CBD For Your Pets

I know from personal experience that our furry friends can feel much less like pets and more like children. They are a part of our family. So when we see them going through anxiety, for any reason, it breaks our heart and we want to do everything we can to help.

Our Corgi, Zoey, went through a really hard separation anxiety period when her best bud, and our first dog Curby passed away. She took Curby being gone reallllly hard and could not stand to be alone when we had to leave for work. She would destroy anything in her path to find someone to be with. On TWO different occasions she ripped through metal chicken wire that I had put over the gate of our back yard, reinforced with zip ties. She shredded right through it in an anxiety filled fit and ran off down the street. We tried a few different methods of calming her, including the anxiety collars you see in the stores and nothing seemed to work. In fact, she ate the collar! Finally we ended up caving and got her another dog pal to keep her company. Enter Stewie into our lives. A couple years later I came across a few different studies about the benefits that people enjoy from CBD and how they could also help animals. It was such a relief to find a natural method to help Zoey with her anxiety, and from our experience, it really works!

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Dosing can be tricky, but method is not. Start by adding just a few drops of Hemp Extract Oil on a treat, let it soak in, then give it to your pet. No Problem! Serving size is what can be tricky, because even humans will react differently to different doses of CBD. Start by giving 3-5 drops on a daily basis, going up to 10 drops for large doses needed before traveling, fireworks, being home alone, or any other anxiety triggering time. (Use discretion based on the size of your pet.) If you are needing to save your precious CBD oil for yourself, your furry loved ones will get the benefit in non daily doses, but you might miss out on the benefits from extended CBD use including healthy coat, cancer prevention, arthritic pain relief and a reduction in inflammation. 

As always I want the best for myself and my family so we use Botana Hemp products. The Spygric process that Botana uses results in the purest extract on the market, making sure you get the benefit of ALL the cannabinoids in the plant.

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Look out for a post from Melanie talking about all the ways you can use essential oils to help your pets as well!

 

 

The ABC’s of CBD

I will be talking at great length as we go along about Botana CBD products. But I realized after my first post about CBD, that maybe I need to take a step back and explain this medicinal compound a little more.

Most of the major discoveries involving cannabis have come to light over the last 30 years or so. While studying the effects of THC and CBD, researchers uncovered the receptors in our body that bond to these cannabinoids, and labeled them CB1 and CB2. The interaction between the cannabinoids in cannabis and these receptors led to the much larger discovery of the endocannabinoid system. Long story short, this is the most under appreciated system in the human body. Other than insects, every living plant or animal has an endocannabinoid system made for processing these compounds, both from outside plants and naturally within our bodies.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the human body. This system is responsible for mental and physiological processes including memory, higher cognition, motor coordination, appetite control, emotional support, maintaining healthy bone density, and naturally preventing diabetes. There is still a tremendous amount of research that needs to be done on this system, as well as the compounds that interact with it.

One thing we do  know right now is that there are higher amounts of CB1 receptors in the brain, which typically bind to THC more easily. This is the compound that gives people the euphoric “high”. CB2 receptors are found more generally throughout the body, specifically the immune and gastrointestinal system. CB2 receptors also tend to bond easily with CBD. This could be the reason CBD has such a wide spectrum of medicinal uses within our bodies. New research indicates there might also be a CB3 receptor! As industry regulation eases, we will be able to research this system within our bodies more and more, as well as understand how they interact with different compounds.  Imagine what could it mean to the future understanding of the health of our bodies!

While we will probably discover more of these natural cannabinoids the more we research, for now the most plentiful source of cannabinoids is found within the cannabis plant.

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There are 113 Cannabinoids in cannabis. Many are in very small trace amounts, and most have not had the funding (or Government clearance) to be studied for their full medical benefit. Some of the most notable would be of course THC and CBD. But CBN is being identified as the cannabinoid responsible for the sleepy sensation, or CBG as the potential cannabinoid for treatment of gastrointestinal issues. Being able to isolate and studies these compounds could lead to a number of new treatments.

Without a doubt, the most medicinal compound that we know of at this time is CBD. It has virtually no side effects (might make you tired) and has a super long list of benefits including,  but not limited to:

  1. Antibacterial
  2. Inhibits cancer cell growth
  3. Neuro-protective
  4. Promotes bone growth
  5. Reduces seizures and convulsions
  6. Reduces blood sugar levels
  7. Reduces function in the immune system
  8. Reduces inflammation
  9. Reduces risk of artery blockage
  10. Reduces small intestine contractions
  11. Relieves pain
  12. Relieves anxiety
  13. Slows bacterial growth
  14. Suppresses muscle spasms
  15. Tranquilizing
  16. Treats psoriasis
  17. Vasorelaxant

There are a number of different delivery methods with CBD. I will be covering each of them in separate posts to help people discover the best way to use CBD for their body, or condition. As always if you are interested trying the most pure product on the market, use our coupon code, BOTANA10. It will give you 10% off already marked down prices on our online store Botana.org. Free Shipping After $50. If you are interested in wholesale pricing, you can contact us today for more info!

