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Is CBD Right for Me? The Many Benefits with Brandon Ghidossi

Having Brandon Ghidossi on the podcast to share some cannabidiol facts was a blast. It is crazy because Brandon has so much knowledge on CBD and he expresses there are still so many benefits and things we don’t know about CBD. Brandon is a true spiritual being, he wanted to bring a product to market that was fully transparent with the major goal of helping people. His wealth of knowledge about cannabidiol information comes from years in the industry, doing the research and finding the highest quality farmers and manufacturing facilities. We discuss if CBD is right for me and go through a full diagnoses and dosing.

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Ben Florsheim 

Welcome back to the mind body build podcast. Today I’m joined with someone who’s been in the CBD industry for some time now has built a nationwide CBD brand. Please help me welcome BrandonGhidossi.

Brandon Ghidossi 

All right. Thank you. Thanks for having me. I appreciate it.

Ben Florsheim 

Yeah, I’m super pumped to have you on. It’s kind of interesting how I found you. I was looking for some affiliate work for the podcast and started some commercials with CBD brand in the commercials. And the more I kind of looked into it, I was like, oh, man, this guy’s in Reno. He’s got a 775 number on their website. Yeah, kind of put two together. So yeah, it was cool to be able to reach out to you. And so can you give us some personal background on you know, why did you get into CBD? How long have you been doing it? Where did the idea come from?

Brandon Ghidossi 

Yeah, absolutely. And I’d love to say, you know, long story short on this one, but I’ll try and keep it as short as possible as as short story long but so like, my background short story is I i’ve been into health and fitness my whole life, you know, lifelong, you know, athlete and, and raised in a family where my mom was just alternative medicine, you know? No, immunisation shots, just, you know, natural energy healing and everything, everything. I’ve seen some of the most kooky spiritual, you know, healing stuff you could possibly imagine. And, you know, I kind of have my own idea of what works in my opinion and stuff. But so anyway, so when I was how old was I? Well, anyway, I met I met a friend of mine who was working at the gym with as a personal trainer at the time, he was working the front desk. Later on, he became a personal trainer, and years later, while I mean, we’ve been doing this for about three years and three months. So I’d say probably about four years ago, he approached me and he said, Man, you gotta check this stuff out. It’s called CBD oil. And I was like, What What the hell is that? I’ve never even heard of that before. And you know, it’s just and for me that that’s kind of crazy because I mean, I’m so in tune with those homeopathic and naturopath and all these different alternative medicines. So I met him over at I think he was like spicy pickle off McCarran and longly for any of you guys that are, you know, listening to this that are familiar with the Reno area. And we sat down and he showed me these two bottles, and he just said, Man, you’re gonna try this. It’s just it’s crazy the results, and I’m just looking at him. Like, he’s telling me these stories, and I’m just, you know, in partial disbelief. He’s a good friend of mine. So I mean, I know His Word to be good. But I’ve never seen any type of alternative medicine do anything like that before make claims like that before, at least in real life, not on fake advertising. So anyway, so I bought a couple bottles off of them. They were 505 100 milligrams, and a two ounce bottle of what I later came to find out was an isolate. And I mean, keep in mind, this was four years ago. So the CBD terminology and everything has evolved drastically since then. And so I bought two bottles are very expensive. They were like, I think retail normally 150 a bottle for 500 million. And I gave a bottle to this gentleman named Fred, who’s an old retired vet and he’s on a fixed income. He lives in one of those houses turned like motel almost kind of near Midtown. And you know, he has he’s, he’s pre diabetic, refused insulin. He’s on Metformin, Tramadol and some pain medications. Yeah. And, and he was was, let’s see, probably 70 years old. At the time. He’s, he’s about 74 now, I believe so anyway, so I took a bottle myself to kind of guinea pig me and he was like, Okay, cool. I’m, I’ll take a bottle too. For me specifically, I’m just a very active martial artists, I was an instructor. And so I practice multiple forms of different types of martial arts individually, and soccer player. So the only real, you know, kind of thing that I could notice from it was I had some, you know, inflammation in my left knee, from soccer, just playing forever. And so probably recovery as well would be something that I was looking to notice something different based upon what he was telling me. But the other guy, Fred, you know, he had more serious or, you know, kind of he had, you know, health issues that were classified as something you know. So anyway, so long story short with Fred, about two months later, Fred taking the oil and I don’t even remember how many milligrams he was taking, but the 500 milligram bottles not a lot. So he was probably, especially in two ounces is just dilutes it into to 250, you know, milligram one ounce bottles. So it’s probably taken about, I don’t know, maybe half, two, three quarter dropper full twice a day. So two months later, because he wasn’t on insulin. He refused it. I went and had his blood. Well, let’s actually let me back up about a month from there. So about a month after he was taking it, he got off his Metformin and for those people that don’t know what Metformin is, for people that are pre diabetic or diabetic, it’s mainly diabetic type two, is they go to the bathroom a lot. And so he was going to bathroom like four to six times in the middle night and you know it’s hard to sleep and if you don’t sleep your body’s not healing so he got to the point where he was only going to the bathroom a couple of times a night just after about a month and decided to start weaning himself off of his metformin and then fast forward about another month month and a half after that we went and had his blood work done and his agency levels originally were like 13.4 and then they they dropped to about like 9.5 or 10 or something within a couple months and so i started to compile that data to offer to my doctor buddies who i you know grown up with and stuff and they kind of were resistant hesitant they had heard of cbd oil wasn’t as mainstream now and there wasn’t as many studies and stuff but they thought he had just switched his diet to a diabetic conducive diet which didn’t need a ton of red meat for most people that don’t understand what causes diabetes it’s saturated fat it’s not sugar the body can’t process sugar because of the cells being coated in saturated fat which is a little bit of kind of you know information for people that they’re probably not used to hearing but and then the pain in my left knee went away after about two three months and it’s consistently been good since then so so fast forward from there i the company i was selling for so i decided start selling for them at that time very non transparent couldn’t give me any information about the product i’m a personal trainer and somebody that’s really big on ingredients you know every single thing i pick up at the grocery store it’s turn it to the back and look at the ingredients first and that’s just natural for me and so for them to not be able to give me that information and whatnot was very disappointing and then i started to come to find out that they were claiming it was a full spectrum when indeed it was an isolate which was common back then and their prices were really really high so i decided to then reach out and try and find manufacturers for this and was able to ironically find one after about four months of searching that is amazing and they control everything from the seed to the bottle and the process is exactly how i want it done and so i don’t white label from them i basically use their farms and their their input material or their flour and their extraction facility to make exactly what we want based upon all of the research that i did at israel and other places that have been at this for a while cannabinoid research so yeah so that’s pretty much it and then we’re you know we’re at where we’re at today

