Your Endocannabinoid System could be the key to unlocking your full potential
It may seem unbelievable to some that the cannabis can have such a profound effect on our health; that one plant can help so many different conditions; that it can provide both palliative and curative actions safely and powerfully. The seemingly impossible abilities of medicinal cannabis left many questions to be answered, leading to a lot of studies and research, and to the ultimate discovery of a previously unknown physiologic system, a central component of the health and healing of every human (and most animals): the Endocannabinoid System.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a vast network of chemical compounds and receptors found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each area, the ECS performs different tasks, but the objective is always the same: homeostasis (keeping a stable internal environment despite changes in the external environment)
“Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are also found at the intersection of the body’s various systems, allowing communication and coordination between different cell types. For example, at the site of an injury cannabinoids decrease the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent the release of pro-inflammatory substances. Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury. The ECS, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system we begin to see a mechanism that explains how states of consciousness can promote health or disease.” Dr. Dustin Sulak
Endocannabinoids are produced by the body, while phytocannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant and stimulate cannabinoid receptors when ingested or applied topically. A balanced, high-functioning ECS helps create a balanced, high functioning body, and that is why it is so important to supplement with phytocannabinoids.
Just like we take things like probiotics to increase digestive health or CoQ10 for cardiovascular health, we should be supplementing cannabinoids for optimal ECS function.
Taking a cannabinoid supplement like TONIC can signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors
More receptors lead to an increased cannabinoid sensitivity to cannabinoids; you start to require smaller doses to produce big effects and your baseline endocannabinoid activity increases.
“I believe that small, regular doses of cannabis might act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system.” Dr. Dustin Sulak (he even called it a “TONIC”… cool!!!!)
The problem…. chronic inflammation
The solution… Cannabidiol (CBD)
Inflammation is your body’s natural immune response. In acute cases of injury, infection or irritation, it is beneficial and necessary for healing and survival. But, chronic inflammation is the common denominator of all disease!
Chronic inflammation can lead to allergies, asthma, arthritis, cancer, autoimmune disease, brusitis, colitis, heart disease, infection, osteoporosis, tendonitis and more.
Reducing inflammation can go a long way towards preventing and reversing disease, slowing the aging process and keeping you healthy and biologically young.
CBD interacts with CB2 receptors of the Endocannabinoid System. These receptors are mostly found on the cells of the immune system. Supplemeting with CBD can regulate your immune response, quell inflammation and act as a potent treatment against inflammatory disorders!
When you are inflamed, your body cannot attain homeostasis (the state of balance our bodies are always striving towards). Your Endocannabinoid System is a homeostatic regulator and CBD is an endocannabinoid modulator. This means that supplementing with CBD regulates your regulatory system AKA it gives you what you need to put out the fires that are burning you out!
First of all, you are not alone. Most Americans suffer from chronic inflammation because of the Standard American Diet, or ‘SAD’ (in more ways than one); Too many refined sugars and carbohydrates, too many chemicals, preservatives and hormones, not enough antioxidants and nutrients. Environmental toxins and poor sleep also contribute to chronic inflammation. Another big inflammation booster is stress. Cortisol (your stress/fight or flight hormone) becomes persistently elevated during times of prolonged stress, causing inflammation by putting your immune system and adrenals into overdrive.
Chronic inflammation is also an issue for seemingly healthy athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Working out causes micro-traumas to the muscle and essentially breaks you down in order to build you back stronger. But, what happens when you don’t take the proper steps to rebuild? If you aren’t taking enough recovery time, eating enough protein and nutrient-dense foods, and letting your body heal, you are not allowing the acute, controlled inflammatory response to subside. This results in low-grade chronic inflammation which will ultimately hinder your goals. Tissue that does not heal completely produce inflammatory chemicals that promote inflammation throughout the whole body.
CBD is an immunoregulator. It interacts with CB2 receptors of the Endocannabinoid System, which have the highest concentrations throughout the immune system. Cannabinoids suppress the inflammatory response and decrease disease by regulating the activity neurotransmitters and receptor sites that play a critical role in immune function.
CBD, and cannabinoids in general, have a powerful antioxidant effect, helping free the body of free radicals. Chronically high levels of free radicals in your body cause a prolonged immune response… and a prolonged immune response is just another way of saying… you guessed it… CHRONIC INFLAMMATION!
