British hero diver from Thai cave rescue opens world's first CBD hotel

The café will sell coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages, as well as baked edibles, all infused with CBD – in addition to CBD oil itself

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A picture from the hotel's facebook page show's off the vibrant green facade. Facebook/Green Coffee Lab and Leafy Hotel

A heroic British diver who participated in the daring rescue of a group of boys from a flooded Thai cave last year has opened the very first cannabis oil hotel.

Tim Acton’s latest adventure doesn’t come as a complete surprise as he also runs British cannabis giant Canna CBD, a supplements company specializing in products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a psychoactive but non-intoxicating cannabinoid.

Now, along with Canna CBD partner and hotelier Greg Land, Acton has opened the Green Coffee Lab and Leafy Hotel in Colchester, Essex.

The coffee shop offers all manor of CBD goodies. Source: Facebook/Green Coffee Lab and Leafy Hotel Facebook/Green Coffee Lab and Leafy Hotel

The hotel features eight rooms for guests, in which cannabis was used in as many elements as possible – from the light fixtures made of hemp to the hotel shampoo, which contains CBD. Rooms run £80 and £125 (approximately CAD $136 to $212) per night.

The café will sell coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages, as well as baked edibles, all infused with CBD – in addition to CBD oil itself.

“Even the shampoo is hemp-based and our light fixings are made out of hemp too,” Greg Land told Metro UK. “We don’t want to limit ourselves to anyone, there are lovely rooms at the end of the day and a lot of people come through Colchester for different reasons. We are not a huge hotel, and we don’t want to limit ourselves to any group really.”

Acton and Land say they have already started to receive bookings, despite its recent opening.

Green Coffee Lab and Leafy Hotel used teaser ads on their facebook page to drive awareness prior to their grand opening at the end of May. Source: Facebook/Green Coffee Lab and Leafy Hotel

Nonetheless, the business is not without its challenges. Although CBD oil containing less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the intoxicating component of cannabis) is legal in the UK per Home Office guidelines, cannabis stigma prevails in Britain and similar businesses have been shut down by authorities.

“We have been told this is the only CBD hotel in the world and it has been challenging. It is difficult working in this industry in the UK, it is very new. It is fast moving and there are challenges,” says Land.

Acton concurs. “There are some misconceptions but you can drink a gallon of oil and you won’t get high, it is nothing to do with the illegal side of things,” he says.

Regardless of the stresses of the CBD and hospitality industries, it’s probably safe to say that Acton is in for a more relaxed summer than last year.

Acton was declared a hero and thanked by the Thai government after being drafted to help save 12 young soccer players and their coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave system after the youths spent 18 days underground, during which he severely injured his leg. Another diver lost his life during the rescue attempt.

 

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