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Cannabis Decriminalisation UK

Police man on bended knee next to Mandy discussing cannabis

Is it time to decriminalise cannabis

Big Chief on the Campaign for Cannabis Decriminalisation in the UK, for a Better Future!

We’ve been busy; we’ve been wheeling up and down the country talking to different groups and sitting outside of New Scotland Yard and The Home Office, at a ‘Campaign Rally’; because we believe in the rights of the Hemp Plant.

Our founder, Mandy Tusz had a meeting with Michael Gove; to discuss the British Hemp Alliance’ Hemp Manifesto’, and all things Hemp.  Michael Gove is a British politician and Minister for the Cabinet Office. Michael has been the Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath of which, Mandy is a constituent.  Big Chief Hemp resides in the same constituency, and so our questions were two-fold. Personal and Business.

Full CBD range wooden heart

PROJECT twenty 21

Proudly, Mandy is a participant in Project Twenty21, a Cannabis study, run by Professor David Nutt.

Project Twenty21 is the most extensive study in Europe to gain the research required to prove the efficacy of Medical Cannabis. So this study aims to give confidence to policymakers and GPs alike and alleviate myths and misconceptions.

Seed our future

Mandy has also had the pleasure of contributing, in a small way, to the Open Letter by Seed Our Future ‘No Evidence, No Crime’.

The Document is an open demand to the Government and Police Agencies to decriminalise Cannabis in all; its forms.  Seed our Future’s paper challenges the very Laws that see Cannabis included in the Schedule one Misuse of Drugs Act.  Ultimately, So we can be free of the fear of conviction

Where did this all begin

Our founder’s journey in creating the company began in early 2018. While looking for an alternative to pain relief stumbled across Cannabis paste. At the time, the paste was not strictly legal in the UK.

Mandy is physically disabled with a fracture in her lower spine. As chronic pain is part of her life, Cannabis has been an enormous relief to her. So she could not accept the reasons for the laws and took a delve deeper into the issues surrounding Cannabis and the laws that govern it.

It began with becoming a member of the Cannabis Trades Association, attending their 2nd ever Conference, in Solihull. Guy Cox was a founder member.

the cta

Mandy and the team watched Guy Coxall deliver a speech on the reasons compliance within the new CBD industry was so vital; for the success of the sector.  Later, the group attended a talk by Guy discussing his organisation Hemp Tank.

guy coxall

Inspired by Guy’s onstage talks and armed with the new information about his mission, Mandy went home to see what she could do.

Mandy tells me “Guy wants to change the current legislation surrounding the Cannabis plant and educated me on the reasons Cannabis was illegal; it blew me away!”.  She began researching and writing articles for her website but was contacted by her local Trading Standards Office and asked to moderate the wording and remove any mention of Medical Benefits.  Her articles continually being stripped of valuable information and slimmed down to a nonsensical blurb with mere suggestions of ‘wellness’.

the frustration

Mandy found this frustrating; Many studies have already been completed, and we are behind in the UK.  It seems arrogant of our various Councils not to accept reviews and studies from other well-learned Countries.

Besides, Cannabis as a medicine does not fit within the current medical arena; as such, it ought not to be measured in the same way.

We need to create new categories and move with our newfound knowledge of the plant.

the ultimate question

‘WHY IS CANNABIS ILLEGAL?” Cannabis has been used by human beings, livestock and textiles for thousands of years. It is only in the last 70 years it’s become the villain in a sordid play.  Up until 1973, Full Cannabis tinctures were available in UK pharmacies.

It was another two years before Mandy crossed paths with Guy once more.

A group called Seed Our Future was holding a rally. Up and down the Country in various home towns and cities, performing ‘Civil Disobedience’ and planting a Hemp Seed to legalise cannabis campaign. 

The Planting of a Hemp Seed requires a Home Office Licence. The Police were in situ at most of the Venues, but it was a peaceful day all around.


Mandy attended the London rally, outside New Scotland yard.

She reports it was a great day, She rocked up on her Wheels with her partner, and they met lots of like-minded people. She had no idea at the time this event had been organised by Guy Coxall and his team of warriors.

Mandy managed to educate one Police Officer and was very pleased with herself.

Police man on bended knee next to Mandy discussing cannabis

At the event, Mandy met the British Hemp Alliance and Beyond Green. It was one of those, ‘Meant to Be’ moments.

Sam Cannon from Be: yond Green filmed Mandy for a Cannabis documentary.  Mandy was idly chatting about contacting her local MP, Michael Gove. The next thing, Mandy had arranged a meeting and Beyond Green came along to offer support.

During the meeting, Mandy e-mailed the British Hemp Alliance; ‘Hemp Manifesto’

She was supporting the Hemp Industry, in particular Farming.

We are working hard on Cannabis Decriminalisation for the UK

meeting mr gove

Her conversation with Mr Gove lasted 12 minutes;

“We had a 10-minute slot, and we were well prepared, it went better than expected. Michael was optimistic, he seemed very enthusiastic and seemed to be unaware Hemp is such a fabulous Carbon Sequencer.

He says he will discuss it with the Home Office; Priti Patel and the Health Minister; Matt Hancock.

