Ways to Consume CBD
There are many ways to consume CBD, or Cannabidiol, a well-known compound in cannabis that may be beneficial in healing a long list of ailments. CBD oil can be administered sublingually, eaten, drank, or applied topically to the skin. Sublingual use requires placing the CBD oil under the tongue for 30-60 seconds to allow the CBD to enter your bloodstream directly through absorption of the mucus membranes. When you swallow CBD, it passes through the digestive system and liver before it enters the bloodstream. Topical CBD typically does not reach the bloodstream, and instead directly reacts with the cannabinoid receptors on the skin in the area where it is applied.
Orally Consumable CBD
There’s evidence to suggest that CBD provides relief from larger issues like cancer related symptoms, anxiety, and depression, but also smaller complications like acne, aches, and pains. Fully Activated Full Spectrum CBD Oil includes a trace amount of THC—(0.3%), which is completely legal, remains non- psychoactive, and provides a full range of cannabinoids and terpenes. The THC may deliver additional pain-relieving benefits along with the CBD. Fully Activated Pure CBD Tincture tests at 99%+ CBD, crafted without THC, and delivers a straight-forward product potentially tackling physical, mental and emotional concerns.
Tincture might be great for migraines, menstrual cramps, anxiety attacks or something else that needs fast relief and quick attention.
CBD Oil packaged into capsules is another effective way to reap the potentially healing benefits of CBD and THC. Capsules are discreet, fast acting, non-psychoactive, and can be purchased from Fully Activated in a Full Spectrum or Pure CBD form, providing similar relief to CBD tincture. Capsules may be a better idea for ailments that require long term treatment as opposed to immediate pain relief.
For example, capsules might work well in preventing high blood pressure. A study where ten healthy men were given 600 mg of CBD oil found that it reduced their resting blood pressure, opposed to a placebo. This study also completed a stress test where blood pressure usually increases, but the CBD oil led participants to experience a smaller increase than the average response to the test.
This leads the cannabis community to believe that CBD could hypothetically prevent high blood pressure and may help diminish cell death and inflammation related to heart disease. This might be due to its potentially potent antioxidant and stress-reducing characteristics.
Fully Activated CBD produces the powder and slab form of CBD Isolate which can be eaten, put into a capsule, or mixed into food and drinks. Both forms are 99.4% pure and could be perfect for promotion of something like bone health.
Research suggests that CBD could hasten the healing of broken bones by increasing the speed of new bone-cell formation. In addition, cannabinoids might help facilitate the cycle of old bone material being replaced by new bone material.
When CBD is applied to the skin, cannabinoids are directly absorbed into the affected area. The CBD is concentrated on that part of the body, which means a faster and more focused onset of effects. Topical CBD could work fantastically for arthritis, muscle soreness, or sports-related injuries.
Fully Activated CBD topical products are handmade by using a combination of carefully selected, organic herbs and oils. The Full Spectrum CBD Salve could ease the foot or calf pain of a runner, or simply work as a calming, massage lubricant. Salves can also be used for skin issues like psoriasis, eczema, or scarring.
Due to CBD’s potentially anti-inflammatory properties, symptoms like dry, itchy, patchy, red and burning skin can diminish quickly with the use of topical CBD.
CBD plus other calming ingredients like lavender, shea butter and vitamin E in the Full Spectrum CBD Roller is a perfect applicator for wrists, feet and ankles. Available in lavender, tea tree, and peppermint, this could be a great choice for a runner or yogi. Ease the strain of a long workout by easily applying this soothing balm to your tired joints.
You have a problem? CBD might have an answer!
Whether you are seeking alternative care for symptoms related to cancer, relief from clinical depression, or liberation from anxiety—migraine, menstrual cramps, or muscle pain assistance, CBD could have an answer for you. With the vast array of available options, CBD can work for the timid, first-timer, the gung-ho enthusiast, or anyone in between. Visit our store to check out a wide range of products for all types of issues and ailments.
Does the winter have your skin begging for relief? Is the heater making your skin dry and itchy? It may be time to find a new body product that could combat your chapped skin and help regenerate new, healthy skin!
There are several factors that can affect your skin conditions in the winter:
When temperatures are cooler, some people can have issues with proper circulation. In cold temperatures, the body restricts blood flow to the skin’s surface to conserve its heat. This can cause skin to dry out quicker as less blood flow means less nutrients delivered to the surface of the skin. Sometimes, cold can result in flaky, dry skin.
