Since opening the San Francisco office of Parsley Health in 2016, I’ve become exposed to the wide world of cannabis. I grew up in the midwest and had adopted conservative views of marijuana use. Despite living in California for almost two years, the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, I was still skeptical of marijuana and CBD oil benefits. I was also hesitant to prescribe CBD to patients due to potential psychoactive effects when combined with THC and because it’s not a regulated substance. But as my patients at Parsley Health kept asking me about CBD, I decided to dig a little deeper into potential CBD oil benefits and was surprised at how promising it may be.
CBD health benefits.
Improves mood disorders.
CBD works directly on the brain receptors 5HT1A (serotonin) and GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter). Lower levels of these can contribute to anxiety and depression.
Suppresses cytokine production and induces T-regulatory cells to protect the body from attacking itself, which can help autoimmune conditions.
Decreases chronic pain.
Inhibits transmission of neuronal signalling through pain pathways.
Aids gut health.
Helps heal the leaky tight junctions that contribute to intestinal permeability and decreases spasmodic activity common in irritable bowel syndrome.
Helps treat seizures.
May relieve epilepsy in children.
CBD has few side effects and is considered a safe substance to take. These are some of the known side effects of CBD:
- Dry mouth
All are usually mild, dose-dependent, and resolve in 2 to 4 hours. If you experience any of these, stop using CBD and see your doctor. Some individuals may also show abnormalities in liver function testing.
Final thoughts on CBD.
While there are many emerging studies showing signs of CBD’s health benefits, research is limited on its long-term effects. If you try a CBD oil and start to see unpleasant side effects, stop taking it and see your doctor immediately. At the end of the day, CBD oil is a supplement and should be used as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
You can reap incredible anti-inflammatory benefits from eating a whole foods based diet, addressing nutritional deficiencies, exercising, and introducing stress reduction practices like meditation in your regular routine.
How to Use: Hemp E-Liquid
Hemp oil e-liquid, also known as vape oil, has a very straightforward use. Your usage will depend on which type of vape product you purchase. If you buy vape oil, you will need to fill a vaporizer with the oil. Otherwise, you can buy a vape kit that includes a disposable vape cartridge which simply screws into the vaporizer. This option completely curtails the hassle of maintaining a vaporizer pen. If you are using a re-usable vaporizer pen, keep in mind you will need to replace the tank and/or coil once in a while.
Vaping is a uniquely powerful way to take CBD because it is the fastest known way to get CBD into your system. Through vaping, CBD directly enters your bloodstream through your lungs. The act of vaping is also considered relaxing due to the deep inhales and exhales.
When I’m feeling anxious or in serious need of relaxation, I immediately grab my vaporizer.
How to Use: CBD Oil Topicals for Skin
For dry, inflamed, or aging skin, people often try hemp oil topical solutions to target specific areas. Your skin is your largest organ, so it’s important to keep it moisturized and balanced.
Hemp oil topicals, like the Muscle & Joint Salve, make it easy to target the source of your skin problems. Using topicals is easy and straightforward; simply massage the product into the targeted skin area. Repeat as needed throughout the day. Hemp oil topicals range in consistency and it’s up to your personal preference on which appeals best to you.
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What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol oil is extracted from the hemp plant
In fact, our bodies produce certain cannabinoids already!
CB1 receptors: deal with mood, hunger, coordination and is affected by marijuana CB2 receptors: deal with the immune system and pain.
CBD appears not to attach to either, but instead to encourage your body to use more of it’s own cannabinoids.
Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil: They aren’t the same. Ok this can get confusing, so let’s try to break it down:
- Both come from the hemp plant
- Hemp oil is used in shampoos, lotions, etc for its high vitamin content
- Hemp oil is extracted from large industrial plots cultivated to have low to no traces of CBD or THC
- Hemp seeds contain no THC
- Hemp oil is basically like coconut oil, you can cook with it or eat it
- CBD is extracted from hemp grown specifically to be high in CBD
- Cannabis is the same plant that creates hemp and marijuana, just different species
Will CBD make you high?
Nope, it’s nothing like that. You’re thinking of THC which is the active component of the leaf.
Now as you’ll see below some products do contain a very small trace amount of THC (.3%) in the pain relief cream because there is some research that you need the full source for maximum benefits. Kind of like not taking vitamin C alone, but rather eating the whole orange.
That minuscule dose will not give you the effect often discussed with edibles or smoking, where you will often find up to 30% THC.
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Why is CBD suddenly so popular?
I thought this was a fantastic question because it certainly seems like you heard about it a little and now there are tons of companies popping up. I think there are a few things happening:
- Success always encourages others to jump in to a market and it’s currently projected to be over 1 billion by 2020.
- Changing regulations are making it easier to sell these products even though CBD isn’t a banned substances.
- There are more studies now around it’s usage.
- Those changing laws are also making people more comfortable with these products
- It’s a non-addictive pain relief option, without some of the issues we know exist with others if taken before workouts
What are the benefits of CBD?
