EP 12: Anthony Pagliaro — I’m an MMA Fighter, Nurse And Stuntman — Why I Turn to CBD

You might say Anthony Pagliaro has done a little of everything. 


He has been a volunteer firefighter and an EMT. A medical assistant, a phlebotomist, and a registered nurse. A nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a wellness coach. An MMA fighter and an Air Force vet. And he’s also an actor and a stuntman, with credits that include work as Chris Pratt’s stand-in. As he goes from one challenge to the next, what’s the one thing that helps him maximize his body and mind? CBD. But that wasn’t always the case. 


“I never believed in CBD,” he recalls. “I never believed in the whole ‘marijuana’s gonna save you’ this and that. I thought of it as ‘You’re getting high. Leave me the h*** alone.” 


As a pro fighter and nurse who was used to getting randomly drug tested, Anthony wasn’t interested. Until his work within the wellness space ultimately changed his mind and opened his eyes to the healing powers of CBD. 


On this episode of Good Dudes Grow, Gary and Anthony talk about the need to keep not only your body but your mind sharp as a fighter, how Anthony came to advocate for CBD as a tool for wellness, and what some of his best “backstage” stories from acting are (hint: they star the drinking talents of a couple of notable actors).


What You’ll Learn:

  • How Arby kicked his pharmaceutical addiction
  • How we can ensure the plant stays in the people’s hands (and not in Big Pharma’s)
  • Why Arby thinks the hemp industry can help solve some of the planet’s climate problems
  • And much more!


Favorite Quote:

“Being a nutritionist, being a wellness coach, being a nurse, I’m there to help. But if I can get your mindset there before doing anything else, everything else is going to fall in place. Because you can be doing an exercise, I can be teaching an exercise, and you could be doing it — or you could be really doing it.”

— Anthony Pagliaro


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How to Get Involved:

Gary Roberts is the founder and CEO of Pure Body Zen, a company based around creating and selling high-quality CBD products that work to heal mind and body alike. Gary considers hemp-based medicine a calling, and his organization, along with the world-class team that runs it, reflects his passion.


You can learn more about Pure Body Zen on their site, on LinkedIn and on Instagram.


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