It’s All About Jess

Who is Jess?

Hey everyone, I’m Jess the Affiliate manager for Hannabis. It is my job to welcome you to the Hannabis family and help you with anything you need to start your business and get you up and running when you join us as an affiliate. There are many ways you can save and earn money with Hannabis. As the business grew Hannah decided to bring a manger on board to give their affiliates some extra support while also freeing them up to work on expanding the business further. That’s where I came into it, I have always been a massive supporter of Hannabis even before Hannabis was an actual company.

I’m a really massive CBD and Cannabis advocate and at the time I was store manager for a CBD company in Warrington. Because I was so keen to learn as much as I could to help the business thrive I decided to look for influencial, inspirational people in the industry. That’s when I found Hannah’s profile, I knew I had to reach out and make a connection. So I played her very first balloon pop party online and then the more I followed Hannah’s journey the more she inspired me.

Watching from the Slidelines

I realised the more I learned the more people I could help. The more I followed the more I realised business can be done with heart and with purpose. I watched Hannabis built from the ground up by amazing people with amazing souls and I really wanted to be a part of this amazing opportunity.

But I couldn’t join yet.

My job meant there was a massive conflict of interests, so I waited. Hannah knew I loved the industry and asked if I wanted to join so I had discussed with Hannah the situation with my job.

But I couldn’t join yet.

Being in the CBD industry I had always wanted to get to the hemp and CBD expo in Birmingham. The 2nd ever expo was in September 2019 I was super excited at the thought of meeting the Hannabis family in person finally but I couldn’t go because I had to work. I was frustrated because I had been in the industry for 18 months and was missing these events and opportunity to grow.

The more time I spent watching Hannabis the more I realised I needed to be with a company who’s ethics matched mine. A company where I would thrive instead of being ignored. I had big ideas and I needed to be with a company where my ideas would be considered. I felt I had a lot to offer with very little chance of opportunity.

Changes Became

At the beginning of 2020 Hannah did a live on Facebook with the plans for Hannabis for the whole of 2020. I had already decided along with the rest of the world that 2020 would be my year and for the 4th time I think it was. Hannah finally messaged me again and said “Jess are you joining yet!” I laughed, thought about it for a minute and replied “go on then, send me the link”.

I had no idea what was about to happen and it was pretty fair to say I wasn’t quite sure what I was letting myself in for. So I joined Hannabis, booked the week of the upcoming expo off work and made plans to finally meet my extended family at my first ever hemp and CBD expo. I was so fricking excited mainly because, one It was a new experience. Two I  was doing something way out of my comfort zone. Three because I was finally going to get to meet the people I had just spent the last two years freakishly stalking on social media.

I had finally joined!

Before CBD

Hannabis wasn’t my first networking rode. But it was the only one that had made me not quit networking for good. I found my forever company. It took me nearly ten months to join so before rushing out to social media, creating a group and starting to sell products I knuckled down and made sure I knew this company inside out. I wanted to do it right this time.

The same day I joined Hannabis, it was announced that they would be opening up the affiliate manager role. Hannah asked me if I was going to go for it and I wasn’t so sure at the time because first I had to become a regional manager. I’d only been with the company a week. In the next 10 days, applications for affiliate manager would be closed.

Surely I couldn’t become affiliate manager in my first month? Could I have this position when I hadn’t been with the company for that long? Is there much point to me doing this? 

Becoming Affiliate Manager

But I did it anyway. I took the regional managers quiz and became the manager of my own region within 3 weeks. I couldn’t believe it. All I had to do then was take 1 more quiz. It didn’t even matter at this point if I passed or not being a regional manager in a month was amazing. At this point I honestly had nothing to lose and I took the Affiliate managers quiz. Not twice. But three times. My damn laptop kept crashing right as I submit my last answers. After two attempts and hours later I give up it wasn’t meant to be. 

After a little conversation with my partner and a talking to myself I finally tried one last time and my answers finally submitted. On cut off day of all days.

My Feelings

My job had stopped feeling like a conflict of interest and more of a way of collaborating the two together. I thought I could take what I learned from both sides. Giving my customers the absolute best service and the best information I could find. I was excited for the future whether I became affiliate manager or not.

A few days later I get a message saying I passed the test 100% and would I be available for a zoom call interview. I nearly died. No way was this position between me and one other regional manager.

I did my interview. Nervously and even though I doubted myself everyday telling myself that there’s no way that position is mine. Then on the 29th of February 2020 the girls got down on one knee and asked me to be their Affiliate manager. I honestly had tears in my eyes. I couldn’t fricking believe it. My partner David and best friend Chris got to see my reaction, which was incredible. It must have been a picture. I Had just become the Affiliate Manager for the award winning company Hannabis.

The Consequences

Remember me saying I worked in a CBD Shop? Well my boss had other ideas and was not happy at all. He voiced his opinion I kinda voiced mine and I gladly quit my job 2 weeks later to dedicate what I had to Hannabis.

For me it was never about competition it was always about what I could do better to give my customers a better understanding. a better quality product. A better brand that could be trusted (after 2 years a lot of my customers had become good friends also) it was never about how much money I could make by doing this job. It was never about getting a quick sale. It had always been about the community.

The Now

Seven months on I am thriving, My team is growing and is strong, Tonnes of new changes have happened in that time. I even started my own podcast. The UK Potcast dedicated to educating, advocating and supporting the cannabis community. It fit’s in perfectly with what I do With Hannabis and also allows me to reach and help a bigger audience.

I can’t wait to see where we are in the next 7 months. I’m in the process of an uplevel and I’m really looking forward to the journey because that’s exactly what it is. 

If you have a passion, chase it. If you have a dream, chase it and if you have a goal, go out there and achieve it. You’re more capable than you know.

Become an affiliate and work with Jess here.

Please Note

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If your custom blend causes any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • All products are approved by ‘The Conscious Cannabis Club

Nurtured by Nature Release

Nurtured by Nature Release

To celebrate the Nurtured by Nature release, Steph has written a guest blog post and also featured on our podcast. The launch of this is something that is very close to the heart of Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD and we couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to host this on our website.

Introduction

“For a start, food is kind of important! We really need food to survive! And yet, when you’re strapped for cash it’s very often the first place you cut corners and buy cheap!

Don’t get me wrong… bringing down the shopping bill can make a massive difference to your monthly outgoings, but it tends to come at a longer term cost. The cheapest foods are generally some of the most unhealthy. So how to tackle that? Planning, prepping and buying cheap!

The inspiration

Back when I was a single parent relying on Universal Credit, money was extremely tight! And yes, there were times I had to rely on a food bank and help from my parents. But the best thing I learned to do was to buy cheap ingredients and make big batches.

I would make my own sauce for pasta using veg that was going cheap at the end of the day. I’d cook up a massive batch of sausage & bean casserole using frozen sausages and those little tins of mixed beans that are about 29p each! (That one is in the book by the way!).

The freezer became my new best friend! I learned about cooking with a slow cooker too! I’d make soups & sauces and put them in resealable sandwich bags in the freezer (they freeze flat so don’t take up loads of space, and they defrost quickly too!). All this and more I wanted to share with you, so that you might have a bit of an easier time when it comes to putting food on the table!

SO WHAT’S IN THE BOOK THEN?

With the Nurtured by Nature release, you will have access to seven day meal plan contains 21 recipes! Seven for breakfast, seven for lunch, and yup… Seven for dinner!

A different meal every day! Now if that seems like a lot of work, don’t worry… A lot of the recipes make use of leftovers! For example, one evening meal is Sausage & Bean Casserole, and you could use leftovers from that to make Beans on Toast the next morning! ​

Seven Day Meal Plan:

  • 21 recipes
  • Shopping hacks
  • Shopping list
  • Meal plan
  • Adding hemp hearts
  • Quick tips for each recipe
  • Notes pages

Sneak Peeks

Breakfast – Banana & Fruit Pancakes, Flippin’ Delish Pancakes.
Lunch – Eggy Cheese Slices, Super Vegtable Soup.
Dinner – Turkey Burgers, Stuffed Peppers.

