Can UK Police Officers Legally Use CBD Oil?

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Over the years, we’ve seen a huge increase in Police officers getting in touch to see whether CBD may be a tool to improve their quality of life and whether it is safe. Even a past commissioner of the Met has had trouble with using CBD products, so it is understandable that there may be some trepidation.

The biggest concern is that CBD is linked with Cannabis, which is a prohibited substance. The Police have a zero tolerance for drug use, so it pays to be extra careful!

If you’re reading this, we assume that you’re working with the Police and you’re looking for some questions to be answered. We’ve been answering these questions for quite a while, but now seems like a good point to answer them in a long-form post.

Can the Police use CBD legally?

Can UK Police Officers Legally Use CBD Oil?

Legally speaking, yes, a UK Police officer can use CBD legally.

As a police officer, however, you may need to do quite a bit more due diligence to ensure that the product you’re consuming does not contain more THC than is advertised, and you should understand the rules set out by your constabulary. You may also be required to declare the use of your CBD products to your medical officer or senior officer. It seems as though those rules vary from place to place.

These guidelines have changed quickly over the years, but the Met are usually a good rule of thumb to follow. They have said:

“CBD is legal if it contains less than 1mg of THC, THCV and CBN in the final preparation as per part C of regulation 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2010:
“[N]o one component part of the product or preparation contains more than one milligram of the controlled drug” [Source]

If we are to decode this: CBD is legal in the UK to consume, however, there are some CBD products that contain (even trace amounts) of controlled or banned substances, THC being the most obvious. So long as the CBD product complies with 1mg of THC (which all of our products do) then they are legal for a UK Police Officer, just as they are legal for a member of the public.

Unlike the public, Police are subject to regular testing for banned substances, and there is a zero-tolerance approach. Will CBD products cause a failure in a drugs test?

 

 

Can CBD Cause a Failure in a Drug Test?

This question comes in two parts:

Will CBD cause a failure? No, It won’t!

Will a CBD product containing a high percentage of THC (or another controlled cannabinoid) cause a failure? Very Likely.

Without going too far into the weed on this topic, there are three categories of CBD products: Full Spectrum (contains minor cannabinoids & trace of THC), Broad Spectrum contains minor cannabinoids & without THC) and Isolated CBD (CBD only).

The category that poses the greatest risk to a Police officer is the Full Spectrum oils, particularly if the oil is sourced from the USA who have a much higher tolerance to THC than the UK.

Previously, the allowable percentage was 0.2% THC in a product, however, this has been adjusted to a maximum of 1mg (much lower than 0.2% in most products available in the UK). Even at this low level, we cannot say for certain that THC will not be detected. A failure is very, very rare and usually caused by other factors, such as errors during production or unstable products (some cannabinoids convert to THC slowly over time).

To put this issue into perspective, we have been selling CBD products to Police officers for years (even back when products contained up to 0.2% THC) and we have never encountered anybody who has failed a test due to CBD products. To fail a cannabis drug screening, you will need to have over two micrograms of THC per millilitre of blood in your system. That is very unlikely with CBD products unless something has gone catastrophically wrong.

If you’re in doubt, Broad Spectrum and Isolated CBD products are designed specifically to remove controlled cannabinoids. It is the safest option, and you should request a lab report for the batch you’re consuming.

 

What if I fail the test?

Just for argument’s sake, what if you fail the drug test and it was the CBD products that caused it?

The guidance set out by the Met appears to refer more to medical cannabis, which contains a significantly higher percentage of THC than CBD products. If the use of medical cannabis has been declared and proof that it has been legally prescribed before the test takes place, then that could constitute a legal defence. [source]. Similar guidance also suggests that so long as the CBD product is declared, and there is a reasonable reason for an officer to test over the prescribed THC limit, there is no reason why it would result in an immediate disability action.

The examining medical officer would consider any use of supplements when assessing the case.

 

Can I Drive While Using CBD as A Police Officer?

 

The short answer is, yes, there are no laws which prevent drivers from using CBD.

Again, the Met Police guidance on this is vague but they suggest that CBD is acceptable for Police Officers who drive, so long as the driver is fit to be driving [source]. The guide doesn’t go into detail, but we can add some clarity onto what this could mean.

Side effects from CBD are rare, but not unusual. Common side effects are usually caused by a sensitivity to Cannabinoids, or the Cannabinoids disrupt the absorption of medications in the liver (making them stronger, or weaker). While 99% of people experience no negative side effects, it is possible for users to experience nausea or a sore tummy, brain fog or drowsiness. While these symptoms may not always affect your ability to drive, there is a chance that they might.

If you’ve never taken CBD before, then it is a good idea to try it out on a day off before getting behind the wheel of a car!

Is CBD a Placebo? What this means & does it really matter? (The Placebo Effect Explained)

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Is CBD a Placebo? What this means & does it really matter? (The Placebo Effect Explained)

One of the most common accusations that is pointed towards CBD, is that it is a ‘Placebo‘. If we can burrow down into what that means, it is a suggestion that CBD is a fraud, it’s fake, and its only benefit is from what we create of it ourselves.

This, just to warn you, causes a stir whenever it is mentioned to any proud owner of a CBD brand. We’ve seen companies recoil and act in horror and some get quite angry about the matter.

But, we find this topic extremely interesting.

We have been researching and thinking a lot about this, and wanted to share some light on our findings. The intention is to help you, understand if CBD is a placebo, and if it is, why being a placebo may not be a totally bad thing.

 

Is CBD a Placebo?

Well, Yes, and No. Maybe. CBD is not always a Placebo, but it does take advantage of the Placebo Effect.

 

Let’s Explain.

When somebody calls CBD a ‘Placebo,’ what they are essentially saying is: “CBD is a con.” Which isn’t very nice at all.

The accurate definition of Placebo is: “An inactive substance or other intervention that looks the same as, and is given the same way as, an active drug or treatment being tested.”

