Why Athletes Should Consider Taking CBD

It’s no secret that the life of an athlete can be rough. Hour after hour of cardio, lifting weights and refining your skill set is bound to be accompanied by soreness and other ailments that, if ignored, could lead to greater risk of injury. Of course, if you’re serious about your athletic goals, you’ve likely steeled yourself to the inevitability of injuries. “Pain is just weakness leaving the body” is a phrase that you’ve almost definitely heard at least once in your life, and while the sentiment is positive, it supports a flawed mindset.

As it stands, there are several ways in which you can address pre and post workout ailments, some being more natural than others. You could always try stretching properly and allowing your body adequate time to recover from the work it put in, but this is easier said than done. You won’t always get the chance to stretch/rest, and even if you do, you’ll really only be able to mitigate a small portion of the soreness and pain that you feel. Certain products and medications are being hailed for their anti-inflammatory effects, but the negatives that come with them far outweigh the relief that they may or may not bring.

As professional athletes are discovering, there are more natural means of achieving relief that avoid the dangers of addictive prescriptions and other potentially harmful products. CBD is a potential answer to many of the aches and pains that you suffer from in your athletic ventures. In multiple studies, the compound has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, preventing you from encountering much of the soreness that you would usually encounter.

CBD, or cannabidiol, enters your body and is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it seeks out the receptors that make up your endocannabinoid system. This system runs throughout your body and is a key component in ensuring that your body remains in homeostasis — a state that is disrupted by pain and inflammation, among other things. It produces its own form of cannabinoid, which is sent and received by different receptors within the system. When CBD is introduced to this system, it can act as an endocannabinoid, both boosting the system’s activity and preventing the release of certain neurotransmitters that would result in feelings of pain and discomfort.

It only makes sense, then, that CBD would be embraced by the world of athletics with open arms. Athletes could benefit from adding CBD products to their daily workouts, and they could even use these products as part of their pre and postgame routines as well. It would provide them with a means of recovering from especially intense workouts and games, potentially preventing them from waking up and having to will their bodies out of bed the following morning.

CBD products such as CBD balms and hemp creams are the perfect gym buddies, fitting into any bag and offering availability at a moment’s notice. Unlike the creams and balms that can normally be found in gym bags, these also boast servings of high-quality CBD hemp extract, and if you’re buying from reputable sources, such as the lab-tested products by CBDfx, you’re sure to get a product that walks the walk.

While the number of active athletes backing CBD might seem small, it’s mainly because of the rules currently prohibiting the compound. For years, CBD has been lumped in with other compounds found in cannabis plants that possess psychoactive effects, and therefore it’s been kept away from professional athletes. However, now that it’s widely understood that CBD doesn’t possess any psychoactive or intoxicating effects, sports leagues are warming up to the compound.

Meanwhile, multiple prominent ex-professional athletes are championing the cause for CBD in athletics, including those with backgrounds in everything from baseball to bicycling. MLB and NBA hall of famers such as Goose Gossage and Rick Barry are actively campaigning for the acceptance of CBD as an alternative to the more controversial medications that athletes are currently being subjected to.

Many ex-pro sports advocates are also pointing to CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects as a reason for the compound to be permitted for athletes. Social anxiety is just as prevalent amongst athletic superstars as it is for the rest of the world, and ex-NBA champion Paul Pierce is even on record stating that he used CBD for the express purpose of curbing his feelings of anxiety and depression.

With a million reasons to embrace CBD and little to no reason not to, it seems obvious that the compound should — and will — thrive once made more available to athletes and the world of sports in general. Its anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory attributes are only the tip of the iceberg, and its other facets will prove just as crucial to your own athletic aspirations. It’s only a matter of time before the floodgates open and CBD gains the limelight that it so rightfully deserves.

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7 Best CBD Gummies To Purchase This Year

It’s hard not to notice how popular CBD has become recently. People commonly ingest it through oils and tinctures, but like marijuana, there are other ways to reap its significant health benefits (that do not come with feeling high).