Have you ever heard of wind burn? While may people think it is sunburn (see below), many people who are active outside in the winter can suffer from wind burn. Your face can turn red and warm, and eventually ends up chapping. This can commonly be seen around the lips, and may cause lips to split in extreme conditions.
Well if the cold can be bad for your skin, how are heaters also bad? Heaters have a tendency to suck the moisture out of the air, which affects the skin. Also, switching between cold and hot air can confuse the skin and cause it to do funny things, like dry out.
Can you really sun burn in winter? You bet you can. Many skiers don’t think to put sunscreen on during those gray winter days on the mountain, but with the bright white reflection of the UV rays bouncing off the snow, you’re getting a double whammy of UV (which causes sunburn and in severe cases, skin cancer) from above and below. We also recently released our Burn Cream, which might be even better for sunburn that our Full Spectrum CBD Salve.
When you find yourself under siege by the elements this winter, we can recommend some amazing products to help combat the every day attack your skin is facing. There’s a number of reason why we recommend our full spectrum CBD salve!
Full Spectrum CBD Distillate
Our salves include a wide range full spectrum CBD Distillate, with a number of potencies to choose from, you can find one that works best for you. The benefit of using CBD distillate in our salves is that some studies have shown that distillate can offer anti-inflammatory properties for issues like arthritis and may help relieve pain.
Calendula is a popular herb that has been known to encourage healing of damaged tissues. When heat, cold, and dryness begin to affect the skin, we would recommend using something like calendula to help begin to repair any less-than-desirable skin issues. This herb has also been shown to work as a skin anti-inflammatory.
One of the most common herbs used to potentially promote relaxation and ease tension is Lavender. Many claim that lavender can have a cooling affect on the body, which can help with the heat that inflammation can bring.
While you’re probably used to putting this in a pan instead of on your skin, it might be beneficial to try in! Olive oil can act as a topical antioxidant, rejuvenating the skin. It is known to be high in vitamin E, which has commonly been used to help moisturize severe dryness like eczema or psoriasis.
Beeswax is found in a number of body products due to its ability to act as a humectant. Studies have shown that beeswax can help preserve skin’s moisture and hydrate skin cells. For those of us who are winter adventurers, beeswax has been known to create a protective barrier on the skin that helps keep out toxins and reduces the effects of environmental issues like wind and cold.
Most people have used shea butter on their body in some way, shae-pe (ha!), or form. It’s typically the lead ingredient in lotions and body butters, and it therefore seen as highly moisturizing. This may be the extra moisture your skin needs after a windy day on the slopes!
Arnica oil comes from the homeopathic herb that has been known to help reduce inflammation and pain. This addition in our full spectrum CBD salves can help to relieve pain from chapping and dryness, and might help encourage healing in the affected areas.
We firmly believe in our salves because we put a number of ingredients that we believe have highly beneficial effects on the body. Also, we like how soft they make our skin! Want to try some for yourself? See our Fully Activated Full Spectrum CBD Salves for sale here!
You know the feeling. You’re on a deadline at work, or you just received an unexpected bill in the mail, or perhaps your child just went to her first day of school…ever. Your palms are sweaty, you’re short of breath, your chest feels tight and it’s hard to concentrate. This is anxiety, and you’ve felt it before. Sometimes you feel it every day of the week.
Anxiety gets a bad rap, but it’s actually an evolutionary response designed to help us react to threats to our safety, welfare, or environment. Anxiety can motivate us to avoid danger, to perform better, or to approach a difficult situation and resolve it. It’s when anxiety starts to interfere with our daily activities that it can become problematic. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), characterized by persistent and excessive worry about things such as money, health, family, or work, is just one of many anxiety disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.
Anxiety and anxiety-related disorders affect a huge segment of our population. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 19% of US adults 18 and older experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year, and 31% of adults 18 and older have experienced an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. That’s a lot of folks like you and me! With such a prevalence of anxiety disorders, researchers are constantly looking for the best treatment.
These days, anxiety disorders are often treated with a combination of cognitive therapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This treatment can be effective, but not everyone responds well to the latter. Side effects of SSRIs include drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, diarrhea, nervousness and dizziness.
Fortunately, early research shows promising signs that CBD may be an effective alternative treatment for many anxiety disorders. While researchers are not yet certain how CBD works to alleviate anxiety-related symptoms – some theorize that CBD oil may influence receptors in the brain involved in the modulation of serotonin, while others believe that CBD may interact with various ion channels in the brain to produce a therapeutic effect – the studies conducted so far certainly demonstrate a level of effectiveness.
