Our bodies are thought to produce endocannabinoids by the billions every day. “We always thought the ‘runner’s high’ was due to the release of dopamine and endorphins. But now we know the euphoria is also from an endocannabinoid called anandamide,” its name derived from the Sanskrit word for bliss, says Joseph Maroon, MD, clinical professor and vice chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. We produce these natural chemicals all day, but they fade quickly because enzymes pop up to destroy them. That’s where CBD comes in: By blocking these enzymes, CBD allows the beneficial compounds to linger.
If you’re new to CBD oil, Love Hemp advocates getting started with their 8% CBD drops concentrate and then moving on to their 20% extract. If required, or advised by a healthcare professional, Love Hemp also features the strongest CBD concentrate in the UK market, a 40% CBD oil that comes both as a natural extract or with added peppermint flavour (which comes from natural peppermint essential oil). Those who prefer edibles can opt for Love Hemp’s gummies, which are similar in texture to wine gums (quite chewy and flavourful), the upcoming CBD chocolate (which will be available both for vegans and vegetarians as milk or dark chocolate bonbons), flavoured sprays and even CBD water. Because of their high bioavailability, CBD vape oils or e-liquids are very popular and Love Hemp’s selection of flavours and concentrates satisfy those looking for a fruity, creamy or icy touch to their vapes.
CBD is well tolerated in humans with doses up to 600 mg not resulting in psychotic symptoms (15). In the few small placebo-controlled studies performed, no significant CNS effects were noted. Oral CBD undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism via CYP3A4, with a bioavailability of 6%. Following single doses in humans, the half-life of CBD when taken orally is about 1 to 2 days.1 In vitro studies have shown that CBD is a potent inhibitor of multiple CYP isozymes, including CYP 2C and CYP3A (16, 17). Whether these in vitro observations are relevant at plasma concentrations likely to be seen in patients is unclear. In addition, given its metabolism via CYP3A4, clinical trials of CBD in patients receiving enzyme-inducing AEDs, such as carbamazepine or phenytoin, will require detailed pharmacokinetic studies.
PharmaHemp is another gem of a company to come from tiny, green Slovenia. Their hemp fields are also open air, organic and drop-dead gorgeous. They are based in micro-locations in Eastern Slovenia, the Gorenjska region and Croatia. Areas that traditionally grew cannabis before its prohibition. All these locations continue to grow organically. Founded by Andrej Susnik in 2011, engineer and entrepreneur who has worked in the field of cannabis extraction since 1964, PharmaHemp is a solid European player with the leverage of experience and a great focus on organic production. By using supercritical CO2 extraction, PharmaHemp ensures that all their extracts are full spectrum, i.e. containing not only CBD (cannabidiol), but also other cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids, essential fatty acids (omega oils), bioflavonoids and many other phytonutrients. Their cutting-edge production facilities are matched with very slick packaging and design.
There’s no definite amount that’s appropriate for everyone, but the ratio of CBD to THC will indicate how psychoactive the product is and if it’s legal in your state. The more CBD compared with THC, the less of a high, and vice versa. “Managing psychoactivity is key to successful cannabis therapy,” says Lee. “Amounts should be made clear on the label and lab-certified so people know what’s helping them and what’s not.”
The co-founders of Hemptouch, Marko Sladič (CEO) and Silvija Špehar (Biologist and Head of Research and Development), believe in hemp as a natural powerhouse to complement anyone’s skincare regime. Their line of products for dry, combination, oily and problem skin is far superior and more comprehensive than any other we’ve seen in Europe, because it is based on natural ingredients and their formulas are unique, simple and effective. Hemptouch’s creams and ointments combine full spectrum CBD (rich in a large array of cannabinoids) with raw hemp oil and hemp flower hydrolate - this is the primordial base. On top of this, you’ll find synergetic blends of essential oils like chamomile, lavender and calendula.
The company recommends that you take one capsule per serving which, in addition to CBD, provides beneficial cannabinoids various essential minerals, vitamins, and plant waxes that promote a healthy diet. A third-party laboratory tests the products to ensure quality. This product is also certified to ensure optimal oversight during the manufacturing process.