The national governing body for triathlon will become the first organization of its type to sign a deal with a company that sells products containing cannabidiol.

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When you’re hurting, it’s natural to want to do something about the pain. So after an intense workout — the sort that leaves your body aching — many of us reach for an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve).

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Sports supplements marketed as endurance performance boosters often promise much, but frequently fail to deliver when placed under proper scientific scrutiny. That’s why supplements such as caffeine, creatine and carbohydrate are so notable in sports nutrition – they actually do what they say on the tin! However, the search for genuinely ergogenic sport supplements continues apace, and a recent study on an antioxidant-rich South American herb known as ‘yerba mate’ suggests a closer look is maybe worthwhile. Yerba mate – widely drunk as a tea across the continent – is very rich natural antioxidants such as polyphenols, and other compounds such as saponins and xanthenes. Moreover, a number of studies have shown that it can increase fat utilisation during exercise in untrained humans. However, its effects on well-trained endurance athletes during exercise are hitherto unknown, which is why Norwegian scientists decided to investigate.

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The physical well-being of athletes has been at the forefront of the conversation surrounding elite sports in recent years. In 2015, for example, the NBA joined an initiative to help improve athletes’ health. The association has likely devised several solutions by now. But here’s one thing officials probably overlooked: Cannabis.

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Pain from inflammation can and will likely affect all adults at some point in their lives, and for some, become chronic conditions that interfere with a normal quality of life. Suffering from inflammation? Consider cannabis.

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The lowdown on this controversial supplement.

The World Anti-Doping Agency made news last fall by removing cannabidiol or CBD from its list of banned substances.

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CBD—a non-psychoactive compound extracted from cannabis—had been on the banned list under the umbrella of all cannabinoids since the list’s creation in 2004, due to WADA’s belief that cannabis can increase focus and risk-taking, and decrease anxiety and tension, resulting in better performance under pressure.

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Most athletes know that getting enough rest after exercise is essential to high-level performance, but many still overtrain and feel guilty when they take a day off. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes.

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We tapped experts and pro athletes to compile this complete guide to cannabis products for runners. (Spoiler: CBD is legal and won’t get you high.)

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Endurance athletes who take part in marathons, triathlons or century bike rides typically have fitness goals of strength and stamina. Your body needs to be strong enough to carry you long distances, and it needs to have the proper training in order to function for extended periods of time.

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