Learn about CBD & Hemp
At Hemp By Nature we want to be as transparent and clear as possible for our customers. Everything that we know, we want you to know too. There is a lot misinformation out there at the moment so if you’re not sure about something hopefully this will clear things up. If not, please contact us at the bottom of this page or send us a message on Facebook, we’d love to help.
Who are Hemp By Nature?
We are the Eco-Friendly Hemp and CBD company, promoting Hemp and CBD for its well-known health and wellbeing properties. We pride ourselves on using absolutely no plastic or any non-recyclable, non-degrading materials in any of our own product packaging. Our packaging is all either compostable or recyclable!
Some companies state that their packaging is eco-friendly because it is biodegradable. This means that as long as the materials have access to oxygen, they will break down over time. However, when such materials are buried in a landfill, they are suffocated with no access to oxygen and won’t actually break down.
Our packaging materials degrade quickly and leave no toxic residue, in fact, any of our packets which specify ‘Compostable’ will break down completely in a matter of weeks. They are made entirely from paper and other innovative plant-based materials such as potato or corn starch which looks and acts just like plastic without contributing to the planet’s waste problem!
The remainder of our own branded products are 100% recyclable from home. Our glass bottles are custom made and one of a kind for this industry. Instead of using single use plastic dropper bottles, we use glass bottles with aluminium caps and rubber pipettes.
We believe that we have a responsibility to provide you with the means to produce less waste and so we give you packaging options where possible and encourage you to reuse our packaging and bottles. We offer a Bottle Return service and will credit your account with the cost of postage.
There is a lot of misinformation about hemp and CBD out there and too many people are being ripped off! We want you to feel assured and confident when you shop with us which is why we provide all the information we can – Everything from the ingredients and materials used to professional third party lab reports with full chemical breakdowns. Not many companies do that!
Are Hemp By Nature’s products organic?
Yes. We only use organic ingredients. All of the ingredients we source are certified organic and we may consider applying for our own organic certification in the future.
Are Hemp By Nature’s products suitable for vegans?
Hemp By Nature is a vegan-owned company and we ensure that all products and packaging are always 100% cruelty-free and consist only of plant-derived ingredients.
Are Hemp By Nature’s products Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum?
All of our products are Full Spectrum.
During the process which removes THC from an extract (resulting in a Broad Spectrum product), many other important components are also removed with it. This includes terpenes and other beneficial cannabinoids. We believe that nature knows best and we will always offer CBD oils in their most natural form.
Do You Have Lab Reports?
We include third-party lab reports on each product page. These are updated regularly with each new batch.
We’re here to help!
Please feel free to get in touch any way you want, about anything you want. We’re open to product suggestions and love to hear what you think about your purchases.
What Is Hemp & CBD?
Hemp, Marijuana & Cannabis… What’s the difference?
In short – Hemp and Marijuana are both part of the cannabis family but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.
Hemp, or industrial hemp, refers to the non-psychoactive varieties of cannabis. Within the cannabis are over 100 compounds called cannabinoids – more on what they are later. The two cannabinoids most commonly talked about at the moment are THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects. An average batch of marijuana contains anywhere from 5-20% THC content. Hemp, on the other hand, has a maximum legal THC level of 0.2% in the UK essentially making it impossible to feel any psychoactive effect or get a “high”. This threshold is heavily regulated. Hemp also has high cannabidiol (CBD) content, which is the cannabinoid that’s got so much press recently for its health and wellbeing properties.
As said earlier the cultivation methods of growing hemp compared to marijuana is very different. Hemp can grow planted close to each other in a variety of climates and requires minimal effort and attention. Unlike hemp, marijuana requires a carefully controlled, warm, and humid atmosphere for proper growth.
What happens when you take industrial hemp that has a high CBD content and virtually no THC, and grow it with the care and precision of marijuana ? You get the organic, premium quality hemp that we use in our products.
For more useful information, here’s an article from the Ministry of Hemp.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, it is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments.
Within the cannabis plant there are currently two cannabinoids that get the most press – CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.
How CBD works
All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors.
The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain.
The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors.
CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.
Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor.
Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids, CBD & The Endocannabinoid System
These are not easy topics to cover in a few paragraphs so as an introduction, here are some useful videos that should help. While the facts on these videos are backed up by numerous studies, please know that the information should not be taken as medical advice. Always seek advice from your doctor.