Something Else…

To celebrate the launch of the ‘Seven Day Meal Plan’, with the Nurtured by Nature release I have collaborated with Hannabis and released some Hemp Hearts that you can incorporate into your recipes from your meal plan.

Hemp Hearts

Hemp Hearts

These organic hemp hearts have been hulled to remove the outer crunchy layer, leaving the soft middle of the seed known as the hemp heart.

Hulled hemp hearts are a naturally nutritious source of antioxidants, phytosterols, vitamins, protein, fibre and minerals, including magnesium and phosphorus for bone health, zinc to help support the immune system and iron for oxygenating the blood.

Why Hemp Hearts?

The protein in hemp is highly digestible and perfect for vegan and vegetarian diets. With a dense nutrient profile they are rich in essential fatty acids including alpha-linolenic acid (Omega-3) and linoleic acid (Omega 6).

These organic hulled hemp hearts also contain all 10 amino acids, making them rich in invaluable nutrients. These wonderfully versatile, organic seeds have a mild, nutty flavour and are ready to use raw, or in low heat cooking. They are vegan, non GMO and THC free.

Hulled hemp hearts contain 50% more protein than chia seeds, they are a wonderful and nutritious addition to any diet.

Quick Tips

As they have a soft and creamy texture, it makes them perfect for smoothies, salads, in baking, soups, stews and stir fries. They can also be used as a stuffing for tomatoes or other vegetables and can even be sprinkled directly onto cereals,  yoghurt, and ice cream.

Please Note

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If your custom blend causes any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • All products are approved by ‘The Conscious Cannabis Club

Getting Stoned

This weeks podcast is a little different, so we wanted to make this weeks blog post a little different too. Instead of talking about the same thing in our blog post as we did in this weeks podcast. We have decided to share this blog post from High Times by The High Priestess. We decided to do this because these posts on hightimes are our favourite ones, we often look to these for inspiration at Hannabis. Especially this one about getting stoned with crystals during the Virgo season.

The High Priestess: Stones to Get Stoned With During Virgo Season

Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the rest of the season stoned in style. After all there are myriad reasons to get stoned; whether that’s to help find some much needed solace after a long day. To help with pain management, for anxiety, or just because it feels good. And there are just as many reasons to work with gemstones, also known as crystals or minerals.

Crystals come from deep in the core of the earth. Taking thousands of years to form, and with this they carry the messages of this element. These healing crystals aren’t only striking and beautiful to look at. But they can also help us tap into balance and work with the different energy centers of our bodies. These are known as chakras in yogic practice. Crystals can help us heal, release, manifest, banish, or whatever else we need in the moment; much like cannabis can.

Getting Stoned with Stones

So, what happens when you combine getting stoned with stones? What happens when you put the spiritual in stoner? Well, you have a delicious and juicy ritual that can help make your next smoke session even more mystical.

After the bright and shining intensity of Leo Season, aka the peak of our hot, stoned, spiritual summer. We are greeted with Virgo season. While Leo, the lion, was all about claiming our voice and the power that comes along with this. Virgo season, represented by the Virgin or Maiden, speaks of what it means for us to be whole unto ourselves. Virgo is often slated as a perfectionist with analytical tendencies. But the truth is this is the energy of the balance of the grounded and active masculine and the expansive and receptive feminine. With their roots firmly in the ground, Virgo can lead us into exploring all aspects of what makes us us. Thankfully we can work with crystals and cannabis to integrate these facets of who we are.

To help get the lowdown on what stones would be the most beneficial to get stoned with for Virgo season. I talked to Virgo Queen, artist, alchemist and creatrix of crystal pipes, Jennifer Joseph. She shares some key crystals and practices we can use to own this rooted earth sign energy, to get the most connected to our higher self as possible.

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Ivory Woods

To Begin: Pick Your Crystal 

The first step in getting stoned with some stones is to actually pick a stone. Use the guide below, your intuition or whatever stones you already have to begin. If you can’t physically get a crystal, try looking up photos of the stone you want to work with. Then try meditating with them in your mind’s eye, visualizing yourself holding and working with these stones to tap into their energetic properties.  

To Know Your Worth and Value- Rose Quartz

A deeply calming and nurturing stone, Rose Quartz comes in shades of soft pink. Acts as the mother and doorway of the heart. During Virgo season, we’re both in the realm of the body (since it’s an Earth sign) and the mind. Since Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet who rules over communication, higher knowledge, and travel. This can be a season when we’re starting new projects, making new commitments, taking new classes, and expanding and growing. Unfortunately, that can mean we become our toughest critics, letting imposter syndrome stand in the way from our greatness. Rose Quartz can help us overcome this, and tap back into the energy of self-love.

“Self-love is the openness and acceptance of the fullness of where you are right now. That acceptance is self-love in practice. Rose quartz is the ultimate in terms of opening ourselves us up to the dimension of of allowing who we truly are to be there,” Jennifer explains. “When we truly love ourselves, we see the value we have to offer others. We see our worth and start acting in alignment with that.”

If you’re struggling with being okay where you are, and if you feel like your heart center could use some energetic TLC, then try working with this stone to help keep your heart tender and open.

To Help Dispel Fear Around Taking Action and Evolving: Onyx and Obsidian

A lot of fear can arise before we go through moments of transformation; our ego wants us to play small, stay comfortable, to continue doing what we know. But this isn’t any way for us to grow, especially during Virgo season! Thankfully, working with black stones like onyx and obsidian can help us release this fear and the self-imposed blocks we’ve created for ourselves to stay comfortable.

“We don’t properly know how to take action that we are confident in. A lot of times we want to prove something, and obsidian and onyx can help us bust through that. They can help reveal where we’re triggered in those areas, so we can start moving through that and claim back our vital energy, which is started in the root chakra [the energy center at the base of the spine]” Jennifer explains. “But if you have issues with security you can’t move forward. That’s why I love these black crystals to keep us aware of what’s in our shadow and what’s keeping us from movement.”

If you’re going through life changes but don’t necessarily have the trust needed to really see things from a positive perspective, try holding and meditating with these black crystals. Besides grounding you in the present, they can help distill fear while you’re on this new path of growth.

To Actually Take That Action: Red Jasper and Carnelian

Blood red, that symbolizes the power of creative action and forward movement, stones like Red Jasper and Carnelian are associated with the lower chakras. The energy centers that rule over sexuality, confidence, our ability to create, and our ability to put plans in motion. These crystals can help you actually break through blocks so you can create changes organically and purposefully; these are invigorating stones that add an energy of fire to our life.

“They stimulate the more active principles in our root chakra and really get vital energy pumping and flowing,” Jennifer says. If you’re looking to begin on a new adventure this Virgo season, these stones can help you have the confidence to not only start on this path but also believe in the unfolding of it.

To Balance All Parts of Yourself: Fluorite  

Regardless of your gender identity, we all have masculine, feminine, active, and receptive, sides of who we are. These pieces of who we are can come out of balance (like anything else), especially during a season like Virgo season, when we’re being asked to step into a new way of being and act authentically with these dual sides of our nature.

By balancing both sides of the brain, which reflect the receptive/ active parts of who we are are, fluorite helps us step more confidently into our roles as creators of our universe. If Virgo season has left you feeling off kilter, then this stone can help you find energetic equilibrium.

“Fluorite is so so great for balancing both sides of how we process things. The thing I notice the most about fluorite is that whatever emotional response I’m having. Or the hyper-analytical overthinking reaction that I’m having, when I get into the aura of fluorite, those start working together in a more harmonious way,” Jennifer explains. “It’s like ‘hey, remember your center, remember these are both sides of you and valuable tools but when we don’t use them together, you feel crazy. “

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Ivory Woods

To Tap into the Grounded Energy of Virgo Season: Serpentine 

A rich green like the mythological and archetypal serpent it’s associated with. Serpentine can help you step into the new phase of your life this new zodiac season is bringing you. Not only can serpentine’s earthy energy help you find roots during moments of change and transition. It can help you dispel the fear of these transitions on the first place, adding some self-compassion and stability to the mix.

