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The Many Benefits of CBD for Seniors
  • April 29, 2020
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People in the 21st century are living longer than ever before, and the old stereotypes that used to apply to the aging process — for example, that you have to slow down and eventually give up the activities you’ve always enjoyed — have long since fallen by the wayside.

In fact, modern seniors are continuing to find new ways to slow the breakdown of their bodies and overcome physical and mental limitations, without shuffling from doctor visit to doctor visit or turning to a complicated cocktail of prescription medication. 

More and more seniors are discovering the benefits of CBD for an active lifestyle and harnessing the power of cannabidiol, via topicals and tinctures, as a natural and safe method of improving their overall quality of life. Here are a few ways in which CBD supplementation could be a great addition to your health and wellness regimen as you age.

Mood

Getting older takes its toll, both physically and mentally, and everything from declining health to increased isolation can cause older adults to experience intense mood swings that ultimately impact their mental health. CBD interacts with the mood-regulating receptors in the brain (serotonin, adenosine) without producing the “high” feeling associated with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant. Studies have shown that CBD may help to reduce stress and create a greater sense of calm while also improving cognitive function.

Cognition

As mentioned above, because it interacts with receptors in the brain, CBD may help to improve memory and increase our ability to focus. Some studies even suggest CBD could be a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.(1)

Sleep

Proper rest is crucial to our physical and mental health, particularly as we age. Did you know that sleep disorders such as insomnia are particularly common among older adults?(2) A lack of sleep can contribute to falls and physical injuries, as well as drag down a person’s mood and negatively impact their social interactions. CBD is a possible solution. It can help to relax the body, calm the mind, and decrease stress and anxiety, without the need for prescription sleep medication.

Pain Management

Physical pain holds so many people back from living life to the fullest. In fact, an estimated 65 percent of seniors report suffering from some type of pain (3), whether it’s due to an injury, a chronic condition such as arthritis or osteoporosis, or another side effect of aging. As you can probably guess, the most common remedy for chronic pain is medication. CBD could be an effective alternative. Studies suggest that using CBD as a natural anti-inflammatory agent may help seniors to manage pain without the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals.(4)

Mobility

Finally, by helping to improve sleep, reduce inflammation in the body, and manage pain, CBD can help seniors with another crucial element of the health-and-wellness equation: physical activity.

If you or a loved one has been struggling to work more movement into your lifestyle, check out this infographic for inspiration.

See for yourself how a high-quality, natural CBD supplement can help you or a senior loved one live a better quality of life. Browse through our website and check out our extensive selection of CBD products you can buy online or search our Store Locator for the retail location nearest you that carries our US-sourced, full-spectrum balms, lotions and drops. For more information, feel free to contact us today.

Sources: (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28412918 
(2) https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep/sleep-disorders-in-the-elderly
(3) https://www.painconsortium.nih.gov/sites/default/files/aging_and_chronic_pain_infographic_508.pdf
(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/
Why Can’t You Buy Quality Hemp-Based Products Off of Amazon?
  • March 23, 2020
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Why Can’t You Buy Quality Hemp-Based Products Off of Amazon?

With most of the US in some type of quarantine or social distancing protocol, it means more of us will be spending more time online shopping instead of visiting our local stores.  If there’s one place where we can get just about anything that we could possibly need, it’s Amazon.  One of the most successful retailers in the history of commerce, Amazon is renowned for their absolutely enormous inventory that serves as a one-stop shop for most of the world.  Therefore, it would make sense that Amazon offers one of the largest varieties of CBD products, right?

Wrong.  Anyone who has a decent understanding of CBD has found that you simply can’t find the real stuff anywhere on the website.  Today, we will be talking about why that’s the case, and explaining why there are better sources from which to purchase your CBD products.

CBD and the Law: A Relationship That Remains Complicated

So, why can’t you find CBD on Amazon?  After all, CBD has become completely legal, and you can get it from so many other places, so why would the largest online retailer offer zero options?  Well, the law regarding CBD isn’t as simple as you might think.  For one thing, due to the fact that the FDA has still not approved CBD, CBD-infused products cannot be sold via standard payment processors, such as the ones used by Amazon, because it’s considered a high-risk product.

