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The Difference Between Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum CBD?

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What does full spectrum CBD mean? What does broad spectrum CBD mean? Is full spectrum CBD better than broad spectrum? These are some of the most frequently asked questions that come flying our way at GetEvoke.

So, we’ve decided to put the answers to the above questions, and more, into one simple blog, designed to educate and lead you through the basics of CBD product formulation. It should make the choosing of a product at checkout that much easier, while offering some interesting insights on the CBD industry at the same time.

CBD buyers guide

What is full spectrum CBD?

A full spectrum product is one that has undergone the least amount of processing.

Full spectrum oils are made by extracting the complete spectrum of cannabinoid content, along with all other plant compounds, from dried hemp plant matter. This is usually achieved via a method called supercritical CO2 extraction.

At the other extreme are the isolates.

A CBD isolate, for example, is an oil which only contains CBD and nothing else.

All other cannabinoids and hemp plant compounds are filtered out of these oils during the extraction process and the consumer is left with a highly concentrated oil of pure CBD.

Some of the most commonly known cannabinoids that can be found in differing quantities in a full spectrum oil include CBD, CBG, CBC, THCV and THC.

Read more about the differences between CBD and THC here.

Having said that, quantities of THC are always 0.3% or lower in order to remain compliant with CBD product regulations, brought about by the passing of The Farm Bill in 2018.

What is broad spectrum CBD?

Simply put, a broad spectrum oil is one that includes a broad range of cannabinoids and naturally occurring hemp plant compounds, but which has invariably had all traces of THC removed during the extraction process.

Indeed, broad spectrum oils are highly popular with CBD brands, specifically because they don’t include THC.

Brands that remove THC from their final products tend to market their oils as broad spectrum CBD oils

While the concentration levels of CBD in these products are highly important, brands that craft and market broad spectrum CBD oils want consumers to know that their oils still benefit from the natural synergy of other cannabinoids and organic hemp plant compounds.

By describing their oils as broad spectrum CBD, they’re choosing to make the distinction between broad spectrum, full spectrum and isolate.

More on why that’s important below.

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What is whole plant extract CBD?

What does whole plant mean..? What’s so good about a whole plant CBD tincture..?

Allow us to elaborate…

A whole plant extract is just that. It’s an oil that has been made using the whole hemp plant. Every last bit of it. Flowers, leaves, stalks, cannabinoids, terpenes. If you can name it, then your whole plant extract will have it.

Full spectrum oils are always made from whole plant, but what makes a full spectrum product slightly different from a whole plant extract product?

While full spectrum extracts and whole plant extracts both contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids that are naturally present in the hemp plant, and while they both contain most organic plant compounds too, whole plant extracts have the added benefit of fats, waxes and other fibrous materials.

In short, this simple metaphor may help to lay things out clearly…

Isolates are like refined white bread and full spectrum extracts are like wholesome brown bread, but whole plant extracts are the home-made brown loaves that grandma made on the weekend, using flour that she didn’t really grind down properly. She just threw everything into the bowl, mixed it up, and popped it in the oven. Whole plant means whole plant.

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So, what is full spectrum, whole plant, CBD oil?

A full spectrum CBD oil, made from whole plant, is the least refined, most organic form of CBD oil you can find on the market today.

It’s packed with hemp plant goodness. It’s the most natural, most complete spectrum of hemp plant material and cannabinoid content available.

Whole plant is the exact kind of product needed to truly kick the entourage effect into high gear. The entourage effect is a term used to describe the effects of all hemp compounds as they work in synergy with each other.

While a CBD isolate may be more potent in terms of CBD, it’s not necessarily more effective on the human body.

CBD’s beneficial potential, like that of all other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, is enhanced when working as part of a whole.

The lesson is, don’t separate your cannabinoids. Don’t refine.

The Difference Between Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

And so, is full spectrum CBD better?

We think so, yes. We would always advocate a full spectrum oil or whole plant hemp extract over a CBD isolate or even a broad spectrum CBD oil.

Why..?

Because the less refined and the more organic a product is, and this goes for any industry, the better.

The oil you choose to buy should be rich in terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids, so that you can be sure your body has the opportunity of benefitting from each and every plant compound as it works in synergy with the others.

Ready to try some whole plant, full spectrum CBD? If so, try our Level 1500 cinnamon tincture on for size.

CBD buyers guide

First Time CBD Buyer’s Guide

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The purpose of this CBD buyer’s guide is to help novice CBD consumers make informed decisions at the checkout. Picking the right CBD product and knowing what makes a CBD product good or under par isn’t easy, unless you know a little bit about CBD and how it works.

We also take the opportunity in this guide to answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to how to buy CBD, where to buy CBD, and how each individual decides how much CBD to take.

CBD buyers guide

What is CBD?

CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, which is one of the most common cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant family. It can be extracted from the plant in a number of ways and turned into a variety of CBD oils, which are then used to make a whole host of fun, interesting, and effective CBD-infused products.

Most brands take these CBD oils and use them to craft CBD tinctures, a product that’s consumed using a dropper to place the oil directly under the tongue.

In general, brands that offer a CBD tincture line also tend to offer some form of CBD topical, an industry term that’s used to denote CBD products that are applied directly to the skin. These can include salves, balms, gels, creams, moisturizers and sanitizers.

Some brands are now even cultivating cannabis and hemp plants to breed strains that are especially rich in CBD. Some of these CBD-rich plants are then harvested, cured, and packaged ready for sale as loose smokeable CBD flower or CBD-rich pre-rolls.

