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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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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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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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Happy Thanksgiving from Fully Activated CBD

Happy Thanksgiving from Fully Activated CBD!
At Fully Activated, we’re all about family, quality time, health, and our pets.  We are wishing you a day full of gratitude & delicious food surrounded by your loved ones. 
We’re so grateful for your support and love that we want to extend an offering of 15% off this weekend for all of our ISOLATE, SALVES (tattoo care, burn care & full spectrum), & PURE CBD TINCTURES with the code ‘BLACKFRIDAY’. 
If you’re not sure about where to start with your CBD regiment, check out our introductory post about CBD.  You have lots of options when choosing a CBD brand you can trust, and we could not be more thankful today for everyone who has shared our products over the years, we truly could not do what we love every day without your help.  We aim to support you in your health goals with our wide variety of full spectrum and CBD-only products like tinctures, salves, balms, capsules, and isolate.  They have been known to support the body as an anti-inflammatory, ease the digestive and nervous system, and can relieve chronic pain.
Not sure whether you’re looking for full spectrum products or CBD-only products?  Read our recap on the differences between full spectrum CBD distillate and 99%+ pure CBD isolate and decide which might be best for you!  
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pain is Scary!

Many studies have come out recently regarding the increase in the use of cannabis and CBD products in the older population.  With this surge, more products are being manufactured to cater to the needs of those with chronic pain and what some consider “the effects of aging”.  We don’t believe that aging has to be painful, in fact, many have reported that our products have helped alleviate pain that traditional medications could not ease. 
 
CBD (cannabidiol) has opened up new doors of possibility for those who seek the positive benefits of the cannabis plant but do not want to feel “high”.  In fact, you don’t even have to smoke if you don’t want to smoke.  CBD is an extract that can be absorbed into the body in a number of ways, aside from smoking.  We do offer a vape juice and CBD isolate for those who enjoy smoking, but we also provide tinctures, capsules, body balms, and roller ball applicators. 
 
Here are 4 ways that CBD could help you:
 
Pain Relief
There have been several recent studies that show reduction of pain in our older populations with arthritis and nerve pain.  In a study by the European Journal of Pain, topical application of CBD to rats with arthritis showed a decrease in inflammation and pain without notable side effects.  Medical research shows that a large amount of pain is due to inflammation, and CBD has been tested and can offer an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
 
Glaucoma Support
Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease that causes pressure in the eyes and can damage the optic nerve.  If left untreated, serious glaucoma can eventually result in vision loss.  In fact, glaucoma is known as one of the major causes of irreversible blindness, affecting nearly 3 million Americans.  Early studies have shown that the human eye tissues have a large number of cannabinoid receptors that can be responsible for regulating ocular pressure.  Ingesting CBD could help support symptoms and severity of glaucoma.
 
Insomnia
As we age, deep sleep is harder to achieve.  When we are in deep sleep, our body recharges and eliminates potentially harmful toxins.  Sleep can have a big effect of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s & glaucoma.  It’s not uncommon for medical professionals to prescribe sleeping pills to help curb this problem, but these medications come with their own side effects.  CBD has shown to have a calming effect on the body and can offer some users an easier access to relaxation and a deeper sleep.
 
Appetite Stimulation
Food is the largest nutrient source we receive, so eating well can help prevent nutrient deficiency as we age.  Natural intake of vital vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, iron, and calcium can determine how well wee age.  If appetite is suppressed, less nutrients are consumed, which can create larger problems over time.  CBD has recently shown that it could be a beneficial appetite stimulant, and in turn, can help reduce weight loss, mental acuity, and bodily weakness. 
 
Fully Activated cannot prescribe you CBD for your aches and pains, but we’re happy to suggest products that may help to alleviate your discomfort.  With our variety of full spectrum and pure CBD tinctures, isolate, capsules, and body salves, we’re happy to discuss which is most accessible to you! 
 

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CBD Success Stories

We created this company to offer tools to help support your health and, without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  Our passion for creating high quality CBD products is fed by the stories and feedback we’ve received from our customers over the years.  We’ve witnessed life-changing stories about decreased epileptic episodes and improvements with pet separation anxiety.  Many have reported quick pain relief from our Full Spectrum CBD salve and long lasting migraine reduction from our CBD Isolate, among a variety of other ailments supported by our pure CBD and full spectrum CBD tinctures and vape juice.  We are always listening and love supporting our clients with all the information needed to feel comfortable using any of our products.  
We can talk to you all day about our products and how they may be beneficial to your wellbeing, but we would rather let you read these success stories for yourself.
On CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD Salve, & Full Spectrum Lip & Body Balm for Sleep, Inflammation, & Sore Muscles:

