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What is a CBD tincture?

cbd tincture  When asked “Have you tried a CBD tincture before?” 67% of people said they hadn’t but are curious. With the demand for CBD increasing, so is the demand for different CBD products.

What is a tincture?

According to Cambridge, the term ‘tincture’ simply means a medicine that consists of alcohol with small quantities of a drug. CBD Tinctures are just that! CBD extracts are extremely potent. It is then mixed with a liquid to dilute it, these liquids are known as ‘carriers’. There are various different carriers such as oil, vinegar and glycerin. CBD tinctures are extracts of CBD and other cannabinoids using alcohol, whilst CBD Oils are a solution of CBD. The combination of CBD extract with a high-proof alcohol creates a liquid CBD product. The alcohol gives it a great finish. Generally, alcohol-based tinctures have a longer shelf life but have a very bitter taste. Although some people prefer the bitter taste as its a sign of a good oil. Some makers will usually mix with vegetable glycerin or sweetener to give it some flavour! Because CBD when extracted contains high concentrations, dropper bottles are also very easy to use. An oil is an extract concentrate, blended into an oil, meaning you only need a drop or two at one time. We can’t sell raw leaf or flower matter in the UK, yet! So the most potent way to consume hemp is by using extractions sold as liquids.

What is the difference between CBD Oil and a CBD Tincture?

When people buy CBD for the first time it can often be so confusing as there is a lot on offer. CBD Oil or CBD Tincture, Dropper Bottles or CBD Coconut Oil. Where do you start? Essentially, CBD Oils can sell as CBD tinctures. This is because people associate the pipette with a dropper bottle to be a tincture style CBD Oil. You can also claim a CBD tincture for its ‘dropper style bottle’. However both CBD oils and tinctures use dropper bottles for regulating the amount of CBD you have throughout the day. Using drops is also the most effective way of getting CBD into your body in the fastest way. It is important to remember that each amount of dosage is individual to each person. The dark colour of the bottle blocks direct sunlight away from the CBD, so that it can retain its freshness and potency. If you see CBD Oil sold in clear glass, think again! A CBD tincture is specifically using alcohol extracts, whilst CBD Oil can use alcohol or the method of extraction is called ‘supercritical CO2’. The extraction process should be the main difference between CBD oil and a CBD tincture. The carrier oils used to make CBD Oils can be medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), Hemp Seed Oil or Coconut Oil.

The Benefits of CBD Tinctures:

Both methods of extraction are great, each bring incredible extract cannabinoid profiles. We often use both, depending on the extract we are considering at the time for different ranges. Alcohol Extraction maintains the original whole chemical plant profile of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. This method is also using more plants as we like to see it, as that’s the basis of alcohol. CO2 extraction is another method to create CBD extract. This process requires intensive machinery, some see this as creating a cleaner extract, without some of the greener more plant like matter chlorophyll. Because CBD tinctures and oils are high in concentration each drop can be potent. This is also great for regulating the amount of CBD you will need throughout the day, as dosage is individual to each person. It is easier to consume drops throughout the day as the bottles are small enough to but in a bag or even your pocket. Some of our previous CBD products have been alcohol extracted though we have always called them CBD Oils. Currently our CBD Oil is CO2 extracted to create a more floral tasting Oil. Keep an eye out on our shop as we have more oils coming out soon!
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Using CBD for skin care as part of your routine

CBD for Skin Care, CBD Coconut Oil

One of our all-time favourite products, and best product when used when applying CBD for skin care, is our Organic CBD Coconut Oil. Its is so loved for being endlessly versatile. Containing Broad Spectrum CBD extract infused into unpasteurised coconut oil. Simple and pure, with just three ingredients!

If you’re looking for an all-in-one moisturiser and CBD oil this one’s for you

What can I use it for?

Whatever you like! Coconut oil is an incredible resource for hydrating and soothing the skin. It even creates a barrier over the skin to protect it from external factors like temperature changes and air pollution. The skin absorbs it easily, and it smells great too! And remember just that, whatever you can do with coconut oil, you can do with CBD Coconut too! Just with extra, the added bonus properties.

By using only using organic ingredients, we ensure that our products are free of toxins or harmful chemicals. It’s important, when using CBD for skin care, to make sure they are clean and safe. Using virgin coconut oil also preserves the phytonutrients. So you’re getting as many benefits as we can squeeze into a jar!