The accusation being made when CBD is called a Placebo is: “CBD is a substance with no benefit yet is being sold as having health benefits”

This is where we can say that the molecule itself (as part of the family of cannabinoids) is not a placebo.

— but why?

There is plenty of evidence and research into cannabinoids and their potential for having medical (cannabinoid medicines) and well-being (food supplements) applications.

Cannabinoids are lipid signalling molecules that interact with a network of receptors called the Endocannabinoid System. Cannabinoids support this biological network and can have a profound effect on our body.

There are a million different factors that determine how your body uses/does not use cannabinoids and their potential effect within your unique cluster of billions of cells and electrical wiring (your body). So even if you don’t notice what the CBD (and the other minor cannabinoids) is doing, you can be assured that the cannabinoids are active within your Endocannabinoid System.

The only time where CBD IS a Placebo is when the product has been missold – or oversold – to a customer (why CBD is often called a Snake Oil). There are many manufacturers and brands who have been caught producing products with less CBD than advertised, or with no CBD at all.

 

From our experience, the most common reasons why people think CBD is a Placebo:

1.) The product has been missold & there is no CBD in the oil (to con a customer into buying fake CBD): This has and will always happen. This is why finding a reliable and trustworthy supply is essential.

2.) The product is oversold and unachievable/unrealistic health claims are made: It is no secret that CBD is often oversold, and we regularly need to reset the expectations with new users of CBD. While CBD is much more than a powerful phytonutrient, it will not help your hair grow back (true story: a real sales rep who used to claim this).

2.) They’ve never tried it and just read that CBD is a placebo online and taken it as gospel: Or decided that CBD is not for them, and would like to tell others not to. Which is fine.

 

The follow-up argument is always a suggestion that the benefits of CBD are all in our minds, a phenomenon called the Placebo Effect.

This, albeit quite inconvenient to your friendly CBD marketing team, is true. And, there are studies proving it [source]

This is the part about CBD (and many other products that we all buy) that we find enormously fascinating and gives us an insight into how we all work as human beings.

 

Placebo Effect (& how it is more beneficial than you think).

The Placebo Effect is a psychological phenomenon where symptoms of a disease/ illness are reported to be improved, despite the patient receiving a Placebo. While we all could find ourselves scoffing, and concluding that it is simply a delusion, there is proof that the Placebo Effect has both a psychological, and biological, function.

The controversial opinion here is that there is a Placebo Effect element to the benefits of CBD. Not just CBD, but thousands of things we do on a daily basis.

The ritual of taking a supplement can have a psychological benefit that we can take advantage to improve our well-being. That’s right, Plecebe (trick) ourselves into feeling better.

It sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but we Placebe/ trick ourselves all the time – most likely without noticing we’re doing it.

We all feel more confident about that important presentation at work when we’re wearing a shirt that fits just right. We all feel we can run faster when we strap on a fresh new pair of running shoes. We all feel better about a crisis after a nice warm cup of tea.

We do things that don’t have LITTERAL benefits all the time.

That perfectly fitting outfit does not actually improve how well prepared for the presentation we are, just how we feel about ourselves. And the performance increase of new shoes vs old shoes, does not correlate with the increase in footwear technology. Tea does have some therapeutic effects, but the association with a warm cup and a moment of peace is what makes everything seem a whole lot better.

We trick ourselves every day, so why can’t we do the same thing for our health? There is evidence that suggests a Placebo can be used to improve our well-being and quality of life, in the same way that wearing certain clothes improves our confidence.

So if there is an element of Placebo Effect to CBD, surely, that isn’t a bad thing at all?!

 

How the Placebo Effect can improve our well-being, & quality of life? 

If I suggested that a sugar pill (complete placebo) could help your body fight a low-level upper respiratory infection (like the common cold) as effectively as an active drug, you might think my brain had been abducted by aliens. But, it’s true.[source].

Nicolas Humphrey wrote a fantastic article in the New Scientist (Evolution Could Explain the Placebo Effect – annoyingly behind a paywall) that goes some way to explain the evolutionary function of the placebo effect.

The article goes into more detail but explains how our minds can control the response of our immune system, and our perception of our environment can turn our immune system down. The immune system is a very expensive and uses up a lot of valuable energy, especially in the Winter when food sources are scarce. So, as humans evolved, in much harsher times than we live in today, it made sense for our immune system to lower its functionality and conserve energy for more pressing bodily requirements. As the summer came around, and the food was abundant, the immune response comes back online.

While our environment and food supply has changed, our evolution has yet to catch up.

It seems that if we commit to a ritual which we believe is weakening the infection – with a potentially useless placebo – could help our minds feel more optimistic and signal to our body that food is abundant, and we enter into a healing state. The result is fewer symptoms (runny nose, itchy face, cough etc.. is caused by our immune response, not the infection itself) and quicker recovery time [source].

The point of this is not to say that you should take a sugar pill, rather than a course of antibiotics (that would be very silly), but to prove that there are some benefits associated with certain substances that can actually be attributed to the Placebo Effect… and that’s something we should be thankful for.

 

Wrapping this up – why not the best of both worlds?

 

To bring this to an end, the net time somebody says “CBD is a Placebo”, you can confidently say: “YOU KNOW NOTHING” (and hopefully send them this article). 

We know for a fact that cannabinoids are beneficial and have a provable role within our body, so, taking CBD every day has a biological impact on us whether we notice it or not. AND there is a psychosomatic benefit where the daily ritual of taking CBD that could be part of why we feel more ready for the day, or primed for bed (in the same way that brushing our teeth does the same).

Written by – Ian McLaren

Does Shilajit Boost the Effectiveness of Cannabinoids?

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Does Shilajit Boost the Effectiveness of Cannabinoids?

 

There has been recent speculation that Shilajit can boost the effectiveness of cannabinoids, allowing users to significantly lower their dosage while still enjoying the same benefits. Several websites and publications make this claim, but we wanted to fully understand the science behind it. Many of these sources fail to reference any studies or provide supporting information so we thought we’d fill that gap.

