A HUSBAND and WOMEN team behind North Yorkshire’s first dedicated CBD store plans to open three more stores in the next 12 months.
Philip and Lisa James opened Hemp Well Ltd in High Petergate, York earlier this month, offering a range of CBD products that research has shown can help with common physical and mental health problems such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, chronic pain, and arthritis .
The new company currently has six full-time employees and is expected to be the first of several Yorkshire high street companies in 2021.
Philip James, Director of Hemp Well Limited, in front of the new store in High Petergate, York.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a type of cannabinoid that is obtained directly from hemp plants and can be used as a dietary supplement and does not cause “high potency” or any form of poisoning.
Products made at York Science Park include CBD oil tinctures, capsules, gums, chocolates, topical creams, and spa products.
Philip and Lisa, who moved to York with their young family a few years ago, founded Hemp Well in 2017 and started selling online in 2018.
Philip was involved in corporate finance in the CBD industry during his time in corporate finance. After taking CBD himself to relieve chronic knee pain, he decided to start a company in the UK to make quality, affordable products.
In addition to offices and a laboratory in York Science Park, Philip worked with the University of York’s Green Chemistry Center of Excellence (GCCE) on a research project on the extraction processes of CBD from hemp plants.
He said starting their first store in York was the culmination of hard work behind the scenes of growing, researching and developing the products.
“It’s great to finally be able to meet our customers in person who have worked exclusively online for the past two years.
“Lots of people are very curious about the benefits of CBD and the store now means they can chat with me or Lisa and ask us anything they need to know.
“Research has shown that Hemp Well’s CBD products can help with a wide variety of problems. However, many of our customers have specifically spoken about their fears and stress-related concerns.
“I think this will only continue to increase once we get out of the coronavirus pandemic. The store now offers us an opportunity to educate people about the potential benefits of CBD and to share our expertise and experience with them.”
The CBD used by Hemp Well comes from hemp plants organically grown by the local company Natural Science, of which Philip is also CEO, in an area of 300 acres in Bulgaria. Once the plants are harvested, they are processed in Poland before being sent to the UK as pure CBD.
In addition to their online and retail customers, Hemp Well now stocks its products in other health and wellness stores across Yorkshire and also offers a contract manufacturing service for other CBD brands.