Mr Gove’s going to get back to us; I’m feeling good about it, Mr Gove is a very nice man, this is not my first encounter with him.”


Mandy has set up a CBD company as full cannabis companies are not yet legal and ultimately wants to be a Cannabis Farmer, and grow Full Plant extracts from Cannabis.

The two main questions:

  • Why is a none psychoactive plant in the Home Office under licence?.
  • Why do we have to destroy the flower and leaves on-site?

BusinessCann Magazine Covered our Story

legalise cannabis campaign

After the call, Mandy was feeling encouraged but lonely in this quest and unsure of what she could do next.  Mandy had joined the group Seed Our Future after the rally and wanted to do anything she could to help, in any way possible.  She contacted Guy Coxall to explain what she’d been up to and asked for some advice.

They met up, and it was a successful meeting of minds; Mandy told me

“Because He is a Legend in our world. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Guy and his wife Helen they are inspirational.  With purely good intentions, It’s refreshing to meet a ‘legend’ and not be disappointed.”.

So Guy was at the end of writing “possibly the biggest paper” of his life, together with fellow ‘lifetime activists’ Trev Coleman and Steven Harrison.

With contributions from Alun Buffry, Phil Monk and Victoria Lenormand, all working hard on the legalise cannabis campaign.


mandy says

Because Our Cannabis Laws appear to be Unenforceable.

Seed Our Future has requested five pieces of Foundation Evidence to support the Laws against, Possession, Use and Cultivation of Cannabis.  Our Freedom of Information request results were no surprise to Guy Coxall; it was confirmation of what he already knew:

The CPS, Police Crime Commissioners and the Police Force are not able to provide the Foundation Evidence that has Cannabis included in Schedule 1 of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act in the UK.

Sativa Cannabis is less harmful than sugar

His Conclusion

Cannabis should never have been included on the prohibited list. Misuse of Drugs Act in the UK

In the Absence of Evidence, The Law cannot be enforced

No Evidence. No crime.


Quamvis lex generaliter loquitur restringenda tamen est, ut cessante ratione et ipsa cessat.

“Though the law speaks generally, it must be limited as, where the reason ceases to apply, the law itself ceases”

Its a crime

Arresting a UK citizen for Cannabis would be tantamount to a Crime, because, The PACE code which governs the Police and the Terrorism Act requires each officer to be aware of the laws which they enforce. The lack of evidence suggests they are assuming the Law; this goes against their due diligence requirements.

As we have proof of the Personal, medical & Environmental Benefits of using Cannabis it should not be a schedule 2.

Cannabis cannot induce a lethal response because of drug-related toxicity. To cause death, a Cannabis in smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much cannabis contained in one cannabis cigarette. In this scenario, the likelihood is; dying of smoke inhalation first.


There is proof that our Prohibition Law was and remains today, Politically motivated.  Why is Cannabis illegal? I would recommend the website for more information.  Recommend Joining Seed Our Future on Facebook or their website, if this is of interest to you. It’s a private group, where you may speak freely about the joys of the plant Cannabis.    

A personal note from Guy Coxall

With special thanks to the ‘Seed Our Future’ supporters, the entire ‘cannabis community,’ including but not limited to, every cannabis/hemp activist who has tirelessly fought for our rights, freedoms and future for decades, and those who have been involved in all cannabis/hemp research, industry and promotion and finally to those in positions of power who push for changes in cannabis legislation.

seed our future logo

seed our future

The Document went live on 16th October 2020. No Victim no crime paper

It is an Open Demand to The Government and Police Service:

From the paper

The people demand immediate reform to bring an end to these crimes against humanity and the environment.  We do not want a move in classification or licencing; we don’t want ‘legalisation’ which supports corporate interests,  we demand that Cannabis be immediately and completely removed from all drug scheduling and licencing,

The people want to regain

That the people regain their right to cultivate and consume Cannabis for personal use, that the ECS is added to all Biology curricula,  Especially within medical training and that Medical Practitioners are allowed to prescribe Cannabis-based medicinal products, not as a last resort but as they see fit.

Finally, we ask that any cannabis products which are marketed for sale, be regulated as specified in section 5.4.


We would also like to recommend that the Government seriously consider investing in the infrastructure for a thriving ‘green industrial revolution’ in utilising the many industrial uses of Cannabis.

what does it mean

“my contribution was small, but it meant the world just be involved, An honour. Most of my work was Freedom of Information requests”.

This was a life-times work of three men in particular, and their whole group Seed The Future joined in and supported them.

“watching this group and this campaign has been fab! The Paper they have created is a Real Game Changer”

Seed Our Future aims to challenge the laws surrounding Cannabis. To bring to light how politically motivated the laws are.  Because it has nothing to do with harm.

Our conclusion

For the Full Document.

Is it time to decriminalise cannabis? Yes! This amazing plant has so much to give.

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Cannabis Prescription UK

Cannabis Oils

Medical Cannabis in the UK

The Journey Towards Acceptance – Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018, a pivotal moment for countless individuals in need. Yet, it’s still largely underutilised. Why? Let’s delve deeper.

A Brief History of Medical Cannabis in the UK

Since its legalisation in 2018, the NHS has issued fewer than 5 prescriptions.

