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CBD Oils & CBD Tinctures

A common misunderstanding in the cannabis industry is that CBD oil and tinctures are the same product. Although they are closely related, they have several distinct properties that differentiate the two. Both products can be extracted from either the hemp plant or the cannabis plant, sourced from the stalk or seed, but most often times and most importantly, the flower.
CBD OIL
CBD oil is typically extracted with propane, butane, or CO2, making it a thicker product with higher concentrations of cannabinoids, the natural chemical compounds that give patients their desired effects from cannabis. With this extraction method, more of the vitamins and nutrients are still intact, as well as other natural pieces of the plants such as proteins, chlorophyll, fatty acids, and flavonoids that all have their own quality to bring to CBD oil. CBD oil usually retains most of its original earthy, floral flavor because the way it holds onto all of these parts of the plant. Many people take their CBD oil orally for quickest onset, but it can also be ingested via capsule to be digested for an extended release because it is so thick. 
 
CBD TINCTURES
CBD tinctures, on the other hand, are typically extracted with alcohol or glycerin and are liquid at room temperature. Sometimes, to retain this liquidity, filler substances such as MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride AKA refined coconut oil) are added. Some companies opt to add some flavoring to their tinctures for easier and tastier consumption, as this product is taken sublingually (under the tongue) or added to a beverage. 
Both CBD oil and CBD tinctures, when taken sublingually, the cannabinoids are sent into the bloodstream via the blood vessels underneath the tongue. Consumer experience will depend on the strength of the product, how much ingested, and the individual’s metabolism and body processes.  It never hurts to try both products to see which may be more effective for you.

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Comparing CBD Oil and CBD Salves by Fully Activated

CBD Oil versus CBD Salves
There are a wide variety of CBD products available with a number of applications.  Two of the more common products are CBD oils and CBD salves.  Many people will sway to one product or another that works best for them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean one is better than the other.  Some may prefer to add it to food, while others may want to massage it into their skin.  The choice is yours!
There are a few key differences between using a salve and an oil:
 
CBD Oil

Commonly found in a liquid form
Can be ingested orally, sometimes topically
Can be made into a wide variety of products

Tinctures, Capsules, Vape Juice, Topicals, Food Additives, etc

Typically has 1-3 ingredients:

CBD distillate
Carrier oil, most commonly MCT or coconut oil

May provide wider reach within the body
Can be made into a tincture with a small amount of alcohol extraction

 
CBD Salve

Holds a solid form
Can be used topically for a more targeted/localized effect
Can come with a wide variety of ingredients:

Arnica

Herb used in natural remedies for bruises, sprains, and muscle soreness

Beeswax 

Helps hold the salve together with its higher melting point, can create a protective barrier on skin to reduce extreme drying and cracking without clogging pores

Coconut/MCT Oil

Quick drying oil that may benefit the skin and help moderate skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis 

Olive Oil

High in fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin A that can be quickly absorbed into the skin

Shea Butter

Regularly used in moisturizers, salves, and lotions to hydrate the skin

Essential oils

Common oil fragrances for products include calming lavender & eucalyptus, stimulating peppermint, and astringent tea tree or rosemary oils

BOTH

Are derived from hemp plants using either Full Spectrum CBD Distillate or Pure CBD Isolate
Have a secondary base oil
Can offer a wide range of amounts of CBD to your body
Can be made gluten free

 
While the basic ingredients are the same, it’s up to you to choose your own route on your CBD journey.  Both forms of application can contain the same amount of CBD, so consider whether you would like to apply something topically or take it orally.  Everyone has their own needs and experiences, and since we’re not doctors, we will leave the deciding up to you! 

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The Top 3 Ways to Use Fully Activated CBD for Your Body: Topicals, Tinctures, Isolate & More!

Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is one of the most potent chemical components of cannabis. Although being one among many, chances are higher than average that friends or family have heard those three letters at some point. As a result of its widening prevalence, you may find yourself asked some questions by those same people, “What is this stuff? Do I smoke it or what?” When the laughter subsides and the genuine curiously remains, there are some things to consider when approaching consuming CBD.
One of the very reasons why CBD shows so much promise is that it is inherently non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. So despite showing efficacy in helping to alleviate things like inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases and chronic pain, you won’t end up with those pesky “debilitating side effects” such as absent mindedness. Please keep in mind while you read this that everyone’s endocannabinoid system in their bodies is different, so efficacy varies person to person. A mitigating factor of the non-psychoactivity of CBD is the placebo effect. Such as someone not experiencing a distinct difference in sensation after taking CBD and their mind cancelling out the beneficial capabilities.   
 
