Jeremy Corbyn's son to open UK's first 'all hemp' shop in Islington
13 Sep 2019
Tommy Corbyn and Chloe Kerslake-Smith to open their shop “The National Hemp Service” this September in Stroud Green Road Islington.
Tommy, 26, whose Islington North MP dad Jeremy Corbyn is supportive of the business, told the Islington Gazette: "We want to champion hemp as a material for all different things. “We think cannabis has been demonised for a long time and hemp can be a good gateway into finding out more about it - we don't want people to be afraid of the plants."We want to help push legalisation forward - it's the answer to a lot of our health and sustainability issues". “Hemp crop consumes minimal water and absorbs CO2 while it grows.
CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant but is legal and, unlike the plant's psychoactive THC compound doesn't get you "high". Studies show CBD is effective in treating severe childhood epilepsy, chronic pain, and inflammation due to arthritis, as well as combating anxiety and insomnia.” Hemp crop consumes minimal water and absorbs CO2 while it grows.
It can be utilised in multiple ways such as a fuel, to make clothes and textiles, for consumption as a superfood and in medicine or even as a bio-degradable plastic. CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant but is legal and, unlike the plant's psychoactive THC compound, doesn't get you "high". Studies indicate CBD can be effective in treating severe childhood epilepsy, chronic pain, and inflammation due to arthritis, plus combating anxiety and insomnia.
The couple have worked hard away for months, adopting a DIY approach to kitting out their new outlet, which Chloe described as a "labour of love". However, there have been a couple of bumps along the journey, like earlier in August when Tommy was installing air conditioning and the "drill butt span around and hit him in the head". Chloe said: "We were in the ambulance the other day and they asked what [the shop] was going to be called and we cracked up because you can't say National Hemp Service to someone who works in the National Health Service. It's a bit tongue in cheek but we do mean it and it should be a service for the community." The couple’s future objective is to promote the legalisation of cannabis, she added.
CBD oil – also known as Cannabidiol oil – has sawed in popularity over the past 12 months with capsules being sold in health shops on the high street and shots of the oil available in takeaway coffee shops The legal oil doesn’t contain the psychoactive ingredient THC but is believed to help with anxiety, sleep problems, and muscle pain.
National Hemp Service can be found at 167c Stroud Green Road from the end of September.