Ben Florsheim 

yeah so it’s a full i mean it’s a full transparency company yeah but one of the big buzzwords that i heard was recovery but before we talk about that for everybody that doesn’t know out there what’s the difference between the isolate and the full spectrum

Brandon Ghidossi 

yeah so it’s quite simple in you know and there was a lot of confusion about this in the beginning of kind of the cbd industry but you know it’s just like the word insinuates that you know isolating a particular molecule cbd by itself is cannabidiol and so what they do is they isolate that from the rest of the phyto cannabinoids in cannabis and it’s just one particular molecule that interacts with a specific receptor within within your you know kind of endocannabinoid system or your cellular system and the full spectrum oil is taking all of the nutrients available from the plant hopefully not destroying them so we’re talking you know terpenes flavonoids all the different cannabinoids and things that are in there that we don’t even know exist yet and you know through that extraction process there’s a lot of ways to mess that up and there’s a lot of ways to do it right and everyone kind of has their own ideas to what it should be like so all cbd products are different there’s not two that are identical you know unless they’re all using an islip but those can even come from different sources as well but yeah that’s the difference is that the cbd isolate is just one molecule can essentially you know it’s it’s just cbd cannabidiol and then the other full spectrum is supposed to be everything including thc but that terminology gets thrown around pretty loosely but nowadays it’s a bit more you know people are a bit more understanding of those because the consumers have gotten a lot more educated but it’s a non regulated market so as you can imagine money involved hype of you know a particular type of health product that works good non regulated it’s a shit show you know pardon my language but it really is yeah i hear is there a better use for one over the other or is it specific to the person or you know it can be that’s a good question but you know i would say 99% of the time the full spectrum is going to be better it just has you know what we know of 100 plus molecules approximately like 113 molecules available most lab test facilities lab testing facilities they only test for a handful i think like a dozen to 16 maybe is the max and we’re still discovering molecules and so when they when they kind of you know use chromatography and other methods to identify particular molecules it’s just not that advanced yet to be able to do that on a mainstream level but as far as as far as the full spectrum it think of it as like taking a salad like a dark green leafy salad just the leafs though so spinach or something like that and eating it versus loading it up with all sorts of other nutrients you know nuts and some lagoons some different types of berries and seeds and stuff. The way that it works inside of your body is that the full spectrum targets more receptor sites on your cells. So it is going to elicit a better response within the body in regards to inflammation. Now CBD isolate works really well, but it just takes a higher dose. And in direct comparison studies like out of Israel, that kind of look at how they the the effectiveness kind of shoots up, if you imagine like a line graph shooting up as the effectiveness starts hitting Well, in comparison to dosing as well and how many milligrams you’re taking the CBD isolate will actually hit like kind of a cap, and it will just start to drastically decline, whereas the full spectrum oil will hit its level its peak, and continue to climb gradually. And I’ve seen that before with, you know, the hundreds of people that I’ve talked to in the 1000s that use our product. So I always recommend the full spectrum. And that’s why we sell so much of the full spectrum, the isolate really is only applicable in areas where people have restrictions in regards to THC consumption, so any type of CDL license or anybody that has a job that tests regularly for that, but if they don’t have something like that, it’s very rare that people are allergic to anything in the full spectrum. Sometimes people have a THC reaction, because you know, it’s not in our regular diet. So, but that’s very, very rare. So I mean, I would say in almost, you know, like I said, 99% of circumstances, people should be using the full spectrum. Let’s they have one of those really rare situations, which is very uncommon.

Ben Florsheim 

I don’t know if this is from the researcher, or if this is a myth out there. But so the full spectrum, correct me if I’m wrong, is the one that’s going to have the .3% THC inside of it. Does that THC content, does that help shuttle that full spectrum? Does it help as like a like a facilitator almost of

