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What Makes CBD So Popular?

What Makes CBD So Popular?

It’s appearing in grocery stores. It’s popping up in gas stations. Your best friend is using it, and so is your dog.

It’s CBD, and it’s seemingly everywhere. But why?

Like most of the topics we tackle here at Axis Labs, there’s no one short answer. The fact is, CBD is more popular than ever, and more and more people are using it. We often dive into the science and use of CBD, so today let’s take a look at the cultural side of this phenomenon.

Growing Research Means Increasing Trust

The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill allowed for research institutions, state-run labs, and university studies to cultivate and study hemp and its chemical compounds. While there has been research into the use of cannabis compounds like CBD since its discovery in 1940, the 2014 bill allowed for an unprecedented level of academic access to the cannabinoid. 

While the FDA has not established any official regulations or guidelines about the production and use of CBD and hemp-based products yet, many research groups are still pleased with the promise of these goods. 

The use of CBD to help manage symptoms of anxiety are especially promising. An estimated 20% of users take CBD for anxiety and for good reason. Multiple studies have shown that participants who take a dose of CBD report lower levels of perceived anxiety than those who take a placebo. 

Those who live with chronic or recurring pain, CBD has become a popular alternative to opiate painkillers and NSAIDs, both of which have harmful side effects. There’s a body research that argues that CBD has “analgesic,” or anti-inflammatory, properties. Amongst athletes and weekend warriors alike, CBD has become a regular part of their workout recovery plans. A medical review from 2018 even suggested that CBD could be used as part of a treatment plan for conditions like neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia 

Hemp Gets Swept Up in the Green Revolution

The last decade was remarkable for a variety of reasons, but one of the largest cultural shifts we saw was the changing attitudes about cannabis plants more broadly. As states like Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use, more and more states began legalizing it for medical use. In many respects, it was this growing understanding and acceptance of the cannabis family of plants that opened the door for the hemp renaissance.

Prior to the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, hemp was a sort of niche plant, discussed in remote corners of head shops or herbal supplement stores. But the Farm Bill made hemp accessible to everyone. Suddenly, farmers at every level could grow this cost-effective, rugged, and versatile plant. With increased production came increased use, and companies started using hemp as a base for a litany of products, from shirts to salves and everything in between.

More agriculturalists growing hemp meant an expanding market for the product in its raw state. Forbes reported that hemp production quadrupled from 2018 to 2019, and there are an estimated 511,000 acres of hemp being raised in the U.S. Companies began buying more hemp to make into goods, and CBD became one of the most common end products. The North American Industrial Hemp Council believes that more than 25,000 products are made from hemp. Suddenly, small operations that had been making CBD extracts in small batches were now major players in the health and wellness industry.

Accessibility Leads to Familiarity

In line with the huge number of CBD brands and products being developed, consumers have easier access to products than ever before. The internet makes it simple to buy a product instantly. Social influencers on sites like Facebook and Instagram promote products that appeal to certain audiences. The easy social media cachet of CBD meant that dozens, if not hundreds of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops started offering CBD-infused foods and drinks. More than simply a product, CBD became a lifestyle almost overnight. 

No longer just a novelty you found at corner gas stations, CBD has become something to critique and dissect. Increasingly, brands are looking for ways to refine their cannabinoid products to ensure that they are purer, and have greater potential in order to attract buyers who expect and demand a quality product. Just as consumers became familiar with the nuances of craft beer, craft cocktails, and marijuana, they’re becoming more and more familiar with CBD. As the popularity of CBD continues to spread, it’s finding an audience outside of young people. Older Americans are finding a use for CBD beyond just a trendy ingredient. 


See What CBD Has to Offer You — Order from Axis Labs

Of course, the only real way to understand the popularity is to try CBD for yourself. Here at Axis Labs, we offer one of the best selections of CBD and hemp extract products out there. From gummies to shots, capsules to tinctures, and even powders and topicals, we have a CBD product for everyone! Lab-tested for quality, all of our CBD and hemp extracts are top-notch. Try CBD today and order now!