Just before we answer the question, it may be helpful for us to talk about what Shilajit is, its active ingredients and why it is considered to be great for our general well-being in its own right.

 

What is Shilajit & what is it used for?

If you’re unfamiliar with Shilajit, it is a sticky, tar-like substance primarily found in the rocks of the Himalayas, Altai, Caucasus, and other mountain ranges worldwide. It forms over centuries through the decomposition of plant and microbial matter, resulting in a complex mixture of minerals, fulvic acid, humic acid, and other organic compounds. This substance has been found to offer numerous health benefits, as supported by studies and scientific research [source].

On average, shilajit contains between 15% and 20% fulvic acid, along with a complex of vitamins including B12, K2, and C, as well as an estimated 10.8mg of iron, 80mg of calcium, 0.90mg of zinc, and 2.8mg of selenium per teaspoon.

Shilajit has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India and other systems of traditional medicine in Central Asia. It is believed to provide various health benefits, such as boosting energy, improving stamina, and promoting longevity. The combination of vitamins and minerals are all linked to each reported benefit (check out our full breakdown of the benefits of shilajit, here) so there is weight to these claims.

 

 

 

Does Shilajit Boost Cannabinoids?

 

The claim is that ‘Shilajit increases the effectiveness of cannabinoids,’ but we wanted to delve deeper into this question to understand why this claim is being made and whether there is any evidence backing it at all.

There is certainly a connection between Shilajit and cannabinoids, but after extensive research and investigation, we have not found anything that fills us with enough certainty to confidently proclaim it from the mountain tops.

This topic can get technical, so if you’re interested in the more detailed science, we’ve added that below. However, if you’d prefer a summary, here it is:

 

The answer is unclear and becomes very complicated very quickly. It seems that, for the most part, the evidence is anecdotal and based on accounts of user experiences (people saying it works), which is not the most reliable source for determining anything.

Here’s where things get interesting: Shilajit contains multiple compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid system (dipeptides, oleamide, and triterpenes), and may alter the way cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid receptor. 

The complication arises in proving the effect of Shilajit on cannabinoids and how Shilajit fits within the Entourage Effect theory, where endocannabinoid compounds (and terpenes) regulate and enhance each other.

In summary, there seems to be a link, but at this moment, there isn’t enough evidence to conclusively determine any effects of Shilajit when consuming cannabinoids. What we do know for sure is that both Shilajit and cannabinoids are extremely beneficial to our well-being.

We would love to hear about your experience combining Shilajit and cannabinoids, so leave a comment, comment on our socials or send us an email. 

 

Shilajit contains Endocannabinoid compounds

The first connection we found that links Shilajit with cannabinoids is, that research has identified Shilajit as being able to support the Endocannabinoid System.

Andean Shilajit (from the Andies mountain range spanning South America) contains both dipeptides and oleamides. Both substances have been tested, researched, and found to demonstrate neuroprotective effects and play a role in the modulation of several nervous processes.

The connection here is that Oleamide belongs to a family of endogenous lipid signalling molecules, the very same family that Endocannabinoids belong to [source]. It seems that both Oleamide and Cannabinoids play similar roles within the body’s central nervous system.

The chat within the cannabinoid community is that Shilajit enhances the effect of delta-9 THC, and also compliments the effects of CBD. But, does the data agree?

The connection is likely made because Oleamide was found to antagonise (activate) the CB1 receptor, which is what delta-9 THC does [source] and other amide class compounds do (like Anandamide – the Endocannabinoid responsible for the ‘runners high’).

Olemide is also linked to sleep quality and induction, along with improvement in memory, cognitive function and cognitive longevity. There are many who make the same claims for cannabinoids such as CBD [source], thus, it is an easy conclusion to draw the two together.

It seems, that the answer is unclear. It appears that most of the evidence given to support the claims are anecdotal and subject to the experience and reporting of users. This is often subjective and can be unreliable.

However, there is some circumstantial scientific data which does suggest that some of the active compounds also regulate the Endocannabinoid system, and may change the way our body uses cannabinoids. It makes perfect sense that consuming a substance can alter the way our body uses cannabinoids, as this is the case with terpenes.

 

 

Shilajit contains triterpenes, which are aromatic compounds also found in hemp and cannabis (terpenes). Terepenes play a very significant role in the effects of cannabinoids [source], and do affect the way in which cannabinoid compounds interact with our Endocannabinoids. Caryophyllene is a great example of a terpene compound that actively combines with our body’s endocannabinoid receptors [source].

We know for sure that terpenes affect cannabinoids because it is terpenes that make all the difference between strains and their effects. We go into a lot more detail about how this works in our blog post about Terpenes.

 

Conclusions

Honestly, we’re not fully sure what Shilajit does when you consume it with cannabinoids, but there is some evidence to suggest that it does something! For the moment, we will be experimenting ourselves and seeing if we feel that the Shialjit adds something while consuming our regular CBD dose.

If you have enjoyed our article, then please consider leaving us a comment or sharing the knowledge with somebody you know!

Written by Ian McLaren

CBDiablo Responds To CBD Consumer Advice From Food Standards Agency (FSA)

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CBDiablo Responds To CBD Consumer Advice From Food Standards Agency (FSA)

 

Over the years of working with CBD, we can never be too sure that the sands will move beneath our feet. Before we directly respond to the FSA’s new updated advice, we’d like to supply some context.

Our industry, and the supplements we sell, have always been under scrutiny and we have regularly encountered barriers; our bank accounts have been cancelled, we are regularly stopped from accessing services (social media accounts, email marketing platforms, and payment gateways) and constantly changing guidance from the FSA. There have also always been two camps in our industry; corporate interests and grassroots advocates for cannabis-based medicines. Each with a different perspective on how best to utilise the potential for cannabinoids.

