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  1. History Of UK Medical Cannabis

    History Of UK Medical Cannabis

    The Early Days of Cannabis and the law

    The History of Medical Cannabis has been one that has been fraught with difficulties due to the lengthy history of prohibition that has routinely infringed on the liberties of medical Cannabis patients worldwide. The history of medical Cannabis has been more contradictory than unfavourable for the substance. For instance, in 1553, King Henry VIII imposed restrictions on the public that required every 60-acre-plus household under strict instruction to grow hemp or face a stiff fine. Often landowners defied this law, and the penalties of £5.00 were severe at the time; this meant that the business of detecting and fining agricultural farms without a farm was highly profitable. This legislation enforcing Cannabis cultivation was imposed chiefly to ensure the country had enough hemp material to construct nautical gear such as ropes, sails and fishing nets, and textiles such as Linen. 

    In the UK, Cannabis was legal as medicine and accepted as such until the 1930s. As well as it once being a law to grow Cannabis, it's also been reported that Queen Victoria's doctor Sir John Russell-Reynolds may have prescribed her cannabis oil for menstrual cramps! Despite how positive things seem for Cannabis in this period of history, at least in standing to the laws of the last 100 years, this was soon to change. The change came around in 1928 when the UK passed a law called the Coco Leaves & Indian Hemp regulations, which classified Cannabis as a poison. In 1937, the USA made it illegal for all uses following some less severe restrictions already implemented in the years prior. A widespread era of moral panic followed, which is now commonly referred to as Reefer Madness, tied to this change was underpinned by what is now a satirical propaganda movie, Reefer Madness, released in 1936. The film aimed to strike fear into the average person about the perceived danger of the substance, funded by a church group whose obvious intent was to strike fear into them around the consumption of Cannabis. But, of course, the film was complete fiction, worsened by the fact that it played into racial and xenophobic fears of white society at the time by associating it with Mexicans and showing white women falling in love with the Mexicans. In short,

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  2. Interview: What is D-ODR? The odour-neutralizing spray

    doodr fine mist spray

    I sat with one of the founders and CEOs of D-ODR to discuss his D-ODR journey.

     

    Having had a close relationship with the brains behind D-ODR, I wanted to share his story, and an in-person interview was what I felt was most authentic. 

     

    D-ODR's founders have had a long history within this industry in other business ventures, including the highly sought-after Kenex Scales. I realised I had never really probed much into what landed him in this industry. I knew he didn't have much personal relationship with the plant, so I was curious because he managed to execute products to the highest level for people who smoked. For example, with D-ODR, if I didn't know anything about the inventors, I would've assumed smokers created the product. The level of thought behind every step, fragrance and function of the mist is exceptional. 

     

    I wanted to know more about how he landed in the industry, his evolution, and his latest business venture, D-ODR. 

     

    How did you initially get into this industry?

     

    I got in by accident if I'm being honest. 

     

    I moved over here from Spain in 2005. The idea was to bring over the family business and find wholesalers to grow our company, selling cash and carrying the pound store equivalent. That didn't work out, but I found one wholesaler on Middlesex Street who showed me a pocket scale and told me that this was a jewellery scale. He understood that I had excellent contacts in China and asked if I could source them. 

     

    That's where it all started. 

     

    I got the sample from him, sent it to China

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  3. Product Earth 2022: A Puresativa Review

    Product Earth 2022: A Puresativa Review

    What Is Product Earth? 

    Product Earth made an epic return with its annual celebration, creating an unmatched and energetic atmosphere. Product Earth is the UK's biggest Canna Expo connecting Cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses with visitors passionate about the plant. Puresativa were proud to wear the badge as the Gold Sponsors. Our enthusiastic team went above and beyond to legally power our Product Earth space in honour of the cannabis plant. 

    We firmly believe the Product Earth 2022 Event was a valuable show to foster the UK scene through cannabis education. Education includes sharing knowledge on the vast medicinal benefits, understanding your legal rights and how to create a business. Product Earth is an opportunity to connect renowned suppliers, prominent distributors like ourselves and retail companies, such as headshops. 

