Ancient power of hemp rediscovered
During world war 2 the USDA produced an educational film – Hemp for Victory – to educate and encourage farmers to grow hemp for its fibre to support the war effort. The film was then suppressed after the war. It only reemerged after pressure from a passionate group of activists who campaigned for its ‘official’ release in the 90’s. You can view it at the US archives from the title link above.
Additionally, throughout the world, Cannabis has its roots as a food source and a medicine. There is evidence of cultivation in Japan as far back as 10,000 years BC. The first recorded medical use in China was around 3000 BC. Moreover, Cannabis Sativa is one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine.
The ancient Eqyptian papyrus texts recorded many medicinal uses for Cannabis, referred to as shemshemet, or sm-sm-t (as there were no vowels). Medical preparations were described, like an enema for colorectal diseases, (Chester Beatty Medical Papyrus circa 1200 BC) or a poultice to be applied for inflammation (Ebers Papyrus circa 1550 BC). Thoroughout the various papyrus texts there are many references to the medicinal application of sm-sm-t.
Seshat, Egyptian goddess of knowledge and wisdom
Seshat was a very important figure in ancient Egypt. She is the Egyptian goddess of the written word, mathematics and the movements of the cosmos. The ancient Egyptians, noted for their incredible accuracy in construction, always called upon Seshat’s knowledge of geometry.
‘Pedj Shes’ the stretching of the cord occurred before construction of every temple and pyramid. As part of the foundation’s ritual, a mason’s line (made of hemp) marked out the dimensions and orientate the building with the stars.
Seshat was one of very few deities not to have a temple dedicated to her, but her image is depicted on many. Her image is always depicted with a symbol above her head. While there are differing opinions, and none conclusive, the leaf or star element looks uncannily like a stem with seven leaves from the hemp / cannabis plant. The umbrella shape or horns above may represent the crescent moon, associated with Thoth. Seshat was considered Thoth’s reflection in the feminine, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom.
Pronunciation of Seshat
I pronounce Seshat like the ses in ‘session’. Depending on where the person pronouncing is from I have heard ‘say’ shat or similar to he, as gaeilge Sé, pronounced ‘shea’ shat. But in truth no one really knows the proper pronunciation because ancient Egyptians didn’t use vowels, so these are only best guesses. Tomatoes tomahtoes pronounce as you like!
Cold pressed Seshat CBD Hemp oil
Supercritical Co2 ‘The Gold Standard’?
Back in 2017 I was researching the fledgling CBD industry with great interest. One thing that bothered me was that all available extractions used solvents, mainly alcohol or Co2 supercritical extraction.
I just wondered why take a plant and put it through a process that de-natures it to create a food supplement? When I say ‘de-nature’ I’m thinking of the process, as it destroys the cell wall to extract what resembles orange foam. This precursor then goes through further refining steps before it resembles a natural oil. The remaining plant material ends up as waste.
However, it is very efficient at extracting targeted compounds, providing a high CBD yield. Hence it’s the industry go to method. I’d say 98+% of CBD products on the market today whether isolated, full or broad spectrum use ‘the gold standard’ Co2 supercritical extraction.
Keep It Whole
I subscribe to the idea of quality whole food as first line medicine; give the body what it needs and it will repair, heal and maintain. The industry standard just didn’t sit right with me and I didn’t want to provide more of the same with a different label.
Fully understanding the healthful benefits of hemp and its many constituents is still a way off. Therefore, why focus on a handful of isolated compounds? I wanted a high-quality food-based solution as whole as possible. Maintaining the Phyto cannabinoids, terpenes, trace minerals and micro nutrients as they naturally occur.
Mechanical cold pressing
The Greeks used olive presses 5,000 years ago. Today, for high end oils like extra virgin olive oil, the principle extraction is the same, mechanical pressure. Producing a food grade whole plant hemp oil using mechanical cold pressing seemed to me, an obvious choice.
I believe cold pressing hemp to extract CBD and all the partnering constituents without chemical alteration is where true entourage lies. That’s the ‘+’ in Seshat CBD+. Without solvents or toxins, mechanical cold pressing is a traditional, safe food extraction method. Moreover, as the plant bio mass is a food ingredient, there is no waste.
Cold pressing is efficient and environmentally friendly. However, it doesn’t yield anywhere as high in CBD as other methods, so commercially it is less desireable. When you look at it from the consumers point of view however, receiving a food safe wholefood supplement with all the compounds of the hemp in tact, in my mind it’s a worthy investment.
Logo and mission
I chose not to use Seshat’s symbol for our logo, it’s her symbol. Instead opting for a simple gold drop containing a figurative hemp leaf to represent a cold pressed hemp plant filling up a drop of hemp oil.
The name Seshat Botanicals encompasses my desire to provide botanical products of impeccable quality, as close as nature provides and to honour the Hemp plant. My aim is to provide Products and service that work! Respect our customers, Seshat and the Hemp plant 🙂
Thanks for your interest.
Best regards, Jason.
Jason Delaney founder of Seshat Botanicals.
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