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Our Innovative CBD Extraction Method

Our Innovative CBD Extraction Method

Often when we discuss CBD, we mention that it’s derived or extracted from hemp. However, we don’t often dive into detail about how CBD is extracted from the plant itself. It’s not picking fruit off a tree, it’s actually a highly specialized process, and different extraction methods can lead to different results. 

At Axis Labs, we’re all about helping you make smart decisions about your health and wellness. It’s why we have an entire page dedicated to our quality control process. Today, we wanted to walk you through our CBD extraction method and why we chose it for our premium CBD products. 

What is CBD Extraction?

Unlike other plant products, CBD cannot be harvested by picking up fruits or oils. It has to be removed from the plant in order to utilize the useful cannabinoids in products like capsules, tinctures, and gummies. Across the industry, there are a variety of extraction methods, including CO2 extraction, olive oil extraction, and liquid solvent extraction. Each come with their own host of benefits and downsides, and depending on which products the CBD manufacturer is making, they may choose one extraction method over another. 

Our Choice of Hemp

Equally as important as the extraction method is the hemp that the CBD is derived from. The fact is, poor quality hemp will lead to poor quality products, no matter how advanced the extraction method is. That’s why Axis Labs uses hemp from organic hemp farmers here in Colorado. We personally visit the farms to ensure that the growing practices are natural and ethical. Their hemp is rich in CBD and has been cultivated to ensure that its THC content is far below the legal THC limit of 0.3%. We’ve found that the Colorado climate is ideal for growing and drying hemp.

Our Cold Extraction Method

We base all of our products around our premium CBD oil, which we extract using a distinct method ─ cold extraction. This process is state-of-the-art and food-grade safe, meaning that you can rest assured knowing you’re getting a high-quality and healthy product. 

What’s Different Between Cold and Ambient Extraction?

While both use ethanol extraction, the results are quite different but equally valuable.

Cold extraction yields a higher quality oil that doesn’t pull the lipids and chlorophyll, but still maintains the natural terpene profile and amber color. With its 64-70% CBD concentration, this oil is well-suited for our tinctures and gummies.

The ambient extraction pulls some of the fats, lipids, and chlorophyll, resulting in a high profile of natural terpenes. The extract is dark green in color with amber tones. With a concentration of 50-65% and a unique earthy taste, this method does not yield the quality of CBD we demand for our products.

The Benefits

We chose the cold extraction method for the immense benefits it has to offer our products and you. For instance, theis method allow us to obtain a full-plant extract, meaning we use every part of the plant to create our CBD. Rather than obliterating the hemp and making it into a powder before extracting the CBD, cold extraction captures the vital nutrients, minerals, and terpenes in the hemp.

It's also a pressure-free process, meaning that the terpenes within the hemp are not compromised during extraction. With more of the plant and its cannabinoids intact, our CBD oil can help maintain the entourage effect

Our filtration process after extraction uses 10, 5, and 1-micron filtration to remove any impurities from the oil, ensuring the purity of our CBD is unrivaled. Unlike other extraction methods, like CO2, this process only uses one solvent, ethanol, which has been recognized by the FDA as safe for consumption. 

The end result of all of this work is a high-quality oil that is rich in CBD. Our cold extracted oils test out between 60-70% CBD, which means we can use less oil to offer you the same concentration of CBD. This means that you get an effective product that offers the benefits you’re looking for without that distinct hemp taste.


The Best Methods Yield the Best Products

At Axis Labs, we’re always in pursuit of producing better quality products. We’re willing to pursue and explore the latest and greatest in extraction methods in order to do it. We offer some of the finest full-spectrum CBD products on the market, thanks to our clean, sustainable, and cost-effective extraction methods. 

We invite you to try the entire line of Axis Labs CBD products, from shots to gummies, hemp oil to pain relief creams, and more, we’ve got the hemp-based goods designed to fit naturally into your lifestyle.

Can CBD Help You Lose Weight?

Can CBD Help You Lose Weight?

