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The Canna Kitchen, Brighton Shuts Down After a Raid Despite Police Allowed CBD Infused Dishes

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A south-coast vegetarian restaurant has been shut down in the UK for infusing its dishes with CBD cannabis oil. The owners claim that they had been assured less than a year ago by police and trading standards that the products were legal and there wouldn’t be any legal consequences. This is the first UK food business to be shut down for selling CBD infused edibles.

According to Henry Mcdonald at theguardian The Canna Kitchen, in Brighton, has been closed since a police raid happened at the beginning of May. The owners, whose slogan is “let food be thy medicine”, face losing hundreds of thousands of pounds laying off 15 staff members.

Drug reform campaigners have described Sussex police’s actions as “heavy-handed”. Sam Evolution, Canna’s director, said he had evidence that the police and the UK Trading Standards Agency had given him the nudge to go ahead and open a restaurant which sold CBD infused food last July.

Evolution also said that he and his staff had gone out of their way to inform the police about what they were selling. It came as quite a shock when the police raided their restaurant and asked them to shut down.

He stated that they had contacted the Met police via email on 1 July, 2018 in an attempt to verify the official UK legal position on the sale of hemp derived cannabinoid. The response to the email said that as long as they’d made reasonable inquiries and it has been said that they are legal, there are no criminal offence in selling CBD infused edibles. Evolution said they went through a formal procedure just to ensure that they were operating well within the law.

They also made a separate inquiry to the trading standards, who said that as far as they could tell, there were no legal issues associated with the sale of hemp derived CBD products. CBD is not a controlled substance and therefore, available from many large high-street chains which boosted Evolution’s confidence in his restaurant.

In march, a police officer from the Sussex constabulary visited the Canna Kitchen and, according to Evolution, told them “he did not want to interrupt our business”. The officer was even given samples of the CBD food items to take back to the police headquarters for testing purposes.

Evolution said the products taken included legal (lab verified) full spectrum organic CBD oils, capsules, balms, pastes and beauty products. Apart from these, there were CBD based teas, coffees, chocolates, cakes, pet treats, hemp flowers and hemp seeds. After two months, a dozen of officers carried out searches at the restaurant, forced staff to remain in one room for four and a half hours and even ejected customers out of the place.

“I was stunned to learn this in light of our prior full and open cooperation with the police … it felt completely over the top” said Evolution. He added that his business ethos were wholesome, forward thinking, clean and ethical. They had always taken stringent measures to ensure they comply with the letter of law to avoid any unforeseen complications.

Evolution stressed that Canna operated under Home Office guidelines, which stated that hemp derived cannabidiol production containing less than 0.2% of THC (tetra hydro cannabinoid) is legally permissible. THC is a chemical found in marijuana plants which is responsible for causing the high that users experience while they smoke weed. The law officially bans higher traces of THC in any CBD products with a threshold of 0.2% which is safe for consumers.

A Sussex police spokesperson said the 11 May raid was part of an investigation into the “money laundering and supply of Class B drugs” in Brighton. At the shop in Duke Street, a significant quantity of herbal cannabis was seized. On the other hand, Evolution said the enquiry into money laundering had nothing to do with his business and was connected to a raid on other premises in Brighton.

Evolution said that it was industrial hemp that was seized from their Duke street premises, which is legally imported with all taxes and duties paid off well on time. He clarified that he has no relationships with other shop or residence that were raided in the police operation.

However, Danny Kuslick, Head of Transform’s external affairs said that the raid and its consequences could be dealt with as a civil licensing issue rather than a criminal case.

 

 

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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British travellers are restricted to carry anything that contains CBD into UAE

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UAE has some strict regulations against CBD and any other constituent of it. The authorities at UAE have warned tourists and travellers to forbid themselves of bringing any products that may have hints of CBD oil in it. The country from now on has prohibited the travelling of any product containing CBD oil with immediate effect.

CBD and marijuana have been confused many times with each other notwithstanding that there is an immense difference between them. The primary reason why this is often mixed up with it is that CBD comes from the hemp plant which is an extract from Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana too is an extract of the same mother plant although it is diametrically different from CBD. Marijuana is addictive and regular smokers of pot and weed are usually drawn to grave circumstances once they are trapped by it. This is because it has higher traces of THC which is the psychoactive compound in it. CBD, on the other hand, is anti-inflammatory and also has THC to the tune of 0.3% which is below the legal ceiling. Yet due to lack of proper information, people usually have trouble distinguishing the same.