Millions of pounds (and dollars in the USA) have been poured into the research and development of cannabinoid-based therapeutics and in the UK there are many medical companies set to launch medical cannabinoid products off the back of this research. There is no doubt, that cannabis-based medicines have a very promising future.

In the UK, the industry is split in two: the medical cannabinoid industry (which contains high doses of cannabinoids, including THC to treat conditions, most notably epilepsy) and the well-being ‘food supplement‘ industry (lower doses designed for well-being purposes, and not backed by enough research to make *medical claims). We exist in the latter of the two.

Over the last two years, we have been subject to a ‘novel food’ process which understands whether a ‘novel’ (new) food substance is safe to eat in the long term – it is also a way to regulate an industry from a governmental point of view and ensure that the food supplements being sold are ‘safe’.

It is also safe to say that the FSA’s novel food process has not been without controversy within the industry.

The grassroots advocates for cannabinoid-based medicines have suggested that there are corporate (big pharma) interests at play, and they are lobbying the government and putting government apparatus to work in order to curtail the cottage ‘well-being’ industry. The purpose of this is to ringfence ‘effective whole plant extracts’ and profit from them as ‘medicines’ which require a license (granted by the government) to sell.

Many actors suggest that there is a fundamental lack of understanding of the products, and others go further with their accusations and suggest that the FSA is subject to a powerful lobby; therefore, restricting the ‘well-being’ industry to the less effective isolate CBD extracts.

The counterargument is that cannabinoids are not fully understood and they need to be regulated and standardised so they can be used to treat patients effectively. This requires a huge body of research and products created to certain specifications.

Unfortunately, the situation being the scenes is increasingly complex and political. We know that during the novel food process, studies have shown the bioaccumulation of ‘Isolated CBD‘ in the liver. There are studies into full spectrum whole plant extract which display differing results.

 

Our Thoughts.

The cannabinoid industry is increasingly complex and fast-moving, so it is understandable that consumers are not aware of the full context of ongoing studies, regulation and compliance, and warring factions with vested interests.

We understand that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are now recommending a daily limit of 10mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) for adults influenced by potential risk factors. Our thoughts are that the current update is that it is ‘advice‘, and therefore, there will not be an immediate change in any of the supplements that we supply. We are, however, taking this very seriously as we wish to put our customer’s health and well-being first.

It is worth noting that the study which led to the updated guidance uses a study looking at the impact of ‘ 98% Isolate CBD‘, with no context of studies looking at the impact of broad-spectrum distillates or whole plant extracts which are very different to a single-molecule substance. Thankfully, most of our products are still using full-spectrum whole-plant extracts and broad-spectrum distillates. The products affected by this guidance are our CBD gummies, CBD Capsules and liposomal Cthulhu.

 

Therefore, the advice is missing context and does not reflect the nature of ‘CBD’ products in all of their forms. (see here for more context) and the report is here.

 

The study shows that while there is bioaccumulation, the toxicity does not come from the CBD, but from contamination of the extract within the study. To create an Isolated CBD requires significantly more processing which leaves room for contamination of the extract itself. This is not the case for cold-pressed or raw hemp extracts.

 

This is not helpful for us as a seller of CBD and does not help us understand how we can innovate to better serve consumers. This advice does not help us protect our customers, nor does it help customers make informed decisions about the supplements they take. 

 

It has also been a very strange situation to watch the way this advice has been misrepresented in the media to spark fear and concern for CBD products in general. It is certainly an unfair narrative and does not reflect the reality of ongoing studies and warring vested interests; the situation surrounding cannabinoids is significantly more complex than it has been represented in the media.

We will continue to keep an eye on any updates and try to adapt to best serve those who are important; the people who get so much benefit from our Cannabinoid supplements

CBDiablo X Edinburgh Eagles Rugby League

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CBDiablo X Edinburgh Eagles Rugby League

The journey that we have been on with CBDiablo has been, at times, wild. Behind the scenes, we have worked extremely hard to build a brand in an industry that is specifically difficult to navigate.

One of our dreams has been to sponsor a sports team – particularly a rugby team. Rugby is a sport both of us follow and we regularly watch family members play on an international level. It has also become very clear that CBD can play a huge role in a player’s performance – and mental health is a critical issue within the Rugby community. Everything here is something we both live and breathe.

It, therefore, comes as no surprise that we are both genuinely delighted to be the main sponsor for the Edinburgh Eagles Rugby League ClubWe are extremely proud to be associated with the team and we’re genuinely invested in the team’s success. Our ethos and that of the team, align perfectly. 

Our initial sponsorship is for two seasons, however, we have already started to put plans in place to ensure the longevity of the partnership. More on that in a second…

 

 

More About the Edinburgh Eagles

Edinburgh Eagles is Scotland’s premier community Rugby League club with a record 11 league titles in the SRL and most recently enjoying success in the NERL being crowned champions in 2019.

The club was founded in 1998 and has built up a great reputation based on hard work and playing in the spirit of the sport.

Having developed over 15 players who have gone on to represent their country the club embarks on a new era from 2022 laying down ambitious plans for growth over the next five years.

The club is based out of the prestigious Royal High School where they currently train and play all of their home fixtures.

Scottish Championship winners (11 times): 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2021
Scottish Cup winners (3 times): 2018, 2019, 2021
NERL Championship winners: 2019
NERL Cup finalists: 2018

 

Martyn Gill, the new Director of Rugby at the club, had this to say about our partnership:

“We are delighted to have CBDiablo as our main sponsor for the 2022 and 2023 campaigns, with a view to growing the relationship further. I think from our initial conversation it was clear that there was alignment and already we are seeing the benefits that go beyond a transactional relationship. We believe CBD has a place in the industry and believe CBDiablo are the guys to be at the forefront of that drive. We are excited to see where this leads to and have welcomed them to the Eagles family with open arms!”