How does CBD interact with the human body?

There’s a lot that can be said about the genetic makeup of CBD, its benefits and how it interacts with the human body, but in the interests of providing the most important information for a first-time CBD buyer, we’d like to highlight the following:

  1. CBD is a non-psychoative cannabinoid, which means it doesn’t get you high.
  2. Studies have shown that CBD is an anti-inflammatory and can, therefore, be useful to the body in a number of ways. Even so, research continues and clinical trial data is needed to fully substantiate all claims made.
  3. CBD seems to lessen the effects of THC, which is the cannabinoid responsible for inducing the famous cannabis high. As such, many cannabis and hemp brands deliberately craft products with a specific CBD:THC ratio. 
  4. Is it safe? Yes. It’s now generally accepted, thanks to scientific research, that an overdose from cannabis or CBD is actually not possible, and despite the lack of clinical trials, the general consensus among industry experts is that CBD is beneficial to the human body, not detrimental.
  5. Is it legal? Yes, but each state will have its own CBD regulations that brands and consumers must adhere to.
  6. What about drug tests? When it comes to drug testing, no CBD brand can ever guarantee that you won’t test positive for drug use, because what we do know about CBD is that the experience each consumer has with this cannabinoid is a highly personal one. This makes it impossible to know how each person’s body will react to the use and potency of each individual CBD product on the market and it’s impossible to take into account the wide range of drug tests available and used by employers across the country. 
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What type of CBD should I buy?

Tinctures, topicals, flower, pre-rolls, vapes, concentrates, softgels, bath bombs… the list goes on.

CBD products come in all shapes and sizes, with CBD potency levels that vary just as much.

Some tinctures contain 250 mg of CBD, others contain up to 3500 mg of CBD, which means each 1 ml dropper serving can carry a very different concentration of said cannabinoid.

So, where do you start and what type of CBD product should you buy?

The first thing to bear in mind would be personal preference.

If you don’t like to inhale products, don’t buy flower, pre-rolls, or vapes. If you love to soak in the bath of an evening, definitely give a CBD-infused bath bomb a try. 

The second thing to consider would be your reason for buying the product in the first place.

Are you looking for something that might support a fitness or wellness routine? Are you on the hunt for a solution to help ease sore, tired muscles, and to give you the opportunity to keep on training?

If this is the case, then you’ll probably want to take a look at some of the topical CBD products available.

Topicals are applied to problem areas directly, just like other creams and salves manufactured and sold in other industries.

If you’re looking for a CBD product to help you find or regain balance in general – a product to help with daily maintenance, routine, sleep, or overall wellbeing – then you should probably explore the world of tinctures and softgels.

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How do I know which CBD brands to trust?

CBD brands are popping up onto the market at an unprecedented rate. The choice can be overwhelming, but there are ways of distinguishing between CBD brands selling products you can trust and those selling products you can’t.

For example, never buy from a CBD brand who doesn’t share their 3rd party lab test results with you.

There should be no reason to hide anything about product formulation from the consumer and 3rd party lab results are the only guarantee you have, at present, to prove that what the label says is in the product is, in fact, true.

Buy from brands who are willing to help you choose the right product; those brands who take the time to respond to your questions and comments.

Buy from brands who have a clear returns policy outlined on their website and a set of rules that establishes consumer rights from the off.

It’s also important to make sure that the brand you buy from is able and willing to ship to your home address. Some brands don’t ship to all U.S. states. Others ship anywhere, but shipping costs vary.

All these things matter when it comes to cost and value for money, versus experience, satisfaction, and product guarantee.

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Buying CBD products: where and how?

Any CBD brand worthy of your attention will have an online store. You’ll be able to buy products from the comfort of your home and have them sent to the address of your choice, just like any other product in any other legal industry.

The purchase of CBD-rich hemp flower online is not so easy, but there are some brands in some states that offer these products.

Common practice is to sign up to the brand’s newsletter or online shop in order to receive notifications about new products, giveaways, discounts, and the like.

Most brands offer first-time buyer discounts and other incentives. In short, the creation of an account generally tends to pay off.

Despite the banking issues that cannabis and CBD brands have had in the past, things seem to be moving in the right direction, albeit a little slowly, which means that most CBD brands are also able to accept a wide range of payment options.

How much should I take?

CBD dosing is a complex issue, but for the purposes of this first-time buyer’s guide, we’re synthesizing the necessary information into three biteable chunks.

The first rule of thumb is to start low and work your way up.

When referring to tinctures, this means that you begin with a small dose, just once a day, from a low-potency product; a tincture of 250 mg of CBD would be a good place to start.

The second rule would be to monitor what happens when you gradually increase dosage.

How each increase makes you feel, how your body responds, and at what point you seem to reach a dose that feels right.

The third piece of useful information related to CBD dosing is to spend three days on and two days off when trying a new product for the first time.

The two days break will give you the chance to see what happens to your body when you’re not using the product and it gives your body the chance to level out from time to time.

This leveling out ensures that your body doesn’t start to build up an automatic tolerance for CBD, each time requiring that you ingest a higher dose.

So, if you’ve still got a question that needs answering, send us a message via our contact page. If not, it’s probably time to just start shopping.

The Difference Between Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

The Difference Between Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

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All cannabis strains, whether sativa, indica, or hybrid, can be used for a number of medicinal and recreational purposes. Similar in many respects, there’s also a series of notable particularities that differentiate sativas, from indicas, from hybrids, some of which we highlight today.