“Snakes have this symbolism of shedding their skin, so what was old, we’re throwing that off. We’re still who we are but if we stay in all the things that served us previously. If we stay in that skin, we will suffocate and we won’t be able to expand and feel all those things we’re meant to feel in this next stage of our growth” Jennifer points out. “Serpentine is about us relinquishing the old patterns so that we can let go of the old skin and we can embrace having a fresher perspective. Creating a purer relationship with the world all over again.” 

To Not Get So Swept Up in the Virgo Energy- Lepidolite 

A stone associated with the upper chakras, spirituality, connection to intuition, and the higher self. Lepidolite is an energetic antidote to the laser tight focus that Virgos can fall prey too. If you’re a Virgo, or have heavy Virgo placements in your chart, working with this stone can help you loosen your grip on control while surrendering to the universe and forces that be. This stone can also help you tap into your inner mystic, a more airy quality that may be missing for all the earth-heavy energy.

“For all those ‘I’m so practical, I’m so rigid, I’m so grounded’ Virgos, this stone is a lot more mystical and has lithium in it, a natural antidepressant. Every high strung Virgo needs some Lepidolite in their life,” Virgo Jennifer notes.

“Because this stone is purple, work with it as you begin visualizing how things could be, how things could go right instead of ‘how can I micromanage to control if things go right.’ Lepidolite helps you release into the idea that ‘when I am prepared and relaxed, I can trust the universe to give me the exact result I need.’”

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Ivory Woods

Step 2: Grab Your Crystals and Cannabis and Create the Ritual

So you’ve picked out your stone, you’ve got your favorite strain of weed or edible on hand and you’re ready to get stoned with your stones. What does this even look like? Since Jennifer creates hand carved crystal pipes, you can literally use a stone to get stoned. That’s an option! Not only will the cannabis itself be infused with the vibration of the crystal you smoke out of, but you will also be getting the energetic benefits of both the crystal and cannabis as you smoke.

Even if you’re not smoking out of a stone, holding a crystal or having it next to you as you work with cannabis is a major ritual in itself.

“In terms of how we can utilize stones in our cannabis practice, I think it comes from this awareness. When we’re using crystals to get stoned, what we’re setting ourselves up for is an opportunity for more understanding. To be more aware of what we’re doing,” Jennifer says. “Why’d you buy that stone, why were you attracted to it and what are you trying to do at this moment? If you hold that intention that the stone brings up for you as you’re smoking, when we add intention to any action, I believe we’re creating a ritual. The ritual has transformative power because it’s speaking the language of our subconscious. I think this empowers people to start thinking about ritual from their own perspective.”

Before Getting Stoned

Before you begin to get stoned, make sure you have both your cannabis and crystals near you. Then take a moment and think about your intention. What makes you want to connect with this High Priestess energy in this way? With crystals in this way? With cannabis? Speak this out loud, or write it down, or hold it in your mind’s eye. As you take a hit or eat your edible, feel yourself also consuming the energy of the crystal you’re working with.

Both crystals and cannabis are earth medicine, the realm of Virgo. So allow yourself to be taken deep into this space of fortitude, resilience and strength. You may wish to take some time in meditation as you do this, visualizing your third eye. The energy center between your brows in the middle of your forehead, opening up and sharing visions and messages with you.

When you’re finished with your ritual, thank both the plant and earth for its medicine, and enjoy the stoned sensations you’re feeling. Happy Virgo season! Work with these crystals, with or without cannabis, whenever you need to remember their messages. 

If you want even more magic from Jennifer Joseph, don’t forget to shop her store Natural Magics, follow her on Instagram and subscribe to her Patreon. And so it is!

Resources

High Times – The High Priestess: Stones to Get Stoned With During Virgo Season

Please Note
  • Shop Hannabis
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.

A History of Cannabis

This episode was actually recorded a little while ago, some of the information shared in here may no longer be relevant as this was before COVID-19 lock down etc… But we had the absolute pleasure of having a chat with Trev Coleman who is one of the most knowledge people we have the pleasure of knowing within the industry. Here is his facebook if you would like to follow him https://www.facebook.com/trevjcoleman

A Brief History

This is a very very brief history of Cannabis to give you a glimpse into just how old and wonderful it really is. Learning about Cannabis is definitely a journey and not something we can cover in a few blogs and podcasts. So please forgive me if they are a little slow burning for now.

I’ve always wanted to learn as much as I could about Cannabis, so as well as reading anything I came across I also purchased an online course 18 months ago from The Centre of Excellence. I found this brief history of Cannabis so fascinating, I had to share it with you.

Here is the excerpt I read form The Centre of Excellence Medicinal Cannabis & CBD Oil Diploma course:

The Hypothesis

The hypothesis of cannabis emerging from hops 27 million years ago is pinpointed to the Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia. Here, forty thousand-year-old human remains have been discovered, suggesting that we humans were at least living in close proximity to that plant at this time.

Our first concrete evidence of human interaction with cannabis dates back over ten thousand years. Cannabis seeds were found in a jar dating back this far during excavations on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The use of the plant here is further evidenced in Neolithic paintings featuring the leaves of the plant found in caves on the same island.

It’s widely believed that hemp was one of the first plants to be purposefully cultivated – and that makes sense given its wide variety of uses. Evidence suggests it was cultivated in Japan from the pre-Neolithic era.

During the 5th millennium BC, the Chinese were using hemp and possibly cannabis to make fibres for their paper, clothes and shoes. In 2727 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shennong wrote about cannabis – the first written mention of the plant.

Around 2000 BC, Chinese coastal farmers took cannabis plants over to Korea where the Koreans embraced the crop and all its uses.

Credit: Unknown

The Aryans

We know that the Aryans (the Indic people from the Indian Vedic period) taught the ancient Assyrians about the psychotropic uses of cannabis. They used it in religious ceremonies, calling it qunubu (the word which is potentially the origin of the word cannabis). They also taught the secrets of the cannabis plant to the Scythians from central Eurasia. (who the ancient Greek historian Herodotus witnessed sitting in tents full of cannabis smoke to experience euphoria.) The Dacians and the Thracians from Eastern and South-eastern Eurasia.

It’s thought that cannabis spread across Eurasia around five thousand years ago. In part thanks to the trade route known as the Bronze Road. As we now know, the multiple uses of the cannabis plants made it a useful commodity, and commodities back then were useful for trading.

Chinese

At around this period, we find Chinese writings bestowing the virtues of cannabis as a medicinal plant. It was used to treat the likes of malaria, rheumatism and constipation. It was used medicinally across the Mediterranean and in India and Egypt from 1500 to 200 BC. The ancient Persians considered cannabis to be their most prized medicinal plant. Interestingly, ancient Islamic medicine agrees with the medicinal uses of cannabis, but also highlights it as a poison.

Vikings

Viking ships from the mid 9th century were found to contain cannabis seeds, but it’s thought that cannabis came to the UK during the 5th century during the Anglo-Saxon invasions.

South America

Cannabis appears to have made its way to South America (and then to the USA in the hands of the fleeing Mexican migrants) by way of South Africa from around 1600 AD onwards.

The UK

In the UK, it’s interesting to note that little was recorded of the plant until the 17th century, although we know it was here before then. Around this time, academics and herbalists wrote of the use of hemp seeds for melancholy and to treat inflammation. These uses actually tell us a great deal about the variety of cannabis being used at this time. To achieve such results the plant would have had to be high in CBD, but low in THC.

