Venga CBD https://vengaendurance.com Endurance for Life. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 21:12:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://vengaendurance.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/cropped-siteIcon-32x32.png Venga CBD https://vengaendurance.com 32 32 149925251 What We Are Doing to Keep You and Venga Employees Safe https://vengaendurance.com/blog/what-we-are-doing-to-keep-you-and-venga-employees-safe/ https://vengaendurance.com/blog/what-we-are-doing-to-keep-you-and-venga-employees-safe/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 20:30:46 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=33334 Plan to Protect Our Employees and Customers Our purpose at Venga CBD is to help endurance athletes overcome their limitations and do the sport they love forever. We want you to know we are doing everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. We are grateful for the trust you put in Venga [...]

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To Our Customers and Friends re: Coronavirus

In this difficult time of a global pandemic, our principal concern is and always will be with the people who make up Venga CBD’s community of employees, partners, athletes and ambassadors.

💪You are the reason why we do what we do. We are here to support you.💪

We’ve lowered prices to help make CBD more affordable.
5% of every sale for the next 60 days will be donated to Give to Cure, directly supporting research for a Covid-19 vaccine

The Venga team will be working around the clock to manage the Covid-19’s response with diligence and thoughtfulness. We’ve implemented new safety and fulfillment procedures designed to keep our products safe. We’ll do our best to continue to ship orders as usual, but there might be delays as we are not able to control the various shipping companies we use.

Life will be more challenging than usual for a time but together we will get through this. This is what endurance athletes do.

Nothing in life is permanent and this will be no exception.
Your event may be canceled but:

Conversation will not be canceled.
Relationships will not be canceled.
Music will not be canceled.
Reading will not be canceled.
Healthy living will not be canceled.
Love will not be canceled.
Hope will not be canceled.

Life will not be canceled.

#lifewillnotbecanceled

Plan to Protect Our Employees and Customers

Our purpose at Venga CBD is to help endurance athletes overcome their limitations and do the sport they love forever. We want you to know we are doing everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. We are grateful for the trust you put in Venga CBD and we want you to know the steps we are taking at Venga CBD to protect our employees, their families and our customers.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been infected around the world. We pray that our planet rallies together to defeat this virus and that we support each other during this difficult time.

STEPS WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED

  • All employees who are not involved in the fulfillment of orders are now required to work from home.
  • All employees working in fulfillment, quality control or the warehouse are required to use hand sanitizer when arriving at the building.
  • All in-person employee meetings, training and gatherings have been canceled or changed to a video conferencing service.
  • No one is allowed to enter our office, warehouse or fulfillment center including visitors, UPS, USPS, FedEx or anyone else making deliveries or picking up packages.
  • Any employee experiencing any type of cold, allergy or flu like symptom is required to stay at home. We are paying all employees who are sick while at home.
  • We are cleaning all fulfillment, bathroom and kitchen surfaces throughout the day.
  • All employees touching products are required to wear gloves even though initial reports show the virus will only live on cardboard surfaces for 24 hours.
  • Everyone is requested to not touch their faces. When people accidentally touch their face, they must immediately wash their hands and change their gloves.
  • Everyone is requested to be extra vigilant to observe and hold each other accountable.

 

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

  • We are also encouraging all our employees to take the following measures when outside the building:
  • Avoid touching and exchanging money.
  • Avoid all public places including stores, restaurants, bars etc.
  • Avoid being around anyone experiencing any type of cold, allergy or flu like symptoms.
  • Have all groceries and other items delivered to their homes.
  • Take health and wellness products such as vitamin C, CBD and immune building products that help support overall health and well being.
  • Use gloves when touching gas pumps, keypads, elevator buttons or anything else that must be touched.
  • Keep hand sanitizer in their cars and use it frequently.
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

As we learn new steps that can be taken, we are immediately implementing them. We thank you for your trust in Venga CBD and we will continue to do everything we can to provide you with the highest quality and safest products in the market.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@vengacbd.com.

Jay OHare
CEO, Venga CBD

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Reduced Risk of Illness

So you’re coming home from the gym or finishing up a run and you feel it. That scratch in the back of your throat or a faint achy-chill that runs down your back. This is the point where the panic sets in… “Oh no, I’m starting to get sick!

Having a healthy immune system is the key to avoiding illness, that’s obvious. And more than just avoiding a cold or flu, the strength of one’s immune system will often dictate the severity of the symptoms you might experience from getting sick.

It’s a given that we’re all going to get sick or catch a bit of a “sniffle” at some point. And you’d be naïve to think that you’re completely impervious to every airborne invader trying to attack your wellness.

But there are measures you can take to boost your immune response. Adopting a proactive approach to reduce your risk of contracting a more serious infection is the #1 thing you can do to protect yourself.

As the saying goes; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

In a time like this, when worldwide health is on the top of every headline, it’s become increasingly important to strengthen your immune system by any means possible.

As an athlete, maintaining a lifestyle of regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep to allow your body proper recovery, and consuming healthy food isn’t a far cry from your existing routine. In fact, it’s your fitness mindset that safeguards you from many of the health concerns that a more sedentary segment of our population often worries about.

But there’s an internal system at play that your doctor may have never even talked to you about. Were you aware of just how big of a role your endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays in the proper function and balance of your immune system?

Think of your body like an entire mini-city built with an intricate system of traffic lights controlled by a central signaling computer. The computer’s job is to make sure the traffic lights turn green when it wants cars to accelerate and show red when it’s time for traffic to stop.

Well, your endocannabinoid system is like the signaling computer that exists to regulate how your body functions in times of “heavy traffic.” Or, more to the point, how your body responds to threats to its immune system.

Let’s dive in and more deeply examine how maintaining the ECS can insulate you from ailments that might otherwise put you down.

A Starter: How the Immune System Works

Keeping healthy and safeguarded from illness is the primary function of the immune system. But it’s important to first understand what “immunity” really means, before jumping into the details of how your endocannabinoid system works to support your immune response.

If this were the Trojan War, your immune system would make up the walls surrounding Troy, amassed with an army of soldiers on the lookout for trouble. Bacteria and pathogens would play the role of the Greeks, and your immune system’s primary function would be to prevent another Trojan horse from slipping through the gates.

