So I mixed up my first batch of (hopefully) post-run magic recovery nutritional beverage. Before I review, let me give a little context. Until my back injury about month and a half ago, I was running about 20 miles per week, typically in 5 mile intervals. I’ve done up to 75 mile weeks with 35 to 40 mile weeks being common. A 5 mile run wasn’t a big deal and probably doesn’t require any sort of recovery drink, but I typically do a similar smoothie each night (without the CBD) so figured I would have one after my run.
Tonight’s recipe is similar to one that I have maybe 3 or 4 times a week:
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon spirolina
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- A few ice cubes to help it blend
- 1/2 dropper of CBD
I shook it up and drank it. The taste was mostly of the vanilla whey powder with some of the typical funk of the spirolina. I couldn’t tell there was any CBD added. I had a few reservations about the NeoHemp brand that I ended up ordering off Amazon because it was labeled as being made in China, which made me a little uncomfortable given reports that many hemp seed oil products being sold off Amazon don’t actually have CBD. Also, a 2017 study showed that 70% of products don’t even contain the amount of CBD on their label. It was sort of my fault since I was eager to get this project started and did little more than find an inexpensive brand with two day shipping and go from there. I’m going to do a little research to find a more reputable brand.
That being said, my test appeared to go just fine (I wasn’t really expecting any magic, just hoping not to experience any side effects.) According to existing research, the most common side effects are tiredness, diarrhea, and changes of appetite/weight. I was already sort of tired and it’s too early to see any appetite or weight change. I didn’t find myself running off to the toilet so I’m going to call it a win for day 1.