In 1838, Irish doctor William O’Shaughnessy, after working in India brought back Cannabis indica. He had seen in India how this plant was consumed as bhang (powdered cannabis) and bhang lassi (a milk drink containing cannabis and spices) and so he brought this knowledge back with him. It is on the back of his work that cannabis was then used medicinally in the British Empire and across Europe for the next half a century. We even see Queen Victoria’s physician using the plant to treat pain, as discussed in one of his Lancet articles.

William Brooke O’Shaughnessy

More History

In the 1890s, Thomas Hill Easterfield, Thomas Barlow Wood and Thomas Newton Spivey studied the active constituents within cannabis resin and though they thought they’d extracted cannabinol, it was actually a mixture of cannabinoids. Cannabinol was finally successfully isolated around 1938. By this time cannabis had become prohibited in many countries, including the UK (which banned it in 1928).

Prohibition

The prohibition of cannabis demonstrates an extreme turnaround on the views of this plant. Within recent history, the Queen’s physician had bestowed its virtues, but suddenly it was viewed as a dangerous substance. Until the 1930s, Cannabis sativa had an entry in the United States Pharmacopoeia, listed as, amongst other things, a sedative. However, in 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, prohibiting the cultivation, sale and use of the plant.

From around the 1920s, there was a growing fear surrounding the use of the plant as a psychotropic recreational drug. There was a growing concern among the public that the plant’s use would lead to deviancy and posed a threat to the wider public’s safety. It’s fair to say that a look back to the headlines of the era point firmly to deeply unsettling racist views – with the first cannabis bans being directed at racial minorities. Fear mongering and propaganda appear to have played their part in the changing views of this plant.

However, the act did little to quash the recreational use of cannabis in the USA (nor did the ban of the plant in the UK), with its popularity rising through the decades, peaking in the 70s – as we all know! During this period, we witnessed cannabis collecting across the globe by ‘hippies’ who wanted to continue their use of the plant.

USA

By 1980, eleven states in the USA had decriminalised ‘possession’ of cannabis, but later the law clamped down again. In the UK, echoing the pattern seen in America, by the 1970s, the use of the plant was peaking. It has moved in and out of drug classes in the UK, from a class C in 2004, back to a class B in 2009, where it had been previously since 1971. Famously, the Dutch have ‘enjoyed’ legal use of the plant since 1976, with use remaining pretty stable since then.

Bans had occurred prior to this. In 1830, it became illegal to bring cannabis into Rio de Janeiro after the African slaves brought to the city by the Portuguese used the plant recreationally (becoming familiar with it in their own country). In 1870, its use was banned in British Singapore, again due to the recreational use of the plant by labourers. By the late 1800s, Islamic countries had also banned cannabis. By the 1920s, most other countries had followed suit.

The Rest of the World

But there has been a change recently and in some countries, we have seen cannabis move back into medical use. In the District of Columbia, in 33 USA States, in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Israel, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Italy, Germany, Finland, Cypress and Canada, cannabis can now be used medically. In the UK, medical use of cannabis was legalised in 2018 following a highly publicised case of two children whose epilepsy was helped by cannabis use. CBD oil is legal (without prescription) in the UK. Non-medical, recreational cannabis remains illegal in the UK.

Credit: Barney Warf, University of Arkansas

Excerpt is owned by The Centre of Excellence. Pictures found on google & credited where possible.

I hope you found this as interesting as I did!

Please get in touch! What topics would you like us to cover? Do you want to be a guest on the podcast? Do you have any feedback? I’d love to hear from you.

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Stay Lit!

Resources

Blog post written by Jess Gelling, Founder of The UK Potcast

Please Note
  • Shop Hannabis
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.

Hemp VS Cannabis VS Marijuana

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What is the different between Hemp VS Cannabis VS Marijuana? Is there really a difference?

Cannabis is a plant in the botanical family Cannabaceae. This encompasses what we think of as the hemp plant, as well as what we think of as the marijuana plant. When we think industrial we think ‘hemp’ and when we think of consuming we think of cannabis or marijuana. Society has conditioned us to think this way, but the unconditioning is happening, with some people managing to uncondition themselves and open their eyes to need beliefs.

Traditionally rope, clothing, plastics etc… are made from ‘hemp’ not ‘cannabis’, but when we start to drive deeper, hemp is cannabis. It isn’t it’s own plant, it is a type of cannabis, a different breed or spieces of plant as it were. But cannabis is illegal right? Wrong. Cannabis itself is not illegal, THC is illegal. But because of the way society has conditioned us, we only assoicate THC with cannabis not hemp.

Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp is mostly male plants with no flowers or a mix of male and female. They do not produce much THC – to count as hemp, a plant must contain less than 0.2% THC (UK) or less than 0.3% THC (USA). But do make small amounts of CBD in the leaves as well as any as well as any flowers if female plants are included. In terms of medical cannabinoids is that you need to harvest way more plants to get the same amount of CBD and other non-THC minor cannabinoids.

Most hemp varities contain only about 3.5% CBD. Plants that have been cultivated to have high-CBD flowers can contain upwards of 15-20% CBD. In comparison to hemp leaves which contain around 1%. But it takes 100 plants to do the job that 10 could do! In many countries, it is currently only legal to grow low-THC hemp varieties. So most of the CBD products you see on the shelves in the UK and the US, available without medical prescription, come from these varities.

Scientists are still arguing about the exact difference genetically between hemp strains and cannabis strains with over 0.3% THC. There are lots of overlapping genes between the two types, although hemp varieties seem to come from a slightly wider gene pool compared to the high-THC strains bred for the recreational market over the past few decades.

Does the source of CBD matter?

Whatever the source of CBD used to make full-spectrum oil, it is important that the method of extraction doesn’t produce harmful chemicals. For this reason, CO2 supercritical extraction, which uses pressurised carbon dioxide, is considered one of the best methods. Rather than using solvents like butane and hexane that can leave behind toxic residues. As has been demonstrated in multiple lab tests and studies investigating common CBD products. If the source of CBD is high-CBD female flowers, a simple alcohol or oil extraction method is also possible. Plus is safer than other solvents. New and better ways of extraction are being developed all the time. It won’t be long before CO2 extraction may not be the easy winner for large-scale extraction.

Industrial hemp is also cultivated for non-medical and non-wellness uses, to make clothes, paper, textiles, rope, hemp plastic, hemp batteries and bio fuel, while the seeds are sold as a health food.

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So why do we choose the hemp variety of cannabis

With the legal status of ‘Cannabis’ it is extremely hard to get a license to grow cannabis. But as soon as you switch the word ‘Cannabis’ for ‘Hemp’, the process is still difficult but a lot easier. It isn’t because hemp is useful and cannabis just gets you high, they can both be used for the same things and in the same ways.

It isn’t only ‘Cannabis’ that some people are conditioned to believe is bad. Some people that claim to support the plant with slate ‘Hemp’ plants, telling people they’re not ‘real cannabis’, when in fact it is all cannabis. But what about the word ‘Marijuana’, where does this fit in?

Marijuana

Marijuana is a hot topic within the industry. Some people believe the word to be racist because of it’s origins and do not like to use it. The word Marijuana originates from the Spanish word ‘Marihuana’, the word came to England in the late 19th century. Other early variants include ‘Mariguan’, ‘Marihuano’ & ‘Marahuana’.

The use of ‘Marihuana’ in America increased dramatically in the 1930’s. It was preferred as an exotic sounding alternative during the prohabition. It has been suggested that the US used the word to stigmatize cannabis with a ‘foreign-sounding name’.

From the portrayal in the media of marijuana use by the hippie subculture in the 1960s, the word became associated with revolutionary youth. By 1975, reggae artist Peter Tosh defended the use of marijuana in the song “Legalize It“. Since then, the word has been associated with the stoner comedy genre, in films including the 1978 Up In Smoke and other media including the New York Off-Broadway show The Marijuana-Logues.

So is hemp VS cannabis VS marijuana actually a thing?