A study published in the Free Radical Biology & Medicine Journal showed that CBD can be helpful in lessening the impact of inflammation caused by oxidative stress, decreasing the risk of organ damage and dysfunction.
When your immune system is on the fritz, your body is in attack mode; it sees threats all over the place and is more concerned about mitigating disaster than building strength and vitality.
CBD is the ultimate internal firefighter because not only does it directly regulate the immune system by interacting with the CB2 receptors within the immune system, it also helps to relieve anxiety and regulate sleep which lowers cortisol levels and allows your body to chill out. When inflammation is present, homeostasis (the body’s ideal state of balance) cannot be attained. CBD reduces inflammation, bringing us closer to achieving homeostasis. It also balances our Endocannabinoid System, which plays a very important role in regulating homeostasis and the balance between mind and body.
TONIC CBD’s OG & CHILL Doses take these capabilities a step further by adding adaptogenic Ashwagandha Root. Ashwagandha is a restorative and balancing herb that reduces the effects of chronic stress, boosts immune function and relieves anxiety, working synergistically with full spectrum hemp extract to make you feel better, look better, and live better.
Immune System Regulation + Stress Relief + Endocannabinoid System Balance = Inflammation’s Worst Nightmare.
Fight fire with [hemp] oil… #FixYourVibe & your inflammation with TONIC <3
TONIC has been experiencing some pretty amazing growth & popularity the last couple of months and we are humbled and beyond grateful for the positive feedback, repeat customers, referrals, and industry recognition.
So, what makes TONIC the brand of choice for so many?
Rather than trying to keep up with the trends, we are more concerned with setting them. We are constantly striving to deliver the most effective products with the most holistic ingredients, delivered in the safest way possible.
Cannabinoid-based therapies are the future of wellness. Here at TONIC, we have our eye on the long-term and are focused on creating a product that will positively impact peoples’ lives in a real, sustainable way. In the coming years we will see CBD become a staple in the daily routine of health-conscious people everywhere; like taking a daily vitamin, CBD should be taken everyday to maintain your body’s essential balance.
The product of these high standards and innovative thinking & the magic of TONIC Doses….
CBD alone has incredible benefits, but what happens when you combine it with a unique blend of holistic, healing ingredients? You get TONIC’s Special Sauce – the [science-backed] magic of every TONIC blend.
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, found in all TONIC Doses, provides a full profile of cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, CBGA, etc), along with essential fatty acids, natural vitamin E and chlorophyll, which all work together to optimize health and wellness.
MCT Oil is blended into all TONIC Doses as a carrier for the very concentrated hemp extract. We only use MCT oil that is 100% coconut-derived, organic.
Black Seed Oil is known for its incredible effects on the immune system. A study conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College researchers set out to determine just how potent black seed oil against some of these superbugs and pared it against several antibiotics, such as Amoxicillin, Gatifloxacin and Tetracycline. According to the study, “Out of 144 strains tested, most of which were resistant to a number of antibiotics, 97 were inhibited by the oil of black cumin.”
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning that once it enters your system it adapts to your specific needs to correct imbalances and bring you closer to homeostasis (your body’s ideal internal state). Ashwagandha, found in TONIC OG and Chill TONIC, enhances the effects of CBD and creates a more effective way to balance and heal body and mind.
Pure Maple Syrup is used to sweeten TONIC Doses (hemp extract doesn’t have the best taste), but we made sure we were not compromising quality for taste; Organic pure maple syrup has a number of health benefits, as well as an awesome taste!
Lemon Balm and Passionflower are used in Chill TONIC to enhance the anxiety-relieving effects of CBD+Ashwagandha
TONIC stands by the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Every organically grown, non-GMO ingredient in TONIC has a purpose. Combining these superfoods and adaptogens with the healing powers of CBD creates an integrative wellness solution that will heal the body, calm the mind, fuel the soul & #FIXYOURVIBE.
Mental & physical stress leads to too much cortisol. Too much cortisol shoves you out of balance & leads to a bunch of crappy symptoms that most of us have become all too familiar with.
Adaptogens adapt to your individual needs in order to restore balance and maintain homeostasis.
CBD & Ashwagandha are adaptogenic & provide an all-natural, non-toxic & effective way to:
Both of these powerful adaptogens can be found in our TONIC OG & Chill TONIC
Stress is a staple in all of our lives. Whether it is due to turning on the news, sitting in traffic, financial security, scrolling through the insanity on your Facebook feed, working out without leaving time for proper recovery, or trying to get a handle on the ever-illusive work/life balance, your body only knows one thing: it is stressed. Chronic stress à chronically elevated cortisol levels à fatigue, poor sleep, weakened immune function, low sex drive, weight gain and general crappiness.
