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A breakthrough for Full Spectrum CBD!

The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) Novel Food Consortium passes administrative check by the FSA We are delighted to announce that both regular/full-spectrum and natural isolate products of EIHA consortium partners can remain for sale on the UK market, following both applications passing the key administrative check by the UK FSA. The FSA has confirmed to EIHA that both applications were considered to be compliant with the administrative requirements. However, the official validation will be granted only upon results of the undergoing toxicological studies on both CBD and THC1 , expected in the forthcoming months. By granting the pre-validation status, the Food Standards Agency recognises and supports the strong will of the hemp sector, and particularly of the EIHA Consortium,...

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An Interview with Amy Auker, founder of Hempress Cosmetics

The Cannabidiol (CBD) industry has certainly come a long way over the past few years. Tougher regulations have now made many companies uncertain about the direction and future of the industry. Despite this, companies have continued to work hard to meet these new demands, developing a strong community with business guidelines, education and hopefully an industry that can leave behind a legacy for sustainability. A recent announcement of new regulations has been based around the new clarification of CBD to be novel food by the Food Standard Agency (FSA). Due to this, the industry is now experiencing a boom in cosmetics.   Photograph by @girlycanna_ In response, Cultiva Kingdom has just launched a unique hemp-based boutique collection. It features biodegradable towels, make...

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Cultiva Kingdom Pioneers First Industrial Hemp Barrister Wig

Vegan Pupil Barrister Samuel March has partnered with Hemp Textile Designer Laura Bossom, and unveiled the first locally made industrial hemp wig for barristers. Set to be manufactured in the UK this year, the wig will be rolled out as legal wear around the country to be worn in court. Traditionally barristers have worn horse-hair wigs for the past 200 years and were first invented in 1822 by Humphrey Ravenscroft.  Vegans and vegetarians look set to make up a quarter of the British population in 2025. Generation Z (aged 18 -23) are currently the most meat-free generation[1]. This means there is an incoming generation of law students and future pupil barristers whose ethical beliefs prevent them from wearing animal products....

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Sustainable Fashion Ted Talk

We were lucky enough to be invited to speak about climate change and sustainable fashion solutions with hemp as a part of the TEDx campaign Countdown. The campaign is encouraging the sharing of knowledge and experiences to raise more awareness about environmental issues to combat the climate disaster that we are facing.

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A Story of Hemp Textiles

Hemp textiles have been used in history for centuries. It is thought that hemp was one of the earliest cultivated plants for textile fibre known to humanity. Historians believed that this plant was used in Europe in approximately 1,200 BC. After then, it spread throughout the ancient world. A few examples from early discoveries includes hemp cloth from ancient Mesopotamia found from 8,000 BC., the Chinese work of the Sung dynasty produced by Lu Shi in 500 AD and Emperor Shen Nung who lived the the 28th century BC who was also thought to have taught his people to cultivate hemp for cloth.  When it comes to the British history, in 1535 Henry VIII passed an act condemning all landowners to sow 1/4 of an acre, or they...

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