Further research is currently being conducted. In the meantime, CBD has been used for years as a self-treatment for anxiety, from everyday worries to the more worrisome disorders. According to a 2018 survey published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, almost 62 percent of cannabidiol users reported that they used CBD to treat a medical condition, with the top three conditions being pain, anxiety, and depression. The internet is filled with success stories from users of CBD that have not only alleviated anxiety itself, but also other symptoms such as insomnia and pain.
Humans are not the only ones that may benefit from CBD’s potential ability to alleviate anxiety. Dogs also have the receptors that aforementioned research suggests are positively affected by CBD treatments. According to PetMD, a survey published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association found that 72% of the people surveyed reported using a hemp product for their pet, with 64% reporting that they were certain it helped their pets. Our furry friends are family, and if CBD oil might help alleviate their fear of thunder, why not?
Here at Fully Activated CBD, we’ll continue watching the research as it continues to expound the many beneficial effects of CBD oil as a treatment for anxiety. In 2018, the research really started to pick up, and we are excited to see what 2019 will bring!
2018 was a huge year for hemp.
While the hemp industry has been steadily growing since President Barack Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill, the bill limited use of hemp to agricultural and academic research within a higher-education setting and only in states that chose to legalize it. In 2016, individual states all over the USA voted and began to accept hemp as an industrial crop. However, hemp was still not classified as legal and remained a grey area in federal law. Our federal law stated that all “cannabis” was illegal, and while hemp is not the same species as the high-THC cannabis sold in dispensaries (like Cannabis Sativa & Cannabis Indica), by scientific classification the plants have the same genus – Cannabis. Cannabis ruderalis (hemp) is known for its low THC and high CBD content. There was no original distinction that hemp (cannabis ruderalis) and THC cannabis (cannabis sativa & cannabis indica) are separate plants. Further research has recently shown that they are, in fact, different.
Based on our national laws, states were allowed to individually legalize hemp before the federal government recognized it as an industrial crop. However, the companies working with hemp and hemp farms were limited to remaining in the states in which hemp was legal. Registered hemp farms were state-legal after 2014, but without national recognition, resources were limited. The US banking system would not process payments for hemp, which made commerce around hemp products incredibly difficult within legal states. Under state laws, hemp farms were legal, but still not recognized nationally.
In 2017, more than 38 states and Puerto Rico had bills regarding legislation around hemp.
Fast forward to 2018. As more states continued to legalize hemp farming, national awareness around the plant grew and legislators took notice, marking the beginning of legalization on a national level. In December 2018, The Agricultural Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) passed in both the House and the Senate which nationally recognized hemp as an agricultural crop. Woohoo! Through a redefining of the former blanket term “cannabis”, the federal government granted cannabis ruderalis a place on the national list of legal agricultural crops. This means industrial hemp is more supported than ever before.
Not only did hemp receive agricultural recognition on a national level, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, & Oklahoma all voted to legalize hemp within the state. The 2018 Farm Bill says that states must submit a plan to regulate hemp production, and to date, there are 11 states that have not legalized the plant: Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington DC, Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, South Dakota, Iowa, and Idaho, although we expect to see new legislation announced in 2019.
We are eager to see where this new legislation takes the hemp and CBD industry nationwide! 2018 brought a new definition for hemp and cleared the path for more sustainable farming. Instead of importing hemp into the US, we can now source materials locally, avoid the import taxes that drive prices up, and create new jobs in a new industry. What an exciting time to be alive! 2019, we’re ready for all of the hemp growth, are you?
There are so many way to use CBD, from ingesting tinctures and applying CBD salves to using pure CBD isolate in your food. Many report chronic pain relief when using CBD, so this could be a perfect pairing with rigid joints on this cold holiday! Want to read more about Pain & CBD? Read more here!
This holiday season, we want to offer you some delicious and creative ways to incorporate CBD into your Christmas dinner! The following recipes include between 5mg-10mg of CBD per serving. Each person’s tolerance may vary, so if you know that you prefer a higher amount of CBD in your food, please use at your own discretion. If you want to learn more about Pure CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum Distillate, click here!
Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your CBD culinary adventure:
Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Dip
Makes 10 servings ~ approx 10mg CBD per serving
12 ounces broccoli florets (about 6 cups)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
100mg of Pure CBD Isolate
2 1/2 cups half-and-half
8 ounces mild Cheddar, shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
4 ounces Monterey Jack, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 450*F.