Fighting off the toxins and pathogens that your body inevitably comes in contact with is what your immune system was designed to do. Don’t worry, without you even thinking about it, your body has become a skilled fighter in the war against germs.

Keeping out harmful bacteria (like when your coworker sneezes too close to you) and letting in more of what your body deems beneficial (think Vitamin D, from the sun) is the primary function of your immune system.

Many factors can play a role in living with an immune system that’s been compromised. Lack of proper sleep or undue stress are known factors that can lead to a poorly functioning immune system and lowered immunity.

The immune system is your most important line of defense against harmful invaders set out to attack your health.

Imagine your immune system as a locked door to the Target store on Black Friday. The minute the nighttime security guard falls asleep (i.e. a weakened immune system), it’s like he left the door wide open to the mobs of thrifty deal seekers fighting over who gets the 52” flat screen at fifty percent off. Total mayhem!

But with heightened immunity, fortified by a healthy immune system, you equip your body with the proper defense mechanism to keep those intruders at bay.

Since modern medicine first discovered the body’s endocannabinoid system, along with the subsequent studies to follow, it is believed that a boosted ECS can help regulate proper immune function.

How The Endocannabinoid System Affects Immunity

In full disclosure, this is where things tend to get a little caught up in science. But don’t fret, we’re going to walk through this so it’s easy to understand.

For starters, your body’s endocannabinoid system is arguably one of the most vital physiological systems there is. It’s a vast neurotransmitter system that sends messaging signals from head to toe.

Again, think in terms of your body being made up of millions of traffic lights either turning red (“stop”) or green (“go”). There is no organ or function internally that your ECS doesn’t play a part in regulating to some degree.

Things like digestion, appetite, mood, sleep, brain function, metabolism and yes, immune function, are all proven to be impacted at some level by the endocannabinoid system.

For your ECS to work properly, your body needs molecules to tell it how to function. These come in the form of endocannabinoids, meaning cannabinoids that your body produces on its own. Yes… if you didn’t know it already, your body makes cannabinoids.

Cannabidiol (CBD) was later discovered as a phytocannabinoid (meaning, made by plants) that can be used to boost your body’s level of cannabinoids after the degradation of your endocannabinoids occurs.

The reality is that the amount of endocannabinoids your body contains diminishes over time. Add that to the list of bummer news we have to deal with as we get older.

To dive more deeply, there are what’s called CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body that clear the way for these messages to be received. CB receptors are to thank for the timely release of different messaging carriers that support homeostasis inside you.

CB1 receptors are primarily centralized in your brain while CB2 receptors reside mainly on the immune cells that travel throughout your body.

Researchers have found that the primary role of your ECS is to promote balance throughout your body, including the modulation of mood, cognition and other central functions. However, recent discoveries suggest that the endocannabinoid system also regulates the effectiveness of your immune response.

How do Endocannabinoids Affect Immune Function?

Ok… ready to earn your science degree? Put on your lab coat because here we go.

One of the main types of immune cells comes in the form of white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are heavily modulated by endocannabinoids. Lymphocytes exist to maximize your body’s ability to ward off harmful attacks from bacteria and viruses.

Think of lymphocytes as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo blasting away at an onslaught of storm troopers chasing them down the halls of the Death Star. One by one, our heros’ blasters take aim and destroy these white-armored villains who are trying to prevent the galaxy from experiencing peace.

It is suggested that endocannabinoids play a major role in governing your immune balance by regulating both the production and degradation of these lymphocytes.

A 2015 study went was far as to document the role that endocannabinoids play in signaling both innate and adaptive immunity in this way.

The bottom line is that without endocannabinoids, our body’s immunity would be completely weakened to the point where any and all harmful threats to our wellness (i.e. cold, flu or disease) would easily topple us over.

How Can CBD Help Boost Immunity?

A 2009 study confirms that “cannabinoids have been shown to act as potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory agents” and bring about “beneficial effects in a wide range of immune-mediated diseases.”

In layman’s terms, more cannabinoids in your system means better immune response. In a nutshell, when you boost your body’s level of cannabinoids, you better protect yourself from sickness and should experience less severe symptoms if you were to get ill.

Many doctors and cannabis researchers have identified numerous ways in which cannabinoids like CBD can be incorporated into one’s diet to support overall health, proper internal functions (including immune response) and avoid ailments such as a cold or flu.

A routine use of CBD around cold and flu season, or when you’re exposed to other viruses, is one way you give your body the best chance of warding off the onset of illness.

Supplementing your body with CBD enhances its ability to protect you from sickness and diminished health.

Can Boosting the ECS Help Maintain Immunity?

As we’ve shown, the endocannabinoid system does play a role in maintaining healthy immune functions. This is especially true in how the ECS helps your body’s ability to inhibit an overactive immune response. And this can be directly linked to endocannabinoids.

All told, supporting your body’s ECS can be an incredible way to build a strong immune system.

 

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5-time Ironman Champion and Spartan Elite Pro Team member Heather Gollnick joins us for an informative interview. In this discussion, Heather gives some incredible athletic training tips from her years of competing at the highest level, helping athletes at all abilities achieve their peak performance.

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Getting Back In The Game

Athletes face a nearly ever-present battle against sports injuries and chronic pain. That much is clear. What’s a little less obvious is the fact that this battle, unlike so many others, has driven surprisingly little innovation… and surprisingly few real solutions.

And since it’s been a while since anything genuinely interesting has happened in the pain-management field, most athletes today simply resort to doing what they’ve always done. This means popping NSAIDs or other pills whenever they feel an injury flaring up. Almost like you’d throw a small glass of water over some searing embers in the hope that the entire forest wouldn’t go up in flames.

Better than nothing, right?

And ultra-endurance athletes might just have it even much worse. A 2013 study found that while “NSAIDs were the most commonly used analgesic medication” among many types of runners during training, “ultramarathon runners were more likely than other runners to use NSAIDs during [their] race.”

What can we say? Having a type-A personality is what gets us interested in these sports and we don’t exactly like the feeling of pain slowing us down midway through our effort.

