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All things CBD...

What is CBD ?

Cannabidiol or CBD for short is a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. It is one of 100+ identified biologically active compounds in the plant. Collectively these compounds are named cannabinoids. As well as CBD they also include:

CBG (cannabigerol)

CBN (cannabinol)

CBC (cannabichromene)

CBT (cannabicitran)

CBV (cannabiripsol)

CBD is legal in the UK. CBD will not get you “intoxicated” or “high” as it is non-psychoactive. A World Health Organization (WHO) report has found no adverse health outcomes for cannabidiol, (CBD). According to the preliminary WHO report published in June 2018, naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans and is not associated with any negative public health effects. Experts further stated that CBD was a non-psychoactive... and does not induce physical dependence and is "not associated with abuse potential."


How does CBD work ?​

CBD works by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). All mammals have an ECS and it’s responsible for maintaining physiological and biochemical balance. Its primary goal is to maintain homeostasis in our body and mind. Homeostasis refers to your body’s efforts to keep everything stable and balanced for optimality. The ECS is composed of endocannabinoids, enzymes, and cannabinoid receptors that help regulate a range of processes and functions in the body: mood and stress, sleep, inflammation and pain, learning and memory, skin health and nerve function. The ECS exerts its effects by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in select tissues. Currently, two primary cannabinoid receptors have been identified, CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors regulate processes in the central nervous system and brain, while CB2 receptors  control supplementary operations in organ systems and our immune system. If the ECS has an endocannabinoid deficiency it may require assistance restoring balance. Since cannabinoids like CBD have a similar structure to endocannabinoids, they can produce similar effects. Whilst there is no definitive answer to how CBD interacts with the ECS, experts know it doesn’t bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors and believe that by preventing endocannabinoids from breaking down, CBD helps keep them in ideal working condition, allowing them to have more of an effect on the body.

Using our CBD infused CBD on the skin is a popular choice for those seeking to exert its effects in a high concentration where you need it most – joints and muscle groups, pulse points and any external area of discomfort.



Where are the plants for the Humble Herb grown ?

Growing in the sunnier climbs of Southern Europe the plant (Cannabis Sativa L.) is organically grown in outdoor fields and farmed in accordance with  good agricultural process (GAP) assurances.Cultivated to be GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) free to ensure the absence of chemical additives, pesticides, bacterial or microbial organisms, toxins or heavy metals. It is then harvested  at the most beneficial time to ensure the greatest effective final content of cannabinoids.


How do you extract the cannabinoids from the plant?

To ensure high quality and maintain all the organoleptic specificities of the plant, Supercritical CO2 extraction is used. Supercritical CO2 extraction ? – essentially the plant material (leaves and stalks etc.) is placed into an extraction vessel. Then CO2 gas is heated and pressurised (31.1oC and 1071 psi) to be become “supercritical”. When CO2 molecules reach this state they possess properties of both a liquid and a gas. The supercritical CO2 is then pumped into the extraction vessel running through the plant material extracting all the required cannabinoids and terpines and flavours. The CO2 and cannabinoid mixture is then pumped into a third chamber where it is kept at an even lower pressure and higher temperature so that the CO2 gas rises to the top of the chamber while the oils containing the cannabinoids and flavours from the plant material move to the bottom to be collected.

What are the benefits of using supercritical CO2 extraction?

​CO2 acts as a cleaning agent – it destroys microbial bacteria, moulds and mildews during the processAny residual CO2 on the extract evaporates as CO2 is a gas at room temperature. It doesn’t require a long evaporation process like a liquid solvent extraction and there is a greatly reduced risk of contaminants in the finished product. Finally the CO2 used in the process can be recycled. 


 The Humble Herb's CBD...

Our supplier provides us with the collected broad spectrum extract from the whole hemp leaf. There are no additives and nothing taken away, including all of the flavonoids and terpenes. Manufactured THC Free with a high Cannabidiol (CBD) potency together with minor cannabinoids such as  Cannabidivarin (CBDV), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN) and Cannabichromene (CBC).It is tested by third party laboratories that certify the quality and purity. CBD extract is now certified as cosmetic raw materials under the COSMOS-STANDARD and are approved for use in organic and natural cosmetic products certified to the COSMOS-STANDARD. The COSMOS-standard is guided by four core principles:

  1. ​Promoting the use of products from organic agriculture, and respecting biodiversity.

  2. Using natural resources responsibly and respecting the environment.

  3. Using processing and manufacturing that are clean and respectful of human health and the environment.

  4. Integrating and developing the concept of green chemistry.


Why is it called Cannabis Sativa L. ?

Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the ‘father of modern taxonomy’  (taxonomy - a system for naming and organizing things, especially plants and animals, into groups that share similar qualities) first published the scientific name Cannabis sativa in his seminal ‘Species Plantarum’ of 1753. The Latin name Cannabis derives from Greek (kannabis) and may have been originally derived from  Scythian (pronounced ‘SIH-thee-un'). They were a group of ancient tribes of nomadic warriors who originally lived in what is now southern Siberia. Their culture flourished from around 900BC to 200 BC. The term sativa simply means ‘cultivated’. The L stands for Linnaeus, and indicates the person or authority who first named the species. 

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