Further, CBD was classified as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance up until very recently.  While this does mean that CBD is legal federally, there is still a lot of legal confusion during the process of declassifying it.  Amazon, which clearly states that they do not sell drugs, continues to see CBD as one, which is why selling CBD on their website would go against their own policy. 

What You’ll Find When Shopping for CBD on Amazon

So, now you know that it’s illegal to sell CBD on amazon, which means that no CBD exists on the website.  But, to the confusion of consumers, when they look up “CBD” via the website’s search function, they see an endless list of hemp products that look an awful lot like the CBD products that we’re used to.  So, how can this be?

Well, here’s where things get a bit confusing.  The terms “CBD” and “hemp” are often used interchangeably within the market.  Hemp is the plant from which CBD is derived, and so all CBD products are technically hemp products.  But, not all hemp products are CBD products.  Allow us to explain.

CBD, the leading cannabinoid in the hemp plant, exists mainly in the flowers of the female plant.  This means that there are portions of the hemp plant in which you won’t find CBD.  Basically, when you buy a hemp product, it doesn’t necessarily contain any CBD.

The hemp products that you’ll find on Amazon are CBD-free, as is what the website’s regulations dictate.  So, they may be packaged to look like CBD products, and the product descriptions may use terms that sound a lot like those used to describe CBD, but they don’t actually contain this cannabinoid.

Most hemp products that you’ll find on Amazon come from the hemp seed, which does not contain cannabinoids.  The seed of the hemp plant is rich in a variety of nutrients, and may have some useful properties of its own, but at the end of the day, it’s not the CBD that you’re looking for.  In fact, a lot of CBD enthusiasts have been duped into buying non-CBD hemp products on Amazon thinking that they contain CBD, because many of the brands selling their hemp goods on Amazon purposely use methods to trick consumers into thinking that they use CBD in their products. 

Why You Should Avoid CBD on Amazon

Therefore, it’s clear that if you’re shopping for CBD, Amazon is not the place to be looking.  Simply put, it’s impossible to find what you’re looking for.  But, even if Amazon were to start selling CBD on their website, we’d suggest that you find other options.  Why?  Because it’s harder to come across brand transparency when shopping on Amazon.

The best way to know that you’re buying quality CBD is to interact directly with the brand making the products.  And, to do this, you should be buying your CBD directly from a company’s website.  On their website, you’ll have full access to all of the information you need to verify the legitimacy, quality, purity, chemical composition and potency of the CBD you wish to buy, including third-party lab reports that come from an unbiased testing facility.  This helps you better discern between one CBD brand and another in a search for the most effective and exceptional-quality CBD that’s out there.

Amazon has a reputation for selling inauthentic or expired products, as well.  Third-party vendors that use Amazon as their platform can get away with selling lower-quality products while using the literature that is associated with more legitimate brands.  This can make it much harder to know for certain what you’re getting when you make a purchase.  And, with CBD, you don’t want to take any chances, because the quality of the product has everything to do with whether or not you’ll have positive results.

The Best Source for Your CBD

At Muscle MX, we understand how important it is to prove our high standards to our customers.  We offer lab reports that verify the quality and purity of our hemp, and we are extremely transparent about every step of our manufacturing process, from the way in which the hemp was extracted to the ingredients that we use in our formulas.  This way, you don’t have to do a lot of digging to know that a CBD product you’re interested in is the real deal.  We provide you with all that you need to feel confident in making a purchase.

Amazon is Simply Not the Answer for Your Overall CBD Needs

If you’re looking for legitimate, high-quality and adequately potent CBD, you won’t find it on Amazon.  The good news is that there are much better sources for your CBD, like Muscle MX.  We sell legal, high-quality and completely authentic CBD that comes complete with third-party lab reports.

CBD: Guide to Boost Your Immune System
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As worries grow about COVID-19, the number of online searches and research has grown exponentially regarding ways to bolster the immune system.  How can we change our daily routine?  What foods boost up an immunity? What steps can I take to strengthen my system?

Our immune system plays a critical role in our overall health. Not only does it fight infections that could potentially harm us severely, but it also provides the body with its own ability to repair itself as needed. Due to the crucial role that the immune system plays in the function of the human body, supporting it is a top priority. But, how exactly do we give the immune system what it needs in order to fulfill its job at its highest potential?