Project Twenty21 emerged from a governmental call for scientific evidence.

Although countries like Canada, The Netherlands, Israel, and the Czech Republic have advanced significantly in cannabis research, the UK has been somewhat lagging.

Did youknow?

Drug Science, founded by Professor David Nutt in 2010, aims to present the most comprehensive study on medical cannabis benefits in Europe under Project Twenty21.

This isn’t a clinical trial – it’s a registry. Participants cover some costs, but the insights might reshape the UK’s stance on cannabis.

The Cost of Medical Cannabis

It’s undeniable that private cannabis prescriptions come at a cost, and unfortunately, it’s not pocket-friendly for everyone.

Though prices are slightly above street value, the benefits of legal, safe, and medically supervised treatment could be life changing.

A significant goal of Project Twenty21 is to gather evidence supporting NHS funding for medical cannabis, where benefits outweigh potential risks.

The Changing Face of Cannabis Acceptance

David Nutt, once Chair of the Misuse of Drugs Advisory Council, made headlines with his views comparing the dangers of ecstasy and LSD to alcohol.

Although his candidness led to his removal, it highlighted the need for change. Today, activists, scientists, and doctors unite to change perceptions about cannabis.

The powerful effects of cannabis treatments for conditions like epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and PTSD are hard to ignore, yet accessibility remains a hurdle for many.

Did you know? The UK was the world’s largest supplier of medical cannabis.

Yet, Brexit and COVID-19 trade issues have added challenges for patients relying on imports.

Personal Experiences A Glimpse into Medical Cannabis Treatment

Through Project Twenty21, eligible patients can get supervised access to medical cannabis treatments. One such patient shared their transformative journey, from being prescribed various treatments to finding solace in cannabis. Costs might be high, but as the patient says, “the outcome is priceless.”

From oils to flowers, patients have a range of treatment options. Dosages vary by individual, but the key lies in consistency. Regular check-ins with consultants ensure treatments are effective and safe.

Spotlight: Prof. Mike Barnes, Medical Director of The Medical Cannabis Clinics, and campaigner for cannabis-based therapies, played an instrumental role in securing a prescription for Alfie Dingley, a child with a rare form of epilepsy.

His treatments drastically reduced seizures, offering a new lease on life.

The Future of Medical Cannabis in the UK

Medical cannabis has proven transformative for many. It’s a natural, versatile treatment that deserves a place in the UK’s healthcare landscape.

With ongoing research, awareness campaigns, and positive patient testimonials, the UK stands on the brink of a medical cannabis renaissance. The hope?

That more individuals can safely access and benefit from this remarkable plant.

Final Thoughts

Embrace the natural potential of cannabis.  Join the movement, support research, and help bring change to the UK’s cannabis landscape. With consistent efforts and the backing of science, a brighter, greener future awaits


Medical Cannabis in the UK: The Journey Towards Acceptance


Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018, a pivotal moment for countless individuals in need.

Yet, it’s still largely underutilised. Why? Let’s delve deeper.

Project Twenty 21 Medical Cannabis Clinic

The Medical Cannabis clinic

The Medical Cannabis Clinics

Project Twenty21 was born out of a need to satisfy the Governments’ request for UK scientific proof.  The study is Europe-wide and will demonstrate the efficacy of Cannabis in humans.  It is only natural that we look to science for evidence of the plant’s benefits.

Project Twenty 21 Medical Cannabis Clinic

There is an extensive set of data from fellow Countries like Canada, The Netherlands, Israel and the Czech Republic. These Countries are considered The Giants in Cannabis Growth and Research.  More and more research results are published daily; it is an exciting time for this humble but mighty plant.  And the UK is now collating its evidence; Drug Science was founded in 2010 by Professor David Nutt.

Drug Science brings together leading drug experts, to carry out ground-breaking research into drug effects.  The group Drug Science aims to put together the most extensive study in Europe’s Project Twenty21′.

It is important to note; There is no placebo involved in this study therefore it’s a Registry and not a Clinical Trial.   And it’s not free so the patient bears some of the Cannabis Prescription cost in the UK

The study will provide a much-needed service of Private Medical Cannabis Prescriptions in the UK. Of course, limited to those who can afford the prescriptions, we will discuss the Cannabis prescription costs in the UK later in this article.

Costs of Medical Cannabis Prescription in the UK are slightly more expensive than the street prices, once you factor in the consultant fees and prescription costs.  But it does all depend on how much you need.

are you ELIGIBLE

With Project Twenty21, eligible patients can access a medical cannabis treatment monitored by Drug Science. The organisers of the project aim to enrol 20,000 patients by 2021. The study will create the largest body of evidence, all for the effectiveness and tolerability of medical Cannabis.  Because Drug Science hopes the outcome of Project Twenty21 will provide proof for NHS funding where the benefits of treatment with medicinal Cannabis will prove to outweigh the potential risks.

who is professor david nutt

David Nutt was the Chair of the Misuse of Drugs Advisory Council. Famously, David announced ‘ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol’.   This was during a lecture at King’s College London. The lecture was on drug risk and classification.

Unfortunately, The honest answer was not desirable and so was swiftly followed by Professor Nutt’s removal from the Panel.   Almost ten years later not much changed when Prof Alex Stevens, resigned from the Advisory Council (ACMD), due to inappropriate Political interventions.

