CBD for Surfing Athletes

CBD for Surfing Athletes - NanoCraft

CBD Oil for Surfers 

Day in and day out, surf athletes put a lot of stress on their bodies. From prolonged wear and tear on bones, muscles, and joints to physical traumas including injuries and pain to muscle growth and training adaptations, surfing athletes endure it all - the positive and negative effects.

Millions of surfers around the world are prone to a unique combination of acute and chronic conditions. Compared to other sports though, the overall injury risk is low and the majority of injuries that do occur are not serious. Lucky enough, cannabidiol has been making major waves in the surfing community as of late. 

According to Sports Medicine Australia, surfers often sustain injuries to their legs (46% of injuries), followed by facial and head injuries (26%), followed by back (13%), and shoulder/arm injuries (13%). 

If surfers endure minor injuries, how can they get back into the water fast? Is CBD oil for surfboarders a viable option? CBD’s popularity is growing rapidly amongst every sports athlete and sports enthusiast too. An all-natural way to help relieve pain, possibly reduce anxiety, and help provide a sense of calm? I’m in. 


CBD for surf athletes is the non-euphoric component of the cannabis plant, it won’t get you “stoned”, but may have you feeling more relaxed and calm sooner than later. Surfers can benefit from CBD as well due to the mood-boosting qualities of cannabidiol, preparing them for the waves ahead.

Each of us has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), containing hundreds of cannabinoid receptors, but specifically talking about cannabinoid-receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid-receptor 2 (CB2). Cannabidiol (CBD) does not bind directly with cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, thus, you don’t feel a “high”. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), on the other hand, binds directly with cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, hence, the feelings of “euphoria” often associated with THC. 


Yes, it is legal for surfing athletes to use CBD products, but it depends on the types of cannabinoids in the CBD products. Not too long ago the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) took cannabidiol (CBD) off their prohibited substance list. However, all other cannabinoids, including THC, are still prohibited in competition. 

The World Surfing League (WSL) even partnered with a CBD brand in 2019. Talk about holistic progress!

Word of caution here: some CBD products do contain both CBD and THC. Surfers are strictly liable for any substance found in their body, so there definitely is a risk involved here that surf athletes need to keep an eye out for when it comes to what your CBD product contains.

Look for a hemp-derived CBD product with 0.00% THC.


It is possible that cannabidiol (CBD) may show up on a drug test for surf athletes. The research around drug testing, surfers, and cannabidiol is still hearsay, as drug tests may screen for different substances. 

However, pure CBD oil, for instance, has been preliminarily discussed to not show up on a drug test. Unfortunately though, even if the CBD has minor traces of THC, it may still show up positive on a drug screening test. 

Since very little evidence has been shown about whether or not CBD will show up on a drug test, it’s best to stay safe than be sorry here. 


The benefits of CBD products for surf athletes range from improving energy to enhancing performance to reducing pain to experiencing less nausea on the waves. Cannabidiol has been creating big waves in the surfer community, especially lately. 

Pure CBD Oil is a great contender for surfers alike containing 0% THC, packed with essential oils, and the beautiful anti-inflammatory properties of ginger and citrus. 

A recent study found that athletes using cannabis may display:

  • Improvements in increased energy
  • Improved overall athletic performance
  • Endure less pain
  • Have fewer muscle spasms
  • Experience less nausea 

If you’re wanting to get ahead before you head out to surf, we’ve got some hydrating options as well. CBD infused water and CBD workout powder are stellar for pre-workout beverages!

A recent study found that athletes using cannabis displayed improvements in increased energy, improved athletic performance, endured less pain, had fewer muscle spasms, and experienced less nausea. 


Yes, hundreds of surfer athletes are using CBD products, on the daily. Cannabis has even been described by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a “safer option” compared to opioids. 

It’s possible that we see in future years that cannabis may be recommended to be used in place of opioids for managing chronic pain not just in professional surf athletes, but is applicable for everyone to benefit from as well.  


