Identifying as a witch is the most powerful thing I have ever done for myself.

Identifying as a witch is the most powerful thing I have ever done for myself, let me tell you why…

My spiritual belief started at an absolute big fat zero. My family identify themselves as atheists, meaning that they have no religious or spiritual beliefs.

Although, I don’t think it has always been zero because I do remember a time my mum asking me whether I believe in ‘God’. I’m sure I had been learning about Christianity at primary school & was probably telling her all about it. But I distinctly remember responding; ‘I don’t believe there is a God as there is in Christianity, but I do believe that there is something.’. I was probably only around 6 years old at this time, my mum didn’t diminish what I said, just kind of brushed over it, like; ‘Ok, cool’, as you do sometimes with your kids when you’re just trying to be interested in what they are trying to talk your ear off about.

Trust me, I was one of those kids too. Still, now I can talk at you at about a million miles an hour or ask a trillion questions in one go. My brain has always worked at a fast pace & sometimes my mouth cannot keep up. 

My childhood was pretty standard, although I was always the ‘black sheep’, the ‘odd one’, the ‘different kid’. None of my family really understood the way my brain works or the things that I have an interest in. Metaphysics doesn’t exist, they are only open to the physical realm. They have not yet had the experience of opening their minds & awakening their souls.

I have always loved to learn about the universe. As a child, I only understood the universe on a physical level so I would dive deep into learning everything I possibly could about space. Visiting the library & checking out whatever books I could find in my local town tiny book stock. I remember asking for a telescope time & time again. But always getting to use my godfathers instead. I think my godfather (yes, I am christened because that was the done thing back in 1994) had a lot to do with moulding me into the person I am today.

As I went through my teenage years, I went through a lot of mental & physical trauma. From relationships turning sour, being a general shitty teenager etc… I wasn’t the best person to be around from around the age of 11 to 22. On a path of destruction, complete & utter chaos. I had lost any connection that I had with the universe or the higher powers & completely wiped them out of my life. Abusive relationships, drug abuse, drinking way too much, being homeless & being mixed up with some really nasty people.

At the age of 19, I did meet my partner & the father of my children; this is when life did start to smooth out & settle down for me. But I still didn’t have any of that connection. I was just going through the daily grind. I worked in a residential care home as the head chef, I worked long hours & weekends. At the time my partner was also working as an apprentice so his wage wasn’t great. It was my job that had to pay the bills whilst he studied & worked his way through his qualifications.

At the age of 21, I fell pregnant with our first child. On my 22nd birthday, just over a month before Dexter was born, I made the decision that I didn’t want to go back to work & wanted to be able to stay at home with my son, not pay for someone else to look after him which would probably swallow all of my wages anyway. I decided to reach out to a girl that had contacted me before about starting my own business.

Taking the leap & opened my wholesale account with this incredible skincare & make-up company. I started to learn the ropes & try to take the first steps to have a successful business. I had no fucking idea what I was doing. So, I reached out to my friend that was in network marketing & asked her for some friendly advice. I remember her message so clearly. “Hannah, you should look into LOA”, I’m reading the message over & over again, what the fuck is “LOA”? I even googled it, but nothing came up then, this is back before it started trending mind. Maybe I would have had more luck if it was today. I couldn’t find the answer, so I asked. Then she spelt it out for me “Law of Attraction”.

This is where it all began for me. When my connection started to wield itself back to the cosmic realm. Of course, it didn’t just happen overnight. I also didn’t start working on LOA or mindset consistently for a long time. I’m not great at routine & structure, so it took me a really long time to find things that fit into my life & work for more. Because there is nothing worse than making LOA or mindset work a chore. You will not be in your full state of flow or giving out the correct energies.

I truly believe that having Dexter opened up that opportunity for the connection again by having the innocents & purity of a child so close to my soul. I spent the next year working on my business, practising LOA, working on my mindset & turning it from a set mindset to a growth mindset. As well as learning everything I possibly could about running a business.

Just 12 months & 3 weeks after Dexter was born, we had our daughter, Skylah. Dexter really did open up that world for me again, but having Skylah, really finalised that connection. She forced me to learn more about the metaphysics of the world, how the moon affects your body, etc… because she is so connected to the higher powers. She pushed me into that world so deep that there is no possible way I could climb back out again.

After Skylah was born, I actually made the decision to walk away from the world of business. I wanted to focus on my spiritual journey & be able to share that with people. Giving them an insight into the world of metaphysics, witchcraft & manifestation.

Today, I fully identify as a witch & people know me as a witch. But I would not have always had the confidence to do this! I was brought up to think that people that identify as witches should be locked up in a straight jacket somewhere because magic isn’t real. When in reality, they just didn’t understand it on the same level as the witches. I have also come to learn that you don’t have to have a big warty nose or green skin to be a witch. Witches come in many forms. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to identify myself as a witch at the start of my spiritual journey & it has probably only been the last year that I would say it to friends & in the last 6 months I would say it to a stranger.

But that’s okay, a lot of people choose to never let anyone know that they are witches & keep everything to themselves. You have to do whatever you are comfortable with, but don’t get too comfortable. It is always good to push ourselves that little bit further because that’s how we grow.

Identifying as a witch has been absolutely life-changing for me on so many levels. I am now back to building my very own business. My confidence has grown an incredible amount & because of all the positive changes my friends & family have seen within me, they too have become extremely accepting of my witchy ways. My partner & father of my children has also started identifying as a witch, which is honestly something I never expected to happen.

I have also incorporated a lot of my witchy self into my business, showcasing the skills & knowledge in ways for people to join me & start identifying as a witch themselves if they wish to do so. Providing a safe space for everyone to be free with no judgement.

Remember, witchcraft is all around us in our everyday life, we give back to the earth by planting trees with Ecologi. Identifying as a witch can come out in many different ways. It mostly depends on perspective.

Read about Witch Basics here & Witchcraft VS Religion here.

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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.
Resources

ABC – CBD

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrJbd9Dy9Vw&feature=share

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 drugs.com 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.