Plants spotted growing in Plymouth park ‘are not cannabis’💯😂

Boffins say they look very much like hemp – a low level strain of cannabis which when grown on a small scale are perfectly legal.

Experts have sought to set the record straight about the identity of the greenery that’s suddenly spurted in community allotments near a family cafe in Devonport

Passers-by were left in shock when they stumbled across what looked like weed plants in raised soil beds near Devonport’s Park Pavillion Cafe.

Professor of Plant Physiology, Mick Fuller, said: “For me, it looks like a hemp plant, rather than drug cannabis plantation.”

Friends of Devonport Park, a charity which runs the pop-up patch, urge green-fingered visitors to pop along and grow fruit and vegetables for the benefit of the community.

Locals speculated that strands from a discarded JOINT may have caused dope to suddenly spurt amongst the lush greenery.

CBD oil is one of the trendiest topics in the UK at the moment. You hear about celebrities bringing out their own ranges, CBD oil being given out in the Oscars gift bags and CBD restaurants popping up here there and everywhere. But what actually is CBD oil? And what is all the fuss about?

One concerned resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “Just metres from a children’s play park. Cannabis growing in community allotment boxes.

“I think someone smoked a joint and threw the seeds in the planter.

“I can’t imagine anyone would try and cultivate cannabis in such a public place.

“Nevertheless it should be dealt with.”

Yet University of Plymouth experts are pretty certain the plants are NOT illegal cannabis that you would smoke.

He said both drug cannabis and hemp are very similar – which is why people make the assumption they have spotted weed.

“They are a very, very closely related species. Some don’t believe they are the same species.”

Prof Fuller said there are distinct differences.

Cannabis drug plants have much thinner leaves than that of hemp, he explained.

Hemp also has a higher fibre content – which is why people grow them to make alternative clothes, and in the past, rope.

Hemp flowers are used in the production of CBD oil – an alternative medicine increasingly sought after to treat long-term and debilitating health conditions.

Cannabis is distinctive in that its five leaflets are shaped like the palm of a hand, Prof Fuller said.

A notice on the Friends of Devonport Park allotment beds says: “As part of our lottery funded ‘pop-up allotment project, we would like to encourage the local community to take advantage of these facilities.

“Feel free to plant your own crops of fruit/vegetables in any of these raised beds.

What exactly is CBD Oil & Is it legal in the UK?



What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol or CBD as it is better known is one of potentially over 100 compounds that are found naturally in the cannabis plant. It was only really discovered in the 1990s when scientists were looking into why cannabis makes us high.

What they found was that there was a compound called tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC) in the plant which, when taken by humans, makes us high. They discovered that this happened as a result of its interaction with a system called the endocannabinoid system – an important system in the body which is responsible for regulating a number of bodily functions helps to help keep the body in a state of homeostasis.

The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is based around a set of cannabinoid receptors which are concentrated in many different areas around the body, and endocannabinoids – which are made naturally in the body. The endocannabinoids interact with the cannabinoid receptors and then are broken down by certain enzymes. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2 receptors and are located in different parts of the body.

Scientists found that CBD and THC were similar in that they interact with the endocannabinoid system in a similar way to the endocannabinoids. Which is why they called them phyto cannabinoids (meaning cannabinoids derived from a plant). However, the difference between the two is that they interact in different ways.

THC binds mainly to the CB1 receptor, stimulating the part of the endocannabinoid system that is controlled by the CB1 receptor and also making you high.

CBD mainly affects the output of the CB2 receptor, stimulating other parts of the endocannabinoid system and not making you high.

So, whilst THC may be useful, it is illegal because it makes you high. CBD, on the other hand, won’t make you high at all and is therefore completely legal in the UK.

Is CBD Legal?

In a word, yes.

Since technology and research has allowed us to split down the different compounds in cannabis, we have been able to determine parts of it that are legal and illegal. In short, THC is illegal, and CBD is legal.

