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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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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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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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Oral vs Topical Application of CBD with CBD Roller Balms, Salves, Isolate, Capsules, Tinctures, & more!

Ways to Consume CBD
There are many ways to consume CBD, or Cannabidiol, a well-known compound in cannabis that may be beneficial in healing a long list of ailments. CBD oil can be administered sublingually, eaten, drank, or applied topically to the skin. Sublingual use requires placing the CBD oil under the tongue for 30-60 seconds to allow the CBD to enter your bloodstream directly through absorption of the mucus membranes. When you swallow CBD, it passes through the digestive system and liver before it enters the bloodstream. Topical CBD typically does not  reach the bloodstream, and instead directly reacts with the cannabinoid receptors on the skin in the area where it is applied.
 
Orally Consumable CBD
Tinctures
There’s evidence to suggest that CBD provides relief from larger issues like cancer related symptoms, anxiety, and depression, but also smaller complications like acne, aches, and pains. Fully Activated Full Spectrum CBD Oil includes a trace amount of THC—(0.3%), which is completely legal, remains non- psychoactive, and provides a full range of cannabinoids and terpenes. The THC may deliver additional pain-relieving benefits along with the CBD. Fully Activated Pure CBD Tincture tests at 99%+ CBD, crafted without THC, and delivers a straight-forward product potentially tackling physical, mental and emotional concerns.
Tincture might be great for migraines, menstrual cramps, anxiety attacks or something else that needs fast relief and quick attention.
 
Capsules
CBD Oil packaged into capsules is another effective way to reap the potentially healing benefits of CBD and THC. Capsules are discreet, fast acting, non-psychoactive, and can be purchased from Fully Activated in a Full Spectrum or Pure CBD form, providing similar relief to CBD tincture. Capsules may be a better idea for ailments that require long term treatment as opposed to immediate pain relief. 
For example, capsules might work well in preventing high blood pressure. A study where ten healthy men were given 600 mg of CBD oil found that it reduced their resting blood pressure, opposed to a placebo. This study also completed a stress test where blood pressure usually increases, but the CBD oil led participants to experience a smaller increase than the average response to the test.
This leads the cannabis community to believe that CBD could hypothetically prevent high blood pressure and may help diminish cell death and inflammation related to heart disease. This might be due to its potentially potent antioxidant and stress-reducing characteristics.
 
CBD Isolate
Fully Activated CBD produces the powder and slab form of CBD Isolate which can be eaten, put into a capsule, or mixed into food and drinks. Both forms are 99.4% pure and could be perfect for promotion of something like bone health. 
Research suggests that CBD could hasten the healing of broken bones by increasing the speed of new bone-cell formation. In addition, cannabinoids might help facilitate the cycle of old bone material being replaced by new bone material.
 
Topical CBD:
When CBD is applied to the skin, cannabinoids are directly absorbed into the affected area. The CBD is concentrated on that part of the body, which means a faster and more focused onset of effects. Topical CBD could work fantastically for arthritis, muscle soreness, or sports-related injuries.
 
Salves
Fully Activated CBD topical products are handmade by using a combination of carefully selected, organic herbs and oils. The Full Spectrum CBD Salve could ease the foot or calf pain of a runner, or simply work as a calming, massage lubricant. Salves can also be used for skin issues like psoriasis, eczema, or scarring.
Due to CBD’s potentially anti-inflammatory properties, symptoms like dry, itchy, patchy, red and burning skin can diminish quickly with the use of topical CBD.
 
Roller Balm
CBD plus other calming ingredients like lavender, shea butter and vitamin E in the Full Spectrum CBD Roller is a perfect applicator for wrists, feet and ankles. Available in lavender, tea tree, and peppermint, this could be a great choice for a runner or yogi. Ease the strain of a long workout by easily applying this soothing balm to your tired joints.
 
You have a problem? CBD might have an answer!
Whether you are seeking alternative care for symptoms related to cancer, relief from clinical depression, or liberation from anxiety—migraine, menstrual cramps, or muscle pain assistance, CBD could have an answer for you. With the vast array of available options, CBD can work for the timid, first-timer, the gung-ho enthusiast, or anyone in between. Visit our store to check out a wide range of products for all types of issues and ailments.

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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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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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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!