    Having had an established foot in the industry for over 25 years, we see Product Earth as a chance for ourselves to grow our business but also help others with advice to grow their own. We all have the same end goal. 

    Over the three days, it was a highlight to meet retail shops interested in our range of high-quality smoking accessories and cannabis seeds cherry-picked by our director. So not only is Product Earth THE event for wholesale and retail businesses but the hot spot for the public to browse and splash out on their favourite smoking accessories and souvenir cannabis seeds. 

    As well as being the hub for legal cannabis and hemp products, the show is consistently packed with endless entertainment from morning through the night - the show embodies a 'good time'. There truly was a magical sense of unity, community and advocacy, bringing people from all different walks of life together. 

     

    What Cannabis Seeds did Puresativa Bring To The Show? 

    The Puresativa team knew we had to pull out something special as the gold sponsors to create an unmatched experience for the visitors. 

    As their official distributor, it was an absolute honour to announce that four powerhouse breeders would join our booth for the entire weekend. The breeders' Karma Genetics, Grounded Genetics, The Perfect Tree, and The Grateful Seeds are an integral part of the Puresativa family and were a much-loved addition. We knew it would be the perfect chance for the public to meet the talent and gain a further understanding of the strains, from the lineage to the genetics to the terpenes and flavours. 

    Karma, Grounded, and The Perfect Tree also graced the public with exclusive 'Product Earth Drops'. For example, the 'Z Road Line' by Grounded Genetics included the 'Vitamin Z (Zunami x Z Road)' strain. In addition, Karma Genetics blessed us with the much sought-after Sour Diesel Bx2, Sowahh and new releases such as 'Melochi x Sour Diesel BX3', a regular cannabis seed strain. Accompanying their original lines, Perfect Tree also came through with an entire Product Earth collection, releasing strains such as 'Kush Mints x Peach Ozz' feminised seeds. 

    Meeting the breeders opened engaging conversations to ensure the public had the necessary knowledge. Furthermore, we aimed to add a different perspective and show the breeders from abroad the vast potential of the UK scene. 

    Thanks to the return of the OG signature strains by Compound Genetics, our carefully curated selection became even more compelling. The breeder heard you loud and clear. In feminised form, he created their staple genetics, High Society, Marshmallow OG and La Bomba, which we launched at the Puresativa booth 520 for Product Earth 2022. But, we didn't stop there. 

    The final exclusive line allowed the Product Earth visitors to be the first to get their hands on the latest Darkhorse Genetics hybrids. Built around the acclaimed Bruce Banner, Darkhorse came with absolute heat, with strains such as the Original Bruce Banner F2 regular cannabis seeds for the true connoisseurs. 

    From heritage brands to the freshest members at Puresativa, we took the likes of Little Chief Collabs, DNA Genetics, Original Dampkring Genetics, Pheno Finders, Rare Dankness, Serious Seeds, T.H.Seeds, and so many more. 

     

    Which Smoking Accessories did we take to Product Earth? 

    Ensuring we had all bases covered, we chose core brands anchored in a smoker's dream. These brands include the well-known Puffco, which entered the vaporiser market and immediately generated hype. 

    The Puffco brand came from a selfish intention of making products their innovators wanted for themselves; by dabbers for dabbers. Their signature Puffco Peak was just the beginning; from that point, their products continued to excel in creativity and desirability. Puffco vaporisers reflect a soaring imagination, and each creation makes you smile and think they've only gone and done it again. Without offending Android users, the Puresativa team view Puffco as the Apple of the Vaporiser market, inevitably creating high technology, easy usability and slick products that fit your hand like a glove. 

    With rolling papers and cones being a need for any smoker, we took a smaller selection of brands, such as Vibes. The honourable Cali rapper Berner, CEO of Cookies and influential entrepreneur, is the brains behind Vibes. Berner continues to work towards changing the narrative surrounding the cannabis industry, breaking down barriers and opening spaces in the canna community. As the first Cannabis Entrepreneur to feature on the iconic Forbes cover, Berner has not only reached a milestone, but his endless accolades are a clear reflection of his brands. 