CBD topical’s are often a cream, balm or salve acting as a base for the CBD, which is infused or added to it. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the industrial hemp plant, or cannabis sativa as it is also known. It is non-psychoactive and works by interacting with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). All mammals have an ECS and the human body even produces its own cannabinoids. You can even find CBD in breast milk!

Topical CBD products are all the rage because they offer us a great way to add CBD oil into our routines without ingesting it. The skin is the largest organ and our immediate connection to the outside environment, so it’s well worth looking after!

How do I use it?

You can use this product in exactly the same way as the earlier versions of this product, if you have bought it from us before! As it contains exactly the same ingredients.

When used as CBD for skin care, you could rub a little onto your temples at night. Or use it as a decadent moisturiser after a soothing bath.

If you have any specific aches or pains, try it out on those too. You could also go for our CBD Muscle Oil with added essential oils of ginger, rosemary and black pepper. Both these oils can be used for massage. 

What’s in it?

We believe that anything you put on your skin should be good enough to eat. That’s why you won’t find any chemicals or additives in this oil. Just pure coconut oil and at least 500mg organic CBD oil per jar. This product actually contains the broadest amount of cannabinoids that we offer, as its contains natural extract.

Our mission is to bring hemp-based solutions to people, community and planet. We are always striving to reduce our environmental impact. Especially when it comes to the packaging too! You can reuse your glass jar or recycle it along with the metal lid when you’re done.

Coconut oil is more solid in cooler temperatures so it might need to sit out the fridge for a while if you’re keeping it in there. You can refrigerate it once opened to make it last longer, but it will do just fine in a cupboard too. Make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight so it continues past the ‘best before’ date!

Didn’t you used to be able to eat it too?

Absolutely. Unfortunately, since the Novel Foods legislation came into effect at the end of March 2021, all our CBD must now be sold as cosmetics and not as food or food supplements.

We’re doing our best to keep bringing you the products you know and love. To keep up to date with all the new changes, follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter in the box at the foot of this page.

Here are our top tips for how to incorporate some self-care CBD time into your routine!

  1. Soften the coconut oil between your hands and rub a little on pressure points behind the ears or on your temples.

  2. In the bath or shower, rub the coconut oil over your skin for an easy boost of moisture.

  3. While your hair or beard is wet, massage a little coconut oil into the ends and let it dry. Coconut oil helps to trap the moisture into the hair!

  4. Keep a jar near to hand! Either on your desk so you can give your hands a treat throughout the day. Taking a few minutes to look away from the screen and have a stretch, as this is so important to our mental and physical wellbeing.

  5. Sharing is caring! A lot of people know about CBD… But a lot of people don’t! Let your loved ones in on the secret and spread the self-care spirit far and wide 😉 

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New Year Routine – top tips for 2021!

New Year Routine

Another year, presents a perfect time for a new year routine! It’s a time to step back, set intentions, look forward to the year ahead and witness all the possibilities that await us.

Is there anything you would like to improve about your lifestyle this year? Do you feel it’s time to update your routine? Which areas of your life could do with some more attention?

We’ve been thinking of a few ways to give new life to our CBD routine for the new year!

When should I take it?

Whenever feels right! Do you take CBD in the morning to start the day off or in the evening for a restful night’s sleep? Perhaps you prefer taking fewer drops more often throughout the day?

Try taking it at different times and see what suits you best!

Can I take more?

For those with more intense conditions, or with a higher tolerance to CBD or other cannabinoids, you might feel like you need to take more drops than the recommended dosage.

If so, take an extra drop when you feel you need it. This is called reactionary dosage. You can also increase your daily dose, which is called preventative dosage. 

Keep in mind that with a higher dose, you could feel more relaxed than usual! That’s why some folk prefer to take any larger doses of CBD in the afternoon or evening.

What strength should I take? 

Our most popular products are the REFINED Mellow Yellow 500mg & RAW Light 400mg. These are great starting points as the dosage is fairly low. That way you can move up to the higher strengths if you feel you need it.

If you find you’re taking lots of drops per day – or a few drops multiple times – you might want to explore a higher strength so that each drop is stronger.

Remember that when you move up in strength, the products become better value as you’ll be getting more CBD for your money!

What strengths do you have available? 

