The use of over-the-counter pain relievers (i.e. NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) poses greater health risk when used chronically. Currently, America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and as a result athletes are looking for alternatives to their pain relief. Cannabidiols’, or more commonly known as CBD, can be a potential source of pain relief and reduced inflammation without the risks associated with NSAIDs or opioids. Athletes have become increasingly aware that CBD has the potential to help protect their bodies by improving and reducing their recovery time.

So Why Use CBD?

First, it is important to know that athletes, especially professional ones, can utilize CBD legally. It was not till recently that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as well as the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition (2019 WADA Prohibited List). However, ONLY CBD was removed from the prohibited list but the psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, is still prohibited in competition, as are synthetic cannabinoids. Fortunately, Brio confidently provides our athletic customers with our Force Recovery sports wellness CBD products that follow the legally allowed limit of < 0.03 % THC in their products.

Therefore, it is also important to note that the WADA set a urinary threshold of 150 nano-grams per milliliter for THC. The higher threshold is designed to lower the risk of an athlete testing positive due to casual use outside of competition. Meaning that pain management outside of competition is allowed but CBD use during competition isn’t allowed, thus the threshold is used as a marker to make sure in-game use is detectable. (USA Today article in 2016)

Benefits of Athletes using CBD

CBD is known to:


  • Fight inflammation

  • Combat oxidative damage

  • Improve mood

  • Reduce stress

  • Enhance blood flow

  • Protect brain health and function

  • Relieve pain

  • Improve sleep quality


The above are all important to the recovery process of an athlete. It is no mystery as to why well-known athletes are using this alternative already.