The uses for CBD are seemingly without limits. It’s a great way to help manage day-to-day concerns like stress, aches and pains, and sleep issues. With the body of research about CBD growing every day, people are looking for more ways to use this cannabis compound. As a provider of high-end CBD products and nutrition supplements, Axis Labs is always exploring how our products can be used together to help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Today we’ll explore the connection between weight and the use of CBD.

Is CBD the Secret to Weight Loss?

CBD has plenty of benefits to offer, and weight loss may be one of them. While the research is still out on this topic, here’s what we do know.

Using CBD Could Help Increase Your Metabolism

Your metabolism is what utilizes the nutrients from your food to support, repair, and energize your body. Some researchers are now suggesting that the use of CBD could help to boost your metabolism, leading to weight loss. In a study of lab rats who were treated with CBD, researchers found that the rats lost weight.

This might be because CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the lymphoid tissues and brain. These receptors in these spots are thought to be an important part of metabolism. By stimulating these areas, CBD could help to increase your metabolism. More research is needed to support these findings.

You Might Feel Less Hungry While Using CBD

Appetite management is an easy way to help your body lose weight. While many assume that any cannabis product will make them feel hungry (the infamous “munchies” brought on by the use of THC), CBD does not stimulate a hunger response. CBD can influence certain molecules without triggering the CB1 receptor that can lead to increased appetite.

When your appetite is suppressed, you’re less likely to overeat, helping your body lose weight naturally.

CBD Could Help Convert Fats

Your body contains two forms of fat ─ brown and white ─ which serve two different functions. White fat is the primary form of fat, and stores and supplies energy to your body while also protecting your organs. It also is connected to illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Brown fat generates heat when calories are burned, and healthier people typically have a higher brown fat content in their body.

White fat can be turned into brown fat with simple steps, like getting regular exercise and sleeping enough. CBD can help in both of these processes. It has been connected to helping people recover from workouts and can help lull you to sleep.

The Risk of Metabolic Disorders May be Minimized

Excess weight is closely tied to metabolic issues like diabetes, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Some research argues that the over-stimulation of the CB receptors in your endocannabinoid system may be responsible for this. CBD could help to block CB1 receptors, which could then lead to a reduction in weight gain, thereby limiting the risk of developing a metabolic disorder. The natural antioxidants within CBD products can also help to reduce cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.

So What’s the Verdict?

After reviewing the evidence, we believe that CBD has the potential to be an effective natural weight loss supplement when paired together with regular exercise and a healthy diet. We’re excited to see what further research has to say about the connection between CBD and weight loss, and will update you when we find out more. Curious to see how weight loss can help your body in other ways? Explore how testosterone and CBD are linked and how they can help you reach your fitness goals.

Until then, you can include CBD in your lifestyle easily with our impressive lineup of products. We offer natural pain relief creams, CBD oils, capsules, and even gummies! Order your lab tested Axis Labs CBD products today.

Is CBD Keto Diet Friendly?

Is CBD Keto Diet Friendly?

Here at Axis Labs, we’ve noticed something. We’ve found that the same people who enjoy our keto products are usually the same people who like our CBD products. It makes sense, after all, both of these product collections are designed to help you live a healthier life. But what do these people know that you don’t?

If you’re looking to make changes in your health and wellness routine, embracing a ketogenic diet and supporting it with CBD products like tinctures or pills, might be a great way to do it. But how does CBD impact your keto diet? As a leading provider of both ketogenic products and CBD, we figured this was worth looking into. Let’s explore this issue a little bit.

Different Approaches and Shared Causes

Before we get too far into how you can use CBD in your keto diet, we thought it important to highlight the shared uses that both CBD products and the keto diet have. 

Inflammation

Chronic pain and inflammation are systemic problems here in the United States. Rather than relying on opioids or other hard pain killers, many are looking for more natural alternatives. Fortunately, diet and hemp-based products are just that. 

