I have a confession to make, mostly to myself. I am getting older. I know, I don’t really believe it either, but it’s true. A few weeks ago, I woke up and I was 40. It is a reality that my juvenile brain has been unwilling to accept. I continue to treat my body the same as I always have – riding bikes, running, hiking, skateboarding, really just about anything to keep me moving and outside. While my mind continues to ignore the earth’s continuous rotation around the sun, my body has started to remind me that time did not stop in 2008. I’m greeted most mornings with muscle and joint soreness from whatever activity I took on the day before, and the reality of my age is becoming very clear.
In an effort to stay as active as possible, I try to stretch on a regular basis, drink lots of water and try to limit the amount of post ride adult beverages I partake in. I also started doing a little research on my own for different ways to treat the soreness without swallowing handfuls of ibuprofen or Tylenol. In recent years, people have begun to study the healing attributes of hemp based products, more specifically the cannabinoids contained within the plant. Cannabidiol, known to most simply as CBD, is one of over 60 cannabinoids found in marijuana. Research has shown that CBD oils can reduce inflammation in the body, providing relief from muscle and joint soreness, insomnia, anxiety and host of other ailments.
After spending a few weeks reading just about everything I could find on the subject of CBD, a package of Floyd’s of Leadville soft gel tablets serendipitously showed up at our office. Floyd’s of Leadville, founded by none other than Floyd Landis, offers a range of CBD products marketed towards sports recovery. The anti-inflammation characteristics of CBD are said to speed the recovery of sore muscles and reduce dehydration post workout. The 25mg dosage of CBD is also loaded with important amino acids (Omega Fatty acids 3, 6 and 9), which are essential to a healthy mind and body. If you are one that adheres to a plant based diet like myself, this is great way to make sure you’re getting enough of the stuff your body needs without the use of fish oil products.
So before I go into what my feelings are on the Floyd’s of Leadville products, let’s make sure we know exactly what Floyd’s is not. Floyd’s is not a marijuana product. It is derived from hemp, which allows it to be sold to states outside of Colorado. CBD is also a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which means there are exactly zero mind-altering effects from taking one of these products. So, if you are expecting to pop one of these little guys and 20 minutes later be in the cosmos, trivializing the philosophical importance of a peanut shell, you are out of luck.
In my conversations with people about CBD and their experience with it, most people responded the same way – “I didn’t really feel anything.” I feel this is a response strictly based on the product’s close relationship with marijuana. Ask yourself this question – when you take a vitamin or supplement that has health benefits, do you ‘feel’ something? Floyd’s of Leadville CBD products are just another natural way to keep the body moving, not a way to feel invincible.
I would say my experience with these Floyd’s products has been a positive one. I noticed after the first few days that my knees were less sore in the morning. Leading up to my first day of taking the 25mg dose, my knees had become increasingly sore and stiff, so the absence of those feelings was an effect that I noticed right away. In some ways, I think I may have been a perfect test subject for the effectiveness of these products. I often suffer from heartburn and indigestion, and I have been trying to solve lifelong mystery of an autoimmune response that causes swelling and hives to occur without reason. Both of these ailments are caused by inflammation in the body, and over the course of the last few weeks, I have noticed a lot less of the symptoms since taking Floyd’s.
On a morning that I spent entering data into spreadsheets for work, I had over caffeinated myself and could feel the frustration of the constant clicking and dragging setting in. I took a Floyd’s to test its ability of calming the mind and within 30 minutes or so, the urge to toss my laptop across the room subsided and I felt less distracted. This morning, my muscles were sore and tired from a weekend of cross-country skiing and lifting weights, and again, after taking one of the small gel capsules, my body felt less tight and sore.
I have to admit I am very skeptical of any product that claims to treat so many ailments all at once. I don’t believe that anything should be marketed as a wonder drug to treat any and all conditions. If you have serious medical problems, please go see your doctor. However, if you are looking for an alternative to popping fistfuls of over the counter pain meds to keep your body feeling 28 instead of it’s actual age, Floyd’s might be right for you.
Floyd’s CBD products are also available in tinctures and creams. You can find more info here.