CBD for Athletes: My Personal Story of Opioid Addiction

Brief History of Hemp

Nearly 10,000 years ago, at the dawn of the agricultural revolution, hemp was first cultivated by a civilization in what is now Taiwan. 

Carl Sagan, in 1977, proposed the possibility that marijuana may have actually been the world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself.

Around 6000 bc, the Chinese began using it as cooking oil and by 4000 bc, it’s use had spread to the middle east. However, its use as medication wasn’t until 2700 bc when the great Emperor Shen Neng of China used it to treat chronic pain.

CBD Oil at a glance

CBD produces no psychoactive effects (meaning it won’t get you “high” or “stoned.”). However, thousands of years of medicinal CBD Oil usage and extensive modern research have shown its potential as a powerful treatment for pain, sleeplessness, appetite suppression, nausea, and even seizures (and more).

The CBD market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, with many dedicated, organic hemp farmers and CBD producers leading the charge. TrustedCBDOil.com provides a variety of the best CBD products available from trusted sources. 

They also have risk-free money back guarantee, which means if the CBD doesn’t work, you can get your money back.

Here is my story.

The End of My Football Career

Growing up, sports were my life. I was never the most naturally gifted athlete, however, my love, dedication, and work ethic allowed me to rise to the top in high school on through college. 

It was during the summer training camp of my junior year of football at a small college in the midwest. I suffered an injury that would change the course of my life.

It was during a padless, low impact blocking drill, one that I had done thousands of times before. The ball was hiked and I, a 245lb guard, pulled back for a counter trap play and slipped. My teammate and good friend, who was the opposing defensive lineman, slipped through the line and fell on top of me.

At this point, 290 lbs of his body mass came down upon me as I fell onto my side when I heard the soul-destroying “pop” sound, so often associated with the end of one’s athletic career.

My shoulder and arm were completely numb and the adrenaline kicked in. I staggered up and began to run around like a chicken with my head cut off. A dark red splotch of blood began to well up from my left shoulder.

“Coach… I think something is wrong with my shoulder.”

I couldn’t move my arm at all and slowly the searing pain of my injury began to throb with the intensity of a swollen geothermal magma chamber. My jersey was cut off to reveal that my clavicle was shattered to the point of it literally sticking out through my skin. I would end up blacking out from the pain.

I came to consciousness while awaiting the ambulance. My friend and teammate walked into the medical tent and handed me an orange sorbet popsicle, while profusely apologizing. I certainly wasn’t mad at him. We both made mistakes during that play. I had yet to realize that that play would be the last of my football career.

Opioid Addiction – The Beginning

Fast forward six months to December. My clavicle had “healed” after two surgeries and three months of wearing a butterfly brace but the pain was still unbearably intense. It was the 2nd game of our divisional playoffs (which we would unfortunately lose) and I was almost unable to attend due to the pain.

However, I took nearly a double dose of my prescribed oxycontin and was able to endure watching from the sidelines, although I don’t remember much. I was in such of a dazed stupor, at one point I began to nod off during the game. The offensive coordinator tapped me on the knee to wake me up.

“Hey. You there, son?”

As I opened my eyes and slurred out an apology. He just paused and looked at me for a while in observation of my pitiful position.

“You’re gonna be alright.” He said. I wish I could have believed him at that time

Opioid Dependency: A Downward Spiral

Fast forward two more years. My opioid prescription became a full-on dependency. I was unable to return for my final year of football. I went from acing every class to hardly passing. My 250 pounds of muscle turned into 270 pounds of fat.

My identity had gone from a respected, intelligent, and promising football player, with hopes of teaching high school science and coaching, to a lifeless addict.

During my 6th year of college, I was accused of being intoxicated in the classroom, so I dropped out of college and moved back home. It was a knife to the heart which I impulsively remedied with even more and more opioids, eventually adding alcohol to the mix. 

Rock Bottom

I don’t actually remember the suicide attempt. I had blacked out and apparently jumped from my dad’s apartment building, which was fortunately only two stories high. Luckily, it was only a shortfall, and I survived with a couple of sprained ankles and a slight concussion.

My family, who was mostly unaware of my addiction, would later that week convince me to seek treatment. I went to a pain management clinic and a separate addiction treatment center which saved my life.

CBD For Opioid Withdrawals & Pain Management

Nothing pales in comparison to the pain of opioid withdrawal. Take the six years of throbbing shoulder agony and condense it down into a sweating, fiendish rage. I felt like a fish laid out on hot blacktop, with the only relief coming from a daily, sickly sweet dose of methadone.

After the worst had past, I was introduced through one of the nurses about CBD. She told me all about it and how it can take the edge off of chronic pain and withdrawals.

Learning About The Benefits of CBD

Physical therapy had helped tremendously but it wasn’t until my favorite nurse recommended CBD Oil concentrates.

“We can’t formally prescribe this,” said the nurse “but it was an absolute lifesaver for me when I hurt my back a few years ago. I now take CBD every day.”

Later that day I ordered my first CBD product, I bought a few different products, and within a couple of days my package arrived. And by God’s grace, after a few days taking the CBD regularly, I felt a million times better.

I noticed a difference within the first 30 minutes, there was a slight relaxed feeling and that edge was taken off. However, it wasn’t until a few days later that I noticed the biggest differences.  I no longer craved opioids like I once did, and I noticed a balanced feeling coming from within. I felt like my old self, most noteworthy, I felt like I did before my accident.

