The first health food store in Limerick to stock cannabis oil has seen their sales "skyrocket" since the product was introduced to their shelves four months ago, with the oil now among their top ten products.
Owner Cillin told the Limerick Leader that "the sales have been astronomical. They have just skyrocketed."
“These products are labelled and sold as a food supplement. It is illegal to make any medical claim regarding food supplements in Ireland, but these products have incredible health benefits,” he added.
“It’s not marijuana oil. If you come in with the intention of getting stoned off it, you can’t. This is essentially hemp. It’s a first cousin of marijuana, but they then branch off, as one has THC and the other one doesn’t.”
“There is a taboo around cannabis oil, but for us it has brought a whole new demographic into the shop.”
“We have had lots of positive feedback from lots of customers, of all ages, including those in their mid-80s, who have bought it and use it for a variety of reasons. A lot of older people are now coming in to us, saying their children have recommended it to them.”
To be legally sold in Ireland the oil must be free from THC,the psychoactive constituent of cannabis.
The Limerick store stocks Swiss, Northern Irish and Irish made cannabis oil products four months ago, which range in price from €18 - €73.