Brandon Ghidossi 

Yeah, you know, it’s very interesting because, you know, there’s there’s kind of generalized studies about this stuff. And I always refer back to everybody’s body’s uniquely different their stress levels, their genetics, their their nutritional intake, their lifestyle, it’s, you know, everyone is completely different. But yes, you know, there are specific amounts of scientific data that talk about how THC and CBD assist each other and other molecules as well and how those molecule molecules convert into others as well. But we’re really just at the tip of the iceberg but definitely with the full spectrum and the terpenes included the terpenes play a pivotal role as well even though only one of them that we know of beta cara cara finally naturally interacts with I believe it’s the CB two receptor but you know, sciences. We’re just scratching the surface of this stuff. But yeah, I mean, definitely the THC molecule. Now, when we’re talking about cancer, cancer prevention and cancerous cells, not splitting and replicating themselves duplicating themselves. THC is the most important molecule by far, the CBD helps a bit but you know, it’s kind of harder for for them to kind of nail down how it does. But THC tries to interact with those cells, and it causes the body to be able to fight off those cells without those cells splitting and CBD helps with that, because it’s all inflammation related and immune system related, but yeah, anybody that’s had cancer, Rick Simpson oil or any high THC application of that, and I’ve talked with a lot of people that have cured themselves of cancer doing that. So if you don’t have THC in there, you know you’re missing out on a huge, huge part. I mean, the plant itself has two major Phyto cannabinoids, tetra hydro, cannabis cannabinol, which is the THC version and cannabidiol. And those are the two largest concentrations of cannabinoids that we’ve been able to find in the plant. So hemp having the reverse you know of CBD being the higher percentage of THC being the lower one and marijuana but really, you know, having the opposite but we call them high CBD cannabis flour and high THC cannabis flour. But But yeah, and the point 3% that thing only comes from what they’ve kind of determined federally to be the, I don’t know, safe consumable level. There’s so much stupidity in the regulation and even the the people selling this, it’s it would blow your mind. I mean, if we had 10 hours to do this, this Radio Podcast, I could, I could definitely get into it. But it would take that long. And it’s unfortunate, but yes, definitely to answer your question. THC is massively important massively. And it doesn’t have to be an amount where you feel a psychotropic effect. If that’s not what you’re looking for, but it it needs to be there.

Ben Florsheim 

I don’t want to go off on a huge tangent here. But you know, we’re talking about you know, missing the boat basically. Do you think that CBD is in a good place not being mixed up with the FDA? Not that you can get away with more but there’s there’s less red tape, I guess you could say?

Brandon Ghidossi 

Yeah, that’s a great question. You know, because I do follow all the the political movement of everything in regards to cannabis, the Federal scheduling and all the different inner workings of everything. I’m actually a member of an organization called normal, which is the National Organization for the reform of marijuana law for those that don’t know what it stands for, but and I pay very close attention to the way that the DEA is trying to get involved in the usda and the fda because it directly impacts our business and it is at a point right now where it’s it’s kind of a standstill and it’s like the usda and the fda and the dea will implement certain kind of conceptualized laws that they’re trying to push through and then the public fights back and pushes back and so there’s a battle going on right now to establish how we can use this medicine versus how they’re trying to manipulate and control it and i would say that i don’t trust the fda at all because they’re bought and paid for just like all those organizations in my opinion and from the research that i’ve done and it’s quite obvious to anyone that knows what’s going on with all that stuff so i would say that it’s best to keep them out of it but i do think that there needs to be some regulation in the industry and you know although co pays or lab test results third party lab tests for those that don’t know what that means those are very very important and you can more or less verify the transparency of a company through those but those can be photoshopped but most companies aren’t going to go through that kind of a step they just don’t provide lab test results and so if you’re going to buy anything online do not buy it without looking at a lab test result that shows a that it’s safe to consume with you know pesticide testing heavy metal residual solvents mycotoxins and then obviously if you’re looking at just the cannabinoid side of that thing to where it can actually show you that there’s the amount of milligrams that you’re buying are in that bottle and some of that’s done in percentages and some of that’s done in milligrams per gram so it’s it’s a little hard to interpret those things on our website i written a few articles on that there just kind of shows people how to read them but yeah it’s um i’d rather not have the fda the dea or the usda involved to be honest with you i think people can govern it themselves and i think people are going to get more and more educated and they’re going to that’s going to sift out the i think education is one of the major lacking components you know and as consumers become more and more educated it’s gonna weed out the companies that are just doing it for money and they’re selling you hemp seed oil with no cbd or lining or whatever you know i thought that that was you know so cool you know i went to the harmonia cbd web website and on the website you know you go to whatever products you’re looking at you have the picture of the bottle and the next picture over is the lab results yeah and that’s always how it should be you shouldn’t have to go searching for him we do ours twice a year and really we don’t even need to do it that much we’re doing them quarterly it’s it’s just to help the consumers but i mean ours is usda organic certified oil which i need to update our website we have a new website about to drop and so i’m you know working on all the finite details building websites and editing and all that stuff is is a lot of work especially when you’re trying to run your business at the same time as i’m sure you know you know doing everything that you do and so but but yeah i mean and ours is hemp you know authority us hemp authority certified there’s the certifications do mean something because if you take a look at those and there’s there’s companies that are not the usda you know the usda is fine but it’s like yes ours is usd straining us to get that certification yeah definitely i mean it’s it’s not you know it’s not like a pay to play type situation and there’s a lot of that going on in the cannabis industry in general but yeah those certifications do mean something in the lab test results and at the end of the day people can still have those things and their oil still be subpar and that just takes like a connoisseur mentality i mean i’ve sampled over 100 other cbd products from directly from people’s companies at expos that i was speaking at or attending and manufacturers around the country i mean i have a couple of brand new ones sitting on my desk at the office and they just don’t compare to ours you know and some of those extraction technologies are you know chemistry related and then some of them are physics related and you know everyone has that the problem is is you have farmers which look for like the most healthy amazing cannabis flower they should some of them in the cannabis the cannabis industry is pretty corrupt and has a lot of low quality products people are just injecting your really bad nutrients into the flower to try and spike the thc and all these other things but let’s pretend you’re a natural farmer and you just want to do it organically out in the soil the way the creator intended that’s the right way to grow the flower and so those people are connoisseurs of that but then when you go to the extraction side of thing these guys are largely scientists or chemists or physicists and so they’re looking at just grabbing a hold of what they deem to be the most important nutrients what you can’t have either approach be your only approach you have to meet somewhere in the middle because the body is the thing receiving this so it’s not just oh yeah look at look at the you know the yield that we got out of this but you know we don’t have all these other things and we’re only focusing on the molecules well there’s a lot to the plant we don’t even know exist yet so and similarly on the growth side a lot of indoor grow facilities using artificial lighting and they think they’re encapsulating all of the nutrients from the sun we can’t quantify the sun we can actually grab a hold of a piece of it and our sciences oh He’s just on the coattails of trying to discover the truth, you know, most of the time. So, you know, logic, common sense science, all that stuff you know has to be factored in, to really bring about the best product. And you have to be willing to pivot and follow that and most companies are just in it for money, we’re always following every bit of information available to us, including consumer results. And we dose people specifically for that. So we have a customized dosing instead of, you know, we have on the bottle how much you should be taking. But that’s a generalized thing that can work for probably 75% of ailments, but then most people need to be assessed individually. And most companies have no idea how to do that, and they don’t care, they just want you to burn through a bottle in 30 days, one ml a day. And a lot of times, taking too much oil is going to give you not as good a result as well, because your body doesn’t want too much it wants the right amount. Are you offering that assessment or YouTube videos out there for it? Are you in any way that you would recommend people can call me, I mean, I, my cell phone that I’ve had, since I was 14 years old is all over the website, it’s my personal cell phone, I’m not hiding from anybody, and I want to help everybody. And that’s really the only way to do it, because they call me and I have to ask them a bunch of you know, it doesn’t take very long, but I asked them a handful of questions. And then energetically, I can also kind of feel, you know what, what it is that they’re that their body needs and is speaking for and has to be done that way. And then we make adjustments, if it needs to, you know, because the body is going to change. Initially, when it receives the dosage, it needs to be a little bit higher, so that their body’s receptors can get used to it develop any type of receptors that that realizes that it needs to have, that it didn’t before, because of the lack of nutrients that the phytonutrients that are the molecular nutrients that they hadn’t received before. And then you know, then their body needs to kind of balance its inflammation and re seek homeostasis, however it can with all those external factors of what’s gotten them there in the first place, being a part of the equation so and then you know, we can lower the dose or you know, up the dose, usually by about five milligrams a week, and then find their body happy place. And, and you know, most people, it’s within a range that I can say, okay, you know, depending upon, like, let’s say 100% of ailments is probably within a range, let’s say excluding cancer, because that’s, that’s kind of, you know, you need a lot more milligrams for that. But everything except for cancer, I’d say you could probably put in a range, I mean, even down to like a three year old child with autism, and parents are trying to circumvent that situation, you know, you could put them on like 10 milligrams of the full spectrum. And then let’s say that you have just a giant of a human being adult, you know what I mean? Just a big, tall, structured person that has really bad inflammation, pain, arthritis, and so on and so forth. You know, they could be taking like 45 to 50 milligrams a day. And so within that range, you know, that’s a pretty good range. And then it’s very rare that you need any more that more than that, and that’s usually cancer related.

