The History of Hemp & Acknowledged Benefits of CBD

Who can use CBD oil products?

Our products are not intended to be sold or used by persons under 18 years of age or given to young children without your GP's advice (or to UK pets without vet’s advice). Firstly, the products advertised on our website are not medicines, we offer no medical advice, our products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or medical ailments. You should always seek proper medical advice before consuming any CBD dietary supplement, or if you are already using prescribed medicines, or are pregnant or are breastfeeding. 


How much CBD oil should I take?

Do not consume more than 200mg of CBD/day.  Start with low dose but you must take every day for any benefit to develop, how long is different for every individual. Gradually build up dose over several weeks, a one-off sudden hit will not work.


Where does CBD oil come from?

The Cannabis Sativa plant, a flowering herb has three main varieties; Sativa, Indica & Ruderalis, with over 1000 different strains, each one contains hundreds of chemical compounds & around 115 cannabinoids which are slowly being identified by scientists. One of the best-known cannabinoids is CBD, which is beneficial to human & animal wellbeing, another major component of some hemp plants is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which will produce the psychoactive effects of 'Marijuana' [See below] whilst CBD has no ill effects, is safe, and is legal within the UK.  There are also; CBG, CBA, CBDa & CBN, amongst many other emerging cannabinoids which naturally interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). We are beginning to see their usefulness for so many aspects of our health reported all over the world in anecdotal evidence by users of CBD.


The history of the cultivation of Cannabis.

Cannabis, (the correct Latin botanical name) is a very ancient plant which grows naturally almost everywhere in the world; fossilised pollen found in Asia around Tibet is thought to be a million years old. 

Hemp is known to have been used by mankind for over 10,000 years as a food stuff, and to make textiles, writing paper, ropes & twine, canvas, tarpaulins, sacking, clothing fabric, medicinal oils, heating, cooking, & lamp oil, for spiritual religious rituals, and used by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, African, Asian, & Indian peoples, the Vikings, and the Hebrews & Arabs of the Bible (Kaneh-Bosm).  


Henry VIII in 1535 decreed that hemp had to be grown in England as it was such an important defence necessity, there was about 50 tons of hemp ropes & rigging on his battleship the Mary Rose.  Nelson was reported as worried before the Battle of the Nile, not of his seamen or the French navy, but that his fleet had shortages of hemp ropes & canvas.  His flagship Victory has about 26 miles of hemp rope & rigging.  The earliest North American settlers were compelled to grow hemp for their British rulers & afterwards was a major US business through both world wars.


The hemp oil used in our products come from one variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant of which there are many sub species specially selected for their different cannabinoid content.  Some species selected for their high THC content were given the name 'Marijuana' by a US politician in the 1930's, a corrupted Spanish word demeaning the Mexican immigrant community who were allegedly drug dependent on it.  Industrial Hemp was swept up with Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 & taxed out of existence & criminalised across the world by the UN in1961.  


Cannabis’ very remarkable qualities were deliberately ignored after tens of thousands of years of use to the advantage of the oil baron’s monopoly of oil, plastics, petroleum, opioids and the felling of millions of square miles of the world’s forests.  Hemp is a tall, rapid growing, annual plant harvested in three or four months, that produces oxygen, absorbs much carbon, needs little water, needs no pesticides or herbicides, thrives on contaminated land and a fresh crop harvested 2 or 3 times a year; the economic & emerging health advantages to many of the worlds people is huge.


Is CBD oil safe and legal to buy?

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinoid) is strictly prohibited under the UK 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, it is not allowed for consumption or possession and certainly not offered for sale. The legal limit when the hemp is harvested is just 0.2% and should be Zero THC in any consumables from a reputable seller. 

Pure Hemp Oil that contains CBD is extracted from the whole, organic, Non-GMO, cannabis plant including the leaves, buds, and flowers. The pure oil can be Full Spectrum (all the cannabinoids & terrines, including up to 0.2% THC), Broad Spectrum (all the cannabinoids & terpenes, but zero THC) or an Isolate of pure 99% CBD.   However, 'Hemp Oil'  pressed from the cannabis seeds bought from the grocers is great for cooking and salad dressings for example but contains no CBD whatsoever and is frequently offered in a misleadingly way. 


You should always check that the label on the container specifically states the CBD concentration in mg and as a % of the total volume in the bottle, or of each capsule or serving.  If it is not explicit it is probably a fake or worse, it may contain THC or contaminates, so choose what & where you buy with caution. You may choose a product of 99% Isolate (pure) CBD or a Full Spectrum CBD oil which will still have the benefit of additional Cannabidiols and Terpenes.


All products you find for sale on Shecanna are sourced from reputable and legally compliant producers so you can choose the best product for your needs in confidence.


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