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Why CBD Hemp Oil Could Be an Important Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

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Healthy not high

CBD oil (cannabidiol hemp oil) is a healthy option because it not only offers many benefits, it is also completely non-addictive and produces no psychoactive effects. This means CBD can be taken safely by anyone of any age without affecting mental capacity or creating dependence. It is especially useful to those trying to keep fit, pursuing sports or training.

Hemp oil is a super-charger for your endocannabinoid system (ECS)

The ECS (endocannabinoid system) is an essential component of a healthy body. A neural network, the ECS is present throughout your body’s central and peripheral nervous systems. It has “receptors” throughout the body, even down to the mitochondrial level. These receptors (the main ones are named CB1 and CB2) are the starting point for a number of control systems that regulate many bodily functions. These receptors have special “keyed” interfaces to which both natural and hemp-extract cannabinoid molecules can attach and “plug in.”

CBD mimics the action – or as scientists would say, it works as a memetic – of the body’s own natural cannabinoids, primarily a substance named 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) which affects the functionality of the immune system, appetite regulation and pain management. The CBD in hemp oil acts in a positive way on these receptors.

A super-supplement

cbd hemp oil smoothieHemp works as a super supplement since it contains an extremely nutritious combination of components. It contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in a balanced 1:4 ratio. Hemp can be consumed either as a food additive or as an ingredient in your favorite smoothie.

Try this “superfood” smoothie

  • 1½ cups liquid – juice or milk, for example
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • ½ tbsp honey (optional)
  • Add ice as preferred, then blend until smooth

A natural source of vitamins & minerals

Hemp oil is a good source of the vitamins and minerals vital to maintaining the healthiest body. Important vitamins and minerals found in CBD include:

  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3 & B6
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Sulfur
  • Phosphorous
  • Iron
  • Zinc

Improve training performance

Hemp oil offers great benefits for those who enjoy training and workouts. It makes possible faster workout recovery by providing a better environment for cell regeneration. The presence of cannabinoid receptors on cell membrane mitochondria (found by a French scientist in 2012) is thought to be responsible for this improved cellular performance.

Mitochondria, organelles within your body’s cells, play a large part in the regeneration of tissue and provision of energy within a cell1. Project CBD has an in-depth article discussing how CBD fits in with the structure and role of mitochondria in cell metabolism.

CBD helps before, during and after a workout

The positive effect of CBD – hemp oil – on mitochondria can be realized before, during and after a workout. The best-functioning cells and tissues – particularly muscle – will always be those subject to the least oxidative stress. Because CBD reduces oxidative stress, it can be used to:

  • Prepare the body for a training session by detoxifying and energizing cells for activity.
  • Provide more energy during training and reduce fatigue, thereby increasing endurance.
  • Assist cell regeneration after training, reducing recovery time.

Detox with hemp oil

CBD acts on cannabinoid receptors within a cell and can assist in the detoxification process by reducing reactive oxygen species (ROS), an important part of any detoxification process. You can also add hemp seed to your detox programs as these seeds contain the amino acids cysteine and methionine, which stimulate the liver to remove toxins from your body. There are a number of CBD properties that encourage detoxification.

Maintain focus

For many training activities, being able to focus is a key factor. CBD is a nootropic2, helping to maintain focus while training. It is thought that the ability of CBD to reduce anxiety plays a role in focus improvement. CBD users report they feel very calm and clear-minded when they use it. This is in direct contrast to THC which can cause the opposite effect.

Combat inflammation

A common complaint arising from fitness training is inflammation. CBD is an anti-inflammatory3 so it’s ideal for those looking to resolve inflammatory conditions that result from training. This anti-inflammatory effect of CBD also reduces muscle soreness, improving post-workout recovery. CBD is positively indicated as a supplement that can help combat many inflammatory conditions, from minor to the most severe.

CBD facilitates better, deeper sleep

The importance of sleep for those striving for a healthier lifestyle cannot be overstated. Sleep is when our body repairs damage incurred while awake. Those who work out or train will find that better sleep results in faster recovery for tired body parts. CBD hemp oil enhances sleep quality and allows you to enjoy a deeper sleep. This in turn speeds recovery and optimizes the recovery process. The sleep benefits apply to anyone, whether you work out or just need better sleep.