Ben Florsheim 

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Brandon Ghidossi 

I guess, you know, it would be the best way. But is it for positive or negative side effects, headaches, you know, bad indigestion? Or what should they be looking for if it is working so that they can kind of tell if they’ve got a good or a bad product? Yeah, that’s a great question. And you know, I do get a lot of customers who have been through five, six different CBD products like we’re talking about and, and they finally come to ours, and they’re like, wow, this is incredible. And it is a bit elusive, because the body has to receive homeostasis, and it has to do it on its own time. And it’s largely inflammation kind of bound up. And that’s what causes a lot of these, these issues that either stems from that or that’s a precursor to some sort of issue within their body. And, you know, it’s it does take a little bit of time. It’s not a it’s not a magic pill. It’s not a pharmaceutical opiate, but those also give you really bad side effects because it’s forcing the body to do something it doesn’t want to do versus feeding it proper nutrients and allowing it to do something that it wants to do. So I would say that you know, with a really good quality oil at the right dose, you should be seeing results within one to three weeks, taking it daily. And if you’re experiencing a lot of pain and you’re taking a lot of opiates, then you would notice that you don’t have to take as much you know if you’re going to take a good high quality oil and you know those opiates aren’t directly related to something completely detrimental to you if you get off of them such as you know high blood pressure and you might have a stroke or you know high cholesterol or any of these things there’s others as well you know for epilepsy and whatnot just take your dose and just decrease it a little bit let’s say it’s by 5% or something and just see how well it’s doing for you and obviously i always say under doctor’s supervision because i’m not a licensed physician although you know you can do whatever you want to your own body that’s up to you you know if you have a doctor that’s open minded work with them and let them know your plan and if they’re really care about your health they’re going to be about it you know what i mean and they’ll be there to help you out with that if they don’t they’re just peddling pharmaceuticals which a lot of doctors are and making profit off of it which i know i was in that industry a little bit for a while not selling pharmaceuticals but i was in the dmt and oxygen side of things so i got to see it firsthand with like the you know kind of you know handshakes of doctors and pharmaceutical reps and not all doctors are that way just like not all police officers are bad but there are good and bad people in this world so yeah i mean i would just i would pay attention to the results that way if it’s sleep for instance that’s an easy one you know you can take it right before bed your full dose and you’ll notice if you’re sleeping better but it is it’s a good question it is a bit elusive and but i would say that when you get your hands on a good product that you’ve done your homework and verified have faith in it that it’s going to work and just you know don’t let any psychological disbeliefs get in the way of blocking that healing from happening and just give it some give it a little bit of time you know and if if it’s a good quality products you’ll know the results will be there and if it’s not then your dose maybe is off or it’s not a good product you know and you might want to start looking for another one to try i mean it’s it’s going to be hit or miss this market is it’s it’s worse than it is good when it comes to transparency and high quality products and that doesn’t mean that people are out there to blatantly rip people off some people just aren’t educated they may have a big heart and they want to do what’s right but they don’t know who they’re buying from and where they’re buying it from or manufacture how they’re manufacturing it so it’s going to take a bit of time but i think as long as the money is involved and everyone is really too concerned with the the financial side of things it’s going to take a little bit more time than than last time for it to kind of iron itself out and we need consumers to educate themselves and require those companies selling those products to hold themselves to a higher standard that’s what’s going to change the market is that consumers yeah i think that’s so important you know it’s it’s you guys out there pushing back yeah you know

