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How much CBD to take

How much CBD to take? CBD to take

CBD works much like a vitamin pill.  How much CBD to take?

As a food supplement, you are aiding your body to replace lost vitamins and help your body achieve homeostasis.

CBD is similar as it’s a phytocannabinoid plant extract that supports your naturally occurring Endocannabinoid system and stimulates your receptors to send out positive messages to the rest of your body.

Initially, it’s hard to know how much CBD to take

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Start at a very low dosage

We would suggest you begin with a low 500mg in a 10ml bottle.   One drop twice a day for three days.   Then increase to three times a day.  After three days increase to two drops each three times daily.  As there is no head effect, how will you know how much is enough?

Folks use CBD for a host of reasons, and everyone has different absorption rates. It’s up to you to establish what your levels are.

In the CBD Oil Oral Drops PIPET

each drop is roughly  0.05ml

Not a full pipet but a SINGLE DROP

dosage guide

A 10ml bottle of CBD Oil has 200 DROPS

In a 500mg CBD Oral Oil 10ml Bottle


Each drop contains 2.5mg of CBD if you want to take 20mg you would take 8 drops per day

Ask yourself the reason you want to take CBD?

For a sense of wellbeing; it’s recommended to use just 0.5mg – 1.5mg a day or you may want a tad more.  If you are recovering from an illness, it’s suggested you use more.  Again, always build up your levels at a gentle pace.  There is a point at which you will plateau, and find your ideal dosage.

You found your level

The day you increase and don’t feel any more benefit than the previous dosage. You found your level.  Your levels may change over time, depending on how you are feeling.  You will get to establish those areas yourself.  To find my levels, I kept a diary and looking back could see the improvements over the weeks, until I arrived at my level.  It is more apparent to me now, I am aware when I’ve forgotten to take it.

How much CBD to Take

People take CBD for different reasons.  So the dosage will be different for each case.  Some people have asked how much CBD to take to assist with sleep we would say around 1 to 6 mg.

We have been asked how much CBD it takes to help with tremors?;  we would suggest anything between 5 and 10 mg.

How much CBD to take For Chronic pain is anything up to 20mg of THC recommended.

Please Note : Medical Advice

Do not exceed more than 70mg of CBD in 24 hours, unless otherwise directed by your Medical Professional

Research has indicated, that CBD may inhibit the CYP450 liver enzyme, responsible for the metabolism of several medications.  This can potentially have an adverse effect when taken with Anti-cancer medications ( for example epipodophyllotoxin derivatives such as etoposide and teniposide).

Certain blood thinners (warfarin/coumadin) 

Certain anti-seizure medicines ( for example clobazam, and or norclobazam).


Consumers should always seek approved medical guidance if taking other medications or during pregnancy, before consuming CBD Oil  as per MHRA & FSA guidelines**

Advice for your GP can be found Here


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How CBD works

CBD Pipet

How does CBD work?

To discover How CBD works, we meet Professor Mechoulam.

It was found to have benefits; by Raphael Mechoulam.  An Organic Chemist and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Jerusalem in 1963;

Interestingly, all Mammals have an Endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system of Neurotransmitters.  It’s a network of cell signalling that attaches to cannabinoid receptors throughout the central nervous system.  This includes the brain and the immune system.  That is to say, a network of correcting messages is sent and received. Thus, making sure our bodies are working in balance.

Endocannabinoids ~ Naturally occurring Receptors present in every Mammal

CB1 and CB2 are the primary cannabinoid receptors we have identified.  These Receptors work in almost every area of mammals.  Further Studies by Dr Mechoulam and US researchers have realised an entire ECS system.  It works in harmony with the Hemp plant, truly a nature’s gift.

ECS is the master controller

The ECS is the master controller in your body it works with your immune system.  It regulates your body temperature and CBD can mimic serotonin correcting any deficiency and levelling your mood.  Furthermore, your ECS regulates your sleep and misdirects your pain.

The list goes on, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and improves motor skills.  Most importantly can block certain cancer cell growth.

A recent study has concluded CBD inhibits the infection of COVID19 in Mice and it has merited further medical studies. Exciting times!

Brain synapsis

Cannabinoid receptors are the most abundant

Cannabinoid receptors are the most abundant receptors in the brain

If you are out of sorts, CBD works with your ECS system.  Like turning on light switches, CB flicks on the neuroreceptors in your nervous system, including your brain.

Extracted Phytocannabinoids from Plants are a Supplement for deficient Endocannabinoids in your body.

Our ECS system sends out regulating signals throughout your body, therefore re-balancing our Homeostasis.  Illness can thrive if the body fails to produce sufficient endocannabinoids.

Taking CBD plant extract can aid your body and mind to stay healthy.

Hemp was consumed by humans and livestock for thousands of years.   It was a common feature in our diet and the materials around us; such as cloth and rope.