So, if stress isn’t something we can necessarily avoid, what do you do to slow the cascading flow of cortisol that is carrying you gently into the darkness? GET YOURSELF SOME ADAPTOGENS.
Adaptogens protect the body from the effects of chronic stress and provide heavy duty support for your body’s natural resistance to “adverse influences” (AKA anything that taxes the body either mentally or physically).
As the name suggests, adaptogens ADAPT to your body’s individual needs, with their end goal always being homeostasis – the body’s ideal state of balance. They support healthy adrenals: glands that regulate your hormonal response to stress and help you cope with anxiety and fatigue. When you’re always stressed and not taking the time to reset and practice self-care, your adrenals get real sick of your bullshit and start to give up. Supplementing with adaptogens lowers cortisol levels and allows your exhausted adrenal glands to get some much-needed R&R, restoring their proper function.
TONIC brings together 2 Adaptogenic MVPs – CBD & Ashwagandha – for the ultimate way to fight stress, restore balance & fix your vibe.
This Power Couple combines their dynamic regulatory & healing abilities to
o Relieve anxiety & keep cortisol low
o Improve immune function & fight inflammation
o Increase focus, endurance & mental clarity
o Achieve homeostasis, allowing your body to take a nice, cleansing exhale & just chill
CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but it has long been relegated to standing in the shadow of THC – the cannabinoid that creates the high associated with cannabis. CBD is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves and more and more people are experiencing the amazing benefits of this comprehensive adaptogen.
The power of CBD starts in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – the vast communication network throughout our bodies that regulates vital physiological functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, blood sugar, immune function and pain perception. We have Endocannabinoid receptors throughout our nervous system, immune system, and various organs (including the skin, which is why topicals are so effective!). When our ECS is not functioning properly (cannabinoid deficiencies or imbalances) it can result in issues such as migraines, chronic pain, autoimmune issues or inflammatory disease. How do you bring it back into balance? Supplement with CBD!
What you can expect from adding CBD into your routine:
Ashwagandha gained its street cred for its ability to reduce stress & anxiety in the face of fatigue, increase physical performance, and bring the body into balance. It has long been a staple in Ayurvedic & Chinese medicines because of its powerful yet all-natural restorative benefits:
Get all of the amazing benefits of adaptogens from TONIC OG – the original blend combining CBD+Ashwagandha to calm the mind, heal the body & fuel the soul.
For further anxiety relief + help with relaxation & sleep, try Chill TONIC
I’m not a morning person. I set 3 alarms every morning and struggle to get going. I know, I know… the snooze button is the enemy; you have to jump out of bed in the morning with a smile and proclaim your greatness. Yeah, not happening. But considering my job as a personal trainer for the past 6 years, I’ve had to find ways to be energized, motivating and focused for those 6am clients.
Different variations of superfood shakes (along with a large coffee or 2) have been my strongest allies against the morning blues.
This recipe takes some classic staples and then adds TONIC OG to give you that extra little kick in the ass to get going and #FixYourVibe.
AND it tastes like a delicious chocolate shake. Can’t beat that.
You can definitely add some fruit (berries or ½ banana) or some nut butter, but this recipe keeps the caloric load and sugar content low. If I were to have it post workout I would definitely go for that ½ banana and a tablespoon of almond butter. But considering I did not work out before this and indulged in snacks with reckless abandon last night, here are the ingredients I used:
The Good Stuff:
Put ‘em all together in the blender, add ice, blend & #FixYourVibe
If you find the it to be a little chalky for your taste you can add more oat milk (or whatever milk you decide to use), a spoonful of plain greek yogurt, ½ banana or a little water to thin it out while avoiding an increase in sugar/fat.
This is a MUST READ if you fall into either one of these categories:
Many people have caught on to CBD’s pain relieving abilities (even Mandy Moore & Olivia Wilde have been using CBD for pain relief, pro UFC fighter Nate Diaz uses it to help him recover!!). But with all the buzz about CBD and all of the different options out there when it comes to dosages and delivery methods (sublingual, topical, vape, edibles) it could be difficult to know what is best for you and your pain.
