HHC and sport: Partners or rivals?

HHC has recently been the focus of not only medical researchers, but also of athletes and coaches around the world. Preliminary research and clinical studies suggest that HHC can have a lot of positive effects that could be useful for athletes, either in terms of improving performance or affecting recovery.


HHC and its impact on sports performance

HHC can contribute to improving athletic performance in several ways. By modulating the endocannabinoid system, HHC can relieve pain and inflammation, which can be particularly useful for athletes recovering from injuries or excessive physical exertion. It can also improve sleep quality and reduce stress, which are key factors in athletes’ recovery and overall performance.


If we look at specific sports, pain-relieving effects can be a benefit especially in contact sports such as martial arts, ice hockey, and rugby etc. Conversely, performance in sports requiring high levels of concentration, accuracy, and reaction time may be negatively affected by the use of HHC. It’s not recommended, for example, for car or motorcycle racers.

HHC as an ideal teammate during recovery

For top athletes, HHC can be especially attractive outside of competition, i.e. for recovery, which is as important as training itself.


  • HHC may relieve the pain of minor injuries
  • It contributes to sleep quality and better falling asleep
  • It calms you down and helps you to relax in psychologically stressful periods
  • It facilitates the repair of damaged tissues and muscles


Probably no athlete can expect to improve their performance if they use, for example, HHC oil or spray immediately before a competition or a match. However, HHC has great potential as a high-quality supplement in recovery after heavy training sessions or mentally demanding competitions and in the off-season when the athlete needs to relax.

Is HHC doping?

In the world of sport, the World Anti-Doping Agency decides what is or is not doping. Often referred to by its acronym, WADA is tasked with establishing and updating a list of prohibited substances and methods that are considered doping. These guidelines are binding on most sports organisations around the world.


Let’s first start with substances related to HHC. The well-known substance THC is for the most part banned, and we know of many cases where well-known athletes have ruined their careers by innocently smoking marijuana in their free time and being caught later on by an anti-doping test.


CBD, on the other hand, has been excluded from the list of banned substances and is quite widely used among top athletes. The status of HHC as a THC derivative is unclear, and anti-doping rules are largely silent on the matter. Athletes should therefore exercise caution and review the current HHC rules and regulations within their sport and competitive jurisdiction. In general, however, HHC is currently legal in sports and elsewhere. So, whether you play sports or not, you’ll definitely find a lot of benefits for your physical and mental well-being in the world of HHC.