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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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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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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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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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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.