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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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40 Million US Adults Have an Anxiety Disorder. Can CBD Help?

As laws and social stigmas change, the cannabis plant, namely its chemical compounds of cannabinoids, is gaining more notability for having effective anti-anxiety effects on people across the globe. In a recent study on cannabidiol (CBD) and neuropsychiatric, or anxiety, disorders, it was shown that preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for the following disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. There is a need for studies to investigate chronic CBD dosing and clinical populations, but this study used acute doses of CBD to explore the effects of cannabidiol to calm the fear response in the body.
Fear and anxiety, as adaptive responses that are necessary for coping with threats to survival, can easily get excessive or persistent and can lead to disability when systems are imbalanced. When this happens, people typically show a diminished sense of well-being, have a hard time in healthy relationships, are more prone to unemployment, and also exhibit an elevated suicide risk. So it’s no wonder that we are exploring CBD as a natural and healthy alternative to help combat these disruptive responses. In the United States, twenty-nine percent of the population has a lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders, the highest of any mental disorder. This in turn creates massive social and economic burdens as this large of a population struggles with day to day structures such as relationships and jobs. Currently, pharmaceuticals such as benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and serotonin reuptake inhibitors are prescribed to treat these conditions, but sometimes, at a high cost. CBD, with further study, is showing excellent safety ratings for high doses, which is unlike many of the pharmaceutical options out there with high overdose and abuse rates. This study showed that CBD was well-tolerated across a wide dose range, up to 1500mg/day (orally), without any reported psychomotor slowing, negative mood effects, or abnormalities in vital signs. 
The way CBD interacts with the brain’s chemistry has to do with the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for the body’s way of maintaining homeostasis, or balance, as well as other diverse physiological functions such as caloric energy balance and immune function. Several of these receptors found throughout the endocannabinoid system are known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviors, specifically the CB1 receptor and the serotonin 5-HT receptor (joyfulness), among several other receptors throughout the body’s nervous system. A system that is healthy has a natural and balanced response to fear-triggering events, whereas one that is experiencing disorder, does not have that regulated response and creates a malfunction.
The way CBD can work on regulating this response has to do with the CB1 receptor – its activation has the ability to minimize conditioned fear responses and can prevent it from coming back unnecessarily, by releasing a hormone corticotropin, which has anti-anxiety effects. That said, when these receptors are activated on a consistent basis, it can help prevent the negative effects that fear has on the body, such as aging and stress. Chronic stress impairs the endocannabinoid system’s signaling to various parts of the brain (the hippocampus and amygdala), which leads to anxiety. Basically, cannabinoids have been shown to be activators for this balanced and natural response of the system to regulate fear, not block it.

Although this study had its limitations, as only experimentally-induced anxiety or fear was studied, it was shown that CBD reduced anxiety with a simulated public speaking test in healthy subjects and also those suffering from social anxiety disorder, and proved to be comparable to pharmaceutical medications in their efficiency. Taken at high doses ranging from 300 to 600mg, CBD was shown to reduce anxiety in healthy people without affecting baseline anxiety levels, or a balanced anxiety response, and also significantly reduced anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder. This means that this evidence may support the use of CBD for aiding potential treatment for PTSD or enhancing cognitive behavioral therapy, which could change this problem in the United States. 

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CBD for Dravet Syndrome – A 2017 Study

Dravet syndrome, previously known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI), is a severe form of epilepsy that typically develops around 6 months of age. Starting with frequent febrile seizures which are fever-related, seizures can be triggered by body temperature changes, flashing lights, emotional stress or excitement. As the disease progresses, the patient may develop myoclonic seizures, characterized by involuntary muscle spasms, and status epilepticus, a state of continuous seizure that lasts longer than 30 minutes and requires emergency care.
The high frequency of seizures caused by the syndrome commonly causes children to have trouble developing language and motor skills. In addition, they often experience hyperactivity and have problems with socialization. Dravet syndrome is typically treated with anticonvulsant medications and diet adjustment, with varying results from person to person. Seizures associated with Dravet syndrome are particularly difficult to control compared to other forms of epilepsy.
While there is no cure for Dravet syndrome, a 2017 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that cannabis might play a role in reducing seizures caused by Dravet syndrome. One of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), interacts with cannabinoid receptor 1 in the body’s endocannabinoid system, inhibiting the release of a certain neurotransmitter that causes seizures. The study, which is the largest and most successful clinical trial to-date to demonstrate the potential medicinal benefits of CBD, may convince many clinicians to consider CBD for treating the 20% of epileptic disorder that are poorly controlled by prescription drugs.
According to the National Institute of Health, CBD-enriched cannabis reduced seizure frequency in 85% of children and 14% reported complete seizure freedom. Children also saw improvements in sleep (53%), alertness (71%), and mood (63%). Furthermore, these benefits were achieved with minimal side effects.
CBD was approved for use in the treatment of Dravet syndrome in 2018, and studies continue to demonstrate its effectiveness. Tell us your experiences in the comments.

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We are Fully Activating the Paintball World with CBD!

