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More FAQs About CBD (Part 2)

More FAQs About CBD (Part 2)

When it comes to CBD, there’s a lot to learn about. While humankind has been utilizing hemp for a myriad of reasons for literally thousands of years, it’s only recently that we’ve been doing any serious research into the effectiveness of the compounds that can be derived from this plant. The result is that we’re now acutely aware of CBD, but not always familiar with what it does and how it does it. In order to offer better products, and equally important, better information to our customers, Axis Labs has continued our FAQ blog series on CBD and its uses and effects.

What Does CBD Mean?

CBD is the abbreviation for the term "cannabidiol," a compound that is found with plants in the cannabis family. Varying amounts of this compound are found in different plants, like hemp or marijuana. Recent studies have found more and more uses for CBD, and this research has discovered that CBD could help to treat issues like anxiety, chronic pain, and even insomnia.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found natively within cannabis plants. Within the human body are receptors set up specifically to accept cannabinoids. These are your CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are part of your endocannabinoid system, which helps to move energy and signals throughout your nervous system.

Is CBD Legal in the U.S.?

Yes, CBD is legal to produce, own, and consume in the United States. That said, not all forms of CBD are legal. Hemp-derived CBD is legal, thanks in part to the Farm Bills. But marijuana-derived CBD is not legal in every state. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with your local laws concerning marijuana. To avoid this hassle, it’s best to order only CBD products that have been derived from hemp.

Why Are the Farm Bills Important?

These bills, passed in 2014 and 2018 respectively, were instrumental in expanding the presence, production, and use of hemp products. The 2014 bill allowed for the cultivation and manufacture of industrial hemp and related products. The 2018 bill included the Hemp Farming Act. This act listed hemp as an agricultural commodity, allowing individual states the authority to review hemp production, taking that power away from the DEA. This made hemp legal nationwide.

Will I Be Able to Pass a Drug Test After Taking CBD?

Typically, drug screens are meant to detect the presence of THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana. While CBD is the major compound in hemp-based products, there is still a trace amount of THC in industrial hemp, usually less than 0.3 percent. That said, the chance that you could fail a drug test after taking a CBD product, even with that trace amount of THC, is very low. If you’re still concerned, it’s not a bad idea to ask your employer what the drug test is screening for.

What Does Taking CBD Feel Like?

There’s no strict answer to this question. Some report feeling a sense of relaxation after using a CBD product. Others find that they feel calmer and focused. A reduction in "thought-noise" is evident for some, while others find that their chronic aches and pains are dulled. Your experience after taking a CBD oil, capsule, or tincture really depends on how much you take, the concentration of the CBD in the product, and how often you use it.

Lab-Tested For Quality

Don’t settle for just any CBD or hemp oil product. Instead, offer your body the best. At Axis Labs, we’re committed to offering the highest quality products possible. It’s why we start with a premium grade industrial hemp, and then lab test all of our CBD for purity and potency in a third-party lab. Our CBD oils, creams, and capsules are among the finest available. Order today!

How Is CBD Tested For Purity?

How Is CBD Tested For Purity?

As the production, cultivation, and consumption of hemp and its products become ever more popular, a fleet of companies has opened their doors in order to cash in own this CBD revolution. But without much in the way of proper regulation for hemp-based products, how are you to know when you’re getting a quality product?

Over on our new Facebook Group, All Axis Pass, one of our members asked a great question: "Is [there] a system in place to test CBD to assure the customer that they are actually getting Pure CBD and not being ripped off [by] companies using any form of filler? Also to make sure [you’re] getting the proper mg as they claim?"

Nobody likes to get burned, especially on products that are meant to enhance their healthy lifestyles, not compromise it. So let’s devote some time to exploring how CBD is tested for purity and the lengths Axis Labs goes to ensure that you’re getting some of the finest quality CBD oil products available.

What Is Third-Party Lab Testing?

When seemingly anyone can start growing hemp and extracting CBD oil, the market has been flooded with products of questionable purity and potency. To distinguish quality products from lesser ones, most of the legit CBD companies are now making use of third-party lab testing.

