Does CBD live up to the hype?

Yes, CBD really is the next big thing, says Henri Sant-Cassia of CBD Virtue

From the stories appearing about CBD and its near miraculous effects, to the pharmaceutical companies rushing to catch up, it seems everyone is talking about cannabidiol. But Henri Sant-Cassia of online retailer CBD Virtue says the buzz around CBD is loud because it can help so many diverse conditions, from cancer and back pain, to anxiety and ADHD.

However, because it ‘s relatively new to the UK, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.


“CBD is cannabidiol, one of the two main substances found in cannabis plants,” says Henri. “The other, THC, is what gives marijuana its high, and is a psychoactive drug.  CBD works on the body, and has no psychoactive effect.  CBD was legalised in the UK last year, provided it comes from EU approved plant strains and any THC has been removed. As we’ll see, these guidelines are not always followed.

“Once the preserve of Californian hippies, today you’ll find CBD everywhere from the high street to specialised online retailers, and there is a growing lobby who want to see it available on prescription. 

“Following a Home Office decision to make certain cannabis derived medicines available to patients with ‘exceptional clinical need’ Home Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that ‘our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory.’  So CBD is headed for the mainstream.”


CBD can help alleviate chronic pain and reduce inflammation, according to CBD Virtue.  Anthony Atterbury, a decorated West Midlands fireman suffers from Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and the combination of pain and reduced mobility left him unable to walk or stand.

“It has taken a lot of mental strength to go from leaping up and down ladders to being housebound,” he says. 

CBD gummies and honey sticks from CBD Virtue have reportedly got him back on his feet, after years of trying conventional medicine and a cocktail of painkillers.  Today he reports a 70% reduction in pain, and believes that with continued use, he will one day walk again.

“Many people are also using CBD to fight cancer and the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy,” says Henri.

“According to the American Cancer Society, ‘cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes.’  It can also help with symptoms such as nausea and sleeplessness.”

Tracy Fyfe has lymphoma and says CBD had an immediate effect on her symptoms, “after just one try.”

“Overall, both anecdotal evidence and a growing number of clinical trials show that CBD has real potential, and there is no doubt you’ll hear more in the coming months, especially as it’s not just for those with serious illnesses” says Henri. 

“A growing number are using it to help them deal with minor ailments and lifestyle needs.

“If you work out regularly, CBD is great post workout recovery, and as it’s natural, it has none of the side effects of the typical recovery drinks, pills and powders.”

Shaun Perry, a boxer, martial artist and weight trainer for 16 years says, after taking CBD, “I can feel the difference right away, even my sleeping pattern is better.”

“For smokers, CBD has been found to reduce cravings, and can help you quit,” says Henri. “It has a soothing effect, which has helped people suffering from everything from anxiety to epileptic seizures. As it is considered safe for children, parents are using CBD as an alternative to Ritalin and other ADHD medicines.


“Not all CBD is created equal,” says Henri. “Plenty of unscrupulous companies are jumping on the bandwagon.  As one of America’s biggest producers, John Merritt, explains: ‘It’s common to find cheap Chinese CBD, watered down with labels claiming it is high strength, and untested products with no CBD at all in them. It’s the wild west.’

“The very best CBD is made in the US from special plant strains with the right genetics, and is gently extracted to preserve all the beneficial chemicals which are naturally present but stripped out by the harsher, industrial extraction used in cheaper products. Look out for full spectrum CBD, and buy from a company that has traceable, tested products.

“CBD is available in a bewildering range of products, including creams, oils, tinctures, and edible treats like gummy sweets and honey sticks. Recently, Coca Cola announced they were looking at producing a CBD drink. CBD is also available in many different dosages, and it can be hard to know how much to take, and when. For most people, a daily dose of 10mg to 25mg is ideal, and the best way to take CBD is through an edible product such as gummies, honey sticks or a tincture.

“CBD will continue to hit the headlines, as ever more effective products become available, and more clinical trials are done to prove its effectiveness.”

