CBD, or cannabidiol, has been described as a revolution helping people who suffer with conditions as wide ranging as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but what is behind the recent trend? To mark National CBD Day (August 8) Simon Blunt, general manager of Origin’40 Putney, a London-based retailer specialising in CBD advice, explains what CBD is and how it can help people…
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Why might people be unsure about using CBD?
CBD can be quite complex, there are lots of misconceptions around it and its relationship to cannabis as you might imagine. There are also a lot of products out there with a wide range of characteristics. We work closely with Professor Mike Barnes who is a neurologist and leading cannabis physician. Mike works with all our store teams to provide them with an in-depth knowledge of CBD, this combined with our experience, enables us to help customers choose the products that are best suited to their needs.
Is CBD related to cannabis and if so, why is it legal?
CBD is one of over 50 naturally occurring oils found in the hemp plant. Although in the same family as cannabis, the hemp plant contains no THC, which is the chemical that makes you high. CBD is completely legal when there is no THC.
Why would someone use CBD?
There are so many exciting benefits of CBD that are being increasingly identified in studies. CBD is a natural relaxant, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Products containing CBD can genuinely help with reducing anxiety and stress, getting better sleep, calming your skin or they can even help with managing pain.
On your website you say CBD is a journey. What do you mean by that?
We passionately believe in the power of CBD to help people’s quality of life, but we recognise that the first product someone tries is sometimes not the best suited product for their needs. Often customers need to adjust what product they use, the strength or their routine before they home in on what works for them. Its why our business is built around local stores, giving customers a space to come and talk to us whenever they need to.
You recently opened a store in Putney?
Yes, Putney is our fourth store in London, offering bespoke advice on CBD products from an expert, friendly team. Positioned just opposite Putney mainline station, it’s super convenient to pop-in and ask about how CBD can help you.
Where can people find out more?
You can ask in-store, or our website features a knowledge hub of product information, guides and blogs on CBD. Don’t miss our new blogs by signing up to our newsletter.
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Origin’40 Putney; 170 Putney High Street, London, SW15 1RS; Monday to Saturday 10am–7pm, Sunday 11am–5pm; origin40.com