A ONE-OF-A-KIND Halstead business which combines medicinal cannabis oil with chocolate is celebrating after picking up a coveted natural health and wellbeing award.

Cannabeenz was created by Angela Spencer and her sister Tina in a bid to find a tasty alternative to CBD oil, or cannabis oil.

The duo decided to combine CBD's medicinal properties with everyone's favourite food, chocolate, creating sweet flavoured beans which can be taken in a bid to combat a number of ailments.

In its first year the business has gone from strength to strength and last month picked up a gold award at the Janey Lee Grace Awards, which celebrate natural and ethical products.

Ms Spencer said: "We are thrilled. To go from my sister and I making our first batch of CBD chocolate beans in our kitchen just over a year ago, to winning such a coveted award is simply amazing.

"We started this business because of the amazing benefits my sister and I had from CBD Oil, we just couldn’t stand the taste.

"We were both left with very painful conditions following two separate card accidents so we had the idea to put the incredible benefits of CBD into chocolate.

"My sister and I are pain free now thanks to our beans and for so many others to be benefitting too is an amazing bonus for us.

"The feedback from customers is that our little chocolate beans are really changing lives."

At the moment Cannabeenz sell through an ambassador network of salespeople and online via the firm's website, however the business has big ambitions to go global.

Ms Spencer said: "Our amazing chocolatier Paul Jones ensures all our hand-made in the UK products are the very best quality using better than fair-trade, top quality organic chocolate, CBD and zero plastic in our packing.

"We are so proud our hard work and that of our independent ambassadors has been recognised by the lovely Janey Lee Grace and her judging panel.”

Janey Lee Grace is a singer, author, television presenter and radio DJ who promotes natural and ethical product choices.

The award winners are selected after real life testing of the products by a panel of expert judges.

To find out more, visit cannabeenz.co.uk.