Akasha Apothecary
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Georgia Johnson, Santa Cruz, Ca: “These products are the best!! I’ve tried so many CBD products, all of them are either not very helpful or sticky and made of gross ingredients. The ingredients in the salve and body are so good for me and for the planet, I really couldn’t ask for more”

Aiyana Rose, Santa Cruz, Ca: “Started using the toner a year ago and my skin has never been happier!!! I put it on usually twice a day after showering or washing my face before putting on lotion and it cleared pretty much all my acne and evened out my skin so much I barely wear foundation these days 🙏 ❤️”

Lindsey Dogey, Phoenix,Az: “I gave Akasha Apothecary’s CBD skincare a try a couple months ago when my skin was at its absolute worst. In the first 24hrs I saw results! I can’t say enough about the quality of the products! My favorite is the Phoenix Oil, a little bit goes a long way and it’s potent stuff! When I put this on my face at night I can literally see and feel a difference by the next morning! The fragrance is great too, you can smell the herbal ingredients but it’s not overpowering and still feels fresh and clean! I highly recommend trying Akasha’s CBD skincare, you will not be disappointed- worth every penny!”

Alexis Lauren, Santa Cruz, CA: “I have tried many CBD creams and salves and while I have found a few really good ones, NOTHING compares to the one Akasha Apothecary makes. It is literally like a pain eraser. I have been using it for joint pain in my fingers, wrists and elbows and it is pure magic. I put it on and the pain literally evaporates...for hours, sometimes the whole day. I've also been using it to help heal my torn meniscus and I feel confident it is speeding the healing time and definitely helping me manage the pain in the meantime. A side note, I had a tiny, tiny wart on the outside of my pointer finger and after about a month of using my hands to apply this CBD salve to my body, the wart just disappeared after almost 2 years!! Crazy!!!”

Lisa Brown Santa Cruz, ca: relieving salve - Just wanted to let you know I’ve been having killer back pain since being pregnant and that my go to is your original salve! I try having nick rub my back, use a lacrosse ball, etc but I don’t get relief until I use the salve.. Just want you to know it’s still giving me so much relief! So thank you!!!!

STACY, Nevada: Love the Phoenix oil and use it every day!

Kelsey, Ben Lomond, Ca: Healing salve, This helps my jaw more than anything i’ve tried. Good job!

Diana Pawlak, Ben Lomond, Ca: RELIEVING SALVE - I HAVE TO SAY HONESTLY, I HAVE NEVER HAD A QUICKER MORE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE WITH A SALVE.. ITS HONESTLY AMAZING! MY NECK WAS IN HUGE KNOTS AND FEELS WAY BETTER!

Kai, Santa Cruz, ca: Akasha apothecary products are simply wonderful and completely revolutionary. The canna salve is the first thing I tried. I have major pinched nerves from being a nurse assistant and come home most days with nerve and joint pain. This cbd relieving salve offers relief almost as soon as you apply it. It also has a wonderful smell and just feels smooth and luxurious. 
I've gotten the opportunity to try a few new products as well and I love the spray oil. Although I love the smell of the original salve, this one has very little cannabis smell and smells really herbal which I like because I can use it at work without any worry. The facial moisturizer is absolutely amazing! I wake up with nice smooth skin and it doesn't make me break out! I just absolutely love these products and am so excited to see what else is in store for Akasha.

Mairin, SAnta Cruz, CA: Phoenix oil - SUch a wonderful serum. applies so evenly and feels great on.

Juanita Rose: PHOENIX OIL - LITERALLY USE IT EVERY SINGLE MORNING AND NIGHT AND ITS HEALED MY SKIN I HAVEN’T HAD BLEMISHES AND THE REDNESS IN MY FACE HAS DECREASED. IT WORKS MIRACLES!

Lisa, Scotts Valley, Ca: Upon purchase of my first tin of the canna salve, I turned around and purchased another for my grandmother.

This salve has a wonderful scent! I can definitely smell the cannabis component which I appreciate but as soon as I begin to rub it into my skin the other herbal extracts take over and you’re just left with an awesome smell.

