The cannabis industry in Europe has been in turmoil over the past year as the EU Commission was considering a ban on CBD products. According to the project of the newly proposed law, the active ingredient of cannabis cannabidiol was considered a narcotic drug. This ban would have destroyed a booming industry in one fell swoop. But things turned out differently because numerous industry representatives began an extensive awareness-raising campaign. They emphasized that the active ingredients could replace the chemical medication in many cases, and the product could be particularly successful for chronically ill people. This effort and the simultaneous visit to the European Court of Justice had an impact. CBD products remain legal for a while.
Users ascribe many favourable properties to the active ingredient obtained from the female hemp plant called Cannabis sativa. At the same time, there is no risk of developing an addiction to this substance. However, scientists have not fully approved this effect, but even so, a large part of industry has developed around this particular substance. Consumers can buy a wide variety of products from hand creams to gummy bears, from shampoos to pet food. Yet, the EU wanted to put an end to this industry. The products were in the so-called legal grey area and since the shops sold them as dietary supplements, The EU started to reassess them.
Hemp Offers Many Benefits
It was interesting that the opinion of the EU was utterly different from the one expressed by the World Health Organization, which, so far, has not seen a problem with CBD products. A ban would have destroyed an industry with an annual turnover of 1.8 billion euros in Germany alone. The cultivation area for hemp has doubled in a few years and stands at 50,000 hectares across the EU.
Hemp overgrows, does not require pesticides and loosens the soil. It thus contributes to biodiversity. The hemp fibre is now also processed in the automotive industry and it is also an environmentally friendly insulation material. In the event of a ban, prices for these products would rise dramatically. What’s more, you could buy cosmetic products containing hemp products only with a prescription of your doctor.