We have two ranges available: RAW and REFINED. The main difference is that the RAW CBD contains extra cannabinoids like CBG and CBDA with a more complete plant profile. They are also darker with a stronger taste.

The REFINED CBD is just that: refined! The CBD extract has been alcohol extracted and then purified, giving it a lighter colour and taste.

Which CBD Oil have you chosen? Have a look through our range and see if there’s something new you’d like to try out…

The RAW range comes in two strengths: the ‘Light’ RAW 400mg & ‘Original’ RAW 800mg

Our Refined range starts with Just Peachy 250mg and goes all the way up to our most powerful Red Spirit 2000mg. 

Just Peachy: Refined Organic CBD Oil 250mg Full Spectrum.

Each 10ml bottle of Organic CBD Oil 250mg contains approximately 200 drops, with roughly 1.25mg CBD per drop.

Mellow Yellow: Refined Organic CBD 500mg Full Spectrum.

Each 10ml bottle of Organic CBD Oil 500mg contains approximately 200 drops, with roughly 2.5mg CBD per drop.

Orange Zeal: Refined Organic CBD 1000mg Full Spectrum.

Each 10ml bottle of Organic CBD Oil 1000mg contains approximately 200 drops, with roughly 5mg CBD per drop.

Red Spirit: Refined Organic CBD 2000mg Full Spectrum.

Each 10ml bottle of Organic CBD Oil 2000mg contains approximately 200 drops, with roughly 10mg CBD per drop.

I don’t know where to start!

If you’re new to CBD or looking to try out different strengths before buying a bigger bottle, our self-care kits are for you!

The Self-Care Kit Beginner & Self-Care Kit Advanced both include a Coconut CBD as well as two mini dropper bottles.

They also make great gifts for anyone you know who might be interested in trying CBD for the first time. Or someone looking for that new year routine!

As you can see, hemp is a fascinating and complex plant with ever-growing research and immeasurable benefits to discover! 

It can be confusing to choose which CBD is right for you so we hope not to have lost you in all this information. We also hope you’ve found some useful tips to update your new year routine for 2021!

As always, we are very happy to hear from you if you have any questions! Get in touch via email at shop@hempen.co.uk or on the phone at 07597 263702 

Wishing you a healthy and hempy new year from all the Crew!

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Winter Solstice

Winter Soltice

On the 21st December, the shortest day meets the longest night.

Winter Solstice is here! The trees are shaking off the last of their leaves and the garden heads into full hibernation mode.

We’re taking inspiration from the nature around us and easing into this reflective time with as many home comforts as possible.

We’ve been welcoming the winter months with open hearts and warming fires. We’re preserving food, organising the pantry and ensuring we’ve got all the nutrients we’ll need for the next few months.

No need to fear the darkness and cold!

What a wonderful opportunity to rest deeply and look within ourselves at all we’ve managed to overcome this year.

With hemp seeds scattered all over our Yuletide feasts, we give thanks to the harvests of the past few months.

Whether we see our loved ones online or around the table, we feel the presence of those around us and send them love, warmth and light.

Organic CBD Coconut Oil 500mg by Hempen

We celebrate the seasons especially as we want to be connected to the earth, in its cycles. In some ways, living so close to the land we are forced to notice to changing of the seasons more, and its feels right to celebrate the season change even more.

With each turn of the wheel in the year, we prepare for the year of growing ahead. We cannot miss the timing! The soil prepared, the fields ready, the sowing and the growing. The mulching and the yield. To the storing and the planning for the year ahead once again!

It’s especially great to come together, around the solstices, to remind us of community. The reason we do this all for.

We hope you have enjoyed our products this last year and all we have shared with you. Happy Winter Solstice and look forward to seeing some of you at the next solstice too!

We are letting go of 2020 with gratitude for its many, many lessons and look forward to 2021!

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8 ways to support your wellbeing this winter!

foraging support your winter wellbeing

What have you been doing to prepare for the season? Have you made changes at home? It’s time to support your winter wellbeing, and so we wanted to share what we have been up to at the farm…

It’s a wonderful season! Furthermore, it’s exciting too, as we are welcoming our hemp seeds into our processing barn at this pivotal moment in the year. We are taking a moment to appreciate the long summer days past, with all the tall plants growing. To be grateful for the bounty the fields have now brought us.