These test results can separate fact from hype and are the most surefire way to ensure you’re getting a high-quality hemp-based product at a glance. Plus, these tests are good for both the consumer and the producer. By being transparent in what ingredients are being used and the quality of the CBD oil being infused into tinctures, creams, and capsules, consumers are treated to better products while producers are held to higher standards.

What Does Third-Party Testing Accomplish?

It should go without saying that having the government inspect your facilities, examine your products, and then pull them from shelves is a costly process, one that all by the largest food and drug companies can’t afford to have happen to them. So, this is where third-party testing comes into play.

Simply put, third-party testing isn’t required, but it’s a great way to protect your products, your brand, and more importantly, your customers. This is why many of the high-end CBD companies, Axis Labs included, choose to have these expensive tests performed on their hemp oil-based products. It helps them stand out from the crowd and also serves as a selling point for their products.

Other Factors To Consider

While the "third-party tested" label on the side of your favorite CBD capsules might be a quick way to separate quality from crud, there’s more to your CBD than just that sticker. The quality and purity of your CBD doesn’t start in a lab. It’s based on a wide variety of factors. If you want to make a more informed buying decision when looking for your next CBD tincture, keep the following in mind.

Where is the CBD Sourced From?

Hemp has been an agricultural mainstay for thousands of years. Indeed, it’s suggested that the fibers of hemp were used to make some of the earliest textiles. More recently, hemp has become the focus of fascination for the chemical compounds that can be extracted from the plant. Simply put, the quality of your CBD really starts with the quality of the hemp its sourced from.

Hemp is a "hyperaccumulator," which is a fancy way of saying that hemp readily absorbs anything in the soil it was grown in. It’s one reason that hemp readily grows basically anywhere, but it also means that the final purity of your CBD is affected by the soil its grown in. So, if you purchase CBD from a company that grows their hemp in a farm field behind a chemical plant, you’ll likely ingest some of the heavy metals that are in the soil in which the hemp was cultivated.

One of the best ways to guarantee you’re getting a pure and high-quality CBD product is to look into where the company sourced their hemp. A good rule of thumb is to buy products that make use of American grown hemp. That’s because U.S. farmers are held to high standards by the department of agriculture in whichever state they’re raising crops in. You can find out more about where a company gets their hemp on their website. For instance, Axis Labs proudly sources its hemp from only farms in Kentucky and Colorado.

Is It "Whole Plant" or "Full Spectrum?"

Another way to determine the purity and quality of your CBD product is to investigate just how much of the plant was used. CBD isolates are a popular choice for many companies, but whole plants are considered more effective. By using the whole plant, the CBD oil extracted from the plant has the related compounds that are also derived from hemp. That means you get all of the terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids that affect taste, aroma, and character. Not only that, but these other compounds actually affect the effectiveness of the CBD itself. Check the label to see if it’s whole plant or full spectrum as others call it.

How Much THC is Present?

Within any cannabis plant, you’ll find varying amounts of compounds like CBD, as well as THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component in cannabis plants that leaves you feeling "stoned" or "high." Marijuana has a much higher concentration of THC than hemp does. Conversely, there’s more CBD in hemp than in marijuana, hence why manufacturers mostly use hemp when creating CBD products.

To get a more pure, and more potent CBD product, you’ll want to ensure there is little-to-no THC present. In fact, the optimal level of THC in your CBD oil should be more than 0.3 percent. Not only that, but you may run into legal issues if you source your CBD oils from marijuana plants anyway, as hemp is legal in all 50 states, but marijuana is not.

How is CBD Oil Made?

Finally, you’ll want to take a look at how the CBD is extracted and how the oil is made. There are a few methods for doing this (don’t panic, we’ll cover this in a future blog post), and each of them can affect the final purity of the CBD.

Typically, the lower the price on the CBD oil or capsule, the cheaper and faster the method of extraction. These methods use solvents like propane, hexane, and butane, which are harmful to your health. Other companies use pharmaceutical-grade ethanol to process their CBD. The ethanol removes toxins from the hemp plant. Many agree that this process extracts the most CBD from the plant, and is regarded as yielding the safest product. Finally, some companies make use of a supercritical CO2 extraction process. Use high-pressure CO2 in a cold environment, the CBD is removed from the plant, maintaining its highest purity in the process.

How Does Axis Labs Test For Purity?

