If you CrossFit, it has been hard to avoid coming across CBD in your social media feeds since the Games. Athletes like Brooke Ence, Kara Saunders, Bethany Shadburn and more have been posting about using it, either for themselves, their pets or both. CBD is here and it appears to be here to stay. With all that exposure, the questions come every day - but the number one question I get from my CrossFit friends about CBD, is either, “how much do I take?” or “Which product should I use?”
I am an avid CrossFitter, I compete with some regularity, and I use CBD every day. I am not a doctor (which should immediately tell you, you should listen to me more, because only 13% of medical schools even teach about the endocannabinoid system, (Colorado University is one of them, I got you Dan Levy!)
First, let’s be clear: You can’t overdose on CBD. Overdosing on CBD would be, I guess, you took a lot and feel really relaxed? The horror!
But you also don’t want to be using an unnecessary amount, because good CBD is not cheap (If your CBD is what you would consider “cheap” it’s probably because it’s trash) So I am going to break down what I take, how much I take and when I take it. This has worked extremely well for myself and a good friend, as we both have come back from injuries that basically shelved us for almost a year. We are both now back to training and competing, pain-free.
I use Pure Spectrum products because I know the hemp is grown right here in Colorado, at the largest USDA certified Organic Hemp farm in the United States. Getting that label from the USDA is not easy - and it covers everything from their growing practices, to how they harvest the plants and make the product. Pure Spectrum is big on their “Seed to Sale” transparency. In an industry where hustlers are always looking to increase their profit margins and are increasingly looking to places like China to import cheap, polluted, low quality CBD - I like knowing what I am putting in my body, is pure, organic hemp. They also post third-party lab tests of their product on their website. In the health and fitness industry or the supplement industry, that’s pretty rare.
So to make things easy for you guys, I broke down exactly what I take, when I take it and how much I take. I also have a list of my favorite products below, ranked in order of importance, to me. I hope this helps answer some of your questions.
Here is my daily CBD calendar:
Morning: Pure Spectrum 1250 Tincture (1 full dropper)
Honestly, if you only buy one product and only use it once a day, this is what you should have on deck.
Pre-workout: Pure Spectrum 99% Isolate powder (Ill just use a key to measure out my dose, cover the tip of your house key liberally. Figuring out white powder dose sizes on the tip of a key is a skill you may or may not already have :)))))
Afternoon/Post-workout: Pure Spectrum 1250. I refill old THC cartridges for my vape pen with the Pure Spectrum tincture. Lifehack. You’re welcome.
Evening: Pure Spectrum face and hand lotion. If it was a hard training day or I can just feel some soreness coming on, I’ll use the pain salve or muscle lotion topically as needed but I use the face and hand lotion every day.
The CrossFit “Hibernation” Dose:
This was something my good friend and training partner Westy Guill and I coined after playing around with dose sizes and different methods of ingesting CBD. Any day we train more than once, or get under heavy weight, this is the go-to. You will go directly to sleep and you will sleep like a tiny baby and awake feeling refreshed and ready to, as Brooke Ence says in the Pure Spectrum commercial, “do it all over again.”
Scoop the 99% isolate powder on to the end of a popsicle stick. Use enough to cover the entire curved end. Put the powder under your tongue, hold it there. While holding it under the tongue, take a full dropper of the 1250 tincture and squeeze it under your tongue as well. Hold both there for at least 60 seconds if possible. Enjoy - this has also been referred to as “The Hangover Dose” - so if you want, use it after hard training or hard drinking apparently.
Your shopping list:
I put these in order of importance to me personally. If I could only have one product it would be the 1250, if I could only have two, the 1250 and the powder, etc.
Pure Spectrum 1250 Hemp Oil Tincture
Pure Spectrum 99% Isolate Powder
Pure Spectrum Invigorating Pain Salve
Pure Spectrum Face and Hand Lotion
Pure Spectrum boasts an 80%+ customer retention rate, which is unheard of in most industries. This is because their products work. I have spoken with numerous people who told me they tried CBD a while back and did not notice any benefits. I always encourage them to give it one more chance and to use a reputable company like Pure Spectrum. Nearly all of them contact me a month later and can’t believe the difference. They were using ground beef and saying they didn’t like red meat - I got them to try some filet mignon, and their view changed.
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