Inflammation is the result of your body releasing chemicals into your body to protect you from harmful substances or injury. It can also occur due to disease, autoimmune disorders, and more. But the keto diet has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. A 2015 study found that the diet helps induce thermal nociception, which changes the way the body experiences pain and can help to reduce peripheral edema, which is when fluids build in the tissues that leads to swelling. 

Similarly, CBD is often used to help those with problems of inflammation. In a number of studies, CBD was shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory. This is because it reacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The high levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids offer your body the nutrients it needs to recover quickly from injury or inflammation.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition in which an individual experiences frequent and disorienting seizures throughout the day. Especially prominent in children, this condition can be debilitating and have an enormous impact on your quality of life. 

Surprisingly, the keto diet has been an effective form of treatment for this condition for decades. In the 1920s, Russel Wilder used the ketogenic diet to help minimize seizures in children. This diet plan can sometimes be the only option for those who have epilepsy and drug restrictions.

CBD, as well, is a great option for those with epilepsy. A 2016 study from Israel found that CBD can be used to help manage intractable epilepsy. Surprisingly, the study found that CBD was an excellent alternative for those who did not respond well to the ketogenic diet. 

Does CBD Take You Out of Ketosis?

For those on the keto diet, few things matter more than distinguishing what puts you into ketosis and what takes you out of it. For avid followers of the diet, they’ll deep dive into the research to ensure that no errant carb makes it into their meals so they don’t even have a risk of leaving ketosis. 

Fortunately for people like this, and those who are more casual followers of keto trends, CBD won’t kick your body out of the ketosis process. That’s because CBD is a great source of essential fatty acids, something your body needs during ketosis. Not only that, but when you use the right CBD product, it actually fits naturally into your keto diet. For instance, CBD tinctures and capsules are often made with a carrier oil like MCT or coconut oil. These are oils that are common in the keto community for their weight loss and energy-boosting properties. 

That means there’s no risk of CBD taking you out of ketosis. In fact, CBD may be what you need to stay in ketosis. Here’s how.

How CBD Helps Your Keto Diet

There’s no denying that the keto diet can be challenging to follow and maintain at first. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, and with a little effort, and of course, some help from CBD, you might find that your keto dieting efforts are easier than ever.

Managing Stress

One of the ways you can unintentionally kick yourself out of ketosis is by being too stressed. Whether it’s work, relationships, or just general day-to-day stress, it affects our lives in a litany of lasting ways. When our bodies are stressed, we release more hormones to increase our blood sugar levels. This also lowers the level of valuable ketones in our body, forcing us out of ketosis.

But CBD has shown promise in helping some individuals manage their subjective feelings of stress. That’s because CBD impacts your serotonin 5HT1A receptor, which helps your body control feelings like stress and anxiety. Used correctly, CBD could, in theory, help you stay stress-free. A less stressful life also means a more effective keto diet. That has a compounding effect, as the added weight loss could help address some of the other stressors in your life. It’s a win-win!

Getting Better Sleep

It’s not uncommon for those who are just starting a ketogenic diet to struggle with getting enough sleep. That’s because your body is producing different hormones at different levels than you’re used to. Not only that, but your neurotransmitters are reacting to all of this in a different way. This can keep some from sleeping restfully throughout the night. 

We all deal with a few sleepless nights every now and then, but a lack of sleep stresses your body, which as we just discussed, can kick your body out of ketosis. So how do you manage this? With CBD, of course! Numerous studies have found that CBD could help you get a better night’s sleep. That’s because CBD might help you get more REM sleep, which is where our bodies begin to repair itself. Not only that, but using CBD could help prepare your body more effectively. By limiting your sense of stress and anxiety by using CBD, you might find you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. Finally, the purported anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help you say goodnight to the aches and pains that are keeping you up at night.

So, Is CBD Keto Friendly?

Yes! When you use a high-quality CBD extract or supplement, you can safely use it in your keto diet with nothing to lose and so much to gain! That said, you’ll need to be a little particular about which CBD products you use, as the ingredients in something like our CBD gummies don’t fit in a keto diet. Luckily, we offer tinctures and capsules that are carb-free. 