CBD Saved Me From Addiction

I felt pretty good after kicking the opiates. Proud, mostly, I had endured this pain and lived, however, I knew I had a long way to go and would likely spend the rest of my life desiring oxycontin.

CBD helped mitigate my pain tremendously and even helped me deal with the opioid withdrawal cravings. A ball of light had been placed back inside my heart, a light that had been long snuffed out. A zest and vitality came over me that I hadn’t known since my early years of college football. I had my life back.

It’s been two years since the jump. I work hard every day to be healthy and I still attend narcotics anonymous meetings weekly. Attending physical therapy three times a week and eating healthy has also helped tremendously. I also exercise every day and avoid activities that might re-injure my shoulder.

Most importantly, Twice a day I take CBD Oil Concentrate, the Gold Label is the strongest, which is my personal favorite (I’ve grown to really enjoy the flowery, almost buttery taste). 

Happy Ending

Last year, I started my first year as a high school science teacher. I was even an assistant offensive line coach for a promising team with a lot of heart. Every morning I wake up knowing that I am living my best life.

CBD oil gave me a second chance at this life. Every day I am thankful to be alive.

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CBD MCT Oil Tincture Benefits

CBD MCT Oil Tincture Benefits

CBD and MCT Oil are found in many hemp and cannabis tincture products. There are several reasons why so many people are combining these two ingredients. As you will see, we believe this is a great combination and can be very healthy for anyone looking to benefit from CBD.

MCT Oil Benefits| Easily Digested By the Body

MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides), aka fractionalized coconut oil which are just fancy terms for fatty acids. In fact, body fat is primarily triglycerides. Coconut oil contains small, medium, and large triglycerides. The fractionalization process separates large triglycerides from small/medium chains, therefore, MCT oil is made up of small and medium-sized triglycerides.

In short, the body can digest MCT oil easily and efficiently.

MCT Carrier Oil Makes CBD More Bioavailable

CBD oil suspended in MCT oil becomes more bioavailable within the body. Meaning CBD will be utilized within the body at a higher rate, therefore, more CBD will make it into circulation. This means it will have more benefits to the user. So whatever reason you are using CBD, infusing it with MCT oil may help you take less or get stronger benefits out of the same dosage.

CBD And MCT Blend Together Without Heat

The other reason so many companies are using this combination is that they blend together easily without heat. Too much heat can cause the CBD to degrade. Even small amounts of heat will cause the evaporation of terpenes. As we are starting to learn, terpenes play a big role within the body and can mimic the cannabinoids within the endocannabinoid system. Terpenes also degrade and evaporate with heat, which means, CBD manufacturers have to be careful to use as little heat as possible when working with these delicate compounds.

Terpenes also have an entourage effect with cannabinoids. This means they can promote stronger and longer lasting effects of the CBD when they are in combination. The entourage effect is very difficult to study on a clinical level because all of these compounds can work slightly different depending on the individual. So it is difficult to know what works best for you, the best way to know is to try a few different products and see how they work within your body.

CBD and terpenes work better together. Mother nature has combined terpenes and cannabinoids in high levels within the cannabis and hemp plants for a reason.

MCT Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil and MCT Oil are both great carriers for CBD. The main reason people opt for MCT oil over hemp seed oil is because of the taste factor. Hemp Seed Oil has a more earthy taste, as opposed to MCT oil, which has a very bland taste.

How To Make MCT Oil Tincture

It is easy to make your own CBD (or Cannabis) infused MCT oil Tincture. You simply blend your favorite CBD product with MCT Oil, I prefer using full spectrum hemp concentrates/extract – Gold Label. CBD Isolate is a good way to increase the potency of any MCT oil tincture and is also good for those picky eaters that don’t enjoy the taste of hemp.

Cannabis MCT Oil Tinctures are made the same way, you blend your favorite cannabis extract with MCT Oil. Some extracts may take a little while to suspend in the MCT Oil, you can either add heat to increase this process or just shake the bottle a couple of times a day. It will eventually blend right into the MCT oil without heat.

CBD and THC blended together is becoming increasingly popular. So feel free to mix and match your cannabis and hemp products until you find the blend that works best for you.

Best CBD MCT Oil Tinctures

We carry a variety of MCT CBD Oil Products. Here at Trusted CBD Oil, We have done the research so you don’t have to. We have tested hundreds of products so to come up with a list of the best products on the market. Trusted CBD Oil carries the best lab tested and proven CBD products available. The products below are a few of our favorite CBD MCT oil blends.

Full Spectrum CBD MCT Oil Tinctures

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MCT CBD Oil Topical Skincare

Tinctures based with MCT Oil can also be used to nourish the skin. Our very popular Face Serum made by Abinoid Botanicals, also contains MCT oil (Fractionalized coconut oil) in there all natural nourishing face serum.

MCT Oil CBD Vape Cartridge

You can also find MCT Oil in our Alternate Vape Cartridges. MCT Oil can really do it all. This product is made with all natural terpenes for flavor, it is a fast and easy way

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Here at Trusted CBD Oil, we have a 30-day money back guarantee. So if you don’t like our products, or they don’t work for you. We will give you a full refund with no questions asked. This is a risk-free offer for you, we are simply that confident we carry the best products on the market.

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