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CBD & Children

Children and CBD

We often talk a lot about adults consuming CBD, but what about children? More and more research is emerging that states it is safe for children to consume CBD and that it can help them manage certain disorders. Before we go further, we want to state that we do not recommend children taking CBD without first consulting with their doctor.

In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that ‘CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile’. While CBD is used to treat a number of disorders in children, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved it to treat epilepsy. 


Epidiolex is a medication made from purified CBD derived from Cannabis sativa. This drug is used in children who suffer from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome – two rare forms of epilepsy. These types of epilepsy can trigger seizures that are hard to control and Epidiolex, which is approved by the FDA, can reduce the number of seizures a child has. 


Just like adults, CBD can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety in a child. It can target anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study; ‘Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report’ published in the US National Library of Medicine found that CBD helped a 10-year old patient who was suffering from PTSD. Her levels of anxiety decreased and her insomnia improved.


A study; ‘Real Life Experience of Medical Cannabis Treatment in Autism: Analysis of Safety and Efficacy’ published in the US National Library of Medicine looked at 188 children on the autistic spectrum, aged 5 to 18 years old. The participants were all given CBD oil three times per day. After one month, it was noted that some of the symptoms of autism, including seizures, restlessness and rage attacks decreased in the majority of children. This improved even more over a six-month period.

As we know, there are a few ways that CBD can be consumed; oil, topical creams and gummies. It doesn’t come as a surprise that children tend to gravitate towards the CBD-infused gummies. If you have them in the house for your child, make sure you keep them in a safe place, out of reach from children. Technically, there is no such thing as ‘overdosing’ on CBD but for the health and safety of your child, they should only be consuming a particular amount per day.


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CBD and Pets

CBD & Pets

If you thought that CBD is only for humans, think again. CBD can also be consumed by your furry friend. There is a reliable amount of research and evidence done on dogs and cats that show CBD can benefit them just as much as humans. 

Firstly, cats and dogs have an endocannabinoid system, just like us. This was discovered in the 1970s by researchers in Israel. They found that all mammals have an endocannabinoid system and that it works the same way as it does in a human.

So, how exactly can CBD help your pet?

  • Anxiety

Cats and dogs experience anxiety just like we do, but theirs is usually situational. For example, they may become very anxious when traveling in the car or during a thunderstorm or fireworks. Research has shown that CBD oil can reduce these feelings of nervousness and soothe your furry mate, which is great news. However, for those pets who suffer from behavioural or separation anxiety, it is advised that professional help works better in this case, as CBD oil alone may not be able to combat the issue.

  • Seizures/Epilepsy

It is not uncommon for an animal such as a dog to experience at least one seizure during their lifetime. In fact, according to Pets WebMD, roughly 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Often, it is difficult for vets to figure out the underlying cause of a seizure in a dog (unless it is Epilepsy) and sometimes they are put on a medication to make sure they don’t happen again or reduce the severity of them. Instead of using medications that can have a number of nasty side effects, CBD can be used instead. It has shown to reduce the number and severity of seizures a dog has, which is the same with humans.

  • Chronic pain

CBD can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in dogs and cats, just as it does in humans. This can be especially useful if you have an older pet that is suffering from arthritis as CBD can soothe pain in joints and muscles.

  • Cancer & Nausea

Evidence shows that CBD can help stop or slow down the spread of cancerous tumours. It works by boosting the body’s immune system to help fight the cancer cells and it can kill cancer cells by interrupting the energy production process in these cells. If a pet is going through chemotherapy, CBD can help reduce any feelings of nausea the animal may feel as a result of the chemotherapy.

Next time you are thinking of medicating your furry family member, consider CBD as an option. You can find CBD-infused products for pets from your nearest CBD outlet or from pet stores. 


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Misconceptions around CBD

Misconceptions around CBD

While a lot of people understand what CBD is and the benefits it offers, there are still many out there that think CBD is something that it isn’t. Below are the five biggest misconceptions around CBD. 