Ben Florsheim 

I can really relate to you being a personal trainer being into health and fitness and you know for me those buzzwords right recovery inflammation those are huge in that industry so if you were to kind of diagnose me right now what are some of the questions that you would ask

Brandon Ghidossi 

as a trainer you know for for you and your recovery i mean i’d want to know what your workout routine is you know how long it takes for you to do that what muscle groups you’re lifting on specific days what your ultimate goal is and how much rest you’re getting and your your nutritional intake and based upon like a quick summary of that then you know i could tell you you know how many milligrams i think you should be taking or a fluctuation of those milligrams if your workout routines are not consistently you know the same week after week so yeah hit me with it yeah

Ben Florsheim 

workout routines week over week or are exactly the same single muscle group anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour workout usually might be a little bit longer than that midday sleep has been asleep is really good sleeps good dietary needs are pretty good eating every two to three hours and yeah single muscle group 10 to 15 reps heavier weight

Brandon Ghidossi 

yeah so you’re looking for like muscle hypertrophy and definition of those particular muscle groups yeah so how many exercises are you getting in that particular muscle group in like an hour whatever you do

Ben Florsheim 

trying to do between 16 to 25 sets of 10 to 15 okay four to four to six or seven exercises

Brandon Ghidossi 

yeah so that’s pretty good because that’s that’s a high amount of sets for those particular exercises that you’re doing yeah and if your sleep is good you know how many hours of sleep are you getting you think at night

