The CBD shop selling cannabis-infused coffee in Exeter – and it’s all totally legal
Selling cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become a big business to get into now that it’s becoming widely accepted the life-changing health benefits it can offer, but misconceptions around it are still proving challenging to overcome as an Exeter shop owner found this week.
“A lot of people connect it with using drugs and you’re a pot head if you take it, but hemp is different because it’s very, very beneficial to the body and you don’t get high.
Just a day after police raided ‘cannabis shop’ the Holy Smoke in Plymouth, Ondrej Hejda, who opened Devon Hemp in Exeter around three months ago, was visited by police.
The informal visit was sparked by questions raised by members of Exeter City Council who were unsure about what the premises are selling and the 37-year-old was happy to show police how he specialises in offering high-quality hemp food supplements.
Ondrej, who used to own the Head Shop in City Arcade before planning permission was given to turn the area into student flats, is hoping to start growing and processing his own hemp at a friend’s farm in Devon to make it a locally-sourced product.
Within the next few months he is also planning to host educational workshops in the shop to bust the myths surrounding CBD.
Ondrej said: “When I had to move the business I decided to specialise in hemp products. Even in my old shop I was into hemp and now it has become legal and more people know that people have started to realise how beneficial it is I have chosen to sell it as a food supplement.”
Customers can pop into the shop in Market Street, next to Exeter Exotics, for a tea, coffee or freshly-baked cookies or brownies containing CBD extract.
Its most popular product is its CBD pure raw extract (66 per cent) costing £30 and typically lasts around 20 days. Its next bestseller is its CBD vape liquid, followed by its brownies which Ondrej makes himself. Other products include balms and CBD sweets.
Ondrej said: “Hemp is a very versatile plant and when you start reading up on it you find out how civilisations have grown up with it throughout the history of mankind. What I want to do is spread the information about it and educate people because there is a lot of misinformation out there.
“A lot of people connect it with using drugs and you’re a pot head if you take it, but hemp is different because it’s very, very beneficial to the body and you don’t get high. You also can’t overdose on it and it’s not addictive.
“We sell hemp extract under our own label – Devon Hemp – and it is different from what you find in high street health food shops because is stronger which is important to give the benefits it should.
“You can take it orally or put it in foods. It does have quite a herby, earthy taste. My preference is to have it in coffee.
“We can’t say it’s a medical product, but it is known to have those properties. My customers range from people who have Parkinson’s to people with toothache who take it instead of painkillers.
“Other people take it for reasons including anxiety, inflammatory problems, skin problems, stress-related problems and depression.
“I’ve seen many times how it can change peoples’ lives. One of my customers is a woman with breast cancer who was on all sorts of painkillers for years and now she is off them all and can live her life to the full since taking hemp.
“I’m also a good example myself. I was suffering from depression and I haven’t had problems with it since I’ve been using it as a food supplement daily. I was very surprised the difference it made.
“The people who walk through my door come from the whole spectrum of society. It’s a very rewarding job because you see how it helps people with whatever problems they have. We have a very positive vibe in here.”
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CBD products on the rise as young Brits battle work-related anxiety
Young Brits are increasingly turning to CBD products to cope with work stress, data shows.
Since it was legalised in the UK in 2018, companies have added CBD, short for cannabidoil, to just about everything – makeup, tea, pet treats and soft drinks being just a few examples.
CBD is an all-natural compound found in the cannabis plant and diluted with either hemp seed oil or coconut oil.
Despite there being little data to support the many claims of its health benefits, the popularity and demand for legal CBD use is certainly on an upward curve, with analysis by Wowcher suggesting sales skyrocketed 99% between February and April.
New data from online pharmacist Instant eCare shows that despite CBD being thought to aid a variety of including anxiety, depression and chronic pain, most Brits are actually buying it to cope with work stress relief, not pain relief.
In fact, in the UK, young professionals working desk-based jobs in industries such as IT, administration and sales, are the biggest demographic buying CBD.
Nearly two in five (37%) Brits’ confirmed their job and work life is the biggest contributing factor towards using CBD products, such as CBD oil, vape oil and capsules, to assist with the symptoms of anxiety.
What’s more, a further 16% said they use CBD products to alleviate money worries – rising to a whopping 44% of those working in the creative sector.
The data also highlighted the use of CBD among medical professions. Nearly a third (28%) of CBD users identified themselves as doctors, dentists or nurses, with many saying they use CBD to treat insomnia and other sleep related conditions.
Of these, 42% also said they use CBD is to alleviate relationship-related stress.
The majority of those surveyed revealed they have been using CBD for less than six months, and 36% said they foresee themselves continuing to it for a further six months.
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Unlike THC, the other crucial compound in hemp and marijuana plants, CBD does not produce the psychoactive effects that make you feel “high”; instead, it actually eases anxiety and makes you less likely to freak out. … In other words, CBD is ideal for people looking to relax and unwind—not get out of their minds.
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