Cannamedica was formed in 2018 by three medical herbalists, Tony Carter, Sue Copeman and Karin Mallion.  

Tony has a very long history within herbal medicine, having manufactured herbal tinctures, syrups and creams for over 30 years.  His inimitable experience in blending and creating is renowned throughout the herbal world.

Sue has a background in research and scientific analysis of herbal medicines and was also a practicing medical herbalist prior to starting our sister company Planta Medica. 

Karin has been a practicing medical herbalist, has run several herbal health shops including one specifically selling CBD products and has vast experience with cannabinoids in practice. 


CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of the hundreds of components of the Cannabis plant.  It has no psychoactive effects and is currently experiencing a huge surge in popularity worldwide.  CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which was discovered by Israeli scientists in the 1990's.  The endocannabinoid system has receptors throughout the body.

 


Here, at Cannamedica as qualified Medical Herbalists and Botanical Scientists we are proud to have manufactured what we believe is one of the purest and highest quality cannabis extracts currently available on the market.  The provenance of our product is from an organically certified farm in Czechia and team members have overseen and helped with the grow and harvest.  Our product is completely non-psychoactive and contains only minute, trace amounts of THC to meet specified requirements.  Cutting edge technology and equipment is used to remove any unwanted components such as waxes and chlorophyl yet ensuring that the product contains the maximum levels of cannabinoids, phytochemicals and terpenes.  This ensures a consistent, pure and premium product. 

We use our certified organic super critical carbon-dioxide extract and certified organic medium chain tri-glycerides to produce our high grade broad spectrum oils. The biomass used is a blend of indoor grown under controlled conditions material and hand picked, hand cleaned out door grown material. All plant material is externally tested and all oils tested at our own state-of-the-art facilities in Syston.
 

Terpenes

Those of you who are reading this and are medical herbalists you may be entirely bored by the description of terpenes and terpenoids – because it’s our bread and butter in many ways. For everyone else, here’s my favourite “cake analogy”.

Plants are like cakes – they have a number of ingredients. It requires lots of different ingredients to make a good cake, and some cakes have more than others – the difference between a madeira cake and a rich fruit cake for example. Plants are a bit like this too! These plant phytochemicals are called their metabolites. Many plants give off strong aroma’s and this is because they contain volatile oils (terpenes).

Everyone will recognise instantly the strong scent of Lavender. Most people will also know that lavender is relaxing and soothing and it is used in bath oils, pillow sprays and sleepy teas. A significant reason for this is the volatile oil contained within lavender, which is linalool. Interestingly cannabis contains linalool too – some chemovars in greater and some in lesser quantities.

Cannabis, it transpires, contains an extremely wide array of terpenes (volatile oils) which is probably why it smells so pungently strong – possibly one of the most pungent plants you will ever encounter. That mixture of various volatile oils gives it its familiar aroma. Plant terpenoids are used extensively within aromatherapy and other complementary modalities for their aromatic qualities. Terpenes; monoterpenes, triterpenes and sesquiterpenes which are all under the umbrella term of “terpenes” have remarkable medicinal benefits in their own right!

There are more than twenty thousand known terpenes in nature and over one hundred are known to exist in cannabis and hemp. Plants use terpenes to protect against herbivores and attract pollinators. Terpenoids contribute to the scent of eucalyptus, the flavours of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, the scent of lavender and the scent and analgesic antibacterial effects of cloves. Well-known terpenoids include citral, menthol, camphor, salvinorin A in the plant Salvia divinorum, the cannabinoids found in cannabis, ginkgolide and bilobalide found in Ginkgo biloba, and the curcuminoids found in turmeric and mustard seed. The trichomes of the cannabis plant secrete the most diverse terpenoids of any plant in nature.