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The Hemp Economy

The Hemp Economy

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant. The main differentiating factor between cannabis and hemp is its very low THC content. As hemp only contains trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid it is legal in many places throughout the world. Like cannabis, there are many strains of hemp containing different cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Some produce more seeds whilst others have been bred for their fibres.

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants in the plant kingdom. It is used to produce the following;


The seeds from hemp are high in protein, fat, fibre, B vitamins and iron. They can be turned into hemp milk, hemp oil or eaten raw. Also the leaves, though not as nutritional, can be consumed in salads or pressed to make hemp juice. 


Hemp fabrics are made from the fibres found on the stalks of the hemp plant. The fabric surpasses cotton and other textiles by most metrics whilst still maintaining a very similar texture to cotton. Clothes made from hemp tend to last 3 times as long as clothes made from cotton. 

Building materials

Hemp blocks, made with hemp and lime, have been used as an insulating material for construction. They are not strong enough to be used for structural elements however they are becoming a popular choice for insulation.


Unfortunately, although hemp paper is a more sustainable option, it is currently cost prohibitive at four to five times the production cost as paper from wood. We hope to see more innovation from the industry to drive costs down so that we can use a paper that doesn’t require the use of toxic bleaching or as many chemicals as wood pulp paper whilst helping to prevent deforestation.


Hempoline is a biodiesel made from the oil in hemp seeds. Hemp ingests CO2 faster than trees and also returns 70% of its nutrients back into the soil. This means that hemp requires less fertiliser and is a great renewable resource crop.

CBD production

Though hemp has lower concentrations of THC, it does produce another useful cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD). It can be consumed in a number of ways and you can try our very own CBD gummies by heading to our online shop.

How can hemp help the economy and why should it happen?

We believe that a hemp economy is a sustainable economy. In recent decades, the effects of unsustainable practises have accelerated climate change. Hemp can serve more than 2500 purposes and poses a much more sustainable alternative to other traditional crops. Hemp;

  • Returns higher amounts of nutrients to the ground
  • Uses less water than traditional crops
  • Produces higher yields from the same space
  • Naturally resistant to pests, diseases and fungus
  • Hemp grows much faster which can increase profit for farmers
  • Can help address deforestation
New to CBD?

New to CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”. CBD is legal in the UK and many countries across the world.

The science

Here we will explain the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how CBD works with the ECS in plain English. The ECS is responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body. These include pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and the reproductive function. How does it work? – The system is made up of endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes. Endocannabinoids - these are made by the body and include anandamide and 2-AG Receptors - the two main receptions are the CB1 receptors (found in the central nervous system) and the CB2 receptors (found in your peripheral nervous system particularly in the immune cells) Enzymes - fatty acids amide hydrolase breaks down the anandamide and monoacylglycerol acid lipase breaks down the 2-AG The body produces the endocannabinoids which then bind to the receptors. The effect will depend on where the receptor is within the body and which receptor it binds to. The enzymes will then break down the endocannabinoids when they have carried out their function. Phytocannabinoids – There are over 100 known phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant including CBD and THC. These bind to the receptors in the same way as the endocannabinoids that the body creates itself which is why there is so much medical research into phytocannabinoids. Research has already discovered that THC binds to our CB1 receptors. The ECS is responsible for balance across so many process in the body. Sometimes our body does not produce enough endocannabinoids and it is thought that by adding phytocannabinoids we can help to bring balance to our ECS.

But is there an ideal dose of CBD

If you’ve recently decided to experience the effects of CBD, the first question you may ask is ‘how much should I take?’. CBD is measured in MG – All CBD products should be sold with information on how many milligrams (MG) each serving contains. It will likely have the total MG in bold on the front of the packaging but it is important to know what an individual serving contains. For example a 300mg pack of 30 gummies will contain 10mg per gummy. Milligrams is a unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a gram. The food standard agency (FSA) have made the following statement on CBD dosage. Emily Miles, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency, said: ‘Today, we are advising that CBD could be risky for vulnerable groups, and suggesting an upper limit of 70mg a day for everyone else taking the product.’

Start slow and record your experience

The correct CBD dosage is unique to each individual so the best way to identify this is to gradually increase your intake when needed. You could start with 10mg once a day and during this period record variables such as ; what you ate, the amount of CBD administered, how you felt before and after, and anything else that you believe effects the experience. Based on your experiences you may then chose to increase your dosage to 20mg a day and then track the different effects. From here you can adjust dosage and record your experience down to the last detail until you’ve dialed in just the right amount for your circumstances. CBD is a non-toxic substance, meaning it is not known to have any poisonous effects when it’s consumed by humans. Unlike dangerous drugs such as cocaine and heroin, no human deaths have ever been reported due to CBD use. However it is possible to use too much CBD at once and experience a range of potential side effects. More information on potential side effects can be found here.

