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Health effects of cannabinoids


Why Elixinol includes 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.

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UFC fighter Nate Diaz enters 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 puffed openly on a vape pen. When asked by a reporter what he was vaping, he replied: Read More


Understanding Cannabinoids: CBN

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There are many cannabinoids, however, which may enhance the reported therapeutic effects of hemp products, including cannabinol (CBN)1. The most prevalent, well-known phytochemicals in the Cannabis genus, which contains hemp, are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the substance responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, and is bred out of the strains we call “hemp” as a result. CBD has been linked with the greatest variety of health benefits, and does not produce the “high” that THC does.  Read More


Hemp Oil For Inflammation – Studies Show Benefits of Cannabinoids

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Research shows cannabinoids can stop inflammation by activating CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system.

A couple of years ago, a study comparing the levels of inflammation in people who smoked marijuana and in people who never smoked it was showing that marijuana smokers may have lower levels of inflammation. Data from 9,000 people was examined in the mentioned study, researchers analyzing the influence of marijuana on the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation that is frequently linked with an increased risk of heart disease.

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Here’s What Happens When THC Interacts With the Brain

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THC is a key ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant, and it’s the compound that makes you high when you smoke marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, and in large enough doses it can cause visual and auditory hallucinations, as well as feelings of anxiety and euphoria.

But THC is only one of the 400 compounds found in this plant so how come it is so powerful and able to suppress the effects of all the other substances, when one smokes marijuana or ingests products rich in THC? What is it that this compound does to the brain, what are the processes that take place inside the brain when THC enters our body?

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