Here at Graces London we believe CBD Cannabis extracts are incredibly nourishing for the mind, body & soul. Our research and development team have spent the last 6 years researching the beauty of cannabis plants & essential oils and how they interact with the natural systems of the human body. We have been using our CBD products and spreading the CBD love since 2014.
We use only the finest quality ingredients to make our Full spectrum CBD Skincare and Wellness range. Our CBD is extracted from the Hemp Cannabis Sativa plants that contain less than 0.2% THC, meaning we only have trace elements of THC in our products. We only use authorised strains of Cannabis Sativa flowers under the European Union. Our Cannabis sativa flowers are grown in Europe and all our products our 100% legal.
How is it extracted?
Our CBD is extracted using a CO2 supercritical extraction process, CO2 is one of the natural gases that makes up our air. Using this process to strip the cannabinoids from the hemp cannabis flowers ensures a low environment impact as well as a purified clean extraction material.
How is it tested?
We use only soil associated suppliers for our carrier oils, essential oils, clays, salts, waxes and plant butters. After the CBD extraction process takes place our full spectrum CBD extracts are tested for quality of material and to provide a full cannabinoid profile. We then third party test the same batch of CBD to ensure all lab reports are correct and of the same quality. All are products are safety assessed, tested and made to GMP – Good Manufacturing Processes. Once a batch of our CBD products has been made, product samples are then sent for further testing to check quality and to ensure the correct amount of CBD and cannabinoids are present in the final product.
Hemp, Cannabis, Marijuana – what’s the difference?
It’s all Cannabis! There are varied strains of the cannabis plants all containing a different cannabinoid structure. Cannabinoids are plant molecule compounds such as CBD, THC, CBG plus many more found in the cannabis plants.
Cannabis is associated with both the names Marijuana and Hemp. The different types of Cannabis plants are Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Ruderalis & then you have your Hybrid Strains (which is a cross between the varied cannabis plants). The word ‘marijuana’ is associated with the cannabis plants that contain a high THC content & low – high CBD content. Whereas the name Hemp is referred to the cannabis plants that have a low trace element of THC and moderate to high CBD levels.
Most Hemp strains of cannabis are predominately found to be from the Cannabis Sativa plants rather than the high THC yielding Cannabis Indica plants. However, with today’s new and innovative ways of plant evolution and cultivation, there are many hybrid strains grown all over the world with their own unique cannabinoid structure, dependant on their own countries’ local laws.
Here in the UK Cannabis Sativa seeds and Oil (Hempseed) have been available to buy as a food supplement and skincare product since the late 80’s. ‘The Beauty Shop’ founder Anita Roddick was one of the first people to bring ‘cold pressed’ hempseed oil to the UK beauty and wellness market.
Please Note: CBD is extracted from the grown Cannabis Sativa plants. There is no CBD present in hempseeds.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in Cannabis that belongs to a class of plant molecules called ‘Cannabinoids’. CBD is the abbreviation of Cannabidiol. CBD and other cannabinoids are found predominately in the flowers of the cannabis plants. There are also cannabinoids present in the Cacao plant, Black pepper and even Broccoli! CBD is a non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, unlike its sister plant molecule THC below.
What is THC (Tetrahydrocannabidiol)?
THC is the very well know cannabinoid that is associated with the ‘high’ psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. When people talk of Marijuana, getting high, feeling stoned, they are referring to the Cannabis plants that have a high THC cannabinoid content. THC is illegal here in the UK, unless it is under the legal requirement of 0.2% and comes from one of over 60+ Hemp cannabis plants authorised by the European Union.
CBD on the other hand is the non-psychoactive part of the plant and will not cause any psychoactive or mind-altering effects, none whatsoever. Our CBD extracts also contain other trace element cannabinoids such as CBG – Cannbigerol. CBG is also a non-psychoactive compound and plays an important role in the chemistry make-up of the cannabis plants. CBG acts as the precursor to all other cannabinoids such as CBD & THC.
