The Shannon River on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, The Loop Head Peninsula is a beautiful location for growing cannabis in Ireland. Daniel and Laura Jayne have been growing hemp in County Clare since 2018. The husband and wife team have trialled different varieties of hemp on their farm to see what suited the growing conditions on the aptly-named Wild Atlantic Way.
It is important to us that we grow our plants in living soil, using natural methods to improve soil and plant health. Choosing the right seed variety was an important step to ensure we had an early flowering variety which produced a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes.
We are a hands-on farm inorder to protect the quality of the cannabinoids we produce. We remove the male hemp plants by hand to increase cannabinoid quality. We hand harvest and dry at low temperatures to preserve the cannabinoid content.
The farm is open to visitors who wish to teach or learn more about growing and harvesting hemp. We have worked with several universities on projects related to soil health, carbon sequestration and cannabinoid testing standards. Both Laura and Daniel graduated in 2019 with their Masters In Agricultural Innovation, with a focus on developing the Hemp Industry in Ireland and developing an effective process for producing a solvent-free CBD oil.
Traditional Solventless Extraction Process
An important step for us was to ensure our CBD oil reached Irish food safety standards. The use of a solvent such as ethanol, hexane, isopropenyl or CO2 is not permitted in cannabinoid extraction under Irish food law. In Ireland, only mechanical separation of Cannabinoids is permitted.
Cannabis has been processed mechanically for thousands of years. We researched traditional extraction processes used throughout the world. We didn’t feel that the cold pressing of the whole plant or seed was capable of producing a CBD rich oil so we innovated.
We utilise several traditional methods to process our Irish grown hemp into full-spectrum oil.
Food Safety Standards
Quality and Standards are important at every stage of our process. Everything in our bottle is processed at our HSE approved food manufacturing facility in Kilkee, Co. Clare. We are HACCP compliant with regular visits from our Environmental Health Officer. Compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for food manufacture is implicit in every HACCP system of every food business operator under the inspection of the HSE (Health Service Executive).
Our facility and process have been assessed by the Department of Health, Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the Health Service Executive to ensure that all standards that you would expect from a great food product are all in place.