I am pretty much a novice when it comes to the whole CBD scene. It’s not because I’m against it at all – I just haven’t really done much delving into it. This is mostly due to “fear of the unknown”, but I guess there’s only way to bridge that gap. I recently hurt my back in a stupid weightlifting move, and I became wholly cognizant of just how many painkillers I was taking. That got me thinking back in my history and how many pills I took to remedy an aching arm or shoulder while playing baseball in high school and college. I didn’t think much of it then, but it has started to dawn on me that using opioids to battle pain is something that is just “comfortable” and maybe not really the ideal option when it comes to pain relief and recovery. It’s certainly not the only way at least. I mean, these pills, designed to be helpful, are part of the reason why there is an estimated 2 million people dealing with opioid abuse in the US.
It was my mom from Utah who actually started me on the path of wanting to try some CBD items out. She has had a lot of knee pain over the past few years, and on a previous vacation to Oregon, she stopped into a local store and picked up some topical CBD balm that she says was life changing for her. She still needs knee surgery, but she claims that the day to day pain is extremely diminished when she uses the cream.
So, coupled with her experience, followed by a conversation with Floyd’s of Leadville, I figured that it may be a good opportunity to give it a go. Obviously, Floyd’s is not marijuana – it’s not going to get you high – it’s solely a hemp-based item, which makes it so that they can be sold in multiple states. I was sent a 30mL bottle of Full Spectrum Select Tincture and I sent along CBD Hydration Fuel to a veteran to the CBD-game, and Run Oregon reader, Nicole.
Though my knowledge is limited, I was aware that this was a daily liquid supplement that “uses the best anti-inflammatory strains that takes the edge off the pain and delivers an advantage over the competition”. Initially, I had big expectations. Expectations such as that my lingering leg soreness from lifting would disappear overnight. Even after a few days, I was feeling worried that I was just telling my wife that “I don’t really feel anything.” Maybe it’s because CBD and marijuana are quasi-related that I expected an immediate boost, or the fact that my mom felt an immediate response, but I realize that was now a silly thought. I mean, if this is truly designed to be a daily supplement, why would I expect any different effect that others? I mean, it’s not like a Flintstones vitamin made me be able to run faster as a kid or anything, or that a Centrum is going to make me PR on my max bench press. Instead, I feel this should be a natural (no preservatives or additives – just natural CBD non-GMO hemp oil) response to body rest and recovery.
Over time, I do think this has actually had some effect with consistent use. I don’t feel like my muscles are sore as long, and I have actually felt that I’m falling asleep faster than before (I have had issues with this from time to time. Make sure you consider consulting with your doctor if you are worried, but I think this may be a better option than pill-popping all the time.
I was really excited to see a CBD infused hydration fuel, and even more so when I realized it combined BCAA’s as well as L-Glutamine; both supplements I take on their own already. The ability to combine all three of these things into one drink was a big win for me and at a really reasonable price point of $39.95 it doesn’t break the bank.
I loved how easily and well this mixed up, there’s nothing worse than a gritty drink to chug down and there was none of that with this. The fruit punch flavor is light and tasty (also a win for me since the BCAA’s I normally take I have to gulp down). I would for sure use this product pre-work out more than post, since at 40g of carbohydrates it gives a nice boost. Also, my husband is a T-1 diabetic and we were thinking of taking it with us on a hike in case his blood sugar dropped; it would make a great quick boost for him or anyone who battles managing their blood sugar!
Floyd’s has a variety of other products (including a really wonderful looking recovery balm) I’m really excited to try out!
- CBD Full Spectrum Tincture, 600 mg ($55)
- CBD Hydration Fuel ($40)
- Search for Floyd’s using their Store Locator
More about Floyd’s:
Gain the benefits of CBD with our legal CBD products – soft gels, tinctures, and creams. Floyd Landis’ personal journey through pain and depression brought him to a crucial crossroads in his life – he knew he couldn’t continue depending on opioids to relieve his physical pain, and discovered the benefits of legal CBD products. You can experience the same advantages and be rid of habit-forming pills to alleviate pain. Floyd’s of Leadville’s CBD products can provide the relief you are looking for. Browse our shop and read our blog – you’ll discover how our CBD products can literally change your life!
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