The UK is currently challenging the Government and the laws surrounding Cannabis.

Activists, Scientists and Doctors have come together to change the way we see this plant and its many benefits.  They have been discussing the plant with Members of Parliament and GPs to encourage a change in how we see Cannabis.

its life changing

The Cannabis Oils and Flowers treatment can be life-changing, yet patients in the UK are unable to access or afford it as there are too many barriers.   Because there is still a lot of social stigma and fear attached to this beautiful natural treatment.

Families of children who have epilepsy are desperate for NHS funding for Cannabis treatments, which have proved very effective.  And patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome and Substance Use Disorder or PTSD – could benefit from Cannabis via our health system.  But currently, they are finding it challenging to gain assistance from our National Health Care System

Patients 1.4 Million

It is estimated up to 1.4 million patients are left with no alternative but to turn to illegal means of gaining Cannabis—Criminalising and putting themselves in harm’s way.

Families are deprived of NHS assistance and have grown desperate. They are trying to fund their prescriptions privately.

Without prescriptions

The costs for UK Cannabis Prescription can be enormous, some being more than a monthly mortgage price.

Because many of the treatments are imported from other European Countries.

the uk is one of the largest CANNABIS EXPORTERS

This is incredibly frustrating as the UK is one of the largest suppliers of Medical Cannabis; in the world. (The UK was the largest supplier until this year).

These families now face a new problem in Brexit with the absence of a Deal combined with COVID, further issues with trade have arisen.  Because the flow of Medical Cannabis is about to grind to a halt.

Added stress

The stress increases further and a painful inability to gain access to their treatments is devastating.  Life-Threatening in some cases.

prescription CANNABIS uk

Project Twenty21 cannabis study is crucial for the UK to move forward and to realise this plant’s potential and in turn, change UK laws surrounding the plant.  This plant requires renewed respect, and it will see a renaissance in the UK. As a nation, we need to grow it freely, without the shackles of licences and post-production laws that are starved of logic.  Get Medical Cannabis with Project Twenty21.

We require access to the treatment on a large scale, and every day the need is growing more urgent.

Prof. Barnes is a campaigner for changes in attitude to cannabis-based therapies. He worked with Hannah Deacon in gaining one of the first Prescriptions for Hannah’s son Alfie Dingley.   When Alfie was Seven, he was granted a special licence to use Cannabis oil and is now living a “pretty normal life”, in Hannah’s words.

Alfie has a rare form of epilepsy and was enduring up to 150 seizures every month. Those seizures have stopped, and Alfie is a happy smiling boy.

End Our Pain

Professor Barnes and Hannah now work together on the campaign, and both are standing up for other patients’ rights, patients in need of these treatments. The campaign is ‘End Our Pain’.

hemp flowers in jars

i am a participant

I am one of the Project Twenty21 Participants and have a Cannabis Prescription.

Proud to be a part of this study, as a CannaActivist myself. I’m very keen to have the UK Laws changed, to move with the times, so everyone can enjoy the freedom cannabis gives. The scope of benefits is much broader than described above, but the study has to have a set of parameters.

The Medical Cannabis Clinic London

My cannabis prescription UK is via The Medical Cannabis Clinics, created by Medical Director, Professor Mike Barnes.

The initial step was to ensure I was eligible for treatment.

 To be a patient and part of the study, you must have one of the following conditions, recorded by your GP:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • PTSD

criteria for a prescription

The second criterion, you must have tried at least two prescribed treatments that have not worked.  If you satisfy the above, you can access the website and Choose a Clinic. You can call (make sure when you phone you confirm you require Project Twenty21) or access an online booking system and make yourself an appointment for a consultation with a Consultant.

I meet the criteria as I endure Chronic Pain due to an old fracture that will not heal. I’ve tried many combinations of medications and treatments; none have been successful and only exacerbate my complaints. My GP is fully aware, and I also have a pain specialist I see every four months.

The process was fascinating and odd at the same time, making an appointment to gain Cannabis on a prescription. It was a day I thought would never come; it gave me butterflies

There are different Consultants to choose from, depending on your medical requirements.

my GP helped

Cannabis prescription costs in the UK are in the middle so not cheap but not too expensive.  The initial appointment was £150. I went ahead and booked my first consultation with the Pain Specialist and created an online account with the Medical Cannabis Clinic at the same time.  So it was all straightforward stuff, a pleasantly easy process. 

Then came a quick courtesy phone call from the Clinic before our appointment. My Consultant just had a couple of questions to check and ensure this was the correct avenue for me.  Getting the appointment is no guarantee of a prescription; as initially, your Consultant will weigh up your suitability and discuss it with your GP.

All being well, an e-mail arrived with a consent form. I was giving my permission for the Consultant to access my medical records.

Two weeks later

I had an online meeting with my lovely Consultant.   The appointment lasted roughly 30 minutes.

During the call, it was agreed Cannabis is the way forward for me.  We went through my medical history and complaints and discussed the various treatment options.

My GP has not contacted me about this process; instead has agreed on my suitability. Previously, My GP had not been altogether enthusiastic about Cannabis Therapies, but it would appear this is no longer the case, and I applaud his open-mindedness.

