After the world anti-doping agency announced the removal of cannabidiol from the list of banned substances last year, countless athletes, professionals and amateurs, have been advocating the use of medicinal cannabis in sport. According to experts, this cannabinoid may benefit sportsmen due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Taking advantage of the trend, HempMeds Brasil, which imports and sells herbal medicines, will support the cannabis treatments of MMA fighters Raoni Barcelos, UFC bantamweight, and John “Macapá” Teixeira, featherweight from Bellator. In addition to the two, the brand also signed a partnership with former fighter and coach Pedro Rizzo. In return, athletes will help disseminate scientific information about cannabidiol treatments in the field of sports medicine. HempMeds’ goal is for athletes to be spokespersons not only for the brand, but also for cannabinoid medicine in preventive health.
“High performance sport ends up causing bruises and pain in athletes and cannabidiol has shown encouraging results in the recovery of these professionals”, says neurologist Renato Anghinah, CMO (chief medical officer) from HempMeds. According to the company, these are the first partnerships signed with active fighters. Earlier this year, HempMeds had already announced that it would subsidize the treatment of historic Brazilian boxing champions: former boxers Adilson Maguila and Éder Jofre, both with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, use medicinal cannabis to treat their conditions.