When should I take CBD?

One of the question we get asked the most is; When should I take CBD? CBD may cause effects for you individually that make a certain time better than another. Some people report awakening effects from CBD and some feel more relaxed after consumption. If you do feel energised you may decide that the morning works better for you, or possibly at lunchtime to give you a boost for the rest of the day. Whereas those who feel more relaxed, may choose to take CBD in the evening. CBD remains active in our bodies for approximately 4–12 hours. This will depend on your level of intake, method of consumption and individual factors such as your height and weight. You may decide to reduce the number of mg you consume in one sitting and spread this out throughout the day to offer a more sustained level of CBD in your system. In summary, there is no hard and fast answer on when it is best to take CBD as this will vary depending on many of the factors above. It is best to make the decision based on your unique circumstance and your schedule. Please feel free to reach out to us at if you have any further questions!

Why do people use CBD for skin care?

Why do people use CBD for skin care?

The reason behind CBDs vast array of benefits is our Endocannabinoid System. The ECS is responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body. These include pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and the reproductive function. More on the ECS here.

So why is CBD good for the skin?

Check out this research published in December 2019 here and here. While research is still fairly limited, CBD is generally considered safe to use and the Food Standard Agency in the UK offers consumer advice on their website here. You can also find information

CBD VS. Hemp Seed Oil

Even though hemp seed oil and CBD come from the same plant, they do both have their own benefits. CBD tends to be found predominantly from the flower of the plant and the Hemp Seed Oil from the seeds. We have highlighted some of the benefits of CBD above but it’s the hemp seed oil thats rich in vitamins and omegas. In fact, hemp seed oil contains 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids. This is the height in the entire plant kingdom.

Our products are 100% Natural 100% Vegan

If you want to feel the benefits from hemp seed oil and CBD – look no further than our CBD gummies and visit our Instagram to see feedback from our customers.

Vitamins and Omegas found in Hemp

Vitamins and Omegas found in Hemp

Did you know that only hemp seeds contain 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids – the highest in the plant kingdom?

Hemp seeds are high in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They are also a great source of vitamins and minerals including; vitamin E, B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Though hemp may not replace any products you use to supplement for these vitamins – it is certainly a great contributor.

In our CBD gummies we use a raw, organic, unrefined, cold-pressed hemp seed oil as a carrier for our CBD.  We believe that the whole of the plant is good for you and always look to include the plant where possible.

Hemp seed oil can also be found in your local supermarket so why not replace your olive oil for hemp seed and share your thoughts with us on our Instagram page – @coldpressed.cbd

CBD for your Nan

CBD for your Nan

CBD is the latest health trend and while the younger generation are benefiting from the benefits of CBD, the older generation are currently being left behind.

CBD gummies are a great way to get these health benefits without having to smoke or vaporise hemp. Not only will you get all the benefits of taking CBD, but gummies are easy-to-swallow and also taste great. These treats give you the power of an ancient plant in a delicious sweet.

What are Terpenes?

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are produced by a variety of plants including the cannabis plant. They are organic compounds found in the same glands that produce the cannabinoids. They tend to have a strong odor and have developed to protect the plant. More than 100 terpenes have been found in cannabis and they combine in different ways to create distinctive strains. Research into the entourage effect looks at how terpenes work with cannabinoids to aid with anxiety and mood disorders.

The five mostly commonly found terpenes identified in cannabis include;


This is the most commonly found terprene in modern cannabis. It’s thought to have sedative and relaxing effects. Myrcene is also found in beer hops and mango.


This is the most common terpene found across all plant species and has anti inflammatory properties. It is also thought to help with anxiety. In Japan, going for a walk in the pine woods is known as shinrin-yoku. This practice has recently been studied for its ability to help with anxiety. Pinene is found in pine needles, rosemary and basil.


What makes this terpenes interesting is its relationship with the endocannabinoid system and its ability to bind to CB2 receptions in a similar way to CBD. This is why Caryophyllene is thought to have additional medicinal properties. The terpene is also found in black pepper and cinnamon.


Limonene is another terpene which may increase mood and help with stress relief. It has a citrusy smell and can also be found in lemon and orange peel. It is commonly used to fragrant cleaning products used around the house.


This is another spicy terpene, similar to Caryophyllene, and can be found in nutmeg and cumin. It offers uplifting effects and is found in most strains but in trace amounts.