“I recently discovered this company and I am so glad I did! I’ve had previous experience using some high CBD cannabis, but I always wanted to try the isolated form without any psychoactive effects. My main reasons for using CBD are to help with sleep issues and also decrease inflammation in my muscles and joints from following a pretty demanding exercise routine.
I tried their CBD Isolate both in the “slab” form and pure powdered crystal form, as well as the Full Spectrum Salve (this stuff is amazing!) and their Full Spectrum CBD Lip & Body Balm.
Both the “slab” form and powdered CBD isolate have completely resolved my sleep issues. They both provide a very nice calming effect that relaxes all the muscles and mind. There are some scientific studies that suggest CBD helps lengthen deep sleep and I definitely notice a huge difference in my sleep lately. It’s been years since I’ve slept well consistently, and I am incredibly grateful to have finally found something that works without the negative side effects that come with prescription sleep medications. Even when I take breaks some nights, I am still sleeping well. Just an FYI, the “slab” form of the CBD isolate is best used if you plan on vaporizing and inhaling. I would make sure you have a milligram scale so you can accurately measure out an appropriate amount, because you don’t need to use a lot! The most efficient way for the body to absorb CBD is through vaporization. The second best way to take CBD is via sublingual administration (under the tongue). I used the CBD isolate powder to make my own tincture by mixing it with some MCT oil.
The Lip & Body Balm and the Fully Spectrum Salve are both very well made topical products. I have been doing a lot of long distance running this summer. When I get sore muscles and knees after my long runs I spread them around my knees and on my calf and thigh muscles. I noticed that there was a definite decrease in muscle and knee soreness after using these and I felt stronger when I was running after using them because of the quicker recovery time. My training peaked at a few 18 mile runs, which really takes its toll on the body and these products helped immensely. The Full Spectrum Salve has a more creamy texture that spreads on easily, while the Lip & Body Balm is a little thicker in an easy to carry stick form, that’s great for taking with you when you’re on the go. They both have pleasant, but not overpowering calendula smell.
Overall, Fully Activated has the best prices around without sacrificing quality. Everything is well packaged and their balms and salves have excellent natural ingredients. If you’ve never tried their products or our new to CBD, definitely give them a try!” – J.D. (Google Reviews)

On Full Spectrum CBD Tincture & Full Spectrum Salve for Chronic Pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia:
“I purchased the starter kit I believe Monday night, and it arrived Saturday morning. Keep in mind I’m 1,700 miles away give or take, so that was great in itself. Before it arrived, I was chatting with the page to learn more, and they are so informative and helpful. I purchased upon recommendation from someone my husband knows to help with my Trigeminal Neuralgia. I just used the Full Spectrum Tincture for the first time, so I will have to update once I see results. I have very high hopes for this! If you’re in the market for some great hemp product, definitely try Fully Activated because I’ve had such an excellent experience so far. I’ll put some photos in the comments of the starter kit because it’s so nice to look at, too.
Update 9/30/2017: So it’s several hours later on the day I received the products and I already have seen differences! I also have migraines (yep, I can’t just have one crappy thing in my face lol) and I rub the salve on the area that hurts and within minutes it’s back to normal!!! I also haven’t had a true flare up of my Trigeminal Neuralgia since I used the tincture either. I have TN 1 and 2, with mainly tension in my jaw area. I use the salve on that as well and it’s relieving so much tension and the burning pain!!!! My life is already changing because of these products. If you don’t know what TN is, it’s a neuropathic disorder of the fifth cranial nerve. It causes excruciating shocking and stabbing facial pain sometimes when touched, other times just randomly. This has effected every area of my life, and I was recently ruled out for a corrective surgery. The pharmaceuticals aren’t working. But this is! I’m finally finding some relief from this pain!!! I can’t recommend these products enough and it’s only day one.
Update 10/02/2017: The salve has definitely been a lifesaver when I feel oncoming pain because for me it stops it dead in its tracks. I’ll be honest, every once in a while I just go “holy crap…I don’t hurt.” It’s so so strange because I’ve had chronic head pain for as long as I can remember, and adding the TN starting back in May. My grandma also has generalized chronic pain and used salve on one shoulder yesterday and was extremely impressed and will likely be getting her own soon. I’ve been using the full spectrum tincture more and it seems to be preventing flare ups a lot. It’s like the tincture and salve are working as a team for me. The tincture tries to prevent everything, and then the salve is there just in case I feel a flare up starting. Really, this stuff is INCREDIBLE. I am beyond impressed.”-M.G.  (Facebook Reviews)
 
Do you think CBD might be beneficial for something in your life?  Feel free to reach out to us to ask questions or resources so you can decide for yourself!  We love to help educate around CBD and want to offer anyone in pain the chance to feel better and improve their wellbeing.  If you have a success story you’d like to share to help others on their path to feeling better, please share it with 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.