Cannabis Prescription flowers

cannabis prescription cost uk

Each prescription costs £150; Initially, I had two prescriptions, with 30ml of 12:25 Oil & 30g of Flower each month.

The cost for a repeat prescription is £30.

 Follow-up appointments are £65 (every three months).

*These prices are from 2021 and may have changed.

It appears expensive, but for me the outcome is priceless.

The treatments were available to me at the time.


 30ml bottle 100% CBD Oil

 30ml bottle 12:25 Oil – 12mg/ml THC & 25mg/ml CBD

30ml bottle 25:25 Oil – 25mg/ml THC & 25mg/ml CBD


 Khiron – Indica with 18-22% Thc

The flower terpene profile is Carophyllene oxide 0.96% Humulene 0.66% Carophyllene 0.61% Alpha-pinene 0.26%.

I’ve tried the whole menu.  My bottle holds 750 drops of an MCT carrier oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride).

The cannabis treatments are a mix of CBDs and THCs, so the psychoactive elements and their healing properties are present.  Of the above list, I’ve tried everything on the menu aside from the 100% CBD  (as CBD is my business, I’m lucky to be aware of its benefits).

my prescription

My Prescriptions allow for both Flower and Oil. Initially, when this journey began for me, the Flower was not available, I was added to a waiting list and started straight away with 12:25 Oil.  Within a few days, I received a call from the Green Pharmacy.

All systems go

We discussed and confirmed my prescription and address. All systems go, I made an over-the-phone payment.  Transaction complete, the wait began for my Cannabis to be delivered through the post.  And the day arrived, a black padded envelope was handed over, and my new, improved life began.

how to consume cannabis

My suggestion is to forget everything you think you know and follow the Consultants instructions. I got ahead of myself and took too much too soon.

Begin slowly

 0.1ml to start twice a day for one week, then increase to three times per day. In the third week, I raised this to .02ml three times per day. The fourth week arrived at my target of .03 three times per day (I only use more when required).

After the first bottle, which lasted for over six weeks, I switched to the larger dose of 25:25mg/ml.

Problems with cannabis flower prescription

my Flower arrived. But not the Khiron that we had discussed. Due to logistical issues, the Khiron was unavailable.   A different strain of Flower was provided in its stead, and it came from Israel.  It looks initially like a box for a pair of tights. Inside is a foil bag; each bag contains 30gms of buds.   The new Flower was more of a mix of Sativa than a pure Indica, around the same THC level.

We discussed and confirmed my prescription and address. All systems go, I made an over-the-phone payment.  Transaction complete, the wait began for my Cannabis to be delivered through the post.  And the day arrived, a black padded envelope was handed over, and my new, improved life began.

how long does it last

I use the Oil with a measured pipet under the tongue and hold it for as long as I can, usually around two minutes.   A 30ml bottle of Oil will last me for one month, thereabouts (once up to the correct dosage).

Cannabis flowers

Vape daily, as and when I need it or use an old-fashioned bubbly.  I’ve had the Flower for around six weeks now and still have a couple of weeks remaining. It is too early for me to see a pattern emerge yet.


I can only sing the praises of this therapy, it has been life-changing for me.

Cannabis has assisted my painful spine, knees, arthritis, anxiety and pre-menopausal issues. Just Wow!

Unmolested Extract

The full natural plant extract is the way forward. No synthetics are required here. The plant is perfect just as it is.  The Oil’s are excellent.  As I’m enjoying a tad more physical freedom; part of My disability has been downgraded from Enhanced to Standard. My head is in a great place, and my body is very grateful.

pain relief

It’s an odd thing; one moment I’m in terrible pain, and my partner grabs my oils and gives me a few drops or an added big vape.  So the next, I’m being asked how I feel and for a split second am confused by the question.   You seem to forget about the pain; it just melts away oh so quietly, delightful!

Routine is the best

with Cannabis Therapy if I forget a dose, I know about it. Consistency seems to be the key here.  Historically, I would struggle with the side effects of taking my old medications. Sour stomach or feeling nauseous was the common theme; but Not any more.

How much CBD to take?

it’s a joy to behold. Everyone is different, so we are in charge of our dosage. It is very much up to the individual to establish.  And my next job is to report back to the Consultant.  Every three months, we report back to our specialists. Information is vital for the study.

My prescription is via The Medical Cannabis Clinics, created by Medical Director, Professor Mike Barnes.

*This, of course, is only my personal experience, I cannot speak for anyone else. I am not making medical claims as Cannabis is personal and everyone has a different experience.

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CBD Oil Side Effects

CBD Oil side effects

A guide to possible cbd oil side effects

Are there any CBD Oil Side effects?

When we talk about CBD, we are generally telling you about all the good stuff.

Customers all around the world are looking at CBD Products to manage a variety of ailments.  From Anxiety to Pain Relief.  I’ve found myself, It’s a wonderful alternative to many prescription meds.

Side effects of CBD

The science is positive; it is showing us CBD can have outstanding effects on arthritis, sleep (Hypnotic and antiepileptic effects of cannabidiol – PubMed (, anti-inflammatory, epilepsy, anxiety and many more issues, we encounter.