Toss broccoli in olive oil with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet and roast for 15-20minutes. It will begin to brown, but will not be mushy. Place on cutting board and chop coarsely.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium & add onions, cook for 6minutes until soft, then add garlic and cook until soft.
Slowly begin to stair in flour and cook around 4 minutes, until flower has lightly browned.
Stir in half & half and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until heavy cream consistency is reached. Stir occasionally.
Once desired consistency, turn off heat & cheeses and stir until melted.
Add CBD Isolate, broccoli, and mustard and stir.
Pour into serving bowl and chop veggies or add chips around bowl.
You can add our tasteless pure CBD isolate to just about anything, but one thing to note about cooking with CBD isolate: it’s best to not heat the CBD over 400*F, as it could lose potency and effectiveness. So, think about foods that require low-heat or that CBD can be added to after baking. CBD is fat-soluble, so it’s best to add it in to fats, butters, and oils instead of water. You can add it into a balsamic vinaigrette, or in your Christmas stuffing or dressing. Dissolve CBD (cannabidiol) isolate in to your olive oil or similar oils and add to whatever main dishes you like! While there have been no known overdoses from CBD, many would recommend keeping the ratio to between 5mg-10mg per food serving.
Don’t forget about your beverages! You can add a little CBD isolate powder right into whatever drink you choose. While it will dissolve best in things like eggnog and coffee with creamer, the sky is the limit with CBD!
Four Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
Makes 15 servings (squares) ~ Approx 7mg CBD per square
1 cup packed dates – Approx 20 dates (pitted // measured after pitted)
1 cup creamy salted peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter) – self-ground is your best bet!
1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/4-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
100mg of Pure CBD Isolate
Roasted salted nuts (chopped // optional)
Cacao nibs (optional)
After dates are pitted, place in food processor and blend until paste or a ball forms.
Add peanut (or alternative nut) butter and blend.
Add cacao powder & CBD Isolate and blend.
Add 1/4 cup of melted Coconut oil & blend. Small amounts of melted coconut oil can be added while blending to achieve a fudgey paste consistency (no more than 1/2 cup total coconut oil used).
Line a loaf bread pan with parchment paper or wax paper and pour processed mixture into form. Smooth with the back of the spoon & top with option nuts and cacao.
Place in freezer until firm (approx 20mins-1hr). Remove, slice, and serve.
Store extra for 1 week covered in refrigerator or 1 month in freezer. It may be too soft if left unrefrigerated.
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After 77 years of prohibition on industrial hemp, American farmers have begun to grow the crop again! Although we’ve been in a restricted time regarding hemp, awareness is growing and many are beginning to see the light that has always been there.
“Tin Lizzie” Automobile by Henry Ford
In 1941, Henry Ford was looking for a solution to the metal crisis that the US was experiencing during the war. As an avid agriculturist, he grew hemp and soybeans on his property and used the crop to create something more sustainable during the metal shortage. The bioplastic paneled car prototype was made from soybeans, wheat, and corn, and was designed to run on hemp fuel. As the war weakened, the project was pushed aside when steel was no longer in high demand. Many Ford records were destroyed in a fire a few years later, and the exact descriptions of the car vary between stories. Some report that the car was 25% lighter in weight and vastly more durable, not to mention, made with highly renewable resources.
Ropes & Sails
Even longer ago, early ships and covered wagons used canvas or hemp to travel far and wide. Early ropes were made from industrial hemp due to its incredibly strong fibers and a naturally higher resistance to mold and bugs. Many things we know were made from canvas, could have easily been made with hemp, as “Canvas” is also said to come from the word “cannabis”.
The American Flag
Some historians claim that the first American flag made by Betsy Ross was made out of industrial hemp. While there is not much research that explicitly states what the first flag was made of, many speculate that it was made from canvas or hemp, due to the resources available at the time.
Although hemp and paper were once both used as parchment, due to production costs, paper took the lead for newspapers, packaging paper, and other short-term use paper goods. Hemp was most commonly found in higher end paper goods like banknotes and cigar papers. Even though hemp offers up to 5x longer fibers, stronger, and has a greater pulp retention when recycled, paper from wood pulp beat out hemp.
Edible Hemp & CBD
Hemp can be eaten as seeds, oil, milk, butter, and in a number of dishes. Seeds can be eaten raw, hulled, ground, or soaked in water and blended to make hemp milk. Hemp seeds are high in fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium, as well as, very high in essential fatty acids. It also provides an amino acid profile much like milk, eggs, and meat. This is likely why you will find hemp proteins emerging in the health food market! CBD products like tinctures and capsules can fall into this category, too. Read more about CBD here.
