12 Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Influencers in Europe

The European hemp and cannabis industry is on the rise, and women play an active role in its increasing popularity. Straininsider take a look at some of the most important female cannabis entrepreneurs and influencers in Europe. I feel honoured to be included on this list alongside these fabulous and amazing women and thank StrainInsider for recognising the ladies contribution to the hemp and cannabis industry in Europe.
 
I started working with Hemp CBD oils in 2014 with the sole aim to provide best quality quality products, ahead of the wide popularity and appreciation of how beneficial hemp CBD food supplements are for our health. The search to find the best quality available at the time led me to Bluebird Botanicals in Colorado and by 2015 established the CannaWell brand. In 2017 we introduced our truly excellent European crafted extracts and since November 2018 achieved organic certification with the Organic Food Federation in the UK. We have now switched exclusively to European made CBD oils from traditional European hemp seed strains, as we consumed as food for centuries, if not millenia.
 
Learning about the hemp plant and all it can offer is fascinating, not just in terms of food and supplements, but the stalk is an ideal fibre for industrial products, including bio-plastics, construction materials, textiles and much more. Hemp offers an ideal raw material for next generation environmentally responsible products. I am also on a member of the board of directors at the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) and we work tirelessly to bring back hemp, the whole plant.  EIHA is the voice of hemp farmers and processors across Europe, there is much work today to communicate to dispel the myth and misonceptions about hemp and work with Brussels and national regulatory agencies, such as the FSA and MHRA in the UK to develop a hemp positive environment and legislation. 
 
My personal commitment always has been and will remain to offer best quality products to support your health & wellbeing and  provide excellent customer service; you can email or speak to us and we will do our best to assist.
 
You can read the full article and find out who the leading ladies are according to Straininsider -  HERE
 
 

600 Years Evolution of Hemp in CBD in Foods

Have you ever wondered whether hemp CBD is new or if we've always consumed it as part of our diet? The answer is quite simple, CBD and naturally occuring cannabinoids have been part of the European diet for centuries, if not millenia, until the 1930s which heralded the start of what can only be called the hemp prohibition era. Whilst France grew hemp for industrial applications uninterruptedly, the first major shift happened when Germany permitted again hemp cultivation and food use of leaves & flowers in 1995.
 
We would like to take you on a journey of who and how we consumed naturally occuring cannabinoids and CBD based on historical records showing recipes of how to make a modern day CBD oil and the different uses of leaves and flowers as part of our food.

29 May 2019 - 16th EIHA Hemp Conference, 4-6 June
 
CannaWell's Catherine Wilson, MD is a board member of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA.org) who are the industry voice promoting all things hemp. This years' conference will be attended by 400 leading figures of the industry from 49 countries!  Catherine will be holding two presentations - 'The Future for Hemp - an environmental perspective' and 'EU History of Hemp Flowers and Leaves Consumed in Food – it is NOT Novel'.
 
Speakers will cover key topics of hemp.  As an environmentally friendly industry we are starting to make the Dream Come True and it is Hard Work.  The Hemp industry can now use all parts of the hemp crop, the stalk for Fibres and Shives and the seeds, leaves and flowers for protein rich foods, drinks and health promoting food supplements, your much loved CBD oils.  It will be a pleasure to speak with colleagues in farming, constructions, paper, plastic composites, the food industry and to speak with our international colleagues from India, Thailand, Brazil, Canada, the US and many more countries.  
We all believe that Hemp can bring real solutions and has an enormous contribution to play in mitigating the environmental emergency.   
 
21/3/2019  Extracts from Article by ProfofPot 
 
ProfOfPot wrote a comprehensive article on all the different types of cannabinoid receptors within our body.  Whilst the most well known are CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids can bind to at least 8 more receptors. We have summarised key information below.  Quite fascinating ...
 

Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor

The CB1 receptor is hands down the most famous of the endocannabinoid system. This receptor sits within the cell membrane and upon activation, start a signaling cascade within the cell that leads to specific effects. The two most common endocannabinoids (produced within our body) to activate CB1 are anandamide and 2-AG.

7/3/2019   CannaWell was contacted by Brandon Elijah Scott of Eye & Pen, one of the world's top 100 Travel photographers who writes a respected blog with fascinating articles about his journeys .  
 
We are delighted that he wrote such an unexpected nice blog about the CannaWell range 'Self-Healing with CBD: Featuring CannaWell's Organic Line'.
 
