Tanya Bardsley is best known as one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Cheshire.
What is less well-known about her, though, is that she sells cannabis oil.
Marketed as a food supplement for just £29, Tanya’s product is derived from strains of the cannabis plant that aren’t psychoactive – i.e it won’t get you high.
Since 2018, it it has been legal to possess, buy, and sell cannabis oil im the UK, providing the product does not contain more than 0.3% THC – which is psychoactive – and is not advertised as providing a medicinal benefit.
It’s known as CBD oil – from its active ingredient, cannabidiol. But the UK market in it is unregulated, leaving some with concerns that customers could be duped, sold false hope, or put at risk.
Nonetheless, some people swear by it – among them reality star Tanya Bardsley, wife of Salford-born Burnley player Phil Bardsley, who says she was introduced to it after suffering an agonising injury in a riding accident.
Indeed, Tanya is so passionate about it she stocks her own branded version in her shop – Tanya Bardo Boutique in Wilmslow – and online via the store’s website.
There, the product description reads: “Tanya Bardo’s High Quality 5% CBD oil contains 500mg of pure CO2 extracted CBD in 10ml of organic hemp oil.
“Hemp is a legal strain of cannabis that has an extremely low THC content – less than 0.2% for it to be legal. Our CBD has been extracted and purified to have 0% THC content.”
The ‘Tanya Bardo’ site advises users to hold a few drops of the oil under the tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing up to a maximum of 4ml of the oil daily.
Tanya says she came across the supplement after suffering a horse-riding accident while making a show for TV channel 5Star which was screened in April.
“I was filming for Celebs On The Ranch and the horse had a mind of its own, it just bolted and threw me off. I was strapped to a body board and went to hospital. It was scary”, she said.
“I’ve started taking CBD oil,” she added. “I broke my back and fractured it in three places… one of the side effects is that it has helped my mental health.”
Describing why she turned to the product, she said: “Painkillers made me drowsy, which wasn’t ideal when I was looking after the children, so I started researching more natural alternatives.”
Tanya, who says friends also recommended CBD to her, claims her pain reduced dramatically after she started taking it, and that she slept through the night and felt ‘calmer and happier’.
In April, TV presenter and fellow Celebs on the Ranch contestant Jenny Powell, who also lives in Cheshire with her two daughters and husband, told our sister paper The Mirror she had been using CBD oil to combat the pain of debilitating migraines.
“There’s a funny taste, but it doesn’t make me feel sleepy and there’s no woozy high,” she said. “It takes the edge off anxiety – especially for me, someone who lives off adrenaline.”
The market in legal cannabis is still in its infancy, and concern that products exceeding legal THC levels are being sold as CBD – and confusion about the law – have led to police across the country launching raids and seizing products from businesses.
But major retailers – such as Boots and Holland and Barrett – are stocking CBD oil, which it is perfectly legal to sell, buy and possess, as long as legally stipulated THC levels are complied with.