As studies continue and the exciting outcomes are being discussed around the Globe, we are thinking about the possibilities of ‘the side effects of CBD. 

Are there any CBD side effects? What are the downsides of CBD Oil Side effects? if there are any? Surely as with everything in life, we incur side effects. I have heard it said, CBD Is safer than a peanut. But is that true?

What we do know is that CBD is one of the safest supplements we have.  It is kind to your stomach and good for your skin. It helps with Wellness but there must be a downside, right?

Each of us has an Endocannabinoid system. A series of signals and receptors throughout the body and brain. It is true to say, humans have more cannabinoid receptors than any other receptor in the body.

Mammals naturally produce cannabinoids, CBD is the plant version of cannabinoids. Taking CBD Oil acts as a supplement, to bolster your immune system among a few things.

potential side effects

With everything in life, there is a downside, let’s explore CBD and its side effects.

  • Can cause a Dry mouth in some consumers. To remedy this, drink plenty of fluids after you consume your CBD Oil
  • Mild headaches have been reported. We recommend if this occurs stop using CBD oil.
  • Diarrhoea or changes in stomach behaviour.
  • May lower blood pressure
  • Appetite changes. Reported both-way loss in appetite or gain of appetite.
  • Tiredness has also been reported.
  • People on medication for Liver complaints should avoid CBD, as it may interfere with the medical as they use the same pathway.
  • Rare instances of CBD has caused mild Dizziness
CBD Side effects

the good news

Most experiences with CBD are positive, but there are some reports of side effects, although, these numbers are low and not common, with anything, we cannot escape there are sometimes side effects for some of us.

Increasing numbers of people are reporting a deeper and longer sleep whilst using CBD. Studies are very encouraging.

In a trial with patients with Cannabidiol against Placebo, The patients with CBD demonstrated a longer sleep.

Studies are showing that CBD with THC may also be able to combat Insomnia (Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature – PubMed (

our conclusion

Are there any CBD side effects?, the answer is simply Yes.

As we progress with our knowledge of CBD the outcomes are extremely positive, however, as with all things in life, where there are positives, we always have negatives.

Some people unfortunately will not enjoy the same benefits of CBD as others.

The numbers of reports with side effects are low, so again this is positive news.

As research moves forward, we will learn more about this amazing plant.

*If you suffer from any of the complaints above, and you suspect it could be your CBD, please stop using your CBD oils and if the complaint persists, please consult with your doctor.

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CBD Facts and Info

BCH CBD on a bed on hemp leaves

what is CBD

CBD Facts and Info, let’s look at what CBD is?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring substance from a Hemp plant. Within this fascinating plant, there are just over a hundred compounds, of which CBD is one. CBD is extracted from the plant.


Psychoactive is a medical term for something that affects your mind/psyche, mind-altering, in this case, ‘Being High’ your mental state is affected with a buzz, a high.

Non-psychoactive is the term for precisely the opposite, not mind-altering – does not get you ‘high.’ affecting your psyche

THC, on the other hand, is Psychoactive, one of the mind-altering Cannabinoids. The psychoactive element of the Cannabis/Marijuana plant.

CBD is the Cannabinoid being non-psychoactive

WHAT are terpenes

Terpenes are the little gems that provide the Cannabis smells and tastes; each variety plant has different terpenes, producing distinctive aromas, and fruity or earthy tones.

Just as the aroma in food adds to the taste, Terpenes’ aroma adds to the benefits of taking Cbd.

The gift that keeps on giving. Terpenes enhance the benefits of CBD, with their array of elements, it could transpire these elements carry similar benefits to CBD.

Sadly, some Terpenes are unavoidably lost during the process of extraction. Due to the drying process of the buds for the C02 removal, some of the Terpenes do not survive.

Terpenes are delicate, many of them are removed, before the cleaning process of the CBD extraction and added back to CBD Oils once they have been cleaned and cooled.

Terpene Oil can be purchased, giving you the smell and tastes of the plant without the CBD or THC. To use in cooking or smoking, create your Vape Oils or Vape Juices.

thc vs cbd

The significant elements of the Hemp Plant are named Trichomes; tiny sticky glands; these glands hold all the active medical ingredients called PhytoCannabinoids. Cannabinoids, for short. THC and CBD are Cannabinoids.

CBD is just one of the many magical elements of the Cannabis Plant.

CBD initially won as the front runner as it was believed to contain the most benefits. Below is a shortlist of some of the other Cannabinoids that work their magic alongside CBD & THC:

CBDP – Cannabidiphorol

CBG – Cannabigerol

CBC – Cannabichromenic

CBDA – Cannabidiolic acid

CBDB – Cannabidiphorol

CBD – Cannabidiol

CBN – Cannabinol

CBGA – Cannabigerolic

The plant is currently being researched globally, it’s an exciting time.  This family of Cannabinoids are believed to be beneficial in many ways.

THC using is full name Tetrahydrocannabinol, also has more than one variety just like CBD.  THC is believed to have enormous benefits. In medical-grade Prescription medicines, for instance for Epilepsy treatments, THC is required in addition to the CBD Cannabinoids, to support illnesses long term.

