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USWNT legend Carli Lloyd revealed that CBD has been a surprise key to extending her illustrious soccer career

INSIDER logo INSIDER 5/7/2021 insider@insider.com (Meredith Cash)
a close up of Carli Lloyd jumping in the air: "I take my job very seriously on and off the pitch," Lloyd told Insider. "I'm all about listening to my body... [CBD] just plays into what I'm about." Catherine Ivill - FIFA / Getty Images © Provided by INSIDER "I take my job very seriously on and off the pitch," Lloyd told Insider. "I'm all about listening to my body... [CBD] just plays into what I'm about." Catherine Ivill - FIFA / Getty Images
  • Carli Lloyd uses CBD to manage her pain as she extends her illustrious soccer career.
  • The USWNT and NWSL superstar recently partnered with CBDMEDIC, a family of THC-free products.
  • Lloyd spoke to Insider about incorporating CBD into her routines and its impact on her career.
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Carli Lloyd's meticulous attention to her health and fitness routines has helped extend her illustrious international soccer career longer than most professional athletes could ever dream.

And recently, the US Women's National Team and National Women's Soccer League superstar has incorporated CBD - a component of marijuana that does not elicit a "high" but has pain-alleviating and health benefits - into her regimen.

"I am somebody who takes my job very seriously on and off the pitch," Lloyd told Insider. "I'm all about routine. I'm all about listening to my body, taking care of my body. [CBD] just plays into what I'm about."

Carli Lloyd holding a ball: Carli Lloyd for NWSL club Gotham FC. AP Photo/Adam Hunger © AP Photo/Adam Hunger Carli Lloyd for NWSL club Gotham FC. AP Photo/Adam Hunger

When Lloyd first tried CBD, she "just noticed the instant relief." When dealing with a nagging knee injury last year, her agent sent her some CBDMEDIC products to try.

Though she eventually needed surgery to repair the damage, she spent roughly nine weeks trying to figure out what was going on with her knee. During that span, she began regularly implementing CBDMEDIC's various over-the-counter ointments, creams, oils, and sprays into her daily routine - all of which are 100% THC free, which is "something us as athletes need since we're usually drug tested routinely."

"I started using the arthritis [products] and then the active sport," Lloyd said. "They also have a stick relief as well. And so I just started doing arthritis one at night, and I would sleep with that. And then I was doing the active one when I was getting up in the morning and before I would train, and it was actually really helping."

a hand holding a football ball on a field: Carli Lloyd. Mitchell Leff / Getty Images © Mitchell Leff / Getty Images Carli Lloyd. Mitchell Leff / Getty Images

Since she hadn't previously gone under the knife in her career, though she noted that she "made it pretty close," Lloyd said she wasn't sure what to expect after surgery. And though recovery wasn't easy given "the probes going in and the scar tissue," her arsenal of CBDMEDIC products helped ease the pain.

"These products were extremely helpful for just that post-surgery," Lloyd said. "I immediately texted my agent, and I'm like, 'these products are awesome.' And then we just kind of started the conversations [about a partnership]."

"For me, things have to translate," she added. "They have to work, and these products are awesome. I use them pretty much on a daily basis."

Carli Lloyd et al. standing in front of a crowd: Carli Lloyd huddles up with her Gotham FC teammates. Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images © Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images Carli Lloyd huddles up with her Gotham FC teammates. Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

As Lloyd gears up for Saturday's NWSL Challenge Cup final, the league's regular season, and this summers' Tokyo Olympics with the USWNT, she's continuing to use CBDMEDIC's line to manage pain because "it's keeping my knee feeling great."

Anyone interested in trying the products can use promo code CARLI25 to receive 25% off orders at www.charlottesweb.com.

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