A FORMER boyband star-turned-army soldier who was injured in Afghanistan has built up a company worth £5 million selling a formula which helps with pain.
Farard Darver (45) suffered a leg injury after his vehicle went over an explosive while he was serving on the frontline.
The injury left him in constant pain, and it was only when he tried CBD – cannabidiol derived from cannabis but without the intoxicating effects – that he finally found something that eased it.
He was so impressed with the results that he decided to leave the army and use his army pension to set up his own business.
Farard, from Lymington, revealed: “My best friend suggested trying CBD oil. It actually worked. I’d tried everything else.
“Before I left the army, I did my research and prepared as much as I could. Then, after leaving, I invested everything I had.
“I even sold a ring and bracelet my father had given me for my 18th and 21st birthdays.”
Farard launched Healthcare International Research Ltd in 2019 selling two brands: Hempe for health and wellness and MotherSage, for beauty and skincare.
Since then, he has gained investment from businessman Sir Ian Prosser and ex-Ruffer Investment director and partner Tim Youngman.
The son of an Indian airline pilot, Farard grew up in Ireland after his father joined Ryanair.
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