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What is the entourage effect and why is it so important when talking about CBD? A great place for a deeper dive into this topic can be found here. Below, we pick out some of the key areas and explain why we believe in its merits.
It is believed that these compounds work together to produce a combined effect that’s significantly more effective than a single active ingredient.
In the research, here, the analysis revealed that pure CBD extracts were far less effective in reducing the occurrence of seizures in epilepsy patients than extracts that included a mixture of cannabinoids and terpenes. 71% of those who took this specific medicine had fewer seizures, with only 46% of those treated with pure CBD experiencing the same result. There is also lots of anecdotal evidence and we expect to see this area further explored with many research projects in the pipeline.
It’s no surprise that the natural plant in its entirety, is more useful than a lab-isolated product.
The cold-pressed method of extracting CBD from the cannabis plant is a natural alternative to the more volatile extraction process used by most CBD producers. Cold-pressed CBD contains all the elements of the hemp plant which offers the best Entourage Effect.
During the cold-pressed extraction process, the plant is passed through a press, squeezing out the organic extract. This ensure that all of the vitamins, omegas, nutrients and phytonutrients remain in the finished product.
The reason behind the more widely used extraction processes (such as co2 and Alcohol extraction) is purely down to maximising profits and scale at the detriment of a more natural product.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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
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.