As far as if this product actually works for pain— YES! I live with chronic low back pain that stems from scoliosis & My father has neck pain from arthritis. We have both used this salve and can say that it does provide relief! I will continue to purchase this salve as well as other products in the future!
Alex , Boulder Creek, Ca: I get horrible stomach and back pains once a month and this salve totally took the edge off so I could sleep. I originally was thinking it would be comparable to Tiger Balm, but I like it way better. Smells amazing, but not over the top and goes on and seems to absorb better and not leave such a greasy feeling. Love love love!


Diana Pawlak, Ben Lomond, Ca: I have suffered from neck and back pain since the birth of my 18 yr old son. This salve works immediately to help any spasms stop! Amazing product. Thanks for the gift Alyssa, I’ll be back as a client for sure!
Andrew DiMarzio, Santa Cruz, Ca: Picked some of this up because I’ve had some severe back and shoulder problems lately and I hate massages(I know, I’m weird). I literally put it on these giant knots on my shoulders from sleeping wrong and honestly experienced INSTANT relief. I’m beyond impressed, and will definitely be back for more. Great stuff. Five stars.
Heather Ves, Santa Cruz, Ca: I had surgery on my neck a couple years ago and this product work amazing!It works instantly and is long lasting! Also a little bit is all you need so it the product doesn't get used as fast as some others where you have it to use it so much because it's not working. Thank you to my best friend and Akasha products for helping my aches along with all the others you've helped! Keep the great work!

Whitney Wilson, Ben Lomond, Ca: This product works great! I was super excited to try it as I have neuropathy and deal with chronic pain daily. I've tried similar products but none compare to this one! The natural aroma is much more pleasant than others I have used. Definitely took the pains away also. Helped me relax and get comfortable after a long day of work. I'll be buying more in the future for sure!
Samantha Fultz, Santa Cruz, Ca: I suffer from mid and lower back pain from years of caregiving. My pain was at its worst tonight and I used this product for the first time. It's been a few hours and my pain is still gone. And my body feels really relaxed. It smells so good was applied easily and didn't leave my back all sticky like what I've used in the past. I highly suggest using this for any body aches and pains. I'm so happy to feel some much needed relief.
Alexandria James, Santa Cruz, Ca9:I bought this product to help manage my pain from surgery. I don’t like to use pain pills with crazy side effects! This salve worked so good for me!! There’s No side effects, only relaxation and good smells . I definitely recommend it!
Victor Carreon, Santa Cruz, Ca: I do construction and this salve seriously helped with my aching shoulders and back after work. It’s a great product, I would definitely recommend this product.

This is why we do what we do. To help those in need, those that are suffering from pain, and to help those to heal through the magic of herbs and botanicals. Thank you all lovely people for your support. These testimonials can be found on our reviews section of our Facebook page.

 

Organically Grown & Wildcrafted Herbs

We use only the highest quality herbs in our products

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WIldcrafted and organic herbs

Akasha Apothecary organically grown herbs from seed to skin. no herbicides or pesticides used EVER.
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Freshly wildcrafted comfrey in Bonny Doon, CA on our beautiful 3 acre medicinal herb farm.

The root and leaves of the comfrey plant have been used in traditional medicine in many parts of the world. In Japan, the plant has been harvested and used as a traditional treatment for over 2,000 years. The roots of leaves of the comfrey plant contain chemical substances called allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Allantoin boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation. Extracts are still made from the roots and leaves and turned into ointments, creams, or salves. 

+reference: Healthline.com for more information about herbs!

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A long day of wildcrafting for healing sales. Collected lavender, aloe, chamomile, and rosemary.

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We love all of our garden friends in the summer time these friends help keep away pests from the plants.

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Freshly wildcrafted chamomile for summer sun infusions

Chamomile

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Lets talk about terpenes

When we are selecting herbs for our herbal creations we are always making sure that the herbs are high in synergistic terpenes that amplify the healing and pain relieving benefits of our CBD salves and skin care products.


FUll Spectrum CBD

In all of our products we use CBD that is full sun grown craft CBD from a local family owned cannabis farm located in Santa Cruz Mountains without the use of any harmful sprays, inorganic nutrients, or harmful ecological practices. At Akasha Apothecary it is important that all of the plants that we use are treated with the upmost respect and care from seed to skin.

We use a low heat whole plant extraction method to extract our full spectrum organic CBD oil. Takes many weeks of love and attention to create our blends.

New to CBD? Not sure what to choose? What is full spectrum CBD Vs CBD isolate?

