Researcher Dr. Natasha Ryz says cannabis is more than a powerful anti-inflammatory for athletes
It might seem contradictory to think of cannabis in the context of athletic performance. But one researcher believes it has the potential to be the next big ingredient in the health and wellness industry. Specifically as a way to target inflammation and more.
Through her research in the fields of experimental medicine, nutrition, and her work on intestinal disorders, Dr Natasha Ryz has shown how cannabis and its various compounds could have applications as an anti-inflammatory. Which could be beneficial for patients with something other than bowel problems. If we're talking about exercise and athleticism, think of exercise-induced muscle damage, sprains, and other chronic or recurring injuries.
Although preliminary data using human subjects is limited, Ryz supports his research with Georgia Straight. The latter studies the active compounds of cannabis on mice and rats. As a result, cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] and cannabidiol [CBD] can prevent damage caused by inflammation.
“These studies looked at inflammatory markers, and what's interesting is that they showed that THC alone had effects, and CBD alone had effects, but when you combine them they work better,” says -she.
As scientists have discovered with other conditions, compounds in cannabis are generally most effective when they are administered together. Rye says that a separate human trial has shown that long-term cannabis users have lower levels of an inflammatory marker known as C-reactive protein.
While this starting point for future research is a given that Ryz could infer from, she says she can only seriously consider it after a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
Intervention of terpenes
She says she is convinced that as more researchers seek out the potential of cannabis, they will find that other compounds in the plant hold promise in the area of inflammation as well.
“Targeting inflammation is going to be very important in the future of what cannabinoids can do, and it's not just cannabinoids but terpenes and all those other compounds in cannabis,” she says.
Terpenes, such as limonene or linalool, are compounds that we associate with certain flavors. They are commonly used in aromatherapy, but occur naturally in everything from cannabis to flowers to herbs and more.
“What's interesting is when we reduce inflammation, because it plays a role in so many other diseases, we also reduce pain, damage, and other side effects,” Ryz adds.
Cannabis for athletes
For athletes and those on a strict exercise regimen, reducing inflammation can be essential. Thus it allows the increase in performance and endurance.
While scientists await more concrete data, athletes of all levels have chosen cannabis, albeit quietly, but for years of use ...
Only recently have professional athletes started to open up about their cannabis use. This by sharing that they don't just use it as a way to target muscle pain and chronic pain. Finally, athletes consume the grass to inspire them on the pitch, in terms of creativity.
The most recent common memory memory is Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati. This one won the Olympic gold medal in 1998 with 17,8 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood… This is more than eight times the limit imposed under the federal Liberal government's Bill C-46. Rebagliati still refers to cannabis as "a performance-enhancing drug».
« They use cannabis in a way that goes beyond inflammation“Ryz says of professional athletes. She refers to Nick Diaz and former NFL player Ricky Williams.
“I guess you could say it's an improvement, because it keeps you in the moment. It helps you stay calm. It helps your anxiety, ”she says. “But having said that, it's experienced users who have trained their bodies to respond to this. They found the right cultivars to do this ”.
While athletes can use cannabis to reduce inflammation and perform better on the court, Ryz saw first-hand how incorporating cannabis into the most attractive lifestyle can help make better lifestyle choices. . Cannabis which could lead to future applications like weight loss and increased metabolism.