  1. Can CBD make you high?

This is 100% not true. While CBD does come from the cannabis plant, CBD contains no THC – the compound that gets you high. CBD does not alter your state of mind, however it can boost your mood in a positive way. 

  1. Is CBD only for humans?

While CBD is popular among adults and even children (yes, it is safe for children to take), CBD can also be given to dogs. The American Kennel Club’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Jerry Klein says that CBD oil can benefit dogs. “It is used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact and for possible anti-cancer benefits”. 

  1. Can CBD make you sleep?

Fact: CBD may make you sleep more soundly at night, as well as make you feel more relaxed and more at ease, but it doesn’t make you feel sleepy during the day. If anything, CBD sharpens your focus and heightens your concentration levels. 

  1. I took CBD for a week and i don’t feel much different, is it working?

Many people take CBD when it isn’t needed and are surprised when they can’t feel any ‘effects’. If you don’t have a condition or symptom that needs treatment, it is unlikely you will feel any big effects from CBD. For example, if you weren’t in pain in the first place but then you took a paracetamol, you wouldn’t feel much. CBD works in a similar way.

  1. Is CBD addictive?

This particular misconception couldn’t be further away from the truth. CBD is simply not addictive. It is a fantastic way of managing chronic pain without any of the potential side-effects that can come from pharmaceutical pain killers. 

  1. CBD can only be smoked?

Again, not true. There are many ways in which CBD can be consumed these days. The most popular form of CBD comes as an oil which can be taken using a tincture under the tongue. CBD also comes in body lotions, rubs, shower gels, sprays, foods and more. CBD can also be vaped – the possibilities are fairly endless!

  1. Little is known about CBD

A lot of research and many studies have been carried out on CBD over the years and there is a lot of information available out there about CBD. Furthermore, various tribes and cultures have been using CBD for many years already.

  1. CBD can be converted into THC in your stomach

It was once thought that the hydrochloric acid in your stomach had the ability to convert CBD to THC once inside your stomach. This is not true as there is no evidence that suggests otherwise.


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CBD & Yoga

CBD & Yoga?

It’s no secret. For centuries, yoga and CBD have gone hand-in-hand together but the powerful duo have only been highlighted recently. 

CBD targets our endocannabinoid system (ECS) which can easily become off-balance by our lifestyles. To put it simply, CBD restores and rebalances our ECS system. Yoga is a fantastic way to unite the body, breath and mind. The benefits of yoga are countless, and research has shown that the benefits from both yoga and CBD are quite similar and even more powerful when used together.

  • Calming effects – have you noticed that after doing a yoga class, you tend to feel a lot calmer? Both yoga and CBD slow down the central nervous system, reducing stress and helping us to feel a sense of calm.
  • Improves mood – many people notice an improvement in their mood when practicing yoga and using a CBD product. They can both help with mental health and contribute to an overall sense of wellness.
  • Improves mental focus – yoga and CBD help sharpen the mind and increase concentration levels. This is especially good for those who need to sit exams or work long hours. 
  • Boosts immunity – research shows that practicing yoga regularly and taking CBD oil can enhance your immune system, meaning your body can fight off infections and illness more efficiently. 
  • Healthy skin – CBD reduces inflammation, redness and irritation in skin and yoga improves blood circulation. A combination of the two can lead to glowing skin. 
  • Reduces pain – many people who suffer from chronic pain and who practice yoga and take CBD oil notice they both have a positive effect on their pain levels. Because CBD helps reduce inflammation, this also reduces pain. Yoga improves overall flexibility and can be used as a coping mental tool for high levels of pain. 

In addition to the benefits, CBD is also fantastic for helping one’s yoga practice. Not only can CBD aid faster muscle recovery, it can also help one to go deeper in one’s yoga journey. Yoga is already a bridge between the mind and body, but CBD helps close that gap even more. CBD helps enhance our focus and clarity which is one of the most important elements of yoga. Allowing us to be even more mindful in the present moment, CBD propels us deeper into the world of yoga.

