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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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Sleep, Anxiety, and CBD Survey – January 2019

Cannabidiol and Sleep
 
As the popularity of CBD and CBD products rises, there have been numerous claims surfacing about what it can and cannot help.  While research is still very new in regards to cannabidiol, there have been promising studies that are shining light on potential benefits of the hemp plant.  Science and research are often limited to studies and experiments that you can fully control, test, and replicate results.  The industry is well on its way to exploring hemp’s cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBG, etc and there is still so much we don’t know!
 
This January, a sleep survey was done around CBD and sleep patterns.  A group of 4 doctors examined 72 consenting adults who suffered from either anxiety or insomnia every day for a minimum of a month.  47 of the participants noted anxiety, and 25 reported insomnia.  All participating patients remained under doctor care and on their regular medications.  If a patient had anxiety, they were given their CBD after breakfast.  If a patient complained about insomnia, they received their CBD after dinner. 
 
After the first month of treatment, approximately 70% of all 72 patients experienced improvement in their symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. After two months, 41 patients continued and around 65% saw improvements.  These changes were shown to be sustained responses over time, as well.   
 
These doctors found that hemp-derived CBD was well tolerated and had few side effects.  Some experienced side effects like mild fatigue, which tapered out for most of them after the first two weeks.  While this is only one small study, it begins to open up more questions and potential answers for how we further use and integrate hemp and CBD into our routines. 
 
We’ve heard similar stories from members of our Fully Activated community: “This is an amazing product! I’ve been using it for about a month now.  I’ve experienced improved mood, decreased anxiety, decreased pain, better sleep and improved blood sugar control (I have T1D)- with no negative side effects!  It has really helped my body maintain homeostasis and provides a “subtle fading of whatever ails you” .. this is too good to not share.” – Holly W.
 
We love hearing our customer’s stories on how CBD helps them in their lives, so please leave us a note so we can share your Fully Activated CBD success story too!

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7 Ways To Use Industrial Hemp Other Than CBD!

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.
 
Paper
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.
 
Wearable Hemp
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
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!
 

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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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How To Choose Your CBD

With the growing market of CBD, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you’re getting and how to choose.  Since the industry is relatively new, there has not been many standards set for quality control.  Labels can lack information, or maybe you don’t even know what the given information means. 
 
Here are a three questions to ask to help you choose high-quality CBD products:
 
Where & How Was It Grown?
The quality of the plants used for CBD can have a direct impact on the quality of the CBD.  The hemp plant, like many other plants, can absorb toxins from the ground it is grown in, so quality control begins in the soil.  Some toxins are used for fertilizer and bug prevention, and are sprayed on the plant.  Many industrial hemp farms are overseas, which means there are different standards for soil and air quality, which can ultimately effect the final product.  Finding a naturally-grown and organic source of hemp can increase the purity of the CBD that is extracted.  A toxin-free plant can help keep the CBD toxin-free!  Our hemp plants are all naturally grown in Colorado.
 
What Kind of Plant Did It Come From?
There is a difference in concentration of CBD in various hemp plants.  While industrial hemp can be used for textiles like plastics and cloth, typically these plants are not very high in CBD.  High quality CBD is harvested from plants with a high CBD count and low THC count.  The US requires all products sold as CBD to have less than .3% THC concentration.  There are specific strains that are notably high in CBD and low in THC, just like the plants we help cultivate for our CBD products.
 
What’s the Purity of Your CBD Isolate?
Most “pure” CBD products are made from CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD Distillate.  To learn more about the differences, read our article on Isolate v Distillate.  With quality CBD products, you can typically ask for the test results that show the quality of the CBD used.  For example, Fully Activated CBD offers 99.6% pure CBD isolate, and uses it in all pure CBD products.  You can see our test results here!  We use this isolate in our Pure CBD Tinctures and Pure CBD Capsules.  Extraction of CBD can also play a role in quality control.  Make sure you choose naturally extracted CBD for the highest quality!
 
At Fully Activated, we guarantee a high-quality product every time you order.  We have hand-selected high-quality, high-CBD hemp plants that are grown naturally with organic processes.    Our CBD is regularly tested to maintain the high percentages of CBD in our crop and products.  Our CBD products are made in small-batches to ensure the quality of each shipment, from salves to tinctures to isolate.  If you have questions, take a look around our website to learn more!

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4 Tips for CBD Dosages

How do you know how much CBD to take? 
Well, there’s not a standard or straightforward answer to this common question.  Everyone is different and we are not medical professionals so we cannot offer specific dosage solutions, but we’re happy to offer examples and information that can help you decide what regiment is best for you and your needs.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.  The most common cannabinoid is THC, which will give you the feeling of being “high”, unlike CBD.   THC is typically the most abundant cannabinoid in a cannabis plant, while CBD is the second most common, with the exception of hemp plants (like ours!) that have been crossed to offer high CBD with only the slightest bit of THC.  You can choose Full Spectrum CBD products that offer a wide variety of cannabinoids like CBD and THC, or choose a Pure CBD product that only contains CBD isolate with zero THC or other cannabinoids.  The difference in Full Spectrum or Pure may also slightly change the effects of the dosage you choose.
 
Best Practices

5:10 The average recommended dose is typically about 5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.  This rule is applicable to both humans and pets alike.  For example, if you weigh 150lbs, divided by 10 is 15, multiplied by 5mg is 75mg.  This can vary greatly depending on body type, tolerance, and level of pain.  Someone with high levels of chronic pain may need more than someone looking for a more preventative approach.