In the past three or four years however, a new and improved option for pain management has emerged. This one is more holistic, more effective and less riddled by side effects than virtually anything that can be artificially manufactured. Move over Advil, opioids and other band-aid solutions that only glaze over the real root of your pain… CBD is ushering in a whole new era of managing discomfort in athletics.

The Method Behind [Fighting] The Madness

Before we get into why CBD and other cannabinoids are so beneficial to athletes, there’s something we should mention. It’s a concept upon which your appreciation for what CBD is and how it works should be able to freely grow. Ready?

CBD Post WorkoutThe cannabinoids produced inside the hemp plant are only half of the equation. The other half of it lies within your body in the form of internal substances called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids (eCB’s, for short) are produced by our bodies, for our bodies. They are the little messenger molecules that make achieving a full-body balance possible.

The complete picture is even more compelling. Endocannabinoids are part of a larger signaling system in our body called the endocannabinoid system. Within this system, eCB’s are both demanded and provided, but there’s nothing arbitrary about it. Every facet of the endocannabinoid system serves a purpose.

Dr. Jordan Tishler of the Harvard Medical School likens the system to “little satellite dishes […] scattered throughout your body, receiving signals” in order to “keep our other systems in balance.” Take it from him that accomplishing all this is “a major job.”

Retired heart surgeon Dr. David Allen amps up the enthusiasm even further: “[in the future], more people will be saved by manipulation of the endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery.”

Because the ECS’s operation is so universal and integral to the body’s performance, it was actually quite easy for science to overlook. Just think; since you’ve been up today, have you taken time to appreciate all the oxygen around you? Sometimes the things we’re most reliant on are the easiest to ignore!

In the last 25 years however, that’s all changed. The endocannabinoid system was fully discovered around 1994 — and since then we’ve stumbled onto a perfect way to positively manipulate it, as Dr. Allen might say.

While there are many substances (both natural and synthetic) that are proven to alter the ECS and its receptor networks, not many of them are without side effects. The psychoactive cannabinoid THC, for example, definitely unlocks endocannabinoid ‘satellites’ en route to providing some health benefits. But it tends to hit the brain’s CB1 receptors a little too strongly, causing great euphoria and other side effects often deemed discomforting. Synthetic analogs of THC used in lab tests have tended to fare even worse.

Thankfully, nature has provided us a better option for plant-based pain management in the form of CBD! It both ‘activates’ ECS receptors and promotes endocannabinoid production, aiding both sides of the system in its battle against threats to our health and resilience.

As renowned cycling coach Chris Carmichael tells NatuRx magazine, “taking in cannabinoids could be thought of as supplementing or increasing the activity of your body’s existing system.” Going back to the analogy offered above; unlike anti-inflammatories or COX-2 inhibitors, CBD doesn’t try to fight fire with water. Instead it may radically alter the overall environment, making it less conducive to the flames of chronic inflammation in the first place.

But if the ECS is so great, you may be wondering why it doesn’t do all this by itself, and why is added CBD needed at all? That’s a question we’re happy to dive into deeper.

Though the endocannabinoid system is amazing, it’s not bulletproof. Just as our body’s innate ability to regulate blood sugar (via insulin) or bodyweight (via leptin) can be eroded by stress and poor lifestyle choices, modern living can prove antithetical to the ECS’s state of balance.

And so can a challenging workout regimen. Carmichael goes on to explain: “athletes apply greater stress to their bodies […] than the ECS can handle. Adding a cannabinoid may help this overloaded system get neurotransmitters back under control.”

From there, better neurotransmission = better communication = more balance = reduced injuries. If you’re interested in bringing theory to practice, here’s how it can be done.

Real-World Applications

Soreness:
As you know, the best training plans walk a fine line. Work and rest must be carefully balanced in order to reach that super compensated state where your body becomes stronger and more resilient. Muscle soreness is a frequent companion to athletes who walk this path.

But CBD might just make a great antidote for it. Ditch the NSAID’s and try taking 25mg of CBD (via gel capsules) or a slathering of CBD via topical balm instead. It may take some practice to get your dosing right, so we encourage athletes to try CBD in training before using it pre-race. Many experts recommend starting off with 3 milligram of CBD per 20 pounds of body weight, per day.

Race Anxiety:
In the past, athletes who wanted to harness the relaxing power of cannabinoids had to take a puff of marijuana or two. Not good, and in many places, not even legal.

But times have changed. With CBD, athletes can get a full array of benefits from the hemp plant. The compound has shown to reduce anxiety (and associated stress hormones like cortisol) which can help keep you calm and collected on race day.

Sleep:
Is there any type of problem as difficult to address as those related to sleep? Yet CBD seems to effectively address the mental aspects (anxiety is a frequent culprit) and physical aspects (circadian mismatches) of poor sleep. We know that sleep disturbances are the most common health problem in America. Those with sleep issues are poorly served by prescription and over-the-counter sleeping pills and other pharmaceuticals, which have serious risks.

Given the problems with conventional soporifics, medical scientists have been exploring other ways to improve sleep by targeting the endocannabinoid system (ECS). One insomnia study looking at cannabidiol (CBD) indicated that sleep scores improved within the first month for 66.7% of those studied.

Joint pain:
If you’re tired of random aches and pains, have hope. Your endocannabinoid system is geared and ready to help. Activating its inflammation-fighting properties could be as simple as taking CBD consistently.

To prevent joint pain from evolving into anything more serious, a multifaceted approach may be needed. Consider taking ingestible CBD and topical CBD in tandem. And even if severe pain has you turning back to Aleve or Advil, don’t worry. There’s no direct harm that can come with taking NSAIDs and cannabinoids in tandem for short periods of time. But with regular use of CBD, many athletes find that these episodes of discomfort don’t last as long as in the past, and often don’t require additional pain relievers.

Head injuries:
Modern research shows that head trauma can cause inflammation within the brain itself. And while the brain doesn’t have any pain receptors (so even if your brain is inflamed you won’t feel it!), this is a seriously big deal.

But CBD comes to the rescue once again. It’s a patented neuroprotectant that has been shown to boost neuroplasticity in more than a few animal models. Venga CBD athlete Barbie Keck experienced these benefits firsthand after a brain tumor gave her dystonia and traumatic seizures. “I started taking CBD and I noticed within a month, that I was having significantly less episodes.”