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Important Differences

When attempting to describe the difference between indica, sativa & hybrid strains, the comparison can be broken down into two main areas.

The first relates to visual differences: the shapes of the leaves and the heights at which each plant type tends to grow. The second relates to plant composition, profiles and consumer experience.

How to tell the difference between indica and sativa

One look at any standard sativa vs indica chart will illustrate the immediate visual differences between indica and sativa strains.

Sativa plants, as a general rule, tend to grow taller than indicas, sometimes climbing as high as 12 feet, and their leaves are thin and finger-like. Sativa strains also tend to take longer to mature than indicas.

When grown in the outdoors, they’re primarily found in hot, dry climates – Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and western portions of Asia – capable of producing the long sunny days that these strains need in order to flourish.

Indica plants, in comparison, are shorter and stockier. Their leaves are bushier and chunkier, growing out into much wider and broader directions than the sativas. Indica strains also tend to grow faster than sativas.

But the cherry on the top of the cake for both grower and consumer alike is that each indica plant tends to produce more buds than the average sativa.

In the world of cannabis, buds are everything. Native to countries including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkey, indicas are great at adapting to harsh, dry and turbulent climates.

The Difference Between Indica, Sativa & Hybrid

Indica, sativa, or hybrid: choose your high

The plant composition of an indica cannabis strain is different to that of the sativas and the hybrids.

Their profiles differ in terms of cannabinoids content, terpenes, flavonoids, and other organic plant compounds, so much so that the consumer can detect the difference on an experiential level.

Sativa strains

Sativa strains, in general, tend to offer a more cerebral high. They elevate and activate. They have the ability to switch the mind on to full power and to get those creative juices flowing. It’s possible, with a sativa strain, to become incredibly switched on and to notice your senses in a heightened state, or uncommonly alert.

Indica strains

Indica high effects, on the other hand, are more usually associated with a full body relax. Indicas offer a high that brings on the calm, that directly affects the corporal elements of the human body, and that helps to prepare the body for sleep.

Hybrids strains

Hybrids, as the name suggests, are strains that have been deliberately bred to merge two or more mother strains together. Sometimes, they are sativa-dominant, with elements of indica. At other times, they are indica-dominant, with elements of sativa. On fewer occasions, they are an exact 50-50 blend of both indica and sativa strains.

Even so, it’s important to remember that not all indicas behave in the same way, just as not all sativas offer the exact same kind of cerebral high.

Each individual strain, whether it be sativa or indica-dominant, is also influenced by other plant compounds – including terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids – that affect consumer experience.

Pairing Activities With Cannabis Strains

At GetEvoke, we’re most concerned with how to use cannabis as a way of supporting and enhancing active lifestyles, which is why we make it our business to explore the variety of ways in which sativas, indicas, and hybrids can be used as part of regular fitness and wellness routines.

We’re careful to select the exact strain that best pairs with a particular activity, energy, our fitness routine. We aim to offer sativas that can support high intensity routines and indicas that enhance the effectiveness of post-workout relaxation.

Our hybrids are chosen to support the active lifestyle of those with creative passions or a love for the great outdoors.

In particular, our choice of hybrids work beautifully for dancers, cyclists, surfers and hikers, who need something to enhance their focus and lift their creativity, without inducing too much elation or bringing about a full-on body relax.

If you’d like to know more about our strains, or our selection process, feel free to send us a message via the contact page.

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What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?

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Since the federal legalization of hemp derived CBD took effect in 2018 the media has been covering the topic with great interest.

Though the media coverage has certainly helped bring a wider audience to the industry, it has also created some confusion as to the difference between CBD and THC.

We will try to crush some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings that people have regarding the differences between CBD vs. THC.

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THC and CBD: An Overview

Though both compounds come from the same family of plants they do have some large and important differences.

Starting with CBD, we will look at the differences between the two cannabinoids, the effects they have and how they are most commonly consumed.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol (ca-nuh-bi-dye-ol), is a phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis plant has many nicknames, such as marijuana and hemp.

What separates hemp from cannabis is really just the concentration of THC in the plant. Where any cannabis plant with .3% or less THC is considered a hemp plant.

Cannabidiol is a naturally-occurring compound in the cannabis plant.

Today, we know that CBD has many interesting effects on the human (and animal) mind and body but for most of history, growers have been trying to grow cannabis plants with as-low-as-possible levels of CBD.

This was because breeders wanted to cultivate cannabis plants with as-high-as-possible THC percentage in order to give a stronger psychoactive effect.

Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects at all but is actually known to balance out the effects of THC.

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Charlotte Figi (2006 – 2020) — Her heroic battle helped push CBD into the mainstream

Why is CBD so popular?

CBD isn’t a new invention but has actually been around for over 80 years.

It was first discovered in the early 1940’s by Harvard chemist Roger Adams who extracted the compound by accident when doing research on the cannabis plant. Since then, it has been included in medical studies dating back to the 1960’s with the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System in 80’s.

In the early 2000’s CBD got a large upswing and gained media attention when a young girl named Charlotte Figi, who suffered from a severe case of Dravet syndrome found relief in alternative treatment with a high percentage CBD cannabis strain.

The story got much attention worldwide and sparked a whole new debate regarding the legalization of the cannabis plant.