Higher doses of CBD are best for relieving systemic inflammation & pain. That is why I personally recommend either Bare 800mg, 1000mg or Chill (800mg) for those looking for help with chronic, widespread, extreme or nerve related pain.
TONIC sticks with the efficacy of high doses when it comes to our Topical blends as well – providing super-concentrated blends of either 200mg or 300mg CBD in a 10mL bottle (many other topical pain relief products out there pack that same dosage in 30-50mL bottles!!)
Convenient, concentrated, effective and organic all for only a $25-$30 price tag, there is no way you can beat Warrior/Chronic TONIC.
I recommend Warrior TONIC for sore muscles, tension, sinus pressure, razor burn, and moderate menstrual cramps (for really bad cramps, Chronic TONIC may be your better option)
Chronic is better for joint pain (arthritis, rheumatism) and persistent, deep pain.
For conditions like nerve pain, fibromyalgia, MS, or arthritis you could always benefit from the general anti-inflammatory effects of CBD (Doses), but when you experience flare ups or particularly painful days it is useful to bring in some extra help in those triggered areas (Topicals). That is why I recommend a combination of Bare 800 or 1000mg along with Chronic TONIC for those cases. (Which is why we are now offering the Pain Relief Power Pack!!!)
Ask & You Shall Receive…. After posting an Instagram Poll the other day asking if you guys wanted to know more about Black Seed Oil, it was very clear that this crucial part of the TONIC’s Special Sauce is still a mystery to a lot of you out there. So, here is a breakdown of BSO (Nigella Sativa) & all of its mind-blowing benefits.
Native to South/Southwest Asia, BSO is also known as Nigella Sativa, Black Cumin Seed, or by its Arabic name – Haba-al-barakah, which means ‘the seed of blessing’.
Many health experts claim that Black Seed Oil is a true panacea: it is able to help treat everything from allergies to hypertension (it is often said that it can treat everything except death).
Black Seed Oil has been applied topically and taken orally for thousands of years to help ailments from bruises and bad hair to colds and snakebites to headaches and indigestion. Since 1965 nearly 1000 scientific articles have been published about Nigella Sativa, documenting its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer and immune-enhancing properties. Human studies have been more prolific the past couple of decades and has helped scientists pinpoint some more specific benefits.
Black Seed Oil is rich in 3 key natural chemicals:
In a study published in the Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, scientists tested Thymol, TQ & THQ against 30 human patheogens and were surprised to discover that each compound showed 100% inhibition for the 30 pathogens evalutated. This study essentially proves that fungus and mold cannot exist in the presence of these phytochemicals, so it is no wonder why researchers are seeking to solve the superbug problem with Black Seed Oil.
The research on Black Seed Oil and its ability to treat “superbugs” is perhaps the most promising because these multi-drug resistant bugs are becoming a significant public health risk according to the National Institute of Public Health.
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. Nearly ever toxin gets processed through the liver and the bile from the liver is the key to digesting fats and keeping your mind and body happy and healthy. Liver function can be slowed due to medications, alcohol, or poor diet, but Black Seed Oil has been shown to be able to greatly speed up the liver’s healing process. In a recent study, scientists discovered that black seed oil benefits the function of the liver and helps prevent both damage and disease.
Explained in a recent article published by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers from the Indian Council of Medical Research highlight that black seed oil “causes gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells, increases the lowered serum insulin concentrations and decreases the elevated serum glucose.” This is actually quite profound because Nigella sativa is one of the few substances on the planet that is suggested to help prevent both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
In fact, according to the study, black seed “improves glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin; yet it has not shown significant adverse effects and has very low toxicity.” This is HUGE because metformin, one of the most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes drugs, can cause a wide slew of side effects.
Nigella Sativa hasn’t traditionally been used as a treatment for obesity, but its ability to lower inflammation and allow for more efficient bodily processes combined with its ability to lower these weight-gain triggers:
makes Black Seed Oil an important supplement to combine with a healthy diet and workout regimen for maximal weight loss results.
Black Seed Oil contains 15 amino acids, including 8 of the 9 essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine and tryptophan). It also contains arginine – a semi-essential amino acid necessary for various metabolic processes. Arginine can improve blood flow, boost the immune system and stimulate the release of insulin and growth hormone.
Croatian scientists evaluated the antitumor activity of thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone in mice and discovered that the two phytochemicals resulted in 52 percent decrease in tumor cells.
Being rich in both chemicals, black seed is unique in that it can help prevent and treat cancer in a variety of ways, including: