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Hempen Crowdfund

Welcome to the Hempen Crowdfund!

Hempen is a not-for-profit co-operative farming organic hemp in the UK as a community, funded by their customers, supported by a network of organic farmers and owned by their workers, since 2015.

We are raising £55,000 to help share our story and offerings far and wide. We are seeking investment from our community, to secure Hempen’s future as we are being drowned out by the emerging big budget CBD & hemp corporates. The crowdfund money raised will go towards alternative ways of communicating Hempen’s message in an online world where hemp and CBD is blocked, restricted and shadowbanned by Big Tech.

Hempen cannot utilise the normal crowdfunding platforms as they will not work with sellers of hemp and CBD, so we have to host the crowdfund on our own website. This has made it harder for us to gain exposure, which means we rely on more on our community and the people to share our message.

Please Note: Due to technical constraints, you must pay for the crowdfund separately to our regular shop. Any items in your basket will be removed. Contact shop@hempen.co.uk if you need any help.

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Support the Hempen Crowdfund! We need your help!

We’re being drowned out from the digital space by the corporate CBD brands with mega marketing budgets run by big advertising agencies. Despite our premium quality products made with love and care, we’re struggling to get our voices heard over the noise from companies churning out poor-quality CBD isolate products without a second thought for the land their products come from, the farmers and makers or their communities. Our face to face sales are down since the pandemic, and our website traffic is dwindling as we battle hemp blocks on Google Ads, social media restrictions and shadowbans. Along with the changes to CBD regulations, the post pandemic cost-of-living crisis has also hit us, and many other independent businesses, hard. We know that it has been tough for many of us and that not everyone has cash to spare. However, we have a plan, and we need to call on our community’s support to pull the Hempen Crowdfund off.

Next Level Community Co-op

We’ve spent the last eight years grafting to build a co-operative community business and to craft a range of products that we’re truly proud of. Our workers, volunteers, customers, friends and family have made this social enterprise happen with sheer passion and belief in our mission. We’re co-operatively cultivating hemp solutions that regenerate the health of people, rural communities and the land. We are asking our community for support for the Hempen Crowdfund to help us take Hempen to the next level.

Scaling Up Our Story

We aim to raise £55,000 for our marketing costs so we can share our story, vision, and products far and wide. We know that when we spend on marketing, we sell more. So it’s the best way to create a virtuous cycle of investment leading to increased sales and greater impact. This in turn can lead to further investment in the next phase of our business. We’re ready to grow into a mature, world-changing organisation and challenge the status quo on a bigger scale. The little guys can stand together in community against Big Pharma, Big Tech and corrupt governments to demonstrate a healthier way of doing business… aided by a strong marketing team. Every donation counts.

Digital Market Stall

We realise that fundraising for marketing costs sounds a bit dry and marketing lingo makes some of us die a little bit inside. But in the post-pandemic climate, we need to embrace telling our story online to cultivate a better world made of hemp. Before the pandemic, in person events were our bread and vegan butter. Amazing opportunities to connect with our customers, to talk about the wonders of hemp and what makes our products so powerful.  Since 2020 these events are fewer and less busy than before. We need to take our market stall to every screen in the country.

Hempen’s Future

Your contributions will help elevate Hempen to be around for a long time to come, so that if hemp and CBD become popular, it’s people like us with ethics they are buying their goods from. We need more search engine optimised blogs, more accessible content like the video above to educate, inspire and spread the word about this magic plant that can help us build a healthier world. Thanks to some very generous supporters, we have already managed to build a new website (check it out!) and it is a huge step in the right direction. We just need the funds to invest into sharing our story with the people that haven’t yet heard of Hempen. We want to show that supporting a community co-op focused on organic, regenerative farming practices is the healthy holistic choice for everyone.

No Bosses, No Shareholders

We’ve built a horizontally organised community co-operative where everyone gets paid the same hourly wage, all major decisions are made by consensus of the members and all profits get ploughed back into the mission – no bosses, no shareholders. We’ve crafted an organic product range out of hemp that holistically benefits the user, the maker, the farmer, and the land it was born out of. We’ve taken on the government’s corruption and are fighting for a world where hemp can grow freely and where everyone can benefit from its ancient power.

Donate / Gift / Share

Help us raise the funds so we can carry on taking on the big guys and creating products made with soul, for the good of you, the community and the land. In return for your support and generosity, we have a range of amazing rewards from our amazing friends to offer you as our thanks. Thank you for being a part of our vibrant Hempen community and donating to this campaign, gifting our products and sharing our story to help us grow.

