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Scott Douglas, author of Running is My Therapy, has a new book, The Athlete's Guide to CBD, that answers many of our questions about CBD. After reading this nifty little book, I feel like I know a lot more about CBD than I did previously. Douglas shares his experience as well as the experience of many other athletes who have found CBD to help them with performance as well as anxiety, insomnia, and recovery.
Douglas reviews the different formulations of CBD; the most commonly used forms are tinctures, sprays, and topicals. Tinctures and sprays are taken 'sublingually', that is under the tongue. There is quick absorption via that route. While some might be averse to putting something under the tongue, there are CBD capsules that can be taken orally, but keep in mind that the absorption from the GI tract is slow and not much gets absorbed overall. Topicals are applied to the area of the body that is causing problems. There is research that supports better absorption of CBD topically vs orally.
Other topics covered in the book include CBD and sleep, recovery, and anxiety. At the end of each chapter, Douglas summarizes key points in a handy little chart, which I found really helpful. At the very end of the book is a glossary as well as a checklist to help the reader make smart decisions when purchasing a CBD product. If you want to learn more about CBD, Douglas' book is a great place to start. I'm excited to see what the future holds for this amazing product.
I found Douglas' book very interesting. In fact, the entire book was a quick, easy read and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. If you like books that have just the facts, The Athlete's Guide to CBD will work for you. Douglas is a writer for Runner's World, and he does a great job of gathering a lot of information about CBD and putting it into an immensely readable book.
I find when I mention CBD to people they automatically think they will get high. Scott Douglas has written a great book with all the information one would need to decide if CBD would be helpful for them in their training. Douglas breaks down the difference of CBD and THC, how the CBD/THC is extracted, the different dosages, methods of administering (tincture, pill, topical etc) and which is more helpful for an athlete. Resources, studies and interviews from other athletes help a lot. I learned a lot that I didn't know about CBD, especially how our bodies (especially the endocannabinoid systems work) work & can use it CBD.
A great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about CBD especially athletes. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.