We’re delighted also and have found Martyn excellent to work with so far.

 

 

Moving Forward with the Edinburgh Eagles

For us, this is a little more than a promotion. We are heavily invested in Rugby in our personal lives so we are thrilled to be able to support a local team. Our aims are to support the Edinburgh Eagles in their pursuit of continued domination and to reach new heights.

In the coming months and years, we will be working closely with the staff & team to develop a plan of action.

 

 

 

Support for CALM

Our mission to support CALM is fundamental to why we get up every morning.

We are extremely passionate about the work the charity does, and we have personal experience of the benefits of such an organisation.

Sporting clubs are on the frontline of making life easier for those struggling; they offer community, discipline and recreation. Rugby clubs have always been tight-knit group that supports each other through the thickest of troubles. The cold, muddy hardship of a rugby match encourages a kind of ‘sibling-hood’ among the players.

We will be working very closely with the Edinburgh Eagles in their own support for CALM and mental health. We plan to work together on events which are dedicated to raising money for suicide prevention.

CBD for Sports

We are already in the process of developing a range of products that are designed specifically for sports – with Rugby and other high intensity and impact sports in mind.

Our range will include:

We will be developing a range of products designed for sports with the team and hopefully, we can provide some assistance to their continued domination.

Our Impact: April 2021 – 2022

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Our Impact:
April 2021-2022

Just when you thought 2020 and 2021 were bad enough… in comes 2022!

We don’t want to remind you of all the bad stuff but we can’t ignore the effect COVID has had, followed by renewed tensions in Europe, and a cost of living crisis. Things are really tough for us all at the moment. 

CALMzone is seeing an unprecedented rise in calls to the helpline. 

We’re not ones to hide – the last year has affected our well-being (personal & business) too. We have seen our expenditures rise and incomes fall, from the start of the year, which has had a huge impact on our donations too. 

Regardless, we set out on this journey knowing that it wasn’t always going to be easy. Right now, we’re focusing on surviving and pushing out the other side stronger.

As we did for April 2020-2021 we wanted to take a couple of minutes of your time, and share the milestones from this year. 

It is also our opportunity to say thank you for all of your support – this is what you have helped us to achieve!

Cue the infographic!

A Year of Hard Work

The last year has been one thing to another. 

Thanks to your continued support – telling your friends – coming back to us month on month and sending us supportive messages. Thanks to you our business survived the hardest months we’ve had since we began.

As you can see in the figures above, your support has enabled us to donate £10,333.87 between April 2021 April 2022. CALM estimates that each potentially life saving phone call costs £8: this means that our donations have helped answer 1291 calls this year. That’s 107 calls per month, and over 3 calls per day (on average)

You’re the reason why this is happening! So thank you!!

Looking Forward

The impact that the pandemic and lockdowns has had on the mental health of the globe is yet to be seen. Then the added pressures of war close to home and harsher living conditions is making things very difficult to cope. 

There seems to be no rest. 

We’d like to take the opportunity to let you know that there is support there if you need it. We donate to CALMzone simply because they offer a free helpline to anybody; whether you’re worrying about money, stressing about your future or you’re struggling to manage… even if you’re worried about somebody else! CALM is your first port of call. 

For us, we are continuing to work on growing our business to keep the money flowing where it needs to be. 

We have a few exciting projects ahead!

How Do You Become Happy?

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How do You Become Happy?

For us to be writing about this is already a risk. Whatever your idea of happiness is, is built around everything you have experienced in life. There is, therefore, no blanket answer: to ‘How Do You Become Happy?’.

The idea behind this post is to document something that we ourselves are trying to understand, come to terms with and put into practice in our lives. The purpose of this post is to outline some philosophies and behaviours that we implement in our own lives and thinking.

These things are what helps us, and we’d like to share them with you.

 

(If you are reading this and you’re at your wits end – Please, check out CALMzone)

 

Accepting Unhappiness

We are avid readers/ listeners to podcasts, books and philosophy of all kinds. Most of the time we have a desire to learn and to listen to what other people consider the ‘secret sauce’ to life. If we’re not talking about CBD in the office, we’re usually talking about interesting ideas.

The first thing that we remind each other is that feeling bad is a part of life. Pain is our brain & body’s way of alerting us to something that may be wrong. We say, Constant happiness is impossible to achieve and can be extremely dangerous to chase.

The formative idea came from a conversation that was inspired by Ryan Holiday’s book ‘The Obstacle is the Way’ which is a modern take on stoic philosophy. The idea is to push into the wind of life and dig deep when it becomes hard; you’ll thank you past self for it in the future.

Although it sounds counterproductive, we realised that by shying away from our challenges (or feeling bad) we are, in fact, hurting our happiness. We all need some kind of suffering to truly appreciate when things are good.

Even one of the ‘happiest men on earth’ Matthieu Ricard has admitted that he is ‘pissed off all the time’. The point is, it is not how you feel, it is how you respond to those feelings.

Mo Gawdat, during is an interview with Steven Bartlett, articulates his way of dealing with challenges with a mental flowchart:

What is happening? – Ask yourself: Is this true? – Where do we go from here \ Do you have ultimately have control of the situation? 

There are two ways to look at this: When something bad happens – when you’re feeling a negative emotion.


A Bad Situation

Mo managed office managers when he worked at Google – they would come to his office and moan about things going on in their work lives. His process was fairly uncompromising.

He would only allow them 10 minutes to vent and get what they want to say off their chest. They could explain the situation in any way they would like.

He would then ask them: is what you’re saying true or your perception of this? Are legal really being difficult? Is there any evidence of them helping you in the past? Is there a reason why you’re facing this issue?

Then he would ask: So, what are we going to do about it? How do we move forward from here? 

Ultimately, Mo was simply facilitating an internal dialogue with his managers to enable them to look past the obvious troubles, process the situation with a clear mind and send them back with ideas as to how to resolve the issue. There are two ways to deal with an issue: let it defeat you and lay down, or to rise to the challenge and face the obstacle with positivity. It is pretty clear to see which outcome will be best for all parties involved.