One of these ways is through edibles. Instead of marijuana cookies you may be familiar with, CBD is often infused into candy-like gummies. These gummies can pack a potent punch but have the benefit of being inconspicuous: if you feel yourself feeling anxious or in pain throughout the day, you can take them as-needed, even at work or in public.

Not all CBD products are made the same, though. The cannabidiol industry is largely unregulated, so there is no overarching governing body holding CBD companies to high standards or vigilantly enforcing them (the FDA has only sent warning letters to rule breakers). It’s imperative to purchase from a reputable company, and you should keep your interests in mind when shopping (how much CBD do you need? How often will you take it? How soon do you need it? What flavors do you prefer, and what does your budget allow for)? Here are a few of the best CBD gummies to check out this year:

Verma Farms CBDVerma Farms

If you want delicious-tasting CBD gummies, then Verma Farms is worth a look. This brand offers multiple concentrations (such as 10, 12.5, or 21 mg of cannabidiol per candy) and flavors, including Blueberry Wave, Island Apple, and Beary Beach. Though experts say that CBD works best in conjunction with a little THC—and the federal legal limit is .3 percent—Verma’s products are made without THC just in case you are nervous about it showing up on a drug test. The company even offers dried CBD fruit so that you can still get chewy deliciousness if traditional gummies are not your thing.

CBDfx 

CBDfx offers a broad array of CBD products. Many of its gummies also include a few special extra ingredients, such as melatonin for sleep and superfoods like spirulina and turmeric for reducing inflammation. What’s great about CBD gummies is that no matter what you use them for, all you need to do is pop one in your mouth and chew—much more efficient than setting up a vape pen or dealing with the earthy taste of many unflavored oils.

CBDistillery 

CBDistillery sources local hemp from Colorado and extracts cannabidiol from a CO2 process. Their fruity gummies taste delicious and use high-quality ingredients. To make things better, they are vegan and are affordably priced. Any CBD company that knows what it’s doing will have its products tested with third party labs for things like purity and potency, and CBDistillery publishes those results on its website. Many CBD companies do this, like Verma Farms, but not nearly enough—having an easily accessible Certificate of Analysis with test results online is a marker of a legitimate CBD business that is transparent about its products.

Green Roads

Green Roads is one of the more famous CBD brands out there. Not only does it have tasty CBD gummies, its candies come in fun shapes like bears, fruit bites, toads, and “froggies.” They come in a few concentrations from 10 to 25 mg and even include sour flavors. CBD products can taste earthy, but Green Roads’ products ensure that not only do you enjoy the benefits of CBD, you enjoy the actual experience of taking it.

Charlotte's Web Gummies Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is another leading CBD brand. What’s intriguing about its gummies, though, is that each of them have a different formula according to its intended use. Its sleep gummies, for instance, include melatonin, and its “calm” variety incorporates L-theanine and lemon balm. Likewise, its “recovery” label is made with turmeric and ginger to support joint and overall health. It’s packages also come in packs of 60, which should last you around two months.

Happy Hemp

When you think of gummies, you probably do not only think of fruit bites or bears—you also imagine gummy worms, rings, ribbons, sours, and more. Happy Hemp offers all of them, including CBD strawberry licorice. It’s prices range from as little as $23.99 to as much as $99.99, but that’s because the company offers packages available in 250, 750, 1500, and 300 mg strengths. With Happy Hemp’s diverse variety, taking CBD will never be boring.

CBD Infusionz GummiesCBD Infusionz

CBD Infusionz, as its names suggests, infuses CBD into a multitude of products, such as gum, honey, chocolate, hard candy, and more—and of course, an assortment of gummies. CBD Infusionz also gives you the option of choosing between full spectrum or THC, so you can benefit from more potent properties or not worry about THC showing up on a drug test.

CBD is a sizable market, and there’s a gummy out there for anyone who wants to try cannabidiol with a bit of candied fun. Which gummy sparks your interest?

Finding The Best CBD Cream For Pain – What To Look For In A Good Product

The market for CBD products is expanding rapidly, and looks as if it will continue to do so as more benefits are reported about this remarkable substance. What is CBD, and why is it controversial? Here’s a brief explanation of the origins of CBD, and you’ll soon see why there is some controversy!