For this reason, farmers have cultivated varieties of cannabis which naturally have very low THC levels (less than 0.2% in the UK) which firstly won’t get you high, and secondly means that the plant and anything made from it is completely legal. This is called industrial hemp.

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Leading CBD retailers like CBDShopy have researched the UK CBD-market to bring you only the best CBD oils, capsules, creams and various other products backed by third-party lab reports which are made available on their website.

Medical Claims – In the UK, CBD Oil is currently sold as a “food supplement” and no medical claims can be made by producers or retailers alike, so if you see any companies making outrageous claims – ask yourself why they’re not playing by the rules, are they to be trusted?

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Plymouth’s first store selling legal CBD oil is on a high

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

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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400 cannabis plants at Plymouth house

More than 400 cannabis plants were found in a Stonehouse

Western Power staff fell upon sophisticated cannabis farm in city street after searching for a gas leak

Staff from Western Power were initially tasked with checking out the address in Waterloo Close on Friday morning last week, but on entry soon realised they had stumbled upon a cannabis farm.

Gas workers stumble upon 400 cannabis plants at Plymouth house

Police were immediately called and further investigation found three rooms upstairs were given over to a sophisticated cannabis production, with additional plants in the loft space

The downstairs area was described as appearing quite normal but the upstairs area displayed an array of specialist equipment used to grow the marijuana plants on a large scale.

It is not known how long the property had been used to grow the class B drug and while there was evidence of someone living or attending the property, there was no-one at the address and no arrests have been made.

A police spokesman told Plymouth Live that a number of items were seized from the property and are part of the ongoing investigation.

In total, officers removed 466 plants of varying sizes, including small seedlings as well as large plants.

The layout of the growing equipment is also very similar to the kind created by Vietnamese organised crime gangs, who have an international reputation for being one of the largest cannabis manufacturers in the UK.

According to a study by national charity Drugscobe the number of cannabis farms in the UK trebled between 2005 and 2007. Analysis of police raids found up to 75 percent of cannabis farms were being run by Vietnamese crime gangs.

Since 2008 police in Plymouth have uncovered more than 40 large scale cannabis farms hidden in seemingly innocuous rented terraced properties.

In many of the cases the set-ups included whole building given over to growing marijuana, holes in walls, ceilings and floors smashed through to allow ducting, waterpipes and electrical cables to run between rooms, electricity supplies hacked into to gain free energy to provide heat and bright lights to the growing areas.

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Police reveal why they raided Plymouth ‘cbd shop’ as two people arrested🙈

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs following a morning police operation

Police have said they were “legally obliged” to carry out their operation this morning after evidence revealed items being sold in a city store were deemed illegal by law.

Two people – a 35-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman – have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs after police executed two search warrants this morning. The man has also been arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Shortly after 7.30am officers from Plymouth police’s south and central CID and neighbourhood teams attended a flat in a residential property in Houndiscombe Road, Mutley, where they carried out a search.

Keys were acquired and officers carried out a further search of the Holy Smoke hut-like store which sits near the Voodoo Lounge club and the Jigsaw Garden.

Police have told Plymouth Live a four-figure sum of cash was seized from the residential property along with cultivation equipment including grow lamps, tents, trays and fertilizer.

Police revealed that a “substantial quantity of suspected cannabis” and other drug-related paraphernalia was also found at the property. A number of bottles of “e-liquid” purporting to contain “90 percent THC” have also been seized.

Detectives also seized a number of mobile phones, a laptop, a SUV Dodge Nitro vehicle and a quantity of documentation including invoices.

Scene of Crime Officers have also been at the property to carry out forensic examinations.

Officers also seized CCTV recording equipment from the Holy Smoke store, which is rented from the nearby Methodist Central Hall.

This morning’s operation was described as pre-planned and police have revealed it came about following analysis of herbal material recovered from juveniles arrest following a theft from the Holy Smoke store.