Lets unpack all of these very important questions…

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We have a variety of CBD products…some geared towards aiding skin ailments others toward balancing hormones.

If you are new to CBD oils and not sure where to start I recommend starting with our CBD relieving salve. It is the one stop CBD product that we have that works on a variety of issues ( eczema. psoriasis, back pain, inflammation, cramps and so much more!)

DIANA, SANTA CRUZ,, CA: RELIEVING SALVE - I HAVE TO SAY HONESTLY, I HAVE NEVER HAD A QUICKER MORE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE WITH A SALVE.. ITS HONESTLY AMAZING! MY NECK WAS IN HUGE KNOTS AND FEELS WAY BETTER!

If you’ve been skeptical about using hemp or other CBD-related products because you don’t want to get stoned or became a “pothead”, you’ve got nothing to worry about in that regard. (Containing >.3%THC) CBD is non psycho-active and does not get you high and will not show up on a drug test. Our salve is intended for external use only.

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Full spectrum CBD oil, unlike CBD isolate products, includes a wide range of cannabinoids present in the cannabis or hemp plant. Depending on the condition and what you are looking to achieve it can provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids work together in what is known as the entourage effect. Full spectrum CBD also contains a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, and fiber. When referring to CBD in the hemp plant, it’s important to understand that Hemp contains a large number of cannabinoids (in trace amounts), but the main compounds are CBD and cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). As CBDa is more abundant in the hemp plant, firms must decarboxylate the oil. This process heats the oil and changes CBDa into CBD. One of the most important studies relating to full spectrum CBD oil took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School in 2015. It compared the performance of a full spectrum extract with one that contained CBD only. The study concluded that full spectrum was more effective when fighting pain and inflammation.

While CBD only is somewhat effective, the whole plant extract not only provided faster and better relief, the effects also lasted longer. This is why an increasing number of companies in the CBD industry are selling full spectrum CBD oil as a rule.
The aforementioned entourage effect is the main reason behind the efficacy of whole plant extracts. There are over 100 ‘identified’ compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these compounds have their own therapeutic benefit, they combine synergistically to provide a far better performance than any single compound, including CBD. Here are a couple of examples of conditions that benefit from the entourage effect. While full-spectrum CBD oil contains a huge array of cannabinoids, terpenes and much more, oils or isolates with CBD only, are separated from other compounds in the plant. 

We use a coconut oil base to extract CBD because coconut oil has among the highest concentration of fatty acids (saturated fats). The surplus of these fatty acids in the coconut oil create a stronger binding agent for cannabinoids. Compared to olive oil, which contains a saturated fat content of less than 20%, coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fats and thus has the ability to retain far more cannabinoids during extractions, rendering far more medicinally efficient products in return. Coconut oil, therefore, is a near perfect medium for cannabis.

○ Great for those with arthritis it helps soothe the joints and creates more mobility

○ Helps with chronic pain by reducing inflammation and healing on a cellular level

○ Aids in scar tissue repair

○ Soothing for cuts and burns, our balm helps speed up healing process

○ Deep moisture for dry skin and eczema

○ Contains macrobiotic properties and is safe to use on the face, helps with acne, acne scars, red marks, fine lines and much more !

How do C B D Topicals Work?

 
 

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Medical Marijuana Inc. provides this information to provide an understanding of the potential applications of cannabinoids. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Medical Marijuana Inc. and none should be inferred.

Even though cannabis is non-toxic and offers medical benefits for a seemingly never ending list of ailments, not everyone looking for relief wants to light up a joint or munch down a pot brownie. Thankfully, there is another way – topicals.

At this point, you may have come across topicals online or in your local dispensary and found yourself asking why you would put cannabis on the outside of your body? As one of the fastest growing ways of using cannabinoids for health, topicals include a wide classification of cannabis infused products intended for external use.

Although clinical research into the transdermal application of cannabinoids is lacking, anecdotal evidence abounds in regards to the effectiveness of cannabis topicals. This then raises an important question: do cannabis topicals really work or are they just snake-oil?

What Are Cannabis Topicals?

As more and more research is conducted on cannabinoids like THC and CBD and theendocannabinoid system, newer ways to use cannabinoid based products are being developed, including the use of one of our largest and most outward of organs — our skin.