In conclusion

Hemp VS cannabis VS Marijuana. Cannabis is cannabis. Hemp is cannabis. Marijuana is cannabis. You cannot support either side without supporting cannabis in one way or another. The divide that there is has been fabricated to make sure that society sees ‘cannabis’ as a detromental thing that can bring harm to the world. 100 years later people are starting to see the truth and question the laws that have been put into place for our safety.

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Please Note
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.

Ways to Consume Cannabis

There are so many different ways to consume cannabis, there really is something to suit everyone. Even if you aren’t wanting the high & only wanting to use cannabis to promote your health & well-being. Most people’s minds will go straight to smoking cannabis flower. But there is so many different ways that don’t cross our minds at all. We thought we would take the opportunity with the launch of Instant Janes to go over the different ways to consume cannabis.

Inhalation

Onset: Immediate.
Duration of Effects: 2-4 hours.

Inhalation is the most common and popular way to consume cannabis. Typically within immediately or within a few miniutes you will feel the effects. Due to the quick onset time, inhalation can be very effective for acute situations. It is one of the fastest delivery method, as the medicine passes through your lungs & into the bloodstream straight away. The effects generally last about 2-4 hours (give or take), depending on the person. While inhalation is the quickest-acting, it’s also the quickest to fade. So if you’re looking for a prolonged relief for something a tincture or a capsules.

Dried CBD flowers from hemp (containing less than 0.2/0.3% THC) can be purchased in some locations. But currently in the UK it is technically not legal to sell even hemp CBD flowers. In Canada and some US states, cannabis flowers that contain THC are available by prescription. As well as without from special stores that sell cannabis for legal recreational use. When it comes to joints that are traditionally the form of cannabis, many people think of these dried flowers, or buds.

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Smoking

The most widely known delivery method for consuming cannabis. You’ve likely seen it in form of joints, blunts, pipes or bowls. Because smoking causes the combustion of the plant material, you may be inhaling chemicals from smoke, tar, and even butane fumes from your lighter. Therefore, doctors do not recommend consuming cannabis in this way. Even if it is the most popular way. Cannabinoids and terpenes can also be destroyed smoking at high temperatures. If inhalation is your preferred way to consume cannabis, doctors often recommend dry herb vaporisers, which we’ll touch on next.

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  • Joints – The joint is likely the most popular method of smoking cannabis. Papers are relatively inexpensive, easy to carry, and escape ‘drug paraphernalia’ laws. Tobacco is legal for anyone over the age of 18 and rolling papers can be used for that. The hypocrisy.
  • Blunts – The first cousin of the joint. Typcally made from cigar leaves or blunt wraps containing pure cannabis with no herbal mix or tobacco.
  • Pipes – Even among subgroups such as a pipe smokers there are sub-subgroups. Such as glass devotees vs wooden pipe smokers vs metal pipe smokers vs ceramic pipe smokers. Some insist glass delivers the best taste and that metal inevitably adds it’s own ‘off’ taste during the combination process.
  • Bongs – Bongs are cylindrical tubes usually made of glass (ideally) or acrylic, typically with a bowl and stem at the bottom which is pulled out to carburete a hit. A small amount of water is normally used in a bong to cool the smoke; this produces the gurgling sound typically associated with bong smoking.
Vaping

Vaporising (or vaping) is an inhalation method that heats the plant material or an oil to vapor, instead of burning it. It’s often considered a healthier way to inhale, as you’re avoiding the chemicals in smoke (and preserving more of the terpenes and cannabinoids that could be destroyed in the burning process).

While vaping can be discreet and easy, especially with small vape pens, a word of caution – there are a lot of low-quality vape products on the market, and recently reports of vaping -related deaths, illnesses and respiratory issues from vaping with tainted oil cartridges have been escalting. These issues with vaping oils are coming from poor-quality black market vape products. Some of these vaporisers contain propylene glycol that have not been shown to be safe for inhalation. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified vitamin E acetate as a potential ingredient in vape pens causing harm to the lungs in patients diagnosed with vaping illness.

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Cannabis Concentrates

Separating the medicinal compounds of cannabis from the plant matter creates concentrates. Several grams of cannabis flowers are used to produce concentrates. Creating a powerful medical substance that takes the form of a sticky goo called wax, a fragile solid called shatter, or oil.

Concentrates are anywhere from 50 to 99% percent medicinal compounds. A tiny dose contains enough to give you your desired results. Vaping concentrates have the same effect as smoking or vaping flower; we feel high almost immediately and it last for an hour or two. Concentrates require trial and error. Cannabis flower smokers have learned the hard way that concentrates are much stronger than anything they have ever tried before. If you decide to try concentrate.

Sublingual

Onset: About 15 minutes.
Duration of effects: 4-6 hours.

CBD oil is most commonly consumed in tincture, spray or lozenges. While the word ‘tincture’ historically refers to an alcohol solution, most CBD & cannabis tinctures today are oil-based. You can take them sublingually onset time, the second-quickest after inhalation – typically about 15 minutes. With tinctures, it’s very easy to measure out a calculated dose as the oil under your tongue the digestive tract first (as it would with capsules or edibles).

Tinctures are easy to carry around with you, a discreet way to adminster your cannabis medicine and the effecets typically last longer than inhalation. When you take a tincture and hold it under your tongue for at least 60 seconds before swallowing. If you add your CBD tincture into food or drink, it is delivered into your system the same way an edible would be rather than sublingually. Although a water soluble tincture would have a much faster onset time than an consumable when added to food.

Lozenges are solid, like boiled sweets, and are meant to be dissolved slowly under the tongue for sublinginual absorption. Just like a spray or tincture but on a slower release. The absorbiliity will probably vary between lozenges.

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Edibles

Onset: 60-90 minutes.
Duration of effects: 6-8 hours.

Edibles‘ or ‘Consumables‘ refers to anything you can eat or drink that contains cannabis (such as pot brownies or coffee or tea with CBD added). Consumables typically take the longest to produce noticeable effects, tricky, because they potentially last the longest too. But probably one of the funnest ways to consume cannabis with all the different things you can do. Dosing with edibles can be tricky because they have to pass through your digestive system before taking effect. It is hard to know how much medicine your body is absorbing. The effect of consumables can last 6-8 hours. When you eat a cannabis edible, whether it is CBD, THC or both, make sure you wait at least an hour, ideally 90 minutes to feel the effects before deciding if you need more.

Raw juicing of cannabis leaves and flowers has become very popular. Because raw, undried marijuana is loaded with non-psychoactive properties. Including THCa and CBDa, as well as loads of other cannabinoids and terpenes in there pre-decarboxylated form. Cannabis is a superfood and the cannabinoids can bring balance to people’s health and well-being. Raw juicing will not get you high. THC must be decarboxylated by heat to do that. But all the cannabinoids can be used by your body in their natural, raw form. Cannabis smoothies often including other fruits and greens such as kale, bananas, blueberries, and oranges, are an excellent way to supplement your cannabinoids without altering your consciousness.

Capsules

Onset: 60 – 90 minutes.
Duration of effects: 6-8 hours.

Capsules are in the same boat as edibles. They take a little bit longer to kick in than inhalation or tinctures. But just like edibles, they tend to last longer than other delivery methods. I find capsules to be great for sleep, as they last a couple of extra hours longer than the tincture. Like edibles, it can be difficult to dose when using capsules since the CBD has to pass through the digestive tract first – this means that the amount of cannabis medicine that’s actually absorbed in the body varies. If you typically experience digestive issues, a tincture may be a better choice for you as absorption & bioavailability will be more streamlined. On the plus side, capsules are easy to add to your daily routines if you already take other pills or supplements.

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Topicals

Onset: 10-20 minutes
Duration of effects: 2-4 hours

Administered directly on the skin topicals (creams, lotions, oils, salves, balms, cosmetics or even bath products) can be fantastic way to consume cannabis for certain conditions. Many people find great relief from topicals as our skin is covered in cannabinoid receptors (both CB1 & CB2). Topicals don’t typically cause any intoxicating effects, even if they contain high amounts of THC. So this is a perfect way to experience the healing benefits of THC without getting high. That being said, it is advisable that if you have used a product that contains ingredients to help penetrate the deeper layer sof skin and possibly reach the blood stream, you may not pass a drugs test. Since this may be banned substance in some workplaces and sports federations.