    We were proud the Product Earth visitors witnessed the official UK launch of D-ODR. D-ODR is an odour neutraliser and fine mist spray using a combination of essential oils. However, the brains behind D-ODR are no strangers to the industry as the founders of Kenex Scales. As the official EU and UK distributors of Kenex, we have unquestioning faith in the brand owners and their products. The Puresativa team witnessed the journey from ambition to manufacturing D-ODR. The result is the highest quality mist, instantly removing unwanted odours. With one spray at Product Earth, customers gravitated to the smell and the purchasing counter. The terpene-rich spray speaks for itself. 

    Our popular paraphernalia brands filled the shelves of our booth at Product Earth. Brands include Roor CBD, Roor, and Santa Cruz Shredder, whose 100% biodegradable hemp grinders and rolling trays were a triumph. The Puresativa booth is always where you can get everything in one place. We had it all. 

    Of course, we had to take clothing as well, or how would you all rep your favourite brands like Smoker's Club or Alien Labs? Customers went wild for our in-house designed Sativa Bags, a blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton in the form of stylish accessories. Other apparel included Revelry. The leading Revelry brand creates refined odour-proof and water-resistant accessories. We knew you would all be eyeing their classic designs, sophisticated colour ways, and clever functions. 

     

    What were our Product Earth promotions and giveaways? 

    Our first surprise leading up to the show was our elite goodie-packed giveaway open to the product earth attendees. The winners received a Dr Dabber Switch Vaporizer, Sowahh regular cannabis seed by Karma Genetics, a Karma Genetics black embroidered tracksuit, a Puresativa x Karma Genetics Sowahh biodegradable rolling tray, a Sadhu Puresativa mousemat and a Puresativa Promotional card including seven signature strains from seven different elite seed banks. We believe when it comes to a giveaway, bigger is always better, as we wanted to show our appreciation to our customers for their loyalty. 

    Leading up to the show, we had conversations with the breeder behind Grounded Genetics, who was determined to create an exclusive prize for Grounded customers at Product Earth 2022. The idea of the golden ticket was born to thank customers for supporting Grounded on his skyward journey. His first-class genetics give seed banks a run for their money, which is only the beginning. We sealed two golden tickets into two different packets of Grounded's new Z Road strains. 

    The first prize was a collection of treasures for any collector, winning a package of the entire new Z Road line. The Second prize was the highly desired Puffco Proxy vaporiser, which pays homage to the Sherlock Holmes pipe. The canna community are desperate to get their hands on the clever device as Puffco continues to elevate the vaporiser game with their genius creativity. 

    At Puresativa, we believe one of our secret ingredients that will stand the test of time is to go above and beyond serving our customers' needs. So, for example, we can continuously create exciting opportunities for our customers with promotions. We apply the same ingredients for Product Earth but dial it up. The promos were major. 

    The Puresativa Promo disk included one strain from 7 different seed banks, such as London Mint Cake by T.H.Seeds. We also had our Puresativa merch for promos to you could rep us loud and proud like the Puresativa mousemats and 100% biodegradable Puresativa rolling trays, both designed in-house. In addition, trade shows such as Product Earth allow us to physically see our customers' smiles. 

    We care and want to develop relationships with customers because we all share one common ground and passion. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. So having open conversations and growing relationships with our customers is our prerogative. 

     
    What was the Afterdark entertainment? 

    If you've been to Product Earth before, you know Mills Nutrients curates epic musical entertainment during After Dark. The Mills boys not only select the lineup of acts, but some of them are, in fact, the talent, making their mark on every Product Earth event as resident DJs. Courtesy of Discreet Seeds, the Mills team were able to play tunes through the day on the courtyard stage, committed to good vibes and starting the day how they meant to go on. In addition, the courtyard saw skilled DJs like Spinush and Scott Rogan, who played your favourite tunes to scratch on set. 

    For Product Earth 2022, there's no doubt that Mills brought their A-game with not one but two sound systems at the After Dark Village. They are known for bringing the life and soul of After Dark from 6 pm through the night for the attendees. So, who were the 'epic' acts? 

