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Third Coast and Onnit

Third Coast is now partnered with Onnit! Their motto of “Total Human Optimization” is exactly why we love them. They’ve created an effective line of nutritional supplements and workout equipment.

When compared to most nutrition companies or even workout equipment brands, Onnit could be viewed by many as unconventional. However, their nutraceuticals and equipment are top of the line and on the bleeding edge of the health and wellness industry.

Here we have curated our favorite products from Onnit, starting with our favorites!

Onnit Total Hemp

Total Hemp Free Trial

Try out Onnit’s Total Hemp for FREE with this special 7 day free trial from Third Coast and Onnit. Simply cover the cost of shipping, and the rest is on us. Try it Today!

Onnit’s Total Hemp product is a broad-spectrum hemp product with enhanced bioavailability. The CBD and other cannabinoids in Total Hemp are extracted through a solvent-free process, and therefore is one of the healthiest CBD products on the market because the raw materials are never coated in alcohol, ethanol or other solvents.

Total Hemp VESIsorb for Bioavailability

One of the main reasons we love Total Hemp is because of the thought they put into the bioavailability of their product. Hemp compounds aren’t always the easiest thing for our bodies to absorb, thus Onnit is using a propriety technology called VESIsorb to extract their cannabinoids to help with absorption into our body. With VESIsorb, water-soluble colloidal droplets easily cross the intestinal water layer for better absorption into our bloodstream.

Total Hemp also comes in soft gel form and thus is an edible CBD product which means it will travel well, and benefits can be noticed across the entire body vs a single area.

About Onnit

Onnit was founded in 2010 by Aubrey Marcus with an idea to make cutting edge nutritional supplement combinations. And they have done EXACTLY that.

Aubrey launched Alpha BRAIN in July of 2011 with his partner Joe Rogan, whom we’ve shared his various podcasts and information he talks about on his podcast about CBD and the benefits he’s noticed.

Both Aubrey Marcus and Joe Rogan are wildly successful, but more so, they truly live what they’ve set out to create with Onnit. Following either of them via their podcasts or social media will prove so.

Onnit is the perfect partner for us at Third Coast Health as they share many of the same values around finding ways to maximize our human performance. While also understanding we only get to have one life, so live it!

Their mission: to inspire peak performance through a combination of unique products and actionable information.

Other Third Coast Favs from Onnit

Here are a few more nutraceutical products Onnit formulated that combine well with CBD products for enhanced effects. Simply taking one of the below supplements along with Total Hemp can help you to feel more balanced, as well as focused and energized to tackle your next project or playtime with the kiddos.

Alpha Brain

Alpha Brain by far is our favorite non-CBD supplement to take on a day to day basis. In our opinion, it’s far better than coffee and any other “energy” drink.

To be clear, Alpha Brain is not an energy drink, but it is a huge boost for your brain. Clinically studied, the research suggests this product works the first time you take it.

When we say “it works” what do we mean? From our experience, we’ve noticed many cognitive benefits when taking Alpha Brain.

Benefits including improving mental speed, not having a brain fog feeling, ability to focus on complex tasks, even recalling names and dates more easily.

Clinical studies and all aside, we too have heard ridiculous claims nutritional supplement companies make regarding their products.

We were skeptical too when first reading about Alpha Brain. So our friends at Onnit put together a FREE TRIAL of Alpha Brain for our readers and we want to share it with you!

If you’re looking for razor-sharp clarity and laser focus, try Alpha Brain for free!

Shroom Tech Sport

The Shroom Tech Sport from Onnit is another fav of our team. The idea behind it is a supplement real athletes can safely take every day, even the day of the performance.

This product is one of the only truly clean energy supplements we’ve seen. Shroom Tech Sport provides cellular energy through our own body’s natural energy (ATP), instead of stimulant-based energy.

The Shroom Tech Sport was put through a 12 week clinical trial at Florida State University using collegiate aged men. The results of the trial were.

  • Bench Press reps increased by 12%
  • Bench Press and Back Squat reps increased 7%
  • Cardio Performance increased by 8.8%

Those results were pretty impressive to us even though we have to admit we’re not aggressively trying to increase our bench and squat maxes.

We appreciate shroom tech more for the clean energy boost on a day to day basis. Our friends at Onnit were also willing to offer a FREE TRIAL on the Shroom Tech Sport.

Onnit’s Functional Fitness Equipment

Alongside nutrition, Onnit is also known for its functional fitness equipment. Functional fitness is a type of training that focuses on real-world movements to build strength and endurance in the body.

