest concentrations and are therefore the most widely studied. Your typical ‘street weed’ was grown for maximum THC, the specific compound that gets you ‘high’. In fact, several studies suggest that CBD actually counters the high caused by THC.

On the other hand, strains grown for maximum CBD typically have lower concentrations of THC and are bred for medical and therapeutic applications. To increase the efficacy of CBD, it’s often extracted from the plant and used as a concentrate. This makes CBD ideal for treating parents, athletes, children, the elderly, and those who want to remain clear headed.

Speak with your caregiver or budtender and ask for a ‘high-cbd’ flower, like Lifter strain and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. from Canna Comforts (shown in image below). You can also get CBD in many other forms.

Post-Workout: Indica or High-CBD

When using cannabis for physical and mental recovery, you will likely be looking for pain relieving, relaxing, anti-inflammatory strains. These properties are found primarily in indica strains and those strains containing high levels of cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis strains of the indica variety provide athletes a deeply relaxing body high that helps both the mind and the muscles relax.

If you’re looking to avoid feeling ‘high’ or getting stuck on the couch, you should try a non-psychoactive CBD-rich strain. CBD has a wider scope of therapeutic benefits than any other cannabinoid and is effective even in small doses. Thus, it is my recommendation that you choose an indica dominant strain and/or a CBD-rich strain to take advantage of these beneficial post-workout effects.

How to Consume CBD-rich cannabis

CBD-rich strains can be found in flower, concentrate, and edible form. However, the best consumption method for you will depend on how quickly you seek relief. For instant relief, we recommend smoking or vaporizing high-CBD flower and/or concentrates.

If you seek instant relief without the respiratory irritation, we recommend loading a high-CBD concentrate in a Pebble for storage in the Safety Case vaporizer kit. Simply pack the protective case in your gym bag or backpack and you will be ready to vape as soon as you finish your last mile.

For sustained relief throughout the day or evening, we suggest consuming a high-CBD edible. Start with a 10 mg dose of CBD to see how your body responds and then continue to increase dosage as needed. Keep in mind that it may take up to 90 minutes before the effects of the edible begin to kick in. This is why so many athletes pair the edible with one of the fast acting consumption methods above.

What are the benefits?

Pain: Cannabis is an analgesic, helping to alleviate pain both during and after exercise. Many athletes, like Olympian Ross Rebagliati, use cannabis following their workouts to continue managing pain from achy muscles.

Inflammation: Both CBD and THC are extremely effective in managing inflammation post exercise. Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory agents and they exert their effects through induction of apoptosis, inhibition of cell proliferation, suppression of cytokine production and induction of T-regulatory cells (Tregs).

Sleep and Relaxation: Cannabinoids are known to have both relaxing and sedative effects on users. In fact, cannabis with concentrations of CBN approaching 1% by weight can be useful in treating insomnia. Getting the required sleep each night is perhaps the most important aspect of being a healthy athlete – muscles grow and recover best during deep sleep.

Decreasing Nausea: Cannabis has anti-emetic effects, helping athletes reduce nausea during and after exercise. In fact, many studies have shown that for treating nausea and vomiting, cannabinoids are more effective than older medications such as phenothiazines (e.g., Stemetil®) or antihistaminics (e.g., Dramamine®).

Reduction of Muscle Spasms: Cannabinoids are known to have antispasmodic properties. Some causes of muscle spasms in athletes include straining of a muscle, dehydration, trauma, and damage to nerves or to the spinal cord.

Increasing Appetite: Cannabis is a safe way to stimulate appetite. Powerlifters, MMA fighters, and other athletes with demanding eating regimens often find that cannabis encourages them to take in more calories than they might have otherwise. Cannabis increases the levels of two key hunger-regulating hormones, ghrelin and leptin, without significantly altering insulin levels.

Protection of Heart, Lung, and Brain: In several studies, CBD has been shown to decrease inflammation while offering protection for the heart, lungs, and brain during and after injury. In fact, the short-term neuroprotective effects of CBD in the brain continue to be researched for purposes of treating sports concussions.

A Quick Note About CBD & Drug Testing

If drug testing is a part of the conditions of your employment, competitive status, or sponsorship, you might be concerned about the potential of CBD to cause you to test positive for THC. This isn’t an unfounded concern — however, there isn’t exactly a cut-and-dry way to answer it.

Much of the data we have about CBD is anecdotal, and its potential impact on drug testing is no exception.  There are very few peer-reviewed studies on the subject, but there appears to be a small risk of a false positive for some users. Avoiding full-spectrum products containing traces of THC can reduce your risk of a false positive, but that may not eliminate the risk entirely.

If you are concerned about passing a drug test, you should consider this potential risk when deciding whether CBD is right for you. To learn more about the science of CBD and drug testing, check out our article for a more thorough discussion of how to minimize your risk of a false positive.