While hemp bracelets, bags, and dresses have been seen as “hippie clothes” in somewhat recent culture, hemp as a textile has been used for years to create uniforms and bedding. In the last year or two, hemp has become the cloth for sustainable fashion, and it’s not just for those who live in a commune. Companies like Adidas and New Balance have launched hemp tennis shoes, and companies like Patagonia and Nordstrom are selling partial hemp clothing in their stores.
Hempcrete is an alternative construction material has recently come on the scene that is both an insulator and a moisture regulator. While it’s more lightweight and renewable than traditional lime concrete, it cannot withstand the pressure as a building foundation, so it’s typically found used in building walls. Since it it a low-density material and does not crack with movement, it could be a useful material in earthquake zones. In the US, special permits are needed to build with hempcrete but other countries have been using it for years.
At Fully Activated, we’re big believers in this plant for many reasons and we’re excited to see where the future of hemp leads us! For more information on our Colorado-grown hemp, Read Our Story Here!
What is a Cannabinoid?
A cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in plants and the human body. Plant cannabinoids are known as phytocannabinoids, and cannabinoids made by mammals are known as endocannabinoids. You may have heard of a few popular phytocannabinoids, such as THC and CBD which are found in the cannabis plant, along with over 100 more like CBG & CBN.
Cannabinoid receptors (microscopic connectors where cannabinoids interact with the body) are found most concentrated in the central and peripheral nervous systems. While the human brain has the most known cannabinoid receptors, the heart, adrenal glands, male & female reproductive organs, lungs, bone marrow, and tonsils also have receptors. Humans are not the only ones with endocannabinoid systems since your dog & lizard have them, too! Read more about Pets and CBD
How Does the Endocannabinoid System Work?
Cannabinoids & cannabinoid receptors make up the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids bind with the cannabinoid receptors in the body to effect its communication system, also known as your neurotransmitters. For example, neurotransmitters receive information from your nerve endings that you’re touching something hot and send the signal your brain. In return, your brain responds by signaling your hand to move off of the stove. Neurotransmitters can also tell the brain when you get the flu so it can send healthy cells to fight the infection, or when you break your arm. Cannabinoids, like CBD (cannabidiol), have been shown to potentially down-regulate the inflammatory response in the body and reduce chronic pain. Ultimately, CBD interferes to reduce pain-causing inflammation. Read more on CBD and Pain
Studies on CBD have shown that it does not appear to have psychotropic effects, meaning you won’t feel high like with THC, but it may have anti-anxiety effects. Commonly, CBD comes in two varieties – Full Spectrum Distillate, meaning it offers an array of CBD with other cannabinoids & terpenes, or Isolate, which comes in powder form and it 90%+ pure CBD without other cannabinoids. Read more on Full Spectrum vs Isolate
CBD can be taken a number of ways: inhalation through smoking or vaporizing, buccal or sublingually under the tongue, swallowed internally, or used topically on the skin. There are a wide number of products out there like topical skin salves, under the tongue tinctures, CBD-only isolate, Full spectrum distillate, capsules, oils, vape juice, and many others. See what we have to offer!
Why wouldn’t you want to treat your pets as well as you treat yourself? At Fully Activated, we create yummy pet treats and tinctures for our furry friends and use the same standards as we do for our human products. This means that Buca Biscuits, our CBD dog treats, are organic & GMO-free, and each biscuit contains exactly the amount of CBD as stated.
Precision and quality control is very important to us. We only use the best ingredients from organic sources, and we create everything in small batches – each time. Other products may not be clear on where they are coming from or how they’re being made, the health of our pets and our customers is of utmost importance to us. Many real life experiences and several studies have proven that animals (most notably, dogs) can potentially experience similar benefits from CBD that humans feel.
Research on pets and the use of CBD is still new, but the evidence is extremely positive so far. As Gary Richter, DVM, says, “animals can benefit…for many of the same reasons it helps people – for pain, seizure control, gastrointestinal disorders, anxiety-related issues.”
We use CBD as a preventative daily treatment and on specific ailments for our petts and have for more than a decade. Since our pets have endocannabinoid systems, just like we do, it only makes sense.
For more details, we invite you to check out this interview with Dr. Richter: https://www.projectcbd.org/claws-and-effect-use-of-medical-marijuana-for-pets