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Get free entry to Scotland’s only hair and beauty trade show

The Scottish Hair & Beauty Show returns to Scotland this year but only after ringing in the changes by introducing a brand new holistic section AND a whole host of Scottish Barber exhibitors. In fact, it’s now being dubbed Scottish Hair, Beauty & Barber!

The SEC Glasgow

Exhibitors at the trade-only event – to be held at the SEC Glasgow on 28 and 29 April 2019 – will include Neals Yard, Holistic Scotland Magazine, The Chocolate Fondue Company, Therapy Rooms and more than 300 other leading names.

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If you run your own health and beauty or holistic business, there’s still time to register for your own stand. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your business to 350 leading brands, plus thousands of visitors, and be part of Scotland’s only hair and beauty trade show.

Register for free tickets and you’ll have the opportunity to see the latest Spring/Summer launches in hair, beauty, nails and tanning. There’s even a Salon Owners’ Business Forum, plenty of networking opportunities and lots of awards and activities to get involved in, plus discounts and special offers.

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Eight ways to keep your fitness resolutions on track

Whether we openly admit to making New Year’s resolutions or not, most of us will at least make certain promises to ourselves at the turn of the year.

If one of your commitments is to get fit, lose weight, or shape up, these eight tips compiled by health and fitness website might just help you stay the course. 

Be realistic

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and complete health and wellness doesn’t happen overnight, so be realistic, and be patient. For most people, upending a lifetime of habits can’t happen at the click of the fingers. Long-term results are achieved through small, gradual changes, so rather than thinking that you want to get up and start running 5k every morning, work up to it slowly instead of jumping in at the deep end.

If you push too hard, you may find it difficult to maintain new habits and then you’ll end up giving up altogether.


Set small goals

By establishing small benchmarks – perhaps monthly – you’ll be able to maintain your motivation throughout the year. This will give you reason to celebrate small victories and help you realise that you’re moving towards a bigger goal, bit by bit.

Write it down

Instead of simply thinking to yourself “I want to lose weight” or “I want to run a marathon”, think how you’re going to get there. How do you get from point A to point B? When you’ve established what you need to do, day by day, week by week, (see point #2) make sure you write it down. Keeping a regular checklist and something material to refer back to will help solidify the task and keep you on track.

Talk about it

Don’t keep your resolution a secret! Talk to friends and family members who will be there to support you. Even better, it might help you find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolutions so you can motivate each other.

Keep it fresh

No matter how and when you choose to move your body, it should be enjoyable and for the purpose of celebrating it, not punishing it. Hate the treadmill? Try a Zumba or Bar Method class. If you’re already going to the gym regularly but find it hard to stay motivated, try something new to revive your resolve and boost your fitness level.


Eat real foods

Regardless of your fitness goals, by making sure that your meals are made from fresh, whole, minimally processed ingredients, your body – and mind – is going to reap the benefits. And never, ever starve yourself. Restrictive eating slows down your metabolism and deprivation only leads to cravings and future binges.

Get your beauty sleep

You might not think that prioritizing quality shut-eye actually counts as a fitness resolution, but getting the right amount of sleep is crucial, especially for those with a more active lifestyle. So shut off your phone about an hour before you hit the hay, experiment with relaxing essentials oils, or try out a few soothing yoga poses to ease you into bed.

Reward yourself

Celebrate your successes by treating yourself to something you enjoy – but don’t overdo it. Most fitness fans will admit to having a cheat meal or two, but make sure you know when to draw the line. On the other hand, you could reward yourself with new fitness clothing, or by going to the cinema with a friend.


“According to the results of a YouGov poll released earlier this year, the two most popular resolutions made for 2018 were to eat better and exercise more,” says the team at

“We expect a similar trend this year – partly because so many people will have fallen off the bandwagon somewhere along the line.

“It’s not easy to overturn a lifetime of unhealthy habits, but by being realistic, eating real foods and getting your beauty sleep, you’ll have a far greater chance of sticking to your resolutions and achieving your goals this year.”




Confused about basic vitamins, minerals, elements and ingredients? You’re not alone

‘Nutrition’ has become a bit of buzz word lately but it turns out that lots of Brits actually have no idea what it means. 

