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Whole-plant Hemp Oil CBD vs Isolates and Nanotechnology

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You’ve heard about the ‘entourage effect,’ right?

This is the notion (more than a notion, a demonstrated truth, actually) that the various compounds and terpenes in cannabis work synergistically, amplifying each other’s power and positive benefits. Like a symphony orchestra, cannabinoids including CBD, CBN and others combine forces in ways that enable them to become greater than the sum of their parts. But the key, like that collection of orchestral instruments, is that they work together only when you are exposed to them at the same time. This orchestra of cannabinoid components is what whole-plant hemp oil provides.

That’s the genius of hemp

There is a school of thought however, that it’s better to find and isolate the key ingredient, mass produce it and then pump our bodies full of that specific molecule. Why send the infantry, artillery and the whole dang Army if you can parachute in a few specialists to who will get the job done?

Even better, by this way of thinking, we now have the technology to shrink the needed elements down to nano size. Thus, through delivery methods that bypass the stomach (sublingual tincture), you can get molecules of pure CBD isolate into your bloodstream so they can get to work. What could be better?              

Sometimes less is more

Well, as noted above, if you consume pure CBD isolate, you may well be cheating yourself out of the primary benefits whole-plant hemp oil has to offer. As explained in a post at Project CBD:

“But single-molecule CBD is less effective therapeutically than whole plant CBD-rich oil extract. Scientific studies have established that synthetic, single-molecule CBD has a very narrow therapeutic window and requires precise, high doses for efficacy, whereas lower dose, whole-plant, CBD-rich treatment regimens are already showing efficacy for many conditions among patients in medical marijuana States…

There are also many Internet storefronts touting the ‘nano technology’ they use to produce extremely small emulsified droplets that are more readily absorbed. But there are questions about this too.

From a story at TodaysDietitian.com:

“Increasing the bioavailability of nutrients and phytochemicals may be promising but is also potentially dangerous.” Mark Meskin, PhD, RD, FADA, professor emeritus of the Department of Human Nutrition & Food Science at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, says nanotechnology may solve absorption and solubility problems with many nutrients and phytochemicals.” But he notes that this is a clear example of technology getting well ahead of the science.”

Even though the use of nanotechnology in the dietary supplement industry may enhance supplement absorption, there is concern about the potential for toxicity. While upper limits are established for most vitamins and minerals, there are no upper limits set for non-nutrients such as phytochemicals.

“In the past, I was less concerned about phytochemical toxicity because the truth was that in many cases, very little was absorbed,” Meskin says. 

Nanotechnology raises important issues regarding safety. He explains “nanoceuticals can help bypass typical protective barriers in the body and deliver quantities of biochemicals that the body would not naturally encounter. This makes the introduction of nanoceuticals potentially dangerous, especially when the government does not regulate them effectively.”

So if nanoceuticals could be dangerous, should you be using tinctures and oils that include them? What’s the takeaway here for the consumer who wants to take advantage of the health benefits of CBD?

Educate yourself about whole-plant hemp oil and pay attention.

Despite 40,000 years of human experimentation with cannabis, only in the last 20 years have we learned about the existence of the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. Research about the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids is ongoing. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, remember this: Our bodies have a relationship with the whole plant. Therefore, stick to whole-plant hemp oil formulations like Elixinol until the research catches up with the nano trend. 

 Respira from Elixinol is made from organically grown hemp plants, and cold-processed using co2 super-critical fluid extraction. It’s PG- and PEG-free, and a THC-free, whole-plant product.  Try it today!


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Can CBD counter too much THC or alcohol?

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Getting pleasantly couch-locked is one thing, right? But with THC — flower, concentrates or edibles — it’s easy to go too far, and suddenly get the feeling that things are definitely not OK. When you’re in that state, you can tell yourself it’s only a matter of time till it wears off. But still, being more wrecked than you want can make you anxious, paranoid, and massively uncomfortable. And who needs that? With CBD, alcohol effects might be reduced.

The price to pay for a night out..