Cannabis topicals include balms, salves, lotions, and oils that are infused with active cannabinoids and are applied to and absorbed directly through your skin. Topicals have grown in popularity in recent years, with cannabinoids like THC and CBD making their way into everything from lip balm and massage oils to cosmetics and sexual lubricants.

 

How Do Topicals Work?

Rather than smoking marijuana or ingesting it orally, which will affect the whole body and can take up to 2 hours or more to fully experience the effects, the topical application of cannabinoids allows them to be absorbed directly into the affected area for faster and more focused relief. This minimally invasive method for medical cannabis use often serves as a first point of contact between curious consumers and the medical cannabis industry. Reluctant to ingest or smoke the raw cannabis plant, new users may be more willing to try external applications.

Topicals are non-psychoactive, so they are often popular among patients who want the therapeutic effects of cannabis but not the “high”. This non-psychoactivity is because the cannabinoids in these topicals bind to CB2 receptors near the skin, activating the endocannabinoid system, and are never absorbed into the bloodstream. Because human skin has a low absorption rate for these cannabinoids, coverage and dose need to be large enough to overcome this barrier (Challapalli & Stinchcomb, 2002). This is why most cannabis topicals suggest applying “liberally” to the affected location.

However, CBN and CBD are more permeable to the skin than THC and are more likely to stimulate the CB2 cannabinoid receptors, making them the popular choice for the manufacture of cannabis topicals (Jorge et al., 2011). Since CBD contents are much higher in commercial hemp than in marijuana, hemp is a more viable and less toxic source of CBD for use in topicals.

 

What Should I Use Topicals For?

It has been well documented that cannabinoids are effective in the management of difficult and chronic pain due to their interaction with the endocannabinoid system (Russo, 2008). However, little research has been done into the application of these cannabinoids transdermally. The medical literature that has been published indicates that, because cannabis infused salves and balms are non-psychoactive and affect only the region to which they are applied, they are the most effective application of cannabinoids for localized relief from pain, tension, muscle ache, and inflammation.

Although topicals containing high doses of CBD are best when used for physical pain, the topical use of a combination of THC and CBD has been reported as effective against the “central pain of multiple sclerosis” (Jorge et al., 2011). Topical applications of cannabinoids are also effective at relieving the chronic pain from arthritis and rheumatism.

Athletes have been exploring the topical use of cannabis for some time because it offers physical relief without the dangerous side effects of prescription painkillers, it doesn’t leave the user too intoxicated to perform at their peak, and it isn’t detectable on drug tests like those performed by the World Anti-doping Agency, the largest drug testing agency for sports in the world.

The damage to the human body from athletics and exercise comes in various forms, from the oxidation of cells to the subtle tearing of the muscles. The antioxidant properties of cannabinoids can help prevent this oxidation and their analgesic and anti-inflammatorycharacteristics can assist with the soreness and pain of overexertion. Additional options for athletes to fight their physical pain exist with massages using cannabis infused products or a soak in a CBD infused bath.

A 2007 study completed by an international research group detailed how “enhanced activation of the endocannabinoid system” helps regulate immune responses in the skin, meaning topicals may be useful in treatment of skin allergies (Gaffal et al., 2013). Topical applications of cannabinoids also benefit the skin thanks to their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immunity-modulating properties. Burns, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and skin infections can all be relieved with the analgesic and antibacterial properties exhibited by cannabinoids when used in topicals (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, 2016).

Cannabis topicals then can be effectively applied for a variety of ailments near the skin for a more focused and faster acting relief than when cannabinoids are ingested.

 

 

References:

https://news.medicalmarijuanainc.com/why-use-a-cannabis-topical/

 

Challapalli PV, Stinchcomb AL. In vitro experiment optimization for measuring tetrahydrocannabinol skin permeation. Int J Pharm. 2002;241:329–39.

Gaffal E, Cron M, Glodde N, Tuting T. Anti-inflammatory activity of topical THC in DNFB-mediated mouse allergic contact dermatitis independent of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Allergy 2013; 68: 994–1000.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (2007, August 17). Cannabis May Help Alleviate Allergic Skin Disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 7, 2016 fromwww.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070816094649.htm

Jorge LL, Feres CC, Teles VE. Topical preparations for pain relief: efficacy and patient adherence. Journal of Pain Research. 2011;4:11-24. doi:10.2147/JPR.S9492.

Russo EB. Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management. 2008;4(1):245-259.