CBD Cannabis: Pain Relief and More – What it can do for Runners with Caleb Simpson

Caleb Simpson: CBD / Cannabis What Can It Do For Runners?

Hemp, marijuana, CBD, THC… How are they related and can they help runners? Are they even legal? Can CBD alleviate pain and inflammation? What is the science behind it? Are our bodies actually pre-wired for this? There is a lot of chatter about CBD supplements, but what is actually known?

Our guest today is Caleb Simpson from Hemp Daddy’s Therapeutics. Caleb will give us the facts and fill in the missing pieces of the hemp/CBD mystery.

CBD for runners

After a stressful experience selling his last business, Caleb found CBD helped with the stress and improved the quality of his sleep, as well. A side benefit he noticed was a reduction in inflammation associated with chronic injuries related to running. He was so amazed by the results that he felt had to be a part of the blossoming cannabis industry and help spread the word about the benefits of CBD to runners. Thus Hemp Daddy’s Therapeutics was born.

What it is and what it isn’t

In our discussion, Caleb explains what CBD is and what it isn’t, how the body reacts to it, the different methods of using it, dosage considerations, and the benefits people have experienced from using it.

Caleb is an active outdoor enthusiast, father of three kids, married for 9 years, and currently lives in Austin, Texas. He’s also an avid trail runner, and has completed numerous ultra distances, including the Wasatch 100.

Questions Caleb is asked:

3:11 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. How long have you been running?

3:43 Is the Wasatch 100 a lottery race?

4:50 What is “CBD”?

5:43 What’s the difference between Hemp, Cannabis, CBD, THC, and Marijuana?

8:20 What research is out there on the efficacy of CBD for health benefits?

11:19 How has recent legislation and FDA approvals opened the doors for more research?

12:46 Why did you personally start using CBD vs. prescription medications?

14:22 How does CBD work in relieving pain?

15:50 How does CBD alleviate inflammation?

16:23 How does it help with sleep?

17:44 How do you take it?

18:27 Do you take it daily?

18:51 Can you take too much?

21:23 What else can you tell us about anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD?

22:43 Is it legal?

24:12 What regulations do you follow regarding quality control?

26:35 What is the cost?

28:36 How long does it take to start feeling the benefits and how often should you take it?

30:04 What other benefits are there?

31:49 Does CBD violate anti-doping rules?

37:05 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run or outing (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite book(s), video or resource?
  3. Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?

Quotes by Caleb:

“We all have an endocannabinoid system and CBD acts like a key that unlocks the system. It’s like a regulatory system in our body and it works with our central nervous system and it helps to alleviate pain, it helps to promote a homeostasis within the body.”

“Everyone’s going to react differently and it takes a little bit of experimentation to figure out what works best for you. You only want to take as much as you need. Listen to your body and be aware of what’s going on.”

“It’s important to check your local laws and regulations.”

“Make sure you’re looking to see that brands are providing you with third-party lab results to show you that the quality of the product is what it actually says it is.”

“When most people think about cannabis, they’re thinking about marijuana which contains THC which is associated with the intoxicating or psychoactive properties of the plant. But the hemp plant contains very , very low amounts of THC, but high amounts of CBD.”

“One downside of CBD is that there is not a lot of research out there in terms of scientific studies, but there is stuff out there.”


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Mentioned in this podcast:

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page


Sweaty Betty

Hemp Daddy’s Homepage

The Wasatch 100

Gretchen Lidicker on Run To The Top

Maria Aparis on Run To The Top

Israeli Cannabidiol study

Google Scholar

Hill of Life Running Trail, Austin TX

Project CBD

Rick Martinez; PlanetBoy


Follow Caleb on:



Hemp Daddy’s on Instagram

Caleb’s Instagram

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