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Overdo it with alcohol, and you’re going to pay an awful price. Maybe you get a little tipsy on a Friday night, then it seems like crazy fun to let it rip and pound a few more drinks and the next thing you know you have an excruciating Saturday-into-Sunday hangover. It’s usually more physical than psychological (unless you can’t remember the embarrassing things you did/said). But besides the throbbing headache, it hurts to lose hours of your day stranded in a place of general misery.


With CBD alcohol side effects can be reduced

Fortunately, there is something you can do to help avoid the suck of both of these scenarios. Non-psychotropic cannabidiol (CBD) may help mitigate the state of being too high, and it may protect your brain from the toxic effects of too much alcohol.

Your endocannabinoid system

Let’s start with a little science: Everything with a backbone has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS governs mood, memory, sleep and appetite, and helps us maintain homeostasis. While we naturally secrete our own cannabinoids, the semi-magical resinous cannabis plant produces an abundance of these compounds, for which we have receptors in our brains and bodies. Among the 113 known cannabinoids is CBD. In simple terms, CBD blocks THC from binding with the receptors in your brain, therefore putting a damper on the high you get from consuming cannabis.

Clinical trials involving cannabis are still hard to come by in the U.S., so ask your friends or your bud-tender about their experiences with THC and CBD. Odds are you’ll get some anecdotal evidence on how CBD seems to even out the effects of too much of a good thing.

Wait, they got rats drunk?

What about alcohol? We know that it’s quite literally a poison that can cause damage to your brain with chronic use over time. In a 2013 study, researchers at the University of Kentucky showed that giving rats CBD alcohol-induced neurodegeneration reduced by almost 50 percent. From that study:

“Excessive alcohol consumption, characteristic of alcohol use disorders, results in neurodegeneration and behavioral and cognitive impairments that are hypothesized to contribute to the chronic and relapsing nature of alcoholism. Therefore, the current study aimed to advance the preclinical development of transdermal delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.”

We’re not party rodents though. Many of us are social drinkers, more concerned about what happens when we consume too many beers or cocktails (jello shots, anyone?) in one night. So the crucial question we wish someone would research is: Can CBD actually help ward off a hangover?

Ask your friends about CBD

Again, because our government makes it nearly impossible to conduct research, no one can definitively claim (yet) that CBD prevents hangovers. And again, talk to your friends who use CBD and alcohol. If they are also social drinkers, they will likely have some experience in having one too many. Maybe they can tell you if taking some CBD before or after a night of drinking helped them avoid unnecessary suffering.

Because whether we’re talking about THC, alcohol or CBD, that’s what it’s all about, right? In an ideal world we would all realize that moderation in all things is the wisest course. But in reality, we all sometimes seek to change our state, de-stress and have some fun through mild intoxication. Occasionally it tips over into, not gonna lie, extreme intoxication. And that can hurt. A lot.

When you know of an organic, plant-based way to reduce needless suffering — and it happens to be backed by about 40,000 years of human experience and experimentation — how many clinical studies do you really need?

Should you want to try CBD for these purposes, as with anything you put into your body, choose the best​-quality CBD you can find! Elixinol has top-quality organic CBD in capsule form, as well as the X-Pen for sublingual delivery, both delivering 15 milligrams of CBD. 

If you’ve already taken CBD for these purposes, please share your experience in the comments!

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Dogs and CBD oil – Why Hemp oil might be good for your dog

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How careful are you about the nutrients and chemicals you put in your body? How about your dog’s?

You and your dog may have more in common that you realize. Like you, your dog has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Every mammal, in fact, has receptors in its body for cannabinoids —  chemical compounds that are found in hemp. When they interact with the ECS, these non-psychoactive compounds help govern the body’s  appetite, sleep, mood and memory. This is why dogs and CBD oil are a good match. 

Dogs and CBD oil

Even more the ECS and cannabinoids are involved in how we fight inflammation, the culprit in many diseases. Cannabidiol (CBD) has also shown anti-cancer properties that improve survivability for canines, as well as humans. CBD also facilitates two-way communication among the systems in your body. Prior to the discovery of the ECS in the 1990s, scientists didn’t believe that this type of communication was even possible. Today they believe it may be the key that enables the ECS to keep the body in a balanced state of homeostasis.

