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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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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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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!