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Show highlights include:

  • The case for being grateful for your social anxiety and depression (3:07)
  • How 3 little letters can completely change your life — especially if you suffer from anxiety, depression, and unmanaged stress (3:41)
  • How a rat “unlocked” hidden receptors in your body that regulate your mood and overall well being (5:43)
  • How CBD alters the way your brain perceives the daily stressors in your life (7:20)
  • Is CBD really legal to use? Find out here… (8:11)
  • The single best way to consume CBD to get the most bang for your buck for your health (11:11)
  • The exact amount of CBD you should take when you’re starting out (14:15)
  • The #1 best CBD company around today (16:26)

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Hey y'all and welcome to the everyday athlete podcast recorded live from Omaha, Nebraska and I'm your host, Katie danger U S army veteran and founder of Red H Nutrition providing everyday athletes just like you, clean, effective nutritional solutions, custom formulated to help you reach your absolute potential every single day.

Hello athletes. Welcome to episode number 13 of the everyday athlete podcast. I'm so excited to have you one on one for another episode and this episode is going to be a wealth of information for you on a hot topic right now and that is C B D. now you've probably heard of CBD at this point. There are pop up shops on every street corner. There's franchises in nearly every city in new multilevel marketing companies. They're starting their foundations using CBD products. So CBD is here to stay and the goal of this podcast is help give you general information on what CBD is, how it's used, the different variety of products that are on the market and how it can help you accomplish your health and wellness goals. I'm also at the end of the podcast going to share my preferred personal brand and the brand that we carry in our brick and mortar store. But before I dive into CBD, I want to share my personal story with you about how I found CBD and it will enlighten you as to why this episode is so important to me and why I am so passionate about sharing this information.

(01:20): My family, God bless them, they have a history of the crazies and as fate would have it, that genetic predisposition, it didn't forget about me. So for years I've struggled with my social anxiety, my depression with my mood, and the only relief that I have ever found was through prescription medications. And then up until two years ago, the most recent medication that I was prescribed was for Prozac. Now for a couple of years, I successfully manage those symptoms with Prozac and things started to get bad again. Though I was having trouble thinking clearly I wasn't sleeping well and it seemed that everything felt like the end of the world. I was not in any way, shape or form in control of my thoughts, my feelings, or my actions. I felt out of control of everything, like the circumstances around me. If I had a good day, it was luck.

(02:07): If I had a bad day, that's just the way it was supposed to be. So I went back to the doctor and her recommendation was to prescribe me a higher dose. Eventually after seeing her and things not working and I wasn't able to level out, I was at 40 milligrams of Prozac, which is the highest milligram concentration of Prozac that they make. So I kept thinking, this isn't working, this isn't working. Where do we go next? Like where do you go after you're already on the highest level of medication? The last thing I wanted to do was take more pills and then try another medication. So after a few weeks of the highest dose is 40 milligrams, I'd had it. I was done. It wasn't working, I wasn't feeling better and I was upset. All of the money and the time that I spent with the doctor, that's when I took the initiative.

(02:50): I finally decided to take control of something and I wanted to learn more about alternative options for managing stress. Like I said, I didn't want to take pills anymore. I didn't want to take another medication. I had heard, you know, I mean you've heard about marijuana before and you hear about how that helps stress and anxiety, but it's just not federally legal. So I was looking at other options for managing holistic options from the earth plant-based options and that's when I came across CBD and since incorporating CBD into my daily routine, I've been self-medicating and I use the term self-medicating, not in the way that a junkie would or somebody who is addicted. This is just because there isn't a lot of information on proper dosing and there aren't actual doctors of CBD medicine yet. This self-medicating is a term that I'm going to use.

