The use of CBD in clothing is the latest big talking point to hit the industry, with one New York company infusing the product in a range of luxury activewear for women, in what is hailed as the first fashion range of its kind in the world.
Acadaba has devised a means of combining its clothing fabric with up to 25 grams of 99.9% pure CBD, using micro encapsulation technology to layer capsules into the fibre, which then break open during exercise, releasing CBD onto the skin and which is then absorbed into the endocannabinoid system.
The company claims its range, which includes sports bras and leggings, is about “prerecovery” – a preventative measure against workout-induced muscle pain and soreness.
Through CBD being released while exercise is taking place, they say, the recovery has already begun.
Such is the initial popularity of the concept – although, if social media is can be regarded as any measure, it appears to be questioned as much as welcomed by experts and users alike – the manufacturer of the fabric itself, Devan Chemicals, is looking to launch a range of bed sheets and pillows in the near future.
According to Seth Barum, CEO and co-founder of Acabada, who has worked in the textile industry for over three decades, his business is a revolution for the fashion and fitness industries alike.
Being based in New York, one of the fashion capitals of the world, he realised the apparent need to bring together the focus on fashion with the changing perceptions of CBD and growing awareness of its positive health properties.
Through enabling an active ingredient in recovery to start working during the workout itself, he believes the potential for this emerging industry is huge.
Explaining how they created the CBD infusion of clothing, Barum says: “If you look at a knit under a microscope you’re going to see thousands of fibres, and the microcapsules bond to these fibres, they’re at all different levels within the fabric.
“These different levels hold the microcapsules and as you’re moving you’re actually breaking the ones that are the highest, or on the surface,” adding that each product should give out CBD for up to 40 wears and washes.
As clients approach this milestone, they can choose to recycle their CBD-infused clothing sustainably through the upcycling program of Acabada, where recycled synthetic fabrics will be replenished.
However, despite the undeniable inventiveness of such a range, experts remain on the sceptical side.
Darria Gillespie, a US-based doctor, believes the lack of regulation and understanding about exactly how it is working is an issue.
“When we do things where we release medications into your bloodstream, we know exactly how much someone is going to absorb over a given time point. With activewear, there’s absolutely no way to regulate how much someone will get,” she says.
“There’s no way to know if you’re getting too much or too little, or what else is in the product.”
Dr Ziva Cooper, of the UCLA Health Cannabis Research Initiative, also has doubt over the effectiveness of such a concept, pointing to the lack of clear evidence.
”Given that we don’t even know if topical CBD can permeate the skin and have meaningful effects on the body, we definitely don’t know if CBD in clothing would have that effect,” she wrote in a blog.
“What we do have evidence of are from people’s reports that when they use topical cannabidiol they have alleviation of certain symptoms, especially related to pain and muscle soreness. We also have evidence in animal models that CBD might help decrease inflammation, but that is very different from the indications for which people might be using this athletic wear.”
However, Acabada remains adamant that its products work, and certainly there is anecdotal evidence from many women online who claim its leggings have helped them power through their barre classes in ways they previously couldn’t – while their claims seem to have little evidential base yet, the business remains adamant it has founded a new ‘movement’ in fashion and health.
“We are about passionate, empowered women who are taking recovery and wellbeing into their own hands,” proclaims its website.
“We’re cultivating a community who are committed to living their best lives. Adding a daily dose of CBD to your wellness regime may help support your body function at its best, preparing you for whatever life throws at you.”
“At 83, CBD gave me my spirit back” says grandmother-of-two
Carla Shrive suffers from severe arthritis along with other health issues. When the pain started to impact her sleep, day-to-day life and wellbeing, her son stepped in and introduced her to CBD.
Now, the 83-year-old grandmother-of-two is off all prescription medicines apart from paracetamol and is managing her health conditions through CBD alone.
“About three years ago, I joined Slimming World,” Carla recalls.