While researchers have discovered that a third of people in the UK are interested in nutrition and 28% go out of their way to avoid unhealthy foods, many struggle to identify basic vitamins, minerals and ingredients – despite claiming to be experts on the subject. 

For example, more than a quarter think mercury – a pollutant toxic to humans – is safe to eat.

When it comes to fats, 32% of people don’t know if monounsaturated fats – which can reduce cholesterol and are found in avocados – are good or bad for health.

One in 10 don’t know Omega-3 – which is believed to lower the risk of heart disease – is a fat found in fish, flax seeds and walnuts, with some even mistaking it for a watch brand.

Twenty-nine per cent confused choline, an essential nutrient found in the likes of cauliflower, with chlorine, which has been used as a chemical weapon.

Know Your Nitrates

The research of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned to launch the KNOW Your Nitrates (NO3) campaign, which has been designed to help educate people on nitrates in drinking water.

It found that 77% of people polled have no idea what nitrates are or whether they are good or bad for you – when, in fact, they have been linked to potentially serious health issues including thyroid and circulatory problems.

And it’s a similar story for vitamins – of those who take vitamin C, 35% have no idea it’s essential for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues.

Six in 10 don’t think they’re getting enough vitamins in their diet but 67% wouldn’t be able to spot the signs they are vitamin deficient or not.

“This survey shows that people don’t find it easy to identify vitamins, minerals and other ingredients,” says nutritional health expert Dr Marilyn Glenville. 

”That’s why it’s so important to read the labels on your food and drinks. It’s crucial to know what you are putting in your body as this affects your health both physically and mentally.”

The research also found that maintaining health is our biggest priority when it comes to nutrition.

This was closely followed by upping energy levels and getting all of the vitamins and minerals needed to function properly.

Interestingly, 27% of those polled they don’t read the ingredients list on food and drink purchases at all.

Nine in 10 aren’t aware nitrates in drinking water can have a negative impact on health.

While 5% wrongly believe nitrates in mineral water – pollutants and heavy oxidants which enter the water table from agricultural fertilisers and leaking septic tanks – are good for you.

Only 21% know nitrates can end up in mineral water from chemical fertilisers, and just 9% know nitrates are pollutants from the water table.

Dr Marilyn Glenville added: ”The lack of understanding about nitrates, particularly in water, shown in the survey was of concern.  

”And also, for me, as a nutritionist, to learn that in many European countries, the legislation requires that the nitrate content in water should not exceed 10mg per litre.

“But in the UK the limit is 50mg per litre for adults and there is no legislation in place for children.”

Nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer said: “While our interest in health and wellbeing is increasing, it’s clear from AQUA Carpatica’s research that more information is needed around even simple, everyday products like drinking water.

”Few people are aware that nitrates, which can leach into water from fertilisers, manure and septic tanks, have been linked to potentially serious health issues including breathing problems for newborn infants, thyroid and circulatory problems, and headaches.

”Some people may prefer to choose a water that is nitrate-free.” 

Win! Award-winning, pure mineral water that’s nitrate-free

For a chance to win a batch of award-winning AQUA Carpatica Still Natural Mineral Water, which is naturally extracted from two pure aquifiers deep in the Carpathian Mountains, pick up a copy of the December/January issue of Holistic Scotland Magazine, in which you could win everything on the page.

Through a natural 20 to 40-year filtration process in a location with no agriculture or industrial activity in the surrounding areas, AQUA Carpatica’s source is protected from chemicals, fertilisers, CFCs and other contaminants.


Make your own winter remedies to help you through cold and flu season

Health coach Suzy Glaskie of Peppermint Wellness shares her DIY tips


  • At the first sign of a scratchy throat, gargle with a drop of thyme essential oil in some water and take regular doses of echinacea and elderberry syrup or tincture. Nine times out of 10, it nips the cold virus in the bud.
  • It’s cheap and easy to make yourself an immune-boosting aromatherapy rollerball using essential oils, such as thyme, orange and clove, combined with a carrier oil. Just roll it on your wrists, neck and under your nose.
  • Get yourself a diffuser and add a few drops of lemon myrtle essential oil to the water to help zap airborne viruses.