The way topical products are made varies widely, as does the absorption and efficacy; high tech formulas with lipsomes, nanoparticles or encapsualted ingredients may help penetrate the skin to a greater extent. One ingredient type to look out for is terpenes such as linaloo and limonene, as these may enhance penetration. Linalool and Limonene are natually found in cannabis, as well as lavender and citrus fruits. Menthol is another helpful terpene found in cannabis as well as in many varities of mint.

Transdermals

Onset: 10-20 minutes.
Duration of effects: 2-4 hours.

Transdermal products are similar to topicals – they typically come as a balm that rub into your skin, or as a patch that you apply to the skin. But medicine can enter the bloodstream rather than providing local relief only as a topical would. These are another great way to consume cannabis. Transdermal compounds or patches may procvide deeper pain relief than a topical. With transdermal products there is a bit more of a chance that you’ll feel some of the intoxicating effects of THC, since it may enter the blood stream, but this is usually very slight. If you’re using a transdermal patch, the recommendation is to place it on a veiny area of the skin, such as the wrist or the inside of the elbow.

This method also avoids having to go through the digestive system first, leading to more active cannabinoids and terpenes being delivered directly inot the bloodstream. Terpenes are also easily broken down in the gut, so this may offer the best way to get a wider spectrum of plant chemicals into the blood apart from vaporising and inhaling multiple times a day.

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Suppositories

Onset: 10-30 minutes.
Duration of effects: 4-6 hours.

Vaginal or rectal suppositories are quickly becoming a popular option for administering CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids as close to the area of need as possible. To adminster higher amounts of cannabinoids, use suppositories. They can be made with cannabis oil & cocoa butter. The cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the surrounding tissues, rarely with any psychoactive effects. Have you ever considered this as one of the ways to consume cannabis?

Vaginal

This method was used traditionally for thousands of years according to some ancient texts. Including in ancient Egypt for pain in child birth and helping with labour. More recently, some companies have started making ‘CBD tampons’ and users claim that they have found them helpful for period pain.

Rectal

For hundreds and possibly thousands of years, rectal suppositories containing cannabis may be been used to treat conditions of the bowel and anal issues. But it is hard to say exactly how they were used and at what doses. One study in rats reported that rectal CBD decreased colon inflammation. But so far that’s all the published research we have.

THC on it’s own is not absorbed rectally, so most patients report they do not get high or intoxicated by using THC capsules in this way. However, there has been cases where very large amounts of THC rectally did cause feelings of slight intoxication. So it remains an unknown exactly how much can be taken and how individual differences may factor in. A pre ‘pre-form’ of THC is being tested for rectal administration in small preliminary human studies. It has been successful in getting THC into the bloodstream but it’s not yet available outside of a research lab at the time of writing.

Share your ways to consume cannabis in the comments.

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Please Note
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.

Medical Vs Recreational

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What Is Our Opinion

We make it pretty clear at Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD that we are ‘Whole Plant Warriors’. Meaning that be believe in the whole plant. But people that believe in the whole plant can still disagree with eachother when it comes to medical vs recreational.

Being a CBD company, the assumption is made that we stand on the medical side of the industry. But that isn’t actually true. Hannabis stands with the whole community, we believe everyone should have access to all cannabis for any reason they choose. We don’t believe in bringing in a legal system for where it is only available to people. Everyone will have to meet certain criterias to be able to have access.

Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD believe that cannabis shouldn’t have a legal status. We should be able to grow our own cannabis. Just like how we can grow our own food for our own consumption. But we also aren’t living in ‘La La Land’. When there is a change in the cannabis industry it will be done in a way the government profit from it too.

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What is Instant Janes?

This is kind of where our brand new brand Instant Janes comes into play. Jane covers the side of the industry that Mary doesn’t. Mary is our Hannabis Queen’s name incase you didn’t know. Instant Janes is here to celebrate the recreational side of cannabis. It was a huge part of the Hannabis journey & without recreational cannabis we would of never discovered our love for cannabis or even realised how much it benefited our lives.

We might get a bit of hate for this new collaboration between our two brands. But we are just simply standing for what we believe in. Something we have always done from the begining of Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD. Not everyone agrees with everything that we believe in what we stand with everyone in the community & believe in all sides.

Instant Janes has really brought everyone’s passions together. With Hannah’s partner Dean at the heart, handrolling each cone individually. Nicole has been the pro product tester with some new things that will be coming along side our cones which we are sure you will appreciate just as much. Head over to our podcast to hear more about that & Nicole’s review so far. Then Hannah is just happy to be finally standing in the side of the industry that she has always had so much love for & still having Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD as a huge part of it.

Instant Janes are releasing 15 different pre-rolled cones made from organic hemp papers with organic hemp roach. Each handrolled cone has a holographic anti-wet tip. These will be old in varities of 5 Pick ‘N’ Mix packs, meaning that you’ll ge to pick your 5 favourite flavours & not have to commit to one. Each pack will come packaged in an eco-friendly glass tube with a cork top & a wooden poker. Making our cones are made from completely recycable or bio degradable materials.

Bringing these Pick ‘N’ Mix cone packs to the table, especially in the UK is going to be a huge game changer for people within cannabis. Being some of the first cones to be consciously thinking about the envrionment & more than just how well they will smoke. Making sure that we are not adding more unnecessary waste to the world. If you’d like to help us fight to be even more environmentally friendly, please recycle your anti-wet tips in your plastic recycling.

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The Industry

Although we stand in the middle of Medical vs Recreational & believe that it is all the same. There is people within the industry that support cannabis but only for medical purpose. They do not believe that cannabis is benefitical in a recreational way & shouldn’t be used in that way. But then there is also people that believe cannabis is only recreational & has no medical benefits. I personally hide it hard to believe that there is still people out there like this considering how many different studies & trials there has been now showing positive results for medical use of cannabis.

But there are also many people that stand between the two, believeing there is no difference & that medical & recreational cannabis are the same. Because the human body has an endocannabinoid system, every persons body would thrive from having cannabinoids put into it. Granted everyone would thrive from different levels of cannabinoids & the terpene would also come into play, because everyone’s endocannabindoid system is as unique as a finger print. But everyone would still thrive if they can find the right balance for them.

Pop over to our podcast if you would like to hear us talk more about this subject. We also have a break feature on the end from Simpa Carter, a well known activist within the cannabis community.

Where do you stand on medical vs recreational? Add your views in the comments.

Please Note
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.

Spiritual Hemp Tea

A Spiritual Hemp Tea

Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD have had the absolute pleasure of working with Bloem Et Moi to bring you a exclusive spiritual hemp tea blend. Bloem Et Moi have some incredible blends of herbal hemp tea, including;

  • Femme – Hemp, Rose, Lady’s mantle & Nettle.
  • Nuit – Hemp, Camomille, Valerian, Lime flower.
  • Respire – Hemp, Lavender, Lemon balm, Vervain.

But if these options do not suit you then Hannabis have a great opportunity for you to have a custom tea blend produced by Amandine.

Where It Began

Bloem Et Moi, aka Amandine, is a close friend of Hannabis, infact Amandine is our International Regional Manager. We first met Amandine in person at the ‘Hemp and CBD Expo‘ at the NEC, in September 2019. The true partnership started to blossom after spending the weekend together. Amandine told us all about her dream to creative bespoke tea blends for clients, which we absolutely loved the concept of. We agreed that it was such a good idea that we would love to host this service on the Hannabis website.

It had always been our dream to have our own tea blend created by Amandine, so when she said it was something she had been wanting to do for awhile, we are over the moon! We gave Amandine full creative control. The only guidance we gave was we would like it to have a spiritual concept.

