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Our Marketplace: The One-Stop-Shop For Your Wellness Journey
Alphagreen is the leading global marketplace for CBD, health, and wellness. We specialize in legal cannabis-derived products, innovative and functional supplements, and alternative healthcare products that are centred on supporting your cognitive and physical wellbeing. We believe that your health is as individual and unique as you are, which is why we focus on supplying you the right products tailored to your specific needs.
We partner with the global leaders in the health and wellness industry to bring you only the best products on the market, connecting you with trusted brands and introducing you to new realms of possibilities to improve and optimize your health from the inside out.
We carefully select the brands that we work with and engage in a detailed process to ensure that their products are safe, effective, and of the highest quality. This means that we do not accept any products that do not have certifications from verified laboratories.
Our Shop Filters: Better Organization for Better Health
Our shopping options take into account that you want the flexibility to find products whenever you want, however you want. You can shop by product type, brand, price, CBD content and format, certification, country of origin, and even individual flavours and ingredients. Combine as many options as you like or require so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for – even be it a bestselling vegan tropical-flavoured drink containing CBD and ashwagandha because you bet your boots that we’ve got it!
Laboratory Testing: Only Ethically Sourced Effective Products – Guaranteed No Nasties.
We are in direct cooperation with trusted UK testing laboratories and our brands become a part of our network to guarantee the reliability of their products for our customers. Our lab partners are leaders in their field and conduct fair and thorough assessments. They ensure the products you consume are of the highest quality.
The Certificate Of Analysis (COA) is a document which declares that the product in question meets the necessary criteria to be sold to consumers. The main parameters are in regard to the physiochemical structure of the product, such as its composition, humidity, acidity, and growing conditions of the source plants. As CBD is still in the process of reaching mainstream markets and consumers, it’s integral to establish good manufacturing practice which is supported by a universal regulatory system of testing.
Alphagreen Selection: The Approval That Brands Seek and Consumers Deserve
For the brands that not only meet the standards of the COA but also convince our in-house experts and our customers of their potency and merit, we include them in the Alphagreen Selection. This is our very own way of providing an extra layer of depth to the certification process because we want you to have the best experiences with the best products. With the Alphagreen Selection, you don’t have to waste your time searching, you already know you’ve come to the right place.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis is a genus of angiosperms (flowering plants) in the Cannabaceae family of which there are three recognized species: Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis ruderalis - though the number within the genus and various sub-species remain disputed. The Cannabis plant has a long history of more than ten thousand years and can be traced back to a large variety of cultures across the globe. It has been used as a source of food and its fibres have long been used for their strength and versatility in a variety of applications, even to this day.
Hemp & Industrial Hemp
Hemp is the term most commonly used to refer to Cannabis that is grown for non-drug use. Hemp is also the name given to the resilient soft fibre of the Cannabis stalk (the stem of the plant). It is commonly mistaken for a species or strain of cannabis, but this is not the case – the word has simply made its way into the minds of the people as the street-name for ‘legal’ cannabis, or low-THC cannabis, though this is incorrect, technically speaking. The term ‘industrial hemp’ is used in the US and was established with the Farm Bill of 2018 and specifies that this type of cannabis should not contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. In other countries, hemp cultivated for non-drug use has been bred to decrease THC content in line with those countries’ regulations. Industrial hemp is normally cultivated as it produces high yields of seeds, fibre and oil which are used in a wide variety of consumer goods such as paper, fuel, biodegradable plastics, textiles as well as building materials.
Marijuana originates from Mexican Spanish. It refers to cannabis varieties containing high THC content (15-20%). Marijuana is therefore used recreationally around the world as THC is what intoxicates users and produces a ‘high’. Marijuana is illegal in most places except the Netherlands, Cananda, Georgia, Uruguay, South Africa and a few states in the US such as California and the district of Columbia.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plants. It is found in much higher quantity in what we refer to as hemp than in marijuana - basically, there are cannabis plants that contain high levels of CBD, which are referred to as ‘hemp’ and plants with a high level of THC, which are commonly referred to as ‘marijuana.’ It is one of the two main active cannabinoids in cannabis and is among the most researched cannabinoids. CBD’s properties have been proven to have wide-ranging medicinal benefits. For example, its anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial for any discomfort as well as for skin problems such as acne. It is also found to have neuroprotective properties meaning it can be beneficial for brain and mental health as well as used for relaxation. CBD’s relaxing properties also make it ideal for sleeping problems and can help regulate sleep cycles. Other benefits relate to beauty, heart health, blood pressure, cancer etc. These wide varieties of health benefits have meant that CBD products have grown in popularity and are in high demand despite the lack of awareness/education and restrictions around the world. CBD is available to consume through a range of methods with different levels of concentration.