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As an athlete, you’re used to doing all you can to help your body overcome sports injuries and come back stronger. To increase your adaptive powers even further, consider directly targeting your body’s master regulator — the endocannabinoid system — with CBD.

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What to know about CBD and physical training

You’ve probably seen or heard some of the copious medical claims currently being made about CBD. Everything from how CBD helps with sleep to how it affects our mental state, and the reduction of anxiety.

But among its many benefits, did you know that CBD can actually improve training, workout, and recovery routines for endurance athletes? Think about how your life might shift if you could workout with more intensity, reduce recovery times, and improve your athletic performance?

Here’s how CBD interacts with the body to benefit athletes with strenuous workout routines.

CBD + Your Body

spin class intenseCBD is the primary active ingredient in hemp, arguably one of nature’s most glorious gifts to mankind. Once consumed, CBD is primarily processed in the liver. From there, CBD (cannabidiol) interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a neurotransmitter system connected throughout your entire body.

Cannabinoids like CBD serve as signaling molecules, or neurotransmitters, that help the body communicate within itself. Many neurotransmitters are produced by the nervous system in response to things like health levels and environmental factors. They interact with and send messages to receptors found on the surfaces of cells.

The endocannabinoid system is comprised of millions of cannabinoid receptors as part of every mammal’s genetic makeup. It regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite regulation to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, and the lifespan of cells. This is the reason that CBD seems to effect such a wide range of conditions.

CBD Reduces Painful Inflammation

Pain during endurance training and racing is a given. Pain for athletes often appears in the form of inflammation, and inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury. But inflammation can also present itself in response to something as simple as overworked muscles.

The tired or damaged muscle cells release chemicals that cause the blood vessels to swell. Twenty years of research and countless studies have proven the anti-inflammatory benefits of phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids sourced from plants), such as cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD is especially promising to athletes, as it reduces inflammation and pain without dampening the training response like aspirin or NSAIDS would. That makes it good for both sports injuries and the more generalized trauma of intense workouts. Athletes who routinely take CBD are reporting less injuries, less joint pain, and less muscle soreness in general.

By working to suppress the immune response mechanism that causes inflammation, CBD helps to reduce pain and allow your muscle tissue to heal faster.

Improve Athletic Recovery Time with CBD

As CBD has demonstrated a unique ability to help reduce painful inflammation throughout the body, it can also be useful in reducing athletic recovery time between workouts. CBD has shown to help relax the individual muscle fibers, decrease vascular tension, and increase oxygen absorption in the muscles.

One recent study revealed that CBD actually causes the walls of the body’s circulatory system to “relax,” making it easier for blood to flow throughout the body. This means your muscles get more oxygen, but it also reduces strain on the heart muscle, and reduces the risk for eventual heart complications.

CBD as an Adaptogen

One of the main purposes of endurance training is to stress your body such that it adapts to a higher level of performance. An adaptogen is defined as something that helps the body adapt to stress. Several studies have described CBD as a multitarget molecule, acting as an adaptogen.

This all supports the idea that CBD helps us adapt to exercise, a form of “good stress” in and of itself. The most effective workout plan carefully balances training stress and active recovery. In its role as an adaptogenic compound, CBD makes it easier for athletes to walk this fine line.

Taking things a step further, CBD reduces existing stress. It may even reduce the risk of overtraining syndrome and the central nervous system exhaustion that accompanies it. Conversely, CBD also allows for a greater stress tolerance. That means you can train harder and bounce back faster without getting burned out.

Reduce Sore, Achy Muscles

plank pose workoutWe all know the feeling when your legs are buzzing between workouts. Standing up seems like a challenge, let alone lacing up for another run. Intense soreness is the result of our body’s triggered inflammatory response. The tissue around our muscles and joints swells to protect the affected area from additional external force and to warn us that we’ve pushed our muscles too far.

This type of muscle inflammation is the result of your body’s immune system kicking into high gear to respond to an injury or trauma. As a result, the damaged cells release chemicals (including histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins) that cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling. And while the inflammation does help isolate the tissue and thereby quarantine the problem, it also causes pain.

Muscle fatigue is nothing more than an elevated inflammation response by the body, so any type of remedy that can help reduce inflammation can work to reduce it. And as stated above, CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory.

CBD was discovered to encourage the production of the Adenosine Receptor known as A2A. It does this by acting as a direct antagonist of the receptor, essentially turning away the body’s chemicals that tell the A2A to shut off. In this roundabout way, CBD is able to increase the signaling of the receptor which results in a more efficient immune response and less inflammation overall.

So by supplementing your body with an increase of CBD as part of your regular fitness routine, you’re helping reduce muscle soreness and minimize those post-workout achy muscles.

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CBD vs. Opioids: Pain Management Landscape https://vengaendurance.com/blog/cbd-vs-opioids/ https://vengaendurance.com/blog/cbd-vs-opioids/#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:29:32 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=27254 You don’t need us to tell you that the United States is in the middle of an opioid epidemic. But one normally healthy group may be more vulnerable to opioid addiction than most: endurance athletes. Here’s what the research says: “The problem of abuse and addiction to opioid analgesics has emerged as a major issue [...]

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You don’t need us to tell you that the United States is in the middle of an opioid epidemic. But one normally healthy group may be more vulnerable to opioid addiction than most: endurance athletes. Here’s what the research says:

  • “The problem of abuse and addiction to opioid analgesics has emerged as a major issue for the United States in the past decade and has worsened over the past few years.” [NCBI]
  • “Over half (52%) [of NFL players] used opioids during their NFL career with 71% reporting misuse.” [NCBI]
  • “Having an injury, being a varsity athlete, and being male were all significantly associated with NUPO [non-medical use of prescription opioids].” [NCBI]

The above study, which looked at college athletes in particular, described an urgent need “to create effective prevention and intervention programs that target the health and wellness” of athletes.

Which leads us to some much-needed good news: when it comes to health and wellness, we have an underrated ally in CBD!