Today, we’re going to be talking about how the immune system functions and the many simple ways in which you can support it throughout your daily routine. We’re also going to be focusing on CBD’s unique potential relationship with the immune system while helping you figure out exactly how you can use this cannabinoid for that specific purpose.

What is the Immune System?

The immune system is an intricate network of cells and proteins that work together to defend the body against infection. It’s responsible for keeping us healthy by protecting us from external threats that could cause bodily harm. The immune system works hard at all hours of the day and requires a good deal of energy in order to work properly. Not only does it aggressively fight external threats, but it also repairs the body and keeps note of past threats so that it can develop immunity to various diseases.

Why is Strengthening the Immune System So Important?

A weak immune system cannot adequately fight against ailments, and so a person with a weakened immune system will get sick far more frequently than a person with a healthy
one. Not only that, but a weakened immune system can struggle to contain an illness, and so a person will get more severe symptoms.  Ways to Maintain a Healthy Immune System
The good news is that there are many ways in which we can take control of our health by strengthening our immune systems using a number of different methods.

Method #1: Keep Your Stress Levels in Check

One thing that robs the immune system of its functionality is stress. Chronic stress causes excessive levels of cortisol to run rampant throughout the body, and this can directly interfere with immune function. Find a way to manage your stress, and your immune system will be more capable of doing its job.

Method #2: Get Enough Sleep

Sleep allows our bodies to rest and repair themselves, and so not getting enough sleep can be quite taxing on the immune system. Do what you can to ensure that you get the right amount of sleep each night.

Method #3: Maintain a Healthy Diet

Our diet directly impacts our immune system. A low-quality diet high in sugar and other inflammatory foods can drain the immune system of its abilities. Alternatively, a diet rich in a wide variety of nutrients gives the immune system strength. Take note of your diet and determine what might be missing from it, as well as what you may want to reduce your intake of, whether it be sugar, dairy, alcohol or something else that can potentially cause inflammation.

Method #4: Supplement with Vitamin D, B12, C, Zinc and Omega Fatty Acids

There are particular nutrients that the immune system benefits from immensely, and they include vitamin D, B12 and C, as well as zinc and omega fatty acids. All of these nutrients have been found to play a role in strengthening the immune system, which is why they’re so frequently recommended to patients who are sick. If you can’t get enough of these nutrients from food sources, supplements are a great option.

Method #5: Consider Adding CBD to Your Daily Routine

Another thing that more and more people are doing for the sake of their immune system is starting a CBD regimen. We tend to associate CBD with stress and pain, but the truth is that it has the potential to work with the body’s immune system as well. CBD feeds the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a system consisting of cannabinoid receptors located throughout each bodily system. The immune system possesses cannabinoid receptors, and it seems that when these cannabinoid receptors receive CBD, it stimulates the regulation of bodily processes that we depend on daily. Interestingly, researchers are just beginning to explore the fascinating relationship between CBD and the immune system via the endocannabinoid system. 

CBD and Immunity: Starting a Regimen for a Potential Boost

What we know about CBD is that it can be taken daily, and it seems that daily use boosts its potential effects. It’s important to go with high-quality CBD products that have adequate potency levels, which is why choosing a reputable source from which to buy it is imperative.

How Can Muscle MX Help?

At Muscle MX, we make our CBD products with a strong sense of integrity, as we want to give our customers the finest hemp compounds that exist. Now, allow us to talk about how you can use our products for the sake of the immune system.

#1: Feed the Endocannabinoid System with CBD Drops. 

Our CBD Drops are a great starting point for anyone who wishes to begin a once-a-day regimen.  This product is an oral tincture which 
absorbs through the sublingual tissue. It gives your body the perfect dose of CBD each day to ensure that the endocannabinoid system receives 
what it wants.  Our IMMUNE Drops are another great starting point since they include added supplements Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin B, which as we 
discussed previously, all help to strengthen your immune system.

#2: Potentially Treat Pain with CBD Balm and Lotion

The immune system is responsible for repairing the body following an injury. When a person is injured, cytokines rush to the affected area as part of the inflammation response.  However, we want to minimize inflammation in order to ensure that the immune system doesn’t deplete its own resources in an effort to heal. That’s why CBD topicals may be a great option for those who have inflammation caused by some form of an injury. Both our CBD Balm and CBD Lotion formulas are excellent topicals with the perfect amount of CBD.