Start Low and Slow Your best bet when beginning a CBD regiment is to start with a low dosage and work your way up until you reach your desired effect or relief.  If you’re nervous at all about how it may affect you, start even lower and work your way up.  If you have stronger pain, it might take more than the mentioned dose to help alleviate some of your symptoms.

Less but More Decreasing the amount of your dose while increasing the frequency may also solve some issues for your trial period.  For example, instead of taking all 75mg at once, break the dosages into three doses of 25mg over the course of the day.  This will help overall absorption of the CBD and a more sustained presence in your bloodstream. 

Quality over Quantity All CBD is not created equal.  The quality of the plants from which CBD is harvested is very important.  Our hemp plants are naturally grown and have been crossed over and over to produce high levels of CBD.  This quality will make a difference versus someone who produces CBD hemp oil that offers no specific concentration of CBD on the label. 

 
If you have questions regarding which products might be best for you, feel free to reach out to us!  We have something for everyone with our Full Spectrum & Pure CBD tinctures, salves, body balm, isolate, capsules, and dog treats!

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What’s the Difference between Full Spectrum CBD & Pure CBD?

There are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, as well as, endocannabinoids in the body.  Endocannabinoids & the endocannabinoid system are found in humans, animals, & fish.  The human endocannabinoid system consists of a network of receptors throughout the body, like organs, brain, glands, tissues, and immune cells.  The endocannabinoids can help regulate and influence several bodily functions like pain, pleasure, muscle control, mood, appetite, memory, and more. 
CBD commonly comes in two forms: Full Spectrum CBD Distillate & Pure CBD Isolate. 
But what’s the difference?
 
Pure CBD Isolate
CBD isolate is an extract made of pure cannabidiol (CBD) without any other cannabinoids, like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  The CBD is “isolated” from 99% of anything else in the plant like matter, fats, oils, terpenes, THC, & other cannabinoids.  Consequently, pure CBD isolate is non-psychoactive.  Isolate typically comes in a powder or slab and can be used for a number of purposes.  Here are 4 ways to use isolate.
 
Full Spectrum CBD Distillate
Full Spectrum CBD means it has a large number of CBD and offers a number of other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.  These other cannabinoids will be determined by the type of cannabis is used to create the distillate.  Some plants will be higher in cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, & THC-V, than others.  It also contains THC, but less than .3% (as mandated by law).  Studies have shown that using full spectrum can sometimes enhance the effects of the cannabinoids involved further, than when compared to CBD isolate.  This is called the “entourage effect”. 
Both offer healing properties of CBD, but you can decide for yourself which might be best for your experience.  Different cannabinoids can address different issues in the body.  Have you heard about the cannabinoids that can be found in our Fully Activated Full Spectrum CBD products?  Studies have shown that the following cannabinoids might offer the following benefits:
 
Cannabidiol (CBD)

Antibacterial
Inhibit cancerous cell growth
Reduces inflammation
Calms vomiting and nausea
Relieves anxiety
Suppresses muscle spasms

CBN (Cannabinol)

Pain reliever
Reduces seizures
Promotes bone growth
Reduces blood sugar levels

CBC (Cannabichromene)

Reduces inflammation
Helps with sleep
Suppresses muscle spasms

CBG (Cannabigerol)

Anti-inflammatory
Pain reliever
Anti-bacteria
Anti-fungal
Inhibits cell growth in tumors

 
Fully Activates offers both Pure CBD Isolate products and Full Spectrum CBD products.  If you have questions about which might be best for you, feel free to reach out to us for more information.  Our isolate comes in slab, powder, tincture, capsules, & vape juice.  Our full spectrum CBD comes in a variety of salves, capsules, tinctures, rollers, body balms, vape juice, and pet treats. 

Check out our shop!  There’s something for everyone.

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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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Is CBD for You?

What About CBD?
CBD (or cannabidiol) is a compound known as a cannabinoid and is most abundantly found in hemp plants.  There are 100+ cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, and CBD currently offers the most promising as a natural pain reliever as some research studies have shown.  The human body has its own endocannabinoid system and produces some endocannabinoids of its own.  The endocannabinoid system can help regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain.  Animals, like our pets, also have endocannabinoid systems.  CBD is non-psychoactive and can provide great benefits for humans and animals alike. 
 
 
Will CBD Get Me High?
Not to be confused with THC, CBD will not give you the “high” feeling that marijuana will.  CBD is extracted from industrial hemp, not a marijuana plant.  The plants are closely related, but offer entirely different crops.  Industrial hemp is required by law to be <.03% THC or the crop is destroyed.  THC (tetrahydracannabinol).
 
 
Why Would I Try It?
CBD can be used as a successful pain blocker, reducing the amount of pain a person feels and could reduce inflammation of the nervous system, potentially alleviating symptoms of immune system responses, insomnia, or pain.  It’s important to know that not all CBD is created equal.  Since there is no current regulation standard on quality and efficiency, it can be hard to know the difference.  Our plants are high quality, naturally-grown hemp that have been strategically crossed to offer high concentrations of CBD while maintaining the <.03% concentration of THC.
 
 
What Are My Options?
There are several ways to use CBD and everyone can respond differently.  For some with arthritis or skin issues, topical full spectrum CBD salves can be enough to help alleviate some pain and stiffness.  For others, internal usage of high dosage full spectrum CBD or pure CBD only tincture could offer the most relief for chronic pain or systemic inflammation.  CBD isolate is also a great way to intake CBD.  Isolate can be used in a number of ways from topically, internally, or smokable with things like vape juice. 
 
At Fully Activated, we guarantee natural high-quality CBD products.  We make our products in small batches to ensure the integrity of the product.  Try some for yourself today!

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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.