brandon thornton cyclist and pharmacist riding his bike

How One Pharmacist’s CBD Experiment Changed His Cycling Performance and Recovery Regimen

brandon thornton cyclist and pharmacist riding his bike
brandon thornton cyclist and pharmacist riding his bike

Dr. Brandon Thornton

I have been interested in Cannabidiol (CBD) for years – both from a professional and a personal standpoint. As a Pharmacist, my interest in CBD was piqued after hearing patient success stories and reading about promising clinical trials. As a Category 1 Mountain Bike Racer and Category 3 Road Cyclist who competes nationally in the Master’s Competitions, in addition to 25-30 other races in locations across the country, I have been intrigued by the possible ways in which CBD might serve as a beneficial addition to my cycling training and recovery regimen.

Unfortunately, up until recently, both sports restricted the use of CBD products, so I couldn’t try them myself. That changed this year when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) changed its opinion and lifted their ban on CBD, so I decided to try CBD as a part of my training plan to see whether it could make a difference in both my performance and recovery.

My first step was finding the right product. As a pharmacist, I understand the importance of quality standards when choosing any nutritional supplement, and this is especially true with hemp-derived CBD products. I wanted a CBD product manufactured from hemp that had been grown in the United States, as well as one that had been tested by an independent 3rd party laboratory. After some research, I decided on the Full-Spectrum PCR Hemp Oil CBD Drops from a reputable brand that met all of my quality standards – Tree of Life Seeds. Additionally, my local bike shop (The Meteor in Little Rock, AR) carries Tree of Life Seeds products as a trusted training and recovery aid for their customers, so I knew I had made the right choice.

I began using one full dropper of CBD oil daily, placing one full dropper (1mL) of Tree of Life Seeds full-spectrum CBD oil under my tongue each morning, making sure to give the CBD tincture plenty of time to absorb sublingually before swallowing the remaining oil. I logged the results in my training diary after each workout to keep an accurate record of my experience.

During the first month, I noticed an improved overall mood that carried over into training. Instead of dreading tough workouts, I felt mentally ready and looked forward to getting started. I felt a general sense of well-being. I have never considered myself an anxious person, but I noticed I felt less tense and restless overall after starting CBD therapy. I also felt much better after tough workouts, and found I needed less time for recovery.

While I was happy to discover Tree of Life Seeds CBD Oil was working for me, I wanted to know why, so I began my research. I discovered that CBD can alleviate anxiety through a few different mechanisms. CBD activates serotonin receptors, which are involved in the regulation of a range of biological and neurological processes, including anxiety, appetite, sleep, and pain perception. CBD can also modulate GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid), a neurotransmitter involved in inhibiting stress-related feedback. But how did CBD lead to quicker recovery after tough workouts? I learned that CBD is similar in its molecular structure to capsaicin, and will bind to TRPV1 receptors, which are known to mediate pain perception, inflammation, and body temperature.

After personally experiencing the effects of taking full-spectrum CBD daily, and developing a greater understanding for how it works, I have decided to continue using the Full-Spectrum PCR Hemp Oil CBD Drops from Tree of Life Seeds. I would recommend CBD to any athlete for better workouts and less recovery time!

brandon thornton cyclist and pharmacist riding his bike
Dr. Brandon Thornton
11711 Hermitage Rd., Suite #5
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 516-8028

Dr. Brandon Thornton is Co-Owner & CEO of Steep Hill Arkansas a cannabis science company with a focus on analytical testing. He also provides pharmacist consultant solutions to cannabis businesses, including the development of formulations, staff training on compounding methods, and the creation of educational materials for patients.   

He formerly served as the Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Custom Pharmacy Solutions in Birmingham, AL from 2009-2017. While originally hired as the Director of Pharmacy Operations, his responsibilities expanded to managing the sales force, leading accreditation efforts, and serving as the compliance officer. He managed all aspects of a compounding pharmacy with a national licensed in 43 states with annual sales that have exceeded $15M.

He has also served as the Pharmacist in Charge for Pharmacy South in Birmingham, AL from 2007-2009. His duties at Pharmacy South included supervision of pharmacy operations, developing and implementing policy and procedure, and addressing patient issues.

He was the Director of Pharmacy Operations for CHD Meridian Healthcare in Nashville, TN from 2005-2007. Selected to supervise pharmacy operations for a publicly traded, industry-leading on-site health care provider, he managed 12 on-site pharmacies with staffing needs exceeding 100 employees. He was a voting member and medication discussion facilitator of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee and assisted the pharmaceutical purchasing department with Pharmacy Benefit Manager contracting.

Dr. Thornton also has experience working in the Food and Drug Administration MedWatch program in Rockville, MD in 1999. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University and is licensed to practice pharmacy in seven states included Arkansas. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and has completed detailed cannabis training through their TCMI program. He serves on the Board of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association. He resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.