This hemp-derived plant compound is unique in that it may reduce both the causes and effects of opioid abuse — both the “prevention” and “intervention” sides of the equation. And that’s just the beginning of CBD’s benefits, as we outline here.

The Problem of Pain

cbd for injuryLet’s face it, even athletes who live for the agony and ecstasy of intense training are decidedly less enthusiastic about any pain that they can’t control. It’s one thing to do battle against the weaker parts of yourself as you scale a mountain by foot or several mountains by bike — but it’s another thing entirely to be stuck with unrelenting pain when the only thing you’re doing is sitting on the couch. It’s in those moments when adrenaline has come back to baseline and “runner’s high” (which is endocannabinoid-mediated) has worn off. From there, pain can creep unhindered back to the forefront of one’s awareness.

As you might imagine, it’s in this scenario that athletes are most tempted to turn to fickle pharmaceutical allies like opioids or NSAIDs.

And turn they often do. According to a 2015 review, both opioid and NSAID use are rampant among endurance athletes, even though “the effect of NSAID use on aerobic performance in endurance athletes is unknown.”

Another downside? NSAIDs and opioids alike come with serious side effects. The list includes tiredness, nausea, constipation, respiratory depression, liver and/or kidney damage and others. On top of all that, there’s very little proof of opioids’ effectiveness. A 2015 study states that “evidence is insufficient to determine the effectiveness of long-term opioid therapy for improving chronic pain and function.”

CBD 101

CBD is different. Both scientific research and anecdotal evidence show CBD leads to real pain reduction. Countless CBD users have already experienced just how strongly the plant compound reduces their pain. Many of them get so much better, in fact, that they stop using opioids almost intuitively.

At the heart of these analgesic effects is reduced inflammation. CBD seems to reduce the body’s inflammatory response in several ways, binding to receptors in the glycine, TRPV, and eCB families. It may also reduce known inflammatory markers like the cytokines and interleukins. Basically, CBD helps one’s immune system be more sensitive to itself. In the long term, this often leads to less overall pain. And just think of what that would do for your athletic recovery routine!

Your Nerves on CBD
CBD may benefit athletes with nerve pain, too. Recent research published in the Pain Journal found that “CBD treatment prevented the later development of pain and nerve damage in [osteoarthritic] joints.” The study saw its rodent participants improving to such an extent that they actually started allowing their joints to bear weight again. It’s likely that endurance athletes could benefit from CBD’s neuroprotective qualities in equally promising ways.

“I’ve been an athlete for a long time, training at a pretty competitive level. I have since developed osteoarthritis. I have it in my hips, ankles, feet and hands. But that’s ok because I have Venga CBD to help with this.” ~ Ashley Heller, Professional Obstacle Course Competitor / Spartan Elite Athlete

CBD vs. Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)

antioxidantAs an endurance athlete, you probably already know about the importance of antioxidants. At the same time, you might be aware that research on supplementing with antioxidants (like vitamin C, for example) has yielded mixed results.

At first glance, it’s kind of intuitive that athletes would benefit from increased antioxidant intake. Because we burn more energy than the average person, we take in more oxygen as a metabolic catalyst. And because we take in more oxygen, we create more oxidized metabolic ‘byproducts’. So what better way to counteract them than by guzzling down fancy antioxidant supplements?

Not so fast. The thing is, oxidative stress should be balanced. Left unchecked it can lead to inflammation and pain, but if erased entirely it could impair our adaptation to exercise.

In light of this, an ideal solution emerges, which is CBD! In some studies, CBD reduces oxidation. In others it actually increases it, all depending on what’s inherently needed by your body. When protection from oxidative stress is really needed — think post-workout, or in neurotoxic situations — “CBD was shown to be more protective than either α-tocopherol or vitamin C…” [NCBI]

Via its effects on the endocannabinoid system, CBD may also work with vasodilators like nitric oxide (NO2) to help the body deal with oxidative stress. More research is definitely needed in this area, but even now we still have some good options. If you enjoy drinking NO2-generating beet juice pre-workout, you may also want to consider some pre-workout CBD.

Cannabinoids and Opioid Addiction

As we’ve come to know, CBD is far from addictive, and in the past several years we’ve learned it may even help quiet down overdeveloped ‘reward pathways’.

Why is this important? Because, while the above benefits are great to understand, they’re not of utmost concern to athletes who’ve already grown dependent on opioids. For these athletes, something more is needed, something which could pull them out of what can be a very biochemically strong addiction.

Thankfully, CBD may be anti-addictive by its very nature. In rodent models of addiction, CBD has shown signs of powerfully reducing drug-seeking behavior — often quickly.

Once again, it’s all made possible by our body’s uniquely omnipresent eCB receptors. As Dr. Dustin Sulak tells Project CBD: “opioid and cannabinoid receptors are [both] present in areas of the brain that have to do with addiction and behavior.” By modulating our endocannabinoid receptors, one may be able to prevent damage to our endo-opioid receptors, too.

Dosing and Dependency

For athletes who feel like they’ve grown a little too dependent on opioids for fighting pain, every step of a dosing strategy can, and should, be carefully considered. In general, one can decrease their opioid dose in a linear fashion while simultaneously increasing their CBD intake at the same rate. Dosing CBD this way is referred to as titration. Going back to Dr. Sulak’s experience, again, “cannabis can treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.”

A Better Future

Some things never change. Athletes will always be athletes and push themselves towards new limits, but pain will always be a factor that gets in the way of how we want to train.

We probably can’t change these truths — and we don’t want to. At Venga CBD we simply hope to help endurance athletes change their mindset and opt for a more holistic approach. By taking CBD, the athlete is doing something revolutionary: working with their body’s natural processes, not against them, to get fitter, stronger, and less inflamed.

“My biggest challenge as a coach guiding athletes is keeping them free of injury. I believe CBD serves as an important asset. Venga CBD is far superior to all the other products I’ve researched. Greater bio-availability means you get more CBD in your system.” ~ Richard Diaz, Athletic Performance Coach

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Ice Cross Athlete Crashes Into CBD https://vengaendurance.com/blog/ice-cross-athlete-crashes-into-cbd/ https://vengaendurance.com/blog/ice-cross-athlete-crashes-into-cbd/#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:29:03 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=25138 How CBD helped one athlete deal with a mysterious condition and a brutal training regimen Barbie Keck, a former undercover narcotics officer, was in her vehicle, following a suspect one day in Iowa, when she inexplicably got into a motor vehicle accident. What she didn’t know at the time was that a fatty tumor in [...]

