High hopes for 'first cannabis pharmacy' in UK

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Carun UK managing director Michal Takac in the country’s ‘first cannabis pharmacy’

Londoners looking for a solution to ageing skin, body aches and other ailments can add hemp to their bathroom cabinet after the opening of the UK’s “first cannabis pharmacy”.

The store, which sells mainly oils and hand creams rather than medicines, is situated in the affluent southwest London suburb of Twickenham.

Carun Pharmacy, the UK arm of Carun, a Czech company, is not the first in the country to sell hemp health products. The Body Shop launched its hemp range nearly 20 years ago.

According to Carun’s website, a 105ml tub of “all-purpose hemp ointment” costs £16.99, while 200ml of “hemp intimate hygiene gel” sells for £11.99.

Michal Takac, the company’s managing director in the UK, was previously a printing plant worker and lost three fingers on his left hand in a workplace accident.

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