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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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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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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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!


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

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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

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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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).


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.


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.

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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 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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  • The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
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  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If any products cause any reaction, please seek medical advice.
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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.


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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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.

  • 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.

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.


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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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.


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.

International Highlife


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.


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.

International Highlife


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?


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.



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 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.


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.


Terpenes compounds found in the cannabis plant. The levels of the different compounds depends on the genetics of the plant itself. There are over 7,000 strains of cannabis which are always growing at a extraordinary rate. Consequently by the time you read this post, the figure is bound to be outdated.


Although, found in cannabis, they are not restrcited to cannabis. For instance in some plants, terpenes attract pollinators. While in other plants, they cause a strong reaction to repel predators, such as insects or foraging animals. In addition, there are many factors that influence a plant’s development of terpenes. Including; climate, weather, age and maturation, fertilizers, soil type, and even the time of day. In conclusion, terpenes give plants their different aromas.

However, within the cannabis plant, there has been over 100 different terpenes have been identified. Subsequently, cannabis strains tends to have it’s own unique terpene type & composition. In other words, a strain like Cheese & its descendants will likely have a discernible cheese-like smell.

Terpenes may also play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. But to understand the extent we need some more studies. Most importantly, terpenes may play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. For example, some terpenes might promote relaxation & stress-relief. While others potentially promote focus & acuity.

The effect profile of any given terpene may change in the presence of other compounds in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. Terpenes may work in harmony with eachother. But there currently isn’t enough research to confirm the terpenes effects.


Firstly, the most common terpene in commerical cannabis. Similarly it is believed that calming effects it may promoted. Myrcene liquid appears as a yellow oily liquid with a pleasant odor. Insoluble in water and less dense than water. Myrcene is an alkene natural hydrocarbon. But it is more precisely described as a monoterpene.

Found In:
  • Thyme.
  • Mango.
  • Lemongrass.
Strains that contain Myrcene:


The terpene Humulene has a herbal aroma. Humulene is a naturally occuring monocyclic sesquiterpene. In addition, Humulene is believed that it may also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Found In:
  • Hops.
  • Wood.
Strains that contain Humulene:


Giving off a citrus aroma & taste it is a colourless liquid aliphatic hydrocarbon classified as a cyclic monoterpene.. It is also a natural cyclic monoterpene and major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind with chemo-preventive and antitumor activities. This terpene may provide some relief from anxiety & stress

Found In:
  • Lemon Rind.
  • Orange Rind.
  • Juniper.
Strains that contain Limonene:


Caryophyllene is a pale yellow oily liquid with an odor midway between odor of cloves and turpentine. Above all this is the only terpene that acts as a cannabinoid. Most importantly, it can activate the endocannabinoid system. It is a natural bicyclic sesquiterpene. In conclusion it is believed that it may have anti-inflammatory properties.

Found In:
  • Black Pepper.
  • Cloves.
  • Cinnamon.
Strains that contain Caryophyllene:


Linalool to two enantiomers of a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in many flowers & spice plants. Subsequently the terpene Linalool has a floral aroma. It has a role as a plant metabolite, a volatile oil component, an antimicrobial agent and a fragrance. Consequently, it is believed that it may promote relaxation & have some calming effects.

Found In:
  • Lavender.
  • Birch Bark.
Strains that contain Linalool:


Firstly, around every 1 in 10 strains will be Terpinolene dominant. Terpinolene appears as a water-white to light amber colored liquid. Insoluble in water and less dense than water. Used to make plastics and resins. It is also believed that it may have uplifting effects.

Found In:
  • Lilac.
  • Nutmeg.
  • Cumin.
Strains that contain Terpinolene:
  • Lemon Haze.
  • XJ-13.
  • Ghost Train Haze.
  • Chernobyl.
  • Jack Herer.


The most common terpene in nature is Pinene. Pinene appears as a clear colorless liquid with a turpentine odor. Less dense than water and insoluble in water. Vapors are heavier than air. Used as a solvent. However, it is believed that it could have some properties that are useful for pain, inflammation or anxiety.

Found In:


Ocimene aroma is discribed as; sweet, earthy & citrusy. As a result, it is frequently used in perfume. It has a role as a plant metabolite.

