Olympic Gold Medalist and Stem Cell Therapy.
Olympic gold medalist Steve Hegg is a man of many talents. He is most famous for his two Olympic berths, 13 National titles, and a colorful, highly decorated 25 year professional cycling career. 12 years after his Olympic victory he transitioned from track cycling to road cycling and rode with Lance Armstrong in the 1996 Olympic Road race.
As a 17 year old, he was the youngest downhill skier to be ranked #1 in the World. He won 4 U.S. National titles in skiing before converting to cycling. He read that Jean Claude Killey used cycling to crosstrain for skiing, but Steve never crossed back, he simply rode on to greatness in cycling.
Today, Steve is cycling and participating in racing events. He also cycles daily and enjoys Golf and other activities.
In August 2019, Steve came to StemX looking for relief from chronic back pain caused from years of wear and tear from thousands of hours of cycling. He was evaluated and accepted as a candidate for Stem Cell therapy. He received a Stem Cell injection into his lower back.
His pain is now gone. In September, Steve participated in a grueling 5 hour road cycling competition in the High Sierra Mountains in California and finished the event without back pain. Steve has stopped using his medication for back pain and continues to see steady improvement.
In combination with his Stem Cell treatment, Steve also started to use CBD and swears by the combination. Recent research shows that CBD may enhance Stem Cell health and development.
Stem cells: One of the foundational elements of life.
Indeed, every cell in your body started as a stem cell — without them, the beautifully complex existence we’ve come to know and enjoy would look a lot different.
Yet as we age, our body’s stem cells become gradually depleted. This depletion is at the core of why our bodies run into problems as time goes on: the older one gets, the fewer stem cells their body has. And fewer stem cells = slower regeneration = a body that’s more easily injured and slower to heal.
So maybe it’s not surprising that stem cell therapy has emerged as a potential solution for age-related disease in recent years. Its purported benefits transcend anti-aging, though — even children with autism and adults with epilepsy have seen amazing results with stem cell replacement.
Interestingly enough, these demographics are some of the same ones that benefit most from CBD. And with figures as well-known as Joe Rogan now mentioning stem cells and CBD in the same (run-on) sentence, we think it’s time to look at why these shared benefits exist.
The Endocannabinoid System 101
First, though, a quick overview of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s the conduit through which so many of our most sought-after health benefits flow, after all!
The ECS is the single largest receptor system in the human body, for starters. It’s responsible for maintaining and regulating homeostasis (that’s the scientific term for full-body balance). Someone with a fully functioning endocannabinoid system, therefore, would be able to stay in complete homeostasis — perfectly healthy — with no pain or anxiety or sleep issues.
Endocannabinoids are perhaps the most important part of the multifaceted ECS. They’re tiny chemical compounds naturally produced by the human body. Anandamide (otherwise known as “the bliss molecule”) is the best-known endocannabinoid, though another one called 2-AG is actually more prevalent. These endocannabinoids are largely responsible for the natural ‘high’ someone feels after an intense workout or run.
As great as the endocannabinoid system is, its not bulletproof. Just like your stem cells, your body’s endocannabinoids can get depleted over time. This type of depletion invariably results in any number of problems with pain, anxiety, or sleep…
...in fact, some scientists think endocannabinoid deficiency is a modern-day epidemic. If you have any of its most common symptoms — which include pain and inflammation, autoimmune problems, and even the slow regeneration we mentioned at the start of this article — a certain natural antidote is worth pursuing. That antidote, of course, is CBD.
How Does CBD Work With Stem Cells?
CBD is a natural phytocannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant. Because it works by replicating the endocannabinoids produced by our body, CBD may help propel the depleted endocannabinoid system back into homeostasis.
And this means great things for stem cell health, if only indirectly. Recent reserach shows that CBD may enhance stem cell health and development. A 2014 study found CBD increased the migration of adipose-derived stem cells (MSCs), and a more recent 2019 study found that stem cells “pretreated” with a combination of CBD and Moringin demonstrated improved survival once re-implanted into tissues.
This is impressive enough, though it’s not all that CBD’s good for. Because while all cells start as stem cells, not many of them stay there. Most cells undergo tremendous change as they evolve into their final states. Genetic info from mRNA makes this possible, as does the right ‘growing’ environment.
When it comes time for optimizing the environment in which a cell differentiates and evolves into its final form...CBD might just be the solution. Once again, its impact on the ECS is what makes CBD so versatile — and in this case, so able to help stem cells express themselves and become all they can be.
CBD + Regenerative Medicine
CBD may be one of 2019’s biggest trends, but it’s not our time’s only one. Regenerative medicine has also grown in popularity as more and more people look to harness their body’s natural healing powers.
Indeed, regenerative medicine is an effective option for those who want to reduce pain and avoid surgery. Yet almost regardless of this option’s target — whether it’s PRP, amniotic tissue, umbilical cord tissue, or adipose tissue — regenerative medicine requires your body’s existing cells to promote regeneration and long-term healing.
In other words, regenerative medicine is only successful to the extent that it can rely on your body’s stem cells. If you want to do your best to ensure that, consider CBD. It provides a natural boost to the endocannabinoid system and (going back to the 2014 study linked earlier) may even help stem cells migrate to the areas where they’re most needed.
It doesn’t do you any good to put gas in a car that doesn’t run, right? The same principle applies with regenerative medicine and CBD. It doesn’t make sense to do a regenerative medicine procedure if your body isn’t well-balanced first.
So, if you’re considering regenerative medicine...you may also want to seriously consider using CBD. It could provide that perfectly-balanced, highly receptive foundation both you and your stem cells need to succeed.
All regenerative medicine procedures performed at StemX by Spark are performed using an Amniotic Tissue injection which is Regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration as Human Cells, Tissues, Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/P's) under Section 361.decision.
This healthcare practitioner performs one or more stem cell therapies that have not yet been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. You are encouraged to consult with your primary care physician prior to undergoing a regenerative therapy.