At a moment like this, it gets us thinking back to a time when we suffered a crushing disappointment (we’ve had many). We’d ask ourselves the same questions and it has enabled us to remain positive at the points when it seemed the bleakest.


A Negative Emotion

He goes on to explain that many of us are already fantastic at dealing with situations at work, or in life, but struggle to apply the same three steps when we are in our own minds. It is the human condition to have negative pervasive thoughts – things like ‘I can’t’ – ‘I am a horrible person’ – ‘I am rubbish at this’ – ‘I am failing’.

The process is the same:

How are you feeling? Understand it and where these thoughts are coming from

Interrogate yourself: Is what you think true?

If Yes: So, what are we going to do about it?

If No: Then what are you worrying about? 

We often remind each other that these feelings are temporary and will go away, and there are things we can be doing to work past bad times into better times. As the saying goes, sometimes what seems like the hardest thing to do may have the best outcome. If we give in and give up, we will never overcome.

Baby Steps...

Over the years, both in work and life, we’ve become quite ritualistic. A little bit every day will eventually grow to something much bigger.

The principle is that: anything that is worth anything is worked on, refined, and subsequently earned, through consistency. As is the old saying: ‘Everest is climbed one step after another’.

For us, represents the very meaningful idea that small actions, done consistently with focus and a goal, will pay dividends. We strongly believe that tiny changes every day will lead to a happier life: the first is habits and the second is something called Neuroplasticity.

 

Habits

We believe that consistency is what keeps us positive, motivated and on an even kilter. Since the start of the year, we planned to reduce the amount of alcohol we consume, spend more time being present and think much more carefully about what we do with our time. It was obvious that we couldn’t do all of these things together so we started small and made them habits.

We used to laugh about how the gym used to seem like a nightmare: now, it has become so entrenched in our routines that we now discuss how antsy we feel when we haven’t been (more on this in a second).

A mutual friend of ours set out to limit the time spent on social media: they found that leaving their phone by the front door of the house freed up a couple of hours. Instead, they became much more productive at work, felt they had more time for exercising, cooking reading a book and spending real time with family. One small change made a huge difference.

This topic is so open-ended that it may deserve its own blog post in the future, but for now, we can outline the basics and move on to Neuroplasticity.

 

Neuroplasticity

In very simple terms this relates to your brain’s ability to ‘modify, change, and adapt both to structure and function… in response to experience’.

Without you knowing it, small habitual routines you do change the way your brain works and alters the way you perceive reality. Not in a ‘you’re going crazy’ kind of way, but you start to instinctively jump to a particular way of thinking if you do it often enough.

It is why our gym trips became easier, affirmations work and repeated behaviour become ritualised. Let’s talk about social media again…

On average, we humans spend 150 plus minutes on social media a day; that is 150 minutes of AI algorithms serving us extreme points of view, and encouraging us to become awash with negativity. Our primitive minds are wired to focus on an immediate danger, and when that danger comes in the form of a worrying article or an existential threat, a comment somebody said that is upsetting or that you strongly disagree with, our instincts persuades us to fixate on the negativity long enough for the algorithm to think you want more.

Thus starts an endless cycle of negative re-enforcement.

Have you read a worrying news article today? Read through (or participated) in an argument on Twitter/Reddit? Found yourself in a situation that makes you unhappy?

Every time your brain is fed negativity it will adapt itself to accommodate. After so long, your brain will start to look more, and more, for the negative and the world around you suddenly seems like a really horrible place.

Can you see this in yourself? A few of our team have certainly been there and it has taken an almighty effort to get away from it (a holiday without wifi to be exact).

Now, we try to reverse engineer our physiology and replace the negative with something positive, or healthy and meaningful. Things like a mindful moment, some exercise, positive thinking, looking for the good.

At first, it felt weird and hard (like going to the first few gym sessions) but after consistently every day it did make a difference. With the small change of feeding out brains positivity, it was very clear that our minds became better and better and automatically being positive, motivated, active, content and happy.

Great Expectations

If there is anything we have learned it is that happiness is about perspective.

There is a train of thought that goes a little bit like this: the more I get, the happier I will be. This could be friends, success (in career or love life), money, acclaim, followers…. whatever. Most of the time, this will lead to a short-lived happiness. A bump of dopamine. Wooohooo!

To your brain, win is a win. There is not an exponential increase in how good something feels, despite it being more converted. There is a cut-off: after a certain point, your happiness does not grow exponentially with your household income. Money can bring happiness, but only to a certain point. It seems as though the depreciation comes from the fact the more you have, the higher, your expectations will become.

Consider a meal at the highest-rated restaurant near you. To a multi-millionaire, who can eat this meal whenever it takes their fancy, it may seem bland, boring and the same old. To somebody who has booked months in advance and saved up for 2 months for the privilege, this may well be the best meal they have ever eaten in their life.

The meal is the same, but the expectations are very different. One person’s pushbike is another person’s private jet. It is a matter of perspective.

If you are reading this (and live in the northern hemisphere), then you are among the 10% luckiest, most affluent humans currently on earth. and potentially within 0.000001% of most affluent humans who have ever lived. Consider that for a second that suicide rates are increasing exponentially.

For many the idea of ‘how can you be rich and unhappy’ is easy to swing by; by ultimately having more stuff, could be making us all more unhappy.

After a long debate, we came to the conclusion that we needed to reassess what makes us happy in life. Yes, shiny things are nice, but are they ultimately fulfilling? We often talk about the things we’re grateful for- and in doing so we encourage the old brain to focus on the positives.

Our happiness comes from the fact that we have a fun and enjoyable work life, a personal life with variety and big families (many kids to see at Christmas). We often say to each other: yes, while things aren’t always perfect – could they be worse?  Is there something we can do about it? In what ways are we lucky?