As a leading provider of sports nutrition supplements and products, Axis Labs understands better than most the importance of quality control and testing. That’s why we diligently test all of our CBD products to ensure the highest level of purity and potency.

That’s why we trust Botanacor to perform our third-party lab testing. Based in Denver, just down the street from the Axis Labs headquarters, Botanacor is a specialty lab that works with all types of hemp-derived products. We submit a sample of each of our products to their lab. There it’s tested to ensure it’s within the allowable limits for THC, and its potency is measured thanks to an HPLC method with spectral analysis. To check for purity, our sample is also subjected to a solvents analysis to make sure nothing is left in the CBD from our extraction process. Finally, our CBD sample is given a microbial contaminant test to check for things like unwanted yeasts and molds.

The result is a clean and pure CBD product that is naturally effective and easy to use. We’re always pleased with the results of these tests from Botanacor. It’s why we proudly list the results right on our website!

So there you have it. Now you know how we ensure that our customers are getting the best CBD products possible. Ready to try them for yourself? Check out our complete line up of CBD products, including tinctures, capsules, gummies, and even CBD oils for pets! Order today!

Finding The Right CBD Dosage

Finding The Right CBD Dosage

The addition of CBD to your existing healthcare routine has been reported to help with dry skin, offer natural pain relief, and more. While CBD is the subject of more and more study and research, scientists and companies have yet to establish a standard or recommended dosage. Unlike prescription or over-the-counter medicines, the "right" dosage for CBD varies from product to product and from person-to-person. To help ensure that you’re taking the right dosage of a CBD oil or capsule, Axis Labs has assembled this brief guide.

What’s the Reasoning Behind No Set Dosage?

CBD dosages can vary widely in size and quantity, with some as little as a few milligrams to others as large as a gram or more. This is largely due to the fact, as we explained in a previous blog, no one reacts to CBD the same way. These differing reactions can be traced back to the "biphasic properties" of CBD. When something is biphasic, it means that it has opposite effects when taken in varying quantities. When it comes to using CBD, a small dosage typically stimulates your body in some form. On the other hand, a larger dose can actually sedate you. Find the right balance of how much CBD you take to achieve the results you want can be difficult for some.

Finding the Right CBD Dosage

Nearly every CBD oil product will have suggestions on how much you should take in a given day. Axis Labs, for example, tells you the concentration of CBD in each drop or capsule. If the recommended dosages aren’t offering you the results you’re looking for, try this process instead. Keep in mind, it’s best to start low and take it slow. CBD often takes some time to take effect and stays in your body for longer than you might realize. You don’t want to take too much and experience some of the side effects, like nausea or dizziness. If you’re using CBD tinctures or oils, start by placing a drop under your tongue and holding it in place for one minute. After an hour, take stock of how you feel, if you feel anything. For body pain relief creams, apply a small amount of the cream to the patch of skin you want to target. Think about a dollop the size of a pea. Work it into the skin and then track any changes you experience over the course of an hour. For either product, once you’ve figured out how you react to a smaller dosage, you can gradually use more until you achieve your desired outcomes.

There’s No Fear of Overdosing on CBD

For anyone adding a new product to their health care regimen, there will be some apprehensions as to the effects it has. While it’s always a good idea to gradually add CBD to your healthcare routines, there’s no chance of you overdosing on CBD. That’s because studies have yet to find a lethal amount of CBD. One study found that even when an already healthy individual consumed more than 30 times the recommended dose of CBD, the human body could tolerate the excess CBD very well. That said, taking too much CBD may lead to some mild side effects like:
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Grogginess
  • And more

CBD May Interact With Your Other Medications

Comparatively, CBD is a fairly harmless compound, but it can have a pronounced reaction with the other medications or drugs you’re taking regularly. Before you begin using CBD, it’s highly recommended that you meet with your doctor. Together, you can discuss how CBD might react with other medicines, as well as your goals for using CBD in the first place. Ready to include CBD into your healthy lifestyle? Axis Labs the products you need! From tinctures to creams, even hemp oils for pets, we’ve got it all. We lab test our CBD oil at a third-party site to ensure it is of the highest quality and potency. Order your Axis Labs CBD oil products today.

What Is Hemp?

What Is Hemp?