Cannabinoids, Cannabinoid Receptors & The Endocannabinoid System?
Ok, so CBD is a cannabinoid, what does that mean? We all have cannabinoid receptors within the body. Theses ‘cannabinoid receptors’ are known as the Endocannabinoid System. The endocannabinoid system, abbreviated name ECS, is a regulatory system responsible for a whole heap of skin, health and wellness benefits. Being one of the largest receptor systems located in the body the main purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to create balance. In technical terms to create homeostasis. "Homeostasis is created when all internal systems of the body our working in synergy with each other to promote Balance.
The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the central and peripheral nervous system and immune system. Receptors are also located throughout the body, including receptors on the skin cells, in the gut, reproductive organs and even the brain. The ECS was only discovered in the early 1970’s and is one of the largest biological systems located in the human body. It has been noted as one of the most important physiologic systems involved in maintaining our health and balance. It is a self-regulatory system in charge of the human body temperature, PH balance, appetite stimulant, pain management amongst more. Research and studies on the endocannabinoid system have never been so exciting!
Pyhtocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids. What’s the difference?
Amazingly the human body produces its very own cannabinoids called ‘Endocannabinoids’. CBD cannabinoids from cannabis plants have the same composition as endocannabinoids produced in the human body. This is what makes CBD so effective applying topically to our skin (the largest organ of the body don’t you know) or using as a food supplement. Cannabinoids are used as a communication tool between cells, tissue and organs. Cannabis plants produce ‘phytocannabinoids’ and the human body produces ‘endocannabinoids’. This is what makes Cannabinoids from the cannabis plants so exciting. The simple fact that CBD plant molecules mimic the very same cannabinoids found in the human body. Match made in heaven.
The two main primary cannabinoid receptors found in the body are called CB1 & CB2.
CB1 (Discovered in 1990) these receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system.
CB2 (Discovered in 1993) Found primarily in the immune system, digestive system and many of the organs of the body. The CB2 receptors have a mimetic link with phytocannabinoid CBD.
After the discovery of the endocannabinoid system scientist were baffled as to what must the human body produce naturally to interact with these receptors? Why would our human bodies produce receptors if there were no natural occurring cannabinoids? Studies later proved that we infect produce our own naturally occurring cannabinoids. The first to be discovered was Anandamide.
Anandamide - Naturally produced chemical cannabinoids in the brain that bind to THC receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Heavily linked with euphoria & serotonin. Anandamide has been hailed as the bliss molecule or feel good cannabinoid. Often linked and associated with the ‘runners high’ or buzz felt after physical activity. It has been termed as an ‘endorphin rush’. Scientist have found that cannabinoid levels of anandamide increase after as little as 30mins of exercise or even from just singing!
2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol) - Involved in the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management. CBG has been discovered to actively engage with the 2-AG receptors.
Essentials oils, Terpenes and Terpenoids. What’s the big deal?
Essential oils absorbed through the skin have oxygenating properties that transport to the cells of the body and increase available cell oxygen. If essential oils & plant extracts are extracted correctly, they have a unique signature bio-electricity healing frequency. Dr. Gumball (1890)
Terpenes and Terpenoids are what make up the natural scent & flavour of essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from flowers, plants and herbs. Cannabis contains many terpene molecules shared with the same plants as Lavender, Lemon, Black Pepper amongst others. A terpene molecule called Linalool is found in Lavender, Limonene is found in Lemon. Theses terpene molecules play an important role in binding the full spectrum extracts to the cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. Natural plant synergy & human science has never been so exciting!
If you have any questions regarding our CBD skincare and food supplement products, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get right back to you. Also, if you would like to give any feedback on our products please do drop us a line, we would absolutely love to hear from you!
DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own Doctor or other medical professional. None of the statements on this site are as a recommendation as to how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you suspect you have a disease or health related condition you should contact your health care professional. CBD Cosmetic & Food supplement products have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.