Good Health for Your Dog

You can see why supplementation with CBD can be such a healthful advantage. It’s not about getting high, it’s about staying maintaining good health, for your dog as well as for you. That’s why Elixinol carries the complete line of Pet Releaf Edibites, powered by pure, organic, hemp-derived CBD.

Formulated by a veterinarian especially for dogs, each CBD Pet Releaf treat contains been 1 and 1.5 milligrams of CBD. These treats are available in flavors your dog will love, including:

If you’re committed to taking great care of your dogs, CBD oil Pet Releaf Edibites are the ideal special treat or a daily supplement. Your dog will thank you!


How to save 400,000 lives per year

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First, do no harm.

That’s the pledge that doctors take when they graduate from medical school, at
least according to popular lore.

Yet get this: Through medical errors, doctors in the United States are killing 400,000 people every year, according to a 2016 study authored by Martin Makary, M.D., Ph.D., and research assistant Michael Daniel of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The study, published in The BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal), points to surgical complications, as well as mix-ups in the dosages and types of medications that people receive.

“We have estimated that medical error is the third biggest cause of death in the U.S. and therefore requires greater attention,” the authors write.

At the same time, the medical profession has acknowledged that highly addictive opiates have been massively overprescribed. Doctors are finally cutting back these prescriptions in reaction to the deadly health crisis caused by these drugs, and federal guidelines to limit their use.

On top of this, antipsychotic medications are being overprescribed for young people, and we’ve reached a tipping point in which medical researchers are warning that antibiotic medicines may no longer work.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Hold on. What if there were an organic, plant-based medicine that helped the body stay in homeostatic balance, and was being used to effectively treat epilepsy, cancer, PTSD and many other conditions? There, is of course. It’s hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), and in 4,000 years, no one has ever died from ingesting it.

In the war against disease, we are killing ourselves through friendly fire. Instead of haphazardly poisoning ourselves with toxic drugs, isn’t it time we take a rational, test-and-learn approach? At a time when 400,000 people are dying every year through medical mistakes and mishaps, isn’t it time we focus creating greater acceptance — in the medical profession, the legal system and society at large — on what works, and has always worked?

Get involved – spread the word

What can you do? Talk with your friends and neighbors. Go to events, sign petitions. Become an activist, let your elected officials know where you stand on this — it’s literally a life-and-death issue. Removing cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 drugs would be a big step forward to saving hundreds of thousands of lives and ending needless suffering.

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Why We Include MCT Oil in our Tinctures

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Your body performs better when you give it clean-burning fuel, right? That’s why so many bodybuilders, who want to decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass, and other people trying to lose weight, (or who are simply focused on good health) are taking medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil.

What, exactly, is MCT oil? According to WebMD:

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCTs are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides. People use MCTs as medicine.

MCTs are used along with usual medications for treating food absorption disorders including diarrhea, steatorrhea (fat indigestion), celiac disease, liver disease, and digestion problems due to partial surgical removal of the stomach (gastrectomy) or the intestine (short bowel syndrome).

MCTs are also used for “milky urine” (chyluria) and a rare lung condition called chylothorax. Other uses include treatment of gallbladder disease, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and seizures in children.

Because it’s a good fat that increases bioavailability, Elixinol includes MCT oil in all of our tinctures.

For anyone concerned about blood sugar levels, inflammation and fat burning, MCT provides a host of benefits — especially when combined with cannabidiol (CBD).

 A little more background: MCT is comprised primarily of Caprylic and capric fatty acids (Carbon 8s), so it converts to ketones (providing energy faster).  Further, MCT oil does not go through the lymphatic system. It is transported directly to the liver and metabolized there, so it releases energy like a carbohydrate. Yet while it behaves like a energy-packed carbohydrate rather than a fat, MCT oil does so without causing free-radical damage. It also releases ketones, which can be used for fuel for the body.

In conjunction with CBD, which shifts the metabolism away from glycolysis (burning sugar) and more towards fatty-acid metabolism, MCT acts to aid in fact burning. As the body’s endocannabinoid system self-regulates and normalizes, metabolism can improve.

