The manager of No.1 CBD LTD was horrified to turn up to work to find her Lancashire store smashed up and covered in spray paint.
The words “STOP DRUGS” had been emblazoned across the glass shop front in big red capital letters.
The shop sells cannabidiol (CBD) products.
CBD is an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant.
“It’s just mindless because it is totally legal, and government approved”
It may help treat conditions such as pain, insomnia, and anxiety, but is sold on the high street.
Manager Joanne Thompson, 52, said: “I was phoned by a friend in the morning to tell me what had happened and I thought they were joking.
“I couldn’t believe it when I turned up.
“They had also super-glued the lock and smashed our windows.”
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,” she added.
While CBD is also a component of the marijuana drug, it does not cause a high itself.
Before 2018, CBD was considered a medicine, and was heavily regulated by the UK government.
Since 2018, it has been legal to possess, buy, and sell CBD without a licence – as long as it is not marketed as having medical benefits.
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.”
“It’s a supplement, they sell it in Holland and Barrett,” Joanne said. “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,” she added.
“It’s just down to ignorance.”