This oil is so fantastic. It helps so many people. I’ve spoken to people who have serious conditions such as epilepsy that have benefited from it,”
– The Duchess of Cornwall
The Duchess and Prince Charles were visiting the Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market in the London Borough of Camden to celebrate the 20th anniversary of London Farmers’ Markets.
The outing, which took place on November 6, gave Camilla and Prince Charles the chance to speak to several stall owners who have been selling at the market since it first opened in 1999.
When Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market opened in 1999, it became the third location of London Farmers’ Markets.
To mark the 20th anniversary, over 30 farmers were invited from across the 22 weekly markets run by London Farmers’ Markets to join the normal weekly sellers.
Camilla had a conversation with a Hempen representative at the cannabis company’s stall. Sophia Lysaczenko, 31, who works on a hemp co-operative in south Oxfordshire, chatted with the Duchess about how hemp oil is made and its medical advantages.
Hemp seed oil, unlike CBD oil, is derived from hemp seeds and does not contain CBD or other cannabinoids. Both CBD and hemp oil have become popular as alternative treatments for a range of symptoms. The cannabis derivatives have few side effects and do not produce the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana.
Lysaczenko, who said she is a hemp farmer and has been a licensed producer of cannabis oil for the last three years, said Camilla “knew instantly what hemp was and was very knowledgeable about it. She seemed very on board. She said she had spoken to someone who suffered from epilepsy who had benefited from CBD oil.”
It was so encouraging to hear,”
– said Lysaczenko.
The Daily Mail’s Royal Correspondent Rebecca English tweeted about the exchange, saying Camilla spoke extensively about the health benefits of hemp and CBD oil.
“Camilla stopped by Hempen which sells hemp and CBD oil today and chatted knowledgeably about the treatment, English said. “Saying she has heard ‘fantastic’ stories about its benefits from people suffering from life-changing ailments such as epilepsy.”
Lysaczenko also talked to Camilla about the recently created British Hemp Association, or BHA.
The association was “formed by a group of hemp businesses and industry advocates. It is part of a growing worldwide movement that supports hemp and the use of the whole plant and we have joined together to promote a healthy and robust hemp industry here in Britain.”
As they toured the market, Charles and Camilla also sampled cheese, cakes, chutney, and Exmoor caviar. Camilla asked questions about the products on sale, admired the flowers on stalls, and complimented the sellers on their job. She also posed for photographs with several pleasantly surprised shoppers.
The visit also featured a flash mob performance of Oliver! by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, much to the Prince and Duchess’ amusement.
London Farmers’ Markets director Cheryl Cohen said the visit was a “privilege” and the Prince and Duchess’s support meant a great deal.