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Amandine’s Process

“I knew right away when I met Hannah and Nicole, and got to know Hannabis better, that I wanted to
create a blend that embodied the company’s values and personality. A blend that screamed Hannabis
in all its glory, every time you’d see it, smell it, or sip it.”

“It wasn’t necessarily easy to pick the herbs. There are so many aspects of Hannabis I found important
and wanted to relay in my blend, it was hard to limit it to a handful of herbs. I originally created 2
different blends, and sent them to Hannah and Nicole to taste blindly. I didn’t want them to be
influenced by what they already knew (about the plants or about the blend). It proved the right
tactic because they ended up both picking the blend they may not have picked on paper.”

“Hemp is the basis of all of my tea blend, for its naturally occurring CBD and CBDA, and wonderful
health benefits. The Hemp is organically grown in Europe, as per all other herbs I use in my teas.
It’s important to note that while some herbs might seem perfect esthetically, symbolically, and
benefits-wise, they may not marry well and taste nice together.
Proportion is key.”

What Is In The Tea?

The Hannabis Bespoke Tea Blend:

  • Hemp
  • Tulsi (Holy Basil): Tulsi is called the Queen of Herbs, and it’s not a coincidence. It’s an
    amazing herb. Considered a tonic for the body, mind and spirit, Tulsi has a big spiritual
    component to it. It is loved by yogis and considered an adaptogen. It’s also packed with
    health benefits, and used for a huge range of ailments in Indian medicine.
  • Hibiscus: the pink touch.
    Also a wonderful herb, try drinking it after a night out – it may prevent liver damage. Also
    packed in antioxydants.
  • Calendula: a very spiritual herb, also used in witchcraft. Well known for its wonderful effect
    on skin.

Because of the ingredients we decided to call this blend ‘Spirituali-tea’, we hope to have many more blends from Amandine in the future & felt that this name fits this blend perfectly. Hopefully lots of spiritual awakenings over a nice cuppa are to come!

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Launch

We wanted to go big with the launch of this spiritual hemp tea blend. Not only did we partner with Bloem Et Moi, we partnered with Lady Joint too. Being able to bring you the most gorgeous tea cup & pre-rolled cones. These pink tea cups with a rose gold leaf are absolutely perfect for the Hannabis brand & we couldn’t resist Lady Joint’s beautiful pre-rolled cones.

Lady Joint has a worldwide community, of ladies who love to get high or stoned. These ladies want elegance for the eye and the high. Lady Joint provides a community with luxury rolling equipment & organise lady friendly high tea parties. It is Lady Joint’s mission to create a lady friendly environment for all women smokers. The Lady Joint collection is created for women who enjoy highlife.

“Be Careful, Cannabis may cause: Intelligent Thought, Peacefulness, Bliss, Love and the feeling of Oneness with your surroundings” – Lady Joint

This elegant Lady Joint Tea Cup gives you elegance for the eye and the high. Made from ceramic and gold plated pink marble look. Made of high-quality ceramic, safe and durable, exquisite workmanship, hand-painted gold and marble design, super smooth and comfortable touch.

Celebrate life with these elegant Happy Cones by Lady Joint & your spiritual hemp tea blend. This 6 pack Pre Roll Cones with an elegant pink anti wet filtertip and pink Cannaleafs printed on the paper. Lady Joint brings you elegance for the eye and the high. (Empty cones) All made from food colouring and the highest quality paper. Organic Hemp Rolling Paper. Colour made from edible, plant based, tasteless soy and hemp oils.

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Please Note
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.

Water Soluble CBD – How does it work?

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The Importance of Water Soluble CBD

When extracted from cannabis, CBD take an oil based form. It is hydrophobic like all oils, meaning it will not dissolve in water. CBD oil resists absorption into the bloodstream. Up to 96% of an oil based CBD product will be flushed from your system without ever taking any effect. This is why water soluble CBD is such a revolutionary product.

The most common method of creating CBD infused products nanoemulsion, this involves pulverizing cannabinoids into nano-sizes & combining them with an emulsifier and a carrier oil, in an attempt to create a water soluble CBD.

How does water soluble differ from a normal CBD oil?
  • Greater bioavailability.
  • Faster onset time.
  • Indefinite shelf stability.
  • Use in food.
  • Use in drinks.
  • Versatile product.

The low levels of bioavailability and delayed onset have pushed the cannabis industry to find a solution.

While serious, these issues do not plague all forms of ingesting CBD. For example, the 2in1 Oil form works perfectly well for vaping. Tiny vapor particles carry the CBD & ther cannabis modules when atomized. Making it easy for the lungs to absorb when inhaled.

Why Does Water Soluble CBD have a greater Bio-availability

Did you know, 60% of the human body is water. Meaning that an oil based product does not mix well into the bloodstream. Using a water soluble product means that the product can absorb into the human body up to 5 times higher than an oil based tincture.

The CBD oil becomes water soluble by mixing it with an emulsifier. There is a variation of emulsifers avaliable for CBD products, you can also use honey to create a DIY water soluble CBD.

A Personal Experience

For those that don’t know much about me, my 4 year old son Dexter has global developmental delay & non-verbal autism. He has been using CBD for almost 2 years. It has helped him massively, but as you can imagine, it is impossible to get any toddle to hold an oil under their tongue to experience the full absorption rate, whether they have special needs or not. 

Although Dexter was having amazing results from using a few drops of our 2in1 oil in his drink twice a day, I mean AMAZING results, this kid started walking a couple weeks after using CBD & became more sociable, rather than being in his own little world constantly, he could of been experiencing so many more benefits if I could just help him with the absoprtion rate. 

This is where our brand new water soluble tincture came to the rescue. I was super excited to try this with Dexter & new he would be the perfect little tester before we decided if it was a product we wanted to include in our range. 

Dexter’s Jounrey

Dexter had been using CBD for along time, he still had to live with social anxiety, detachement issues, found it hard to understand his emotions & didn’t interact much with other children.  

Since we have switched Dexter over to the water soluble tincture, using it in exactly the same way, at exactly the same strength, I am so happy to report that we have seen great results for Dexter & I know feel like he is getting the full potential he could of been getting all of this time from consuming CBD. 

Dexter no longer has a complete melt down when I drop him off at pre-school for the day & that isn’t just from him settling in either, he has been going there for well over a year. If you’re a parent reading this you will know how heart breaking it is to leave your child crying for you, so even this on it’s own has been an absolute win for me. 

He also seems to be more in touch with his emotions & knows how to show how he feels to you without becoming frustrated. Knowing how to show love, having him ask for me to sit with him & just have a cuddle has been the most incredible experience to share with him. 

Not only that he has been able to control himself a lot better than usual when it comes to getting angry & annoyed, which is going to happen no matter what, he’s got an annoying little sister that wants everything he has constantly. I think anyone would find that annoying. But he no longer tries to hurt her out of frustration, I mean they still bicker but they’re siblings so that has to be expected. 

What Does Everyone Else Think?

All in all, this water soluble tincture gets a MASSIVE thumbs up from the whole family, it is our new go to product for everyone, especially because I can hide it in the families food & drinks, which means they don’t even know I’m pushing the CBD on them. Thank me later fam, thank me later! 

When CBD is extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant, it takes an oil-based form. Like any oil, it is hydrophobic, meaning it will not dissolve in water. You remember doing the science experiments trying to mix oil into water right? That is what CBD is doing inside our bodies.

Because CBD is oil based, it resists absorption into the bloodstream, with only around 4% being absorbed! So a HUGE 96% of it is being flushed from the body without it ever having any effect. Imagine the results we could have if we could absorb more than 4%…

Please Note
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.

CBD VS THC

CBD vs THC

The CBD vs THC is a hot topic in the industry & yes believe it or not there is teams on both sides. But then there is also plenty of people sitting in the middle, loving each cannabinoid as much as the other. We have a chat about this in our podcast if you would like to hear more on that topic. But this blog is about giving you the scienctific facts of the differences between these two cannabinoids.