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Ancient Frankincense

When I woke up this morning, I opened my bible app and was about to pick up where I left off. I had just finished the New Testament and recently started over with the Old Testament, when a certain passage I had read recently called back to me, here it is the from Genesis 1:29…

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” 

You may have different opinions about the Bible than I do, but it’s very hard to dispute that it does not have extremely accurate detail about how our ancestors used a number of different plants. From anointing to healing, they had a very good understanding of how every plant could be used. I wanted to cover plants and oils from this perspective, because as my interest has grown in plant healing, so has my interest in the history of these plants. I think a really great spot to start would be with one of the most famous spices in the entire bible:DSC_3466

“Incense” is mentioned over 100 times in the bible, and it is often assumed to imply frankincense along with myrrh and other spices. However within the King James Bible, frankincense specifically appears 17 times. Here a few of the major examples:

  1. It was most famously brought to Jesus at his birth along with Myrrh and Gold as gifts from the Three Wise Men.
  2. God instructed Moses to take up Frankincense and other sweet spices, and to make a perfume that could be used inside the tabernacle for the congregation.
  3. During this time period Jews were to offer sacrifices to God in the Temples. Before anything could be offered, it had to have Frankincense poured onto it.

Frankincense is not only a “Holy Oil.” It has a lot of medicinal properties to it as well. One of the biggest uses comes when you just need some mental peace.

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You can use Frankincense in varying ways to help with many different ailments. Take it internally by filling veggie capsules with Frank and carrier oil. Put it on topically with carrier oil in a roller bottle or neat on your big toes. Diffuse it and inhale it aromatically. It is very versatile.

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We have been so blessed to see the positive effects from this oil personally in our lives.  **I highly suggest further researching the benefits of this oil. Start here: https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/frankincense-and-cancer#benefits

One of our next oil purchases is to get Sacred Frankincense. Sacred Frankincense is regarded as one of the rarest and most sought-after aromatics in existence. Young Living’s Sacred Frank is the first Omani Frankincense to be available to those outside of the Saudi royals and the privileged Oman.

There are a few differences between Sacred Frankincense and regular Frankincense:

  1. The geography of the trees, Frankincense from the Boswellia Carterii tree grown in Somalia and Sacred Frankincense coming from the Boswellia Sacra tree in Oman. The Boswellia Sacra tree is believed to be the same ancient species that was given to Jesus.
  2. The difference in monoterpenes and a-pinenes. Regular Frankincense has upwards of 90% monoterpenes, and 35-45% a-pinenes. Sacred Frankincense has up to 93% monoterpenes, but a-pinenes is upwards of 85%. A-pinenes are a high influencer in bronchial support and your body’s inflammatory response. Therefore, you will find better results with Sacred Frank in those two areas specifically.
  3. Many use Sacred Frankincense in meditation and spiritual connection because it has a higher frequency than regular Frankincense.

 

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You Down with CBD? Ya, You Know Me!

There are so many misconceptions about CBD oil out there right now. Heck, it isn’t even legal to grow medicinal CBD plants in all 50 states just yet. Thankfully however, It is legal to consume CBD products nationwide.

CBD is the medicinal cannabinoid of the cannabis sativa plant. More commonly known as Hemp. CBD is also found in recreational cannabis but in generally much smaller amounts. Nearly all cannabinoids have been found to have healing properties, however CBD has the widest range of medicinal uses. CBD products are legally mandated to have less than .3% of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) and therefore they will not give you the “high” that recreational cannabis does. It also will not show up on a drug test.

Because of the lack of overall consumer knowledge on the subject of CBD, this industry has been hard to regulate for quality as well as price. A lot of times you need to try out different companies, and research their growing methods, before you land on one you like and works for you. For us, Botana is the brand. They follow the same strict standards that Young Living does by growing organically and bringing only the purest product to their consumers.

Here is where I am going to get sciencey with you, but stick with me! I promise it will be worth it…

A lot of times people look for a product with a high number of CBD milligrams. They think, the higher the mg content, the more potent. In fact, many products that have high CBD levels are extracts that lack any of the other beneficial cannabinoids present in the plant (CBN,CBG, Terpenes, etc.) Botana is one of only a hand full of companies using an advanced alchemical process, spagyric extraction, which helps capture all the other beneficial minerals in the plant. When all of these minerals are present and combined together their potency multiples from the “entourage effect.” In the end, Botana products are 6-10 times more effective then similar products, with tinctures being 95% bioavailable when taken sublingually. It’s also worth noting, before selling their own products, Botana was (and still is) a top organic hemp producer for a number of different companies. Pure hemp + Pure extraction = Potent results! So in fact, MG is important, but not the only factor worth considering when choosing which product will bring the best results.

There are many different ways to use CBD products; tinctures you take orally when needed, capsules to take daily, massage oils, baked into food/confections, salves to rub into sore muscles etc. The why you need it should determine the how you take it.

Personally we love:

CBD Hemp Oil Capsules taken nightly to help with overall body inflammation as well as getting a great nights rest. You will see the effect after a few consistent days of taking the capsules since the cannabinoids need to build up in your system for the full benefit.

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Stress Response Tincture taken sublingually when needed. You know those days/times! It tastes like a plant, but shouldn’t it? That’s how you know you are getting the pure goodness.Stress Response CBD

CBD Hemp Salve rubbed into our sore joints and muscles for an instant relief. This stuff is WOW guys. Just make sure you spend about 2 minutes rubbing it into the area needed so you know it has the best absorption rate.

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