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How CBD helped one athlete deal with a mysterious condition and a brutal training regimen

Barbie Keck, a former undercover narcotics officer, was in her vehicle, following a suspect one day in Iowa, when she inexplicably got into a motor vehicle accident. What she didn’t know at the time was that a fatty tumor in her brain had interfered with the synapses that controlled the left side of her body. It took two years for her to finally discover her diagnosis.

“For the first few years, nobody could tell me what was going on… I was practically banned from WebMD,” she joked. “It just turned out that the MRI that we were using wasn’t strong enough to see the part of my brain where the tumor was.”

After two long years of no answers, she finally received her diagnosis: a movement disorder called dystonia. Dystonia is a movement disorder in which a person’s muscles contract uncontrollably.

“Eventually, I was put on medication, but I was still having episodes, including traumatic seizures, three to four times a week,” she lamented. Her condition disrupted her whole life, but, most importantly, it disrupted her athletic training.

“I played ice hockey my whole life. I grew up on a lake. My father played and both my brothers played in college,” she remembered. Eventually, she came to run an extreme sports representation agency. This is where she first learned about ice cross. Ice cross is a winter extreme sporting event that involves direct competitive downhill skating on a walled track featuring sharp turns and high vertical drops.

“I had two athletes contact me for representation who are in [ice cross], so we started looking up the videos to research the sport, and I was hooked.” Now, she trains regularly 6-8 hours a day for her ice cross career, competing nationally and internationally, as well as in the Red Bull Ice Cross series.

But her dystonia condition was a major obstacle to overcome. “If I had a full-blown episode, I would feel like I was hit by a Mack truck,” she explained. Her solution would come from an unexpected place.

“I was living in a small town, literally a 10,000-person town, and there was a pharmacist who was a big advocate of CBD. He’s also a bodybuilder, so he picked out a set of supplements for me.” Keck started a regular regimen of CBD, and almost immediately saw results: “I started taking CBD and both my boyfriend and I noticed, within the month, that I was having significantly less episodes.”

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Barbie Keck, at the starting line of Red Bull’s Ice Cross Downhill competition in Europe.
She soon began looking for a company to partner with, and found Venga CBD.“ Just the fact that it was made for athletes, I was impressed for sure. That’s when I reached out and talked to them. “They sent me samples, and I’ve been taking Venga ever since. I take one [capsule] daily at least, and I’ve had only one episode since I started taking it two months ago.”

That’s one episode in two months, compared to her previous ratio of three or four per week.

“Venga CBD is noticeably different than any other CBD product I had tried. With most others I experimented with, I had difficulty deciding how much and how often was effective for me. But when I was introduced to Venga CBD, they provided a suggested guide for optimal dosing. This really helped me ramp up or down my dosage depending on the training I was putting in that day.”

Venga’s products don’t only help lessen her episodes, they also help her stay in top shape for her brutal training regimen. “When it comes to training, I don’t get sore anymore,” she explained.

This is only more impressive once you learn what her training entails. She does ballet and belly dancing for balance and core. She does yoga twice a day. Even though a standard Ice Cross qualifier race is only about one minute long, she does extensive endurance training. Plus, she’s had considerable body realignment done in the name of ice cross.

“They’ve realigned my entire body, from my ankles all the way up to my shoulders,” she explained. “The realignment process is painful. I had runner’s knee, so they made me wear braces that pull your knees out for almost six months. They then pulled my hip flexor out to the side and began strengthening my back and stretching my front.”

Despite the rigorous training she goes through on a daily basis, Venga CBD helps her stay confident in her body: “I’m not afraid of anything – like getting injured – anymore, or being sore, or holding back because I’m sore.”

Along with her daily capsule, she also utilizes Venga CBD Recovery Balm to target specific areas. “If I tweak a muscle that I don’t normally use, in ballet or whatever, I use the balm. It just turned out to be my go-to for everything. I feel like I tweaked my ankle? Okay, put the balm on. It’s fine the next day.”

Barbie Keck Ice Skating

This was a discovery that was particularly exciting for Keck, as she has been allergic to NSAIDs (which includes ibuprofen) for her entire life, meaning she has had limited options to deal with soreness and swelling.

If anybody has a need for a pain solution, it’s Keck. “I’ve got some messed up body parts, for sure. I haven’t had the proper amount of cartilage in my knees since I was 19, mainly due to overuse. I also have a bone spur in my right knee,” she began.

“Right now, they’re readjusting my shoulders. They’re crooked because of a motorcycle accident I had. So yeah, you could say I’m fairly messed up.” In the past, to manage her soreness and injuries, Keck was limited to ice compresses. Now, Venga CBD keeps her going. “If I use CBD halfway through the day, I don’t notice any discomfort in the afternoon.”

While Keck was plagued for most of her life by soreness, injury and of course, the episodes caused by her dystonia, CBD has been a miracle.

“The Venga products have given me back my life. I have more time to spend with my kids because I’m not sore or laying in bed. I can do more things with them during training season.”

“My kids will tell you that I’m more active with them now than I have been in the last three years, and that’s not just because of my difficult condition, but also because of having more time, not having to lay with ice or take another salt bath. It’s been a miracle for me. It’s been life-changing, let’s just say that.”

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The CBD Supermarket Ripoff https://vengaendurance.com/blog/the-cbd-supermarket-ripoff/ https://vengaendurance.com/blog/the-cbd-supermarket-ripoff/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:38:40 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=24361 America, 1937: Hemp becomes illegal almost overnight, yet wild-growing hemp keeps popping up everywhere. Federal agents respond by cutting it down, and in the 60+ years that follow, they reportedly eradicate over 100 million hemp plants. Yet hemp persists, if only by a very fibrous thread. America, 2019: Hemp becomes fully legal almost overnight. CBD [...]