While CBD and yoga do not ‘magically’ fix us, they are tools we can use to help us on our road to healing or improve our overall sense of wellbeing. Get in touch with us about how CBD can enhance your life.


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CBD & Coronavirus – Is there a link & can CBD help?

CBD & Coronavirus – Is there a link & can CBD help?

Nearly one year on and the pandemic still ravaging the planet, CBD may be a shining light in the midst of all this chaos.

Could CBD help?

Studies done by scientists from the Dental College of Georgia (DCG) and the Medical College of Georgia have shown that CBD can reduce lung damage caused by COVID-19. CBD can increase levels of oxygen, as well as reduce inflammation and physical lung damage related to adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). 

When someone is infected severely with the COVID-19 virus, their levels of the peptide, apelin, decrease significantly. This peptide is known to reduce inflammation and blood pressure. CBD can actually increase the levels of apelin 20 times in the body, therefore increasing the body’s chance to fight off the infection by being able to decrease inflammation. 

When the COVID-19 virus enters the body, it makes its way in through the ACE2 receptor. This receptor is linked to apelin and both are often found in the lungs. In fact, usually they both work together in a positive way by controlling blood pressure and playing an important role in cardiovascular health. However, the COVID-19 virus disrupts this harmonious partnership because the virus is able to bind to the ACE2 receptor. When this happens, angiotensin ll (a blood vessel constrictor) increases and a patient’s blood vessels are not able to widen, which makes their condition worse. Normally, the ACE2 receptor helps relax blood vessels but in the case of COVID-19, it simply enables the virus to spread throughout the body more easily. 

There is still much research to be done. Scientists are now looking at exactly why apelin decreases with COVID-19 and how CBD manages to increase it. 

As for more general and less severe symptoms of the virus, we already know CBD can naturally reduce anxiety and pain. It can also help boost energy levels, combat fatigue and can improve sleep which in turn helps boost the immune system. 


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Can CBD benefit your hair?

Can CBD benefit your hair?

It would appear that not only is CBD good for your mood, energy levels, pain and skin, research shows that CBD can now also benefit your hair. People are always looking for natural solutions to tame wild hair, moisturise dry hair, soothe the scalp and stimulate hair growth. CBD can help with all these issues.

Prevents hair loss and speeds up hair growth?

Millions of men and women around the world suffer from hair loss. This can result in loss of confidence and trigger mental health conditions. There are many reasons as to why people can lose their hair, but whatever the reason, it can have devastating effects. CBD oil is full of omega fatty acids such as Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9, that keep hair follicles full of moisture and nourish cuticles. This helps stimulate hair growth and creates long, luscious locks, combatting hair loss. CBD also increases blood circulation and flow around the hair follicles. This works when CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, elevating cerebral blood circulation. When this happens, nutrients reach the hair follicles and this also stimulates faster hair growth. 

Moisturises a dry scalp and dry hair?

CBD oil can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of a dry scalp. Dandruff, eczema and psoriasis are all conditions of the skin that can occur on the scalp. The symptoms are usually itchiness, flakey, red skin and an inflamed scalp. Properties in CBD can connect to receptors in the body that decrease inflammation on the scalp. CBD oil can also help with dry hair. CBD contains 21 amino acids which are all essentially proteins. The hair on our head is made up of protein so CBD can help moisturise our manes. 

Helps prevent hair damage and breakage?

There are a number of reasons as to why hair can become limp, dull and lifeless: styling products and tools, pollution and UV radiation, unhealthy lifestyle – just to name a few. As mentioned previously, the moisture that CBD can provide hair follicles is one of the best ways to restore damaged hair. It helps clean the scalp properly from chemicals that could potentially block follicles, stopping the hair from growing properly. The antioxidants present in CBD can repair and stop hair breakages.

How to use CBD for hair?

There are a few ways to use CBD when it comes to our locks. You can use a CBD-infused shampoo and/or conditioner when washing your hair. These are usually the easiest products to use if you want to incorporate CBD as a part of your hair health routine. CBD oil can also be applied directly to the scalp. Simply part the hair and place a few drops in the middle of the scalp before gently rubbing the oil into the skin and then washing as you normally would. 