Insp Robin Loveridge, neighbourhood inspector for the city centre, told Plymouth Live the theft of bell jars containing herbal matter from the store was reported to police. Two juveniles were traced and the jar and its contents were recovered, but police took the step of having the material tested in a laboratory.

Insp Loveridge said: “It came back as positive for THC – we don’t look at percentages with regard to cannabis. In effect, it is a class B drug and our view was we have to investigate this as the suspected selling of a class B drug.

We went to our force legal department for advice and looked at the Home Office guidelines on the matter.

“Officer from the neighbourhood team went to the store and spoke to the proprietor. He has produced a certificate which we passed to our force legal department.

“Home Office guidelines show that you have to have certain licences to grow cannabis. There are no licences to sell cannabis to the public.

“Our CID team has carried out the investigation and executed the search warrants and the neighbourhood policing teams will pick up the community fall-out from today’s operation

Insp Loveridge stressed the reason there appeared to be a large number of officers involved in what was considered a small and simple operation was because a number of the officers involved were undergoing training alongside tutor officers. He said the operation gave them opportunity to learn the process of a section 8 PACE [Police and Criminal Evidence Act] search warrant.

He added: “This was a pre-planned operation and had been in the planning stage for some time, certainly well before the article [about the Holy Smoke store] appeared on the Plymouth Live website.

“The article did not change our time frame for out action.

“We would like to point out at this stage that once evidence is gathered it will be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their decision about further action or disposal.”

In a further police statement, Det Con Pablo Beckhurst, who is leading the investigation, noted that under current law any substance which has any level of THC in it is an illegal substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

He added that following with the Devon and Cornwall Police legal department “the issue is not so much what is on the packaging but rather what the substance contains, ie any THC.

CBD: The facts

What is CBD oil?

Government advisers at the MHRA made it legal to buy cannabidiol (CBD) oil in 2016 after they admitted that it has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on humans.

Suppliers in England and Wales have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago.

Manufacturers are able to avoid the strict regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence.

CBD products comes in many forms, the most popular being an oil – which users spray under their tongue – or gel tablets which melt slowly in the mouth.

Cannabis oil, which is different to CBD oil because it contains THC – the compound that gives users a ‘high’ – is illegal under UK laws.

Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines last April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed it on the NHS.

Cannabis oil, which reportedly has no side effects, influences the release and uptake of ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.

Is it legal?

Yes. Because CBD does not contain the psychoactive ingredient THC, it is entirely legal to buy and take CBD supplements in the UK.

And because CBD is a legal ingredient, it is not tested for in drug tests used to detect illegal drugs.

Suppliers have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine. But manufacturers are able to avoid regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence.

However, cannabis oil, which contains THC – the compound that gives users a ‘high’ – is illegal under UK laws.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s announcement in July that medicinal cannabis will be available on prescription from this autumn opened the door for oils to be given the green light if approved by the drug regulator.

Sativex, a mouth spray which contains THC and CBD, is already approved for use in the UK by the MHRA as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Is it addictive?

No, CBD is not addictive. An addiction to marijuana can develop as a severe form of ‘marijuana use disorder’, which affects an estimated 30 per cent of marijuana users.

This develops out of a person’s dependence on the psychoactive effects of THC – the ingredient in the marijuana plant which causes a high and results in withdrawal symptoms.

CBD comes from an entirely different plant – the hemp plant – that contains only trace amounts of THC which are not enough to cause a high.

Instead, CBD works by enhancing the effects of other brain chemicals such as serotonin and anandamide.

It does not activate the receptors that make marijuana psychoactive and addictive.

In fact, the effects of cannabidiol are opposite to those of THC and can actually block some of the psychoactive effects of THC, which is why CBD is added to medical forms of marijuana prescribed to treat certain disorders.

Is CBD oil safe?

CBD oil is recognised as safe and well-tolerated in healthy people, with few side effects.

A World Health Organization report has confirmed it does not have any potential for abuse or to cause harm, and it is therefore not classed as a controlled substance.

The Cannabis Trades Association UK recommends that CBD should not be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

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