We put all of our ingredients and health facts right on the label of our CBD products so you can make informed purchasing decisions. It’s all part of our quality assurance process

Ready to take your ketogenic diet to the next level? Axis Labs offers more than just premium CBD. Make sure you check out our lineup of sports nutrition supplements, including Ketorush! Order your CBD and ketogenic products from Axis Labs today!

Do You Know How CBD Will React To Your Other Medications?

Run a quick Google search for “CBD Pills” and you’ll be bombarded by results. Products, articles, videos, and more will all be presented to you en mass, all presenting a different take on this promising compound. 

And we get it. The excitement behind CBD is obvious. We’ve all heard the success stories of some individuals using it to treat their epilepsy, and others using it as a health supplement to help them reach other health and wellness goals. But in many cases, these articles and anecdotes don’t often explore whether these individuals were using other drugs and medications as well.

Here at Axis Labs, we’re big fans of the basics of health. With proper diet and exercise, a good relationship with your doctor, plus adding in some CBD, you can live your best life. But we also believe that you should make educated decisions about health. While talking to your doctor about CBD, they might discuss how this cannabis compound can interact with your prescription or over-the-counter medications. Let’s take a quick look at this.

Using Just CBD

If you've read any of our articles in the past, or if you’ve caught up on other posts and videos, you’ll know that many are using CBD to help treat or manage a myriad of concerns. From workout recovery to testosterone, CBD can be used in a wide variety of ways. And when CBD products like pain relief creams and drops are used on their own, they’re basically benign. 

One of the reasons that many choose to use CBD instead of a pharmaceutical is that there are limited side effects and no risk of overdosing. While taking too much cannabidiol might result in minute concerns like grogginess or diarrhea, it’s nothing as severe as taking too much of an opioid or NSAID pain killer. Indeed, as one 2018 study found, you can take up to 1,500mg of CBD with no negative effects. The study had participants take nearly 30 times the recommended dosage of a specific CBD product, and none of them displayed anything more than mild symptoms. 

So when used alone, you can trust that CBD is safe, and could help you enhance your health and assist with a number of concerns you might have. From sleeplessness to chronic pain, to anxiety, and more, CBD can be a regular part of your health and wellness routine.

CBD and Your Medications

It’s when we start to use CBD with other medications and drugs that things start to get complicated. But before your eyes glaze over, bear with us, as this is pretty important stuff.

In some cases, there’s a chance that using cannabidiol could actually block the effects of your other medications. This can be challenging in some cases, and dire in others. But chemical interactions aren’t unexpected, because any medicines and supplements will interact with each other in some way. But what leads to these interactions?

CBD, the ECS, and Cytochrome P450

The reason that CBD has any effect on your body is because of your ECS, or endocannabinoid system. This is a network of receptors that runs throughout your body and is connected to your central nervous system. Not only that, your ECS is actually designed to absorb and use compounds like CBD.

But sometimes when your ECS absorbs CBD, it can interrupt other processes in your body, like the metabolizing processes of the liver enzyme cytochrome P450. In some cases, CBD could deactivate the CYP450 in your liver. This hampers your capability to metabolize the drugs and medications you might need to stay healthy. This makes these drugs far less effective or keeps them lingering in your system for a longer period of time. In either case, when a medication isn’t fully metabolized, your body could respond negatively, the drug could accrue in your bloodstream, and you might experience a more pressing health concern than the one you were trying to treat with the drug.

So Which Medications Don’t Get Along with CBD?

Unfortunately, there’s no master list of drug interactions we can refer you to. That’s in part because CBD is still being researched by private groups, universities, and even the government. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any research on these topics. Some studies have found obvious interactions between a medication and CBD.