We started in 2014 and CannaWell was formally set up in 2015 with a passion and commitment to offer genuine premium quality hemp CBD oils for your health and wellbeing.  We have always gone the extra mile and are thrilled that both the Hemp CBD and Hemp Balance range are now certified organic.  Our oils are pure and 100% natural.  We've also taken the opportunity to update our website and hope you find it even more easy to use.  December 2018
Prior to hemp, Catherine Wilson, MD & Founder of CannaWell worked for 10 years in a senior role in the environment sector. Her passion and care for the planet and people is infectious. Here Catherine speaks briely at the British Hemp Association (BHA) networking event in London about the urgent need for legislative change so that our farmers can grow hemp and utilise the whole plant.  The hemp community is full of skilled and experienced entrepreneurs, keen to invest in R&D for the development of environmentally responsible products, such as bio-plastics, composites, paper amongst many other opportunities.
Photo:  Hemp in Focus, November 2018
November 2019 - CannaWell's organic range is now available in three strengths, 2.5%, 5% and a new 10% potency.  
To make the product description even clearer for our customers, we now display both the potency and amount of cannabinoids per bottle on the label.  We have also renamed the PLUS range to 5%, which is the amount of hemp CBD extract blended with organic hempseed oil.
Hemp Balance is a holistic whole plant hemp extract containing the rich spectrum of naturally occuring hemp cannabinoids, including CBD, CBDA and traces of CBG, CBC, CBV and more. Other phyto-nutrientients include vitamins, minerals and of course terpenes, flavonoids, ketones and phenols.
Hemp CBD is ideal for those who are taste sensitive or just want CBD. This range is a genuine premium grade hemp extract blended in organic hempseed oil. It is exceptionallly mild with an almost sweet and nutty flavour.
November 2019 - Whilst our nation's favourite form of comfort and relaxation is a cup of tea, it is not always sufficient to help us deal with the stresses and strains of life.There are a million reasons why we can get stressed and anxious, whether it is our health, family matters or work worries.
 
An active lifestyle, meditation and other forms of relaxation can help, but have you considered supporting your body's endocannabinoid system? The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in stress response and an ever increasing amount of people now choose to add hemp CBD oils to their diet to support inner harmony.
 
Hemp is a natural way to support your health and wellbeing.
October 2019 - CannaWell started offering our Pet Blend in 2015 with the commitment to provide a high quality hemp pet CBD product to the thousands of people who choose to add hemp CBD oils to their food to support their health.  All of us at CannaWell love dogs and cats.  Our four-legged friends have an endocannabinoid system just like humans, so also benefit from hemp nutrition.  The Pet Blend was the same product as the low strength CBD oil sold for human use, just labelled differently and was produced under equal stringent quality controls.  Our pets deserve the best.
 
It is therefore with great regret that we need to inform you that the much loved Pet Blend, which was specifically labelled for pet use, can no longer be sold due to the recent statement by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of 14 September 2018.  Reason being is that the VMD considers that "veterinary products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are veterinary medicines".  Soon after the VMD have instructed sellers of Pet CBD products to cease selling these products.  
 
This means that when you buy regular CBD oils, please consider the size and weight of your dog or cat when adding drops to their food.  
October 2019 - CannaTherapy's range of cream and body balm are in our humble opinion one of the best CBD skin care products on the market. Both are made with all-natural ingredients, are non-greasy and absorb instantly.
The body balm can be used as a relaxing massage balm to relieve aching and stiff joints, back and muscles, stretched tendons, bruises and post exercise. It is a very popular product and ideal to have in your cupboard for many reasons. In addition to Real Cannabis Extract ™, the body balm also contains extracts of horse chestnut, compfrey, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, prized boswellia (frankincense) and shea butter, all working together to enhance each others effects on the musculoskeletal system.
CannaTherapy cream is a premium quality skin care product with Real Cannabis Extract ™, enriched with a unique fusion of all-natural ingredients. The cream naturally soothes, protects and regenerates all skin types, whilst protecting it against harmful elements in an increasingly harsh environment. The ingredients rejuvenating properties may smooth wrinkles and refreshes your skin, simultaneously possibly alleviating a wide range of skin conditions, naturally and safely without any harmful chemical agents. The cream be used for the following skin types and conditions: dry, sensitive, oily, irritated skin, acne & comedones, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, aching muscles and painful joints, cuts & scratches.
In addition to CBD, the cream contains only natural ingredients including shea butter, hempseed, sweet almond, rosa moschata (rosehip), macadamia and coconut oil.  It has a light texture, is non-greasy and absorbs instantly.
CannaTherapy skincare is not tested on animals and does not contain petroleum products. It is FREE FROM paraben, silicon, SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate), solvents and articifical colours.
September 2019 - Throughout history we consumed hemp.  The hempseeds were not dehulled and washed as they are nowadays, but were covered in full spectrum cannabinoids and where consumed raw, in soups and making herbal tinctures was a traditional home made remedy for all sorts of ailments.  Thus cannabinoids were always part of our diet and we begin to understand how important including cannabinoids such as CBD and CBDA is for the health maintenance and to suppor our body's endocannabinoid system.  
 