In 2018 the US farm bill completely legalized the production, harvest and sale of all hemp derived CBD products with total Δ9 THC equal to or below 0.3%.

Roger Adams

Roger Adams — Discovered CBD in the early 40’s

Methods of consumption

Today you can find CBD products in a large variety of consumption types. The products vary from regular oral consumption products to skin and beauty products that are applied topically.

At GetEvoke we focus on a line of CBD products that help you achieve peak athletic performance, recovery and relaxation.

Popular CBD products include;

TINCTURES

Tinctures are sublingual drops of concentrated CBD oil which are consumed with a little pipette attached to the lid of the bottle. Blood vessels under your tongue absorb the oil and transfers it into the bloodstream. It takes between 15 to 30 minutes to take effect.

How to drop tinctures

Charge the dropper with the oil and place a couple of drops under your tongue. Leave the drops under the tongue for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. Avoid contact between the dropper and your mouth or tongue in order to preserve the tincture’s quality.

Dosing tinctures

Our 30ml tinctures are designed to be consumed in either 30 servings of 1ml, or 60 servings of 0.5ml.

We offer 3 levels of potency, from a low intensity 500mg tincture to medium 1000mg tincture and high 1500mg tincture.

Read more about CBD potency here

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TOPICALS

Topicals is the category-word for transdermal (through the skin) CBD products that usually come in the form of creams, lotions, and gels.

Applying CBD directly to the skin where you want the effect to be felt is an easy and effective way to speed up post-workout recovery and hemp you stay active throughout the day.

GetEvoke offers two high powered topicals that help you stay moving 7 days a week.

Warming Salve

Our THC-free warming botanical salve is an all-natural formulation of premium botanical ingredients, fortified with 500mg of pure CBD to offer a superior, holistic experience.

Expertly formulated with traditional ayurvedic ingredients, this warming salve offers improved bioavailability of ingredients and encourages optimal healing by stimulating local blood flow and vascularity

Cooling Gel Roller

A soothing freeze gel that combines a highly natural, deep penetrating, cold therapy relief gel formulation, with 350mg of pure CBD.

Conveniently available as a roll-on, it’s the perfect CBD solution to accompany you as you dive into your fitness or wellness routine.

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SOFTGELS

Softgels or Gel Capsules are small, easy to swallow, oil capsules that come pre-dosed for easy consumption.

Pre-dosed softgels are a great place to start if you are new to CBD. Just take one capsule per day with a glass of water and give the capsules 45 minutes to an hour to take effect.

Avoid swallowing with milk, juice, or any kind of soda.

Try our our true full spectrum softgels capsules for a natural formulation, crafted for maximum bioavailability. They are designed to support the stresses and strains of an active lifestyle and are really easy to use for people who are always on-the-go.

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What is THC?

THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol (teh-truh-hai-drow-ka-nuh-buh-nol) is another chemical compound found abundantly in the cannabis plant. THC is naturally psychoactive; it stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine and create a sensation of euphoria, making it a very popular recreational drug.

THC products are largely legal on a medical level but remain illegal for recreational use in large parts of the US (see individual state laws here).

Legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use is becoming more and more common in the US as well as the rest of the world.

Since tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol are both derived from the same plant, they do have many similarities.

However, there are some key differences…

The main difference being that THC and CBD react with different receptors in the brain. THC reacts in a way that makes psychoactive and CBD does not.

So when you ask — “Does CBD get you high?”, the simple answer is no…

Effects of THC

The effects of THC differs from person-to-person and strain-to-strain.

See this guide to cannabis strains for more information.

Generally speaking, THC products give the consumer a sense of relaxation and mellowness. For some people, and in some instances, these feelings can turn into spells of laughter (the giggles) and increased social comfort and extroversion (you get extra chatty).

For others, and in rare cases the effects may turn into social paranoia and nervous jitters.

It’s important to understand that people in the Western world are not as experienced with THC as we are with other drugs (like alcohol). This tends to make us less skilled in navigating the sensations that being “high” might stir up.

Our advice is to start off slow and try different strains of cannabis to find what works best for you.

See our resource page  for more information about THC.

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Who Should Be Taking CBD Oil?

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In this article we cover who should be taking CBD and in what form. We cover post and pre-workout CBD products and how to consume CBD for best result.

If you are debating whether you should consume CBD or not, this is a great place to start.

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Should I Be Taking CBD?

We’re often asked the question, “Who should be taking CBD oil?” If you love to exercise, or you enjoy an active outdoors routine, or you believe that wellness is a way of life and not something that you switch on and off, from one day to the next, then CBD oil should be forming part of your regular routine.

Even though there’s no doubt that everyone can benefit in some way from a few drops of CBD oil every day, at GetEvoke we advocate the importance of using CBD oil to support and enhance your active lifestyle.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at CBD for muscle recovery, post-workout CBD products, and the best CBD creams for muscle soreness.

It’s time to get a real handle on the benefits and advantages of training with a little CBD in your pocket.

CBD for muscle recovery and muscle soreness

Before we start getting into the details of CBD for fitness and wellness purposes, it’s important to remember that there are still many unanswered questions related to CBD.

Cannabis’ Schedule I drug classification was the single most greatest factor that prevented scientists and industry experts from being able to run the clinical trials necessary for the gathering of solid scientific evidence.

As such, only some of the evidence related to the benefits of CBD is scientific, but most of it is anecdotal and all consumers should be aware of this.

