It’s Monday morning, and the painful cocktail of a weekend club life and weekday deadlines hits hard. Focus seems impossible and every platform is bleeping with requests; email, Facebook messages, Skype, Slack, phone. There’s even someone knocking on the door.
“Here you go, love, you missed the post...” It’s a neighbour, who passes a parcel to me. She’s cheerful, although she wouldn’t be at all if she knew that the parcel contains 10 different strains of cannabis. For the last hour or so, her living room has been a veritable Amsterdam coffee shop. Bubble Gum, Gorilla Glue, White Widow, California Haze, Orange Kush. All the greats. But this is all fully legal and above board. It’s CBD weed: cannabidiol, to use its full title; a non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant.
Over the next few days, more parcels arrive: CBD in paste, oil, tea, capsule, lip balm and body cream form. It’s a mere fraction of the CBD products available on the market. The British Nutrition Foundation estimates the CBD market to be worth more than the vitamin C and vitamin D supplement markets combined, at £250m. You can find hummus, bottled water, rum, lollies, pasta, vapes, ice cream, cake, beer, pet products and even lube all alleging to contain CBD. There are no CBD DJ products available yet, but you get the feeling it’s only a matter of time before such a gimmick exists. There is a large interest in CBD across dance music, after all.
Take progressive legend Sasha. In March, he took to social media saying how CBD oil has helped him with sleeping, stress and anxiety. Timo Maas can be spotted chiming in positively in the comments. Other artists across electronic music who’ve been vocal about it include ex-Prodigy member Leeroy Thornhill and Dutch techno DJ Minitech.
But few areas in DJ culture seem quite so rife with interest in CBD as drum & bass. One particular afternoon triggered this feature, when three conversations with people in the genre all included CBD. Jack Worforce, one half of SpectraSoul, told us how it helped him with anxiety. Saxxon tell us that thanks to CBD, he's “never been so focused in the studio”. Later the same day, we catch up with Bristol jungle legend Krust about his forthcoming album. Most of our conversation is based around Amma Life, a health and wellbeing company he runs with his partner Sophia that exclusively focuses on CBD supplements such as oils, paste and tea.