A new coffee shop has opened in the city – but it serves much more than your usual latte or cappuccino.
MedExCBD serves CBD-infused coffee, made with the world’s first ever CBD coffee machine.
The shop, in Welford Road, is the first of its kind in Leicester.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in the hemp plant.
Unlike the psychoactive hemp component THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) CBD has no psychoactive effects.
It is known for its health benefits, with many people using it as a way to become relaxed without feeling high.
MedExCBD has been launched by Leicester couple Kieron Roberts and Lamees Zamakda, both of whom have experienced the health benefits of CBD, and are keen to share it with others.
“I used to take CBD oil for my anxiety,” Lamees said.
“It made such a difference that I was able to reduce my medication and eventually just take this natural alternative.”
Kieron, meanwhile, used CBD cream as pain relief after he fractured his neck and broke his collar bone in an accident.
After experiencing the benefits themselves, the couple further researched the products available, and decided to fill a gap in the market by opening a coffee shop in Leicester.
Lamees added: “We are looking at the beneficial properties of the hemp plant and how cannabidiol extract can holistically improve the lives of many people.
“Cannabidiol extract is renowned for its multitude of health benefits and healing properties for the mind and body.”
The CBD coffee machine is from Somerset-based company The Coffee Boss, which uses ethically-sourced coffee beans.
A 15mg dose of CBD is added to each of the hot drinks at MedEXCBD – which include coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Hot drinks with CBD are priced at £3.50 each.
As well as the infused coffee and teas, there’s a wide selection of ’normal’ (non infused) coffee and tea (£2.00 each) plus CBD protein shakes, CBD sweets and soft drinks, a CBD skincare range, CBD oil and CBD vapes.
According to Kieron, all of the products have been lab-tested and are UK regulated.
Kieron – who completed the shop refurbishment himself – is also planning to add a retro gaming room and a rooftop terrace in the near future.
MedExCBD is at 54 Welford Road and is open 10.30am until 9pm seven days a week.