Here at Axis Labs, we’re always looking for new ways to improve our line of products and offer our customers the best-quality materials and goods. That’s why we’ve started offering a line of Hemp-based products that may be used to enhance your health and wellness. We extract a full spectrum of beneficial components from non-GMO, industrial grown hemp in Kentucky for a product like no other. But what exactly is hemp? Decades of misconception have clouded many people’s perceptions of this plant and the many uses and benefits it has. In order to better educate our clients, and build trust in our products, we’ll explore this ancient and practical plant.

Understanding Hemp

Hemp is a part of the cannabis species and is a form of the sativa plant. The cannabis family includes other plants like marijuana, leading many to assume that hemp is the same as marijuana. However, despite being within the same family, the two plants are very distinct from each other. Marijuana is known for its psychoactive properties that leave you feeling “high.” This is because of the high amount of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC that’s in marijuana.

Conversely, hemp has little to no THC present in its makeup. Therefore hemp is considered a non-psychoactive plant. It has been known that a low of the hemp's components counteract the effects of THC, almost ensuring that you cannot get “high” from the consumption of hemp products. Hemp is useful for many more purposes than its cousin marijuana. Hemp itself is prized for the durability of the fibers and seeds that it yields, making it an ideal industrial crop.  

Growing And Harvesting Hemp

Hemp has been a part of the agricultural history of humans for millennia. Carl Sagan suggests in his 1977 book, Dragons of Eden, that early humans harvested hemp and that it “led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby civilization.” This is likely because hemp itself is a surprisingly robust plant, requiring little in the way of specialized growing practices or even growing conditions to produce vast quantities of the crop. Simply put, hemp can grow in places that other plants cannot. Hemp requires little in the way of space, quality soil, or water to thrive. It’s not uncommon then to find hemp growing around the world. The plant is typically grown by the acre, and the plants grow very close together in tight clusters. The simplicity of the plant makes it a valued cash crop for many farmers.

The appearance of hemp is rather unique. The plant is made up of long, skinny leaves that are grouped at the top of the plant, not unlike the top of a tree. There are few, if any, smaller leaves or branches that grow beneath the top of the plant. Hemp can grow to be very tall, and in some cases, hemp plants have been found to be as tall as 20 feet.

Historic Uses Of Hemp

As a widespread, and ancient plant, hemp has a myriad of uses and applications, and that list continues to grow to this day. Historically, however, there are some notable uses for the plant. Hemp can be easily made into a fiber fabric, and some of the earliest known fabrics are made from hemp and are nearly 10,000 years old. Shockingly, these fabrics have retained their integrity and strength after thousands of years. Early people across the world recognized the value of hemp. In Russia, people made hemp ropes, while in China and the Middle East, groups used it to make paper products. In Europe, it was a cash crop for farmers in England and Germany. In one famous example, King Henry the VIII, known for his many wives, also encouraged the nation to grow hemp to create ropes and other materials. It was the widespread cultivation of hemp that allowed England become a naval superpower in the 17th through 20th centuries.

Hemp Today

In the recent past, hemp has played a variety of roles, and been the subject of much interest and scrutiny. The plant was unfairly categorized as the same as marijuana, and was restricted in 1906 and then criminalized in 1937 by the United States government. These were steps to combat the known psychoactive effects of marijuana, but the usefulness of hemp could not be ignored. Throughout the Second World War, farmers were encouraged to grow hemp to create cargo nets, parachute cordage, and many other war-winning products.

The 1970s and the Controlled Substance Act once again focused on cannabis plants, making it impractical for farmers to try and grow hemp. It was not until the 21st century that hemp began to have the renaissance that we are experiencing today. The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill allowed universities and state departments of agriculture to grow hemp for research. This allowed for the legalization of hemp to be grown by farmers across the country. This has lead to a proliferation of hemp-based products and research on the market.

Hemp And Axis Labs

One of the most valuable hemp products is the naturally occurring chemicals within the plant. This large spectrum of properties found in hemp are known to help the lives of many. Manufacturers and companies, including Axis Labs, have realized the health-enhancing benefits that hemp may have for individuals, and have started using hemp-based products as a way to try and help people. Components of hemp are now used in tinctures, oils, creams, capsules, salves, and many other products. Regular users of hemp-based products report feeling calmer, more focused after taking a hemp product like a tincture, and others have championed its pain relieving properties.