With the harsher winter months arriving fast, it can be a great time to turn inwards and slow down. It’s also an opportunity to take stock of what we have, helping to invest in ourselves. It’s important to get through the colder, darker days with some warmth and light. 

Whether you’re an expert or a novice…here are a few of our own winter wellbeing tips to keep the blues at bay.

1. Get prepared! 

Storage spaces are cleared, labels are written and jars are filled.

We’ve been organising our food stores to make sure we have all the staples we need.  A potential second lockdown, possible Brexit delays, maybe its worth planning ahead. Being smart about what’s in your pantry, is a good way to avoid any surprises or panic buying. This planning therefore ensures there’s still enough for everyone to go around.

It’s also an opportunity to check in with the variation of your diet. Make any modifications if you have diet requirements, and to take the time to reconnect with all the food and nutrients you’ll be needing for good health maintenance.

Winter Wellbeing Elderberries

2. Vitamins

We know how important Vitamin C and D are for keeping our immune systems on top form. Did you know you can get these magic supplements in other ways than eating your weight in oranges?

Our favourite wild-foraged vitamin-stores are elderberries and rosehips. Preserve these beauties as elderberry tincture or in a winter elixir. Take a moment to think about vitamins you might need over winter.  Plan ahead to preserve, if fresh produce will be more difficult to access.

We have been out collecting what feels like millions of these elderberries. Somewhat convinced, this is the best way to support your winter wellbeing!

3. Food supplements

CBD can be taken as a food supplement, either in dropper format or our signature organic coconut oil.

Another timely benefit of this cannabinoid, is that when taken regularly as part of a healthy diet, “Cannabis can reduce the virus’ entry points to the body by up to 70 percent.’’

Researchers (and we!) are very excited by this discovery. More time is being invested globally, to better understand these effects. Although it might feel like a luxury, it’s a great reminder to keep up with your regular dose of CBD oil. 

4. Stay hydrated

We need to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day! Yep! With more if we exercise. Not a fan of plain old water? It can be hard getting in all those glasses!

Herbal teas are hydrating and a great way to ensure your winter wellness. Be conscious of drinking too much caffeinated or sweetened liquid, as this can be dehydrating.

Water is such a simple way to boost your mood, keep you energised and feeling healthy. We’ve all seen a sad looking plant that needs a drink. Humans aren’t that different!

5. Kraut it up!

Oh, how we love probiotics! We grew a LOT of cabbage this year. So preserving them as sauerkraut and kimchi in extra large jars, was a great way to eat it. Also, this means we get to enjoy vegetables long past autumn.

We make a fresh batch of Kombucha every couple of months, using a second ferment of hemp stem tea mixed with something seasonal. We’ve had elderflower, meadowsweet, even cherry! Our last batch used hemp tea and pressed apples from our apple picking day. Make it all the merrier by getting creative with your winter preserving. We’re very happy to keep a good stock of products by our local fermenters, the wonderful Pama Creations. What’s your favourite fermentation? 

Cabbage Winter Growing

6. Plan your planting 

If you have any garden space, wonderful! Or even a little veg box on a windowsill or, patio that gets some daylight! Take the natural pause of winter, to then plan your growing calendar.

Most plants are now dormant, but you can still get excited about what will blossom next year. Deepen your connection with the seasons and create space for something you can look forward to.

Honouring the bare soil, feeling the hopefulness of spring to come, can be a great feeling. Even, getting a bit dirty now and then, can boost your immune system as much as all the vitamins in the land!

Winter Wellbeing Walks

7. Take a stroll

Head outdoors and embrace the crisp air. Even a short time outside each day can make the world of difference.

Time spent in nature helps us to relax and is great for our mental health over winter. It’s also wonderful for our immune systems as anytime spent under the sun (even a milky one!) helps the body catch natural vitamin D.

Wrap up warm before a gentle walk or get your blood pumping with some faster exercise. The cold weather doesn’t have to be a deterrent, it just means we need to change how we interact with the outside world.

8. Nourish yourself – inside and out! In these colder days with biting wind, it’s important to protect your skin from the winter chill and the dryness that comes with it. Get prepared and support your winter welling practices!

We have the perfect solution to keeping your skin nourished and glowing with our special bundle Nourishing Winter Hemper – nothing quite like a shameless plug for a finale…

What are your ways to support your winter wellbeing? Share your tips with us too! We’d love to hear from you!