Posted by, Ashtyn on August 20, 2018
If you think bicycling across America comes with aches and pains; you are absolutely correct. So, what do you do? How do you soothe the knee pain? How do you stop the constant booty soreness?
The answer: take CBD. A lot of it.
Let’s rewind a little bit…
In May of 2017, my brother, Justin and I decided to do something crazy. By crazy, I mean ride a bicycle across the United States of America…yes you read that correctly. Our journey would start in Seaside, Oregon and end in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—3,500 miles, 10 states, 3 mountain ranges and a whole lot of pain. Did I mention that the both of us had never ridden a bicycle further than 20 miles?
During the same time Justin and I were planning our cross-country feat, our dad, Brent, was in the midst of releasing his first round of Cannabidiol (otherwise known as CBD) from his new company, New World CBD. When we set off on our journey on May 1, we had two bikes, 8 panniers, 1 tent and more CBD than we knew what to do with (thanks dad).
See, I was pretty naïve to what CBD actually was. Of course, there is the stigma that it is “weed” or “marijuana” or that it will get you high; but I quickly found out that wasn’t the case. Our CBD supply would become our number one source of relief—a close second would be the feeling of seeing the “downhill” warning sign for trucks at the top of a giant hill or the golden arches of a McDonald’s after biking 80 miles through the middle of the forest.
So, what is CBD you ask? To paraphrase my father: CBD (AKA Cannabidiol) is one of over 100 unique chemical compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids. Sort of like how vitamin C is used to kick start our immune system, cannabinoids like CBD are said to kick start our central regulatory system allowing processes like appetite, mood, memory and inflammation control to work at full capacity. You might be more familiar with THC, which is the main psychoactive component derived from cannabis responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. Unlike THC though, CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. Thus, it is impossible to get “high” by smoking or ingesting CBD or CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp plants, as they only have minuscule traces of THC (<0.3%).
After the first day of our trip, sore was an understatement. I was a college athlete for 4 years and let me tell you: I have never felt a pain like I did after that first 48 miles down highway 101. Justin felt the same. As soon as we sat down in our hotel room that night, we started taking droppers full of our CBD tincture and the experiment began.
I specifically remember Justin having terrible knee pain during the first week of the trip. So bad, that we would had to stop multiple times an hour, so he could rest. We started taking more CBD and using the balm my dad had sent with us as soon as it started. Sure enough, his knee pain started to go away slowly, and then after a week it was almost completely gone. No more stops and no more pain.
I must admit I was skeptical at first but after seeing what it did for Justin, I started to see CBD more as an actual medicine. It’s almost like an ibuprofen…except it is healthier. CBD comes from a plant; no chemicals and no artificial anything, not to mention your brain actually has CBD receptors. Considering there are no known overdose levels, or negative side effects for that matter, I couldn’t find any reason why not to take it. I’m sure glad I did.
Biking 3,500 miles in two months will take its toll on you; for me, it was in my hands. About halfway through the trip, I started experiencing numbness in my pinky and ring fingers of both hands. It started small, and then became more and more noticeable. I would get a tingling sensation in my palms regularly and after biking more than 20 miles, the pain would start. It was awful and it made getting on the bike every day a challenge.
I started massaging the balm on my ulnar nerve in both hands and the pain started becoming more bearable. Braces and ibuprofen aside, the number one relief was my CBD. Our tincture and balm helped me so greatly during our bike trip, that I didn’t stop taking it when we were done.
In “normal life” I try to bike 20+ miles at least three times a week now and though my hands haven’t stopped being an issue, I take my oil and use my balm every day—I no longer wake up with sore hands.
People always ask me how we accomplished such a crazy journey. I always tell them it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life—but, with the help of amazing people, our legs (and hands…) and our CBD, we accomplished something very few people can say they have done in their lifetime.
See more pictures from the trip here
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