Belfast’s first specialist CBD store opens its doors to the public this Saturday.

Located on Rosemary Street, CBD Farmacy will sell tinctures, balms, oils, capsules, e-liquids and other cannabidiol-infused products.

Managing director Brian Geraghty is believed to be the first person to open a cannabis-only bricks-and-mortar store in the North.

Mr Geraghty hoped to open the store at an earlier date but confusion around the legal status of CBD slowed the process down.

Mr Geraghty said:

“I think there is some confusion still around it because CBD is at an early stage in its life-cycle, but the sale of cannabidiol has been legal across the UK since 2016 and it is estimated that the number of people using CBD oil in the UK has grown to around 300,000.

“I think it is the right time to launch in Northern Ireland because there is a strong demand for it thanks to all the research about CBD oil and products.”

Mr Geraghty hopes to open a further 14 shops across Northern Ireland in the next 18 months which would create jobs for skilled operatives in their production facility based in Belfast, as well as 60 retail roles, all based in NI.

Mr Geraghty said:

“We’ve decided to invest in opening stores because it is important for us to have a physical as well as an online presence so our customers can come in and speak with experienced advisers face to face.

“Our locally produced product will display a laboratory certificate of analysis showing a detailed cannabinoid profile which aids reliable, consistent dosing.”

Source: Irish Times