CBD and cycling: significant performance claims, but proceed with caution

Before you go all-in on the CBD trend, it's essential to understand what CBD is and what Anti-Doping has to say on the matter.

Picture of a cyclist using CBD drink mix
(Image credit: Twisted Spoke)

CBD products have become widely available in various outlets today, with grocery stores and health food stores prominently featuring them. For cyclists, options range from CBD-infused ride snacks to recovery beverages and even CBD chamois cream. 

Derived from the marijuana plant, CBD is believed to provide relief from pain and anxiety, promote better sleep, and alleviate inflammation, according to the Journal of Cannabis Research. Some companies go as far as claiming substantial performance benefits, including increased Vo2 and reduced blood lactate levels. 

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