It can be a struggle, but when we feel ourselves getting worked up we make a big effort to refocus and bring our conversation to things that are going well, and things we are grateful for.

 

A Beginners Guide to CBD

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A beginners Guide to CBD

CBD is absolutely worth the hype. 

… but it is only worth it if the product you purchase is actually CBD, and not some kind of fakery. For most people, the CBD world seems so big and inconsistent that it is really difficult to know what you are looking at, or where to begin!?

 

You may find this blog post as one of the following three. 

  1. You’re completely new to CBD but you’re unsure where to begin, or how to navigate the mine-feild that is the CBD industry.
  2. You’re looking for a friend, or family member who may benefit from trying CBD.
  3. You’ve tried CBD before but you were not satisfied and you haven’t given up on CBD yet.
  4. None of the above and you’re on an info binge.
 

Whether you find yourself in the first, second, third or fourth category, you may still be searching for the best CBD oil for beginners?

Let us walk you through some of the options that are best for beginners. 

 

Starting out

How much CBD should I take?

The advice we always give to beginners is to start low & slow

There are a few reasons for this; firstly, it helps your body get used to the cannabinoids (and therefore uses them more effectively) but it also ensures that you do not waste money on a strength you do not need. CBD is unlike many other remedies – the idea that ‘more means better’ does not always apply to CBD.

Before you look into product options it is important that you have an understanding of the Endocannabinoid System. This is the network of receptors which uses cannabinoids. As we are all unique, the way in which our ECS used cannabinoids changes from person to person. So one person may need 20% oils while another may only need 2.5%.

Also, if you take too much CBD you may experience some negative side effects. These can include a dry mouth, ‘brain fog’, sleepiness, nausea or a runny-tummy. This happens very rarely and the side effects pass pretty quickly so don’t worry at all! It’s just best to start small. 

We need to be honest here too: as a retailer of CBD we should not (ethically or legally) be making medical claims about our products, so a reputable CBD retailer will not sell a particular strength depending on the medical condition. You may have been given the advice to take the strongest oil you can but that may put you out of pocket. By far the best thing to do is to start with a low concentration and slowly increase until you find your ‘sweet spot’.

How to take CBD Oils?

Compared to say CBD gummies, or capsules, a CBD oil can take some time to get used to. With the oil you may need to work out how much CBD you’re taking by counting the drops you’re taking under your tongue. 

The requires a little dance in the mirror and some getting used to. 

The best way to take CBD oils is sublingually – under your tongue. This means that the gland absorbs the cannabinoids very quickly and effectively directly into your blood stream. When you digest the CBD it can become less effective, but does last for longer. 

An oil is the best of both worlds: you get a quick dose under your tongue, and the rest is absorbed in your digestive system. 

The Best CBD Oil for Beginners

This is just an informational post and we are trying to be helpful more than anything, but we do have a range of awesome CBD oils for beginners that you may be interested in.

Dina 500mg CBD Oil (5%)

Dina is our number one suggested CBD oil to beginners. It is the second lowest concentration we do and is the ideal starting point for most new-comers. What makes the oil special is that it is whole plant, raw (contains the raw CBDa compound too) and full-spectrum which means that the oil contains a wide range of naturally occurring nutritious compounds (including waxes, amino acids & terpenes) which contribute to the synergistic entourage effect.

The formula is exactly how nature intended and contains all the active compounds that are the unsung heros of CBD oils. It does give the oil quite a strong taste but packs a powerful punch above its weight class!

The second option we suggest is the 500mg pharmaceutical ready CBD spray Cherub. The bottle is 20mls so the concentration of the oil is 2.5%. This is the lowest concentration we currently do which is perfect for those who want to start really slow.   

We suspend a broad-spectrum range of cannabinoids in a superior terpene rich MCT oil blend which gives it a light flavour and rapid absorption. Plus, an easy to use spray nozzle. The spray does not contain THC.

This oil appeals to beginners because it is light tasting, easy to use and easy to dose. 

If you are a a sports person, or somebody who is active on a daily basis, then Cherub may be the ideal CBD oil for beginners. 

Much like Dina, this oil has a 5% concentration of CBD. The bottle is 20mls so the whole bottle contains 1000mgs of CBD. Exactly like Cherub, Virtue suspend a broad-spectrum range of cannabinoids in a superior terpene rich MCT oil blend which gives it a light flavour and rapid absorption. Plus, an easy to use spray nozzle. The spray does not contain THC.

Virtue stands as a step up from Dina & Cherub. It has a slightly darker appearance compared to Cherub down to the concentration of hemp vegetable extract. 

Diablo 1000mg

For those looking for an oil with a little more weight, then our 1000mg (10%) Diablo is more than enough to itch that scratch. The diablo formula is our most popular product and is a blend that we are extremely proud of. 

Like Dina, it contains a wide range of naturally occurring cannabinoids & petrochemicals and packs quite a punch. As long as you start nice and slow, this oil could be a one-stop-shop for any CBD user, new or otherwise.

Most users of Diablo never look elsewhere for their monthly CBD purchase. 

If you have made it this far, then thank you. Starting your CBD oil journey can be a little confusing and scary so we completely understand if you feel like you need to do a little more exploring before finding the brand that resonates with you. 

If you have any questions or wish to speak to us then get in touch!

Our Impact: April 2020 – 2021

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Our Impact:
April 2021

This past year as been one of the hardest and most challenging that many of us have ever seen. With the unprecedented pressures of a global pandemic, the effects it has had on our working lives and the psychological impact of a year in lockdown. 

It has been a very long year indeed.

For us, the end of April 2021 marked 2 years since pen was put to paper, and the ideas behind CBDiablo were born.

So to put aside the doom and gloom for 15 or so minutes, we wanted to share something that is really special for us: the impact we have all (including you reading this, yes, you!) made in the last 24 months and to showcase some of the milestones that we have managed to achieve. 