Only recently we have stopped using hemp

It has been a supplement to humans for centuries.  Only in the 1950s and 1970, did this change and cannabis oil ceased to be a medicine and in our food. We have been missing hemp from our foods and medicine cabinets.

We are so proud to bring traditional remedies back to your shelves.

how long does CBD oil take to work for anxiety?

One of the most common questions we receive is: how long does CBD oil take to work for anxiety?  The answer is, not long.  It can take anything from two to four weeks.  Remember to always begin with a low dose.  Too much too soon can have the opposite effect.

So in answer to the question, how long does CBD oil take to work for anxiety, the answer is only a matter of weeks.

Our Conclusion

PhytoCannaindoids from plants are Natural Supplements for EndoCannabinoids that are naturally occurring in your body.

Our bodies benefit from CBD supplements.

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Hemp Products Recycling the Past

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Recycling the past with hemp products

Hemp products Most would agree that plastics derived from hydrocarbons must be replaced with more sustainable products and hemp is a proven alternative.

Big Chief Hemp is looking at the options, hemp-based solutions to our packaging, especially for drinking fluid containers, and intends to investigate using hemp products as a replacement for plastic straws and other consumable products that are currently made with non-sustainable methodologies.

Hemp is Mother Nature’s gift natures gift

Hemp products Most would agree that plastics derived from hydrocarbons must be replaced with more sustainable products and hemp is a proven alternative.

Big Chief Hemp is looking at the options, hemp-based solutions to our packaging, especially for drinking fluid containers, and intends to investigate using hemp products as a replacement for plastic straws and other consumable products that are currently made with non-sustainable methodologies.

Possesses’ qualities as a natural food supplement, CBD oil has so much to offer, increasing your therapeutic potential, and a natural way to support healthy living.  This gentle product is non-psychoactive, and its cultivation has minimal impact on the environment.  One of the Worlds oldest known crops is making a comeback!

This incredible plant can provide us with so much

a great replacement

Often as a replacement for environmentally harmful products –Industrial products

  •  paper
  • rope
  • textiles
  • bags
  • clothing
  • foodstuffs
  • milk
  • cold-pressed oil
  • tea
  • herbal remedies
  • tinctures
  • creams
  • balms
  • topicals

We currently use industrial hemp for insulation and in-car manufacturing and carpet production.

We are looking forward to seeing hemp Biofuels run our cars, after all, that is what the original diesel engine was designed for.

In ancient Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq and Iran) clothing has been found; made of hemp, at ancient burial sites 10,000 years old.   Hemp is a wonderful material, it is much stronger than cotton.  The early American settlers span hemp to make clothing.  The Ancient Chinese used hemp not only for clothing but also for shoes.

With the ease hemp grows, it could be the answer to our prayers.

Its a thing hempcrete

Hempcrete: One recipe is; hemp shives, sand and lime.  Bound these ingredients create a self-insulating, breathable and carbon-neutral material for building.

It is a Carbon neutral, alternative option for green construction.

going back to hemp products

Hemp paper was discovered in China 2000 years ago, it died out in Europe in the 1900s with the use of wood pulp. 

As we need to grow so much hemp for Supplements, Seeds, Bio Diesel, Clothing, Cars, CO2 sequencing, Soil Cleaning Homes and Batteries;

We could use the whole plant and go back to using Sustainable Hemp paper?.

Or we could recreate the UK rag trade, creating cloth and jobs at the same time.

Bibles used to be made from hemp paper, we could use it now to make anything from writing paper to rizla papers. Feels as though we had many of the answers and we overshot the mark. Let’s go back to what worked. Romantic notions or pure Logic? You decide.

an ancient bible made of hemp paper

Our conclusion

Not to reinvent the wheel, we have the alternatives we have been looking for, by going back, to the Future with hemp products.

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CBD Extraction Process

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the extraction process

Ever wondered how CBD is extracted from Hemp?

Hemp CBD Oil is the latest health product to hit the shelves. It’s being advertised like snake oil to cure ills.  Not quite but it does offer enormous benefits.  It is extracted from the ‘Hemp’ plant.  A non-intoxicating plant. Safe for you and your whole family.

it comes from sativa l family

We love all things Hemp at Big Chief.

What is the best extraction process for CBD Oil?

Ultimately the three main ways to extract CBD.

  •     Oil Extraction
  •     CO2 Extraction
  •     Solvent Extraction

With pros and cons to each method.  CBD Extraction is a highly skilled process. It can take a lot of expensive equipment.

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A company in Canada use a large wooden screw to press the buds.  It’s a natural and traditional method dating back hundreds of years.  This is our favourite method because it’s a whole plant extract.