Ben Florsheim 

i’m at least eight hours

Brandon Ghidossi 

eight hours yeah and you’re like a monday through friday workout person and you take the weekends off give your muscles some rest yeah yeah so for muscle recovery you know for your what you have going on and your your stature and everything like that i’d say you know you could probably be and your body’s going to be more readily accepting of these particular nutrients and nutrients in general because your metabolism you’re keeping that good you know eating every couple of hours and whatnot and and and i’m sure you’re drinking a ton of water as well yeah i’d probably say that you know you could you could probably do about 25 to 35 milligrams a day and that would be good for you for your muscle recovery and whatnot you could try the 35 and then just lower it a little bit and then you know what you would be noticing as well as is during your workouts you know the fatigue from previous days because obviously while you’re doing that protect to our muscle group there are sr muscles so you’re not just doing that particular muscle there’s no way to isolate one muscle in the body there’s other muscles always involved so i would say that you would be looking at you know probably like a 10 to 15% increase in your recovery and your fatigue you know you should notice that there’s a lot less fatigue when you’re doing those workouts and post workout as well and it definitely will work and help out a lot because it’s gonna keep your inflammation down and that inflammation and that buildup of lactic acid and everything is what is you know kind of getting in the way of recovery the more efficient your body is at recovering the quicker your muscles can grow the more progress you can make so and there’s a lot of professional athletes using cbd oil as well and the recovery is just tremendous i mean i’ll give you an example for myself so i work out sometimes it could be six times a week i mean i’m i have a martial arts studio at our house so i just decked it out with flooring and layers and bags and everything and i’ve individually studied i was a kung fu instructor and then i’ve individually studied at different schools boxing jujitsu and some mixed martial arts stuff and i’ve been a soccer player my whole life so i play soccer two to three times a week if it’s outdoor i play a friday night game which is full 90 minutes and i play sunday game which is full 90 minutes and if it’s indoor i play 3 20 minute games which are high intensity because it’s food salts in hispanic league so it’s really fast small ball and then the rest of the days of the week i do my my intense martial arts training workouts which are intense and that’s that’s what i’m training for and so my recovery from day to day is is really i mean i might have a slight bit of stiffness but i also do about 15 minutes of stretching every day if i can because i’m also trying to perfect getting the sideway splits down because i want to be able to hit really high and that’s that’s tough i have a splits machine it’s like a torture machine you crank the wheel and it just yeah and i’m about it i’m about it like this is one of my goals i have you know one of my new goals and it’s tough but the recovery is is is amazing i’m i’m 37 and you know i’m out there playing in the open soccer leagues first division in the hispanic league it’s the most intense competition in town and the martial arts training is definitely one of those where you can injure yourself i’ve done a lot of sparring with different people and the recovery is is it’s tremendous really is i mean for 37 years old i’m running around 18 year olds and you know i don’t feel any older than i mean i don’t feel 18 but i don’t feel any older and like 25 so yeah it’s it’s it’s very noticeable especially if you’re an athlete or somebody that you know does high intensity workouts you’ll definitely notice it probably after i’d say a month yeah you’re gonna love it you’re gonna enjoy it man it’s crazy it’s it’s awesome especially if you’re doing the right things for your body if you’re doing all the things that your body needs this is this is i called it earlier like a nutritional steroids basically a phytonutrients steroids because of the way that this has an effect in your body i mean it’s just absolutely amazing so if you couple it with all the things that you’re already doing this will give you a tremendous boost boost i mean if you can take somebody that’s very unhealthy which generally they’re overweight their diet is terrible their nutrition is terrible they have little to no exercise and their lifestyle high stress on a slew of opiate medications and you can give them this product and have it have them get off of every single one of their opiate medications and their doctors are just appalled i mean they don’t even know what to say but yet you look at this person together the same overweight person same lifestyle same everything and their life has done a 180 in the sense of like their their physical health imagine what an athlete will experience from it you know what i mean so that that is it’s fascinating it’s really really amazing but it has to be really really high quality you’re gonna when it comes to alternative medicine the results are directly dictated by the quality of that medicine and you see that in the cbd industry all the time as you’re kind of talking about it i you know i think of this very obese you know the person that you just you know you just described and then somebody that’s going into the gym that’s active you know like yourself there’s like this almost shift like be like there’s this medicine and then there’s a supplement and it kind of acts as both get it can be used either way yeah absolutely and it is really amazing because like is you know probably you’ve taken some supplements in your in your lifetime and you know we you know it’s like how this supplement that supplement none of those are regulated by the fda by the way anyway and i mean most of them aren’t really what they say they are and they just advertise with some really popular bodybuilder and everyone buys and he doesn’t even really use that he’s over there portioning out his meals with you know all sorts of vegetables and good clean protein sources and stuff but you know i see and this is gonna sound kind of weird but cbd oil to me is a blessing and a curse because what got those people to that point where they’re at the overweight person that’s has a lot of health issues is poor lifestyle choices and the fact that this can One ad their life with just drops in their mouth a day and they have to change nothing. It’s it is a quick fix. And it’s miraculous, it really is an all sense sense of the word. But I always encourage people like, Look, you take this as an opportunity as a second chance for you to really structure everything in your life appropriately. And kind of use it as a catalyst as a, as some wind in your sails instead of a crutch for you to rely upon, you know, because who knows when that stuff will or won’t be available? And, you know, ultimately, don’t take it for granted. Take advantage of it, and, you know, and run with it, you know, and make those changes, because why not? Yeah, it totally makes me think of, you know, the state of like, the mental health situation that we have in the world. And I’m a believer that the medications that we have out there are good, if they are coupled with therapy and a plan to get off of that. 100% if you’re using them as a crutch, like you said, you know, I’m, I’m 100% against it. But if you’re using these medications to go to therapy to get into a place where you can start to work on those things and find a path out of that, then I’m all for all that stuff. Because it Yeah, I think that the the mental space, we started talking about that stuff, and you know, brain chemicals and things like that, like, some people need some of that stuff. But there has to be a plan to get out of it. Yeah, exactly. And you’re 100%, right. I mean, it’s lifestyle changes, you know, and like you were talking about you and I were talking about before we even jumped on to record this, it’s an evolution of yourself spiritually, physically doesn’t matter. We’re never, we’re never in a state of non movement, you know, energy is always in flux. And so we are as well, even when we’re sleeping, so there has to be a direction, because anything that’s stagnant starts to deteriorate. And that’s what happens with a lot of people’s bodies, you know, people that live to be a lot older, it’s because they stay fit, they exercise their mind, so they don’t have issues that elderly people will have with the mentioned, so on and so forth. And so it is very, very important. I think people need to make a plan, but like you and I were talking about earlier baby steps, accomplish one thing, you know, enjoy, allow your cellular memory to go Okay, this is the new me Don’t just, you know, 180, you know, because I, when I used to personal training people, I’d have a lot of clients that, you know, the majority of clients were middle aged women looking to lose weight. I mean, I had some guys that wanted to get bigger, muscular wise, and then I trained athletes, specifically when I when I got into different certifications and different approaches. But for the people that were looking to lose weight, they would lose weight, and then they would just get all excited. And you know, I was working a Double Diamond Athletic Club right down there where you guys are out. So obviously, there was a more affluent gym, so they’d go on a month vacation, and they come back, and I’m just like, you didn’t do anything while you were gone did you do because I could just look at their body. And I could tell it wasn’t like they gained 50 pounds, but I could notice the fat content areas that we’ve really toned up and done a good job, and so on and so forth. But that’s why I quit Personal Training, because, you know, I would train people and you know, there’s one particular lady that comes to mind fairly often. And she had gastric bypass, she came to me post gastric bypass, for those of you that don’t know, that’s basically like a shrinking of the stomach, it’s and so people don’t eat as much. And then they, they lose a bunch of weight. Well, she was overweight before. So Her skin was very loose, she came in, she wanted to tighten that up, we did a lot of resistance training, tightened all of her skin up, Bing, bang, boom, she leaves I see her like a year and a half later, she comes up to my car door just I was training at a different gym at that time. And she comes up to me and Brandon looked at her and I was like, Who is this in my mind? You know, I’m thinking I don’t even recognize this lady at all. What was that same lady come to find out she had gained everything back and something. And what I tell people is is that your body has memory in the cells. Science has found that you know that the memory in your individual cells is almost as complex as your mind itself. So if you don’t teach your body, you know, through cycling of the cells and everything that you know, to develop new memories of who you really are, give it that enough time to kind of settle on that, it will revert back to what it remembers and it will revert back hard. It’s almost like a rubber band, you stretch that thing out, you let it go. And I mean bone people will go all the way past the amount of weight that they were before they started and got those results and, and that’s the most disappointing thing because it’s like, Look, you were so close and he tripped at the finish line. And once you get there, as you know, being fit and working out is once you get there then you can then kind of relax into what I call a maintenance phase. You know, you work out hard for five days a week and you’re just eating everything properly and you’re losing weight and gaining muscle and it’s great, right? Instead of just stopping and having it all go to waste enter into a maintenance phase because you’ve earned it and then you can work out maybe three times a week and you can cheat a little bit on your nutrition right and then you can kind of play with your body and go Okay, it’s it’s giving me some golf and I’m putting on a little bit more but it’s so much easier to get back but it just takes that can persistency and just, you know, you got it, you got to show the body that otherwise, it’s going to go back,

