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Rapinoe among athletes touting CBD's benefits for pain

Friday, October 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Star Tribune

PORTLAND, Ore. — Long before she struck that iconic victory pose to become the face of women's soccer, Megan Rapinoe endured her share of setbacks to play the game she loves: Notably, a series of knee surgeries stretching back to her college days.

She tore her left ACL as a sophomore at the University of Portland, then tore it again in her second game back the next season. Following the 2015 World Cup she tore the ACL in her right knee and then in 2017 she had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in her left.

Rapinoe said she's found help in managing the pain and recovery from her injuries: CBD. Her twin sister Rachael, also convinced of the healing powers, helped launch a CBD products company, Mendi, which is aimed at athletes.

"When it's taken after a hard training and before bed, I feel it gives me a better night's sleep and I feel like I'm able to relax a little bit easier," Megan Rapinoe said. "So, I kind of just have it in my daily routine, like I would eat healthy and take natural products and drink a lot of water and take CBD and get as much sleep. It's kind of the secret sauce."

Mendi is just one company capitalizing on the ongoing interest in CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, is found in cannabis. But CBD products like Mendi's are derived from hemp and contain no THC, the chemical in marijuana that produces a high. Hemp fiber and seeds are also used to produce textiles, rope, paper, cosmetics and fuel.

The 2018 federal Farm Bill listed industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity and removed it from the Controlled Substances Act — paving the way for an influx of CBD-infused products currently on the market and, in some cases, available at the local grocery store.

While there are claims CBD can help treat a variety of conditions, from insomnia to anxiety to pain, there's little research yet to back those claims.

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