There are 3 main concentrations of CBD available:
Full-spectrum CBD- This is extracted from the CBD flower. Full-spectrum CBD normally contains all the other compounds found in hemp along with CBD. Therefore, it can contain other cannabinoids, fatty acids, essential vitamins and minerals. THC is also present in trace amounts but not significant enough to produce intoxication effects in users. This format provides the best effect of CBD due to the ‘entourage effect’ where the other compounds work with CBD to synergise its effects. Full-spectrum CBD products are only legal in the EU if they contain less than 1mg of THC. Due to the trace amounts of CBD present in full-spectrum products, it may produce a false-positive on drug tests meaning it may not be suitable for certain patients or athletes.
Broad-spectrum CBD- This is THC-free as it is derived from full-spectrum CBD- which undergoes an additional process to remove trace amounts of CBD. Broad-spectrum still has all the other compounds of CBD and therefore users can still benefit from the entourage effect. This makes it suitable for consumption by most people including athletes.
CBD isolate- As the name suggests, CBD isolates are obtained by solely extracting CBD and distilling it. This extract is combined with a carrier oil such as MCT (coconut) oil, hemp oil and even sunflower oil. The key advantage of using CBD isolate is that it is typically 99% pure meaning one gram of CBD isolate powder would comprise of 990mg of CBD.
CBD in its various concentrations are used across many products in the form of e-liquids to be inhaled through vaping, oils to be consumed sublingually, edibles and capsules for oral consumption as well as in the form of creams, balms and ointments for topical use.
Sublingual administration is normally done by placing a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue. This is one of the fastest ways of absorbing CBD into the bloodstream. Inhalation of CBD e-liquids or oil through vaporizers also allow for rapid absorption of CBD into the bloodstream. Oral consumption involves the CBD products to be absorbed in the digestive tract after administration and is preferred by users as it provides accurate dosage. Topical administration is done by applying the product on the surface of the skin. Topical administration doesn’t allow for absorption into the bloodstream and is useful for localised effects such as muscle pain.
Cannabichromene (CBC) is found in during the early phases of the flowering cycle and is one of the main six cannabinoids found in Cannabis. Similar to CBD, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects and is legal. Research has shown CBC to support the effects that THC has. Furthermore, it was also found to have calming, soothing and antidepressant properties that could produce therapeutic effects in users. CBC was only discovered 50 years ago therefore research is still in its early stages but its anti-inflammatory properties are showing potential as a pain-reliever.
CBN is a result of the degradation of THC as it oxidises. CBN has been shown to have calming and antibacterial properties. Its calming properties may, therefore, make it useful for treating mental health problems such as anxiety as well as insomnia.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is another non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It is closely related to THC as it is the precursor of THC. When THC reacts with sunlight or heat, decarboxylation begins which converts the THCA into THC. THCA is considered a superfood as it is shown to relieve discomfort in chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia symptoms, arthritis pain when consumed raw as a dietary supplement.
Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and its relationship with CBD is similar to the relationship between THCA and THC where CBDA is a precursor of CBD. CBDA converts to CBD through the decarboxylation process triggered when CBDA is exposed to heat or sunlight. CBDA is also non-psychoactive and shown to have cancer-preventing and antioxidant properties. It has shown to be effective as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-nausea and analgesic agent.
Cannabichromenenic acid (CBCA) is the parent and precursor to CBC just as CBDA AND THCA are to CBD and THC. Some recent research has revealed CBDA’s potential as an anti-inflammatory and antifungal agent.
Cannabinolic acid (CBNA) is a non-psychotropic compound that is derived from THCA when it is exposed to the air. As CBNA decarboxylates it then turns into CBN. As all cannabinoids are closely related, CBNA has similar anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that have shown to help with seizures and convulsions.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is similar to THC as it has psychoactive properties. Although it is more potent in comparison to THC, the high it creates is faster to fade away. It is currently being researched and seems to act as an appetite suppressant agent. Therefore, it could be beneficial to aid weight loss and regulate blood sugar levels. In addition, it could be beneficial for reducing anxiety, increasing energy and stimulating bone growth.