Ben Florsheim 

I have two things, one kind of leads into the other here. But you know, with within my life coaching business, I’m in the process of formulating a new program, and I’m kind of playing around with the title of it, but it’s essentially changing your internal environment to change your external. And I’ll give you a couple examples. One of them was is the gastric bypass, but you know, another one that I think everybody can kind of relate to, like, if you want to stop drinking, like, right, maybe it’s for a couple weeks, a month, or forever, whatever it is, you can stop going to the bar, but eventually, you’re gonna go back to the bar. So if you change that internal, like, why do I not want to drink, then you can go to the bar and not have a drink, right? And it’s that So changing that internal and the same thing, I had a client that was, he was 350 pounds wanted to get, by the way, I work with a lot of bariatric patients. So it’s kind of interesting, but he was 350 pounds wanting to get down to 270. And so started talking to him about what is this 270 body look like? What does it feel like? You know, how do you walk into a room? How do you hold yourself? How do you carry yourself? Oh, you know, I can navigate the restaurant without bumping into things, you know, start living that body. And the reason for doing that is once he gets down to that 270 on the scale, it means something, it feels something he’s actually reached that goal, rather than Okay, I’m at 270. Now what, what I see so often, and then they put the weight back on, like you’re talking about, yeah.

Brandon Ghidossi 

And there’s a sense of disbelief as well. And and that’s always there. For us as human beings, it’s like our mind is our best friend and our worst enemy. And I think that’s amazing that you do that. Because the power of the mind is is phenomenal. We haven’t we don’t even understand a fraction of it just like a lot of other things. But there are things beyond explanation of science and just us as human beings individually. And if you can get that under control, you can make things happen that I mean, you know, we’re using a fraction of our mind. I mean, you could manifest literally an apple into the middle of this table, if you wanted right now, what do you feel like your favorite food? Sure, boom, there it is. And really, if we take a look at technology, and cell phones and everything, it’s already doing that for us. So we can do that, but it takes something else. And a big portion of what it takes is belief. If that belief isn’t there, you’re not going to be able to manifest anything. You know, that takes time to train the mind, because neurological pathways form and make firing specific thoughts that you focus on all the time easier. And so if you’re in a negative mindset, it’s coming quicker and, and everything you think is energy, everything we say is energy, everything we do is energy energy is connected, all of us you can think of that spiritually or scientifically doesn’t matter. It’s, it’s there, we’re just feel it as a human being. And so you know, you have to be conscious of, of what you’re projecting, you know, for your own manifestation, because it’s only going to come back to you. And that is very, very important. I mean, that’s, that’s amazing, your clients are probably a lot luckier than they even know, you know, with you having that mentality and that kind of approach because it’s, it’s just so powerful, and without it. And a lot of people don’t even realize that they’re manifesting things in their life, they don’t realize where it comes from the gods don’t know, why have the worst luck. And it’s like, well, let’s break that down a little bit, let’s get to the root cause of it totally, can start chopping down some of those areas and build yourself into reality. And it takes it takes a shift in mentality. And you have to practice it daily. And it’s tough, but it is an evolution. And evolution does not happen overnight. But you got to stay consistent. What it’s all it’s all big stuff.

Ben Florsheim 

It’s you know, it’s fun, it’s enjoyable, it’s, you know, scary for them. And it’s just, it’s so awesome to be a part of Yeah, I do want to touch on the difference between the oil and pain salve really quick,

Brandon Ghidossi 

you know, it’s really interesting, the salve situation, because when we first started doing our pain salve, and it was, it was in the beginning when we first got our oil, that was just one of the things we wanted as well and we don’t have a huge product lineup because some of those things are not effective enough for me for instance, gummies and, you know, other types of things. I mean, you can you can smoke hemp flower, and it’s great, but it’s just not a high enough concentration, you couldn’t smoke enough of that flower to get as much milligrams in the oil. So they all have their application and they’re good, but the pain salve I was really, it’s really shocking to me some of the results, we did a lot of different outside events a ton and you know, some of them were allowed to sample legally and some of them are not depending upon the location and the event and the rules and the backing of the event and so on and so forth. So, but the pain side you can put on and it works immediately and I remember I was up at a pop up at up at a dispensary called New Leaf in Tahoe and this geriatric lady, she came in and she was from the east coast and she was just visiting there like a lot of people are and she talked about how her knees hurt, you know, and I’m looking at, you know, like fat cells versus, you know, not and Going Wow. I mean, that lady had a lot of body fat and she wanted put it on her knee. And I’m just thinking, Man, I don’t know if it can get that deep and her ligaments where this inflammation is, but, you know, we’re gonna give her some, and she put it on she rubbed a decent amount on and you know, thanks and she was really nice lady she’s, you know, that kind of like Eastern kind of like, you know, Southern kind of nice hospitality. And she left while she came back. Probably about 45 minutes later it was her and her friend were visiting. And she looked like she had seen a ghost. I mean, she was just came in. And I mean, there was a lot of people there that day, because it’s on a weekend when we do these pop ups. And she blew in there and everyone felt her energy and her presence or like, Damn, what what happened is someone did something happen. And her knee was was free of pain. And she was just blown away, I was pretty blown away as well, because it’s hard for me to kind of scientifically comprehend how it can penetrate that deep. I mean from from an epidermal like skin cell layer all the way down into the ligaments. I mean, it’s pretty miraculous. But I also had another guy, he was fairly overweight as well worked for USPS. And I got a call from him one day and he’s like, you know, you know, Hey, I just want to get some more your product. It’s worked amazing for me, I’ve had lower back issues, and I was I was bedridden, I couldn’t even go to work. It was so bad. And I was like, Yeah, well, where’d you get the oil from? And he’s like, why I got this, this, this sound this paints and I was thinking, I thought he was consuming the oil. Because I mean, I couldn’t, you know, imagine just that usually with the oil. And then I ended up meeting him and noticed that he was he was definitely, you know, a bit overweight, and he was only using the pain staff. And he used it for, you know, I don’t know, he said, like, after two weeks or something, he was able to get back to work. And that’s it. That’s all he was using. I switched him over the oil eventually as well, because it was probably more cost effective for him and also would help address some of the other situations that he had going on inside his body. But man, how deep that stuff penetrates is just phenomenal and fascinating. You know, we do a couple hours with a lot of different essential oils in there as well. But I mean, the active ingredient, you know, because essential oils have been around for a long time and don’t get me wrong doTERRA and all that stuff, they work good, but they don’t give you the results that CBD does like high quality CBD Oh, they just don’t I mean, I know about essential oils and you know, CBD oils on a whole nother level and you put you put them together with those other molecules from terpenes from the, from the essential oils, and oh, man, it’s it’s insane how effective that stuff is. It’s insane.