Topical UseOne of the inroads for CBD towards alleviating pain is via a topical such as a cream or a salve. Frequently coupled with coconut oil, CBD can be great for the skin and has local pain alleviating abilities.  Particularly for pain dealing with inflammation, such as arthritis, CBD can be quite ameliorating. Typically, without the addition of a specific delivery method past the epidermis, CBD usually does not find its way into the bloodstream of the user.  We have several products you can use topically, like our Full Spectrum Salve, CBD Burn Care Salve, Tattoo After Care, and more!
 
Oral ingestionMedicinally, oral ingestion of CBD, usually in the form of capsules or as a syringe is one of most viable and common methods of CBD delivery.  Due to the large network of CB2 receptors in your digestive tract, CBD can be quite efficient for overall distribution of the effects. While oral ingestion is a very comfortable way to consume CBD for most people, it should also be known that it usually can take up to 2 hours to kick in when swallowed. Alternatively, sublingual application, which means it is meant to be absorbed under the tongue, typically occurs in as little as 20 minutes with activated CBD oil.  In a small portion of the population, CB2 receptors are flawed, resulting in a measured increase in dosage being necessary for oral ingestion, meaning some may need more than others.  Our CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, and CBD Isolate can be used orally!
Dabbing Isolate If you have access to CBD Isolate, like Fully Activated’s Pure Isolate, which is typically 97% or higher in concentration, there are few ways that are more immediate than vaporizing the isolate via an adjustable vape pen or a dab rig. Isolate unfortunately cannot be used like much other hash as a bowl-topper due to the higher temperature needed to be activated. Dabbing CBD involves the CB1 receptors present in your lungs. CBD isolate is commonly said to have a taste similar to cherries when vaporized.
 
 
Thanks for reading up about just some of the ways in which CBD can be made available to you. Remember to do your research as to the origins of any CBD product that you find and to obey the laws of your particular area.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Fully Activated CBD for more information on our high quality CBD products!

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How to Cook Christmas Dinner Using Pure CBD Isolate

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:
 
APPETIZER
Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Dip
Makes 10 servings ~ approx 10mg CBD per serving
Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.
Enjoy!

 

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!

 
DESSERT
Four Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
Makes 15 servings (squares) ~ Approx 7mg CBD per square
Ingredients

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)

Instructions

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.

 
Fully Activated offers a wide variety of products like Full Spectrum CBD Salves, Pure CBD Isolate, and Pure CBD Oil for sale.  Fully Activated guarantees the quality of our isolate and distillate and can help you find a product that may work best for you. 

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4 Ways To Use CBD Isolate

 
We offer 99.6% pure CBD Isolate Slab & 99.4% CBD Isolate Powder that our customers can buy by the gram or in bulk.  Pure CBD Isolate is the pure form of cannabidiol which we extract from our organically-grown, local CBD-rich hemp plants without presence of other cannabinoids.  Many people have used CBD isolate for nausea, vomiting, inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, & can suppress spasmodic activity.
 
This is some of the purest form of CBD that you can get, with oils, fats, and other organic material extracted from the original plant matter.  CBD is non-psychoactive and can be used in a number of ways! 
 
Sublingual
While there are many creative ways to incorporate CBD into your daily regiment, one of the simplest ways is to place a small amount of isolate under the tongue and allow it to absorb.  Sublingual literally means “under tongue” and can take 30-90 seconds to fully absorb, depending on quantity.  Benefits to taking CBD sublingually include quick and easy absorption into the bloodstream.  Many have reported that some CBD has a slightly cherry taste, so it’s not quite tasteless, but it also does not have the same flavor as hemp or THC extracts.  If you don’t want to put it directly under your tongue as a powder, you can put some into coconut oil and hold under your tongue for 90seconds.
 
Smoke Show
Many prefer to smoke their CBD through vaping or dabbing.  Fully Activated offers a CBD vape juice, or you can choose to make your own.  Our Full Spectrum CBD Vape Juice is unflavored, and some prefer to add their isolate to a flavored vape juice instead.  CBD Isolate slabs can also be dabbed in a pen or on a rig relatively easily.  CBD has a slightly higher sublimation temperature than THC, meaning it takes just a little bit more heat to turn pure CBD from solid to gas than pure THC.  It’s not a huge difference, so it won’t matter unless you have an very specific heating tool like an e-nail or digital temperature gauge.  Additionally, you can add CBD to your other smoking choices. 
 
