Aloha everyone! I'm a Maui transplant who loves to run and explore the island. Here I will be able to share my running experiences with you as I train for my upcoming races; read my reviews of the races, products, and gear that I'm using; and other running related topics. Mahalo for taking the time to read my posts!
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What is CBD?
CBD has been a popular topic lately for me. It seems like everyone is trying it or talking about it. CBD Oil is a supplement derived from the hemp plant. Wait keep reading! CBD is safely extracted from the hemp plant and does not contain any THC, the chemical compound in marijuana plant that gets you high. I'll repeat this again, CBD is not a drug and does not contain any THC as they are separate plants. The nutrients extracted from the plant have enormous health benefits, especially for athletes. While taking CBD oil I had to take a drug test for a new job and passed with flying colors.
There are four key benefits to using CBD oil:
improved sleep quality
The oil is taken orally by pumping 5 mg (5 pumps) under your tongue, holding it for 30-60 seconds and then swallowing in the morning and at night. Since you are holding it in you mouth flavor is a big factor. I have heard from friends that CBD can be very hard to take since it tastes very earthy. Ikor flavors their oil with citrus flavor which I found to be very enjoyable. It was a little tangy and slightly sour but overall tasty. It taste kind of like candy to me, since I don't eat candy I saw it as a treat.
Putting it to the test
All of this sounds too good to be true, a natural supplement that helps with so many things that us runners have difficulties with. I was eager to put it to the test and see the benefits for myself.
A little background on my life, I currently work two different jobs, I bartend during the day and then work third shift at a hotel. At least three times a week I will finish work at 7:00 am, sleep for two hours, and then head to the restaurant for work until 7:00 am the next day. Some days I work over 20 hours and am running on 2 hours of sleep.
I've been working two jobs for 8 months and I can say that the weeks that I was using Ikor CBD oil I felt the most rested. With sleeping as little as I was, it was important that the quality of sleep that I got be good quality. I definitely feel like this was due to the CBD oil.
Somehow during this time I was also marathon training and ran NYC Marathon, using the CBD oil the leading up to and after the race. I only had seven weeks of training for the race, one of which I was out sick, so recovery was critical. I found that the days after my long runs were much easier while take CBD verse not taking it. I also was able to get 8 full hours of sleep the night before the marathon. Usually I'm a nervous wreck who thinks I will oversleep my alarm, that wasn't the case this time. I'm giving the credit to the CBD for the improved sleep and less anxiety.
Now what Ikor wanted us to do was to take the CBD oil for at least 10 days, and then totally stop for 3-4 days to see if we noticed any changes. While I was taking it I told myself that there was no way that I would stop for three days since I was feeling so good. However I left the CBD oil at my parents house for a few days and stopped taking it accidentally. Let me tell you that I could notice the difference in those few days. The biggest thing I noticed was being more irritable, probably due to lower quality sleep.
There are a few things that I noticed about my body since taking the CBD oil. Take these with a grain of salt since all bodies are different. I found that I have more vivid dreams since taking the supplement. Nothing crazy, but I felt like my mind was working harder than normal during sleep, which could mean that I was getting more REM sleep.
I wanted to be clear about my last of desire to take three days off. It was a want not a physical desire. I did not feel dependent to the oil, I just liked how good I felt and wanted to stay like that.
I definitely felt like my quality of life was better since taking Ikor CBD oil. My body was working better, I was sleeping better, and not feeling as stressed as usual. If that isn't enough to make you want to try it, they are offering a 20% discount with code "BibRave20" at checkout through 12/31/18.
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