Big Chief Hemp Oils contain less than 0.0005% THC, a value considered untraceable and THC Free.

the cbd clinic

The Medical Cannabis Clinic, in London

Although CBD was legalised in the UK in 2018, we are currently faced with GPs reluctant to prescribe CBD to patients that require assistance where traditional medicines are failing.

For patients that require Medical Grade Cannabis, this process is currently unlicensed, therefore can only be prescribed by a specialist or a GP acting under the instructions of a specialist.

A new Private Clinic has opened to assist with Private Prescriptions for Medical Cannabis.

The Clinical Director is Professor Mike Barnes, who is a consultant neurologist, who assisted in securing the first medicinal cannabis licence for Alfie Dingley.

Professor Barnes said: “This Clinic will represent a lifeline to the thousands of patients who have found other treatments ineffective.

The Clinic is offering “potentially life-changing” treatment for arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It may also benefit people with psychiatric conditions

and stroke patients”.

Currently, there are more than 150 people are said to be on the Clinics waiting list.

The Clinic has specialists able to prescribe Cannabinoid treatments privately where the NHS are unsure.

” Professor David Nutt, of Imperial College London, stated that “ignorance” of the value of cannabis medicines among doctors was holding back their use.

Medical Cannabis was legalised in the UK last year but currently, Families say it is almost impossible to access it on the NHS, despite its legalisation.

Cases such as those of Billy Caldwell, 13, and Alfie Dingley, seven, have highlighted the benefits of cannabis oil to children with epilepsy who suffer multiple seizures and have begun to enjoy significant reductions in their symptoms

everything you wanted to know about CBD

is cbd legal in the uk

Thankfully Yes, CBD is legal in the UK and Europe, and CBD is classified as a food supplement.

the ECS system

It was discovered in 1963 that mammals have an Endocannabinoid system (ECS). Throughout our nervous system, We have Cannabinoid receptors. Including our brain, Cannabinoid receptors are the most abundant receptors!

It was discovered by Raphael Mechoulam an Organic Chemist and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, a professor of the University of Jerusalem. Further Studies by Dr Mechoulam and US researchers have realised an entire ECS system that works in harmony with the Hemp plant, truly a nature’s gift.

Studies are ongoing, and there is still much to learn. The Endocannabinoid system works as the body regulator.

If you are out of sorts,  CBD works with your ECS system.  CBD flicks on the neuro-receptors in your nervous system, including your brain and assists your immune system, like turning on light switches.

The ECS system sends out regulating signals throughout your body, re-balancing your 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.

mct carrier

Once you purchase your Oil, how does it arrive, and what is in it?

The CBD is added to an MCT carrier oil. For example, if you have 10% CBD in a 10ml bottle 90% of the remaining liquid is referred to as the Carrier Oil.

MCT means Medium-Chain Triglycerides.

These are edible oils extracted from seeds, such as Coconuts or the controversial Palm oil (deforestation) as a carrier oil in items such as massage oils or essential oils.  Used for a variety of reasons, the fat molecules of these oils are smaller, enabling improved absorption in your body, making it an excellent carrier.

Coconut oil is ideal as it has no strong taste and has a natural anti-fungal property.

the spectrums

Full Spectrum Oil is created from the whole plant has to offer, including flavonoids & terpenes; all the natural smells, colours and tastes of Hemp. Including lipids, giving you the full natural benefits of the Hemp Plant using a Co2 extraction process.

Full-Spectrum will also include trace elements of THC% less than 2%.

Enjoy all the Phytocannabinoids in Full-Spectrum.

Broad-spectrum CBD can be up to 80% pure, also called a THC-free distillate, with no trace elements of THC around 0.0005%.

A more refined version of full-spectrum CBD, Distillation is the extraction process used, whereby cannabinoids and terpenes are refined at a molecular level.

Broad-Spectrum is a better choice for people who want a cleaner CBD experience, with minimal impurities.  According to studies, the broad-spectrum distillate is less potent than its full-spectrum counterpart due to the lack of terpenes, flavonoids and lipid fats.

The distillate can be applied to an MCT Carrier Oil or foods and if so desired can have the terpenes added back to the mix.

The beauty of Broad-Spectrum is to enjoy the benefits of CBD without the flavonoids, removing the strong earthy tastes and smells, and giving your taste buds a more pleasant experience.

It’s easier to create a fabulous tasting CBD oil using distillates.

Crystallised Isolate, a concentrate of CBD, Can be 99% pure and is ground into a powder. Ensuring a zero level of THC.

It’s the purest form of CBD; the extraction process removes all other elements of the bud, removing the other Cannabinoids, Terpenes & Lipids.

Isolate can be applied to an MCT Carrier Oil, added to water or other liquids or foodstuffs (but this is not legal for sale in the UK).

how to take CBD

The key to CBD is consistency. CBD is best taken every day, add it to your daily routine, and maintain your levels.  Depending on your desired product, begin by using a few sprays under the tongue if using the atomiser.

Two or three drops under the tongue two to three times a day if using a tincture.  One capsule two or three times a day and build up until you find your appropriate levels, not exceeding the maximum daily dosage

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

how much cbd to take

CBD works much like a vitamin pill, in that, as a food supplement, you are aiding your body to replace lost vitamins and boost your homeostasis. CBD is similar in supporting your Endocannabinoid system and stimulating those receptors to send out positive messages to the rest of your body.