Found In:
  • Mint.
  • Parsley.
  • Orchids.
Strains that contains Ocimene:
  • Lemon Haze.
  • Clementine.
  • Dutch Treat.
  • Amnesia.
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.


Learn the ABC’s of CBD with this wonderful blog post published by our Regional Manager of Bedfordshire, Sally Downing. You are guarenteed to have a fountain of knowledge after reading this blog post, as it is important to make an inofrmed decision when it comes to CBD products.

A: Anandamide

Anandamide, also known as ‘the bliss molecule’ is one of the two main endocannabinoids that our bodies produce, the other being 2-arachidonoyl glycerol.

Levels of anandamide naturally increase through exercise, and it’s thought to be responsible for the rewarding feeling that exercise promotes, like the “runner’s high”.

Anandamide also plays a role in memory and motivation and helps to reduce our sensitivity to pain.

Pain and mental health issues are shown to correlate with low levels of Anandamide, this is because it breaks down quickly.

CBD can help to maintain high levels of anandamide by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks it down so it stays active for longer.

This is the main reason why CBD is showing such positive results across physical and mental health conditions.

B: Bioavailability

Bioavailabilty, is the amount of an ingredient, that makes it into your bloodstream.

If you swallow an ingredient (oral), in most cases it will have to pass through the liver first. The way the liver processes the ingredient, means that by the time it makes it into your bloodstream, the bioavailability has been greatly reduced.

When using a tincture under the tongue (sublingual) it is absorbed through the mucosal membrane which provides a quicker way of getting the ingredient into your bloodstream than swallowing tablets. This method is very popular with CBD users, although switching to a water soluble tincture you will get a 5 times higher absorption rate.

Combustion (inhalation) is the most effective way of increasing the bioavailability of an ingredient. Vaping is also very popular with CBD users, because it provides instant relief, but the effects don’t last as long. Results will also vary greatly depending on how the person inhales, the deeper the inhalation, the better the result.

Topically applying ingredients (creams/oils) has a much lower bioavailabilty, but is good if you want to target a specific area, e.g your knees.

Credit for this information goes to: The Ministry of Hemp.

C: Cannabichromene (CBC)

CBC was once the 2nd highest cannabinoid found in tropical cannabis strains, but modern breeding has changed this.

CBC works differently than other cannabinoids in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Unlike most other cannabinoids it doesn’t activate the receptors in the ECS.

CBC instead interacts with the Vanilloid Receptor 1 (TRPV1) and the Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), both of which are linked to pain perception.

When these receptors are activated, they increase the levels of endocannabinoids like Anandamide and 2-AG.

CBC is non psychoactive, however it has been seen to make the psychoactive effects of THC stronger, unlike CBD.

CBC has been studied on it’s own and together with other cannabinoids, it shows many promising therapeutic uses either way.

Information Credit: Big Sky Botanicals

D: Dabs and Dabbing

Dabs are highly concentrated doses of THC or CBD, that are referred to as a wax or crumble.

Dabbing is the flash vaporization and inhalation of the wax/crumble.

CBD dabbing is noted for having quick therapeutic effects. It will not get you high as CBD does not act on the receptors in the brain.

E: Endocannabinoids

(Endogenous Lipid-Based Retrograde Neurotransmitters)

Endocannabinoids are natural chemicals produced by your body. These chemicals interact with your endocannabinoid system to regulate important body functions.Their purpose is to maintain homeostatis.

Endocannabinoid receptors are special receptors in your body, that endocannabinoids bind to as a way of signaling to the Endocannabinoid system that it needs to react. There are two types of receptors, B1 and CB2

Endocannabinoid enzymes are proteins that your body produces to break down endocannabinoids that have served their purpose in your body.

F: Full Spectrum

Full spectrum means that a product contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant, not just CBD. There are over a hundred different cannabinoids available in each plant.

Full spectrum products are linked to the entourage effect (different cannabinoids working together to increase effectiveness).

With a full spectrum product, you are getting the benefit of more than a hundred different cannabinoids, rather than just CBD.

G: GMO (Genetic Modification)

When purchasing a CBD product, you will want to make sure that it hasn’t been genetically modified.

You want to be looking for products made with organically grown hemp.

Hannabis products are made with organically grown hemp derived from the mountains of Colorado.