The federal government has not yet legalised CBD in its fullest forms although many states have embraced it through their separate laws. But CBD globally has made an impact considering just about everyone wants to engage themselves in the business of CBD. Likewise, UAE also has drawn a line and has regulated that carrying any product containing CBD is illegal and will be exposed to further charge. The relevant notifications have gone to the foreign office of Britain who has issued guidelines proclaiming the same. They have particularly side-lined skincare and vaping products which have CBD components.

CBD has gained immensely in popularity and over the years has been omnipresent in several products like snacks, skincare and medicines which are sold legally in the UK. If by any chance a tourist enters the UAE premises and carries any such substance that is found to be not allowable under their narcotics act they will be asked to get a valid approval letter to carry it further. Many people take CBD oil content in their medicines and it has helped them immensely. For epileptic patients especially, treatment with medicines containing CBD has indeed worked wonders. You will also find people who vouch for it in the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s. People with psychosomatic disorders like depression and anxiety also have benefitted a lot from it. The fact that you take medicines containing CBD makes you feel better is true because people think it gives you a high which is not true.

If any tourist is desirous of taking products containing CBD oil along with them to UAE, they will have to browse through the UAE Ministry of Health website to get a complete guide on how much can be taken and the accompanying documents to strengthen your case.

UAE is a celebrated holiday destination with about 1.5 million visitors coming every year mainly for Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Alcohol can be bought in the local shops here which is a respite now. Many travellers used to find it tough to source alcohol because it was available only in licensed venues like a few hotels and restaurants. UAE has a strict set of laws when it came to liquor consumption. Tourists are now free to buy alcohol from two registered places and if they are above 21 years old.

Although rules regarding CBD are stricter it might take a while before they are eased considering the demand. America too is torn between the different confusing laws that govern the market. Due to this traveller from across the world get confused because they may travel inter-state that have separate laws. Hence it is advisable that in such state of affairs people do not carry any product that might hold them in contempt. Immigration attorneys who are fighting for different cases related to the issue advice against carrying such products because it is very hard to get by the laws in a country like UAE especially.

With better material to review, CBD is awaiting its turn to become more applicable everywhere. It is now incumbent upon scientists and researchers to undertake studies that will help support their cause. CBD is just very tough to ignore in the medical world because of the wonder it has been spreading.

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Karen Gray prepares to submit an invoice of 231,000 pounds to 10, Downing Street

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Karen Grey a mother belonging to Edinburg is making her way to Downing Street along with other families who have spent exorbitant amount sourcing medical cannabis. Karen’s son Murray is epileptic and with medical cannabis in the market for treatment, legally sourcing it has become a bit of a problem for her. Upon her arrival at 10, Downing Street she intends to request Boris Johnson to take the matters more seriously as the outstanding invoice that she has made is a large amount. She also will plead him to make the drug legally available at Edinburg.

Medical Cannabis has caused quite a stir in the field of medicine. CBD which is a part of the hemp plant is also popularly known as cannabinol. They are extracts from the Cannabis Sativa plant which also produces Marijuana. Although they come from the same family, CBD and Marijuana are differently placed in terms of their characteristics. While Marijuana is high on THC which is the psychoactive compound causing a high, CBD has less than 0.3% of THC which does not lead to intoxication converting into addiction. CBD also is anti-inflammatory and when taken makes the user feel better. It does not manipulate your mind in any way.

Mrs Gray had spent about 8000 pounds on importing medical cannabis from Holland. This she sourced through private prescriptions whereby she was able to get a hand on two types of CBD oil which helped ease her son’s symptoms of astatic epilepsy. She is a constant crusader for allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for patients like her son who are suffering a lot. She had started importing the oil and within a few days of usage, she found the difference.

In August 2018, Murray legally received the first drug Epidiolex that contained CBD. Initially, she couldn’t believe that the medicine worked so effectively. Murray was able to talk, walk and eat but after three months the effect sunk and he got admitted. Karen became panicky when the doctor then prescribed a drug containing THC. Murray’s treatment with the drug was effective because, after the episode, he went 104 days without any seizure. 

Despite such huge improvements in health, she now worries for the inflating amount of 231,000 pounds for all the children together. She intends to submit the invoice of the giant amount to the Department of Health expecting some immediate relief from their side. She also reminisces about their meeting with Matt Hancock over this matter about half a year ago, but ever since nothing has been done to help them. Hence they are demanding that Boris Johnson immediately intervene and take up the matter in his hands. 

