Athletes are using CBD oil to kill pain but it’s risky and unproven

In January 2018, rugby player Dom Day was recuperating from a knee operation, and searching online for something that could speed up his recovery. The Saracens player came across an article about cannabidiol (CBD), which had recently been taken off the banned substances list by the World Anti-Doping Organisation.

CBD is an extract of the cannabis plant derived from hemp, which has lower concentrations of the psychoactive substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than marijuana. It has exploded in popularity as a health supplement, with users claiming it helps them dull chronic pain and inflammation, turn down the symptoms of anxiety, and get better sleep. In the US, sales are expected to hit a billion dollars by

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