The hemp flowers are soaked in refined oil, usually Coconut Oil.  Coconut oil is chosen because it’s a thin oil.  Damp buds are popped into the top of a funnel and dropped through to the screw.  The screw is turned and the buds are pressed.  Tightly pressed so Hemp oil comes out the other side.  CBD Oil resembles the consistency of honey with a green tinge.  The end product is a beautiful golden-green juice.  A full plant extract with the CBDs, flavonoids and Terpenes.

CBD oil CO2 extraction process

Below is a simplified version of the process

CO2 is Carbon Dioxide, compressed air.  It is a gas that consists of one part carbon & two parts oxygen.  It’s Non-combustible and nontoxic. I’ll try and cut through the science of the CBD oil CO2 extraction process.

In a Lab

Hemp buds are dropped into a high-pressure chamber and the chamber is sealed.

Advanced Liquid Co2

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Advanced Liquid Co2 is added (supercritical C02) to the chamber.  High pressure is applied from the top of the device. Plunged, pushing Co2 liquid through the buds.  Hemp buds sit with the CO2 for a couple of hours.  The mush is pushed into the third chamber, a separator machine.

Final Chamber

Evaporation occurs in the third and final chamber removing the CO2 and leaving a lovely oil at the end.  CO2 is the preferred method of extraction because there are no solvents used.  No impurities are added and it’s fully automated.  From there it goes straight into products pure and unmolested.

Distilled CBD

A step for further refinement and distillation.  We go to a traditional laboratory. Lots of jars and tubes to condensers.  Temperature plays the biggest role in this process.  It’s a system of heating liquids and cooling liquids then catching vapers.  Crude hemp oil is heated up in a boiling flask to around 230c.  This flask sits inside a heated box, which stirs and heats the oil.  The oil creates vapers, and the vapers are caught in a tall distillation glass.

its all about the vaper

The vaper travels to a cooling chamber.  In this cooling chamber, the vapour turns back into a liquid.  This liquid travels down the chamber to the second set of flasks.    Three flasks, two collect terpenes, solvents, and undesirable bits.  The final One collects the CBD Distillate, CBD Gold.

cbd isolate

CBD Isolate

Further refinement in a centrifugal machine  A CBD Ethanol extraction process is used.  Ethanol is added to the hemp buds.  The buds are added to a machine, and it spins and separates each element of the plant to produce Isolates.  An ‘Isolate’ is an isolated part of the plant, so the product is almost a pure CBD and creates up to 99% purity

our conclusion

There are many ways to extract CBD, but most are good. The old school and traditional ways are our favourites.

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Common CBD Myths

Clearing the smoke Common CBD myths

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an exciting product that has made its way quickly to the forefront of research, media, and laws surrounding Cannabis.

It’s very difficult to ignore the presence of CBD as it can now be found in many products in; health food shops, and online shops.

With the growing popularity of CBD, many myths and controversies are occurring.


When CBD began trending were the many case studies and videos that showed CBD products being used for wellness. 

But with this, came a lot of apprehension about CBD, because there was little research and Common CBD myths.

Also, most of us are more familiar with the illegal Cannabis plant that’s used to “get high”, therefore there is considerable uncertainty and confusion that leaves people asking, “How is CBD legal?” 

Let’s take a look at some of the common myths associated with Cannabidiol:

Myth #1

Myth #1: CBD oils are psychoactive

To clear the smoke on this frequently misinformed subject, Hemp is a term used to categorise a variety of Cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

In other words, Hemp is generally used to describe non-intoxicating Cannabis that’s harvested for its derived products, none of which can make us high.

Hemp is often confused with Recreational Cannabis which is the strain of Cannabis Sativa used for its psychoactive properties.

Cannabis and Hemp

These two plants are almost indistinguishable from one another, so it’s not surprising that many people get confused.  Both of these plants can create CBD oil, but the psychoactive element (THC) is produced at very different levels.

CBD oils can’t contain more than 1mg of THC per bottle, while Cannabis can contain up to 30% THC content.

THC is the chemical responsible for the psychological effects derived from Cannabis.  To create a psychoactive effect, THC attaches to the cannabinoid receptors (that naturally occur in certain areas of the brain) and stimulates them.

This affects a person’s thinking, concentration, pleasure, sensory and time perception.  For THC to cause this psychoactive effect, more than 0.3%

THC is needed; therefore, it would be practically impossible to get high or reap any psychoactive effects from CBD oils.

Myth #2

Myth #2: Cannabis is illegal in the UK, so Hemp must be too

Cannabis has been used across the globe for thousands of years and was widely used in the UK.

In the early ’90s, Cannabis was made illegal in the UK when it was considered dangerous due to its psychoactive effects.

But thanks to over 50 years of research and campaign work, there has been a breakthrough with CBD oil and hemp-infused products

– but Cannabis remains illegal.

everything you wanted to know about CBD

Without a prescription. Cannabis remains illegal under the ‘Controlled Substance Act of 1970’.

