Hemp and CBD Expo

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The Hemp and CBD Expo, NEC Birmingham!

This weekend, 2-3rd March 2019, saw the first expo of its kind in the UK, completely dedicated to Hemp and CBD. Arriving the night before, we met up with 2 or 3 other small business we have been in contact with or have working with to bring quality products to our consumers.

The first night went well with regard to networking and finally putting faces to names was nice. Probably a little more alcohol consumed that should have been!!

Arriving at the NEC on Saturday morning where we were met with long queues. This was a sure sign that the CBD industry really has taken off. As a small business, it felt somewhat intimidating at first, we were small fish and a very big pond. However, we all stuck together and quickly settled in.

Our first job when we got in was to go and meet Peter Reynolds of CannaPro, who had kindly given all of the CannaPro Certified Businesses a spot on the stand to showcase their products and chat to anyone interested in either setting up a businesses within the industry or people who already had businesses and wanted to expand their product range or wanted more information on how to become certified member of CannaPro.

For CannaPro to offer space on the stand for all of its members was truly amazing and id like to think we done the industry proud and we had shown that small businesses can actually work together and succeed in doing so.

Lets talk compliance for a second. We as an industry in the UK work damned hard to ensure we all remain compliant and follow the regulations set out by the relevant organisations. We work hard to ensure the consumer knows exactly what they are getting and what they are getting is compliant and safe.

After the first hour of walking around the Expo it was clear that more than half the companies there were selling products that weren’t compliant in the UK. For example, there were companies selling CBD Flowers, Edibles and Oral Tinctures with CBD Isolate in and other companies quite blatantly making medical claims on banners and posters around their stands.

We cannot emphasis enough that this is not allowed in the UK. CBD Isolate is only allowed to be used in vape and cosmetic products, CBD Flowers carry the same sentence as hight THC buds, we all know that we are not allowed to publicly make medical claims about CBD Products. This really got our back up for a number of reasons:

  • This is the first of its kind Expo in the UK and anyone looking to set up or who are interested in CBD in the UK are getting mixed signals. When UK companies like ourselves are bending over backwards to remain complaint and overseas companies come to a British Expo and start selling non compliant products?! It really does give off the wrong impression
  •   Given the current interference from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on trying to make CBD a novel food, its now more than ever we really need to make sure we all remain complaint and need to stop these non compliant companies. It is not an image for industry that we want. We need to work together. 

The organisers were confronted by a number of people from different areas of the industry about all of this and made aware of people doing and selling things they shouldn’t be. We made a strong point about making these events more accessible to smaller companies who are complaint and hopefully we will be at the next one as stall holders, showing the British public how we do it properly and what compliance looks like.

There will be a meeting being held next week with 2 the business holders we were with and the organisers of the Hemp Expo to see what can be done about the compliance issues at the next event. 

All that being said, it really was a great weekend and many companies there were indeed being complaint and showcasing how UK CBD industry should be. We also learnt a lot and we met some amazing people in the process that really inspired us to drive forward. The way the small people work together is fantastic. 

Few snaps from the weekend below.

The B2B Team!

 

An Attack on the CBD Industry and its Consumers

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Another Attack On The CBD Industry And Its Consumer 

This week seen the ‘Daily Mail’ publish an article stating that Watchdogs were planning to ban the sales of all CBD Oils derived from Cannabis, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) was going to ask all local authorities to remove these products from stores and websites country wide. 

Why are they planning on banning it? 

The European and British FSA wants to classify cannabidiol (CBD) oil as a Novel Food. Ok, so whats a novel food? Well, novel foods are foods which have not been widely consumed by people in the EU before May 1997. This means that the foods don’t have a ‘history of consumption’. 