Even so, the anecdotal evidence available is highly positive and very thorough.It’s one of the reasons why GetEvoke is 100% dedicated to CBD product formulation that supports and enhances an active lifestyle.

In particular, the many examples of published anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD helps us with muscle recovery, post-workout. Why? Because CBD has anti-inflammatory properties.

No matter how fit you are, or how accustomed to exercise you are, working out places strain on your muscles, causing damage to your muscle fibers and forcing your body to work to repair that damage, post-workout.

The anecdotal evidence related to CBD suggests that it helps the body to repair those fibers at a faster rate, which can only be a good thing, right?

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Post-workout CBD recommendations

While we’re huge advocates of the standard CBD oil in tincture form, the kind of CBD oil that is packaged in a bottle with a dropper and which you consume sublingually, taking a few drops under the tongue once or twice a day, we’d also like to take the opportunity to highlight the advances being made in CBD product formulation for fitness and wellness purposes.

We’d specifically like to turn our attention to the range of CBD products available for post-workout recovery.

If you like to inhale, then you might be surprised to know that you can smoke hemp flower that’s rich in CBD. Throw it in a bong, roll it in a paper, pop it into a pipe, it’s really all the same.

You can also find a wide variety of CBD-rich vape cartridges and disposable vape pens on the market too.

If you’re a non-smoker, then you’ll want to try an alternative form of CBD consumption, post-workout, and you’ll probably find CBD topicals fun and effective: balms, salves, creams, gels, bath bombs and the like.

In fact, there are a couple of CBD topicals in the GetEvoke CBD product line that have been specially formulated for post-workout recovery.

Our CBD-infused bath bomb comes in five soothing aromas, making it a product to be enjoyed before heading to bed for the evening. It’s a bath bomb that doubles up as both a product for muscle recovery and sleep inducement.

Our freeze gel roll-on and warming botanical salve are two topicals that channel the benefits of CBD in order to directly target problem areas, post-workout.

One heats and the other cools, so you can take your pick or mix and match.

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What about the CBD energy drink?

While there are a number of CBD energy drinks out there on the market, the situation with CBD and edibles is a delicate one, simply because the FDA is, as of yet, unwilling to give its official authorization of CBD as a food supplement.

In 2019, it seemed as though the CBD-infused drink industry would take off in a big way, especially in super pro-cannabis states, like California, but owing to the FDA’s refusal to support, this corner of the industry remains on pause while research and discussions continue.

Having said all that, there’s nothing to stop you from adding a little CBD oil to a homemade cocktail, especially when that cocktail is designed to support an active lifestyle. On our website, you can access a number of carefully curated recipes for pre and post-workout CBD cocktails, all of which include a few drops of CBD from our active lifestyle CBD tincture line, to help your body prepare for and recover from exercise with ease.

Will CBD make you sleepy before a workout?

The short answer is no.

The longer, more complex response would be that each individual has a very particular response to CBD and all other cannabinoids. There’s no one-rule-applies-to-all when it comes to CBD.

However, anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD won’t sedate you or make you too tired for exercise. What it can do is reduce feelings of stress or anxiety, which can only be a good thing when trying to get into the swing of full-on activity. In fact, some people have registered feeling more stimulated and alert after taking CBD.

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A Final Point…

Another question we are sometimes asked is, can college athletes take CBD? In order to respond effectively, we always defer to the USADA. So, is CBD a USADA banned substance? The response here, lifted directly from their website, is:

“Although cannabidiol (CBD) is permitted according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), all other cannabinoids are still prohibited in-competition. It’s important to realize that CBD products may still contain prohibited cannabinoid components, such as THC. Athletes subject to anti-doping rules are strictly liable for any substance found in their blood or urine. As such, there are still risks for athletes when it comes to CBD products.”

No doubt the situation will continue to advance, as is the case with the CBD and cannabis industries in general. But, at present, this is the current state of play and the only thing that athletes need to take into consideration.

If you have any questions about CBD for fitness and wellness purposes that can’t be answered by browsing our web content or by reading our blogs, feel free to reach out at any time and we’ll do our best to help.

Corona California and Cannabis

Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, Cannabis is deemed Essential

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The US is embracing cannabis legalization more than ever. Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, Cannabis is deemed essential business, allowing dispensaries to stay open.

Embracing The Age Of Legal Cannabis

Who would have thought it? Not only are we embracing the age of legal cannabis consumption but, amid the peak of the coronavirus crisis, cannabis is now being considered an essential, mainstream product in the U.S., with a number of states loosening regulations in order to make marijuana even more available.

The benefits that recreational cannabis consumers and medical cannabis patients gain to experience are obvious. What yet remains to be seen is the impact that coronavirus will have on cannabis sales, businesses and industry growth.

Pot shops have been given the same kind of essential status as food stores and pharmacies, inviting financial experts to predict a significant cannabis business boom in the near future. However, over the past month, figures have been up and down. We’ve seen huge increases in sales and then sudden drops in the same, indicating that the effects on cannabis businesses in the long-term is yet unclear.

Coronavirus, Cannabis, and California

California is one of those states showing high levels of support for pot shops and dispensaries, doing everything it can to ensure its citizens are able to stay sufficiently buzzed despite the lockdown. Aside from the clear intention to support the newly regulated market and all those vulnerable businesses involved, state regulators have made it clear that they want to avoid a situation in which panicked Californians become more prone to substance abuse.

As such, California’s pot shops have been classified as essential businesses. They’ve been placed in the same category as health clinics, food stores, and blood banks, and have been given permission to remain open during the shutdown.