Get in contact with us about how CBD can help the health of your hair.


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CBD & The Brain

As we know by now, CBD interacts with our bodies on both a physical and emotional level. But how exactly does CBD work when interacting with the brain?

How does CBD affects the brain?

Our brain is responsible for making sure we have stable moods by creating the right amount of neurotransmitters. Two of these neurotransmitters are called ‘serotonin and dopamine’. They are active and present when we are feeling happy and not present as much when we are feeling depressed or sick. CBD reaches the brain by entering through the bloodstream. Once CBD reaches the brain, it interacts with your opioid and dopamine receptors. This results in less pain – as your opioid receptor is in charge of pain and discomfort – and better moods, energy and focus – as your dopamine receptor is in charge of behaviour and cognition. 

Particular drugs, such as antidepressants have been created to basically help the brain decrease the pace of the process by which serotonin is reused by nerve cells that make it. This creates a surge in serotonin, often leading to a better mood. However, scientists now believe that perhaps CBD can do the same job and be used instead. 

Does CBD help with Memory and focus

Research has shown that CBD can also improve memory, as well as concentration levels. It can help slow the progression of cruel diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. This works by the anti-inflammatory properties CBD has. Inflammation within the brain can reduce greatly when ingesting CBD. 

How can you ingest CBD and how much should you take?

If you are interested in improving your overall brain health, CBD is for you. There are many ways to ingest CBD and we have a variety of options available. The most popular form of ingesting your daily dose is using a tincture. This involves placing a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue and holding it for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. The oil is able to reach the bloodstream the quickest using this method. If you don’t love the taste of CBD oil (though we also have delicious flavoured oils), then perhaps CBD gummies are for you. They are sweets infused with CBD and are very palatable. You can also opt for creams, lotions, body washes and balms that feel lovely on your skin, while also being ingested through the skin. In terms of doses, experts recommend starting on the lowest dose and building your way up if necessary. Everyone is different and some people feel the effects from a lower dose while others need a higher dose to reap the benefits.

The benefits of CBD are endless. Chat to us today about how CBD can help you.


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CBD for the Digestive System

Do you suffer from digestive issues?

If you suffer from digestive issues, CBD can be a fantastic and beneficial supplement to take. CBD combats inflammation and inflammation can be responsible for digestive pain and discomfort. 

There are various gastrointestinal diseases and conditions that people can have. The most common ones include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastritis, constipation, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Inflammation is present with nearly all of these issues, as well as other uncomfortable symptoms such as cramping, pain, bloating, gas and sometimes even weight loss. The other common factor these conditions share is that there is no known cure. They can be managed and sometimes people may only experience one flare up in their lives. But for many, these conditions can be chronic and debilitating. 

How can CBD help?

Research has shown that products such as CBD oil can have a positive effect with cannabinoid receptors in the digestive and immune systems. CBD oil can relieve pain and inflammation for those who suffer from digestive issues. A study published in the National Library of Medicine, on mice, found that those mice who had intestinal inflammation had unusual levels of endocannabinoid turnover. This meant that their endocannabinoid system could not manage inflammation as opposed to a mouse who had no intestinal inflammation. Once they were given a dose of CBD oil, the researchers found that their inflammation and pain decreased as their gut stopped cramping and the muscles stopped contracting. People that take CBD oil can experience less inflammation, pain and intestinal paralysis. Other studies have also shown that if CB1 receptors located in the colon are activated, they can protect the colon against inflammation. CBD can also protect the digestive system against potential long-term harm. Enteric glial cells can be triggered to grow if there is an overactive immune response in the gut. This results in inflammation and pain – making GI conditions worse. CBD counteracts this response and also reduces cramping.

Other issues associated with GI conditions are anxiety, nausea and loss of appetite. CBD can assist with all these conditions, alleviating symptoms. 