“I had put weight on and was feeling really down. When I joined, there were tears in my eyes because I felt ashamed of myself for how big I was.
“I started to go to the sessions, but I was very much in pain. I had to do something about it because my bones were so painful; I couldn’t walk at the time.”
Her son, Paul Shrive, who runs the company CBD Leafline, recognised how much discomfort his mother was in and recommended she try CBD.
“She was taking tablets for arthritis pain and blood pressure, her hair was falling out, and she used to take a minimum of eight paracetamol a day,” Paul says.
“It got to a point on one day where she couldn’t get out of bed as her knee was all inflamed. She was in absolute agony, getting barely any sleep and her diet was all over the place.
“She was really suffering.”
Paul gave his mother a 1000mg tincture of whole plant CBD and told her to take twice a day.
“My son came to me and said ‘look, mum to help you out with your pains, I’ve found you some CBD so you might try it’,” Carla continues.
“I was curious about it; I wanted to know more, so I read some leaflets and because I have great faith in my son, I trusted his recommendation.”
After just four days, Carla started to see improvements to her health. She was having a full night’s sleep for the first time in months, her complexion improved and the arthritis in her hands started to get better.
Several months after her first dose of CBD, she is walking again and finding daily tasks such as cooking much easier.
“It’s marvellous, 18 months ago, I couldn’t walk like I do, I wasn’t very happy at all and hated all the medication I was taking,” she says.
“But since I started CBD, there has been no need for it.
“I’m walking a lot now, which I couldn’t do before and the pain just isn’t there anymore. It’s nagging from time to time, but it doesn’t bother me as much at all.”
Carla says she has her “spirit back” since taking CBD and believes it has given her a “new life”.
“I feel happy; it’s given me a great chance to live again,” she adds.
“At 83, I feel young, especially at heart.”
‘Medical cannabis was my daughter’s last hope – I wouldn’t dream of taking it away from her now’
Cannabis medicine was Tannine’s last hope when she boarded a plane to the Netherlands with her severely epileptic daughter. But now Brexit regulations threaten to take that away, she tells Sarah Sinclair.
Indie-Rose, now six, had her first seizure in her high chair at four months old.
“I’d never seen anything like it in my life. I was petrified I didn’t know what to do,” says Indie’s mum Tannine Montgomery.
Doctors reassured Tannine it was just a febrile convulsion, a fit that can happen in babies as a result of a fever or spike in temperature. Although she was shaken by it, she wasn’t overly concerned.
“I was really scared about what I had seen, but we took her home and I thought to myself she’s going to be fine, it’s just one of those things,” she says.
“But Indie didn’t stop seizing. The seizures progressed quickly and she was soon having a lot of them. We were constantly calling an ambulance.”
Even when doctors told Tannine that they thought her daughter had epilepsy, she was still hopeful that she would lead a normal life.
“I knew nothing about epilepsy at the time, I’d never seen anyone have an epileptic seizure, but I thought we would get some medicine and Indie would be able to live a normal life. I was quite hopeful that’s what would happen,” she admits.
Indie was prescribed various antiepileptic drugs, none of which managed to keep her seizures under control, and underwent a number of tests, from MRI scans to lumbar punctures while still just a few months old.
Her doctors eventually discovered a gene mutation related to Dravet syndrome, a rare but severe form of epilepsy, which along with uncontrollable seizures causes a number issues such as cognitive decline, hypermobility and problems with movement and walking.
By the age of two Indie had begun to show signs of Dravet syndrome, her development had halted and she lost her ability to talk, but it was the contrast seizures which were leaving her most at risk.
“By the time Indie was three, we were eight antiepileptic drugs down and still nothing stopped her seizures,” says Tannine.
“We were still calling ambulances constantly and I just couldn’t see that for her for the rest of her life.”
For the next year Tannine dedicated any spare time that she could to researching medical cannabis.