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of more than 100 compounds that have been extracted form the cannabis plant. There is the controversial aspect for you – it comes from cannabis. Of course, cannabis – or marijuana or weed – is associated with getting you ‘high’ and, in most states of the USA, is an illegal substance.

However, CBD does not give you this high. This is because the psychoactive element in cannabis is another compound, known as THC. In CBD products – whether they are oils, edibles or – as we are talking about here – creams, THC is not present, or may be so only in minute trace quantities.

So, CBD is safe, is natural, and has been widely reported as being an active pain reliever. Yet, as more research is needed into the product and its effects, it is not yet passed in all states as a medical product (although it is in some states).

What Ailments can CBD Help With?

There are widespread reports from patients, and there have been some clinical trials, that prove CBD can help relieve pain for sufferers of a wide range of ailments. These include MS, arthritis, HIV, diabetes, psoriasis and many more, as well as the effects of chemotherapy. It also has properties that help people who have trouble sleeping, and may help with anxiety and depression.

CBD has been available in many forms for some time – some people vape oil, others chew on gummies – and one of the most useful for people with skin ailments is CBD cream. Applied to the skin, it can help soothe as well as ease the pain, and there are many specially formulated products on the market.

Which is the best CBD cream for pain for you, and what should you look for? First, you need to ensure that the product you buy is from a reputable manufacturer, and one who has used carefully cultivated industrial hemp plants – the strain of cannabis from which CBD must be made to be legal – as there are examples of fake products that come from China, and elsewhere. These can be contaminated, and may not even be CBD. The link above gives you an excellent guide to the brands to look for, and how and where to buy them.

Further Information

You may want to examine the ingredients of various CBD creams before you choose the right one. For example, while many patients have reported that a CBD cream containing the permitted trace amounts of THC is more effective for them, others do not like the effect of THC – which can be notable even in such small amounts.

If it’s for skin ailments, you may also want to look for additional ingredients that may help with your skin problem. Some creams include the likes of beeswax and cocoa butter, and you should always ensure the additional products are organic and natural.

We should add that prices can vary greatly, so you may want to shop around – but beware of very cheap products for the reason mentioned above – and if you are currently on any medication discuss it with your doctor first.

As research continues, so the uses for CBD become clearer, but so far it is clear that pain relief is one. Try it for yourself, and see if CBD cream can help relieve your chronic pain.

Xanthic Biopharma Inks Strategic Partnership With Avitas CBD Water

CANADA: Xanthic Biopharma (formerly Aurquest Resources Inc.) has announced a licensing and strategic partnership agreement with Avitas CBD Water.

Avitas, based in Portland, Oregon, will be producing and distributing CBD-infused water, co-branded with “Powered by Xanthic Solubles.”  Under the terms of the Agreement, Xanthic is making a strategic investment in Avitas, acquiring a 45% ownership position in exchange for a cash payment of USD$600,000 and the issuance of up to 600,000 common shares of Xanthic, with an aggregate value of USD$300,000 at USD$0.50 per common share, subject to certain performance milestones over the next 12 months.

Avitas is currently seeking distribution, and is planning to be in production by April 2018.

Ryan Maxson, Co-Founder and CEO of Avitas comments, “We are proud to be one of the first companies to license the Xanthic brand and look forward to entering the West Coast market.  Our team has over two decades of combined experience in both the food and cannabinoid industries.  With our vision and Xanthic’s support, we expect to make waves in the infused water category.”

Tim Moore, the CEO of Xanthic, states, “This strategic partnership is Xanthic’s first step in proving that our proprietary technology is a viable licensing investment for producers and distributors across North America. We’re thrilled to be able to not only license our brand to Avitas, but to also work as a strategic partner to assist Avitas with their penetration of the infused water market. Moving forward, our corporate vision is to continue to provide the “Powered by Xanthic” technology to producers and distributors across various product categories and in multiple jurisdictions.”