(03:36): And then the term that I generally refer to when it comes to dosing yourself. So I've been self-medicating for two years with CBD and it's completely changed my life and my world. My attitude is better. I now feel in control of my thoughts and my feelings and my actions, my anxiety, my depression, all of those things have subsided significantly and currently today at twice a day I use CBD and I have never felt better. CVDs had life changing results for me. So this podcast is a passionate suggestion, a very, very passionate suggestion that if you struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders, pain or inflammation from injuries or sickness and or consistent, inconsistent and bad sleep patterns, this is going to benefit you to listen to the meat and potatoes of this podcast. As we go a little further with this. Now you know why I believe sharing this information could be valuable to the everyday athlete.

(04:29): So let's get into CBD one Oh one CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol and it is a compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike it, psychoactive relative compound THC, CBD does not produce any mind altering effects. Simply put, CBD is the healing without the high patients, which is another word that I'm going to use throughout this podcast. And when I do talk about utilizing CBD, I don't want to call them customers. I don't want to call them users. I think patients because when we talk about CBD we talk about it in a medicinal way to manage symptoms of problems that we're experiencing. Patients is the word I'm going to use going forward, so patients using CBD report a wide range of benefits including reducing pain and inflammation, helping with sleep disorders, improving mood disorders like anxiety and depression and many others. The unique receptors in our body called the endocannabinoid system was first discovered in 1988 in the brain of a rat.

(05:28): Researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC and were found primarily in the regions of the brain that are responsible for mental and physiological processes like memory, cognition, emotion and motor coordination. Then in 1993 another breakthrough was found by researchers and they found a second cannabinoid receptor and that was found to be linked to the central nervous system and immune function. Now probably haven't heard of those studies because at the time the hype around those findings was low and it was low because these receptors were found in rats, not humans. Yet. Flash forward, 1995 scientists found these receptors in humans and this is also in thousands of other species. So we now know that these receptors, which are now referred to as CB one and CB two they're found in almost all living mammals. It's insane. It's crazy. So as researchers are more about this endocannabinoid system, they discovered that it was a vital component in maintaining the body's homeostasis.

(06:30): Homeostasis is the ideal balance between interdependent elements in the body to achieve optimal wellness. So I'm going to restate that. They found that the endocannabinoid system is a vital component in maintaining the body's optimal wellness homeostasis. That should give you an idea of how important the endocannabinoid system is to the body is to humans. And to give you an idea of how this system helps maintain homeostasis, I'm going to give you an example. When we become stressed, our minds release cortisol and cortisol is the stress hormone. It's the compound responsible for how we feel when we're stressed. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react to a dangerous situation. However, too much cortisol disrupts the natural balance of our body and mind and can result in serious health problems. This is where CBD comes in. When certain endocannabinoids are introduced into the body. It not only helps provide stress relief, but it helps manage our perception of stress.

(07:27): So we look at the situation with a clear mind objective, Lee, and make the best decision possible. So to summarize that, make it very simple to understand. Scientists discovered that there are systems in our bodies that are solely dependent on their interactions with cannabinoids, and these systems are part of vital functions in our bodies. Our bodies were designed to work with cannabinoids and they can even be considered as essential to our overall health and wellness. I'm going to ask you a question. Can you start to understand why CBD is taking the health and wellness industry by storm? Yet after we went through the history of it and what it's capable of helping do within the body and its vital function and optimal health and wellness. Now you can see why CBD is taking this industry by storm. Here's another question that comes up often. Is CBD legal to use.

(08:17): You know, over the last 60 plus years, the government and health agencies have led propaganda and false research claiming that cannabis and its constituents like CBD are the gateway drug. So the cannabis plant, the hemp plant, they've all been demonized for way too long. But general perception in the past few years has started to trend positively and it's mainly due to the incredible results and benefits that people are experiencing when using CBD in their wellness care. In the United States, at the federal level, CBD derived from hemp is 100% legal as most CBD products are hemp-derived. And that's why our CNC shops open up our nearly every single corner of your town in every single state

(08:56): Ever heard the saying “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. A major component to your competitive success will be your nutrition prep. And I create a competition nutrition guide to help you utilize pre intra and post-competition nutrition protocols, boost your confidence heading into a competition, recover quicker post comps. You get right back to training and increase your power output and max capacity so you can own that podium. I created this guy just for the everyday athlete and you'd get your free copy at competition, nutrition guide.com I'll say again, competition, nutrition guide.com we've covered the basics of CBD and how it's important to your overall wellness care and body is homeostasis.