Final Thoughts
It’s clear that one of the keys to good overall health is a properly functioning immune system. But, with so many factors that can deplete the immune system’s abilities, we must go out of our way to support it. Luckily, there are many easy changes that we can make in order to give our immune system the boost that it needs in order to do its job properly. Use this guide to come up with an immune-boosting routine that’s right for you. And, check out the CBD products at Muscle MX so that you can start making hemp part of your regimen.

Restore CBD Lotion – Your Antimicrobial Secret Weapon
  • March 5, 2020
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“I put that sh** on everything!”  (Actual product review quote from Samantha B.)

When we first made our Restore lotion, we knew we had something special. No one had ever created a product like this before. It legitimately had so many uses, we struggled fitting them all into one message. It combines the healing powers of CBD, several essential oils, and SilverSol technology This colloidal silver nano tech was a great addition to our formula because it gave our lotion an antimicrobial element. Basically, it means that it destroys or inhibits the growth of microorganisms, especially pathogenic microorganisms. So when you put the lotion on your skin, it acts as a barrier to pathogens(germs) for up several hours after each use. SilverSol has already been used in hospital burn units, and wound care, and been shown to prevent infection while expediting the healing process. With all of this information, we knew that it had to be included in our Restore Lotion to really round out this incredible product. 

One of the topics that many people have been discussing lately is how to stop yourself from getting sick. Most understand the basic ways that common diseases are spread. Pathogens generally spread from human to human contact, or in some ways that allows the disease to travel from one person to another. Unbridled coughing and sneezing are the biggest culprits. And whether it’s yours or someone else’s, hands touching the face are almost always involved. 

The elephant in the room of this conversation is that the Coronavirus has become a worldwide crisis with infected people on every continent except Antarctica (Reuters). There are at least 92,000 people who have been affected globally, and while this is not something that can be contained or cured, there are ways we can prevent ourselves from becoming a statistic, which is ensuring to wash our hands properly.

You may think that there cannot possibly be a wrong way to wash your hands when in fact, the CDC recommends you lather your hands in soap, ensuring to reach all crevasses for the duration of “Happy Birthday” twice. Although it is not a perfect science, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds has been shown to remove more microbes than shorter amounts.If you’re doing it right, pretty soon your hands are going to be stripped and dry. That is why you need to carry an anti-microbial moisturizer like our  Restore lotion.

Antimicrobial CBD Lotion that is perfect for after washing your hands

On top of helping you keep your hands germ-free and silky smooth in between hand washing, it still has many other uses. The unique proprietary formula targets pain and inflammation while aiding the healing of your skin. It forms a protective wall by sealing in moisture and helps you better tackle any issue in which your skin needs to heal. That could include dry/cracked skin, blisters, minor cuts and scrapes, rashes, and the like. It works at all of that while warding off infection.

If you have any questions about this product or anything regarding what we do here at Muscle MX, please feel free to contact us at any time. 

Major League Baseball Changes Drug Policy to Allow CBD & THC
  • December 12, 2019
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Major League Baseball (MLB), in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has announced a huge and welcomed change to their drug testing policy.

All cannabis-derived compounds are removed from the banned substances list, and opioids have been added to it. These changes are effective for this upcoming 2020 season.

This is a much needed change for several reasons. Players have been clamoring for CBD and other cannabinoids for the past few years. Retired MLB All-Stars David Wells and Goose Gossage are among several former players who have come out in support of CBD use to help players manage the body hurt, stress, and anxiety that can accompany the rigors of a 162 game season.

Last year the unfortunate and untimely death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found to be the result of a bad combination of opioids and alcohol. His highly public passing increased the call to reform drug policies in the MLB, and other professional sports. Many insiders have reported that other major professional sports leagues will soon follow in an effort to do more for the long-term health of their players. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement ends after the 2020 season, with the NBA potentially ending after 2022 if either side opts out. Many speculate that a similar approach to the new MLB stance will be followed, though current and former players are pushing for sooner, as the MLB has done. The NHL already allows its players to use CBD and other forms of cannabis drugs and supplements with positive results from many of its players, coaches, and trainers.

It will be interesting to see how players react with spring training only a couple of months away.

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