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Does a broad-spectrum cannabidiol supplement improve performance in a 10-min cycle ergometer performance-test?

Gillham, SH, Starke, L, Welch, L, Mather, E, Whitelegg, T, Chester, N, Owens, DJ, Bampouras, T and Close, GL (2024) Does a broad-spectrum cannabidiol supplement improve performance in a 10-min cycle ergometer performance-test? European Journal of Sport Science. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1746-1391

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid which has been proposed to possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Given the potential for perceptions of pain to limit exercise performance, the aim of the present study was to investigate if 3 weeks of daily CBD supplementation (150 mg day−1) improved performance in a 10-min performance-trial on a cycle ergometer. In a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study, 22 healthy participants (n = 11 male and n = 11 female) completed two 10-min performance trials on a WattBike cycle ergometer interspersed with a 3-week supplementation period. Supplementation involved either 150 mg day−1 oral CBD or 150 mg day−1 of a visually identical placebo (PLA). During trials, ratings of perceived exertion (RPE [6–20]), heart rate (HR) and blood lactate (BLa) were collected every 2 min. Mean power (W) was also taken throughout the exercise at each time point. All data were analyzed using two-way ANOVAs. There were no significant differences (P > 0.05) between CBD or PLA groups for mean power (W) during the 10-min performance trial. There were also no significant differences (P > 0.05) in any of the physiological or perceptual parameters (HR, BLa and RPE) between conditions. Three weeks supplementation of a broad-spectrum CBD supplement did not improve performance via any change in RPE during a 10-min time trial on a cycle ergometer, and as such, this evidence does not support the claim that broad-spectrum CBD supplements could be performance-enhancing in this exercise modality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0913 Mechanical Engineering; 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; Sport Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Wiley Open Access
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 May 2024 14:37
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 14:37
DOI or ID number: 10.1002/ejsc.12116
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23345
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