"STOP DRUGS" - confused Blackpool vandals trash CBD food supplement shop

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Confused vandals have trashed a Blackpool CBD food supplement shop mistakenly believing it sells illegal drugs.


Joanne Thompson, 52, the manager of No.1 CBD LTD on Church Street, Blackpool, found the shop front trashed at 9:30am yesterday.

The window could take 600 to replace.

The window could take 600 to replace.

"A friend let me know," Joanne says, "she was passing on her way to work and saw it. I thought she was joking at first."

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Premeditated vandals appear to have targeted the supplement shop - which sells Cannabidiol (CBD) - overnight, and sprayed "STOP DRUGS" on its front.

"They super-glued the lock and smashed our windows", says Joanne.

The vandals damaged the windows of the CBD shop.

The vandals damaged the windows of the CBD shop.

She thinks the business has been targeted by vandals who mistakenly believe CBD is a drug.

"It's just mindless because it is totally legal, and government approved."

What is CBD?

- Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a substance derived from hemp, a cousin of the marijuana plant.

The vandals used superglue to jam the lock.

The vandals used superglue to jam the lock.

- While CBD is also a component of the marijuana drug, but does not cause a "high" itself.

- Before 2018, CBD was considered a medicine, and was heavily regulated by the UK government.

- There is some research that suggests CBD might help anxiety and chronic pain, though its side effects can include nausea and fatigue.

- Since 2018, it has been legal to possess, buy, and sell CBD without a license - as long as it is not marketed as having medical benefits.

They also vandalised the front door.

They also vandalised the front door.

- The World Health Organisation have said that: "To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."

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"It's a supplement, they sell it in Holland and Barrett," says Joanne, "so why have they just targeted us?

She says she had to pay £100 for a locksmith to replace the super-glued door lock.

"It could be £600 or £700 for a new window too.

"It's just down to ignorance."