Found, in Tai On Terrace, aims to educate Hongkongers on the benefits of cannabidiol
CBD, or cannabidiol, may not be part of the mainstream consciousness right now but the team behind Found—Hong Kong’s first cafe and boutique dedicated to the hemp-derived cannabinoid—have set their sights on opening the doors to understanding the popular wellness product.
While it is a natural compound found in cannabis, cannabidiol is 100 per cent legal in Hong Kong and free of psychoactive effects—i.e. there is no “high” and no danger of users becoming dependent on it, as confirmed by the World Health Organisation’s Critical Review Report on CBD. In addition, CBD advocates suggest that regulated use is associated with benefits including pain relief, stress and anxiety relief, muscle relaxation and anti-inflammation.
Currently, there is a wide range of CBD products available from brands such as Felix & Co, Cubed CBD, Life CBD, Heavens Please and Gentle Bro; you can find them in the form of oils, capsules, serums, tinctures, patches, creams and even beers and coffees. Below, we speak with Kristen Vang of Found to learn more about the new Sheung Wan retail concept.
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What can we find at Found?
We have a range of CBD products from Felix & Co and Life, including oils, capsules, body balms and more. In the cafe, we will be offering a selection of CBD-infused food and drinks, including coffees, teas, kombucha, ice pops, cakes, breads, chocolate and more. All of this will be made with Life CBD. Alongside this, we will have a selection of CBD-free snacks and artisanal breads.
What’s the feeling you want visitors to have when walking into Found?
Found is all about discovery. It's a place to learn, explore and experience CBD, so it’s critical that people feel welcome and comfortable in our space.
Our team is super friendly and knowledgeable, so it’s the perfect place to come and ask questions if you’re just getting started. Those with CBD experience can discover a range of products, CBD-infused food and beverages and soon other minor cannabinoids, such as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBC (cannabichromene).
What are the biggest misconceptions about CBD and why are you looking to champion this in Hong Kong?
It's our mission to help Hong Kongers lose their preconceptions and discover a new path to everyday wellness. This means we need to eliminate the stigma that still exists around CBD and help people find the ways they can benefit from adding CBD to their (and even their pet’s) wellness routine. We’re so passionate about it because we’ve seen first-hand how life-changing it can be. A lot of people still lump CBD and cannabis into the same category. While CBD is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant, on its own it isn’t intoxicating and it is legal as a food in Hong Kong.
How has it been opening a café and store during a pandemic?
We won’t lie, it’s been tough work over the past few months to try and open Found while dealing with the current situation. But we’ve been really motivated by the goal of bringing Hong Kong its first dedicated space to learn about and access cannabinoids, particularly at a time where so many people are dealing with stress, anxiety and insomnia.
We’re lucky that we do have the retail component alongside the cafe. As we enter the strictest restrictions faced so far in Hong Kong, the cafe will close temporarily but the store will remain open so that our customers can continue to access CBD products to bring balance back to their body and mind at a time that they need it the most.
Found, Unit A, G/F, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan
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The cafe uses Cubed CBD, which you can add to your coffee or any other Elixir drink for free. They also sell a package of cold brew coffee bags with a 15ml bottle of 300mg CBD drops for HK$500, with free delivery. Soon, the cafe will launch Pal, a new brand of cold brew bags with 10mg of CBD isolate.
Elixir, 9 Mee Lun Street, Sheung Wan
Winstons has just launched their own bottled cold brew coffee infused with Oto CBD cocktail bitters, which is non-alcoholic. The bitters have 2500mg of CBD, and is flavoured with a mix of bitter orange, bergamot, lemongrass, liquorice, cinnamon, cacao and cardamom. Each bottle has a 25mg dose of CBD and is available at both their Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town locations.
Diners can add Life CBD (HK$15 for 10mg and HK$25 for 20mg) to their drinks at the Mid-Levels, Star Street and Causeway Bay branches of Elephant Grounds.