As the head product ambassador for Fully Activated, I am always looking at ways to reach out to new demographics that can benefit from our products. Every living being with an endocannabinoid system stands to benefit from CBD. As a semi-professional paintball player, I knew my paintball community needed to experience the wonders of Fully Activated. Week in and week out, all year around, we are beating up our bodies; running, diving, sliding, and getting hit with paintballs flying 300 feet per second (over 200mph!) which forms welts and leaves bruises in their wake.
 
Fully Activated is proud to be a “Platinum Sponsor” (the highest level of support) for the National Xball League, which is the largest and most professional platform for tournament paintball. The NXL features multiple divisions of competition, and hosts 5 tournaments in the United States and 5 in Europe over the course of the year. Teams fly in from around the world to prove themselves and showcase their skills.
 
Tournament paintball, often referred to as “speedball”, “airball”, and “Xball” is played on a rectangular 120ft x 150ft level surface, with 48 inflatable bunkers arranged symmetrically so that each side has the same positions. Five players start on either side of the field at a central spot, and as soon as the horn sounds, it is a fast and furious battle to shoot the other five players and tag the buzzer located where the opposing team started. When you tag the buzzer, your team is awarded one point. There is a 15-minute timer, whichever team gets a spread of five points or has the most points after time expires wins the match! Teams play four preliminary matches to start, and whichever teams have the best records move forward into a single elimination bracket. Teams shoot tens of thousands of paintballs as they compete to win thousands of dollars and the pride of being the best in their division!
 
Fully Activated is a proud sponsor of San Diego Dynasty, the best professional team in tournament paintball history. Formerly sponsored by the likes of Dell Computer, Intel, and having won five Ford Mustangs in the 2000 Spider Cup tournament, they have been the fiercest competition at this level in the history of the sport. With dozens and dozens of 1st place finishes, their dedication to excellence, consistency, incredible track record, and positive energy and attitudes reflect our company values. Our products help keep them healthy and recovering quickly so they can maintain peak performance.
 
We are also sponsoring divisional teams from around the country, including Colorado based teams Mile High Saints, Denver Kaos, and a factory team out of Pittsburgh Paintball Park named “Pittsburgh Fully Activated”. We are excited to expose new teams from all over to the Fully Activated lifestyle by sharing free samples, CBD massage, and more at our booth at the NXL events.
 
The sports recovery market has been sorely missing out; the anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-management properties of CBD are going to change the way we train and recover and level up our performance. We are honored by the positive response from the players and industry leaders of the NXL, and are looking forward to helping paintball players stay injury free and achieve maximum wellness!
 
2019 NXL US Tournament Schedule:March 8-10 Las VegasMay 2-5 Dallas/Fort WorthJune 20-23 PhiladelphiaSeptember 12-15 ChicagoNovember 6-10 Orlando “World Cup”

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Research on CBD Progresses in Finding Relief from Inflammation

As ​research progresses, studies around the potential anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol (CBD) are looking promising.  Many different types of people are trying to find relief in utilizing CBD to help manage pain, recover quickly from injury, and stay on top of their symptoms for various diseases or even just the aging process in general.
CBD works within the endocannabinoid system of the body.  Studies have shown that, when used long-term, CBD could help keep inflammation levels low. Inflammation can be caused by a myriad of catalysts, and is a necessary process of the body to protect us from infection and other threats. However, when these responses become out of balance, pain ensues.  Untreated, long-term inflammation can causes diseases ranging from asthma to cancer. 
The more research done on this cannabinoid shows that people across the board might benefit from the use of CBD.  It has been found that ​athletes are implementing CBD​ into their regimens in hopes of faster recovery time after injury and a better, easier integration of muscle building post-workout.  People looking to manage effects of the aging process are finding that CBD might help to soothe old injuries, reduce swelling in joints, and keep the body functioning smoothly.  Those in chronic pain are turning to CBD to potentially manage their pain and offer a better quality of life.  In particular, autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia, which are mainly attributed to inflammation, have been under immense research of the effects of CBD.
Many people that struggle with arthritis and other muscular and joint inflammation find relief using topical treatments. Topicals are products like salves & balms (think Tiger Balm or Icy Hot) that are applied directly to the skin, typically at the area of inflammation. This might be a great way to manage pain as needed. Others may find that managing their inflammation is better done by ingesting edibles or tinctures for extended relief. Edibles can last up to eight hours but take about an hour to kick-in, and tinctures about four hours (but with a much faster onset).
The best way to choose which products are right for your own pain management is simply through trial-and-error. Be open to utilizing one or many different products determined by your body composition and pain levels. Always be sure to ask your budtender, sales representative, or primary physician for their educated opinion before starting any regimen.  Reach out to Fully Activated CBD to learn more about our full spectrum CBD products and pure CBD isolate!

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CBD Products and Applications for Post-Workout Muscle Recovery

As cannabis becomes more widely accepted and utilized for many things, it is inevitable that there will be many new applications in the future. One of these is the growing use of CBD in the regimens of athletes and exercise enthusiasts. While much of the evidence around CBD to help  ease recovery is anecdotal, there is an overwhelming amount of support for the cannabinoid’s efficacy in pain relief. If widespread anecdotal evidence is to be dismissed, one needs only look at the fact that in late September of 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from it’s banned substances list.
 
