The first dedicated CBD store in North Yorkshire opened its doors in York this month.
Hemp Well Limited, based on High Petergate, offers a range of CBD products manufactured at York Science Park.
They include CBD oil tinctures, capsules, gummies, chocolates, topical creams for the face and body and an assortment of spa products such as soaps and candles.
The business currently employs six full time members of staff and has plans to open three more stores across Yorkshire in the next 12 months.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a type of cannabinoid derived directly from Hemp plants. It can be used as a food supplement and does not create a “high effect” or any form of intoxication.
Owned by husband and wife team Philip and Lisa James, Hemp Well Limited was established in 2017 and began selling its products online in 2018.
Philip became involved in the CBD industry during his time in corporate finance and, having taken CBD himself to ease chronic pain in his knee, decided to set up a business to manufacture quality, affordable products in the UK.
As well as having offices and a laboratory at York Science Park, he has also worked with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) at the University of York on a research project into the extraction processes of CBD from Hemp plants.
He said: “We are delighted to have finally opened our first store in York which is the culmination of lots of hard work behind the scenes growing, researching and developing the products.
“Having relocated to York with our young family several years ago, we have been incredibly fortunate to be able to tap into the science community based here in the city and are hugely grateful for their support.
“It is great to finally be able to meet our customers in person having operated solely online for the past two years.
“A lot of people are very curious about the benefits of CBD and the store now means they can come along and chat to myself or Lisa and ask us anything they need to know.”
The CBD used in Hemp Well products originates from Hemp plants organically grown across 300 acres in Bulgaria by local company Natural Science, where Philip is also the CEO.
Once the plants are harvested, they are processed in Poland before entering the UK as pure CBD.
In addition to its online and retail customers, Hemp Well is now stocking its products in other shops across Yorkshire and it also provides a contract manufacturing service for other CBD brands.