SESSION II : CBD CACAO RECIPIES

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CBD RAW

CACAO

artisanal recipes from chef arial fox featuring om edibles

Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments.

CBD, it is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa (1Trusted Source). In our last post Athletic CBD we covered the various formats your able to medicate with CBD, so we thought we would give you some amazing Recipes from Arial Fox so your able consume your CBD in the most delicious way using RAW CBD CACACO.

Om Edibles™ is an all-female run company dedicated to providing the highest quality of Cannabis products. Established in 2008, OM believes Cannabis is a superfood, something you can use all parts for the benefit your health.

Their CBD RAW CACAO is perhaps the most decorated product they produce- when you eat raw chocolate the same neurotransmitters that release when you fall in love are released in your body: Anandamide, bromine, dopamine & serotonin making it the perfect delivery system for the CBD.

The RAW CACAO is made with simple ingredients, which are all organic, raw, vegan, and gluten-free. Ingredients: Raw Cacao Butter, Raw Cacao Powder, Coconut Oil, Sun-Grown Cannabis, Raw Agave & Sea Salt Serving Size: 2 Tbsp (20mg CBD) Calories 160, Calories from Fat 150 Total Fat 17g Sodium 90mg Total Carb 10g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 9g Protein 1g Calcium 4% Iron 4% Magnesium 4%

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Almond Butter Chocolate Smoothie

with RAW CBD CACAO

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Yield: 1 Serving | Serving Size: 10 oz.

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend well.

Ingredients: 1 cup (240 ml) Nut milk of Preference , 2 Tablespoons unsweetened organic cacao powder , 1 Tablespoon Almond butter    ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free) , 2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao (1 oz), ½ Banana , 1 teaspoon Cacao Nibs, ¼ cup ice , 3 drops liquid natural stevia

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Blueberry Breakfast Bowl

with RAW CBD CACAO

Total Time: 10 minutes |Yield: 1 Serving | Serving Size: 16 oz.

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients (except seed and nut granola ingredients) in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and set aside in refrigerator

  • Combine all seed and nut granola ingredients in a bowl

  • Sprinkle the seed and nut granola all over the top of the superfood breakfast bowl.

Ingredients: 1 cup (240 ml) Nut milk preference, 1 cup frozen blueberries

½ cup spinach, 2 Tablespoons Raw CBD Cacao (1 oz)

¼ an avocado, 1 medjool date, 3 drops liquid natural stevia

¼ cup seed + Nut Granola    

3 whole almonds chopped, 1 brazil nut chopped, 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds

¼ teaspoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon cacao nibs, 1 teaspoon unsweetened coconut flakes

 Nutritional info of granola (K cal: 120 | Fat: 10 grams| Net Carbs: 3 grams | Protein: 3 grams)

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Blueberry Breakfast Bowl

with RAW CBD CACAO

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Chill Time: 15  minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes | Yield: 12 Bombs

Instructions:

  • Line mini muffin tin with paper liners and set aside

  • Put a small sauce pot over low heat and add the coconut oil, cocoa powder, almond butter, chili powder, and stevia.

  • Heat until the coconut oil is melted.  Remove from heat and whisk in the sipping cacao to combine.

  • Spoon the mixture into the paper lined muffin tins and place in refrigerator until the “truffle” bombs are firm, approximately 15 minutes.

  • Transfer the cups to an air tight container and store I freezer until you are ready to eat them

 Ingredients:

·       ¼ cup coconut oil , ¼ cup cocoa powder unsweetened ,  ¼ cup almond butter

·       ½ teaspoon chili powder, 2 Tablespoons sipping cacao , 3 drops liquid stevia

Nutritional Data | Serving Size 1 Ball | K cal: 277 Fat: 29 grams "Net carbs:12g Protein: 3g



SESSION I : Athletic CBD

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SESSION I Athletic CBD

cbd for your recovery

Active Individuals put a lot of stress on their bodies, to positive and negative effect. Training stress stimulates adaptation and increased performance, but physical trauma and prolonged wear and tear also lead to injuries and pain. No matter how fit you are, sometimes you need more to recover post-workout. Some sessions can leave you sore for days afterward. Your muscles become inflamed, which triggers the body to respond and repair, causing muscle soreness and stiffness.

As you apply more significant stress to your body, leading to pain and inflammation greater than what your endocannabinoid system can handle. With the use of CBD, you combat this overloaded system, get your neurotransmitters back under control and help maintain your bodies homeostasis.