Here are some useful sites that have a lot of well sourced, easy to digest information! If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.
Are Hemp & CBD Legal?
What does the law say?
The UK law is in desperate need of an update in regards to cannabis especially in light of the increasing interest in CBD products. Also, there is A LOT of misinformation online at the moment so we are trying really hard to make sure everyone is well informed.
Different hemp and CBD companies seem to interpret the law in different ways so we have spoken to the British Hemp Alliance and the Home Office and here is what has been explained to us:
The 0.2% THC figure applies to the strains of cannabis that licensed hemp farmers are allowed to grow. In the UK, that license is for stalks and seeds only. With the exception of hemp tea which is a classifiable ‘product’ (but still a grey area), any flowers and leaves from the hemp plant are illegal regardless of THC content.
CBD isolate and all non-psychoactive cannabinoids are legal.
“Full Spectrum” products are legal however technically if any product contains more than 1mg of total THC in any sized container, it is a controlled substance. As long as retail giants such as Holland & Barrett continue to sell full spectrum CBD oils and teas, we will too and we will also continue to lobby for reform to this outdated legislation.
Here is a link to the UK legislation regarding this subject
The Misuse Of Drugs Act 1971: Revised Regulations 2001 Version Here
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us.
Can Hemp or CBD Make Me Fail a Drugs Test?
A difficult question to answer and we recommend erring on the side of caution.
Drugs tests looking for traces of THC will have a threshold or tolerance to adhere to. This is because someone that consumes hemp seeds or oils will be exposed to some level of THC without going anywhere near illegal cannabis. The same way that opiates testing could flag a false positive on someone who had consumed poppy seeds beforehand.
Full spectrum CBD oil contains trace amounts of THC but one might need to be consuming 1000-2000mg of CBD in full spectrum oil per day to come close to the THC level that would flag on a drugs test. To put this into perspective, that is around 8-16ml or over 154 drops of our 13% oil per day!
This is theory and we look forward to finding out more when more research has been carried out.
Will any of this get me high?
No. The hemp from which our oils and teas are derived, only contain a trace amount of THC making them non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating.
The effects of high CBD, low THC hemp products are mostly a physical relaxation. Mentally, the effects can be a quietening of the mind’s overactive thought patterns.
Are there any side effects caused by hemp or CBD?
Overall, CBD is considered to be well-tolerated in humans, even at high doses or when taken for long periods of time. Unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive side effects.
Most people do not experience side effects from using CBD. Several studies have reported no side effects of treatment with CBD. However, other studies have reported a few minor side effects that may affect some people.
The most common side effects of CBD include:
- Appetite changes
- Changes in the liver’s ability to process drugs
Other possible side effects:
- Worsening of HIV symptoms
- Reduction of fertility
Because CBD can interfere with the metabolism of some drugs, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before combining CBD with other medications.
Information sourced from Leaf Science.
How much CBD should I use?
How do you determine the right dose for you? If you’ve never tried CBD before, there are a few things you should know. While most of the headlines focus on seizures and epilepsy, preclinical and anecdotal evidence suggests that the cannabinoid can calm anxiety, lift mood, fight pain, and reduce damage from stress.
Unfortunately, the correct dose of CBD varies significantly from individual to individual. A person with epilepsy, for example, may prefer high-dose CBD supplements. A person just looking to relax may benefit most from very low-dose CBD extracts.
When trying to determine the correct amount of CBD dosage you need, here are three tips to consider:
1. Start small
When beginning CBD, it’s best to start with the smallest dose possible. Everyone reacts differently to various supplements. As with any new product, it is important to become familiar with how your body responds to CBD before increasing the dose.
2. Pay attention to size
The right dose of CBD varies from person to person. Generally speaking, larger individuals may prefer a higher dose of CBD than smaller people. With CBD, you can easily scale up just a few milligrams at a time to meet your personal needs.
3. Consult a medical professional
If you have a medical condition, always consult with a healthcare professional before consuming CBD. A doctor will be able to tell you how to use CBD and which doses might be most beneficial. Consider discussing CBD with your doctor.
This website contains general information about hemp and CBD products, health and nutrition. The information is not to be construed as medical advice and should not be treated as such. The general information on this website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, expressed or implied. Hemp By Nature makes no representations or warranties in relation to the health information on this website. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.