“It trains your muscles to work together and prepares them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work, or in sports.” – Mayo Clinic

So, functional fitness equipment is meant to support building strength through these movements. A few of the most popular are.


woman kettlebell workout

Kettlebells provide a simple way to get a full-body workout. They are great for beginners on up to experts and can be used in a wide variety of workouts. For more on kettlebells and some of our Third Coast team’s favorite workouts, see our full post on Kettlebells.

Medicine Balls

Medicine balls are another great tool for functional fitness. Slams, tosses, squat throws and more. Like kettlebells, med balls can be used in a variety of ways for an excellent full body workout. See our medicine ball post to compare types of weighted balls, which is best for what exercise, and of course our favorite medicine ball workouts.

Battle Ropes

battle ropes

Battle ropes and functional fitness go together like peanut butter and jelly. You’ll be shocked at how quickly you tire out working with battle ropes. Some of the most conditioned people can be destroyed physically by battle ropes in a simple 60-second workout. That said, weighted ropes can be used by beginners on up.

We've partnered with Onnit to offer some of the best, highest quality health and wellness supplements that we personally take. Fitness equipment too!

The Expert’s Guide To CBD’s Benefits & Uses

L ast December, Congress passed the 2018 Hemp Farming Act, an update on the Farm Bill that lifts several restrictions on the cannabis/hemp crop. As a result, the CBD industry is poised to explode. Derived from the cannabis plant, cannabidiol oil (CBD) already has a following for its potential to help with stress, sleep, and other aspects of health, and its growing use may change the medical and supplement industries permanently.

Let this guide show you why there are serious reasons to be high on CBD that have nothing to do with getting stoned.

The Expert’s Guide To CBD’s Benefits & Uses

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What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol oil is an extraction from the cannabis plant that is then diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil. Though it can come from marijuana plants (a type of cannabis), it doesn’t have to, which is why some CBD products are legal for sale and use. While some CBD oils do contain THC, but most do not contain significant amounts of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana that gets you high. For this reason, many see CBD as a non-drug alternative to weed for helping to manage mood, without altering one’s state of mind or causing side effects like lethargy and paranoia.

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CBD oil is available in many forms, including as a tincture, edible, ointment, or vapor.

Is CBD Legal?

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All cannabis products have been slowly winning a war of attrition with U.S. laws for nearly 100 years—but the war is far from over. In 1937, cannabis, and all goods derived from it, were made illegal, and in 1970, they were classified as controlled substances. But the 2014 Farm Bill allowed for cultivation of hemp for research purposes under the supervision of state pilot programs, and the 2018 update goes a step further, permitting broad cultivation—provided it’s in compliance with the regulations set forth in the Farm Bill (i.e., you can’t just grow it in your backyard).

The bill also legalized the transport of hemp products across state lines. Furthermore, people can now sell and possess cannabis goods, including CBD, as long as they abide by the bill’s rules.

Sounds great, right? Let’s party!

Hang on… While the Farm Bill clearly states that hemp products are not to be treated as drugs anymore—as long as their THC content is below 0.3% (and CBD’s generally is)—states still have the right to regulate them as they see fit. They can maintain tough laws that restrict CBD production and sales.

CBD, along with all other hemp products, are still totally illegal in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. There are 10 states that permit CBD, derived from hemp or marijuana, for medical and recreational use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. In the remaining 37 states, CBD taken from hemp is legal, but the particulars of the law still vary by state.

To add to the complexity, the FDA technically doesn’t permit CBD in foods or supplements. You’ve no doubt seen commercial signs for CBD supps in public places, and on the Internet, but that doesn’t necessarily imply legality. CBD is approved by the FDA as a drug, mainly for the treatment of epilepsy, and the law states that if a substance is an active ingredient in a drug product, it can’t be used in a food or supplement, unless the ingredient was previously marketed as a supplement or food—a loophole that CBD providers are trying to slip through.

If this is confusing to you, you’re not alone. The government is still trying to sort out what it means by these conflicting laws. But understand this: as it stands, companies that market CBD as a dietary supplement do so at their own risk. They should not—and legally can’t—market it as a treatment for any disease or health condition.

With all this said, the CBD industry is certain to grow to levels never before seen thanks to this new legislation. CBD sales raked in $350 million in 2017 in the U.S., and statistics predict revenues will total $1.15 billion in 2020.

“With the further affirmation of the legality of hemp,” says Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D., a nutrition consultant to corporations and pro athletes (, “the large natural food stores who have been nervous about it now have the green light to start participating in this new industry.”