Cannabigerovarinic acid (CBGVA) is another non-psychotropic compound and has some anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial for conditions like arthritis.
Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid (THCVA) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is a precursor to THCV. THCVA can be used as a marker to detect the use of illegal marijuana. On the other hand, its anti-inflammatory properties may relieve discomfort and boost the immune system. Some research on mice saw tumours decrease in size following exposure to medical marijuana and its compounds. Therefore, THCVA may also have anti-cancer properties. THCVA’s appetite suppression properties could help lose weight and ease and prevent gastrointestinal issues as such Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVA) is a non-psychoactive compound found (Indica) cannabis and is the acidic precursor of CBDV. Its anti-inflammatory properties may decrease the frequency and severity of seizures, reduce discomfort, nausea, mood disorders and inflammation.
Cannabichromevarinic acid is another non-psychoactive cannabinoid and has shown to affect mood regulation, appetite and sleep.
Longevity is the duration of an individual’s human life and refers to the preservation of an individual’s robustness and vitality for a long period of time. It has been found that several properties of Cannabis can contribute to an individual’s longevity.
As established earlier, CBD and many other cannabinoids and compounds found in cannabis have anti-inflammatory properties. Although inflammation is a normal, healthy body process, an abnormal duration increase in this process may result in chronic inflammation which increases a patient’s susceptibility to conditions like chronic pain. CBD’s role as an anti-inflammatory agent, therefore, provides a huge advantage to reduce these problems. Since CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to boost certain functions it could therefore also boost the immune system, hormone production and reproductive system as these are all linked and regulated to the endocannabinoid system. In addition, the Yale Journal of Biology found a positive correlation between the production and progression of cancer cells and inflammation. Therefore, cannabis’ anti-inflammatory properties can also reduce the risk of cancer development. It has also been found that cannabis can accelerate the destruction and removal of old dead cells by increasing the rate of apoptosis, through this preventing metastasis and tumour formation.
Cannabis can also contribute to longevity due to its antioxidant properties. Therefore, cannabis compounds like CBD (also known for its antioxidant properties) can be used medically for preventing age-related diseases such as strokes or heart disease which are normally caused by cell injury/damage. CBD has also been found to lower blood pressure, help with weight loss and limiting smoking addition, therefore, helping with heart health which in turn affects longevity.
Cannabis has many properties that aid the brain. We have already established the effects it can have in terms of boosting relaxation and thereby reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. These ultimately affect longevity as stress and anxiety are one of the major factors contributing to heart disease. Furthermore, the relaxing properties of CBD have also meant that it can be used to aid falling asleep as well as regulation sleep cycles. Thus by improving the quality of sleep, it contributes to boosting overall health. It can also be used as an alternative to sleeping pills and would boost patient’s longevity as they can avoid the harmful side-effects that sleeping pills inflict on the body (these are considered to be as harmful as smoking).
Furthermore, collaborative (animal) research done between The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Bonn found that cannabis has the ability to reverse the ageing process. Reversing the ageing process clearly increases longevity. The findings of this study also opened up the possibility of using cannabis as a potential dementia treatment and if successful would further contribute to longevity.
Alphagreen’s primary goal is to provide education on effective and safe health and wellbeing supplements. Alphagreen Academy is our health and wellness journal. We are aware of the conflicting information and regulations that cause confusion on the internet regarding cannabis and CBD and therefore launched Alphagreen Academy as a solution. The academy blog should be your go-to for anything CBD. The Alphagreen Academy tackles issues surrounding CBD (including common misconceptions) and the emerging life-science field and provides you with an in-depth view. You can trust us to provide you with the latest information on CBD research, global trends and innovation in the cannabis industry.
We cover you for all your CBD needs online and we have created a CBD Map to help you find your favourite products offline too. Currently, our CBD map covers stores in London but soon we will be rolling this out to include the rest of England. Our CDB map can help you find your nearest CBD store; we have ensured that the stores listed on the map provide the highest quality CBD products and give you a detailed description of each store, from the ambience down to their product offering and what makes them notable. Do feel free to use Alphagreen’s resources including our Academy to do your research on CBD and various CBD products. Whether you are a new or experienced CBD user and are curious or uncertain about committing to a new product, these CBD stores are a great place for you to try products and see what works the best for your needs. In the end, we want you to find products that you love and can truly help you!