With thanks to:

Earth Living Festival Jenna Samji Lovejam Community Bristol Fungarium Ksenia Burnasheva Medicine Festival Material Cultures Ma Roemca Nick Hayes Old Friends Fungi Farm Oxo Illustrator Tolhurst Organic Woodcock Cabins Soil Ecology Lab

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 100+ Cannabinoid compounds present in each hemp plant. There are over 400+ compounds found in hemp plant varieties. CBD Oils have become so excited as they contain a lot of valuable nutrients. Full & Broad Spectrum CBD Oils mean you are gaining all the valuable compounds present and not just isolated CBD.

 

Recent studies have shown that Cannabinoids are naturally created by the human body, we even create CBD, working in harmony with our own internal Endocannabinoid System, close to our Immune and Nervous Systems. In fact, all mammals have an Endocannabinoid System. The function of the Endocannabinoid System is to bring the body into balance, officially called Homeostasis, as it acts as a cell-communication system all over the body. CBD works with our Endocannabinoid System, particularly supporting our stress responses, which are overly stimulated daily. This science is proving why lots of people use plant based CBD strong products to aid overall wellbeing and calming effects. 

 

Plants are here to support us when we need them. CBD products provide a natural and harmonious plant top-up to aid your mind and body, helping your Endocannabinoid System to function well.

 

You can find out more information about CBD here.

What can I use CBD for?

CBD rich products are soothing for the mind, heart, and body, bringing a sense of peace to your daily stress responses.

 

As herbalists, we cannot provide medical advice. Our CBD products promote health, stimulate your own healing, and we can consult when contacted via email at shop@hempen.co.uk or call us O1184 O5OO95.

 

CBD rich products are sold as ‘cosmetics’ and ‘food supplements’ we are restricted by not being able to give any medical advice regarding Cannabinoid benefits. There are many peer-reviewed studies into the myriad of benefits, this includes anxiety, inflammation, and epilepsy – though more research is needed. We recommend doing your own research online, we share some light on what CBD is here.

Do hemp products contain THC? Will it get me high?

Simply put, hemp is a variety of the Cannabis plant that has been bred to have negligible low levels of THC, which is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, the more psychoactive compound. Hemp cannot get you high.

 

Instead, CBD products made from hemp promote other natural beneficial compounds such as Cannabinoids, one being CBD, that are really good for your health. The flower is pressed or extracted into a valuable CBD rich oil with immunity boosting, and calming properties to name but a few. We also mill the stem into a relaxing tea.

 

Hemp products made from the seeds such as the Whole Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein Powder and Hemp Oil contain hardly any, trace amounts, of Cannabinoids, however are a superfood in their own right. The mighty seeds contain all the essential amino acids your body needs and does not produce! 

 

UK regulations permit only strains of the Cannabis Sativa plant that are very low in THC (less than 0.01% in products). This means you won’t feel any psychoactive effects, so that means none of our products will get you ‘high’. All our CBD products are independently lab tested to ensure the finest quality and to meet government regulations.

How are Hempen products made?

Hempen is a not-for-profit worker’s co-operative. Our profits are reinvested in our mission, not shareholder pockets, we are led by and owned by our workers.

 

We consult and partner with farmers across the British Isles to increase the cultivation of hemp. Based on the Hardwick Estate, our farm is part laboratory, part community, part homestead, part educational space, part wellbeing hub that continues to evolve and inspire. Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Oxfordshire, check out our Hempen Events to visit!

 

Our worker’s co-op produce and innovate organic products from hemp cosmetics and hemp based superfoods, on organic farmland certified by the Soil Association. 

 

Having control over the end-to-end process, from seed to shelf, means we can guarantee unparalleled quality of our products. They’ll always be produced from 100% organic hemp, non-GMO, free of harmful chemicals, heavy metals and synthetic cannabinoids, supporting UK & British Isles farmers.

Are your hemp and CBD products organic, vegan and/or gluten free?

Yes, yes and yes!

All of our food products are certified organic by the Soil Association. We believe food should be organic and nutritious, especially if you’re seeking products to improve your health.

 

Hemp is naturally vegan, we are a vegan brand, so all our products are too. In fact, hemp seeds and hemp oil are packed with essential fatty acids including the ‘golden ratio’ of omega 3,6 & 9 great for brain health, it’s the alternative to consuming fish! We use Hemp Seed Oil in all our CBD products. Hemp Seeds, are also a full protein. As we see it, the growth of hemp supports the growth of the vegan movement.

 

Hemp naturally does not contain gluten, therefore our products are gluten-free! The combine machinery is shared with other plant crops, even though it is cleaned we cannot guarantee use for coeliacs.

Can I come and see your farm?

Absolutely. We welcome volunteers all year round for anything from a day visit to one week with accommodation. Take a look at our volunteering page for more information, and to apply. Please note, we work Monday-Friday. Also check our Hempen Events for a visit!

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