But Hemp has been removed from this regulation and is now a legal product in the ‘Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018’.  Hemp is legal as are hemp-derived products that contain no more than 1mg THC per bottle.

To further clarify Hemp vs Cannabis, Cannabis is illegal without a prescription in the UK because it contains more than 0.3%

THC subsequently causes psychoactive effects. 

Hemp has been legalised in the UK as long as it contains less than 1mg THC per bottle and doesn’t cause psychoactive effects.

cbd prescription

Myth #3

Myth #3: CBD isn’t a medicine

In 2018, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) classed CBD as official medicine.  Provided it meets strict safety, quality and efficiency standards. 

However, there are currently only a few products that are prescribed to treat certain medical conditions. 

In the UK, CBD is present in medicines: Sativex and Epidiolex.  Sativex is used by people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and people in pain due to cancer, while Epidiolex is used for epilepsy in children.

A prescription is not required to buy Big Chief Hemp CBD Oil.

There are many claims that CBD can be used to treat or ease the symptoms of many illnesses. But medical research is still developing to understand precisely how CDB helps with medical conditions.

Until all the research is fully formed and the evidence is there, it’s difficult to say exactly which illnesses can be treated with CBD.

**Products sold by Big Chief Hemp are food supplements and not medical grade CBD as described above.

Myth #4

Myth #4: CBD cures illnesses

Scientists are researching the benefits of CBD more and more each week.   There isn’t any research to officially prove that CBD can cure any medical conditions.  CBD may be used as a dietary supplement, but it isn’t possible to say that it is a cure for anything.

For example, many cancer patients may use CBD to aid with their symptoms (which may or may not be useful depending on the person).  But there is no scientific evidence that CBD alone can cure cancer.

The term “medical Cannabis”

often confuses people when they are researching CBD.  Firstly, CBD and so-called medical Cannabis are derived from different species of Cannabis Sativa L.  As discussed in myth #2, the properties of legal CBD and Cannabis are very different.

These differences are the reasons why one is legal, and one is a controlled substance.  Why do I call it ‘So-Called medical Cannabis’ because Cannabis is Cannabis?

There is no difference between what is grown in a Laboratory and street Cannabis.

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The Hemp vs Cannabis subject can be quite confusing. There’s no wonder why there are so many misconceptions surrounding the booming CBD industry. 

Despite the lack of scientific verification, the terms Hemp and CBD/ CBD oil have become deeply ingrained in today’s society.

Although this subject is a hot topic, there is a need to re-educate the world about Hemp and Cannabis.  But change cannot happen overnight.

So far, we have all seen many case studies of how CBD has helped people improve their quality of life. 

With this increased online presence, more funding has been provided to fund research. 

As more and more research is undertaken we hope that more and more evidence is gained to prove the benefits of CBD.

Now that some of the most common CBD myths have been cleared up, you may want to know how CBD works.

Our conclusion

We receive many questions about Cannabinoids; we have selected the most frequently asked questions to answer.

For more information, see our article, Everything you wanted to know about CBD.  I hope this has given you a fresh insight into CBD.  And unravelled The Common CBD myths

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Does CBD work for Pain

man curled up in pain on the floor

DOES cbd work for Pain relief

Cannabidiol is a popular alternative compared to prescription pain relief (such as opioids). Especially, for people who have chronic pain and have become reliant upon those habit-forming medications.  Even though more research is required to verify the pain-relieving properties of CBD, it’s clear patients are benefiting from trying these CBD products.

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why is cbd being chosen over pain meds

CBD is becoming a ‘quick-fix’ for many medical conditions and symptoms for anything from psoriasis to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Shinning Star

It seems to be becoming the medical industry’s shining star’.  Which has seen researchers jump at the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how this product is helping people.

There currently aren’t a lot of clinical trials about CBD for pain relief in humans. But preclinical tests are being carried out on animals, for example, animals with painful arthritis.   These studies have shown that CBD reduces pain and inflammation and has very few side effects.  

how does it work

For thousands of years, people have been using CBD as a natural remedy for pain relief.  Still, the medical community have only recently begun studying its benefits and how it works in-depth.  CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in our brain and immune system (the tiny proteins attached to our cells).

These receptors receive chemical signals and respond by creating anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that aid with the management of pain.  The current theory is that the endocannabinoid system has two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are in the brain.  They are believed to be associated with cognitive actions including mood, memory, thinking and appetite.

CB1 and CB2 receptors

The CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and are responsible for how the body reacts to pain and inflammation.   THC attaches to the CB1 receptors (which explains why using THC rich Cannabis can affect behaviour and appetite).

In contrast, CBD creates a positive effect on the CB2 receptors whereby the body is enticed to generate more of its cannabinoids.  This is how CBD is believed to work, but more research is being carried out to ensure that this is entirely accurate.

what kind of pain can it help

It is said that CBD Oils and CBD-infused products can help with arthritis pain relief, symptoms surrounding cancer treatment and migraine pain relief.

