cbd flowers UK legalPlymouth’s first shop selling cannabis products has arrived

Plymouth’s first shop selling cannabis products has arrived

Plymouth’s first store selling legal CBD oil is on a high, with sales going well

It’s not a joint, it’s a shop and it’s Plymouth first specialising in selling products derived from cannabis plants. Oh, and it’s called Holy Smoke because it’s rented from a church.

Plymouth couple Matthew Wachtel and Georgina Pitt say business is booming after they transformed their waning fashion outlet into a store selling primarily CBD products at the turn of 2019.

Since then they have been making as much money in a day as they were in a week when they were marketing only baseball caps, tee-shirts and tracksuits.

It’s because the world has gone mad for CBD, or Cannabidiol, a substance derived from the flowers of the cannabis sativa plant.

CBD is legal in the UK because it is non-psychoactive, in other words it doesn’t get you as high as the sky lounge atop the Beckley Point student tower.

But it is claimed to be effective in treating afflictions such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and even, in its strongest concentrates, side effects of cancer.

“We’re making a living from cannabis, I never thought I’d say that,” said Georgina.

“Retail was going down hill, so we started this. There’s been a massive difference in our takings, we can’t believe it.

“People wouldn’t spend £30 on a tee-shirt but they will spend £30 on our of our other products. We can’t give medical advice, but we can sell it. We can’t tell people it will do anything for them, they have to do their own research. But people have said it’s changed their life.”

In 2018 high street chain Holland and Barrett began selling CBD products, but only a few, and Matthew and Georgina found a gap in the market with an extensive range of products.

That includes oils, teas, cookies, vape juice, drinks, and more. The best seller, however, is the raw cannabis flower, with the psychoactive ingredients removed, which people can grind themselves and put in tea, cakes or whatever.

You can even give it to your stressed out dog or cat

Holy Smoke – thus dubbed because its The Pepperpot home near Drake Circus mall is rented from the nearby Methodist Central Hall – sells the grinders too.

They are displayed in the attractively laid out store, with is adorned on the outside with a fetching mural of reggae great Bob Marley, alongside products

And none of this is cheap. The products, mainly imported from the USA or Switzerland, cost a lot by usual retail standards: 10 sweets for £20, a cola drink for £3.99.

The raw flowers cost from £13.50 for a gramme to as much as £315 for 28 grammes, and come with names such as Blue Dream, White Russian, Bubblegum, Amnesia and Caramelo.

Yet people don’t seem to mind, the value of the products clearly being worth the spend.

Matthew ran Plymouth clothing store Dappa Caps for eight years. But like many businesses in the fashion sector it has been hit by the slowdown in on-street retail sales.


Now the couple are looking ahead with confidence and are about to launch a website providing online sales and are scouting out premises in Newquay, Cornwall, for a shop and cafe.

“It would be a CBD cafe,” said Georgina. “Selling teas, coffees and cakes.”

So far, Holy Smoke pretty much has the CBD market sewn up in Plymouth, but with the growing popularity of the products Georgina expects that to change.

“There’s a shop in Saltash,” she said. “But they will probably start popping up everywhere now.”

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified in cannabis plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. As of 2018, preliminary research on cannabidiol included studies about its effect on anxiety, movement disorders and pain.

Cannabidiol can be inhaled, smoked, vaped or as an aerosol spray, or swallowed.  It may be supplied as CBD oil  containing only CBD as the active ingredient, with no added tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the part of cannabis that makes people high. CBD can also be sold as hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or as a prescription liquid.

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