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 which research suggests could help with a range of common physical and mental health issues, including anxiety, stress, insomnia, chronic pain and arthritis.
The products, manufactured at York Science Park, include a range of 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 high quality, affordable products in the UK.
York has proven to be an excellent base for the business thanks to its world-leading science community.
As well as having offices and a laboratory at York Science Park, Philip 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.
Philip James, Director, Hemp Well, 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.”