For arthritis pain, it’s advised that a topical CBD-infused product is used and applied directly to the skin where the arthritis is causing pain.   So researchers have tried this method of treatment on rats with arthritis for four days and noticed a significant decrease in inflammation without any side effects. It does not take long to begin to work.

This test, so far, has only been carried out on animals, so more research needs to take place to see if it is as effective on humans.   However, with most topicals designed to help with arthritis pain, it’s a case of trying products to see if they work for you and whether you like the product. A guide to CBD topicals, balms and lotions coming soon.

The Research

There have been case studies that have shown people with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) trying CBD oil to help reduce the pain felt during muscle spasms.  Muscle spasms are one of the most common symptoms of MS and can cause extreme pain.   MS patients that have tried CBD oil have sometimes reported a reduction in the frequency of their spasms as well as pain relief.   But these results are modest and haven’t got scientific verification yet, we are mid-trials.

There have been reports that CBD has been helping cancer patients reduce the pain from their cancer treatments.  Research has also been carried out on animals to see whether CBD can shrink cancerous tumours, which was successful in some of these animals.   Still, there currently isn’t enough research to see this success with tumours in humans.

However, many researchers have begun to test how CBD can help ease the pain related to cancer treatment.

are there any side effects

As with most medications, there are a few side effects that can occur in some people, but usually, most people tolerate CBD oil well.  The most popular side effects are believed to be tiredness, diarrhoea, lack of appetite and weight gain or weight loss.

Although there currently isn’t a lot of research and conclusive data to support CBD oil and CBD-infused products for pain relief.   It’s agreed that these products have a lot of potential.

There are several CBD products to try when it comes to managing pain, and it all depends on where the pain is.  For arthritis, we would recommend trying a minimum of 1000mg CBD Oil Oral Drops.  CBD works best as an anti-inflammatory, for pain relief, it is best combined with THC.

In contrast, CBD capsules and oils may be better for pain management related to cancer treatments.


the advice

For Advice

For advice and guidance about which products would be best to help relieve pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get in touch at [email protected] or say Hi via social media.

How does the Endocannabinoid system work in our bodies? see our article ‘How does CBD Work’

the conclusion

Does CBD work for pain relief? Yes

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What’s in a name

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What's in a name

What’s in a name? Big Chief Hemp, Our company name, is a homage to a Great Man.

James Forward, The man, the myth the legend, exploded into this planet in the 1950s.  He left a considerable mark, on many a life. 

James was commonly known as Jim.  He had gravitas as I’ve never experienced before, in a fellow human being. 

A few of his nicknames; were James, Jimmy, Big Jim, The Chief, and The Guru of Maidenhead.  These are the names or titles if you will, that stick in my mind the most.

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bitter sweet

It was bittersweet. I was only honoured to have been in the great man’s life for a mere three years before he left this earthly realm. 

Prior to meeting him, I’d heard of him for many years.  Jim’s reputation; was larger than life but I’d had never had the pleasure of his company. 

When our paths did eventually cross; he made such a big impression on me.

A love affair of minds.

in his honour

My business partner and I felt compelled to name our company in his honour. 

It felt like the natural thing to do.  Our company is based around Nature’s Gift, we count the Big Chief as nature’s gift to the planet.

I felt utterly robbed of a friendship that I never fully got to explore.  The time with him was too short.  Although, he would laugh, as the Chief saw me for exactly who I was after only a few meetings.

Our Chief was very funny, he loved to wind people up.  Similarly, He would ask very probing questions. Although you were unaware the probe was occurring at that moment. 

He positively polarised people.  This left him with a fantastic, large and eclectic group of friends.  A toxic presence was not welcome or tolerated. It’s a beautiful ethos and one which I try to emulate.

in his honour

Conversations around Jimmy flowed, they were provocative and stimulating.  Jim adored a good philosophy session. He was sharp and very open to new ideas. 

His home had a revolving door.  Folks leave and arrive at different times, day and night, all bearing gifts.

He nursed the vulnerable and nurtured those who needed a father figure or a friend. Jim had great Love and some short flings, he had a lot of respect for women. He felt women’s place in this world was equal to any man’s.

While he was very caring, he also loved hearing a bit of gossip (quietly). He was brutally honest. It was always a lesson, sometimes a tad harsh. Only ask Big Jim a question if you are looking for an honest answer. The man was not a fan of sugar coating anything unless it was appropriate.

A prolific reader of books and he listened to bonkers music.  I referred to it as a psychedelic taste in music.  He loved to party and enjoyed a good festival. 

His home was always full of music, love, cannabis and friends.  At the end of a long evening; he had some tunes that could clear out a room to go to bed  When Frank Zapper and Captain Beefheart came on we all left.

he was out there

As with all spiritual beings, he made music.  Jim loved the bongo and could play them very well.  He enjoyed a good jamming session and had no qualms about trying something new. 