Sedatives and Sleep Aids

Some already use CBD as a way to help lull themselves to sleep, and when used with prescription medicines, there’s some research to suggest that the cannabis compound can exaggerate the drug’s effects. While researchers don’t have a firm grasp on how the two interact yet, some have found that taking a sleep aid and CBD can make it difficult to stay awake. It’s in your best interest to not take CBD while also taking prescription sleep aids.

Seizure Drugs

CBD has become one of the biggest names in treating epilepsy and seizures out there. In fact, it’s been used successfully for many years, and the FDA has even approved a CBD-based drug for use. There’s a body of evidence to suggest that CBD may be an effective anti-seizure treatment option even on its own. But it may not be as effective when used alongside other drugs. As noted above, CBD can slow the CYP450 enzyme, which as a study from 1992, can prevent the build-up of anti-epileptic medications like norclobazam and clobazam in the bloodstream. In some cases, this exacerbated the symptoms of the next seizure.

Diabetes Medications

There hasn’t been a lot of research into the connection between CBD and diabetes, but what little there is quite promising. The evidence argues that CBD could help lower insulin resistance while also helping to bolster things like the metabolic process and control of blood sugars. Of course, there’s little research that has looked directly at how CBD and insulin interact.

Opioids

As part of the debate around the overuse of opioids, many have suggested that cannabis products like CBD be used as an alternative. The thinking is sound, as both opioids and CBD are used to help manage pain. 

Studies note that CBD could be used as an effective pain-reliever and even replacement for opioids. In 2011, a group of researchers asked subjects to use a vaporized CBD product alongside their regular opioid prescriptions. The study found that the concentration of opioids in the subjects’ blood levels weren’t changed at all by the use of cannabis. But, the subjects noted that they felt less pain after using the CBD.

How Do You Use CBD and Your Medications Together?

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again. When it comes to CBD, it’s best to take it low and take it slow. Everyone processes CBD differently, much in the same way that they metabolize medication differently. In reviewing the research, it has been found that, when taken in low-doses, CBD doesn’t have a pronounced effect on any doctor-prescribed medications. In other cases, there’s no effect at all. 

That said, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about your use of CBD while you’re also taking other prescribed or over-the-counter medications. This is the best way to ensure that you stay safe and healthy, while also enjoying the maximum benefits of your medications and cannabis products. 

If you’re interested in switching to a healthy routine that makes great use of CBD, you can talk to your doctor about phasing out other medications in favor of CBD over time. 

Order Premium CBD Products Today

Lab-tested and quality-proven, all of the CBD products offered by Axis Labs are made from high-quality, Colorado-grown hemp, and are tested by a third-party to check for purity and potency. From CBD shots to gummies, tinctures for you and your pets, to pain relief creams, we have the right products for your lifestyle. Browse our collection and order yours today!

The Balance Between Diet and CBD

The Balance Between Diet and CBD

Perhaps now more than ever, people are aware of the effect their diet has on their overall sense of wellbeing. As a result, people are making more careful decisions about their dietary choices, eschewing things like cheap fast food in favor of “super” foods like kale, quinoa, and supporting supplements. Popular diet trends, like the ketogenic diet, have exploded into the popular consciousness because of their effectiveness.

Riding alongside the growing wave of dietary consciousness is the expanding popularity of cannabidiol or CBD. Praised for its myriad uses, CBD and other hemp-based products are being added to more and more products and lifestyles. It’s only natural then that people would be curious about the effects that CBD can have on your dieting efforts. 

Here at Axis Labs, we’re all about helping you live a happier and healthier life. It’s why we offer premium CBD and nutrition supplements. So let’s take a look at how CBD impacts your dieting strategies.

Hemp in the Human Diet

First, it’s important to recognize that the hemp plant itself has been a part of the human diet probably since the first time that humans cultivated the plant in any meaningful way. The seeds of the hemp plant can be eaten on their own or pressed to create an oil. It’s not uncommon to find hemp being added to more and more meals as the plant grows in popularity.

Adding CBD to your diet then doesn’t seem like as much of a stretch.