Everything You Need to Know About CBD Edibles

Everything You Need to Know About CBD Edibles

We are living during the age of the Great Cannabis Revolution. As legal reform sweeps through states and at the federal level, this infinitely useful plant is making its way into more goods and services every day. Cannabis, in particular, hemp, can be found in a myriad of products, everything from drops and oils to softgels and powders. One of the most popular options for consuming CBD is through edibles like our gummies.

But in the context of shifting legalization, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the term edibles and what they’re used for. At Axis Labs, we’re all about providing you food for thought, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know about CBD edibles.

What is a CBD Edible?

At its most basic, an edible is a food or snack that's been infused with CBD. You’ll find a huge variety of CBD edibles, including chocolates, cakes, syrups, honey, granola bars, cookies, and of course, gummies!

For the most part, these foods are made in the same way they always are, the only real difference being the addition of a hemp extract. This means that you can enjoy your favorite treats but with the added benefit of CBD. 

Will Edibles Get Me “High?”

Not all edibles are created equal, and this is especially the case for cannabis edibles. Often, when someone thinks of the word “edible,” they might immediately think about “special” brownies that have been made with marijuana. In this case, yes, edibles made from marijuana, and the psychoactive THC compound will get you high.

But CBD cannot get you high at all, even when made into a gummy or cake. That’s because cannabidiol is non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t experience any unwanted feelings of being disoriented or feeling “stoned.” In fact, CBD actually helps to neutralize the effects of CBD, keeping you from getting high. It’s also important to remember that to be cultivated, refined, and sold here in the U.S., hemp has to have a THC percentage of less than 0.3%. This ensures that any high-quality CBD product cannot get you high.

Why Edibles are Great for New CBD Users

We like CBD because nearly anyone can integrate it into their health and wellness routines without issue. But with so many different CBD products on the market, why would you choose an edible over something like an oil? There are a few reasons actually.

Hemp has a distinctly earthy taste and texture to it. When distilled into products like an oil or a softgel, this taste can be noticeable. Not everyone enjoys the taste of hemp, but they still want to enjoy everything CBD has to offer them. A CBD edible masks those distinct flavor profiles, providing you with all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that hemp-derived extracts are known without the distinct taste.

CBD edibles are great for those who are looking for long-lasting effects. When you think about CBD, you have to think about the bioavailability of the CBD product. For instance, inhaling CBD has a high bioavailability, meaning the effects can be felt very quickly after inhaling. While this is great for some, it’s less so for others. Ingesting CBD through an edible means that the effects are more gradual. Your body’s digestive system has to process the CBD before it can be distributed to your endocannabinoid system. The liver breaks down the CBD, slowly releasing the cannabis compound into your bloodstream as it does. This means that you might feel the effects of your CBD edible in as little as 30 minutes, or up to two hours later. It also means that you’ll experience the effects for a longer period of time as a result.

It’s also easy to take the right dose of CBD when you ingest it through an edible. That’s because unlike an oil or tincture, each edible is made with a precise amount of cannabidiol. This makes it easy to choose how much CBD you’ll ingest with each serving. With greater control over each dose, you can more accurately predict how you’ll react to using CBD.

Plus, edibles are discreet. For those who like to enjoy their CBD products throughout the day, eating something as innocuous as a few gummy bears don’t attract any undue attention. That means you can make a CBD edible a part of your snack breaks or meals. 

Making Your Own CBD Edibles

While it’s certainly easier to use a prepared CBD product like our gummy bears or our shots, you can also make your own CBD edibles at home. We recently covered how to add this cannabis compound to your smoothies, and we’ve even covered how CBD interacts with your keto diet.

