Giles Day, founder and director of both Offshore Vapes and The Greenhouse Dispensary, has witnessed CBD’s trajectory, from its controversial beginnings to its rapid cultural acceptance: so popular that it had a dedicated trade show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham earlier last year. Yet despite its recent societal acceptance, CBD products consistently receive a negative backlash (partly due to its portrayal in American press), and a lot of Giles’ work is educating people on CBD’s truths.
-
‘The CBD market is currently an unregulated market, so you have to be careful with what you buy and what you’re selling,’ explains Giles. ‘Because it’s unregulated, there are no standards that people are adhering to, and you’ve got a lot of retailers selling CBD products that only contain hemp oil. Some of them contain illegal amounts of THC [the main psychoactive compound in cannabis], and there are stories in the press of people who have failed drug tests at work after taking CBD products that had THC in them.’
-
Giles’ main inspiration to open The Greenhouse Dispensary as a complementary business to Offshore Vapes was to provide a separate space from the vape shop to sell CBD products. ‘All of the products we stock at The Greenhouse Dispensary have been independently lab tested, and we then independently verify those reports,’ says Giles. ‘We also try to obtain soil reports from the hemp farm where it’s grown, as hemp is extremely effective at absorbing heavy metals from the soil. If it’s grown in soil where there’s a heavy presence of lead or cadmium, then this can be damaging to your health.’
-
What sets The Greenhouse Dispensary apart from other on island retailers of CBD products is their investment and rigorous testing of the products they sell. Giles and his team are big advocates of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes. In light of the recent government consultations, part of The Greenhouse Dispensary's existence was to normalise CBD products by opening a shop slap-bang in the middle of Douglas’ high street, which enables them to have conversations with people about cannabis with the government consultations as a fitting backdrop.
-
As part of his continuing ethos of promoting the safe and adherent use of cannabis, Giles has also been fundamental in establishing the Manx Canna Business Association, which is aimed at promoting self-regulation within the CBD retail industry: ‘It’s about encouraging other retailers to be responsible and conduct some sort of research on the products they’re selling to Isle of Man residents.’