H: Hemp

Hemp is a crop grown for its oil, fibre and edible seeds. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into useable fibre.

Commercial items made from hemp fibre include paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastic, and food.

CBD products are made from hemp.

While hemp is in the same family as the cannabis plant, it does not have psychoactive effects, due to its very low THC levels.

Hemp has so many uses and is completely under utilized by modern society.

I: Ignorance

There is an incredible amount of ignorance when it comes to CBD and people need to be educated, on what it is and how it works in our bodies.

The two most common misconceptions are:

  • It gets you high
  • It’s illegal

The CBD industry is not helped by people who make medical claims and advertise products that are illegal in the UK.

J: Jack Herer

Jack Herer was a Cannabis rights pioneer He was born in 1939 and died in 2010. He ran for U.S. President in 1988 and 1992.

He was the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes first published in 1985.

His book was frequently cited in efforts to decriminalize and legalise marijuana and to expand the use of hemp for industrial use.

He also founded and served as the director of the organization Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP).

He also made this documentary: The Hempire Strikes Back.

K: Kush

Kush is a strain of Cannabis indica. The origins of Kush Cannabis are from landrace plants mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India with the name coming from the Hindu Kush mountain range.

Did you know that one of our Terpene Infused 2-in-1 Oil is named after this?

L: Lab Tests

The Importance of 3rd Party CBD Lab Testing.

It may not seem like a big deal, but with any product that becomes popular rapidly, it’s easy to get duped by products that lie about what’s included.

By purchasing products that have been lab tested, you can feel secure that your getting what the label tells you.

When looking through a lab test report it’s important to focus on two numbers: CBD content and THC levels.

The cannabinoid potency test, will tell you how much of each cannabinoid is included in the full spectrum product. This is how you know whether or not a product is telling you the truth in saying a certain amount of CBD is included with each dose. On top of knowing how much CBD is included, you’ll see amounts of CBD, CBN, CBG, THC, and more.

With THC levels, you want to ensure that there’s less than 0.2% in a sample.

One of Hannabis’s lab test results is shown below.

M: Medical Claims

Any medical claims about what CBD can do for any illness, are strictly prohibited by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency).

The MHRA has classified CBD as a food supplement. As long as no medical claims are made and it is clearly marketed as a food supplement, then it is legal to possess, buy and sell within the UK.

Anyone advertising CBD products and making medical claims about those products is breaking the law.

You must use a discalimer when sharing a personal experience of a benefit from usinng CBD. No CBD products should be recomended to treat any medical conditions.

The discalimer below should be use:

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • The MHRA have not evalued these statements.
  • We do not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
  • If the Tincture causes a reaction, please seek medical advice.
  • The Conscious Cannabis Club approved.
N: Neurotransmitters

Your brain uses chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters and their corresponding receptors, to pass signals between different cells.

Neurotransmitter receptors sit on the surface of neurons and other cells, waiting for the messengers to fire them into action.

Neurotransmitters are essential to your health, and imbalances in them are linked to many diseases and mental disorders.

Because of this a wide variety of prescription drugs (like antidepressants and painkillers) target your different neurotransmitter systems to try and balance them and make you feel better.

It has been proved that, CBD, impacts many different neurotransmitter systems, and studies have shown that it’s strongest effects are on the endocannabinoid and serotonin systems.

O: Oil

Tropically or orally, you can use CBD oil both ways.

Have you tried the Hannabis Pure Oil?

Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD™ Rich Hemp Oil has no detectable levels of THC and is completely nonpsychoactive.

Derived from hemp grown in the mountains. Resulting in, a unique, full-spectrum product that contains a host of naturally occurring terpenes and cannabinoids.

P: Prescription Medication

One of the most common question asked, is if CBD is safe to take with other medications.

Due to the nature of the chemicals found in prescription medications, CBD can interact negatively with some of them.

CBD can reduce or increase the effects of certain prescribed medications by interacting with receptors throughout the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and by inhibiting the activity of cytochrome P450.

Cytochrome P450 is a group of liver enzymes that are responsible for breaking down drugs and toxins that enter the body. By inhibiting the activity of this enzyme, CBD can temporarily deactivate its activity, which can alter how other compounds are metabolized.