 

Isodiol Announces $25 Million Convertible Financing

CANADA: Isodiol, a global cannabis innovator specializing in the development of pharmaceutical and consumer products announces it has signed a convertible debenture financing for $25,000,000 CDN with Alumnia Partners.

Marcos Agramont CEO of Isodiol stated, “Our focus remains to grow revenues by developing the Isodiol brand domestically and in international markets.  This funding support allows us to further enhance our global expansion and move forward on strategic acquisitions.  Innovation and development of IP is what separates us from our competitors and we will continue to make this a priority.”

“We’re pleased to help support Isodiol’s plans to realize one of the industry’s longstanding aspirations of truly normalizing and bringing regulated cannabis into the mainstream,” added Adi Nahmani , Managing Member of Alumina Partners. “As demonstrated by their growth, Isodiol’s talented team is working diligently on many fronts to make tomorrow’s idealistic dream a commercial reality today.”

Pursuant to the terms of the offering, the debenture has no minimum draw down requirement and is a 24 month term at an annual interest rate of 8% with no upfront fees or associated costs.  Alumina Partners will commit up to $25,000,0000 CDN with conversion terms consisting of one common share (the “Shares”) and one half of one common share purchase warrant (the “Warrants”), at discounts ranging from 15% to 25% of the market price of the shares. The exercise price of the Warrants will be at a 50% premium over the market price of the Shares.

Pet Releaf Introduces Two New All-Natural CBD Products for Dogs

COLORADO: Pet Releaf, an all-natural pet products company, is pleased to announce the addition of two new offerings to its existing product lines. Pet Releaf will debut its new CBD Hemp Oil Capsules and Large Breed “Edibites” at booth #4041 at SuperZoo 2016, August 2-4, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Alina Smith, CEO of Pet Releaf, says the new products are a result of increasing customer demand for higher potency products for medium and large breed dogs dealing with more significant health issues.

“Customers have been asking for CBD products that are stronger and for larger breed dogs,” added Smith. “We want to make our CBD Hemp Oil products accessible to all pet parents, and we knew that the best way to accomplish this was by offering our new, higher potency CBD Hemp Oil Capsules and Large Breed Edibites.” The new CBD Hemp Oil Capsules and Large Breed Edibites will join Pet Releaf’s existing line of all-natural CBD products for pets.

Recommended for medium and large breed dogs over 40lbs., Pet Releaf’s new CBD Hemp Oil Capsules offer a hassle-free alternative to administering CBD Hemp Oil. Each bottle is packed with a total of 450mg of CBD, containing 30 capsules with 15mg of CBD per capsule.

Pet Releaf’s new Large Breed Edibites are a great alternative for customers who have larger dogs and wish to limit the number of treats given per day, while maintaining or increasing the amount of CBD for their pets. The Large Breed Edibites will be available in two flavors – Blueberry-Cranberry and Peanut Butter-Banana – and contain a minimum of 3mg of CBD per treat, compared to regular Edibites, which contain 1.5mg of CBD per treat.

Pet Releaf’s mission is to provide the purest, most wholesome products for pet companions – truly healthy products made with honesty and integrity – right here in the US. The company focuses solely on pet products, and creates and makes all of its Edibites in small batches in its certified commercial kitchen, while the organic CBD Hemp Oil Capsules are bottled in a pharmaceutical grade, GMP-certified facility. Pet Releaf uses only human-grade, organic ingredients. All of its products are tested through third-party certified laboratories and never contain anything sourced from China.

One of nature’s best sources of plant-based protein, the hemp plant is quickly starting to be recognized as a “super food,” containing both amino and fatty acids, as well as Super Omegas. The oil used in Pet Releaf’s products is 100 percent organic CBD Hemp Oil from Europe and is made from the WHOLE PLANT (not just hemp seeds which contain no CBD) in order to provide the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. It is extracted using carbon dioxide under extremely high pressure and very low temperatures. While more costly, this process ensures no chemicals or solvents are used. All Pet Releaf products are legal in all 50 states, do not require a prescription, and are completely safe and non-psychoactive. They also contain NO wheat, corn, soy, or dairy.