Additional measures have also been taken to avoid unnecessary contact between consumer and dispensary employee, thus reducing further possible propagation of the virus.

As an example, dispensaries have been granted waivers that allow customers to purchase marijuana from their cars or to have the product brought to their homes without the need of a signature.

Customer and delivery employees are kept at an appropriate distance at all times and the customer is allowed to send identification in the form of a photo, via text message, instead of having to present the documentation in person.

Cannabis Sales in California, Washington and Colorado

So, let’s talk business.

According to Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis sales in California have presented incredible highs and unexpected lows. On March 2, recreational cannabis sales were up by a whopping 88% when compared to the same period last year. By March 9, figures then surged to an incredible 159% increase. But by March 21, sales slowed way down once more, representing just a 23% year-over-year increase.

Harder hit than California, cannabis sales in Washington State and Colorado have experienced a decrease on last year’s figures at -2% and -19% respectively.

Cannabis: Essential and Mainstream

Despite the recent drop in sales in some states, the coronavirus epidemic has helped to demonstrate just how mainstream cannabis actually is.

It’s as mainstream and important to our regular routines as milk, bread, shampoo, and other groceries.

According to Forbes, cannabis isn’t a luxury item for the few or a niche product for an eclectic group of stoners. Cannabis is a valued staple of American lifestyle and the coronavirus pandemic has brought this truth to light.

Expanded delivery services, curbside cannabis pickups, and permits that give doctors the authorization to issue medical cannabis recommendations via telemedicine, instead of in-person, are just some of the measures that some states have taken to loosen regulations and make cannabis more available to the consumer than ever before.

California, Colorado, Conneticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington State, have all taken significant and varying steps toward facilitating consumer and patient access to cannabis and cannabis products, acknowledging the important role these have to play in modern U.S. society at the same time.

Cannabis, Mental Immunity, and Lockdown

With gyms closed, social distancing orders in place, and an increased health risk looming in the air, it’s important to stay calm, sleep well, remain relaxed, and keep anxieties at bay. Essentially, it’s time to go indica.

Choose those strains that are designed to induce full body relax; strains that avoid the bringing on of a cerebral high. Feel free to consult our team if you’d like more information on our dedicated blue line of indicas, aptly named Evolve. We’re here to help. Stay safe, choose the right strain.

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What’s America’s answer to the Coronavirus? Exercise and a little CBD.

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How to stay active and on-the-move during the Covid-19 pandemic. We look at how Californians and Coloradans maintain an active lifestyle and stay mentally immune to the lock-down.

A Time For Reflection And Improvement

Each country’s taken its specific approach to the coronavirus pandemic and it seems that America’s answer to COVID-19 is to maintain, and maybe even improve, a careful exercise and wellness routine, whether amid total shutdown or not.

But, which states remain the most active, what is the role and impact of CBD and CBD products, and who’s in line for the gold when it comes to finding new ways of keeping the body in shape and the mind occupied, without breaking regulations imposed by local authorities?

America on the Move

We know that the virus has now spread to all 50 U.S. states and we know that at least 15 have ordered gyms and fitness centers to close. We also know that social-distancing and state-lockdowns could turn into measures that last for months instead of weeks, which is why the average American has started to wonder how to keep life’s basics in check, and that includes regular exercise.

While the objective of any exercise routine is to improve our own physical, mental and emotional health, the social aspect of going to the gym or joining a yoga class is also something that Americans are tring to cling onto, even if they’re not allowed to leave home to do so.

Having said that, in some states, like California, it’s proving difficult to keep people indoors at all.

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Movement is Life, Movement is California

To Californians, exercise isn’t just a necessary activity to help us stay fit and healthy, it’s a way of life. Despite the closure of local gyms and other kinds of fitness environments, so far it’s been almost impossible to keep Californians at home. When gyms close, they flock to the beach. When yoga studios shut down, they slip on their hiking boots.

Boxer, Mitch Schubiger, explained his need to move in conversation with the Los Angeles Times,If you’re quarantined, you can’t move. Sun isn’t going to give you coronavirus. Running isn’t going to give you coronavirus.

City streets, beaches and parks are filled with locals choosing to use this extraordinary and highly underestimated world pandemic as an opportunity to get creative with their standard exercise programs.

And while the six feet “mind the gap” safe distance recommendation, imposed on the public by local government authorities, is being respected, Californians seem to find the idea of inactivity far more frightening than COVID-19. It’s also interesting to note how this new approach to exercise is supported by the state’s growing interest in CBD for wellness purposes.

Exercising in Colorado

On a similar note, Coloradans are also known for the high value they place on fitness, exercise and outdoor recreation. Ever since the coronavirus appeared in Colorado, locals have been pondering how to run, hike, ride bikes and even ski without putting themselves and their health at risk.

In an interview with The Know Outdoors, state epidemiologist, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, responds to concerns about the potential transmission of COVID-19 in parks and on trails. When questioned about the effectiveness of the six foot distancing rule, Herlihy is quick to say, “If people are maintaining those social distancing spaces, it is safe to be outdoors. We want people to exercise. We know it is very important for people’s physical and mental health, but a crowded park, a crowded parking lot, is certainly a place where transmission could occur.”

Herlihy’s stance reflects the general support from those in local government for finding ways to continue exercising during the epidemic.

