Recruiting Retired Athlete`s A Colorado CBD Study

Retired Jocks Wanted – A Colorado-based study is seeking 16 retired athletes to take part in their study on the efficacy of CBD in regards to the quality of life
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Trista Best, Registered Dietitian.
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A group of health-care professionals within Cannabis Clinicians Colorado (CCC), have dedicated their careers to studying the impact that medical marijuana can have on various aspects of life.

This study aims to uncover how quality of life can improve with the use of CBD in areas ranging from sleep to chronic pain.

Criteria for inclusion into the study simply requires these athletes have played either collegiate or professional sports and pass a screening. Once cleared they will enter the study to help determine what CBD product types and doses work best for overall health.

The growth and alleged benefits of CBD in alternative medicine have led the medical world to begin assessing CBD’s viability in this realm. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant, as is THC, but does not produce the psychoactive effects.

The health research world has been learning since the early 90’s how the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) reacts with these compounds to produce impressive health benefits.1

Martha Montemayor, CCC director, explains that their stipulations on playing professionally are light in that they will take you if you only played one semester. Her reasoning, “That’s a pretty elite level, with the amount of work that you have to do to get there. All we require for you to be qualified as a retired elite-level athlete is to at least have played a year, or even a season, in college.”

Why the research into athletes? There seems to be a rise in active individuals adding CBD to their health regimen as the products become more easily accessible in retail outlets. Recovery seems to be the main reason this group is incorporating CBD products.

Former Marine and current fitness advocate, Drew Pontius, explains how CBD helps his recovery as well as his workout as a whole. “I got my appetite back, I’m training at a super-high level. I have more endurance when I work out, and my oxygen intake is higher, too.”

Anyone moderately dedicated to fitness knows these are ideal goals in your attempt to get and stay fit. Unfortunately, Pontius’s and others supposed benefits are based solely on anecdotal evidence which relies heavily on personal experience.

This is where the CCC steps in to seek to either prove, or disprove, the countless personal testimonies exactly like Pontius’.

The participants will be asked to provide feedback on doses and CBD product types. Their results will be analyzed based on efficacy on physical and mental conditions.

Product types will range from tinctures to topicals and more.

The study is designed with an eight-week active period, requiring the participants to vary their CBD types used and increase the dosage by 25 milligrams every two weeks.

The initial dose for the first two weeks is a standard 25 milligrams with the goal to reach 100 milligrams at the end of the active phase of the study.

At the end of the eight-week period, the participants will not use CBD for a month and report any changes in the effects they experienced during the eight-week trial. To avoid any confusion or bias the participants will both; record how they are feeling daily, along with undergoing electroencephalogram tests to evaluate brain patterns on and off CBD.

An added benefit to this study is the hopes of creating rigorous CBD product trials, specifically in regard to CBD products marketed to athletes. Montemayor explains that their current test is more investigative than rigorous, “But we want to look at which products stood out the most and further analyze how the dosage can affect our participants.”

Think you fit the criteria to be included in the study? Email to see if you qualify for the screenings on September 27 and 28.


  1. Mouslech Z, et al. The Endocannabinoid System: An Overview of its Potential in Current Medical Practice. Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2009;30(2): 153-79.
Trista Best
Trista Best
Registered Dietitian
Trista Best is a Registered Dietitian, Public Health Dietitian, and former college Nutrition Professor. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2009, Masters of Public Health Nutrition from Liberty University in 2014, and Bachelors of Science in Food and Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama in 2018. Her dietetic background is in Public Health, Medical Grade Supplements, and Childhood Nutrition.

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