How to use CBD for GI conditions

The quickest way to feel the effects of CBD is through using a vape pen. However, the effects of CBD usually only last around 2-3 hours if administered this way. A CBD oil tincture administered under the tongue lasts for up to 6 hours and the effects are usually felt within 20 minutes. For direct contact with the digestive system, creams, lotions and oils can be rubbed onto the abdominal region. The effects of the CBD last for around 4-6 hours this way. Taking CBD orally through gummies and other products works well, but takes a longer time for the effects to come into play, as it has to travel through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream.

Compared to some medicines, CBD rarely causes side-effects when used correctly. This makes it a good choice for those who suffer from GI conditions. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or taking any other medications, is it advisable to speak to your doctor about taking CBD to relieve digestive symptoms.


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New regulations coming for CBD companies in the UK


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK have changed the regulations in regards to CBD products and CBD Companies. These changes will come into effect from the 31st March 2021.


CBD companies

must submit valid novel food authorisation applications to the FSA by the 31st March otherwise their products will be taken off the shelves. These new regulations are to ensure that CBD products are meeting the highest standards. Until then, CBD products must be accurately labelled, safe to ingest and contain no illegal substances. 


According to research done by the government’s Committee on Toxicity (COT), the FSA also advises pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as people taking medications to not use or consume any CBD products. The FSA have also advised that adults should take no more than 70mg of CBD per day, which works out to be 7 drops of a 20% strength CBD oil bottle. 

Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency, Emily Miles reiterated the point that CBD was widely available throughout the UK. But it was the FSA’s job to ensure that the products that are available are safe for people to take. The FSA are ensuring that no unauthorized CBD products are making its way onto shelves for the public to consume. 

The licensing coming into effect doesn’t include cosmetic products. Stay tuned for our new CBD cosmetic range that will be released soon!


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3 common ways of extracting CBD from hemp

CBD can be extracted from hemp in a few ways and it is quite important to know how your CBD is extracted as it can affect the quality of a product and even how it may interact with your body.

In order for CBD to work properly and be edible for humans, the CBD has to be extracted to separate the cannabinoids. This is done by being decarboxylated, which means, applying heat. Cannabinoids that can be ingested, such as oils, pills and gummies, need decarboxylation so they can work properly in the human body. This causes partial decarboxylation and once inhaled, they become completely decarboxylated. Raw cannabis not only tastes foul. But can also pose harmful risks for people which is why extraction is so important.

The three most common ways to extract CBD are:

olive oil, solvent and CO2 extraction. The olive oil extraction process is the most traditional method. People have been using this method for a long time. It is very safe and cheap and easy to do. However, it often doesn’t produce the best quality CBD products. As the olive oil doesn’t evaporate so the concentration of the product isn’t high. It also needs to be stored in a dark, cool place as it can disintegrate.  The hemp is decarboxylated to make sure the chemicals in the plant are triggered. Then olive oil is added and the hemp and oil is heated again, which is when the cannabinoids are extracted. 

Solvent extraction is cheap, simple and quick but it is also the most dangerous method of extraction. It involves using ethanol, butane, propane, isopropyl or alcohol to extract the CBD. Solvent extraction softens the waxes from the plant which hold a lot of nutrients. It extracts the cannabinoids and also the chlorophyll, which is responsible for the bitter taste some CBD products have. Next, the flowers and trimmings from the hemp plant are put into a container. The solvent is then put through the material, taking out the cannabinoids. The final step is evaporation, which turns the cannabinoids into an oil form.

CO2 Extraction

CO2 extraction is the leading method of extraction, as it is safe and produces nice-tasting products, but it is the most expensive method, which also means the finished products cost more too. This method uses a ‘closed-loop extractor’ which is a machine that has three chambers.

The first chamber has pressurized dry ice (CO2), the second has dried hemp and the third is used to isolate the end result. CO2 is pumped into the second chamber, which turns into a form between gas and liquid. This then runs through the dried hemp plant and extracts the cannabinoids. It is pumped into the third chamber where the CO2 moves to the top and leaves the extract at the bottom of the chamber.


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