Muscle Soreness and CBD
One of the ways in which CBD is blazing a path in healthy-minded lives is by offsetting Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. DOMS is notable in that it causes muscle soreness for days after the initial workout, which serves to prevent further activity and dampen expected results.  Potentially, CBD could help reduce the amount of time between workouts by shortening recovery time.
 
Recovery Time
Frequently, people looking to cut down on their recovery time will use Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen to combat the pain from inflammation.  While this is a stigma-less short term solution for workout recovery, in the long term, this can be toxic to the body, particularly affecting the kidneys.  Additionally, extended use of such drugs could mean trading in the shortened recovery for more visits with your general care practitioner for other issues.  Considering that the body has a widespread system for taking in cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, CBD is becoming a clearer choice for combating the stiff muscles for the day after you train.
 
Topical Pain Relievers
The soreness after a workout is a side effect from tearing the muscle fibers. This tearing is necessary for the sought-after “gains” but CBD has been shown in some studies as a potent analgesic, as well as, an anti-inflammatory agent. This is where topical CBD applications come in.  As opposed to menthol and capsaicin based alternatives like BioFreeze and Tiger Balm, CBD salves penetrate the skin to work though your body’s endocannabinoid system, reducing the amount of inflammation on the site applied.  This can offer longer lasting relief rather than masking the pain of the inflammation. Some research suggests you may not need to ramp up the dosage of CBD to maintain the same relieving effects.
 
Internal Use
That being said, the superior method of supplementing CBD into a routine is sublingually (under the tongue) with a CBD tincture.  Although they usually don’t kick in until about 20 minutes after ingested, they give the body a well-rounded relief from soreness instead of a specific area, like full spectrum salves. While people that don’t work out as often might prefer a salve to use to address their muscle recovery, roll-on CBD products often receive praise due to the general lack of a residue that is common with creams.
 
There is no specified regiment for using CBD post-workout for muscle recovery, and we recommend finding a routine that works best for your needs!  From salves to tinctures, or even CBD isolate, there’s an application for everyone.  Interested in learning more about CBD?  Read through some of our blogs or reach out to Fully Activated CBD for more!

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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 Does CBD Work with the Endocannabinoid System?

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!  

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Natural, High Quality CBD For My Pets and Me

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

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Veterans and CBD

Happy Veterans Day to all of our military friends out there!  We thank you today and every day for your service and dedication to our country. 
 
Today we’re offering 10% off all products (except capsules and dog treats) in honor of our military service using code THANKYOUVETS.  For every time the code is used today, we will donate a percentage of our proceeds to Project 4-22.
 
About Project 4-22
Based in Missouri, Project 4-22 aims to “educate about the potential of cannabis in relation to healthcare and more specifically, veterans.”  The board works pro-bono and consists of veterans, doctors, cannabis advocates, and researchers and supports their motto “Science, Research, Education!”  Project 4-22 specifically highlights the issues within the current model of healthcare for veterans suffering with PTSD & chronic pain.  They aim to inform as many as possible about the potential benefits of the cannabis plant for our military.  We want to better support our veterans by giving them the tools they need to live healthy lives! 
 
What is PTSD
PTSD is post traumatic stress disorder, a psychiatric disorder that can affect people who have witnessed highly stressful and traumatic events.  These can include natural disasters, combat, & sexual assault, among others.  Some of the most common symptoms for PTSD include intense feelings of distress when there is no current stress, nightmares, flashbacks, disassociation, emotional numbing, insomnia, & mood swings, to name a few.  These feelings can be short episodes or can be the constant norm for those suffering from trauma. 
 
Current Methods for Support
With the majority of our military suffering from some type of PTSD, we seek to find a better support system for their health.  There are two primary therapies that the VA uses to support veteran, medication and talk therapy.  Medications like opioids and pain killers are most commonly used for trauma and chronic pain and have laundry lists of side effects that can include even deeper depressions and suicide.  Often times these prescribed medications can make the dissociation and numbness even worse than before or cause further health issues.  It’s not abnormal for substance abuse habits to develop in order to self-medicate when the prescriptions do not fully help.  In addition to drugs, talk therapy is encouraged to release old thought patterns, but many would prefer not to talk. 
 
Potential Benefits of CBD
Studies on cannabis for PTSD and chronic pain have been growing in the last few years. Some sources have shown that cannabidiol (CBD) can have a positive affect on the human body’s ability to maintain emotional homeostasis.  Since CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, it can help regulate the release of neurotransmitters that can have a wide variety of effects on the nervous system.  These can include euphoric feelings and memory processes, allowing the affected to feel some ease in mind.  CBD has offered many relief from insomnia and anxiety, as well as, chronic pain.  While it can affect everyone differently, we’re optimistic in what we’ve seen so far!  We look forward to the future of this plant’s role in healing!
 
If you’re not sure where to start with CBD, read through some of our other blogs like CBD or Isolate v Distillate to get an idea of where to start.  We’re here for you if you need us, so reach out with any questions.
 
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