Professional Sports Figures take the Lead

Social media feeds, belonging to national and internationally-renowned sports figures, have also gone into fitness-tip overdrive. Cool solutions and clever ideas for how to avoid dropping the bar, even when having to workout at home, are all the rage.

Golf guru and World No.1, Rory McIlroy, is one such figure. Making full use of his IG profile and the IG stories feature, McIlroy has taken to sharing insights into his rigorous at-home exercise routine like never before.

Budding golfers would do good to take note, as his program is designed to help add yards to an already promising drive. He offers an interesting challenge for those looking for something to focus on while having to spend more time at home.

 

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Hot Commodities: CBD and Dumb Bells

Fitness stores with exercise equipment for sale are dubbing the coronavirus pandemic Black Friday times 10. Dumb bell purchases are among the most popular, proving that Americans are in need of the feel-good release that comes from exercise, now more than ever.

But what’s really interesting to note is the way in which CBD brands have taken the lead on combining tips and products to help calm the mind, keep anxieties at bay, improve sleep, and support those who continue to work out, even if that workout isn’t as vigorous as it was a few weeks ago.

The match between CBD and a successful at-home exercise routine is an interesting and effective one.

In fact, our CBD-infused bath bombs are particularly good at relaxing sore muscles after an at-home workout or calming a racing mind before trying to get a good night’s sleep. They also offer the perfect solution to long repetitive days, couped up in the same space, by breaking up the routine and adding something fun and decadent to the grind.

 

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The Unexpected

On a final note, even the FBI has decided to turn its attention to exercise in the face of COVID-19. Aptly named the FBI’s Physical Fitness Test, the FBI’s new mobile app is designed to get the American public up, on its feet, and ready for action, whether tied to the home or not.

Feeling like it could be time to download?

What Are Phytocannabinoids_

What Are Phytocannabinoids?

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What Are Phytocannabinoids and why should you care?

We breakdown in plane English what phytocannabinoids are, how they differ from other cannabinoids, and in what products you can find the best balance for your fitness & wellness needs.

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Phytocannabinoids In a Nutshell

What are phytocannabinoids and why, as a CBD consumer, should you care about them?

What is the difference between cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids and what are the most common types of phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant?

The Most Common Phytocannabinoids

While we usually refer to the likes of CBD, CBG and CBN, as cannabinoids, they are in fact phytocannabinoids, but the differences between cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids are so minimal that, for the CBD consumer, there’s no real need or advantage to be gained from understanding those differences.

What is important to know is that phytocannabinoids differ greatly from endogenous cannabinoids.

The first are naturally-occuring compounds found in the resin of the hemp plant and the second are the cannabinoids that are organically produced by the body’s endocannabinoid system.

In simple terms, a phytocannabinoid is the definition applied to any cannabinoid that’s produced within the trichomes of the hemp plant.

When a phytocannabinoid is extracted and consumed, no matter the consumption method, it begins to interact with our body’s cannabinoid receptors. A number of differing therapeutic effects take place, thanks to these interactions.

To date, we know that there are at least 100 different phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant, each of which affect the body in a slightly different way.

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How Many Phytocannabinoids are there?

To date, more than 80 phytocannabinoids have been identified by scientists in the hemp plant.

However, common belief is that the plant is home to many more that we simply haven’t discovered yet. As previously mentioned, the phytocannabinoids that we know most about include CBD, CBG and CBN.

How do Phytocannabinoids Benefit the Human Body?

While research into the medicinal benefits of the hemp plant continues, it’s safe to say that we already have a fair amount of solid information on the most common phytocannabinoids.

This information is helping us to understand how they support the body and what kind of role they can play in our fitness and wellness routines.

For example, CBG is one of the phytocannabinoids known for its therapeutic qualities.

Studies on the effects of CBN have presented this particular phytocannabinoid as one in possession of great sedative capabilities.

CBD is the phytocannabinoid that is found in most abundance in almost all hemp strains and has become a popular go-to hemp plant compound for a whole range of wellness solutions, particularly since the federal legalization of hemp cultivation at the end of 2018.

None of the abovementioned phytocannabinoids are psychoactive, which means as consumers we are able to experience all of the wellness benefits they have to offer without worrying about getting high.

What Are Phytocannabinoids?

Can Phytocannabinoids Cause Addiction?

Despite common misconception, most phytocannabinoids are not addictive. The exception to the rule applies to THC, which is the psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in marijuana.

But any products extracted from the hemp plant are required, by law, to not contain more than 0.3% (and no more than 0,1% in some states) of this particular phytocannabinoid, thus keeping the consumer free from possible concerns related to addiction.

Phytocannabinoids and the Active Lifestyle

At Get Evoke, we dedicate all our time and effort to the curation of hemp extract products so that they contain the exact combination of phytocannabinoids required to help and support a full range of active lifestyle choices.

What does this mean, exactly..?

Bath Bombs

After a heavy workout at the gym, or a long run late at night, it can be difficult to bring the body and the mind back down to a serene level.

Our carefully curated line of CBD-rich bath bombs helps achieve this mellow state.

The combination of phytocannabinoids in our products is designed to relax sore muscles and breathe peace and calm into the mind as the day winds down.

Topicals

We’ve also developed two specialist topicals for anyone looking to match CBD with an active lifestyle.

CBD roll-on

The first is a CBD-rich roll-on product, called Relieve. It’s a cute, convenient freeze gel, designed to rub into problematic muscle areas without any hassle and wherever you happen to be. It’s a product that doesn’t just rely on the expert work of the phytocannabinoids, but also on its user-friendly design.