Ben Florsheim 

So the sound really is a, you know, a spot application.

Brandon Ghidossi 

Yeah, that’s a localized application. And, you know, it. It’s very fascinating to me inflammation, because, you know, people sometimes will ask me, well, how long do I need to take this for? Well, my fiance’s grandmother, she had knee pains, and, and she was using some of the oil. And you know, she eats a lot of meat, you know, Hispanic woman from Mexico, and you know, they eat a lot of red meat, especially in their family, but it’s just common for the Hispanic culture. So she has a lot of inflammation, because red meat causes inflammation as well. And I was thinking, you know, I don’t know how long she’s gonna need to take it for, but she couldn’t work, she was out of work for like two months, because her knees just hurt too bad. So she starts taking our full spectrum oil. And you know, after about a month, month and a half, she’s able to go back to work and, and she’s not feeling any pain, everything is good, she actually was able to get off of it. Because, you know, I was giving a Turner for free, it’s like a family and I just want to help her. And she hasn’t had to take it ever since. And she still has the same lifestyle, everything her nutrition, everything is the same. But you know, the body has its own molecules that help maintain a healthy balance of inflammation within the body. And it produces those molecules naturally. And so the but you know, otherwise we would be jammed up with inflammation and we’d be done for so inanimate and to Ag and other molecules that the body uses to help with that. But when there becomes an overabundance of inflammation in the body, then it’s beyond the body’s capability to produce and get that back down. So I think in the sense of inflammation is once it’s in the you know, once once you’re able to get that down, the body can handle it on its own, and maybe even boost it in other ways that it’s able to really take care of that. So the pain side is is a localized application, and it works really good. It works almost instantaneously. I mean, we’re talking 15 to 30 seconds. But it is still in my opinion, kind of a band aid in the sense that it’s not circulating in your bloodstream and getting to all the other areas of the body that needs it. But it does work phenomenal.

Ben Florsheim 

The more I listen to you, I mean, you know a ton about this stuff, but it’s I still get this feeling that there’s so much out there that we still don’t know.

Brandon Ghidossi 

Yeah, there’s a ton and you know, it is amazing. And you know, one of one of the disservices in the cannabis industry that I see is that instead of taking like the whole plant approach or and I mean whole plant, I’m talking you know, all sorts of different fibers that we can use for paper and building materials and everything that the cannabis can do because I mean, at the The growing cycle of cannabis is way less than a tree. And the way that it you know, detoxifies and picks up heavy metals out of the soil and everything in the air, we’re doing the human thing with it, we’re not doing the nature thing and abiding by that. We’re chopping it up. And you know, we’re now separating specific molecules, CBN, CBC CBG, delta eight now is a big hype thing, you know, CBD was that was the original. And we don’t even know how any of those molecules really work individually, let alone collectively. And the way that I look at it is is, you know, why E, vitamin C capsule, which I do take those, as supplements Don’t get me wrong, because of the concentration, I take them daily, but when you have the ability to eat an orange and get the full nutrients from it, as well. And so we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves. And it’s unfortunate, because, you know, it’s, it’s leading to misinformation, and the scientific studies are still trying to just get a grasp on what this plant can do. And we’re already over there, assuming that we know better than nature, and it’s really, you know, human beings, just, we’re just, we moved too quick when it comes to things, and we just think we know so much. And that just really makes us dumber than smarter. And I think in the cannabis industry with money, and with that going on at the same time, it’s, it’s going in the complete wrong direction, in my opinion. I mean, there are people and there are aspects, you know, the, of course, this is life, you’re always gonna have a balance of both of those things. But it’s, it’s nowhere near it, where it should be, in my opinion, and that really needs to change. And again, that’s going to come from the consumers educating themselves more and basically, you know, dictating the direction of the industry with their purchases. So I hope in the future that more people take that kind of whole plant approach and stop just trying to jump on the hype train of selling cannabis products and really stick to quality stick to trusting nature and try and understand the connection between those nutrients in the kind of whole spectrum approach versus just, you know, take this, it’ll do that or do that. You can’t say that to anybody. There’s no set. There’s no generalized study out there in the world that’s accurate to everybody. So we really got to kind of reset our mindset and our approach and perspective on cannabis in general, in my opinion, and it shifts that way, in some aspects, but it’s too small, and it’s just going too quickly in the other direction for what I believe it should be.

Ben Florsheim 

Hey, Brandon, it was so awesome having you on today.

Brandon Ghidossi 

Yeah, thanks for having me, man.

Ben Florsheim 

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