LET'S BREAK DOWN THE BENEFITS OF CBD

Inflammation: CBD may be extremely useful in managing inflammation pre-and post-exercise. CBD may prevent joint injury during physical activity, as well as reducing any pain from swelling that may prevent you from training properly. 

 Pain: Cannabis is an analgesic, helping to alleviate pain both during and after exercise. Many athletes use CBD following their workouts to continue managing pain from achy muscles, joints, and injuries.

 Sleep and Relaxation: CBD is known to regulate the sleep cycle without causing drowsiness. Getting the required sleep each night is one of the most crucial aspects of being a healthy athlete as muscles recover best during sleep. Rest is one of the most important aspects of being healthy overall.  

 Reduction of Muscle Spasms: Cannabinoids are known to have antispasmodic properties. Some causes of muscle spasms in athletes include straining of a muscle, dehydration, trauma, and damage to nerves or the spinal cord.

 Increasing Appetite:  Anyone engaging in more intense workouts should be ingesting a higher number of calories than during periods of lower intensity. CBD has shown to stimulate the appetite, without adding higher fat content to your diet.

Protection of Heart, Lung, and Brain: CBD has been shown to offer protection for the heart, lungs, and brain during and after injury. The short-term neuroprotective effects of CBD in the brain continue to be researched for purposes of treating sports concussions. 

 Blood Sugar Regulation: If your diet is on point and you have a top-quality workout program underway, yet you can't seem to drop a pound or build muscle, this may have something to do with low insulin sensitivity.  High sensitivity to insulin promotes storage of excess glucose as glycogen in the liver and muscles. Low insulin sensitivity, on the other hand, leads to the storage of glucose as fat, creating difficulties in shifting glucose into the muscle. Optimally, our insulin should be low most the time, and CBD use has been found to be associated with lower levels of insulin. 

Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

The Endogenous Cannabinoid System is an integral part of our bodies' regulatory systems. A healthy ECS is vital for overall long-term health. Our ECS helps modulate the aspects of homeostasis across all major body systems ensuring that all systems work in concert with one another.

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It is comprised of a network of two identified Cannabinoid Receptors. CB-1 receptor sites are predominantly present in the central nervous system, connective tissues, glands, and organs, while CBR-2 are found in the digestive, immune, lymphatic, and peripheral nervous systems. Many tissues contain both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors, each linked to different actions.

 CB-1 – regulating appetite, memory, mood, and nociceptive (outside stimulus) pain, as well as cardiovascular and neural tissue health.

 CB-2 – regulating inflammation, immune health, and potentially neuropathic issues.

 

Cannabinoids interact directly as keys within the endocannabinoid system, while receptors act like locks. Every time one key fits into one lock, the lock is opened and causes an effect to occur to maintain vital functions throughout our body. Our bodies already produce their own endogenous cannabinoids, including Anandamide and 2-AG, and are receptive to Phytocannabinoids, which include THC and CBD.

 THC & CBD

Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don't have the same psychoactive effects. CBD has relatively no psycho-activity and acts a partial antagonist of cannabinoid receptors, which means its presence can dial down the intensity of the 'high' from THC.

 THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain to produce a high or sense of euphoria. THC begins to provide pain relief as it lowers the level of pain felt.

 While CBD and THC both bind to the CB2 receptor, they interact with the CB1 receptors in different ways.

 

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Why You

Should Use CBD

When you work out, you put stress on your body to encourage it to grow. By breaking down muscle fibers, you allow them to grow back, stronger, and faster than they were before.

But anyone who has ever pushed themselves hard when training knows that this process comes with difficulties. If you push too hard, recovery can take you out of the game for days at a time, and injuries are even harder to bounce back from.

CBD FORMATS

 Oral | Swallowed Tinctures, Oils, Capsules, and Edibles.

Ingested CBD, passed through the digestive tract, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Typically take 1-6 hours to kick in and lose a bit of potency as the liver filters them before entering the bloodstream. *best for long term daily supplementation

Oral | Sublingual Tinctures, Oils and melt away sheets.

It is absorbed directly into your bloodstream from capillary-rich areas underneath the tongue, along the gums and cheek. This most potent, bioavailable, and quickest ways for CBD to enter your bloodstream – around 10-15 minutes – just a few minutes longer than vaping/smoking, which is almost immediate.

Inhalation | Vaping, Dabbing, Smoking High CBD Cannabis Flower

This is the quickest way to get CBD circulating through your system, but it also is sufficient for the shortest period. Peak bloodstream levels are within 10 minutes.