Whilst we produce body's own cannabinoids, so called endocannabinoids, these are not naturally sufficient and by consuming phyto-cannabinoids we give our system the essential compounds to help our ECS function well.  Hemp can help to achieve the best possible health considering your circumstances.
September 2019 - British Hemp Association's (BHA) networking event in London got a great review from Cannabis News World:
"The hemp industry in the UK is growing faster than anyone had ever anticipated and in the last few years we have seen major changes in the law and in peoples perception about the forbidden plant. This daring entrepreneurs are now on the commercial highway of a sector that has been carefully walking on the sidewalk for many years. It was therefore about time someone pulled everyone together in the same room and got them talking to each other.
So what was the 1st British Hemp Association networking event like? One word. Awesome and we have the pictures to prove it.
Held in West London, W8 at the Ecofetes Studio, the event itself was SOLD OUT a few days in advance and when I got there the place was already packed with the most creative bunch of people that the industry has to offer. The BHA say that they are a coalition of hemp companies representing every link of the product chain, from seed to shelf. However from what i ve experienced they are much more than that. They offer a place where hemp cannabis businesses can find help and support as well as a way to connect with like minded people and expand their business opportunities."  Source: CannabisNewsWorld.com
CannaWell are a founder member of the BHA.
The production of hemp is carbon negative, which means it absorbs more carbon from atmosphere during it's growth than is emitted by equipment used to harvest, process and transport it.  In the UK, a hectare of hemp can absorb approx 15 tonnes of CO2 per growth cycle.  
September 2019 - Despite a scorching summer, the hemp grew well and remained green.  Catherine Wilson, our MD, was checking out a hemp field due to be harvested the next day.  
 
Can you see how tall hemp grows?  
 
It is an absolute pleasure to work with this magnificent plant and offer you gently extracted and carefully crafted hemp CBD food supplements to support your health and wellbeing.
CannaWell has two team members who are vegans and one vegetarian.  We all love Sophia's vegan cookies!
Bees need pollen to feed their young, and during the trap survey in August 2016, there weren’t a lot of other flowers blooming. “You walk through fields and you hear buzzing everywhere,” O’Brien said. He caught big bumblebees, tiny metallic-green sweat bees and many others clambering around in the abundant greenish-yellow pollen shed by the male flowers.  Source: Science News
In 1753, a Scottish surgeon by the name of James Lind proved that scurvy could be effectively cured with citrus juice. By drinking plenty of lemonade over the course of a two-week long treatment, his patients would fully recover from the fatigue, sores and bleeding typically inflicted by this malady, which was formerly thought to be caused by poor digestion and unclean water (when the real culprit was a simple deficiency in vitamin C). Until that discovery, the debilitating and often fatal disease limited the ability of seafaring vessels to travel long distances. But after Lind’s popularization of a cure, sailors learned to effectively prevent scurvy by packing barrels of lemon juice and fresh limes for their travels.

Stakeholders advocating for cannabidiol (CBD) have crossed a second important hurdle as a preliminary evaluation of the substance by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Vienna last week produced positive findings.  “This round has ended up favorably, but the critical review of CBD will happen in May,” said Boris Baňas, board member at the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA).  The next review is expected at WHO’s 40th Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) meeting in May or June, 2018.   Source: HempToday 

Catherine & Michael started in 2014, looking for the best possible supplier for CBD oils who can proof that their product is pure and contains exactly what is advertised on the bottle.  We searched far and wide and found that Bluebird Botanicals meets all criteria.  Their CBD extracts are made with CO2 extraction which is a clean process, so no chance of residual solvents.  In addition, every batch produced is sent to an external laboratory who tests for CBD potency, full cannabinoid profile and checks that all oils are free from any impurities, such as heavy metals, moulds, and mycotoxins.  Catherine has visited the production facility in Broomfield, Colorado and was impressed with the professionalism, high standards and quality control.  It gives us the assurance we need to make sure CannaWell offer genuine quality CBD oils to our customers.  We are super passionate about quality, as we are here to offer food supplements to support your health and wellbeing.   It is with absolute delight that we can announce that CannaWell are now the official Bluebird distributor europe wide.  Hope you Love our Hemp CBD oils and thank you recommending us to your friends !
 
VegFest Brighton

We are delighted to have been invited to speak at the VegFest Exhibition in Brighton, the weekend of the 27th and 28th of February 2016, along with other industry colleagues.  As part of the Vegan Exhibition there is also a special Hemp Expo section where I will contribute to the raising of awareness of the nutritional value of CBD.

CBD (cannabidiol) - What Can It Do For Me?

My presentation will help people better understand what CBD is, how cannabinoids synergistically affect our EndoCannabinoid system (ECS) and how you can personally benefit from taking CBD. I will also cover the different types of CBD products that are on the market and what you should look out for when considering buying a CBD food supplement.

Link to: VegFest Brighton 2016 Hemp Talks 

Product Earth Peterborough

Product Earth Expo is a global event aimed at educating the public, sharing innovation and promoting the progress from the Hemp and Cannabis Industries. Hemp and its associated industries play a big role in today’s societies’ as individuals will use hemp products in foods, clothing, shoes and many car manufacturers already use hemp in their body work due to its fantastic strength, lightweight and durable qualities.

Come and check out all the great Exhibitors, Live Music Acts, Seminar Speakers and the Weekend Camping Zones, all at the UK’s only Hemp Festival!

Link to: https://www.facebook.com/ProductEarthExpo/photos/a.1066472813398903.1073741837.802671466445707/1066473956732122/?type=3&theater 

I've had the pleasure of speaking to Deej Sullivan who interviewed us about our CBD oils.  It got published in CannaBusiness.com.  

http://www.cannabusiness.com/news/products-innovation/catherine-wilson-director-of-cannawellness-ltd-an-exclusive-interview/