“I’d heard it could help but if I was going to give it to my daughter I wanted to make sure I was giving her something safe and I wanted to make sure that I was being legal – I didn’t want to risk my daughter being taken off me,” she says.
Tannine eventually met the founders of a UK CBD company, who showed her around the facility, explained the extraction process and gave her some oil to try with Indie.
“For three weeks it sat in my cupboard, because I was too scared to use it,” she remembers.
“Finally, Indie had this awful night with so many seizures. I opened the cupboard to get her normal medication and saw the CBD oil. I thought, ‘I’ve got nothing to lose’.”
Ten days later Indie ran down the garden for the first time.
“It was amazing, we’d never seen her run,” says Tannine.
“Indie’s dad and I, just looked at each other and realised this stuff was actually helping her.
“From that point on we started trying to get her a prescription, so we had guidance from doctors and could make sure we were giving her a therapeutic dose.”
With cannabis still illegal in the UK, even for medical purposes, Tannine contacted the Erasmus Hospital in Rotterdam, where a paediatrician agreed to prescribe Indie the whole plant cannabis oil Bedrolite.
With Indie’s condition at its worst Tannine left her eleven-month-old son with his grandmother and travelled to the Netherlands in a bid to save her daughter.
“She was having seizures on the aeroplane. I was petrified, but I felt like it was my last hope,” she says.
“As much as people could say it was unsafe to take her, Indie had seizures every day. I would never have got her out of the country and I needed to get access to this treatment.”
The next day Tannine took Indie to her appointment with the pediatric neurologist and collected her prescription from a local pharmacy.
“It was just a regular pharmacy selling paracetamol and other medicines, it was amazing that we could just go to the pharmacy and collect it,” she adds.
After one day on the medicine Indie slept through the night. After four days she had had no seizures at all. When Tannine’s partner arrived to join them with their son, Indie played with her little brother for the first time.
“I remember him standing at the doorway of this Airbnb and she ran up to him to tickle him. Up until then it was like she hadn’t even known he existed,” says Tannine.
“We could see straight away how this was helping her interact and function so much better.”
The family put their lives on hold and spent three months in the Netherlands, unable to return to the UK with Indie’s medicine. Tannine describes the experience as like “living in lockdown”.
“We were there for just over three months, but it felt like forever,” she says.
“It was traumatic, it certainly wasn’t a holiday. We didn’t have money to spend on sightseeing, it was all for Indie’s medicine and the whole time I was fundraising to be able to afford to keep her on it, because it’s not cheap.”
Eventually Indie was granted a licence to import Bedrolite to the UK through a private prescription and in November 2018 the law changed to legalise medical cannabis.
But Tannine continued to campaign for NHS access, with no option but to rely on donations for Indie, having spent over £30,000 on her prescription fees to date.
It was this that drove her to launch her own CBD company last year to help fund Indie’s medicine, as well as supporting others in similar circumstances.
“Unfortunately, when a bottle of Bedrolite oil is £160 for 10ml and your child’s using two of them a week, that’s not attainable for anyone who’s just holding down a normal job,” she says.
“I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere with the government and I didn’t want to have to rely on fundraising forever.”
Tannine saved up out of her benefits and began making her own products, using a 10 percent cannabis oil, similar to Bedrolite, but with lower levels of THC and legal in the UK.
“I had a lot of good feedback and that’s when I decided that this is something I could do to provide Indie with what she needs and help people at the same time,” she says.
“I wanted to create an authentic company built on love for my child and my desire to help other people who have to suffer the way she does.
“This isn’t prescription medication, but each person is so individual in what works for them when it comes to cannabis, it’s always worth trying something. When I get a text message from a mother who says her daughter stood up for the first time, it makes my day.
“There isn’t anything in this world that can make me feel better than improving a child’s life.”
Indie hasn’t been hospitalised for three years since she began taking the Bedrolite, she hasn’t needed any rescue medication or pharmaceuticals and last year her attendance in school was 96 percent.