Yes, CBD Has Calories

Of course, a major part of any diet plan is the management of calories. While we might not think that CBD has a calorie count, it actually does. That’s because even products like CBD extracts are made with carrier agents from oils like MCT or coconut. Even hemp-based oils are rich in calories. It’s estimated that hemp oil has about 126 calories and 14g of fat in every tablespoon. But it’s rare that you’ll be consuming that much CBD in one go.

If you’re concerned about the calorie count of your CBD products, don’t panic. We’ve listed these calories on the back of each of our packages so you can find the right product to meet your calorie and dietary needs.

CBD and Your Favorite Drinks

For some CBD connoisseurs, taking CBD products on their own isn’t always appealing. Some complain of the distinct earthy taste of the hemp-derived compound, and so products like a CBD tincture might be difficult to enjoy on its own. Fortunately, CBD can be readily added to a wide variety of foods and drinks. 

CBD infused beverages are becoming a common sight at coffee shops, bars, and breweries across the country. That’s because everyone from coffee to beer snobs is enjoying some of the benefits that the cannabis compound has to offer.

For instance, when added to coffee, CBD can help you experience fewer jitters, those post-coffee cramps, and lessen the feeling of caffeine headaches. At the same time, you might notice that the focus that coffee offers you is enhanced by the presence of the CBD. You might feel more stable as well. When enjoyed in low doses, CBD can actually work as a stimulant, which can heighten the effects of your morning cup of coffee.

CBD is Affected By Food

We all react differently to the food that we ingest. Our bodies do a better or worse job of processing these nutrients based on our unique nutritional needs and genetic makeup. But some research suggests that your reaction to CBD may also be impacted by the foods you eat.

A 2019 study published in Epilepsia studied how the bodies of the subjects absorbed CBD after a meal. Eight participants were divided into two groups. The first was asked to take their CBD product as soon as they woke up. They were asked to eat breakfast four hours later. The second group ate a heavy breakfast burrito just 30 minutes after taking their CBD dose. 

The study produced some interesting results. Through blood analysis, it found that food impacts the body’s ability to absorb CBD. Researchers found that the participants would absorb four times as much CBD when they ate quickly after taking CBD. Ultimately, the study argued that CBD could be taken with food to help maximize the effects of the compound.

So How Do You Include CBD in Your Diet?

We know that CBD can be added to our food and drink and that doing so can actually amplify its effects, so how do we do it? One of the reasons CBD has become so popular is because of its flexibility. From gummy bears to bacon-flavored drops, CBD can be added to seemingly anything, so adding it to your next culinary creation seems like an obvious choice.

You can add CBD to nearly any dish, just keep a few tips in mind.

CBD is heat sensitive. That means that temperatures over 320 degrees Fahrenheit can begin to break down some of the active components within the compound. Also, CBD can begin to evaporate between 320 and 350 degrees. This means that CBD might not be great for your next open flame BBQ.

A little goes a long way when it comes to CBD. Make sure you add just a little CBD to your dish when you first start experimenting. Too much and you might experience a pronounced earthy, or in some cases, bitter, taste in your meal. Just like figuring out your particular dose of CBD, you can slowly add more to your meals over time.

CBD is a great source of essential fatty acids, and by using fats in your meals, you can help increase the bioavailability of the compound. Try mixing your CBD with products like oils or butter. 

CBD goes really well with sweet and savory flavors (which is why it tastes great in our gummies and Pina Colada shots). This makes it great for things like sauces, dressings, and soups. You can even drizzle your CBD oils over a meal so it serves as its own dressing.

Make CBD Part of Your Life Today

CBD has a lot to offer you. More than just a simple gummy treat or topical, it can be added to your favorite meals to add a fresh twist. When you’re ready to make CBD a part of your regular diet or health and wellness routine, make sure to try the top-shelf quality products from Axis Labs. Sourced from hemp grown at organic farms, we subject all of our products to a rigorous battery of third-party lab tests to ensure that our CBD meets our purity and potency standards

Check out our complete line up of CBD products and order yours today!

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