(09:40): Now let's talk about the different ways to take CBD, but first I want to tell you about bioavailability. We have to talk about bioavailability first because it directly relates to CBD effectiveness of the dosage. Bioavailability is defined as the degree in rate at which a substance that is absorbed into the bloodstream in addition to the amount and strength of a substance bioavailability determines how much of what you took is actually going to present and provide an effect for you. Now let's move into how patients are using CBD. The most well known way that people are using CBD is edible gummies. Gummies are easy to take. They taste good, they're fruit flavored, and they often come in multiple concentrations with 10 milligram being a starter dose all the way up to 50 milligrams plus. Now the negative side of using gummies, although they're tasty, is that a large portion of the CBD that you ingest is going to be filtered out via the digestive system, so it dramatically reduces its bioavailability.

(10:37): When it comes to specifics, a lot of the findings that you'll look up on CBD suggests that the bioavailability rate of gummies is about eight to 15% so do the math here. That means that if you had a hundred milligram edible, only eight to 15 milligrams of that CBD is actually going to reach your bloodstream and actually going to give you an effect. So you can see that you're going to lose a large portion of the CBD, your digestive system, nearly 75% on average. That is worse than taxes. So there are other options though, which is fantastic. That's where my personal favorite method of CBD comes in. I prefer tinctures or sublingual drops. Sublingual drops, tinctures, they come usually in little glass containers with a dropper and usually one dropper full is one milliliter. What you do is you'll take drops under the tongue and there's a vein called the sublingual glam.

(11:27): When a substance is put on the sublingual gland, it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream, which is referred to as sublingual consumption. So common sublingual ways to take our tinctures, you can get lozenges are there. Now there's even sprays, you can spray the CBD in your mouth and it hits the lining of your mouth and still gets absorbed quickly into the bloodstream because this way, this application is more direct, it impacts the body quicker than oral consumption like gummies, and it has a higher bioavailability. The only CBD is lost is because of the enzyme reaction in the mouth. On average, we're looking at about a 20% bioavailability rate. So before we were looking at eight to 15 now we're looking at 20% plus. So that is definitely far better than gummies. And when you're talking about dollars and cents, you're going to get more of what you paid for.

(12:17): Another way people get their CBD is through vaporizers. I know there is some news about vaporizers and their safety and I'm not here to argue that or be a proponent of vaporizers. I'm just here to tell you this is a way that people are ingesting their CBD through vaporizers and the smoke enters the lungs and provides a quick effect, usually lasting around two to four hours and has one of the highest bioavailability rates at 35% plus. So another in the final way that I'm going to tell you about CBD is through balms and salves. Topical ointments. These are used for local pain relief and inflammation, but the caveat here is that CBD does not enter the bloodstream, so there's really no bioavailability to talk about. All you're getting is that topical relief. You're not going to get any of the effects that CBD would provide if it were to react with the receptors in the brain.

(13:07): Now, there are a few other ways to get your CBD and if you're wondering if there's any way that you can get it like 100% or close bioavailability. Well, there are ways and here are the ways. They're generally going to be more expensive and more uncomfortable and what I mean by that is transdermal patches, so like the nicotine patches, Nicorette patches or whatever. Now they make those in CBD so they can be slow release and they go directly into the bloodstream. They go below the epidermis dermis and get into the bloodstream. There's also, those are about 80% bioavailability. Now if you take a suppository, a rectal suppository, you're looking at close to a hundred percent bioavailability, so although uncomfortable and although inconvenient, if this is an option for you, I guess a rectal suppository is going to be the most bioavailable way to get your CBD. I've never tried one and I probably never will.

