Bottles of natural cannabis oil have had to be stashed away at a Nuneaton health store to stop thieves from stealing them.
Staff at Holland and Barrett are no longer able to display the CBD oil bottles for sale due to a spate of thefts.
A customer, who did not want to be identified, told Coventry Live she was shocked when she looked for a bottle of CBD oil at the Market Place-based store.
â€śI couldnâ€™t believe what the staff told me,â€ť she said,
â€śThey have to hide it to stop people from stealing it, you couldnâ€™t make it up.â€ť
Coventry Live contacted the national firm, which also has its headquarters in Nuneaton, and a spokesperson said that it is not uncommon for expensive items not to be left on display.
â€śLike many large retailers, there is sometimes a need to stock high-value items behind the counter to limit the potential for theft,” the spokesperson said.
” This is also the case with some of our Manuka honey, and sports nutrition ranges.
“Any customers looking for further guidance on where to find the products they need will be able to access the advice of our in-store associates, who are trained to A-level standard in nutrition.â€ť
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a concentrated oily extract made from cannabis and is used to a help treat a variety of ailments from epileptic seizures to opioid addiction, PTSD to arthritis.
CBD oil is extracted from hemp is often marketed as a food supplement.
Although Hemp CBD oil is legal, CBD oil made from cannabis flowers and leaves, is classed as illegal in the UK.
The case of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell was brought to national attention after his mother had CBD oil, made from cannabis flowers and leaves, confiscated by airport officials after she tried to bring them into the UK from Canada.
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