    The Daft Punk tribute act, Daft Funk, was the perfect choice to garner plenty of attention for the Friday night Afterdark and amp up the buzz for the weekend. The French electronic music duo, Daft Punk, were a pairing of extraordinariness and a force to be reckoned with in dance music history. Daft Punk created an exciting atmosphere through their music hits, the intensity of the synchronised lights, and the mystery of the famous robot costumes allowing their audiences to transport to a fictional dimension momentarily. 

    The AfterDark visitors witnessed Daft Funk capture the essence of the French electronic music duo through an iconic mix of house, electronic and disco to celebrate a retrospective of hits, including 'Get Lucky' featuring Pharrell Williams. They understood the assignment and delivered on the authentic costumes, the phenomenal visuals and live drums, and incredible attention to detail. Daft Funk did not short us of engaging and explosive energy in abundance. 

    Saturday night, the acoustic musician Hutch took to stage, specialising in folk-style tunes and covers such as "fast car" by Tracy Chapman, a critically acclaimed and all-around hit. Hutch's sound strips the music back to its raw form, capturing the audience. In addition, he created soothing sounds to loosen the crowd up and set the mood for the weekend. Speaking of the 'mood', another act that emulated raw passion were The Moods, a nine-piece collective of producers, poets and musicians from the Northwest of England. 

    The Moods combine the sounds of drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop and EDM. The culmination of beats sparks off a contagious need to dance, underpinned with real grit and substance. They are a band whose music holds meaning, singing and rapping with raw passion about subjects surrounding war, famine, love, life and death. The Moods outpouring made you think with your head and feel with your heart.

    Saturday night also saw Pulp Friction, an act that was the master of heightening your sensory experience. Pulp Friction is a live tribute act daringly reimagining the soundtrack of one of Quentin Tarantino's greatest films, Pulp Fiction. The combination of classic funk, blues, soul and country with the electric performance of singing, dancing and impressive costume changes was a feast for our eyes. The Pulp Friction show was a compelling display of theatricals with a grande finale reenacting the ear scene from Reservoir Dogs. An audience member was lucky enough to find himself walking off stage with one less ear than he came with, or so it seemed. Pulp Friction chose songs peopled loved unifying the crowd before Tusk took to the stage.

    Tusk has been on the scene for eight years, blasting the finest in DNB and dancefloor bangers. As an integral member of the Mills Nutrients team, Tusk knew he had a significant responsibility to keep the crowd's energy alive as he does every year. Being one of the Monument Hifi Co-founders, he loves getting the Soundsystem out, which Tusk refers to as the toys. His ambition is "putting smiles on people's faces", so Tusk always pushes to play the best tunes for the public no matter where the boys are in the country. As a result, the Product Earth 2022 crowd continuously gave him accolades as he spun his song selection. 

    The last highlight on the Afterdark menu was the Silent Disco. Just like the crowd-pleasing chocolate fondant dessert, the Silent Disco was able to satisfy all. We were able to dance the night away whilst pleasing our neighbours. Mills Nutrients made silent discos cool again. 

     

    What Is The Product Earth Seminar Zone? 

    It's no secret that Product Earth is a hub of informative conversations. The array of talks hosted in the seminar zone encouraged the visitors to gather and see an exceptional panel of speakers in the know. Conversations that sparked ongoing discussions through the entire Product Earth 2022 weekend included 'unlock your menstrual superpowers', 'drug policy', 'cannabis from a patient perspective', and 'the effects of prohibition'. Another seminar focal point was the 'Women in Cannabis' talk by women for women. We were grateful to witness a powerful group of women leaders in the industry, including one of our Puresativa team members. The panel was a clear display of amplifying the importance of women's voices to broaden representation. 

     

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  4. Alien Labs, 'Reefer Madness' and Prohibition

    Alien Labs, 'Reefer Madness' and Prohibition

    Who are Alienlabs? 

