A CBD cafe raided by police last week have denied selling illegal drugs and called officers "misinformed".

As reported in the Gazette, Vedas CBD, in Church Street, were searched by officers last Wednesday under suspicion of supplying class B drugs.

However, in a statement to customers, seen by the Gazette, the owner of the store has hit back at officers, protesting their innocence and saying that the police were misinformed.

The statement read: "It is to our most sincere regrets that we must inform our customers, affiliates and close friends that on Wednesday the 27th November our Vedas branch in the Basingstoke town centre, was raided by misinformed law enforcement officers under the jurisdiction, and acting on behalf of, the magistrates court."

They say that "as you will already know, we do not endorse nor practice" of selling class B drugs, which is illegal.

The cafe sells CBD-infused cakes, coffees and teas as well as oils - which are, according to the statement, non-psychoactive and have less THC than the legal limit.

This includes their CBD buds, which were the items confiscated.

The store was closed last Wednesday afternoon as Hampshire Constabulary conducted their searches, but has re-opened since.

The statement goes on to say: "At such a solemn time, we are in desperate need of some support & solidarity from our customers & friends."

Vedas CBD only opened in Basingstoke last month, run by Fraser Bracey, who first came across CBD when his late grandfather was diagnosed with throat cancer.

Inspired by the benefits of the product, Fraser decided to set up a business selling CBD and has just opened a new café in Church Street, Basingstoke.

Vedas CBD has items for sale with CBD including sweets, chocolate and tea, as well as offering shots of CBD in coffee.

What are the rules surrounding CBD sales in the UK?

Laws surrounding the use of CBD for medicinal products were relaxed last year, with the Home Office saying that the product can contain a maximum THC content, a cannabinoid which is psychoactive, of 0.2% and that it must not be easily separated from it.

Industrial hemp can be used for things such as building materials and clothing.

CBD oil can also be extracted from these plants and, as it is a legal cannabinoid, can be sold in the UK.

The oil has been thought to have some medicinal properties, including relieving inflammation, pain relief and reducing anxiety.

Police response

Hampshire Constabulary told the Gazette on Thursday morning: "Our investigation into allegations of illegal drugs supply remains ongoing at this time."