The easy way to add CBD to your food is to use either an oil or a powder. These products are versatile enough that you can easily add a drop here or a dash there as you see fit. You can easily add CBD to your food by mixing it with other oils and butter, and make baked goods. Or you can infuse things like chocolate and honey with it. Some even choose to just add a few drops to their favorite condiments for their wraps and sandwiches.

Get Your Premium CBD Edibles from Axis Labs

Excited to try CBD edibles for yourself? Then Axis Labs has just what you’re looking for. We’ve taken our ultra-pure, ultra-potent, cold-extracted CBD, and infused it into tasty and fun treats like our gummies, pina colada shots, and more

We take our CBD seriously. That’s why we follow a rigorous quality control process, and then send our products to a third-party lab to test for purity. Check out the results and then order your Axis Labs CBD!

Smooth Move: Adding CBD To Your Smoothies

Smooth Move: Adding CBD To Your Smoothies

A few years ago, we witnessed one of the greatest cultural and food revolutions in history. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s hard to argue with how quickly the smoothie became a cultural icon in the United States. It seems that overnight, smoothies found their way into grocery stores, dieting books, gyms, and homes, and they’ve held an almost mythic place since then. 

It’s easy to see why. When it comes to beverages, the smoothie is a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals all in one tasty beverage. Here at Axis Labs, we’ve got entire product lines designed to fit into any of your favorite smoothie recipes. We also offer a great selection of CBD products, so it only seems natural to pair your favorite smoothie ingredients with our premium hemp-derived products. Let’s take a look at how to get the most value out of adding CBD to smoothies.

The Art of the Healthy Smoothie

While smoothies can be a healthy addition to any diet, the fact is, a lot of the ones you find in stores taste great, but aren’t the healthiest option. It’s not uncommon to find more than 600 calories of sugar and carbs packed into a bottle from the grocery. That makes it important to make healthy smoothies at home, especially if you’re planning on adding CBD to them.

Fortunately, making a healthy smoothie is pretty easy when you keep a few of these tenets in mind. 

Fresh and frozen fruits are your friends. Start with about one cup of fresh-cut fruits, like bananas, mixed berries, apples, peaches, and plums. Frozen fruits add a little more volume to your smoothie thanks to the extra ice and water content. Fruit is a great source of natural sugars, which can be helpful for those with a sweet tooth. These options are also packed full of fiber, which takes longer to digest, ensuring you don’t feel hungry after you finish your drink. Any more than a cup of fruit, however, and you’re adding extra calories and carbs to your smoothie than you might need or want. 

More than just fruits, you should add vegetables to your smoothies too. Sure, the green color might not fit into the idea of a smoothie, but power-packed veggies like kale and spinach make a natural addition to your smoothie. They have antioxidants that help your body fight and resist disease. As an added bonus, the vegetables add body to your smoothie, making it feel more filling and satisfying. If you’re worried about the earthy taste, the bright tones of the fruit do their part to mask the taste. 

Pass on the calorie-rich ice cream and full-fat yogurts that many smoothies use, and instead choose a low- or nonfat yogurt. You could even use cottage cheese. Those offers your smoothie a healthy dose of protein without excess calories. One-half or a full cup of your preferred protein is a great start. You can add other protein providers like whey, peanut proteins, soy, or egg whites to get this important nutrient in your smoothie.

CBD-Infused Smoothies

Adding this useful cannabis compound to your smoothie can offer you a host of benefits. If you haven’t been tracking our other blog posts, people enjoy CBD for the myriad of ways it makes them feel and its litany of uses.

So what’s the best way to add CBD to your smoothies? The first step is to determine how much CBD is right for you. You’ll want to start with a small dose of CBD and measure your reaction. With time, you can slowly increase the dose until you reach your desired results. This is probably best done using a CBD product on its own, but once you know, you can easily add it to your smoothies.