Our Jim was very ‘out there and supportive of your music, even if it wasn’t his cup of tea.  He wasn’t a music snob (as he put it).

The Chief was one of my heroes next to my father and best friend.  He was a mentor; his brief teachings, still ring in my head today.  His ‘sayings’ are still permeating our work and lives. 

When faced with a tough subject, we ask ourselves; “What would the big man say?”.  It’s a daft question really, he was not predictable.  Any answer to a question was not always expected or obvious.

He would often put a mirror to you. He would open your mind to yourself.  This was not always appreciated at the time but eventually understood. 

The chief was an old soul.  I remember all of our encounters. The Big Chief made a significant impact on my life.

Jim taught me, that it was okay not to believe in any denomination, it doesn’t mean there is nothing there.  To ignore the re-written teachings and do y broad research from every angle to find within me, the answer.  The clarity he gave was refreshing and made you realise, that you don’t need to know it all, just enjoy the ride.

tribe of his own

The Big Chief did not conform, he had his own rules and could see the game was rigged.  He played life respectfully by his laws. 

James had a tribe of his own, and we all adored him, that’s not to say he wanted it that way.  He enjoyed his own company.  He could be frustrating at times, but his words always made sense.

Before I met Our Chief, I had zero spiritual feelings and did not believe in any religion or higher power.  At the same time could not get my head around a scientific fact.  The facts are never absolute and forever changing.

He was undoubtedly too clever for most but worked hard to relinquish his ego.  It’s tricky and he didn’t always achieve it.  But he was self-aware and made every effort to be a gentleman unless you deserved otherwise. 

If The Chief told you off, no one asked him why he did it, you were asked what on earth had you had done?

The aurora The Chief possessed was gentle but powerful.  Our sun-worshipper was affectionately and respectfully called The Big Chief.  The Big man was quietly in charge; a tall man who studied Aikido, a self-defence martial art, created to defend one’s self all the while protecting their attackers from injury. 

Art of Aikido is translated as “the way of unifying life energy or often described as “the way of harmonious spirit”.

That’s the most accurate description of Jim The way of harmonious spirit’.

why big chief

Because Jim was wise and not backwards in coming forwards.  He had the highest cheekbones, very prominent. 

An attractive man he did not have the classic look of a European male.  He’d long hair, mostly tied back and didn’t seem to be born of this era. 

Didn’t walk, he glided, his moves eloquent and measured.  He could physically have control of you in one delicate move, by holding your hand, all very calmly. 

His respect had to be earned. And you craved his connection.

James, left behind two outstanding children, adults now with their own families.  A seriously tough journey. When the children were young, they lost their Mum, and Jim lost his love to Cancer. 

James raised the children on his own with help of friends and family and what a fantastic job he did. 

Jimmy leaves behind four Grandchildren, they all adored their Grandfather.

Jim was also struck with Cancer in his 60s’.  His legacy lives on.  The Chief was the perfect Grandad.  Giving them his time and taught them funny lessons and they enjoyed camping holidays together.  He leaves behind a beautiful family who miss him dearly, our loss is Great.

My best friend (partner) had been in his life since his early teens.  The Chief was; his Brother, Father and Uncle all rolled into one.  Big Jim told us that together we could make something magical and help to heal the fractures of our surrounding environment.  He was not wrong. The Chief knew the benefits of Cannabis to the planet, the economy and to medicine.

James Forward

So when people ask What’s in a name? Big Chief Hemp, would not have existed if it was not for Jim. 

He pointed out the obvious and encouraged us and gave us the drive we needed.  We tired him out with it in the end.  But we are eternally grateful for his love and guidance. 

He loved our mission, and I just hope he knows what an impact he had on Big Chief Hemp and us.

My final hope is that we can serve his memory justice and achieve our dream of helping and healing, with nature.

As I write this, the date is very significant, it would have been The Big Chief’s birthday today.

James, we raise a glass and a pipe in your honour today 14th August 2020.

Amatam Memoriam

Big Love

Mandy x

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How to make hemp milk

Hemp Milk in a glass jar with straw

two minute hemp milk

Perfect plant-based alternative to Dairy Milk: Hemp Seeds are a great source of protein.

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vitamins & fibre

Full of vitamins and fibre. A natural source of healthy vegan protein, good for the whole family.

A fabulous source of fibre to sprinkle on your salads or breakfast.

Essential fatty acids

With amino and essential fatty acids, perfect to make hemp milk. It doesn’t split so it’s perfect for your hot drinks. The best alternative to dairy milk.

  • Source of essential fatty acids
  • Non-Dairy
  • Vegan protein
  • Contains all 20 amino acids
  • Low in Carbohydrate

Hemp seeds are high in fibre with a wonderful slightly nutty taste. Somewhere between Soy milk and almond milk.

