Appa Life Product Review
For our latest product review we have strayed away from the meal plans, protein powders and fitness equipment to discuss an excitingly controversial topic, CBD (cannabidiol) oil and how it relates to athletes performance.
In this review we dive into the philosophy and production of Liquid Lullaby, a CBD *certified organic* oil that is activated with 750mg of Hemp Extract from Appa Life.
Appa Life was bred from founder, Kelsey Kruse desire to change the way our country approaches pain management, sleep, and recovery.
I began using CBD five years ago for pain relief, recovery, and quality sleep. CBD has been instrumental to my athletic and cognitive performance. But my experience using CBD has shown me three big problems in the industry: (1) a lack of supply chain transparency, (2) an inability to trust brands due to a lack of regulation, and (3) a lack of understanding about what CBD actually does.
Nine months ago, I set out to create a brand specifically for athletes that addresses these three big issues. At Appa, we promise to be transparent with our supply chain practices, to create the highest quality CBD products for lifelong athletes, and to always educate before we sell.
We envision a world where every body moves without pain, and we believe CBD is part of that solution.
So What IS Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which activate to maintain internal stability and health.
Appa Life offers two varieties of Hemp Extract:
- (i) Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (recommended for overall health benefits and to experience the full range of cannabinoids).
- (ii) CBD Isolate (recommend the CBD Isolate to those needing to take a drug test, as the CBD Isolate has 0% THC).
Both of these options I had the opportunity to trial for 2-weeks. Of the two, the CBD Isolate was my preferred choice and the most “enjoyable” (taste-wise) of the two. Here’s why:
Disclaimer: Nothing clinically or effectively is wrong with the Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, I simply prefer the taste of the CBD Isolate and absolute assurance of 0% THC within my own body. Your preference may be different!
The CBD Isolate contains 0% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
For some, having more than trace amounts of THC might not be a big deal, but if you’re being drug tested at work, operating heavy machinery, or an athlete (like you and I), you may want to keep the THC to a bare minimum. In order to qualify as a legal hemp product, CBD oil must contain less than 0.03% THC. Thankfully for Appa Life, all of their products contain less than the legal amount of THC.
Benefits of CBD with Less Than 0.03% THC
- No failed drug tests (if zero THC)
- No fear of mind-altering affects
- Complies with the guidelines of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Liquid Lullabys “Herbal Blend”
The CBD Isolate contains Valerian Root, Passion Flower and Lavendar. Of the three, Valerian Root was what really excited me as Valerian contains a number of compounds that help to promote calmness by reducing GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) breakdown, improving stress response and maintaining adequate levels of mood-stabilizing brain chemicals. In layman’s terms, a very deep and soothing mental state prior to an even deeper sleep.
As I’m assuming many readers might be, I was my typical skeptical self when I began the trial, especially after my first sample of the Full Spectrum Hemp Extract which has a less-than-desirable taste that lingers like a bad ex. But with the creation of products such as Liquid Lullaby, the doors of possibilities are swinging wide for athletes recovery and that ALWAYS excites me! That is why when both Appa Life products WORKED and created in me a peaceful and solid nights sleep, I was amazed.
This wasn’t a product that needed to build a base within my system to be effective either, after the FIRST night I noticed a difference in the way I slept and the quality of it. Even my partner (who is frequently disturbed by my thrashing *eye roll*) made a comment after day 6 that it had been a great week of sleep for HIM, simply because I was achieving the complete night of sleep my body had been so desperately craving.
Usefulness For Athletes
I have rated the Usefulness For Athletes for the CBD Isolate at a 9.0 and the Full Spectrum Hemp Extract at an 8.0
Both products from Appa Life have proven themselves incredibly effective in providing the vital sleep necessary for physical and mental function in order to peak athletic performance. The slight ding in the review score stems from none of the products being FDA approved and therefore potentially deemed as harmful to certain audiences. That being said, Appa Life provides no proliferation or illegal marketing of what their products achieve and even today, the FDA has approved a purified form of the drug cannabidiol and continues to investigate the true benefits derived from hemp products!
As I stated before, I found no lacking of efficiency in the FSHE version of Liquid Lullaby, it is simply an 8.0 for the small (yet still legal) trace amounts of THC that could negatively effect drug-testing and make this not the number 1 choice for athletes.
Overall, both products are 100% going to be a part of MY daily routine as I cannot refute the benefits that the oils have had to my sleep and performance.
Research shows that over 70% of athletes aren't getting the sleep they need. Appa Life is here to help you take back control of YOUR sleep and achieve peak performance.
- Certified Organic
- Third-Party Tested Hemp Extract
- Non-Habit Forming
- CO2 Extracted
- Taste (Full Spectrum Hemp Extract)
- Contains THC - still below legal % (Full Spectrum Hemp Extract)