 Topical | Salve, Creams, Lotion, Sprays and Bath Soaks

It is applied directly to the skin the CBD locally targets, like muscles, inflammatory cells, and pain-perceiving nerves. Very little, if any, enters the bloodstream — unless it is designed for transdermal activity. The moment you experience symptoms, topical applications can provide perceivable relief within the first 30 minutes.

Source Material

https://www.taralaferrara.com/journal-blog/cbd-for-athletic-recovery

 https://xwerks.com/blogs/cbd/5-ways-athletes-can-benefit-from-cbd

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3997295/

Mindfulness in (Cannabis) Medicine

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Mindfulness in (Cannabis) Medicine

Exploring a wider profile of substance in Cannabis than just THC and CBD.

For some people, cannabis is shrouded in mystery and a vague sense of danger. It is not surprising within the context of a century of popular policy regarding the prohibition of specific plant medicines that were endemic to certain groups of people that have immigrated to the U.S. Nowadays recent States’ decisions to lift Prohibition within their borders, however, have coincided with new businesses, more public exposure, and consequently more information available for those who are unfamiliar with psychoactive substances in general, and cannabis in particular. With so much information (of varying degrees of accuracy) and so many products available in the commercial market, it is important to be able to identify those products that can offer the specific relief and therapeutic effects that you need with as few undesired effects as possible. Aside from THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), known widely for its consciousness-altering properties, CBD (cannabidiol) — as a therapeutic anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-relief), and anxiolytic (anxiety-relief) — is often where knowledge becomes more sparse. Interesting new research is highlighting some substances, namely Terpenes, that make up only a minute part of the mass of the plant but have a deep-reaching impact on the mind and body. You may not recognize the name, terpene, but you have definitely experienced their odiferous presence.

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Terpenes are present in many of the plant-based foods, as well as herbs and spices, that we taste and smell every day. In fact, these aromatic hydrocarbons help us recognize what makes an orange smell different from an apple, as each plant produces its own unique profile of hundreds of possible (identified) terpenoids. Though they have been isolated, tested, and identified for many health benefits over many years, terpenes remain as yet unstudied in concert with cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, all of which are present together in Cannabis. Terpenes are likely to be the most important components in identifying the kind of strain, and whether it’s distinguished as an indica or sativa. Many indica strains are noted for their high — more than half a gram per kilogram — beta-Myrcene content (notable from mangoes, hops, and cloves), whereas many sativas’ Limonene content (common in citrus, mints, and juniper) may outweigh Myrcene and other terpenes present. That just leaves over 130 other terpenes, not to mention the dozens of recognized cannabinoids in our favorite flowers, in their unique ratios and concentrations that make each strain so deliciously different from one another.

Synergy is an important principle when it comes to understanding how basic molecules, like terpenes, affect our bodies and minds. More and more research, as well as generations of anecdotal evidence, show us that when terpenes and cannabinoids are present together then the resulting effects are observably more potent. You may have heard of the so-called ‘entourage effect’ that budtenders like to mention when describing different strains’ traits which describes how a cannabis plant’s constituent substances, when present at the same time within the body, can enhance positive or therapeutic effects — such as pain relief and mood elevation — and minimize some potentially overwhelming psychoactive qualities from certain cannabinoids. To preserve these valuable substances, which are primarily found in the tiny, crystalline trichomes that cover cannabis flowers and leaves like sparkling dew, some people are making whole-plant extractions. It’s important to mention that not all extractions, or concentrates, offer similar contents. Some methods utilize volatile solvents that are later evaporated away, others require high pressure, but all require a precise temperature — different for each terpene and cannabinoid — to draw out the beloved contents of our favorite flowers. Extraction, as opposed to direct decarboxylation (like smoking), produces a much more potent material that can be more precisely dosed.

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When you are new to cannabis consumption it can be a challenge to understand the differences between dozens of different concentrates that are available. A helpful place to start tasting is a large variety of individual vaporizer pens and cartridges, especially ones that contain whole-plant, contaminant-free distillates. Often ‘vapes’ will contain single strains which can give you an opportunity to become more familiar with different profiles of effects and start to build a profile of qualities you are looking for. Vaporization relies on heating, not burning, and therefore can offer more control in the temperature that you inhale. This can offer some relief from the irritating effects of smoking and allow you to isolate which substances you take in because different terpenes and cannabinoids are vaporized at different temperatures. Armed with your budding experience (if you’ll pardon the pun), and hopefully more understanding of the different terpenes and cannabinoids that make cannabis a customizable therapeutic substance, you can slowly start to take more control in your own mental and physical health.