Non Profit CBD Network

I am often asking people to support non profits, having been involved with them for many years. I believe they should be far more part of the societal picture in general. They operate pretty much exactly the same as regular businesses WITH A FEW VITAL DIFFERENCES.

non profIf the non profit ´business´does well, the profits are regenerated into the community in many ways. Offering employment to the local community which in turn provides taxes from the wages to governments, avoiding the need to tax the actual products and raising costs to the consumer

These COSTS are always something that a non profit strives to keep down, there are not shareholders creaming off a percentage of the excess profits every year. Therefore it leaves more chance to invest into machinery or people or lab equipment that makes products we produce either better, cleaner, safer or more economical. There isn´t the need to cut corners as this emphasis of profit has been de-emphasised.

When it came to our hemp products farms, we followed these same beliefs, we don’t just talk the talk.

CBDnetwork is a multidisciplinary non-profit group formed by patients, families and professionals, convinced that cannabidiol is a valid adjuvant therapy in many pathologies, with only minor side effects. We have been studying CBD and it’s benefits for many years, even in times when it was not so recognised. Over half of our patients in some of the legal cannabis associations used CBD as form of treatment over and before THC over the last decade.

cbd network logo transparentPain management and anti stress are our real areas of interest, combined with our real care for organic practices, being resourceful and being environmentally aware. We have always strived to have recognition and access to a natural therapy with extracts of hemp, high in cannabidiol, but with almost no content in THC and therefore, no psychoactive effect.

As we launched our range of cbd products in 2015 we also applied for full organic licence. A 3 year process that is very strict and we are into our third year of this process.

Every product is produced directly here in the south of Spain, our climate giving us obvious advantages with a plant that thrives in our local environment with the best certification that can be obtained. If we were looking at being resourceful then Spain is an obvious choice to provide much of this cultivation for Europe as a whole.

We believe in the full entourage effect of the different cannabinoids as we do with using a variety of fruits or vegetables or nutrients in your diet. We do not produce isolated CBD or other compounds. We are organic farmers, not chemists. Doing things we believe in and stand for.

Sustainable, Compassionate, Non Profit, Knowledgeable, Professional

Why would you source your CBD products from anywhere else?

Companion Planting for Cannabis Plants

Companion Planting for Cannabis Plants

With the insects coming out in force locally and 90% of my cultivation being outdoors I thought it a good time to talk a little about companion planting for cannabis plants. It is something that I don’t think is utilised enough, if at all by many outdoor growers.

Companion planting for cannabis is used for several reasons; Sometimes to attract helpful pests, other times to repel the less helpful, sometimes even to help regenerate the soil. Some are so good at attracting pests that I refer to them as trap crops. These trap crops particularly attract the unwanted insects so much that they leave the other plants pretty much alone. Occasionally I use cannabis plants themselves as trap crops for spider mites. Ones that give off a pheromone that particularly attracts them and leaves the wanted plants untouched a bit further away in the garden.

There are many wives tales about plants and companion planting and I have listened to half of them. Some have not worked and others may have. There are also many plants and crops that are just impractical to grow around cannabis plants that are often in raised beds or containers. I will try to focus on things that I use quite often in my own grows and how despite a garden full of hundreds of types of insects the crops can still be healthy and strong. After all, I never saw an issue with pests themselves, more so an issue when one particular pest becomes an infestation. Maybe, (likely) insects are similar to ourselves when it comes to diets, variety is the spice of life, despite the occasional binge.

Okay, in alphabetical order..

Angelica attracts Ladybirds and Parasitic wasps which are beneficial insects in the garden. It also attracts Aphids and works well as a trap crop* sometimes. (*Flowers and herbs, like cannabis plants can have distinctive smell and taste differences depending upon its genetics.)

Anise also attracts some beneficial insects and repels Aphids, white-fly and fleas (we have many animals so even this type of pest control is useful, aided by guinea fowl).

Borage attracts pollinating bees and wasps, strengthens plant resistance to many common pests and diseases and adds trace minerals to the soil.

Carrots even repel insect pests. In the right containers I might plant a few small carrots around the edge once the cannabis plant is in flower.

Catnip is in the Mint family and has many of the same attributes as other types of Mint. It attracts Cats of course, who might poop in yer pots.. mm, enough said.

Chamomile will attract beneficial insects.

Chives around base to discourage insects from climbing the trunk.

Garlic produces a naturally occurring fungicide which will help in the garden with disease prevention. Garlic discourages Aphids, Fleas, beetles and spider mites. It can accumulate sulphur tho so in pots as oppose to the same soil is great.

lavendar

Lavender Is a good around the edges of containers, it deters snails and slugs as well as many other insects

Marigolds are ideal companions through out the garden, (no not the gloves hehe) as they attract hoverflies, which prey on aphids and white-fly. (so cheap n cheerful I had to throw them in the mix as the token flower gesture)

Mint deters many insects by disrupting their ability to locate food sources within the vicinity of the plant – it literally masks the scent of surrounding plants.

Nasturtium deters many pests including Aphids, white flies, beetles n bugs.

Peppermint contains menthol and repels white cabbage moths, aphids ,flea beetles, bees too actually :o. The menthol content in mint acts as an insect repellent too.

Sage produces flowers which attract many beneficial insects.

Thyme will attract beneficial insects

Tarragon good throughout garden. Perennial Herb, very aromatic and related to Wormwood. (No not scrubs, the apparent cancer fighting herb.)

Valerian is useful anywhere in garden, it attracts earthworms and promotes phosphorous activity in the soil. Valerian can also be made into a spray to benefit the garden.

So there’s a dozen or more choices to get planting around your cannabis plants. Note that many of these are easy to grow herbs that we use for cooking and health benefits. Some of them even used in our cbd tea’s.

Happy Planting…