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With our first CBD cocktail now on the menu, we wanted to give you a little run down on CBD, bust some common myths and reveal some of the legendary properties of this wonderful plant. Our cocktail created by La Maison Wellness; The Fresh Focus uses CBD bitters to stimulate and highlight the delicate flavours in the drink.
Cannabidiol known as CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Unlike its sister component Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis) CBD is not psychoactive. You get all the benefits but with your feet firmly on the ground!
Myth busting: CBD is legal & does not get you high
The human body contains a specialised system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. This system works in a delicate balance with our body and can be affected by external factors including, stress, trauma and the chemical environment.
The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety due to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behaviour
Myth busting: CBD oil is not the same as hemp oil
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and usually combined with a base oil (often olive or coconut ). Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant and should not contain CBD, or any other cannabinoids. Hemp oil and seeds are associated with their own list of health benefits. We use hemp seeds in our protein packed burger as a complete protein and great source of Omega 3 & 6 (the good fats)
Continued use of CBD can help with anxiety, depression, pain relief and help with other issues caused by inflammation. This is down to the unique way it interacts with our own cannabinoid system and can help create internal balance. However, doses and amounts needed will vary on your condition. The levels used in food and drink are not a medical cure but enough to help induce feelings of relaxation and help reduce mild levels of stress. We suggest reading into the effects more to understand this original super plant!
Cannabis and all parts of the plant have been used for thousands of years from fabrics to food, medicine to ceremony. We now have science available to look deeper into the medical benefits of the plant and how we can integrate into our modern world.
Welcome back - we hope you are ready to blast into 2020 a fresh and motivated you!
This month we are focusing on the two things we feel most passionately about; eating more plants and drinking less booze! Hurrah, its the one month that guarantees more interest, questions and we hope more revelations about living a healthier more sustainable life!
Today we are talking about booze, plonk, that social elevator, the relaxer, the most socially acceptable and yet most dangerous drug available to us. Legal and celebrated, yet something went wrong along the way with our relationship with booze. Since the first grapes fermented and the friars turned undrinkable water into a palatable brew, we have developed (especially in the West) a weird co dependant relationship, that although brings us happiness at times causes a lot of tears, bruises, sickness and pain. The type of relationship you would tell a friend to run a mile from! Some of us can flirt with this toxic suitor, sharing a cheeky glass or two over a weekend, taking them along for a fun party date but then kick them out when they get too demanding. Sadly many are stuck in a more co-dependant relationship that takes over.
However, 2019 was the biggest year for the no and low alcohol market and we have some exciting times ahead. We saw alcohol consumption falling in the 15-30 age bracket last year and this trend is set to continue! To celebrate a new year and the infamous Dry January we are hosting a cocktail masterclass this Wends 8th January with the lovey Camille Vidal from La Maison Wellness
Camille has over 15 years experience in some of the worlds best bars and now has developed La Maison Wellness, as a brand and content platform to help people make more mindful choices and enjoy a healthy hedonism! She has developed a unique serve called the Fresh Focus which combines delicate botanicals with CBD infused bitters. CBD will be seen much more this year integrated into foods and drinks to hardness its powerful properties (no it doesn't get you high..watch our for our upcoming CBD post later in the week to give you the low down CBD and its benefits). We caught up with Camille to find out a little more about why she started LMW ...
What drove you to create LMW
I wanted to inspire people to live well in a way that felt like a celebration rather that cutting out more growing the pile of good things
With La Maison Wellness I create mindful cocktails and guide people through the healthy hedonist lifestyle because I believe that mixing in mindfulness into every aspects of your life is the fast track to living well and being happy.
What top tips do you have for being more mindful and for anyone taking the dry January challenge
Open your mind
Try something different
Have fun along the way
Check out La Maison Wellness website and youtube channel for inspiration and tasty mindful cocktails
If you are taking the dry January challenge or just want a more mindful 2020, then planning social events and learning more about this new delicious world of drinks is a great motivation. We are holding this workshop and then Humble Warrior plant alchemy on 19th January!
Book your place for La Maison Wellness below
The busiest year yet!
2019 has been a wonderful year for Redemption seeing more people open up to mindful eating and drinking.
We launched our Covent Garden restaurant on the 17th December 2018 and watched as the demand for quality non-alcoholic drinks blossomed with plant based dining now firmly on the foodie landscape.
Less booze more party!
We kicked off the year with the Mindful Drinking Festival, this mid-January focus is especially motivating for those taking up the Dry January Challenge and year on year keeps growing. If you want to see an awesome collection of brands and inspiring people then be sure not to miss this FREE event!
We have seen some fabulous products come to market this year. Our customer favourite has been Noughty, the amazing organic non alcoholic prosecco from Thomson and Scott. We took them and our friends at Atopia along to the RA Lates in July to be the first official no alcohol bar at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art and saw a real demand for people looking for delicious grown up non alcoholic alternatives! We even featured on Tricks of the Restaurant Trade on channel 4 with our co founder Andrea shaking up some serves for Simon Rimmer. The media was hot on the non-alcoholic movement and after 5 years of championing more mindful consumption we could finally say… We told you all along, it’s the way forward!
We have collaborated on some great events in the sober world and met some really inspiring people leading the way in sobriety and tackling some really important social issues. Why has being sober been thought of as boring or weird? Alcohol is a toxin that puts our body under great pressure to process and leaves us with all sorts of physical and emotional hangovers, yet why is it still so socially celebrated? The ladies behind Mindful Mixers introduced us to Sober Curios by Ruby Warrington – one of the books we have found to be the most compelling and relatable to helping us question our relationship with alcohol.
Being more mindful about what you drink and why you drink has been the hot topic on everyone’s lips this year. We hosted a great podcast with Alison Perry, talking to Clemmie Telford & Rosamund Dean focusing on the challenges (and huge benefits) of being a sober mum, created our bottomless boozeless brunch events with Mille from @sobergirlsociety and started our Seven Dial’s deli Master Classe’s in Covent Garden. We kicked off with a sell out Caleno cocktail class that helped people to learn more about the product with Founder Ellie and how to make delicious cocktails at home and of course then we finished the year off with @soberDaves Christmas party. We even had Ishspirts founder Morten come down and man an exclusive ISH Daiquiri bar, another serve sure to make it into the 2020 list!
2020 new drinks
We have developed our drinks offering and cocktail menu and can’t wait to launch a few more new drinks next year! We are bringing the awesome Freestar 0% gluten free beer into Covent Garden on draft and in can in Shoreditch and Notting Hill from early January.
V.I.B.E delicious Rhubarb spirit will be coming on the list in a delicate, fragrant cocktail and a new brand we are super keen to support. Our star of the month the Fresh Focus will be launched by Camille from La Maison Wellness after her Master Class on 8.1.20, the first CBD cocktail on the menu. We will be talking more about CBD and its benefits in the new year!
To round the year off we launched our Redemption Retreat in Northern Portugal to take place in February 2020. This is a really exciting development to the Redemption brand and one we hope will grow with us! There are still a few spaces available, please book through our shop .
Through January we will be filling the blog with motivational and we hope inspirational content around Dry January and of course Veganuary and creating more mindful choices in the new year and beyond!