    Alienlabs is an 'out of this world' cannabis company born in Northern California. The Alienlabs' connoisseurs have dynamic energy and an extraordinary passion for the cannabis industry, verified by their elite flowers and extracts. They have expanded into a range of iconic merch showcasing their genius graphics so we can rep their brand worldwide. Alienlabs envision itself as "transmitting from 2069", a company ahead of its time. The generic definition

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  5. Can CBD benefit women's health?

    Can CBD benefit women's health

    CBD has countless benefits that are specific to women only. As women, we experience various health conditions and symptoms throughout our lives. Previously, there were few open conversations surrounding women's health. Sometimes, there is still a stigma towards expressing concerns about changes within our bodies. A common expectation of women is to get on with it. However, changes in our bodies such as PMS or Menopause come with considerable baggage of gruelling symptoms resulting in physical pain and mental distress.

    Every month I was used to dosing up on pain killers for the week, but it would only partially relieve menstrual cramps and physical pain. Hormonal changes affect our quality of life, such as our mental health. Since taking CBD daily, I know it has had a tremendous effect on my wellness. As the desire for CBD products continues to hit shelves, it's essential to understand and relish all of its benefits. 

    What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

     

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, recognised as a cannabinoid. However, it is important to note that CBD is not the same as THC. THC is a separate compound that creates the high feeling typically associated with cannabis. CBD does not.

    When discussing CBD, we need to understand the endocannabinoid system or the ECS. The ECS is a system that is crucial for managing and balancing our internal bodies. Within this system, we naturally have endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors to stabilise functions, such as mood changes and sleep. CBD binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the same way. Ongoing research, therefore, suggests that CBD can stabilise our internal body, for example, acting as an anti-inflammatory.

    How does CBD relieve women's symptoms throughout their life? 

    This blog will go through the most common health conditions affected by natural changes we experience as women and how CBD may ease the symptoms. I will also share the CBD products I swear by from Puresativa and how they've helped me and others. 

    Can CBD improve premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and periods?

     

    As that dreaded week starts to creep up on us once a month, a heap of unwanted symptoms flood our bodies just before, called premenstrual syndrome or PMS. Of course, symptoms women can experience vary depending on the individual. Still, the most common can range from mood swings resulting in anxiety or irritability, changes in appetite and changes in sex drive. More side effects include spotty skin, bloating, and cramps, to name a few.

    After experiencing the strong indicator that our period is coming, the flashing amber lights turn red, and it's here. Our period has arrived. The dreaded thought of enduring physical and mental pain as we grit our teeth and try our best to bear a smile because we have to dawn on us. Pains include insufferable abdominal cramps. Other symptoms include breakouts, sore and tender breasts, tiredness, bloating, mood swings and trouble sleeping. Symptoms tend to improve a few days after our periods start. Most women's mental state is mainly affected during PMS, where anxiety is at its height. 

    During PMS and periods, lower levels of endocannabinoids can lead to emotional stress such as heightened anxiety. Cannabinoids can help stabilise the ECS, and research suggests that CBD may help lower the release of cortisol, the stress endorsing hormone. Therefore CBD may alleviate irregular moods and general mental health impacts from PMS and periods. In addition, CBD is said to be highly effective in reducing pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties through interacting with the ECS. The anti-inflammatory properties can benefit lower back and stomach pains, swollen breasts and bloating.                                     

    We typically have a higher tolerance of pain compared with our male counterparts due to experiences discussed in this blog and more, such as childbirth. CBD may have a calming effect on our nervous symptoms relieving us of physical and emotional distress whilst being a natural wellness ingredient. So, if we can alleviate some of the impacts, why shouldn't we?

    Can CBD improve perimenopause and menopause?

     

    Perimenopause develops months or years before your period's stop, where you begin to experience the highly uncomfortable changes that occur during menopause. Menopause is when a woman's period stops completely, preventing them from getting pregnant naturally. Menopause tends to occur between 45 and 55. Menopause disrupts the endocannabinoid system, hence why women experience a heap of unwanted symptoms. 

    34 common symptoms of menopause may occur depending on the individual, such as hot flushes and night sweats, creating a considerable difficulty to sleep. In addition, heavy mood changes affect many women during this time, which can run high risks of anxiety and depression, causing emotional distress. Other physical symptoms include vaginal dryness, lower libido, headaches and bone density loss. 