The easiest way to add CBD to your smoothie is to use a tincture. Tinctures use an oil base to carry all of the vitamins and minerals of the CBD. Thanks to its nature, the tincture should readily blend in with the rest of your smoothie. If you’re not crazy about the oily texture of a tincture, you can also use a CBD powder, like our CBD Boost. This acts much in the same way your pre-workout or whey protein powders do, as they blend and mix with the liquids within the smoothie.   

When it comes to what kind of CBD to add to your smoothie, you’ve got two primary options. CBD isolate is a distilled version of the cannabis compound. When you use an isolate, you’re only getting the cannabidiol. This can be valuable for some, but you miss out on the many other nutrients and minerals that a hemp extract has to offer this way. Instead, try using a full-spectrum product. This means that every part of the hemp plant was used to make the CBD, ensuring you get the essential fatty acids and A and D vitamins that hemp is packed full of. Another advantage of using a CBD oil or powder is that they are low in calories, ensuring that your smoothies aren’t being loaded with unnecessary calories. 

Axis Labs Has All of Your Favorite CBD Products

So there you have it. A smoothie can be a great part of your health and wellness routines, and so can hemp extracts!

Always in pursuit of purity and potency, Axis Labs uses an innovative cold extraction method in order to get the best hemp extracts available. From there, we use this premium, full-spectrum oil in all of our CBD products. Add a dash of CBD Boost to your next smoothie, or enjoy your beverage with one of our other products, like our gummies and shots. Browse our complete collection today and order now!

Managing Your Anxiety With The Help Of CBD

Managing Your Anxiety With The Help Of CBD

Not to cause you any stress, but it’s estimated that one in three Americans deals with anxiety in one form or another at some point in their lives. As more people start to talk about their relationship with anxiety, more people are becoming aware of how it can affect their lives. With so many treatment options being proposed or tried, sometimes with questionable results, some are looking for a more natural way to help manage their anxiety symptoms. With the growing popularity of CBD, there is also a growing body of research suggests that it may be useful in helping to manage anxiety. Join Axis Labs CBD as we explore this connection.

But What About THC?

It’s not uncommon for many people to connect cannabis and mental health and think about medical marijuana. But studies have found and individuals have corroborated that this particular cannabis plant can actually worsen their anxiety. So is CBD any more effective at managing anxiety than THC?

Your body processes these two different compounds in different ways, largely because they interact with different hormones and neurotransmitters. Research suggests that THC triggers the “fight or flight” response within our brains. CBD, on the other hand, can actually help lessen that response. Using CBD-based products may also help to keep your heart and respiratory rates low during events that you might think are stressful.

Which Kinds of Anxiety Does CBD Help?

Like many mental health concerns, anxiety manifests itself in a variety of ways depending on the individual. In some cases, CBD has been used effectively to help them manage their symptoms.

One of the most common types of anxiety is social anxiety. For those with this condition, they may feel that they are being criticized or judged while engaging in social activity. These feelings may lead them to avoid interacting with others entirely. But a study from 2010 noted that CBD may be useful in limiting your anxious feelings well in social situations.

Another common form of anxiety is general anxiety. This is a perfect pervasive sense of worry or concern that an individual may not have any control over. Fortunately, a 2011 study found that CBD has anxiolytic properties. Essentially, these properties prevent our brains from interpreting our emotions as anxious. The study compared the reactions of patients who had taken a dosage of CBD with patients who would use the placebo. Ultimately patients who used CBD noted lower levels of subjective anxiety throughout the day.

Including CBD and Your Anxiety Treatment Plan

If you’re living with anxiety you may benefit from the addition of CBD products into your anxiety treatment plan. Meet with your doctor and see if this compound will offer you positive effects. In some cases, it could interact negatively with other medications you are taking so it’s important to meet with the doctor before using CBD.

If you’re looking for CBD to help manage your anxiety, you found the right place. Axis Labs is a purveyor of fine quality CBD oils, creams, and capsules. Lab tested for purity, we offer some of the best CBD available. Browse our complete collection today and order yours now.

 

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!