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Inspired by the work of Joanna Macey and Bo Lozoff  (Active Hope and We're All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free) Tree House worked with Prison Staff and Inmates in the Therapeutic Wing of HMP Liverpool to design and deliver a personal development course for 18 prisoners which was delivered over a period of 9 months. 


The programme, Escape From Fortress I, had as it’s premises that however traumatic or difficult our path to here we have the innate capacity to heal ourselves, indeed that we are, though others can help, the only one who can.  The programme comprised of 12 sessions which were structured around the four cyclical stages described by Macey as the Work that Reconnects.

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Like Brene Brown, she sees our biggest challenge as our resistance to facing up to the painful realities we find ourselves in, as individuals and as a planet.  In order to really address our pain we need the courage to feel it at its darkest level even when we fear it might overwhelm us.  It is the first stage of the process, appreciation, which is designed to give us that courage as explore ways of appreciating ourselves and the world around us.  For the vast majority of those we worked with this was the first experience they ever had of being told by others that they had qualities which were deserving of appreciation. 


Fuelled by a sense of worth, and a connection with others, course participants were better able to undertake the next stage of the process, Honouring the Pain.  This required participants to think about, express, and seek to atone for pain they had experienced, and had inflicted on others.  Expressing shame both within the group and, in subsequent phone calls and visits from family and friends, lessened the burden being carried by the group and gave them the mental and emotional space to undertake the next two phases of the programme which were, seeing with new eyes and going forward which were principally concerned with developing a series of commitment which the participants made to themselves relating to their future conduct. 

Impact Review

Following the success of the programme in the prison the same programme was offered, with the support of the Workers Education Association, to local people in a programme called Learning How to Fly


Like the prison programme this placed emphasis on liberating our own capacities as people and taking action to transform our own lives and like the prisoners, programme participants described the impact of the programme as akin to a liberation. 


Is Hemp derived CBD Legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal in the United States. It allows for the broad cultivation of hemp and explicitly allows the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial or other purposes. It puts no restriction on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products, as long as those items are produced in a manner consistent with the law. Section 12619 of the Farm Bill removes hemp-derived products from its Schedule I status under the Controlled Substance Act and moves them to Shedule V, meaning it is no longer a controlled substance More information can be found at

How much should my patients take?

Taking too little or too much CBD can be ineffective. First, if you are taking any other CBD containing products, we recommend stopping them for 48 hours before starting ours. Then, we recommend starting with 5 drops twice a day (under the tongue for one mintue and then swallow) of our 500mg (a little more than 4mg). While this is a small dose, it may be just the right dose for some people. Then, increase the dose by 3-5 drops every 2-3 days until you reach the desired effect. If increasing the dose decreases the effectiveness, go back to the last, most effective dose.

Is your product THC FREE?

Currently, there is no way to create a 100% THC free product. Most labs check down to 0.1% (1000 ppm), so the product they list as THC free could contain as much as 0.099% THC. While most would not have a positive drug test while taking this product, the risk is still there, so we will not label any of our products as THC free. Our last batch of isolate tested to be 0.002% THC, (20 ppm/part per million), which is a very small number, but still not something we are comfortable labeling as THC free.

What do I do if I fail a drug screen?

Some drug screens may show a false positive by confusing other cannabinoids with THC. If you get a positive result on a urine or saliva drug screen, ask for a more specific confirmation test, such as a blood test or a hair test. These are more expensive tests, but they are much more accurate. If using our isolate, these will show a true negative almost 100% of the time. If you are using a full-spectrum product with small amounts of THC, these tests will either show a 100% true negative or a small level of THC. This quantification of THC will help differentiate between use of a hemp product vs use of a marijuana product.

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Escape From Fortress I

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