See all our CBD tinctures here



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Elixinol’s Philip Blair, M.D. to speak as part of The Detox Project

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We live in a toxic world, right? The good news is that people are becoming more aware of the absolute necessity to detoxify in order to prevent and possibly overcome chronic illnesses. Yet few have a comprehensive detoxification plan, or access to experts who can help build one.

Chemicals and toxins in your environment could be the cause if you have:

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  • chemical sensitivities
  • allergies
  • autoimmune conditions
  • weight issues

Finally, there’s a gathering of experts who will discuss the toxicity crisis, explore the plague of chemical toxicity, uncover surprising exposures, and lay out the best ways to detox. It’s called The Detox Project. It’s online, and completely FREE. Elixinol’s own Philip Blair, M.D. will speak on CBD and detox covering important points including: 

  • Preparing the body to detox with CBD
  • The endocannabinoid system’s relationship to disease
  • Immune system modulation effects of CBD

There are more than a dozen speakers besides Dr. Blair, and they will be covering every aspect of the detox process.  By the end of this event, you should be empowered to create your own personal plan for awareness, assess your toxicity, and begin a lifestyle transformation!

Register FREE now

You can also own all of the expert talks to watch at your own pace

The Detox Project will help you:

  • Identify proven culprits contributing to disease
  • Dispel myths about detox
  • Save money (and time) when detoxing
  • Understand why cleanses are not addressing toxicity
  • Learn the detox practices of the world’s top holistic doctors
  • And more!

The Detox Project is online and free from September 26 – October 3, 2016!

Register for FREE at the following link today:


Own all of the expert talks to watch at your own pace:


We’ll see you at the summit!


Be our guest at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo

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Want to see the latest innovations in the cannabis industry — for free? Or at a substantial Elixinol-logodiscount? As a Gold Sponsor, Elixinol has arranged for our friends who want to attend the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) Sept. 7 — 9 in Los Angeles to receive:

  • Complimentary exhibits-only access (a $125 value).
  • A full-conference pass at 30% discount ($206.50, instead of $295).

Billed as “the definitive business event for the cannabis industry,” CWCBExpo brings innovative solutions to owners and managers of businesses, and a wealth of opportunity and knowledge to those looking to enter the fast-growing cannabis market with potential partners and investors. With keynote speeches by Montel Williams and Ted Chung, the third annual CWBExpo is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in the cannabis industry.

In addition to speeches and keynotes, it also features several dozen seminars and add-on workshops. Elixinol’s very own Philip Blair, M.D. will also be presenting his clinical experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD and cannabidiol (CBD) on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.

Access your complimentary exhibits-only pass (or a 30% discount on full conference tickets)  here.  When prompted, enter the code ELIXINOLEO to receive your complimentary pass, or 30% discount.

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles. Stop by and see us at the Elixinol booth #205!

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UFC Fighter Nate Diaz Joins the CBD Conversation

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As a guy who makes his living with his fists, UFC fighter Nate Diaz will never be mistaken for a scholar or a health care practitioner. But he just said something that’s being repeated every day in conversations all over the planet, by doctors, researchers and everyday people from all walks of life: CBD is good for you.

Following his loss Saturday night in a UFC brawl with Conor McGregor, (a rematch of a March fight won by Diaz) Nate openly used CBD. When asked by a reporter what he was using, he replied: Read More

See Paul Benhaim’s presentation at the Cannabis Entrepreneur Summit

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Are you curious about business opportunities in the hemp industry? Would you like to know more about how Elixinol has become a world leader in CBD oil production?

Thanks to our friends at Green Flower Media, you can hear the Elixinol story straight from our CEO Paul Benhaim in the video. This is from Paul’s presentation at the recent Cannabis Entrepreneur Summit, entitled “The Wide Open Business Opportunities in Hemp.”

Watch the video now to learn more about about:

  • Paul’s 20-year journey as a hemp entrepreneur
  • Why hemp has been the world’s most persecuted commodity for most of the last 100 years
  • The outlook for hemp products in nutrition and other fields
  • What you can do now to get involved in the fast-growing hemp industry