How do I find out which Hemp CBD oil product meets my needs?

Our own Dr. Blair is available to help any fitness enthusiast find out which CBD product might be best for them and also what serving size is most suitable, based on their lifestyle, conditions and needs. You can contact Dr. Blair or our customer support team here.

Become a CBD-certified Professional

Elixinol provides specific training for medical professionals. Through our Medical Professionals training program you can become a CBD-certified professional and:

  • Learn to talk to your clients about the science of CBD
  • Consult with an MD and learn how to suggest appropriate serving sizes for various types of clients
  • Optimize CBD with bioavailability information
  • Boost revenue

About Elixinol hemp oil products

Elixinol is a high-quality CBD oil produced, using a petroleum-free CO2 extraction process, from a specialized industrial hemp variety, grown organically in North America and Northern Europe. Our CBD oil is tested for purity, potency, pesticides and metals. Elixinol is available in a several formats – as a topical skin lotion, an ingestible liposomal spray, a tincture and in capsules (CBD pills).

If you would like to include hemp oil as part of your healthy diet, you can buy CBD products from our online store.


References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrion
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26341731
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25703248
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Cannabinoids explained (Part 7): Cannabidivarin CBDV

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In recent studies cannabidivarin (CBDV) is demonstrating anticonvulsant effects but could also play a strong role as an anti-nausea treatment. Studies on both of these CBDV effects have been completed with impressive results and further research underway/planned. Tests in vitro show that CBDV can suppress epileptic triggers with research into the exact mechanisms ongoing. It is thought that TRPV1 (Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1) channel desensitization is the primary mechanism by which seizures could be reduced/inhibited altogether.

There’s good news for those looking to lose weight too. CBDV has shown to be an appetite suppressant with none of the side effects that are inherent in most pharmaceutical treatments1. In addition, as anecdotal evidence abounds, CBDV is an effective remedy for nausea symptoms. Below you can read how this is now scientifically recognized as an effect of CBD/CBDV.


Cannabidivarin Structure

Cannabidivarin nolecule diagram

CBDV molecule structure

The molecular structure of CBDV is  a homolog of cannabidiol (CBD), with the side-chain shortened by two methylene bridges (CH2 units). CBDV has 30 stereoisomers and 7 double bond isomers. Cannabidivarin (CBDV) has a molecular structure very similar to cannabidiol (CBD). It is the precursor to the mildly psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).

 


Epilepsy and CBDV

Abstract from an NIH article where CBDV was used to try and mitigate epileptic activity2

Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and cannabidiol (CBD), activate and desensitize transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels in vitro

“Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder, with over 50 million people worldwide affected. Recent evidence suggests that the transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1) may contribute to the onset and progression of some forms of epilepsy. Since the two non-psychotropic cannabinoids cannabidivarin (CBDV) and cannabidiol (CBD) exert anticonvulsant activity in vivo and produce TRPV1-mediated intracellular calcium elevation in vitro, we evaluated the effects of these two compounds on TRPV1 channel activation and desensitization and in an in vitro model of epileptiform activity”

Although quite a difficult read, the article holds strong promise for CBDV to act as an inhibitor for the neural activity that triggers an epileptic seizure. Their conclusion was that although these results are impressive, they were performed on a epileptiform cell culture (in vitro). Further studies were recommended and indeed are ongoing by pharmaceutical companies who are studying CBDV with a view to finding solutions for treating epilepsy.3,4


Nausea and CBDV

Cannabidivarin CBDV molecule

Ball & stick version of the CBDV molecule

A Canadian study5 compared cannabidivarin CBDV & Cannabidiol CBD with Rimonabant a drug which failed to gain FDA approval for use in the USA. It was found that CBDV was a useful alternative treatment. Rimonabant was marketed as an appetite suppressant but turned out to be unsuitable due to problems with unacceptable side effects. It turns out that CBDV has similar appetite suppressant abilities, but with no discernable side effects at all.

The study also tested rats (who have been given an emetic to induce nausea) for nausea reduction using THCV and CBDV. The results showed a significant reduction in nausea symptoms

The next step of the study was to test the effect of cannabinoids on nausea. Researchers induced nausea in the rats with a toxin and treated them with 10-20 mg of THCV or CBDV. According to their results, both cannabinoids reduced the rats’ experience with nausea.