History of consumption? Cannabis has only been around for the last 12,000 years and has significant history of consumption as a food and also a medicine. Cannabis has even been passed off as SAFE by The World Health Organisation. Click here to see report

As you are probably aware, for a short time this sent some panic through the industry and its consumers, but this isn’t a new thing for us, back in 2016 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) launched a similar attack. The industry was quick to respond and Peter Reynolds along with his team at CLEAR, Cannabis Law Reform stepped in to stop this and the MHRA soon backed off. 

The same happened this time! CannaPro, which is the trade association for the UK’s cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses and also headed by Peter and his team at CLEAR have stepped in and along with some of the biggest names in the industry are helping to resolve the issue. 

So we’re not really to worried about at this time as the industry and its consumers are in good hands. 

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Its at times like these where EVERYONE, small businesses and big businesses pull together and fight back, making it, in my eyes, the best industry to be in. 

Bnatural will always be open and honest with its customers, hence the reason for this blog. We will continue to keep you up to date with all of whats going on, where we can. 

Some Key Points and Guidance from Peter Reynolds 

Don’t panic.  If you’re using CBD it will continue to be available. You might find it easier to buy it online in future.

Don’t panic.  If you’re a CBD business, the future remains bright, you should be used to a few obstacles in your path 

Golden Oil vs Black Oil

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Why is Golden Oil Better?

golden oil vs black oil

The 3 most common Co2 extractions used to make CBD oil on the market today are Raw, Decarboxylated and Filtered. Raw (Black) Oil, is the easiest and most inexpensive to make, the lack of processing really takes away from the overall effectiveness of the oil.

Black Oils are simply extracted and then infused with a vegetable oil and that is it – no further processing. Black decarboxylated oils are not as effective.

Filtered, Golden Oils, like ours, made from naturally grown, european hemp offer a much better CBD consistency – as proven in our lab reports. Heres why!

  • Golden oils maintain a high level of purity and contain only essential cannabinoids and full spectrum, terpenes that enhance the CBD further – cue ‘The Entourage Effect’.  Compounds working much more efficiently when combined, much better than they do as individual compounds.
  • Additionally, golden oils are filtered, separating excess plant matter, lipids, waxes and chlorophyll from important compounds, resulting in a clear, golden color.
  • It undergoes full decarboxylation in order to maximise the potency of the golden oil. This process removes one carboxyl group, turning CBDa (inactive) into CBD. All this is done by heating up the cannabis for a long period of time, until the compounds are fully active for optimal efficiency 
  • The CBD content is much higher in golden oils than dark oils, therefore better value for money. 
  • Black oil vary much more in cannabinoid concentration and much harder to regulate. 
  • Smell, Taste and Purity – The clear golden colour of the golden oil brings to mind, Purity and a strong presence of CBD. The taste is also much nicer.

So to summaries! Golden Oils are much more pure and much more effective. Golden Oils will continue to be the forefront of the best CBD products on the market.

Starting Off!

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How Much CBD Should I Be Taking?

As far as selling CBD oil in the UK, it is sold strictly as a food supplement. With that in mind, this means that we are not allowed to offer dosage advice. Although we do have to advise people that they should not exceed 200mg per day.

How does this help us in knowing what the correct dosage is then? Well by researching and getting feedback off people who use CBD the general rule of thumb is ‘Low and Slow’

Low and Slow!

LOW – start 1-2 drops, twice a day & SLOW – increase by 1 drop every 3-6 days. Keep increasing slowly, until you get to the point that you don’t have anything left to improve, or until you start feeling better.

It is also very important to drink lots of water to flush out all of the toxins as a lot of people experience the herx effect when starting the CBD oil (The Herx Reaction is a short-term reaction the body has as it detoxifies.

It is quite common to experience flu-like symptoms including a headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.) 

If things start to reverse, back off. This is referred to as ‘self titration’. You’re figuring out your serving size, or sweet spot. For many, this can change over time, so be aware.

Final thoughts, we would advise anybody who’s thinking of starting a CBD journey to join some ‘user groups‘. This will allow you to be able to ask questions and gather information.