However Brexit has left Indie and dozens of other patients without access to the life-saving medication.
The family were given just two weeks notice after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) sent a letter to importers, clinics and patient groups, stating that prescriptions issued in the UK ‘can no longer be lawfully dispensed in an EU Member State’ from 1 January, 2021.
Those prescribed Bedrocan oils through the Transvaal pharmacy based in the Netherlands, have been advised to find “alternatives”. But as many experts have warned, switching these children’s medications could be life-threatening.
Plant and cannabis expert Dr Callie Seaman told Cannabis Health that with over 565 different secondary metabolites in cannabis plants, each batch is subtly different, let alone each product or supplier. And consistency is vital in the treatment of severe epilepsy.
“For patients taking medical cannabis for palliative care and other diseases, a switch in oil is not the end of the world, but what’s needed with epilepsy is consistency,” she explained.
“Any neurologist will tell you that when you find something which works, you have to stick with it. As soon as you start changing things that’s when the issues arise, and any seizure comes with the risk of death.”
Indie still lives with disabilities as a result of her condition, but the seizures she has are much less severe.
The fact her medication is at risk is an added worry for Tannine, who says if the legislation surrounding the import of cannabis medicines from the Netherlands doesn’t change they fear her condition could worsen.
“She’s doing so much better than she was,” she adds.
“I couldn’t dream of taking it away from her now.”
The ultimate CBD Christmas gift guide
Looking for last-minute ideas for a loved one? We’ve found the gifts that keep on giving this Christmas.
Thanks to what has been a fairly stressful year for everyone, sales of CBD have exploded in 2020, with more and more people turning to the cannabinoid to quell Covid-related anxiety, help them sleep and generally boost their wellbeing.
One thing that has become clear, is that interest spans all ages and demographics – from the older generation looking to ease symptoms of arthritis to athletes recognising its potential for aiding recovery.
And with an ever-expanding marketplace of CBD-infused goods up for grabs, this Christmas there’s a product for everyone – whether they are a seasoned user or haven’t yet taken plunge. We’ve curated some of our favourites to put a smile on their face on Christmas day.
Love Hemp Christmas bundles
Love Hemp has crafted a festive assortment of Christmas-flavoured CBD oils and perfectly packaged bundles which are aimed at supporting wellbeing and boosting self-care. Choose from Candy Cane or Gingerbread flavours to get you in the spirit of things. The Cosy Night In bundle also comes with 300mg body salve, cellulose face mask and dark chocolate CBD treats.
The CBD Book
This is a bookshelf essential for anyone who wants to find out more about CBD. It is packed with research and insight into how CBD can be used to help manage a range of health conditions, as well as where to start when it comes to choosing the right product for you and how best to take it to reap the benefits. A gorgeous stocking filler for the ‘CBD curious’.
Sweet Pink Relax and Restore hamper
After a tough year, treat your nearest and dearest to a much-needed pamper over the festive period. This Relax and Restore hamper from Sweet Pink CBD includes Wild Orange & Bergamot Body Buzz CBD Massage Oil and a Eucalyptus & Lime CBD Bath Bomb, which will have them drifting off to a slice of paradise – if only in their imagination – and heading into the new year feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.
*Get 10% off Sweet Pink CBD with the code CANNABISHEALTHMAG
Holistic Highland Hemp CBD chocolate
Selection boxes are so 2019. Take the Christmas chocolate to the next level with a CBD-infused treat in their stocking. These 100 percent organic orange and vanilla chocolate bars are made in Scotland, rich in a full spectrum of natural cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. The brand’s 15 percent hemp paste and acacia CBD honey also come highly recommended.
The Grass Roots ritual collection
The perfect luxury gift for the skincare enthusiast or anyone feeling like they’ve lost their sparkle. The entire Grass Roots Skin range is made with active ingredients, including CBD to target inflammation, soothe the skin and reduce redness. For anyone looking to change-up their routine and inject some life back into their daily skin rituals, this will have them glowing again in no time.
