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Hemp is part of the cannabis family, more specifically it is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant. It has been grown across the world for centuries, it is used today for many industrial purposes such as textiles, paper, plastics and insulation. It is also widely used to derive healthy food related products such as CBD oil. Hemp is a ‘wonder plant’; it grows extremely quickly, it has hundreds of beneficial uses and is brilliant for the environment, reducing C02 in the air much more effectively than trees. Hemp is chosen for CBD extraction as it contains a high percentage of CBD and a very low percentage of THC meaning it can be legally grown in most countries.

CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol. CBD is one of over a 100 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that naturally occur in the flower and leaves of the plant. They are also referred to as ‘phytocannabinoids’ due to their existence in plants as opposed to cannabinoids found naturally in the body named ‘endocannabinoids’.

The most well known phytocannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). While they have the same molecular structure and both react with the body’s endocannabinoid system, they have different effects on the body and mind. THC is the primary psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis which produces the ‘high’ feeling, in contrast CBD is completely non-psychoactive meaning you won’t have any unnatural ‘high’ feelings.

The primary impact of CBD in the body is down to its interaction with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, ECS for short. The Endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of a network of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2) and naturally occurring cannabinoids referred to as ‘endocannabinoids’. The ECS is found throughout the body and brain and is fundamental to human wellbeing through the regulation of other biological systems and maintaining homeostasis in the brain and body.

Homeostasis is an internal biological balance, or ‘equilibrium state’ that is essential for the body to respond effectively to internal and external challenges. If the ECS is not functioning normally or is ‘off balance’ it can contribute to internal chaos within the body. The ECS is responsible for supporting important physical, mental and emotional functions such as digestion, pain, memory, mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity and inflammation responses. Unlike THC (the ‘high’ inducing cannabinoid) CBD does not bind directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, instead CBD stimulates the entire endocannabinoid system, harmonising and balancing its processes. We also know CBD helps block the breakdown of the endocannabinoid ‘anandamide’ ensuring it can stay around longer to deliver homeostatic benefits.

Research has shown that CBD has a diverse range of other effects on the body (separate from the ECS), which may explain why it is used to treat a myriad of health conditions. Studies have shown it activates serotonin receptors, binds with pain receptors, suppresses the function of other unwanted cells and receptors, and also acts as a powerful antioxidant. It is clear that CBD is no ordinary compound and may have a multitude of benefits for the body and mind.

Full spectrum CBD oil is the most natural extract available. Full spectrum means it contains all the phytocannabinoids, terpenes (aromatic flavours) and flavonoids (nutrients) naturally found in the plant. Studies and pre-clinical research have shown that retaining all active compounds through a full spectrum extract enhances the overall effectiveness of CBD, a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect”. The compounds work synergistically as nature intended to deliver wide ranging wellbeing benefits. Full spectrum extracts will also contain traces of the THC compound however the very small percentage of THC is not enough to have any psychoactive effects if taken at the recommended dosage.

Adaptogens are herbal or plant based substances used to help the body respond to stressors of all kinds, be it physical, chemical or biological.

ethos formulate ranges for specific wellbeing needs through blending carefully chosen botanicals and adaptogens with our CBD rich extracts. The botanicals work with the CBD to fortify and improve the effectiveness of each product.

Chamomile has been added to our SLEEP range. It is a herb extract with a calming effect known to promote relaxation and sleep.

Ashwagandha is part of our BALANCE formulation. It is a highly regarded adaptogenic herb used for centuries as a means of supporting balanced responses to internal and external stresses.

Very safe is the answer. The World Health Organisation have confirmed that CBD is non-addictive and is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.CBD is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always follow recommended daily dosages and please consult your doctor or other medical professional if you are unsure about taking any CBD products.