Begin at a very low dosage no more than 10mg a day and increase a few days slowly apart. As there is no head effect, how will you know how much is enough?

People use CBD for a host of reasons, and everyone has different absorption rates. It’s up to you to establish what your levels are. Ask yourself the reason you want to take CBD? For a sense of well-being; it’s recommended to use just 10ml – 20ml a day or you may need a tad more.

We would suggest you begin low with 500mg in a 10ml bottle, twice daily, increasing to three times daily.

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.

Say 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.

There are many flavours you can try, mainly fruit flavours, and variations on menthol or chocolate flavours. As the market is growing, so is the choice. These are new and exciting times.

Please consult with your medical professional if you are taking other medications.

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

CBD can inhibit the absorption of some medications. Cancer, liver and anti-seizure treatments

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hemp milk

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. Not only can we extract CBD from hemp. We can make anything from textiles to bio-diesels.  We can also make hemp milk! It’s rich in amino acids, with a slightly nutty taste. Unlike almond milk, you can add it to your tea and coffee.

We’ve created a two-minute film to show you how easy it is to make hemp milk.

is cbd addictive

In a word – NO!

The element of the Cannabis plant that can get you high is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and not CBD.

CBD is not psychoactive. UK regulations ensure all CBD products sold contain no more than 0.2% THC, a value that is considered untraceable

can i travel with cbd

Technically yes,

You can travel around Europe with CBD; however, I would NOT recommend travelling with CBD. Border controls are not yet equipped with full knowledge on the subject of CBD. As this product derives from a Cannabis family plant, it is still a grey area within Airports and Border controls.

As such currently it’s not recommended to travel abroad with CBD unless you have written permission from the current government of the country you intend to travel to.  In countries like the US it is legal, but only in individual States and often only with a prescription.

We would not recommend taking your CBD your CBD unless you have a Prescription.

It is early days for this product, and the knowledge has not yet reached everyone

well-being & health

We are not permitted by UK Law to Make any medical claims whatsoever. Due to studies not yet completed in the UK.  There have been many years of research and studies ongoing by Universities and institutions in Spain, Canada, the Netherlands and Israel.  These studies suggest CBD Oil and THC have beneficial uses.

Big Chief Hemp provides a Night-Time and Day range tailored to aid your well-being and a gentle night’s sleep.

the quality of your cbd

How do you know what you are buying and who you are buying from, how do you keep safe purchasing CBD?

There are many brands sold that do not contain the CBD as described or the products include could THC, but this is not on the label, it’s hard to know.  The best way to keep yourself safe is to use a company that is an ethical business, one willing to provide you with Independent laboratory results.  The lab results will confirm how much CBD you have in the bottle.

Some comprehensive reports will also provide further content information for the other Cannabinoids present.

Look carefully at the product labels and ensure they mention CBD content.  It’s good to know which MCT carrier is used, on an environmental, and ethical level, I’d steer clear of products using Palm Oil as the carrier.

Currently, Few regulations for the CBD Oil industry yet exist. We are instructed to ensure the CBD Oil used is THC free adhering to UK standards, and a recommended daily dosage but these are the only stipulations so far.

As a business, I hope we can get some correct categorisation and regulations in place soon to ensure the safety of CBD consumers.

milligrams vs percentages

On the market is a variety of percentages or grams of CBD, in a variety of bottle sizes. It can be a tad confusing initially.

1ml is equal to 1mg

When I was starting, I only purchased 10ml bottles of CBD to keep it simple.  A 10ml percentage and grams equate to the same thing. For example, if you buy 800mg = 8% CBD.

Big Chief has used milligrams to be clear about how much you are buying.

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can your pets use cbd

Currently, In the UK, there is no company licenced to sell CBD for pets. If a company did exists only a Vet would be able to sell it to you under prescription.

The only arena in the UK that can refer to CBD as a medicine is the Veterinary world.

But let us look at the facts. CBD is good for your Endocannabinoid system. And anything with a spinal cord has an Endocannabinoid system. So logic dictates, that CBD is good for your pets. Cats, dogs or horses.

cbd & covid

Tests were carried out in a petri dish that returned favourable results.  In a Laboratory, CBD Oil managed to reduce the COVID infection by 50% demonstrating huge potential. This spurred on further trials.

It is very exciting to see the potential of this amazing discovery.

about big chief hemp

We are a family-run team, based out of the UK, Campaigners for the rights of UK Hemp Farmers and UK Medical Prescriptions





Passionate about Hemp, we pride ourselves on bringing premium oils to your door, with Eco-Friendly packaging.

We love our planet and are working hard for positive environmental changes.

Big Chief Hemp brings Naturally grown Broad Spectrum CBD Oils and Hemp products to market, to help maintain your health and love your planet. Using only the finest CBD Oils, with no chemical impurities!

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EU & US Grown Hemp, using the UK processed medical-grade broad-spectrum CBD Oil. Produced to the highest standards in an FSA-approved UK facility.

Using a plant-based alcohol extraction method that has unrivalled levels of purity. The extraction contains more natural plant compounds.

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