The Original Alternative, which will operate from the North Plantation building formerly occupied by Celaro Shoes, will open tomorrow selling organic CBD oils.
In February, Health & Social Care announced that cannabinol or cannabinol derivatives with a concentration of less than 3% by weight were now exempt from the laws governing the possession and supply of CBD products.
The Original Alternative owner Tina Bolding, who has been working in partnership with Ben Birrell from UK company The CBD Brothers, has received a licence from a laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standards to sell the products.
‘It’s the first shop of its kind in the Bailiwick and it’s the first time that this formula of CBD oils will be offered for sale on the island, it is not even available in the UK,’ she said.
‘This isn’t about legalising the recreational use of cannabis – we’re using extracts from the plant in their purest form to create high quality custom-made products.’
She began researching alternative natural remedies when her late husband, Brian, was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died in October 2016.
Mrs Bolding’s long-term goal is to open a cannabinoid research centre in memory of her husband.
Her journey was kick-started in April 2017 when she first met deputies.
‘We’re delighted that HSC has shown such a pioneering approach to the subject, taking into consideration the complicated interaction of the components within cannabis,’ she said.
‘They included in the new legislation a carefully considered ratio of cannabinoids that will allow the most important compounds to be increased to non-intoxicating levels, whilst ensuring the oils will offer no recreational value.
‘This is down to the antidote nature CBD has on THC.
‘These ratios have been carefully considered, debated and thought out to allow a unique and ground-breaking extract to be grown, produced, studied and extracted on the island.
‘We’re so grateful to the local authority for supporting our vision and look forward to getting to know our customers and helping to change their lives for the better.’