To find quality CBD products for surf athletes, you can look online, in-store, or head to a dispensary.  First, ask yourself these three questions: 1) what type of CBD product are you open to trying (topical, oil, capsule, powder, etc.), 2) is the company you’re looking into reputable? And 3) does the company provide certificates of analysis for each of their products?

CBD products for surfing athletes may benefit from CBD Drops prior to heading out to surf, giving you a sense of clarity and focus before you hit the big blue. Not to mention, CBD powders and CBD waters may be a solid source of vitamins, essential oils, and antioxidants post-surf sesh, aiding in your recovery - physically and mentally.


CBD for surfer athletes can be used in multiple ways, including topical, oral, liquid, and edible. There are a wide array of options for surf athletes to choose from.  

So you’ve sustained an injury, how can you go about the recovery now? You do have natural, non-toxic options available. 

If you’re wanting a quick CBD dosage, CBD Infused Waters are the way to go. When surf athletes drink CBD-infused water, you’re not only getting hydrated but also receiving essential nutrients your body needs to perform. This method of CBD may take a little bit longer for you to feel the effects compared to CBD oils. This is because the CBD will metabolize slowly, first entering your system orally, then metabolize in your intestines as they digest, thus, feeling the results later on. 

If you’re more interested in a direct application to certain sore muscles or tight joints, a CBD Topical Cream may be your winner. Apply one to two full swipes across your desired area of application. Rub the topical CBD product in thoroughly, the skin will do its job and absorb the product, having you feel the relief in no time. 

The nice thing about topicals is that you can apply them directly onto the sore muscles, somewhat like how you put deodorant on in the morning. Simple as a couple swipes over the area, letting the CBD cream do its work. 

Interested in trying a CBD oil? You can use the CBD dropper to fill with CBD, applying it under your tongue for 30 - 60 seconds. This will allow the CBD to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream, having you reap the benefits quickly. Surfers taking CBD Drops can place 1 full dropper (1.0 mL) under their tongue, allowing the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream through taste bud receptors in the mouth. 1 dropper of CBD oil may contain up to 10 milligrams of high-quality CBD. Pure CBD Oil is an athlete favorite, packed with the anti-inflammatory properties of citrus and ginger. 

If you’re wanting more of an incognito method for your CBD, CBD Capsules or CBD powders are great alternatives.

Different CBD products enter the body through different mechanisms as I mentioned above, so surfing athletes have various options available. 

CBD for Surfers: Final Thoughts

Whether you’re new to surfing or you’ve been shredding for more years than you can count, holistic options, such as CBD, may be able to provide some support to you in one way or another. 

With researchers diving further into the understanding and application of cannabidiol in athletes, individuals are quickly catching on to the potential therapeutic benefits it may provide. 

So if you’ve been on the fence about trying CBD, now is the time! Keep doing your homework, dig deep into which application method you’re interested in, and give Nanocraft CBD a shot.

Health starts from within - that is the driving force behind Nanocraft CBD and all of our products. This is why we take the science behind our products so seriously. Our first priority when developing a new formula is to look at the research that exists on how nutrients affect our bodies and how the ingredients we use can impact the wealth health issues we aim to address.

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DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is for educational purposes only. It does not exploit or provide medical advice of any kind. Therefore, any reliance you place on the information below is strictly at your own risk. Please check with your medical provider before starting or changing a CBD routine.

Nanocraft Sciences
Content Writer | Physiologist | Researcher
Kirsten Thornhill was born and raised in a small farm town in Stanislaus County, California. Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from CSU Stanislaus and her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. She is currently in pursuits of a PhD in Health Sciences: Human & Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Northern Utah, specializing in Cardiology and Human Performance. She is very passionate about human physiology and the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur during exercise in athletes. Kirsten enjoys educating and informing people about the importance of lifetime movement, plant-based eating, and health research and development. Her passion for natural, lifestyle medicine enables her to strive when promoting health and education.

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