The Expert

Is CBD Oil the Same as Hemp Oil?

To get around the legal lightning rod that the term “CBD” implies, many supplement makers call their CBD products “hemp extract” or “hemp oil.” These euphemisms can imply that there is CBD in the product, but they aren’t automatically synonymous, and they don’t give any indication how much of the formula is actually CBD. The law requires that CBD supplements have lower levels of CBD oil than is present in approved CBD drugs.

What Are The Benefits of CBD?

“CBD interacts with what’s called the body’s endocannabinoid system, and the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2,” says Mohr. “This is an important signaling system for human health that’s involved in almost all physiological processes, and especially with the hormonal, neuronal, and immune systems.” CBD also works with the serotonin, dopamine, and opioid receptors as well as receptors that control genetic transcription.

As CBD was legally untouchable in the U.S. for many decades, research on CBD’s potential benefits are still in the infant stages. But, as more and more research comes out, there is more and more promise for this product.


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While many people (ahem, maybe you) like to use marijuana to relax, CBD may provide more benefits for fewer side effects. One study had 16 healthy men ingest THC, CBD, or a placebo to gauge their reactions. When on THC, the men exhibited greater signs of stress, feelings of dissatisfaction, and a faster heart rate than they did after ingesting CBD and the placebo, leading the researchers to conclude that THC has acute behavioral and physiological effects, while CBD was “safe and well-tolerated.”

In 2018, Onnit underwent a financial restructuring, and Chief Operating Officer Jason Havey found himself bearing the brunt of it. “It was the hardest year of my life,” he says. While walking his dog, Havey succumbed to a panic attack. “All of a sudden my chest felt tight, my breathing got shallow, and I thought I was going to pass out.” When he gathered himself, Havey started looking into ways to manage stress. He didn’t want to go on prescription meds, but he did try smoking marijuana for relief. “It just made me feel out of control,” he says. “THC makes my mind race.”

In researching stress, Havey discovered CBD. He put together a regimen of meditation, breathwork, exercise, and nightly doses of a THC-Free CBD tincture. “My normal mental state has re-emerged using this regimen,” he says. “Stress has gotten heavier at work, but I’m not feeling it the way I did.”

Havey cautions that people shouldn’t expect CBD to be a magic bullet—it’s only an adjunct to other good habits that keep a person healthy. “But even when I miss a day of jogging or meditation, I’m still using CBD to support my normal healthy stress levels.”

CBD for Heart Health

A 2017 trial showed that one dose of CBD oil promoted healthy resting blood pressure in male subjects. When the men were given stress tests designed to increase their blood pressure, the rises were small, which scientists credited to the same CBD dose.

CBD for Skin Health

CBD is thought to help regulate responses. This may mean it can play a role in supporting a healthy complexion and controlling breakouts. A 2014 test-tube study demonstrated CBD oil’s ability to aid in the prevention of sebaceous gland cells from secreting the oils that clog your pores and lead to pimples. It also helped to turn off agents that promote acne.

Research from 2016 drew similar conclusions, indicating that CBD may be an efficient and safe way to help control skin problems.

Side Effects of CBD

The Expert

CBD seems to be well tolerated by most people, but some have reported adverse reactions, including diarrhea, fatigue, and effects on appetite. It can also interact negatively with medications. CBD taken orally is thought to be less problematic than when taken as a vapor. New users are also cautioned to take a small dose to start, and gradually build up over time.

Will I Fail a Drug Test If I Take CBD?

CBD products that are derived from hemp rather than marijuana plants should not contain much THC, and therefore probably won’t raise a red flag on a drug test. However, Mohr says it’s still possible. “Any athletes who absolutely cannot test positive once, because they participate in a zero-tolerance sport, should avoid CBD.”

Different Ways To Take CBD (oil, cream, tincture, gummies, vaping)

The Expert

CBD is available for use in many forms, and the main difference between them is the speed at which they take effect. “Tinctures are excellent because, while they might take 20 minutes to fully enter the body, they usually provide hours of support,” says Mohr. Edibles, on the other hand, might take two hours to get into your system, but the effects will last even longer than tinctures. “Vapes work very quickly,” says Mohr, “reaching full potency within a few seconds,” but they don’t work for as long. “Topicals are ideal for targeting a part of the body that needs more support. Cannabinoids are lipids—fats—that readily cross the skin.”

Ultimately, your own individual metabolism will determine how quickly CBD starts working, and how long it lasts.

CBD has been on the rise in both popularity and controversy. Explore how to best optimize your health and mind with the benefits this awesome little plant.