    Throughout, the female reproductive system consists of cannabinoid receptors. However, menopause massively disrupts the endocannabinoid system, explaining the root of some of the damaging effects. CBD, a cannabinoid, may have exceptional influences on perimenopause and menopause. CBD may positively impact the same symptoms experienced during periods and PMS through a woman's PMS and menopause experience. Furthermore, CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors, and it may help regulate hormones. Stabilising hormone-secreting is extremely important during this time, particularly because depression and anxiety can be at an all-time high, making many women vulnerable. Women are sharing their personal experiences with CBD online and across social media. Women experiencing perimenopause and menopause have found CBD helpful in reducing sleep disturbances such as hot flushes and deepened anxiety. Menopause increases the rate of bone density loss. Studies suggest that CBD may help strengthen the bones. CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, so it may also help to relieve the chronic pain women experience during this time and relax muscles. 

    How could CBD alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression?

     

    Mental wellness is an aspect of our lives that we should all take care of daily, regardless of gender. As awareness towards mental health conditions grow, societies understand that men sharing they are not okay doesn't correlate with their masculinity. Communities are slowly but surely acknowledging the importance to allow individuals to express how they feel because feelings are not associated with femininity. However, this information focuses on women because statistics show that depression is more dominant due to adverse health effects. Health conditions exclusive to women are natural but emotionally debilitating, such as menopause or PMS. 

    CBD is increasingly gaining recognition in helping with mental health conditions as people share their positive and life-changing reactions. Doctors have said that cannabidiol is a compound that creates similar effects to serotonin. Serotonin is an important hormone that stabilises our moods and helps us feel happy. Although scientists need to conduct more research so the positive effects of CBD can be said definitively, studies suggest CBD produces a higher level of dopamine. This may help to alleviate stress and unbalance on our mind and body, mainly as we go through PMS, periods, perimenopause, menopause and other natural changes as women.  

    Can CBD improve women's sex life?

     

    Sexual pleasure is an essential part of many people's daily lives. Sex releases endorphins which stimulates feel-good and positive energy. As women, we specifically experience multiple factors which affect our sex drives, such as stress or anxiety due to natural changes within our bodies. Another example is vaginal dryness, which occurs during menopause for many women, resulting in painful sex. 

    Natural changes we experience can negatively impact our mental health, increasing our anxiety and stress levels. Therefore, decreasing our libido. To have sex, most women typically need to feel relaxed and have a positive mindset. CBD comes into play here because it may allow us to become more calm and comfortable, decreasing the harmful effects of our stress hormones. Women also experience pain during penetration and vaginal dryness, often due to menopause. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to alleviate pain during sex. Furthermore, women have sought out CBD lubricants to aid their sex lives to make them feel more relaxed and enhance sensitivity. It is important to use CBD products specific as lubricants if you're interested in trying this to maintain vaginal balance. 

    Can CBD improve skincare and haircare? 

    During PMS, our estrogen and progesterone levels decline, causing breakouts. Menopause also dramatically affects women's skin. Skin can appear to be dry and lose firmness and elasticity because the loss of collagen starts to decrease rapidly. CBD may alleviate allergies, treat acne, and minimise dark spots for its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD also promotes cells to repair quicker and may encourage the skin to look much healthier. CBD is also said to boost keratine production, strengthening

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  6. Conscious Being - Talking CBD and wellness

    Conscious Being - Talking CBD and wellness

    Who is the Conscious Being brand? 

     

    Conscious Being is a CBD brand whose focus is health and wellness. The brains behind 'Conscious Being' quietly mastered their craft for two years. Now they are ready to make noise across the UK and European CBD market. Their passion began from selfish intentions to create supplements with the highest CBD concentrations for themselves. Thankfully they are bringing their unparalleled CBD capsules to us with intentions to try and provide good health. Conscious Being stands out by understanding the advantage of using the healing powers of the natural world. 

    They quickly discovered that most CBD brands on the market used lower quality ingredients and weren't transparent

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