As a competitive athlete my entire life and now as a father, doctor and continued weekend warrior, I’ve now turned my attention in improving my skiing abilities. I didn’t grow up skiing but was introduced to it 12 years ago by my wife. I’m still hitting the slopes and have now really started enjoying my progression.
Skiing with my wife and two young boys has also brought a wonderful way to have family bounding time by doing something active and challenging at the same time. That being said, my competitive nature has taken over and I’m now pushing my limits to see how good I can get. I went from barely getting down the green runs to now trying to conquer black diamonds. Let’s call it my mid-life athletic crisis if you will. But with the increased days of skiing, I’m realizing I’m no longer 20 and my 47-year old body is letting me know that I’m not an Olympian.
The day after skiing is where I’m really noticing my sore muscles, reduced flexibility and mobility due to tight and over worked muscles. This increased muscle response has reduced my ability to be an effective skier on consecutive days. That’s where I’ve brought in CBD to help me get back to slopes and pretend in my own head that I’m better than I really am.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, has been shown to demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties that can lead to pain management and reduction. Having CBD ready-to-go in my winter coat pocket has been a lifesaver for getting me back on the mountain on consecutive days.
Because of my late start in this sport and my background in weightlifting I find myself trying to muscle my way down the mountain on more difficult runs. This translates into increased lactic acid build up and increased sore quads, hamstrings and calf muscles while still on the mountain. So, I’ve made it a regular routine to bring a CBD tincture with me and use it when I start to feel the increased muscle soreness but still want to continue skiing.
Following my ski session, I’ve included a CBD topical as part of my post stretching routine. I’ve found that this post skiing routine with added CBD topical has helped me recover faster and allows me to get back on the mountain sooner and I’m able to ski at a higher level than I was without this combined routine.
CBD is one of many compounds found in sativa cannabis and hemp plants. Cannabidiol is in early stages of scientific research and studies, but thus far the benefits are looking promising. CBD works in direct conjunction with the human endocannabinoid system or ECS. This direct interaction can lead to reduced pain and inflammation through CBS’s communication with receptors transmitting messages to the brain. CBD attaches itself to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS which are responsible for sending transmissions to the brain and central nervous system and could aid in reducing aches, pains and inflammation. CBD can be utilized through a variety of methods to promote pain management and relief for winter sports athletes and enthusiasts.
I can truly say that my CBD regime has helped me in my skiing progression, which has now become my new favorite winter sport. Because the truth of the matter is that my two young sons will soon be leaving me in the dust on the mountain and I’m trying to delay the inevitable and CBD has helped.
Dr. Rob Pomahac was named “Top Chiropractor” by Los Angeles Magazine in 2018. A Canadian native and ex-professional hockey player and bodybuilder, he specializes in spine pathology and ligament instability, Dr. Rob is certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics and is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Regenerative Medicine. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences and holds a Masters in Science, Specializing in Kinesiology, from Canada’s University of Waterloo. For more information on Dr. Rob visit DrRobPomahac.com