That’s why Axis Labs has carefully crafted a line of high-quality Hemp products that you can use to enhance your healthy lifestyle. We offer products like our Hemp+Relief Cream, which can be used as a topical to target aches. We also offer our Hemp 500 Oil with peppermint flavoring, our Hemp Liquid Capsules, allowing you to integrate hemp into your existing health regimen. Order your Hemp products from Axis Labs today and see why hemp has been a part of the human experience for centuries.

Why CBD Affects Everyone Differently

Why CBD Affects Everyone Differently

You’re committed to healthy living. It’s why you wake up early to go for a run and get a balanced breakfast in before work. So naturally, you’re interested in including CBD in that healthy lifestyle. After meeting with a doctor, you try a few CBD capsules and you start to notice the benefits they can offer. You offer some to a friend, but they don’t feel anything. But why? Just like everyone experiences tastes and smells differently, our bodies react to CBD differently from person-to-person. Today, Axis Labs will explore why CBD affects everyone differently.

Lifestyle Plays a Role

Depending on your lifestyle, you may react to the use of CBD differently than others. The two biggest lifestyle factors that shape your response are levels of stress and diet. Your stress levels impact your body’s ability to absorb CBD. For those who are chronically stressed or often feel anxious, you’re likely to have a more pronounced reaction to CBD. That’s because CBD is absorbed through our body’s CB2 receptors, the same ones that help us feel relaxed and focused. When taking CBD, you feel more relaxed because it helps to increase the production of serotonin, the chemical that helps create those feelings. However, if you can be described as “chill,” and generally live a stress-free life, taking CBD won’t make you any more relaxed. Like stress, your diet influences your response to CBD. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the essential fatty acids that your body needs to function properly. These fatty acids affect your body’s endocannabinoid system to take up the CBD compound. Some people have a diet that is low in essential fatty acids. When these individuals take CBD, they react more strongly than those who have a higher concentration of these essential acids in their system.

Your Health Concerns May Impact it Too

If you have an existing condition or health issue, you may react to CBD differently. Many people turn to CBD to address these concerns, but it doesn’t help them in the way they want it too. When you don’t react to CBD in the way you’re expecting, it may be the sign of another issue. In cases like this, it’s best to consult with your doctor.

User Error May Be to Blame

We as humans are not infallible, and sometimes that translates to our use of products like CBD oil. Sometimes, users may take the wrong amount of CBD or an inadequate dosage. This is common, because there is no “one-size-fits-all” dose for CBD. You may have to experiment with how much CBD you take at a time, slowly taking larger doses until you find the right amount that achieves the effects you’re looking for. Of course, it could be timing as well. CBD takes effect more quickly in some than in others, so you may have to use the product for several weeks until you feel any of the effects. Finally, you may have simply purchased a lower quality product that makes use of an impure CBD extract.

Your Biological Sex is an Important Part

Your biological sex also factors into your response to CBD oils and tinctures. CBD is naturally processed in males and females. It’s been found that females are generally more receptive to CBD than males are. This means that females get more enjoyment out of the benefits of CBD than males. However, that doesn’t mean that males can’t use CBD to great effect. It may mean that they need to take more of the product, or in a higher concentration, to experience the same effects. Ultimately, this is a result of the hormonal makeup of males and females. Females have a higher amount of estrogen in their body, which interacts with CBD more readily than testosterone.

Ultimately, Your Genetics are the Biggest Factor

Of course, the simplest answer to this complex question is that your reaction to CBD may simply be beyond your control. After generations of people came together to create you, they influenced your response to CBD. Your ancestry dictates the extent of your endocannabinoid system. This is the part of the body that naturally utilizes CBD and pushes it to the neurotransmitters throughout your body. The size of that endocannabinoid system changes between people, leading to differing reactions. For those who experience the effects of CBD more strongly, it’s likely because they have more endocannabinoid receptors. Looking to integrate CBD into your existing health routines? It’s easy thanks to the CBD products from Axis Labs. From drops to capsules to pain relief creams, we’ve got a CBD oil infused product for you. Browse our catalog now! 

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