I heard a great description of CBD & THC from ‘A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis’ – by Nikki Furrer, which was, “THC: The Queen Bee, CBD: The Valedictorian.” I loved this descripton & here’s her explanation of the title. “THC is the queen bee of her high school because she decides how long the party lasts & which days we wear pink.” Nikki Furrer also describes THC as “The High Creator”. “CBD has become the valedictorian of her class – the brightest star with the most potential.”

THC & CBD have many of the same benefits. Unfortunately this is something we cannot discuss as the law holds us back from this. But we can cover the basic differences between CBD & THC. The simple difference between the two is that THC will make you high & CBD will not. But when they work together they bring the best out in eachother.

Chemical Structures.

CBD & THC have almost identicial chemical structures, the same molecular formula C21H30O2 & both of their masses clock in at 314g/mol but there is one extremely important structual difference. THC contains a cyclic ring, whilst CBD contains a hydroxyl group. This difference in biochemistry actually controls whether or not you feel high.

In order in understand why CBD & THC have this difference you need to know about your CB1 receptor. If you have not consumed any cannabis products then your body’s CB1 receptor is effected by a neurotransmitter called Anandaminde which controls the generation of pleasure, motivation & feeding behaviours. Anandaminde is released naturally by the body after excerise & can also be known as a runners high. THC’s structure is so similar to Anandaminde that it fits in perfectly to the CB1 receptor, therefore causing you to feel high. On the other hand, because of the hydroxyl group in CBD is different in shape & does not fit into the CBD receptor like Anandaminde to give that high feeling like THC.

But CBD does bind to other receptors in your endocannbinoid system, effecting you in other ways. Infact it can bind to the CB1 receptor but in a different way which can turn this receptor off. This is known as ‘Allosteric Inhibition’, this actually means that the CBD makes the THC unable to bind as well to the CB1 receptor, therefore decreasing how ‘high’ you feel, something we will talk about a little bit later in this post.

As with many of the cannabinoids, THC and CBD have low solubility in water, but good solubility in most organic solvents, particularly lipids and alcohols. Both THC and CBD are present in cannabis in a mixture of acidic forms, which are readily de-carboxylated and chemically altered upon heating, important when you consider that smoking cannabis is the most common form of consumption. THC is also well known for its ability to bind to glass and plastic. Therefore, THC preparations are typically stored in basic or organic solvents in amber silicate glassware to avoid loss.

THC

THC is short for delta-tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the psycho active compound inside the cannabis plant that makes you feel the ‘high’. Although cannabis has been used for it’s medicinal qualities for centuries, it wasn’t until 1964 that a team of researchers in Israel, led by Professor Raphael Mechoulam at the Hebrew University of Jerusalrm, isolated & described THC’s molecular properties in a lab. Mechoulam is known as the father of cannabis medicine, as his team has made many advances in the field – including key contributions to the discovery of the system in the human body that cannabis works with deliver it’s therapeutic benefits, which we’ll cover in a minute.

Professor Mechoulam gave a conference at the annual CannaMed in Los Angeles. Speaking about his work with cannabis compounds in his laboratory. He said the cannabis plant has been shown to be helpful for so many conditions. He emphasized that the compounds in the cannabis plant are not toxic to humans. It’s only because of the current legal situation that we are not able to do research that would potentially help millions of people who are suffering.

CBD

Right now, you can’t go anywhere without seeing CBD. It is everywhere. CBD is short for cannabidiol, this compound is the health & wellness world’s current love. First being isolated from the cannabis plant ins 1940. It is THC’s non-psychoactive sister molecule, & it’s another one of the most prevalent compounds inside the cannabis plant. Because the CBD market is so new & it hard to navigate products & know what to look for. Read our ‘What to look for in a product’ to know what to look out for.

The powers of CBD are currently being embraced by the masses, with more research to come in the future as the legality of the status continues to shift & more regulations are being put in place. One big thing coming up being the Novel Food Legislation. But with these shifts in the industry we move closer & closer towards legalisation or decriminalisation.

There is 3 most common types of cannabis plant.
  1. High levels of THC.
  2. Equal levels of CBD & THC.
  3. High levels of CBD.

Each different type of cannabis plant has different potential benefits, depending on the condition, dose & different strains of cannabis have varying amount of each compoud. Some varities of cannabis are bred to have higher levels of THC. Some are bred to haev a higher level of CBD, but this is mainly because of the CBD boom. The levels of THC & CBD present in each variety will have different effect on your body & mind.

CBD’s effects on THC.

Higher levels of THC can be therapeutic for some people. But the more THC means the greater chnace of feeling psychoactive effects. This feeling is unwanted by some people, but seeked & enjoyed by others. When CBD is present in hte cannabis strain in high enough amounts, it can safeguard you from the psychoactive effects of THC. This is because CBD swoops in & partially blocks the THC from binding effectively to receptors in the brain. The higher the CBD:THC ratio in the cannabis product, the less likely you are to feel a high.

CBD is currently paving the way for other cannabinoids. The reason for this is beacause the compounds within the cannabis plant have been shown to work better together, as a whole-plant extract. THC & CBD may be there stars of the show but there are hundreds of active compounds in the cannabis plant & all of them work together to make it healing powerhouse that it is, known as the entourage effect.

Dr. Ethan Russo, a prominent cannabis researcher & board-certified neurologist, notes in his 2019 paper “The Case for the Entourage Effect and Conventional Breeding of Clinical Cannabis. When it comes to the pharmaceutical CBD drug Epidiolex (a 97% pure CBD isolate, with THC removed, used to treat seizures), a much higher dose is necessary to achieve positive results than when using CBD rich full spectrum cannabis extract with all the other compounds of the plant intact.

Microdosing THC.

Microdosing THC is exactly what it sounds like. People use it for it’s subtle effects on mood & focus. Microdosing does not make you feel high as you are not consuing enough THC for these effects. Dr. Bonni Goldstein says, “A microdose of THC is actually just a dose” as some people only need the tiniest doses of THC to find the relief they’re looking for.

To get acquainted with how THC makes you feel, you must use it. Everyone is different with how they react to THC, so you may enjoy the effects of a few more or less milligrams than someone else. Because of the effects CBD & THC have on eachother, this enables us to use cannabis strategically to enhance your life without feeling any uncomfortable side effects.

If mircodosing THC is something you are interesting in trying, a tincture is the best way to manage your dose. Start with just one drop & wait half an hour to experience the effects before taking another drop. It is extremely important to leave the wait time, you do not want to overdo it.

Consuming to much THC.

THC is known for causing anxiety & paranoia if too much is consumed. If CBD has a high enough presents in your strain , then it can safeguard you from these unwanted effects of THC. Choosing a higher-CBD product can mitigate the high. Cannabis strains that are high in the terpenes limonene, pinene & caryophyllene can also bring down the mental fogginess from THC. This explains why lemon, black pepper & pine can be helpful in reducing the high.

Dr. Ethan Russo recommends having terpene-rich foods to help bring down THC’s effects. Here’s some of the foods he recommends:

  • Pesto – one that contains pinenuts for the pinene.
  • Lemonade – with extra lemon zest from the rinds for the limonene.

Dr. Russo recommends having these foods prepared & on hand before you consume your cannabis, because once you’ve had too much THC you may have difficulty preparing them. At the very least, make sure you have some lemons, black pepper & pine nuts available.

Here are some other tips for if you have consumed too much THC:
  • Sleep in off.
  • Drink water.
  • Take a shower.
  • Chew on black peppercorns – rich in caryophyllene.
  • Take a walk in nature.
  • Watch a favourite movie.
  • Write in your journal.
  • Listen to your favourite album.
  • Breath.
  • Relax.
  • Remind yourself the effects will lift soon.
Please Note
  • Keep CBD out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
  • We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approve all recommended products.
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