What looks like a case of mistaken identity, anti-drug vigilantes have attacked and rampaged a shop selling CBD products and labelled the store “STOP THE DRUGS” on its windows. According to Corazon at independent.co.uk the store is located in Blackpool where many customers used to visit to seek CBD products.
The manager of No.1 CBD LTD was petrified to go to work one morning when she found her store with broken windows and covered in bright spray paint. Joanne Thompson, 52 said that one of her friends had called her and told about the situation but she thought of it as a joke and was shocked to see the store when she arrived at the scene.
The vandals had spray painted across the glass windows of the shop writing “Stop the drugs” in big capital red letters. She couldn’t believe it when she turned up at the store. Joanne went on to explain the entire visual scenario saying that the protesters had super-glued the lock and destroyed all the windows.
She thinks that the vandals probably mistook her CBD store for an illegal drug shop that sells threatening drugs. Joanne expressed her concern saying that this was a completely unnecessary act of violence which is entirely baseless as CBD is legal and government approved.
CBD has gained wide popularity for its healing properties. It is known to be an anti-inflammatory and non-psychoactive drug which is used by many people for treating anxiety, depression, panic attacks, epileptic fits, tourettes, mental stress and other ailments like swelling, irritation, inflammation, etc.
Though CBD is found to be highly effective in treating an array of diseases, there is still a lot of unexplored science behind it which makes public agencies a bit dubious about the compound. There is research going on to explore beyond what meets the eye with CBD.
Many people have been reportedly using CBD as an alternative for prescription drugs and even opioids in some cases. Opioid addiction was a major health problem amongst people earlier. But with the legalization of CBD, that comes to a halt after decades which is a sigh of relief for the government.
Since 2018, the United Kingdom has legalized CBD and people are allowed to buy, sell and possess CBD without a license, given it does not claim any medical benefits. Marketing products with the claims of medical benefits can persuade people into believing that they can rely on CBD products instead of prescription drugs. Unless the research is completed that strongly supports all the medical claims by CBD, it will not be permitted for such marketing.
The government has also imposed stringent laws on the concentration of THC per unit. THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid is a psychoactive compound which is responsible for causing the ‘high’ that users feel while smoking marijuana or pot. CBD is an altogether different compound that may be derived from the same cannabis genus plant but has no psychoactive effects.
According to the World Health Organization, there have been no records of public health related issues associated with the use of pure CBD.
Ms Thompson said that it is a supplement and they sell it in Barrett and Holland as well. She further added that it is beyond her understanding why only her store was targeted when there are many others who are selling the same compound.
She said she had to pay £100 to the locksmith for opening the door and replacing the super-glue lock on it. “It could cost about £600 or £700 for a new window,” said Joanne.
While this seems like a case of lack of knowledge, it is important for activist and vandals to understand the legal regulations that surround CBD before taking serious measures. Someone could just be selling CBD products to help people and they could be punished for that, despite the fact that they are doing everything legally, which is unfair.
It is only a matter of time before things take a serious turn of events.