Make your own hemp milk and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Use it just like you would milk. Pour on your breakfast or make ice cream. The options are endless.

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Cannabis VS Hemp

Cannabis VS Hemp

So what’s the difference between Hemp vs cannabis. The answer is THC.

Let’s clarify the difference.

The plants look the same, and smell the same with enormous benefits however, they are very different.

Both species are born of the same Cannabis family.Three of the central family are

  •   Sativa
  •     Ruderalis
  •     Indica

The plants are indigenous to East Asia and grow over the world.

what is hemp

Hemp is the general term for the Industrial plant.

It’s non-psychoactive with less than 3% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

Hemp cannot give you a ‘head high, therefore, it is not used as a recreational drug ’.

The plant has many industrial uses.

Hemp Industrial Uses

The Hemp plant is used in the manufacturing of many products, for example; paper, cloth and rope.

Bibles and maps used to be made of Hemp paper. Until the 1820s 80% of all textiles, fabrics, linen, clothes, bedsheets and curtains were made from hemp. 

Today, we use hemp to make products; for example; bags, clothing and car manufacturing.

Why not take a look at our article on the many uses of the hemp plant?.


Hempcrete building blocks

It’s a thing! HempCrete is a Plant-based sustainable building block. To create new homes and outbuildings. 

The Hempcrete building blocks are created using mixtures of Hemp, Lime and Hurds. 

Hemp has natural thermal mass and creates natural insulation consequently it’s ideal to build your home. 

It is not brittle like concrete making it an ideal building block.

Versatile Hemp

In the 1500s The British Navy Fleet heavily relied upon Hemp. 

Hemp is naturally resistant to rotting from saltwater and is therefore perfect for fleets’ sails and rope. 

Today, Hemp is used for home insulation, biofuels, car manufacturing, rope and carpet production.

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Hemp food and drink

Milk made from hemp seed is the perfect alternative to dairy milk.  As well as being perfect for making cold-pressed cooking oils. Perfect for sprinkling seeds on your salads or breakfast. An ideal source of amino acids.

Cannabis is the term used for the variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that contains more than 0.3% THC and is psychoactive.  

The plant is harvested for Cannabis products, medicinal and recreational products

various therapeutic benefits

Hemp is a wonderful herbal remedy with many uses.  Take CBD Oil to aid your endocannabinoid system.  CBD is used to make a huge range of Skincare products.

one is legal the other is not

Cannabis is the usual term for the variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that contains more than 0.3% THC. 

This plant is psychoactive.  Cannabis is harvested for medicinal as well as recreational products. 

As it’s psychoactive it will illicit a ‘head high’ and may stimulate the body. 

CBD is present in Cannabis.  Hemp is legal to consume in the UK however, Cannabis remains illegal, without a prescription.

visually different

The grown plants look slightly different.

Legal – Hemp has a thicker stalk, with slimmer leaves and much fewer branches and can grow to 20 feet high.

Illegal – Cannabis is often shorter, with slender stems with a dense growth of leaves and buds. Usually, This plant will grow up to 6ft

CBD comes from the Hemp plant, and medical cannabis comes from the Cannabis plant.


Marijuana was a marketing term created by the CIA in the 1950s, Harry Anslinger coined the term to demonise the plant.

As the term marijuana has racist connotations, The industry prefers to use the term cannabis for recreational plants.

hemp flowers in jars

medicinal properties

In addition to being a recreational plant, it has many medicinal qualities.  Cannabis Oil provides pain relief, Whilst CBD Oil offers anti-inflammatory properties. 

In addition; Cannabis can assist with some cancers. It promotes cell death and restricts the blood flow to the tumour.  We know it is good for easing the side effects of traditional cancer treatments and aiding in palliative care. 

Studies in the UK are now going to look at cannabis as a cancer treatment.

As a result, there is much research to be done.   

its a exciting time

the future of cannabis products is looking bright. Once the stigma disappears we can get on and begin to explore this vital plant.

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How long does CBD take to work

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How long does CBD take to work

This is a good question. The answer: it’s complicated.

Cannabis is not a pharmaceutical medicine, and as such, it isn’t easy to measure it like one. CBD is a botanical remedy and not to be described as a cure.

Everyone is different

CBD is not to be treated like a pharmaceutical.  There are no hard and fast generic rules to pop on the outside of a box. This is nature and as individuals, we process CBD at different rates.

The answer has many factors to consider — height, weight, metabolism, absorption rates, as well as your requirements. All are needing different quantities of CBD to be active.

If we look at diet and calorie-burning, a 6.2ft slender built male will burn calories just sitting down whereas a 5.2ft slim woman must physically move to burn calories. ; Taller people, generally are supporting a greater mass against gravity, which in turn requires more energy.