Grapefruit juice interacts with drugs in the same way that CBD does — by inhibiting the cytochrome p450 enzymes. More commonly referenced on medication labels ‘Grapefruit’.

As both grapefruit juice and CBD can inhibit the metabolic process in the same way, medications with a warning against using grapefruit should not be used along side CBD.

Please check for more information.

Q: Queen 

We have our very own CBD Queen, Hannah Wenn.

Hannah is founder and co-director of Hannabis – CBD Movement LTD. She has extensive knowledge of CBD and hand makes three of our CBD products, the Lip Balms, the S-hanna-poo Bar and the C-anna Clay Mask. All of this is done around being a fulltime mum to two energetic toddlers.

Hannah’s co-director Nicole Gore is also a fulltime mum with two toddlers. Nicole is the Design Queen, she is responsible for the amazing graphics on the logo, labels and packaging. Nicole designed and operates our fantastic website.

Two Queens extremely worthy of their crowns 

R: Raphael Mechoulam

Raphael Mechoulam was the first scientist in the world to isolate tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

He discovered THC molecule in 1964, a year after he isolated the cannabidiol (CBD).

This launched a scientific revolution based on the study of cannabinoids.which are chemical compounds that occur naturally in the cannabis plant.

Raphael Mechoulam, is now 88 and although retired, still remains dedicated to healing. The esteemed researcher, has promoted the therapeutic benefits of CBD for years.

A primary non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana, CBD demonstrates a broad range of potential medical applications. Discovered in 1940 and re-isolated by Raphael Mechoulam in 1963, a year before THC’s discovery.

S: Strains

The term strain refers to the many variations found within plants. It also refers to the new plants that descend from cross bred plants (hybrids).

To produce these plants, biotechnological methods or normal breeding can be used. Bred for industrial purposes, hemp is a sativa cannabis strain. Extremely high in CBD & low in THC strains are in high demand with the spike in CBD products.

Only hemp strains that have under 0.2% THC content are certified as legal by the EU.

T: Topicals

Creams, oils & other topicals, are great because they can be applied to a particular part of the body. When applied, the CBD will enter the body by penetrating the skin and entering the bloodstream.

People with skin problems, or localised pain, have reported positive benefits from using creams infused with CBD.

CBD massage oils are also very popular and relaxing.

U: Uses

CBD-based products come in many forms. Here are some examples:

Dosage is down to the individual, start low and increase as necessary until you find the dose that works for you.

V: Vaping

Vaping is the fastest way to absorb CBD because it passes directly from the lungs into the bloodstream.

The effects don’t last as long as other methods of using CBD, but for instant relief a vape is a must have, you can easily top up the effects by vaping as frequently as you need to.

There are two ways of vaping CBD, you can buy prefilled cartridges that you throw away when they are empty, or you can have a tank that you refill as required.

Vapes work by heating up the CBD and turning it into vapour that can be inhaled.

W: Weed

Weed is a slang name for Cannabis.

Cannabis refers to a group of three plants which have psychoactive properties, Cannabis Satvia, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. Satvia and Indica are the plants most people will be familiar with. The dried flowers of these plants are what we know as weed.

Cannabis contains more than 120 cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most common or known cannabinoid, normally associated with getting ‘high’.

People worldwide use cannabis medicinally, spiritually and recreationally. The legality of Cannabis varies widely from country to country. It remains illegal in the UK for personal use at the moment.

X: X Marks The Sweet Spot

There is no exact science when it comes to dosing yourself with CBD. You should start with a low dose and increase as necessary until you get the desired effect your looking for.This will vary from person to person as the Endocannabinoid System is completely unique to each person.

When finding the right dosage, we call it ‘The Sweet Spot’.

Y: Yoga

Yoga and CBD may both help to combat stress, manage weight, manage pain, concentrate our focus and may be good for our overall health.

Combining them may increase the benefits that people can gain by doing regular Yoga. Many people use Yoga as a spiritual experience or to help relieve the symptoms of certain conditions.

This information is not intended to replace medical advice given by your Doctor, it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Z: Catching some Z’s

Scientific research shows that CBD has the potential to treat sleep disorders. CBD acts on our nervous system to improve the quality of sleep, and can promote healthy sleep patterns.

  • 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.