Topically Apply
Fully Activated offers topicals like salve, body balm, tattoo after care, and CBD burn cream, but the possibilities are endless if you want to create your own topicals.  You can simply dissolve your pure CBD isolate into coconut or jojoba oil and rub into your skin, add it to your favorite face wash, lotion, or sunscreen!  CBD isolate can offer anti-inflammatory and pain-reduction properties, and it could help alleviate joint aches and pains with use. 
 
Ingest It
Slightly different than sublingual use, ingesting pure CBD isolate goes through the digestive system, moreso than being directly absorbed into the bloodstream in the mouth.  There is no “bad way” to include CBD in this category.  You can add some to your juice, or even your pesto for dinner.  Since our CBD isolate is practically tasteless, it will hardly interfere with any flavor profiles that you’re working with.  If you want to include it in a simple olive oil dressing, you’ll hardly be able to tell.
 
There are so many ways to use CBD.  What’s your favorite?  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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CBD & Your Pet’s Health

One of our biggest reasons for creating high quality CBD products is for our pets.  Fully Activated has a long family history of fostering dogs and cats and rehabilitating animals with CBD, and we want to share our experience with you. 

The first major source of inspiration for launching Fully Activated was our founder Nick’s dog, Buca. Buca was an intelligent full-blooded pitbull and a great companion.  She was placed on a regular regiment of CBD her entire life and Nick believes this was key to her health.  As she grew older, Buca naturally slowed down, but she never got sick and always maintained a fervor for life.  She eventually died of old age, and this was the kick Nick needed to completely launch Fully Activated. Our CBD pet line, Buca’s Biscuits, was named in her honor.  
Nick and his wife Courtney have since adopted and fostered several dogs, all of which are offered a CBD-rich diet.  One of their dogs, Tigger, unfortunately suffers from tumors. Nick and Courtney administer a daily regiment for Tigger and their other animals to help with immune support and symptom mitigation.
If you’re looking for a regimen for your animal, we’ve provided a list of dosages, supplements, vitamins & minerals that may be beneficial to your pet’s healing. This pet health regimen is based on Nick and Courtney’s experience, and you should always consult a veterinarian before altering your pet’s diet or administering supplements.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD twice a day. Nick and Courtney typically go by the rule of 1mg per pound with their pets.  
Benadryl
1mg per pound, split into two daily doses.  It can help with allergic reactions and skin reactions and is an anti-histamine which can help calm the inflammatory reaction of the body.
Turkey Tail Mushrooms
Turkey Tail mushrooms have been shown to offer favorable results with women suffering from chemo treatments for breast cancer.
Milk Thistle
A well-known liver tonic & powerful antioxidant that can help support the body’s purification system for humans and pets alike.  It helps with liver and kidney damage, and also helps repair organ damage.
Fish Oil
Incorporating fish oil can offer big benefits for your pet.  Fish Oil offers omega-6, omega-3, and polyunsaturated fats.  Omega-6’s decrease inflammation, cell growth, and blood clotting.  Omega-3’s balance Omega-6’s and can be an anti-inflammatory agent especially with regard to allergies & arthritis.  The 3’s and fats can improve skin, coat, and joint health and improve cognitive function.
Dog Probiotics
Not the same as human probiotics!  Dogs and humans have different types of gut bacteria, and while some of them are the same, our furry friends have a number of strains that we don’t have.  We both share Lactobacillus & Bifidobacterium, but two additional healthy gut bacteria to support in your dog are Bacillus coagulans & Enterococcus faecium.  A healthy gut helps support better digestion and a healthier immune system!
Golden Paste (Turmeric & Coconut oil)
Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories and a great antioxidant.  The coconut oil offers healthy fats for the body.  The paste can be given in food or applied topically to troublesome areas.
Glucosamine / Chondroitin Complex 
These two supplements make up the building blocks for cartilage in the body.  They have been regularly used for arthritis support and to encourage further cartilage production.
CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10
It has been shown to improve symptoms related to congestive heart failure, support nervous system dysfunction, and may help with energy production.
 
We recommend talking to your vet before making any changes to your pet’s health regiment. When you think about your health or your pet’s health, think about supporting the major systems of the body like circulatory, nervous, and digestive. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.