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America, 1937: Hemp becomes illegal almost overnight, yet wild-growing hemp keeps popping up everywhere. Federal agents respond by cutting it down, and in the 60+ years that follow, they reportedly eradicate over 100 million hemp plants. Yet hemp persists, if only by a very fibrous thread.

America, 2019: Hemp becomes fully legal almost overnight. CBD products pop up everywhere. Not in fields or along on the roadside, obviously — unless you venture into a roadside gas station — but in grocery stores, convenience stores, and chain pharmacies. And CBD has quickly become adopted by everyone from busy professionals to elite athletes.

Yet even with all this popularity, premium CBD is still hard to find. Why is that? For the same reason that hemp was outlawed so many decades ago: profit margins.

Back in the 1930s hemp was cutting into the profitability of competing forestry industries. Nowadays, CBD companies are cutting corners in their own production processes. Considering those seemingly good deals you might find in the convenience store, they’re not quite as good as they seem.

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The Price Per Milligram Problem

As consumers, we’ve become quite accustomed to analyzing our prospective purchases by their price per unit. Go to the grocery store and you will of course see price tags showing exactly that. Bananas for only 59 cents per pound? Sweet!

In the very same way and with the same simple math, diligent consumers can quickly find out just how affordable their CBD is. Take a quick survey of the corner store and you might see any of the following possible prices:

100 milligrams of CBD for $51.99?
$52/100 = 52 cents per milligram.

1,000 milligrams of CBD for $99?
$99/1,000 = 9.9 cents per milligram…much better, let’s buy it!

Ok… so we all know now to look more closely at the label before making a buying decision. But there’s another problem with this simple approach; not all CBD is created equal. The reality is that many CBD products are absorbed very poorly by the body. That’s because CBD is extracted as an oil while the human body is 60% water. Think back to elementary school science class… oil and water don’t mix.

In other words, a 400mg chain-brand CBD product priced at $39.99 might seem inexpensive (10 cents per mg). But if only 15 percent of that CBD actually makes it into your bloodstream where it can make a difference, not so much.

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Take it from the experts, who said in a 2018 Review that “the oral bioavailability of CBD has been shown to be very low (13–19%). It undergoes extensive first pass metabolism and its metabolites are mostly excreted via the kidneys.”

Another study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine states “the oral bioavailability of cannabidiol (CBD) is low due to poor water solubility and susceptibility to extensive first pass metabolism, resulting in relative bioavailability of 6%.”

The Bioavailability-Boosting Promise

Thankfully, CBD’s bioavailability problem has one viable solution. Science has recently discovered how to make CBD water-soluble. Making this quantum leap towards better absorption requires a process called nanoemulsion, where CBD molecules are encapsulated by a fat-based bilayer. This process of nanoemulsion leads to a much larger surface area of the resulting hemp extract droplets.

This patent pending, nano-sized microemulsion process is what sets Venga CBD apart from other CBD companies who aim to serve endurance athletes.

The Results of Nanoemulsion?

Unparalleled bioavailability — research reveals up to 5 times more absorption into the bloodstream than what typical CBD products can deliver. Nano CBD is absorbed more completely, kicks in faster, and remains in our bloodstream longer than virtually any alternative form of CBD. Additionally, the CBD-wasting ‘first-pass metabolism’ (i.e. liver metabolism) ceases to be a critical consideration since our nanoemulsion formula is instead quickly absorbed within the gut.

One more thing to consider; though any nano-particle CBD marks an improvement over the formulas of the past, Venga CBD nano-particles are some of the smallest (and therefore most bioavailable) on the market. They measure a mere 25 nanometers in diameter each, compared with the 100-5000 nanometer particles present in more ‘standard’ liposomal blends. For reference, 25nm isn’t much larger than a single mitochondrion!

The Real Price Point Standard

In light of all this, we’d like to propose a new way to gauge CBD’s affordability. Why not look at the price of the CBD that actually makes it into the bloodstream? It’s only from there that CBD can activate the endocannabinoid system and provide its characteristic health benefits, after all.

The new method would go something like this:

A competitor’s 30 count of 25mg CBD softgels are selling for $60. Research on standard CBD oil when orally administered proves that our bodies can only absorb 13-19% at most. The rest is just excreted as undigested waste. So this 750mg bottle of CBD really only offers your body ~113 milligrams of CBD. Here’s the notable math:

15% (bioavailability) of 750mg = 113mg CBD.

$60.00 (price) / 113mg = $0.53 per milligram.

Next, let’s look at the math when examining water-soluble, nano CBD products:

Venga CBD Ultra Gels, 750mg of nano CBD, is sold for $99. As we know, nano-emulsified CBD has an absorption rate (bioavailability) of 85%. So how does this compare?

85% (improved bioavailability) of 750mg = 637mg CBD.

$99 (price) / 637mg = $0.16 per milligram.

That makes Venga water-soluble CBD less than one-third of the price of the competing brand.

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Suffice to say, the difference here is huge. A product which at first glance seemed cheaper is in reality — according to your body — over 3 times more expensive!

The same thing happens when you assess the price of our 1,000mg Recovery Balm. Its price is $99, not too dissimilar from many other CBD topicals… but it only costs 12 cents to put each milligram of CBD fully to work for your body. A leading competitor’s 600mg balm is priced at $59. But factoring in a bioavailability of just 15%, that means their CBD is 66 cents per milligram… over 5 times more expensive!

Another Thing About Supermarket CBD…

It’s clear that CBD has gone mainstream. You’ve probably noticed its newfound retail presence, too. And if you’re anything like us, you might see CBD at the gas station or grocery store and wonder — “Where does this stuff really come from, anyway?”

It’s a good question to ask and a tough one to answer. Many companies source their hemp from overseas, so it could be from as far away as Western Europe, Asia or Czechoslavakia. Regardless, it probably changed hands enough times to render seed-to-sale accountability impossible.

Contrast that with Venga’s CBD source — natural hemp, Colorado-grown — and the quality gap becomes even more apparent. You can read more about our sourcing in the FAQ page of our website.

Unfortunately, with a mysterious supply chain often comes mysterious ingredients. Studies done in 2017 and 2018 reveal that most CBD products didn’t contain what they said they did.