Diseases currently treated with cannabidivarin CBDV

There are a number of conditions which are being treated with CBD and CBDV. There is also with ongoing research into how these cannabinoids help remit and sometimes inhibit symptoms and disease progress. There are many success stories for those who used hemp extract to reduce their suffering for diseases such as:

  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • IBD/Crohn’s
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Elixinol is a full-spectrum hemp extract and we champion the purity and quality of CBD in our products. The good news is that because we use a whole-plant organic extract, our products also contain CBDV so could be administered to those suffering severe nausea or epileptic seizures. For those who might have used help or cannabis for nausea reduction this will not be news as this property has been known for some time. The Canadian study discussed above concluded that more research was required to determine how best to use cannabinoids like CBDV in an anti-nausea treatment.

If you would like to purchase hemp oil extract which contains CBD and CBDV, please visit our products page.


References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3283822/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23902479
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3840466/
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25029033
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23902479
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Dogs and CBD Treats Recent Study From American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

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dogs and CBD oilAs dog owners, we struggle with deciphering our dog’s emotions, especially when it comes to challenging behaviors like separation anxiety and incessant barking and more complicated disorders such as cancer and arthritis. Wouldn’t it all be easier if we could communicate with our dog and they could tell us where it hurt?

While CBD oil can’t magically teach your dog English, dog owners are increasingly reaching for CBD-laced treats to relieve pet discomfort and help with a wide range of ailments. It’s all due to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) we share with our canine friends.

Mammals all have an ECS

Every mammal has receptors in its body for cannabinoids —  chemical compounds that are found in hemp. When these non-psychoactive compounds interact with the ECS, they help govern the body’s appetite, sleep, mood and memory. This interaction is also involved in how our bodies fight inflammation, the perpetrator in many diseases.

A recent survey study conducted by American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association reported that 61.8% to 95% of pet owners have endorsed the health benefits of CBD-laced treats, ranging from ‘moderate to excellent’. Some of the medical conditions that were relieved by these edible treats include pain, nervous system problems, inflammation, anxiety, vomiting, digestive system problems, tumors, seizures/convulsions, skin problems and phobias, including fireworks or thunderstorm phobias.

If you are considering giving dogs CBD, there are a few things to remember:

  1. CBD Hemp Oil will not get your pet high. It does not contain THC and does not have psychoactive properties.
  2. Pay attention to how the CBD oil is extracted. At Elixinol, we use the “whole plant.” Using the “whole plant,” allows us to extract the variety of constituents (more than 500 trace compounds) in the hemp oil itself, including terpenes, sugars, flavonoids, and secondary cannabinoids, that are found in all parts of hemp. We believe these compounds work together to provide the full benefits of CBD to you and your pet (read more on how using the whole plant is important).
  3. As with any supplement, start small. Give one treat to your dog and watch her reaction. If she seems to have no response, give two. Each individual dog is different and will respond differently. Be sure to follow the package directions and do not give more treats than are recommended for the weight of your dog.
  4. Try a variety of treat options. One type of treat may be formulated differently than another and you may have better success. Our Pet Releaf dog treats come in a variety of flavors and contain between 1 and 1.5 milligrams of CBD.

Dogs and CBD – Could be a great combination!

While we can’t communicate using language with our dogs, we CAN show them we love them by reducing their discomfort and providing relief when they’re struggling. We’re honored to be able to contribute to a healthy lifestyle and would love to hear about your personal pet success story with CBD. Reach out to us.


References

  1. Cannabis for Your Dog: How It Can Help
  2. CONSUMERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF HEMP PRODUCTS FOR ANIMALS
  3. Dogs and CBD oil – Why Hemp oil might be good for your dog
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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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Elixinol Congratulates Leonard Marshall on His Commitment to CTE Research

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Research into the effects of cannabidiol and CBD hemp oil is something Elixinol has always supported and encouraged internationally. We believe in a science-based approach to wellness. It’s with this in mind that we congratulate Elixinol Brand Ambassador, Leonard Marshall on his decision to donate his brain to scientific research for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). According to protectthebrain.org, traumatic brain injuries cause more than 1.5 times more deaths than AIDS. However, research into the most serious effects of brain injuries is incomplete. This makes Marshall’s commitment to CTE research even more compelling. Read More

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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!