No need to get hands messy with this product, because the rub and roll action takes care of everything for you.

CBD warming salve

Our salve, on the other hand, has been carefully crafted to include the exact proportion of phytocannabinoids needed to help keep muscles relaxed and ready for action.

In contrast to the roll-on, our salve is a warming botanical solution, designed to penetrate through a warming effect.

Tinctures

We also offer three specialist CBD-rich tinctures in three intensity variations: 500mg, 1000mg and 1500mg, the last of the three being the most potent.

More on understanding CBD potency here.

Our tinctures are designed to act as a daily supplement and support those with an active lifestyle to maintain optimum body balance.

As with all tinctures, you’ll need to run through a process of trial error until you hit the sweet spot for your body and your specific type of active routine, and our team is of course happy and willing to help guide you along the way.

For more information, visit our shop page, or contact us directly with any questions you might have.

Endocanabinoid System

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

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The endocannabinoid system, or the ECS for short, is a biological matrix within the human body that’s responsible for interacting with the many varieties of cannabinoids found within the hemp plant.

So, let’s take the opportunity to break things down and get a real feel for the role of the endocannabinoid system via this endocannabinoid system 101.

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Is the Endocannabinoid System Real?

First up, let’s just make it clear that, while we still don’t know all there is to know about the endocannabinoid system, it is most definitely real.

When researchers first began to explore the composition of THC in more detail – one of the most wellknown cannabinoids found in the hemp plant – they stumbled across the endocannabinoid system at the same time.

So far, we know that, above and beyond its innate desire to want to interact with cannabinoids, it also plays a key role in the regulation of a number of bodily funcions, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility.

But our understanding doesn’t go much farther than that at present.

No doubt, we haven’t come anywhere close to the full extent of endocannabinoid system discovery and to finding out what this biological system is truly capable of.

How does the Endocannabinoid System Work?

The three essential components of the endocannabinoid system are as follows:

  • Endocannabinoids
  • Endocannabinoid and cannabinoid receptors
  • Enzymes

When we consume a CBD product or a hemp plant extract, the endocannabinoid system receptors immediately bind with the cannabinoids found in the product.

They also bind with the endocannabinoids that your body naturally produces, but more on those later.

The body then uses the system’s enzymes to break down all cannabinoids and endocannabinoids into a form that the human body can absorb.

The content is then projected throughout the central nervous system, including the brain, and the peripheral nervous system, and we begin to feel the results.

Endocannabinoids and the human body

Endocannabinoids and Cannabinoids: What’s the difference?

Cannabinoids are made by and found in the hemp plant. They are used in the formulation of a wide array of products, including topicals, tinctures, edibles, pre-rolls, bath bombs, softgels, and concentrates.

But the fascinating thing is that the human body has the ability to create its own set of cannabinoids. These human-created cannabinoids are what we call endocannabinoids.

The full, scientific term for endocannabinoids is endogenous cannabinoids. They are, quite simply, molecules similar in form and function to cannabinoids, but cleverly made by you and your body. Anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG) are the two specific endocannabinoids that have been discovered and named to date.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System and the Brain

While it was initially believed to only connect to the body’s nervous system, scientists now reveal that components of the endocannabinoid system are abundantly and widely distributed throughout the human brain (in fact, those of all mammals) and help to monitor and adjust the functions of a range of important neurotransmitters.

These brain-located components have been found in areas related to memory, motor, and mood.

As such, it seems fairly logical that a dysfunction of the endocannabinoid system could then be linked to a range of diseases that display worrying symptoms related to memory, motor, and mood.

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The Endocannabinoid System and CBD

One of the most wellknown cannabinoids found in the hemp plant is cannabidiol, usually referred to as CBD.

It has become increasingly more popular over the last decade, earning a reputation for itself as the cannabinoid that offers all the benefits of the hemp plant without getting you high.

In general, it can be relied upon for inducing few negative effects on the human body and it’s fast becoming a go-to ingredient for wellness products and for those who enjoy an active lifestyle.

However, scientists aren’t really that sure about the specifics of CBD and how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. The only real thing that experts seem to be able to confirm is that CBD doesn’t bind to endocannabinoid receptors in the same way that THC does.

One possible conclusion is that CBD in fact prevents endocannabinoids from being broken down by the system’s enzymes, which in some way manages to intensify the effects of other cannabinoids on the human body.

This is one of the main reasons why so many of the industry’s brands now choose to stipulate the CBD to THC ratio of their products, hailing each ratio for a different use.

Another train of studies leads experts to believe that CBD binds to a receptor that we simply haven’t discovered yet and that, when we do, will open the portal to a much greater understanding of this incredibly versatile and beneficial cannabinoid.

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What about Endocannabinoid System Deficiency?

So, what happens when the endocannabinoid system isn’t working properly?

Well, nothing has been proven to date, but studies are exploring the notion that endocannabinoid system deficiency results in sick, depressed, and generally not very happy human beings.

In particular, Ethan Russo M.D., Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute, claims that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency might shed some light on irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraine, and other treatment-resistant syndromes. 

So, What’s Next for the ECS?

We know that the endocannabinoid system is present in every major area of the human body, and so logic dictates that, when it malfunctions, it could be the cause of a variety of conditions. Interesting, right?

Only time, and dedicated scientific analysis, will help shed some light. We’ll keep you informed.