Where it gets scary, especially for athletes or individuals subject to drug testing, is in the instance that products contain more THC than the .3% Federal limit. So choosing a product that is proven to be THC-free is your best course of action for avoiding a failed drug test.

Even worse than that, the average CBD product may contain all sorts of additives. Another 2018 study uncovered everything from alcohols to aldehydes to acetone! While this type of contamination is rare, it can and does happen, which calls for consumers to be cognizant of where their CBD is sourced.

So if a CBD company doesn’t readily display 3rd party lab test results, doesn’t use organic growing practices, or doesn’t reveal its extraction method, buyer beware! Especially when a growing number of quality, trusted suppliers exist. Your body will thank you, and so will your wallet.

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Pilates Is My Secret Weapon In Cycling https://vengaendurance.com/blog/pilates-is-my-secret-weapon-in-cycling/ https://vengaendurance.com/blog/pilates-is-my-secret-weapon-in-cycling/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:28:39 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=15867 Guest post by professional cyclist, Anne Donley As a certified Pilates instructor and professional cyclist, what I’ve learned is that your body wears out just like your bike. When any specific component is used repetitively, it eventually gets worn. You can replace tires, chains and cassettes on your bike, but what do you do about [...]

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Guest post by professional cyclist, Anne Donley

As a certified Pilates instructor and professional cyclist, what I’ve learned is that your body wears out just like your bike. When any specific component is used repetitively, it eventually gets worn. You can replace tires, chains and cassettes on your bike, but what do you do about the wear and tear on your muscles and joints? What we all want to do is just ride our bikes. However, if you want to be great on the bike, you need to spend quality time OFF of it.

Anne Donley CyclingPilates strengthens the smaller stabilizing muscles that are important in whole body strength, stability, joint mobility and overall stamina. It also keeps joints flexible and balanced in case of a crash. Let’s be real… crashing and falling can happen on and off the bike. Pilates uses springs for resistance and assistance in toning muscles that are illusive, a unique way that gives the body support and feedback. And, last but certainly not least, it strengthens the core. Your core, by the way, is much more than just your abs! Your deep transverse abdominis muscles and the obliques, in conjunction with the multifidus and erector spinae along the spine, and the diaphragm make up the core muscles necessary to engage for strength and stability.

As you probably know, cyclists are quad dominant. Distributing the energy and muscle loading elsewhere in the body helps the quads perform more efficiently. The more efficiently my body moves, the more power I can create. Many of the exercises are done lying down; this facilitates the lengthening of the muscles around my hips, waist, back and shoulders and helps to decompress my spine. After I’ve ridden a lot, I often feel muscle bound. With better knowledge and use of my diaphragm, I am able to breathe better and discover more length in the front and back lines of my body.

Pilates with Anne DonleyWhat if I imagined my shoulders suctioned down my back and the pedals rotated smoothly from inside my hips? What if I pedaled my bike from my center? I know that sounds really weird, but when imagery is used in thinking about how one moves, it is a valuable tool. As a classical Pilates instructor, as well as a professional cyclist, imagery is key in connecting to my body. Riding the bike takes 100% concentration. When doing Pilates, I concentrate on going inside my mind to think and feel my movement and breathing! Pilates cannot be performed properly without breath and internal awareness and neither can cycling. When I finish my Pilates lesson, even my nervous system is refreshed! Back on my bike, my pedal stroke is smoother and more powerful. A renewed, lengthened and flexible spine allows me to stabilize my body and use my feet and hands with greater awareness.

Unlike changing a tire, or buying a new chain, the human body isn’t so easily replaceable. Instead of waiting for our muscles and joints to wear out, I truly believe it is a better idea to routinely maintain our bodies, which were made to do more than ride a bike. Since cross season is upon us, consider it time to start cross training. Pilates is the perfect addition to your routine!

About the Author, Anne Donley:
Before I started racing bikes, I completed my Pilates education at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado in 2005 and I did my masters in 2010. This classical training program, true to the original Pilates Method, is renowned in the Pilates world. I have also had the privilege of being coached by Frank Overton and Neal Henderson, two very amazing cycling coaches. I have multiple National Criterium and Track titles, along with a handful of Colorado Road Race and Criterium Titles

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CBD For Athletes – What To Know (Natural Running Network Podcast) https://vengaendurance.com/blog/cbd-for-athletes-what-to-know/ https://vengaendurance.com/blog/cbd-for-athletes-what-to-know/#respond Thu, 05 Sep 2019 19:17:00 +0000 https://vengaendurance.com/?p=14585 Venga CBD was an invited guest to the Natural Running Network podcast, to talk with Coach Richard Diaz about the power of CBD for athletes. You can listen to this informative show here: It is surprising how many athletes i know who are using CBD’s for a variety of reasons. The more I investigated the [...]

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CBD for athletesVenga CBD was an invited guest to the Natural Running Network podcast, to talk with Coach Richard Diaz about the power of CBD for athletes. You can listen to this informative show here:

It is surprising how many athletes i know who are using CBD’s for a variety of reasons. The more I investigated the more I came to realize that CBD’s are nature’s anti-inflammatory solution and that is only the tip of the iceberg!

This episode is a very in depth interview with Jay O’Hare founder of Venga Endurance an extremely high quality manufacture of CBD products and an Ultra distance runner who gets it. I know a lot of people who either shy away from the idea of taking a hemp based supplement in fear of being “dosed” with THC or just ill informed.

About Diaz Human Performance:
There is no substitute for experience. Diaz Human Performance offers coaching, VO2 max testing, running gait analysis and more. If you are interested in improving your sports performance, you have arrived at the right destination. With nearly 2 decades of experience serving endurance athletes, we’ve been providing VO2 max tests, Gait analysis, writing personalized training programs for Runners, Triathletes and Obstacle Racers through heart rate prescription. We are prepared to see you through to your goals.

About Natural Running Network:
The Natural Running Network Podcast is a treasure trove of amazing interviews, with some of the brightest minds in sports medicine, physiologists, athletes and training advice compiled over the past half decade. It has become a popular resource for endurance athletes that visit regularly to glean the tips on running skill, heart rate training and so much more.

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