CBD has certain which have found to be extremely useful for treating symptoms of a seizure. Apart from seizures, it has been found that CBD also has been effective in treating joint pains, extreme pains after injury, recovery pains, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety, Cancer and Alzheimer’s. A new wave of CBD is flowing everywhere and researchers all over the world are doing their best to make the best use of studies to establish its benefits.

Karen is expecting the Scottish government to help her and other similar cases. She intends to get funded for the medicines by the government unless the doctors start prescribing the drug by themselves. Lib Dems MP Christine Jardine expressed discontent that government is keeping mum on the issue and its obduracy is not helping people suffering. 

The drug seriously changed the life of Murray and several others who are receiving treatments. But the costs are a huge mountain that needs to be conquered. She wants the government to keep up the promises that they had made while they assumed office. 

It is surprising that when many countries are legalising buying the drug within their own country, people like Karen have to undertake several measures before sourcing the product. The expensive imports have caused a dent in her savings and the monthly outgoing is as good as the mortgage installments. Like Murray, several lives have been touched by the cannabis drug. But, if the government is unyielding it will never help their cause to benefit the entire community. 

People in these recent years have strengthened their belief and commitment to CBD and cannabis. They are willing to study and read up more about it. The laws are strict now, but with time and more scientific back-up, things could be brighter than they were.

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John Legend intends to take the CBD market by storm with its partnership with plus Products

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John Legend a very popular American Singer, songwriter and an actor has his opinion on CBD. His belief in CBD has now found some firm grounds which is why he has decided to foray his investments in the CBD business. The Cannabis industry is making waves and everyone is talking about CBD and its benefits when taken. John Legend is all to set to also become an investor and has partnered with Plus Products Incorporation that is placed in San Mateo. Apart from being an investing partner in the venture, he will also promote and launch the products nation-wide. The launch is set to take place the coming Tuesday and he expects a good response. 

His belief in CBD has been strengthened over time, and this is what the entire nation also feels. Till now a lot of research on cannabis and CBD has taken place. But these studies have used rodents for its purpose. The viability of these studies is questionable as they could or could not be successful in humans. Scientists have now intended to take their research to higher levels so that the evidence which comes by is more believable and it might trigger a way to change laws that restrict it. Up to now, the belief of the medical world on CBD has been unshakable. 

CBD has shown to cause major improvements in the health of people who are suffering from different diseases. Epilepsy, seizures, joint pains, accident traumatic pain and recuperation are only to name a few. CBD is effective in the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease also. Apart from physical relief, intake of CBD lain products are also good for the treatment of depression-related ailments. 

John Legend has decided to invest in the venture because of its unshakeable belief in the product. His reason for getting associated with Plus Products was because of their constant innovation, their traditional grounding and their commitment to science to enhance the quality of their products. Their family-run business has been set up on the grounds to satisfy the users and commit them life-long when it comes to quality. 

The new line of CBD products that Plus Products is about to launch are edible gummies known as Uplift which will be available in grapefruit flavour with vitamin B, Balance in blueberry flavour and Sleep in blackberry tea flavour with melatonin. A tin will cost $35 and will have 14 gummies in it with 50 mg of CBD in each gummy.

CBD is a known component derived from the hemp plant. Both marijuana and hemp plant is known to be a part of Cannabis Sativa. Hemp plant with low levels of THC is CBD or cannabinol. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a higher grade of THC embedded in it which is why it is not a legalised drug. The THC in it means that the psychoactive compounds responsible for altering the mind are found in abundance as compared to CBD in which it is less than 0.3%. That is primarily the reason why CBD does not produce mind-altering effects like marijuana. 

Jake Heimark the CEO of the company is thrilled that John Legend has decided to partner with them. He is further enthralled at the prospect of distributing the gummies throughout the country expanding straight from California. The support of John Legend means a lot to their brand and this association will surely help people to achieve the necessary balance. 

Till now John Legend has not been the only popular figure who is vouching by its benefits. Kim Kardashian has gone public for her support of CBD gummies. Her sister Kourtney Kardashian also has supported CBD cosmetic products for anti-ageing benefits. Jay-Z also now is the chief brand strategist of the Caliva Company of San Jose. Whoopi Goldberg and Post Malone have taken the risk by starting their own CBD ventures purely out of belief for the product. NorCal Cannabis with Chelsea Handler also is developing their line of products with Cannabis.

The Federal laws still are rigid while many state laws have legalised CBD. There is a lot of confusion in the state of affairs concerning the drug but all have noticed its true wonders. With such initiatives, people are getting more and more interested in using the products. Only time will tell if they are helpful and the government becomes flexible. 

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