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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! 

CBD And Hemp Myths

CBD And Hemp Myths

With recent changes in legislation, hemp and CBD have become the focus of much attention across the United States. But like anything that quickly becomes popular, hemp extracts like CBD have become the subject of many myths and much misinformation. Here at Axis Labs, we only offer our customers the finest in CBD oils, capsules, and creams. Part of that offer also means helping our customers learn more about the products they’re using and how they might help them. So let’s address some of the more common myths that surround CBD and hemp right now.

MYTH: CBD Can Lead To Hallucinations

Perhaps this myth is more wishful thinking on the part of some, but in reality, CBD does not cause you to "see things." That’s because CBD is not the same as the psychoactive compound THC that’s found in marijuana. However, taking CBD has been shown to stimulate some individual’s levels of dopamine and serotonin which helps to promote a "feel good" sense. While you might not see things while taking CBD, you might have a better outlook on life.

MYTH: The More CBD You Take, The More Effects You Feel

While we’d love to be able to tell you that if you take this much CBD, you’ll experience these effects, that just isn’t true. The reality is that everyone reacts to CBD differently, and that taking more CBD doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll experience more benefits or even any benefits any faster. There is a certain "sweet spot" for CBD doses that are individual to each of us. You can find out more in our blog about finding the right CBD dosage for you.

MYTH: CBD Is Only For Pain

CBD has received much acclaim for its use in helping to manage pain alongside other prescribed treatment methods. However, CBD has been shown to do more than just address chronic pain. Individuals have found promising results in using CBD to help address conditions like anxiety and depression, inflammation, some sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis and even some skin conditions like acne.

MYTH: CBD Is An Under-Studied Resource

Perhaps because it comes from hemp and is closely associated with "alternative," or even "granola" lifestyles, many assume that the benefits of CBD are being blown up without any supporting research. However, the opposite is quite true. There is an immense amount of research being poured into the effectiveness of CBD and uses for the compound. For instance, the Mayo Clinic conducted a study on the use of CBD to help treat epilepsy in children, and was a first in the field to look at the relationship between the compound and the condition. Of course, with industrial hemp becoming legal to grow and use in all 50 states, there will undoubtedly be more time and energy spent researching the many uses of this compound.

MYTH: You Need A Prescription To Get CBD

The focus on medical marijuana in recent years has created a false assumption that any cannabis-derived product needs a doctor’s prescription to use. Fortunately, this myth doesn’t hold any truth. Industrial hemp-derived CBD is legal to use in every state without the need for a prescription. However, we always suggest that you meet with a doctor to discuss the use of CBD before you include it in your healthy lifestyle.

MYTH: Hemp Oil And CBD Oil Are The Same

While both of these oils may be derived from the same plant, they are quite distinct. Hemp oil is usually made from the seeds of the hemp plant and is more akin to olive oil than anything else. It’s a great source of fatty acids, making it a common addition to the diets of those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets. CBD oil, however, is extracted using special techniques that target this compound specifically.

MYTH: All CBD Products Are The Same

This is akin to saying that all cars are the same just because they have four wheels. While all CBD products may make use of the same compound, they are all extracted in different ways, and quality controlled to different degrees. The result is that some products are superior to others. For instance, to ensure that we’re offering nothing but the highest quality and most potent CBD products on the market, Axis Labs sends our CBD to a third-party lab for testing (check our results here). It’s how we separate our products from our competitors and to help you get the results that you’re seeking. Whether you’re looking to include CBD as part of your morning routine with a simple hemp extract capsule, or to target pain with a pain relief cream, the CBD products from Axis Labs can help you do just that. Browse our catalog today to find the right CBD oils and more for you!