The World Anti-Doping Agency just gave Olympic athletes the green light to use CBD products — or cannabinoids — to manage their pain.

And it only took 2,800 years.  The ancient Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides wrote extensively about CBD and cannabis in his five-volume medical text.  This is tremendous news for people who depend on their bodies to perform at peak levels day in and day out.

Cannabis-based remedies were one of the world’s leading medicines for thousands of years.  The two oldest forms of medicine — Ayurveda and Chinese — used CBD oil to treat everything from high blood pressure and cancer to sexual dysfunction and pain.  Also, the ancient Egyptians wrote extensively about it in the world’s oldest medical textbook, the Ebers Papyrus.  As it turns out, the very first Olympians, back in 776 B.C., used CBD oil to treat a variety of illnesses and ailments.  Years later, the ancient Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides, wrote extensively about it in his medical text De Materia Medica.  In this five-volume Pharmacopeia, he said that “[cannabis] is a plant of much use in this life” and that its uses include… “the treatment of inflammation and [arthritis],” as well as the “twisting of the sinews,” or tendons.

CBD was also widely used extensively in America until the 1930s. In fact, it made up half of all medicines prescribed and sold… but then the government got involved and declared this lifesaving drug illegal. Luckily, they’ve reversed course in recent years. Today, CBD products are legal in many states.  A 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly suppressed chronic inflammation and pain in animals without causing either tolerance or addiction.  In a separate study, researchers applied CBD oil to severely arthritic rats for four days. Their research reported a significant drop in inflammation and pain, without side effects.  A third study followed 2,700 cancer patients in severe pain for six months. After using CBD oil, almost every single study participant reported that their chronic pain was cut in half — with none of the side effects they got from their prescription medications.

If severe pain were all that CBD treated, it would still be an amazing product, but this miracle oil has also been proven to treat cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.  It’s an incredible product!

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