(13:57): If you do though, I'd love to know your reaction with it, your interaction with it and your experience. You can always email me katie@redhnutrition.com I would just like to learn more about it. That's all. So now that you know how to take CBD, you're probably wondering how much you should take. How do you dose CBD? Generally, if somebody has never used CBD before and they're starting out, I always recommend a 10 milligram dose. CBD is a lot like any other pharmaceutical or supplement where you don't want to take too much. As your body can adapt to those, you're looking for the least effective dose, which also saves you money. 10 milligrams in many circles of literature is recommended as a general starting dose for a newbie. After a patient starts with 10 milligrams, I have them assess for seven to 10 days. If those symptoms that they're experiencing aren't any better than not finding the relief that they want.

(14:43): I tell them to increase their dose by five milligrams, so we start at ten seven to 10 days, go with 10 milligrams. If you don't find any relief up your dose by five milligrams and then assess again on a seven to 10 day basis and then increased by five milligrams if appropriate, you're going to find your sweet spot and if you're wondering how do I know if it's working, my reply is always because you're going to stop thinking about if it's working, it's going to work because you're going to be more focused on the tasks you have at hand rather than your anxiety, depression, pain, or any potential lack of sleep. Your discomfort isn't going to interrupt your daily process anymore and that's going to be your sweet spot. You won't be feeling that discomfort anymore. Your movement won't be hindered and you'll be moving. So to reiterate, start with 10 milligrams for seven to 10 days.

(15:25): If it's not doing what you want it to do, increase by five milligrams every seven to 10 days, find your sweet spot. Your patients will be key here is you find what works for you. All right. Athletes. We talked about the history of CBD, how it was first found to be beneficial in rats and then eventually in humans there's lots of different ways you can take your CBD vaporizers, tinctures drops under the tongue, edibles, lozenges, patches. You can even have a suppository if that's something that you would want to do and I know there was a lot of information on CBD here, but the best way to know if it's for you and how to get the best results is just to start taking it. Go to somebody you trust, ask questions about how CBD can interact with your current medications, talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about that.

(16:08): But the best way to get started is just to get started. Go to a trusted CBD shop, Google CBD stores in your area. If you're in Omaha, Nebraska, come to red H nutrition. I'm very well versed in CBD and how to get somebody started and comfortable with their dosing and with their preferred method of ingesting CBD. My personal brand of choice and the brand that we sell in our brick and mortar store in Omaha is Floyd's of Leadville. And I've chosen Floyd's of Leadville for two years now to support my own CBD needs, but also my customers, because of the quality of hemp, they use the low County of their manufacturing plant as a Leadville, Colorado. And we're in Omaha, so it's a very, very close and I'm also a really big fan of Floyd Landis and he is the owner and founder of Floyd's of Leadville.

(16:51): And if you haven't heard of Floyd Landis, he is a former elite level Olympic cyclist. He was prominent around the same time that Lance Armstrong was. So I just really love Floyd's of Leadville. I get nothing for referring them to you. I will just continue to stock their products in my shop and recommend them because of the quality of CBD that they produce and the results that I've gotten and that hundreds of my customers have gotten. All right guys. Now you know, CBD one-on-one. This should help you get out there, make the right choice for you. If you have any questions, stop by the shop. If you're in Omaha or send me an email, katie@reddishnutrition.com cause I am here to serve you. I'm here to educate, inspire and empower you to be better. Stay tuned for next week. Athletes. I have got a really awesome episode for you.

(17:36): And number 14 it's a fan requested episode and it's titled nutrition for hypertrophy and it is gained season. It's actually always gained season if you want it to be. So if you're wanting to put on some legitimate lean muscle mass, you've got to tune in next and learn the real way to build muscle with your nutrition plan. Athletes, I know that you're juggling life and all of its responsibilities and it can get overwhelming. So when it comes to improving your fitness and nutrition, red H has you covered booster strength, power, speed, endurance, improve your focus, clarity and mood, get better sleep, move pain-free and amplify your life with red eight supplements. As a listener of the everyday athlete podcast,

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