Now let’s dive in to the fun stuff, we know what CBD is and how to use it, but why? Why are so many athletes turning to this new tool and does it really work?
One 2016 study in arthritic rats, found that it significantly reduced joint swelling and pain ratings, without the side effects of other drugs! Nice.
Of course that’s just one study, but there are many more underway like using CBD to reduce anxiety without the high. Which is actually something that many consistent users often report. Knowing that there’s more work being done, I’m listing here the reported benefits from both brands and those who’ve tried it.
- natural pain relief
- reduced anxiety
- improved sleep
- potential to reduce inflammation of Type 1 diabetes
- acne reduction
- promotes heart health
- promotes bone growth (healing stress fractures!)
How to use CBD oil?
Honestly, once I decided to dive in I was a little confused by the CBD sublingual drops, the creams, the lotions and the salves. What did I need, how much and when!
Let my confusion, which lead to research save you time!
- Consistency: This isn’t a use it one day and magically all things are better. You need to use it consistently for you to continue reducing inflammation or improving sleep, which then leads to all kinds of other good benefits.
- Sublingual drops (under the tongue) are great for helping to reduce total body inflammation, calming, mood, etc. When taking it sublingual, let it basically absorb in your mouth, don’t just swallow it.
- Creams are ideal for localized areas of pain.
- Lotions are an alternative to the sublingual drops as you can absorb the CBD through the skin.
Take it Nightly Most people will take the sublingual drops a night to help them wind down and have a good night of sleep. We know that quality sleep is one of the key components to good health and workout recovery, so this can help with that while also working on inflammation.
Try it Pre-Workout I started to wonder about pre-workout usage based on the original stories of ultra runners and their edibles. A little self testing and research lead me to find it can be a great option for prior to long runs as a way of getting in to a flow and
Now others might find it makes them too sleepy for a great workout and I wouldn’t use it before a speed session, but worth knowing so you can decide what’s best for you.
Now, having tested out three different varieties of drops, a few different creams and salves over the last year, my ultimate choice is Resilience CBD. And if you’re ready to test it out use code AMANDA20 to get a 20% discount on your first order.
Let me tell you why it’s my personal choice.
Resilience CBD Oil Drops For all over inflammation fighting, relaxation, taking sublingual drops is ideal. The way to get the most from them is to hold it in your mouth for 60 seconds where it essentially absorbs under your tongue. In the previous brands I tried, I needed to put it in and take a flavored drink to get past the taste, gag.
Not so with Resilience!
Also compared to the others, I noticed an actual difference when taking it. So much so that during a few days of super high stress, I took an extra dose during the day, which I never even pondered with the others.
If you want to ensure you are getting 0 THC (for a work drug test or anything else), opt for the Resilience Isolate, instead of the full spectrum drops.
Resilience CBD Sports Cream Smelling like my 90 year-old grandmothers old nursing home isn’t high on my list of to do’s. BUT most pain relief creams have that odor due to menthol and the first CBD one I tried was intense. Like so intense I wouldn’t use it if I was leaving the house that day and needed to wash any clothing that touched my skin where I’d put it on my knee!
With Resilience Sport Cream, you notice the smell for about 2-3 minutes a max. Meaning it genuinely vanishes unlike some of the others that claim to. Maybe that doesn’t matter to you, but matters to me!!
Again, I also appreciate that they do test to prove exactly how much CBD is in their product. And this cream will last a very long time because you aren’t gooping it on.
As a reminder creams aren’t a cure all, but used in conjunction with all our other injury prevention techniques it helps.
Ordering Tips Two tips for ordering! One is to use my code AMANDA20 for 20% off and the second is if you’re unsure, pair up with a friend. Here’s what I mean!
Resilience Give and Rise Project is all about reminding us all to come together to push each other to our best. After you’ve used the product for 30 days, they’ll give you the opportunity to give a friend a FREE product! What?!
Yup so why not buddy up, one of you try it first then the other…I mean you’ll both be convinced you need it forever after 30 days, but this feels like an easy way to start!
My Experience with CBD
All right, I’ve told you the basics of why I like these specific products, but I also want to talk about what I noticed from using them consistently. The products arrived during a particularly stressful period for me and I found after using it for a few nights, I also opted to take a half dose of the drops early in the day and used the cream consistently on my knee.
- I had my longest run by 2 miles since my knee injury started in 2016 (I took .5 CBD before the run)
- I finished that 15 miles without knee pain
- I proceed the rest of that week to continue having not just good runs, but faster and better feeling
- We went through the time change and I found myself adjusting more easily
- I’d been having some knee pain post shorter runs and that is continuing to diminish again
- The skin issues that had suddenly started in my late 30’s are absolutely better
This is just what I found within the first month of using the product, so I’m quite excited to make Resilience CBD a standard part of my training leading up to my next race!!
My only complaint is that now I want travel sizes from them because I know these are must have’s around race day and when traveling! And auto-refill seems like a must!
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This post is sponsored by Resilience CBD, but all opinions and testing results are my own.