Surfing & CBD: The Pursuit of Happiness

10th Jan 2022

Surfing & CBD: The Pursuit of Happiness

Did you know this interesting fact about surfing? Because he was inspired by reports of a surfer riding a tropical wave only for "the pursuit of happiness," Thomas Jefferson declared "the pursuit of happiness" as one of our unalienable rights.

"The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing," a new book from National Geographic, tells how the idea of a surfer surfing a wave only for the sense of freedom and joy it offered them astounded old Thomas: at the time, colonial Europeans were busy manufacturing guillotines.

For the majority of its history, surfing has been considered countercultural. Thankfully, the days when a "surfer" was most typically associated with a lazy beach bum soaking up the sun are long gone. Surfing has progressed from a countercultural pursuit of happiness hobby to an Olympic sport.

Surfing and skateboarding (another "countercultural" sport) were included to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee last year. Surfing is now associated with terms such as strength, endurance, courage, fitness, power, flexibility, and coordination — as well as some serious injuries.

Over-the-counter NSAIDs have long been used to treat these injuries (i.e. Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Aleve). Unfortunately, what athletes believed to be a harmless anti-inflammatory technique has some potentially dangerous adverse effects


Side effects/risks to health:

Taking ibuprofen for muscle soreness on occasion isn't a big deal for the average exerciser. It's a significant problem for surfers who take ibuprofen like candy on a regular basis for chronic pain, injuries, and inflammation.

According to Time magazine, the pain painkiller ibuprofen can harm the heart, kidneys, bones, and even hearing if used often and/or for lengthy periods of time. "Heavy or long-term use of several of these drugs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and higher-dose aspirin, can induce chronic kidney disease known as chronic interstitial nephritis," according to the National Kidney Foundation.

So, what are the options for surfers and athletes that need extra help with pain, inflammation, and injuries?

CBD is a natural option.

Cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis and hemp plants (CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids), have been used as a medical remedy for millennia.

The mythical Emperor Shen Neng of China prescribed marijuana tea for the treatment of gout, rheumatism, malaria, and, strangely enough, impaired memory as early as 2737 B.C.

Hemp seeds and roots are recommended in early editions of American medical journals for the treatment of inflamed skin, incontinence, venereal illness, easing the pain of rheumatism, and preventing discomfort and nausea in instances of rabies, cholera, and tetanus in the late 18th century.

What are the functions of cannabinoids and CBD?

CBD, a non psy choactive chemical molecule found in hemp and cannabis, aids the body's inherent ability to mend itself by interacting with the body's endo-(internal)-cannabinoid system, which maintains healthy cell activity and coordinates healing.

For athletes to perform at their best, they need a well-functioning endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system, from the brain to the endocrine system to the immune system, has been shown to play a key function in maintaining homeostasis in the human body.

The endocannabinoid system is also thought to play a role in pain, memory, emotion, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, and immunological function.

What kinds of pain and injuries may CBD help with?

CBD may be useful for a variety of pains, ranging from musculoskeletal to inflammatory to neuropathic, and it has the potential to be an efficient analgesic, reducing pain during and after exercise. It is thought to operate by simulating some of our natural neurotransmitters and interacting with receptors, so aiding the inhibition of inflammatory immunological responses.

This is why, like many other systems in the body, the endocannabinoid system can become imbalanced, especially when stressed, which is why more and more surfers are utilising CBD on a regular basis to assist support their endocannabinoid system to work effectively.

Is it legal to use CBD as a supplement for athletes?

Yes. CBD extracted from hemp is allowed in the United States and more than 40 other nations. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency's standards, CBD can be used in competition by the World Surf League, the Olympics, and other sports leagues.

What are the benefits of CBD?

There are numerous options available. You can put CBD in your latte or drink, vape it, use transdermal patches to your skin, or apply it topically to relieve acute aches and pains.

Here are some product suggestions and how we use them:

We like it because:

Mary's award-winning inconspicuous transdermal patch contains 10mg of activated hemp extract and attaches to any veinous part of the skin for systemic comfort for 8-12 hours. It relieves muscle discomfort, aches, and stiffness. It's unobtrusive, simple to operate, and may be worn under garments.


We like it because:

All of My Beeri CBD tinctures have been tested for purity and potency, and lab findings are accessible to download and read. Organic coconut oil and full-spectrum hemp oil extract are used to make the tincture. It has a calming effect and aids in pain alleviation, relaxation, and overall well-being. Mix it with water in your morning coffee, or drop it directly under your tongue. Begin with a half-dropper and wait 90 minutes. As necessary, increase your dose!