Cue the infographic!

A Year of Hard Work

Over the last 24 months, we have had so many very high highs, and some crushing blows and disappointments.

Thanks to your continued support, of telling your friends, coming back to us month on month and sending us supportive messages, the last year has seen our business grow exponentially – and our donation has increased significantly despite the financial pressures of a growing enterprise.

We did not expect to be donating this amount of money within 2 years and we are working extremely hard to ensure that our donation grows, and continues to be a long term source of support for CALM. 

As you can see in the figures above, your support has enabled us to donate £11,525.27 between April 2019 April 2021. CALM estimates that each potentially life saving phone call costs £8: this means that our donations have helped answer 1440 calls. That’s 60 calls per month, and over 2 calls per day

You’re the reason why this is happening! So thank you!!

Looking Forward

It cannot be ignored, that the pandemic has had an enormous impact on the mental wellbeing of millions of people in the UK, and many, many more globally. The impact is yet to come full into view.  We are quite literally coming out of one crisis, and heading into another – a mental health crisis. 

CALM have seen a 37% increase in calls since the first week of lockdown, so it is clear that their phone line, and support for mental health services, has never been so valuable as it is right now. 

The next year for us will be focusing more on capitalising on the new market requirements, and increasing our brand awareness across many business sectors and across the UK.

We’re slowly grinding away to increase our donation to CALM raise awareness about mental health and push ourselves to create  longevity for our business and for our support for CALM. 

CBD Oil VS CBD Vape | What is the difference?

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What is the difference between CBD Oils & CBD Vapes?

The use of CBD is wide and varied. It has been rolled up within the ‘wellness’ industry but at the end of the day, it is the second most abundant component of cannabis; a plant well known for being smoked.

As technology has advanced, the way in which cannabinoids are inhaled has changed slightly. These days, concentrated oils (called distillates) are being put into cartridges, flavoured with terpenes, gently heated and are inhaled using a pen. These are much more discrete, more potent and sometimes more enjoyable than the flower itself.

The other alternative is that you are reading this post and wondering whether you should be buying a vape or something else? We thought that we would take the time to discuss some of the benefits of vaping CBD and compare it to taking a CBD oil.

 

 

CBD Vape vs Oils

As a way to start with, we thought that we would compare two different ways of consuming CBD and the merits of both. CBD oils are where most people start their journey lets start there:

 

CBD Oils, Pastes & Edibles

  • Great for wellbeing & general benefits
  • Low impact on the body (really good for you)
  • Builds up over time, but lasts longer
  • Easy to dose and manage
  • Part of a healthy diet

 

Edible CBD products (like oils, capsules, pastes and gummies) are all absorbed very differently from vapes. For example, edibles (like capsules) affect the lower-end of your digestive system as they are absorbed there; because of this, the CBD in our system builds up more slowly and the effects are more general/body-wide. It also means a lot of the cannabinoids are wasted during the digestive process and metabolism process in the liver. While much of the cannabinoids are wasted, the effects last longer and the build-up can result in a long-lasting boost in wellness.

With a CBD oil, the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream when put under the tongue and then absorbed via the digestive system when swallowed. So oils are a perfect middle-ground for an effective long and short term CBD dose.

With all edible forms of CBD, there will be some wastage of the cannabinoids and the levels of cannabinoids will need time to build up to have full effects – our body is made of water so an oil-based compound like CBD makes it difficult to be absorbed. The bioavailability of CBD always up for debate but depending on what resources you read, the estimate is that our body uses between 17% and 30% of the CBD at a time. This will change with Liposomal CBD products.

One of the biggest benefits of edible CBD that it is low impact on our body – it’s really good for you! The oils and edibles are designed to improve your general well-being and to improve your standard of life. Our body is a delicate environment and the best way to preserve and protect it is via an edible daily food supplement.

 

Vapes

  • Recreational, not for direct wellbeing
  • Fast-acting instant hit of cannabinoids
  • Much more intense and noticeable effects
  • Enjoyable flavours and great for relaxing with
  • A super alternative to smoking THC cannabis
  • Ideal for combining with a daily CBD food supplement

 

Vapes are very different as the cannabinoids are absorbed through your lungs. The cannabinoids are diffused directly into your bloodstream in a high concentration: the CBD misses the digestive system and liver so much less of it is wasted in our body (but almost 95% of the cannabinoids are exhaled).

Inhaling the vapour results in a huge spike of cannabinoids in the bloodstream which peaks and fades over the period of about 1-2 hours.

Most users report an intense ‘hit’ which is great for a short sharp blast. While oils and edibles build up slowly and have more general effects on our body, the effects of vapes tend to go as quickly as they came with few long-lasting benefits. It means that they are perfect as a dose of high-strength CBD as and when you feel you need it. You can happily combine a daily dose of the oil, and a vape to enjoy at any time.

We see vapes as more of a recreational product that should not necessarily be considered as a ‘wellbeing alternative’. Other than air, nothing you breathe in is good for you, so the vapes are in our minds should not be seen as ‘healthy’ in any way.

The cannabis vapes are more suited as a product to enjoy and to relax with. There is a misconception that vaping cannabis extracts is less harmful than smoking tobacco, but this has not been confirmed by science and there are still risks involved with vaping cannabis extracts.

We found that cannabinoid vapes are a fantastic alternative to smoking (tobacco and THC cannabis). More often than not, people who smoke lots of cannabis enjoy the flavours but do not want the side effects which come with high THC strains during the day. Terpene infused vapes taste and smell like cannabis without the psychoactive effects so are great for a daytime break from THC.

 

In Conclusion – Should I use CBD Oil or a Vape?

So, if you’re considering trying CBD then you may need to think a little bit about why you’re taking the CBD in the first place. If the purpose is general wellbeing, then an oil/edible is for you. If you would like something fun to relax with, or as an alternative to smoking then the vape is a great place to be. If you don’t know, why not try both!?

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