Ardoa’s Indigo 66 CBD oil
Give a loved one the gift of a good night’s sleep this Christmas – isn’t that what we all want after 2020? Ardoa’s S-drops Indigo66 features a unique blend of cannabinoids that has been specifically formulated for night-time use. It uses organic hemp seed oil and has quite an Earthy taste – which some will like more than others – but if you’re looking for a potent night time CBD product it doesn’t come much better than this.
*Shop here with 10% off Indigo 66 for Cannabis Health readers
Maria and Craig’s CBD Botanical Spirit
This non-alcoholic premium botanical spirit is perfect for the teetotaller in your life or anyone contemplating taking on Dry January. Maria &Craig’s features a blend of premium CBD isolate with distilled sage, chamomile, juniper, orange blossom and other natural botanicals. Pour over ice and add tonic to enhance those social moments without the after-effects of alcohol.
Pothead CBD coffee and mug gift set
Ideal for those lazy mornings over the festive period. Each cup of Pot Head’s CBD coffee is made using organic hemp extract and arabica coffee beans and a serving contains approximately 10mg of CBD as well other cannabinoids. For the self-confessed ‘Pot Head’ in your life.
Medivita Intimate CBD lubricant
Many have reported that CBD lubricant has made a huge difference to their sexual wellbeing, having been found to increase blood flow, provide pain relief and help people relax in those intimate moments. Whether they suffer from painful sex, dryness or simply want to heighten their pleasure, this is a gift you can be sure they’ll thank you for.
Mood & Bears CBD honey
What better way to take the edge off these cold winter mornings than with a dollop of CBD-infused honey on your porridge? These honeys from health food brand Mood & Bears are available in 227g jars with 500mg CBD, and 340g jars with 1000mg CBD. The Organic collection is designed to boost sleep, energy and positivity, while the Natural range aims to encourage relaxation, happiness and peace. Sounds dreamy.
Pure Sport CBD Gift Box
For the athlete or sports person in your life, this gift box from Pure Sport CBD will give them a taste of the type products on offer to aid their recovery. Designed to relieve aches and pains, benefit sleep & anxiety and aid in relaxation and performance, Pure Sport CBD oil is one of the few brands which is Banned Substance Control Group Certified (BSCG) so is 100% free from THC & contaminants and safe for drug tests.
Colorado High CBD gin
Featuring premium quality CBD oil sourced from hemp grown in the Rockies in Colorado, gin lovers will enjoy this intriguing spirit, which capitalises on the subtle flavour of CBD, with citrus notes similar to grapefruit. Its cloudiness is a natural consequence of the high quantity of CBD within it – one double measure is sufficient for an optimum chilled gin drinking experience.
Cured Rise daytime CBD supplement, 180mg
These daily capsules from Cured Nutrition, designed to boost energy and focus – while being completely caffeine and stimulant free – will be a welcome addition to their routine come the dreary January days, when we all need a little pick-me-up. Each three capsule serving delivers 9mg of CBD extract as well as a carefully selected blend of herbal supplements and vitamins to start the day off right.
Mr NICE, Gold Gift Box
From Mr NICE – Europe’s first cannabis lifestyle store in Soho, London – The Gold gift box includes Vegan CBD gummies, Peace CBD bath bomb, CBD chocolate, CBD coffee, and CBD 5 percent oil and is the ultimate gift for the CBD-lover in your life, who will love unwrapping this on Christmas Day.
Kloris Superboost Face Oil
The Superboost Face Oil was made to keep skin hydrated and protected against the winter elements. Featuring traces of squalane, which is known to have anti-aging properties, cannabis sativa seed oil to lock in moisture and cucumber seed oil, which supports cell regeneration. Recommended to be used alongside your daily skincare routine to keep you glowing throughout the January blues.
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