A shop selling CBD Flowers, Hemp Tea and a range of Cannabis oil products in Swansea’s city centre has been visited by police
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The Brain Box Shop – situated in High Street opened in August last year after selling cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp-based products online for several months.
South Wales Police said the visit to the shop was part of “Operation Hazardia” which, as well as targeting outstanding suspects, aimed to work with a range of colleagues and partners to detect and prevent further crime.
One of the store owners, Karol Cegla, said police and trading standards visited the store last Friday afternoon, adding that he felt they were expecting to find cannabis was being sold from the shop.
He said he wasn’t sure if it was a full raid as police didn’t take everything, just samples, adding that they were now waiting for the test results to come back.
Mr Cegla said trading standards told them they needed to do an inspection of the products they were selling and needed samples of their products such as the hemp flowers or teas.
At the same time, police were going through everything in the shop,” he continued. “At the moment we are waiting to hear back from them.
“Both of them took samples as police wanted to know about the THC levels in the products.”
Hemp is a cannabis plant with trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive substance in cannabis – and higher concentrations of CBD.
Among the products they sell, it is the whole plant extract – in oil, raw or capsules – which they sell as a food supplement. They are not claiming any medical benefits, but say some customers are using them for therapeutic reasons such as to treat anxiety or depression.
They sell edibles, tea and hemp flowers as well, which are some of their most popular products.
At the moment, they sell several strains of hemp flowers – such as Strawberry Bubble (13.9% CBD), White Widow (15.3% CBD) or Spanish Sensi (6.9% CBD).
Other products sold in the store include skin balms with hemp oil and lavender, which can be used for skin conditions or joint pain.
Don, also of The Brain Box Shop, has previously said they called themselves a “CBD dispensary” and that, rather than specialising in one product, they were looking at all the possibilities the plant offered, selling all sorts of things.
He claimed their flowers were first tested in Europe and then put through a further test in the UK to make sure the THC was not present.
We have worked as closely as possible with the police and we have been visited two or three times over the past year by them,” he continued. “We were very surprised that they turned up – we are hoping to create a transparent relationship with them.
“We believe being able to sell the full range of CBD products has benefited the area and our customers.
“We feel we are being penalised wrongly and are now thinking of whether we should leave the High Street altogether.
“We are working with the emerging market which clearly shows cannabinoids work but we live in fear constantly.”
Mr Cegla said they did not know when they would see anyone come back with the results, but trading standards had said it could be about two weeks.
“They will let me know if we need to change anything about the labelling,” he continued. “As far as I know, all my products are legal and I do not know what they will try to do.
“This is a new industry and it isn’t fully regulated so you never know what is going to happen next week – they could say that, from next month, it could only be bought on prescription, for example.”
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police confirmed a joint visit with Trading Standards was carried out at a premises in High Street, where a number of items were seized for further analysis.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “Council Trading Standards officers recently supported local police during a routine visit to a business in the city centre.
“This matter is ongoing.”