The larger we are, height or weight or smaller, we are affecting the rates at which we process food, and this is the same for the CBD delivery system.

CBD dosage

For most users, success is achieved by taking CBD in the morning and again in the evening.

Each of us is different with different needs. From one end of a spectrum to the other, for example, Epilepsy patients using medical-grade cannabis oils require to consume far more than individuals looking to relieve chronic pain or folks looking for a feeling of well-being.

We always recommend you begin with a smaller amount, start with a 500mg in a 10ml bottle and see how it ‘affects’ you. Increasing your dosage by a drop each time, until you hit your ‘sweet spot.’

(500mg for a sense of wellbeing – 4000mg for help with discomfort).

How do you know it’s working?

In the words of one of our customers “As the effects are subtle you don’t feel major changes, but by golly, you realise it’s magic when you go on holiday for a week and can’t take it with you!”

How they will know if the CBD is working as there is no ‘high’? It is not easy to say.  It’s difficult to know how long CBD takes to work.  The benefit is not something you can measure immediately as with a traditional pain killer.

Professor Mike Barnes, a Consultant Neurologist and Medical Cannabis expert, Tells us, that we should see Cannabis as a Botanical Medicine to work alongside conventional pharmaceuticals.

My Personal Experience

I do not make any medical claims. Can only tell you of my own humble experience.

In days gone by, I would use Prescription Pain killers, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants and occasional sleeping tablets, with a pill on top to soften the blow on my stomach.

Now, I use over-the-counter pain relief, no anti-depressants and no medicines to relieve the effects on my stomach.

Twice a day, I use three drops of 2000mg CBD Oil. When it gets bad, I will increase the dosage to three times a day.  It took me a good four months to figure out how much was a perfect balance.

When I began taking CBD in 2018, unaware of the correct dosage, I was taking too much too soon. The way I was treating myself was futile, and it was washing over me. After much research and learning the correct way to begin. Restarted with small dosages and a slow build-up, it began to have more effect.

Initially, I was unaware of the effects, and Nowadays, I can feel it working. Am now more than aware when I’ve forgotten to take it.  It’s been fantastic, and have not requested a prescription for pain relief for a good two years, yet my condition is worsening, due to having two degenerative illnesses.

Generally speaking

The vast majority of case results are subtle. If you’re using CBD for anxiety for, example, you will notice that you feel ‘better.’ Those who try it for chronic pain will find a gradual decrease in the severity of the pain.

In my case, CBD is not a full replacement for pain killers, but more a massive compliment to my regime. In reducing the need for prescription drugs.

It’s been suggested, that for anxiety or depression, CBD can take a good three to four weeks to begin to feel the benefits.

1800s travelling salesman

One of my lovely neighbours laughed with me and commented, I sound like one of those old-time travelling salesmen.

“Gather your fine selves around folks, have I got a tincture for you, this here in my hand will cure ALL your ills”

Honestly, my neighbour is not wrong; that is what I sound like, an 1800s travelling dentist from a Western movie, Minus the accent.

The reason; is because I do have the tincture that will assist a lot of ills.

**please note I dropped the word ‘cure’. CBD is not a cure for an illness, but it is a fabulous all-rounder for easing symptoms of illness.

So how does CBD have such a broad reach across many symptoms?

Here comes the science bit

The body works on a system of transmitters and receptors. There is more than one system. A few of these systems are:

  • Dopamine: A neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in the brain and body. These transmitters regulate many of our actions; movement, attention, nausea, sleep, too many to mention in this article.
  • Serotonin system. The system regulates moods and social behaviours, digestion, appetite, memory sleep, and sexual desire.
  • Opioid Receptors. Proteins extend onto the surface of a cell membrane and then act as a communication link between the external environments. This cell interacts with drugs or neurotransmitters.

So what role does the Endocannabinoid system play?

The Endocannabinoid system is the Master controller of the Systems, which goes a long way to explain why it has such a far reach across many ailments.

Supporting your Endocannabinoid system helps to correct many imbalances throughout the body.

Brain synapsis

The Science

CBD’s effect on the cannabinoid receptors ultimately helps increase the production of anandamide and 2-AG endocannabinoids. 

CBD targets alpha-3 glycine receptors. Dysfunctional glycine receptors cause pain and inflammation and CBD appears to suppress issues.

CBD interacts with receptors called 5-HT1A and TRPV1. 

5-HT1A is one of the major chemical mediators that is released in injured and inflamed tissue.

TRPV1 is interesting and has many roles. Aside from the detection and regulation of your body temperature. It is also part of the transmission and modulation of your pain. Which explains the reason cannabidiol has to ability to alleviate inflammation and pain.


Our Conclusion

So when we ask, How long does CBD take to work?.

With all these factors in mind, the only person who can advise you on dosage and how long it takes to feel the effects is you.