Europe

Wed
08
Jul

Education and regulation for the EU cannabis market

James O’Dowd, Secretary General of the European Alliance for Medicinal Cannabis, talks cannabis policy and oversight in the EU cannabis market.

Tue
07
Jul

No excuse not to raise European THC standard to 0.3 percent

Hemp laws and regulations in Europe remain uncertain and variable. Much as in the USA, various jurisdictions apply different standards to the cultivation and use of industrial hemp.

The European Union recognizes industrial hemp as the plant Cannabis Sativa L with a THC content of 0.2% or less and there is strong support to increase that limit to 0.3%. While the increase is small, 0.3% is defaulting to the world standard even as some active groups and some countries, notably in Switzerland, a non-EU member, are permitting much higher THC content for Industrial hemp.

Thu
02
Jul

Novel Food Consortium to protect Europe’s hemp industry

The European Industrial Hemp Association has launched an industry consortium to share the burden of Novel Foods applications.

Wed
24
Jun

Exploring growth in the European medical cannabis market

Luc Springinsfeld of leading investment bank Bryan, Garnier & Co explores the European medical cannabis market and the rise of medical cannabis investment in Europe.

Thu
11
Jun

The Greater Cannabis Company completes oral CBD patch shipment

The first shipment of an innovative oral CBD patch has now been completed.

Thu
07
May

Cannabis users rush to darknet to stock up for lockdowns, EU report says

Cannabis users appear to be stocking up via the darknet to avoid shortages while under lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak, the European drug agency said in a report.

The Lisbon-based agency analyzed thousands of reviews on three major darknet market sites between January and March and found that restrictions on movement appeared to have triggered an increase in activity of around 25% during the period.

The majority of buyers were looking for cannabis, Europe’s most commonly used illicit drug.

“The cannabis market is a large one and many regular cannabis users may have decided to stock up, anticipating market disruption during the lockdown period,” said the report, released on Tuesday evening.

Fri
24
Apr

Can Europe learn from Germany’s approach to cannabis?

Exploring regulation and policy in Germany, the world’s third largest legal cannabis market outside North America.

As of December 2019, Germany represented the world’s third largest market for legal cannabis-based products outside of North America. Since the country moved to legalise the prescribing of cannabis for medical use to severely ill patients in 2017, around 60,000 patients have received cannabis prescriptions through their health insurance providers.

With the German approach to cannabis policy increasingly held up as a model for fellow EU Member States, MCN explores cannabis regulation in Germany.

Thu
16
Apr

Do European CBD Products Contain THC Without Consumers Knowing?

The popularity of products infused with cannabidiol (CBD) has increased exponentially in recent years.

Chances are if a consumer or patient can think of a commercially available food product or topical rub-based product that doesn’t contain CBD, there’s an equivalent product available that does contain CBD.

The cannabis plant is composed of dozens of cannabinoids, however, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was the focus of researchers for decades and other cannabinoids, including CBD, didn’t receive as much attention.

In recent years CBD has received a dramatically increased level of attention from researchers. 

Thu
09
Apr

European Industrial Hemp Organisation: industrial hemp in Europe

European Industrial Hemp Organisation Managing Director Lorenza Romanese details the current status of Europe’s hemp industry.

The European Industrial Hemp Organisation (EIHA), based in both Brussels and Cologne, was officially founded in 2005; and is the only Europe-wide industrial body serving the hemp sector.

Wed
01
Apr

Hemp: A ‘promise renewal’ for rural development in Europe

Francesco Mirizzi this month was appointed Senior Policy Advisor at the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) after having worked for two years in Copa-Cogeca, the biggest farmers organization in the European Union. He is an EU and international lobbying expert with experience both in the private and public sectors (Pernod Ricard SA, Puglia Regional administration), and has experience in the hemp, cotton, flax, wine, spirits, hops, olives and olive oil industries. Mirizzi has covered policy areas such as rural development and international bilateral relations, and acquired knowledge on the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association enlargement during a traineeship at the European Commission.

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