Diversification in the CBD Industry

When I walked into my first CBD expo, I was stunned to find that it was full of professional white men. The exhibitors and attendees would not have looked out of place in Basel, in fact, I definitely felt like I stood out. Admittedly, it was so far from what I expected: much more formal and far less diversification between age groups as well as ethnicity. I looked around and saw very few peers and even fewer black women; in fact, I only saw one other black woman and met only one black male business owner exhibiting at the event.

With all this said, the great lack of diversity in the CBD industry is one of my biggest driving forces. It makes me more determined to ensure that I put everything into my business. I want to shed light to my peers and to my community on the benefits of CBD and its uses in dealing with mental health struggles. I am not only part of the black community, I am from a generation of young people who are under greater pressure to perform in the work place, encouraged to indulge in a level of consumerism that adds financial pressure that was not present in the generations before us. It is so important to me, from my own experiences, that people struggling with anxiety, depression, stress and chronic pain have knowledge and access to natural alternatives available. Treating ourselves naturally comes with fewer side effects and risks involved, and many of these alternatives are both affordable and easy to use.

Culturally, herbal medicine has been part of the fibre of black families for years, with traditional remedies being handed down through generations across the world. Hemp in various forms has long been used as pain relief, particularly in the Caribbean, and is only now being recognised beyond its drug associations in the UK.

I’m both proud and excited that Haus of 420 is a British business built on the benefits of a natural product that is both a safe and legal way to treat a huge range of conditions holistically. It’s important to take care of yourself from the inside out and as a generation, we are starting to understand the importance of wellness and self-care both physically and mentally.

A Historic Timeline of The UK’s Relationship With Hemp

Welcome to the blog space of Haus of 420 where I am excited to be sharing for the very first time. I’ve been meaning to sit down and write for a while now but much like the rest of the world I have found the past few months quite overwhelming and have been trying to navigate my way through keeping up with orders and maintaining my mental health.

In this space plan to share my thoughts, exciting updates regarding Haus of 420 and words of encouragement going forward, so be sure to register your email address and follow us on Instagram (@hausof420) to stay up to date.

As a self proclaimed cannabis activist my aim is to shine a more positive and accurate on light on cannabis which is easily still one of the most misunderstood plants on the planet.

CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of over 90 chemical compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is legal in the UK provided that it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.2% THC.

In my first blog post I wanted to shine some light on the history hemp in the UK.

  • In 1533, King Henry VIII issued a new law making it mandatory for British farmers to grow Hemp. It was widely popular and had created a boom in the Hemp market due to its industrial versatility, being used to make things like ropes, fishing nets, canvas and in the maintenance of ships.
  • 30 years later, Queen Elizabeth raised the national minimum amount that British farmers were required to grow, this eventually resulted in a lack of space and land to meet the requirements and so the flourishing market was capped at the hands of an overzealous mandate.
  • 1928 saw the International Drug Conference in Geneva make the growth of Hemp illegal, on the grounds it “was a threat to society and as dangerous as opium.”
  • Cannabis was used a lot in the Jazz Era to spark creativity, a move that the music industry and many of us can still appreciate the results of.
  • The 1950’s saw Cannabis grow in popularity for recreational use following the arrival of Caribbean immigrants to the UK, although still illegal, cannabis users were able to avoid prosecution thanks to the relaxed approach of the law.
  • Overtime, the laws became more stringent until eventually in 1971 Cannabis was categorised as a Class B drug in the UK, until it was reclassified between 2004-2009 to a Class C drug.
  • Cannabis has since remained a Class B drug, however CBD is legal in the UK as long as it derived from and industrial hemp strain and it does not contain more than 0.2% THC, in line with the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

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