CBD Products & CBD Business News

Europe’s hemp industry hit a milestone last week when the European Union’s top court liberated CBD from the jurisdiction of an international drug treaty, declaring that hemp-derived cannabidiol is not a narcotic. Hemp groups in France and elsewhere in Europe gave the five judges a standing ovation for the Kanavape ruling, which declared that France’s
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The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association has expanded to seven states and rebranded as a regional group. The new Southeast Hemp Association includes some 650 hemp farmers and processors in seven states. The group added members from Georgia, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Blake Butler, executive director of the former North Carolina group,
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Alphagreen, a London-based e-commerce platform focused on CBD, has secured 1.1 million pounds ($1.5 million) of seed funding to help finance the rollout of new products and services and an expansion into the United States. According a statement released last week, participants in the seed round included: Stockholm-based Enexis AB. U.S.-based West Creek Investments. Angel
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Federal food and drug regulators this week highlighted the challenges they’re facing in regulating CBD and other cannabis-derived products, emphasizing the knowledge gaps that still exist due to a continued lack of data regarding the science of CBD and other cannabinoids. Kaveeta Vasisht, director of the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health and associate commissioner for
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is pushing back hard against a hemp association’s attempt to find out if the agency considers temporary byproducts of hemp production a Schedule 1 substance. The DEA told a federal judge this week that the agency “is not required to explain how the (rule) applies to every hypothetical circumstance.” The
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Hemp products manufacturer Vertical Wellness Inc. has bought a candy-making company to expand its reach into the edibles market. Vertical Wellness CEO Smoke Wallin said purchasing The Organic Candy Factory, based in California, is a “perfect segue” to expand into selling gummy-bear infused CBD products, Reuters reported Wednesday. The candy company currently doesn’t make cannabis-infused
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A Colorado extraction company has hired a new director of sales. Greeley-based Vantage Hemp Co. said in a news release Tuesday Christian Santi’s responsibility will be to expand the company’s sales in the U.S., Europe and South America. “The addition of Christian to our team reinforces our promise for data-driven, consistent and premium CBD extracts
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The hemp and CBD industry will be watching closely this week to find out whether federal regulators seem inclined to require warning labels for pregnant or nursing women on CBD products, or to mandate gender-specific dosing levels. That’s because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health will be leading discussions about “CBD
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A version of this story first appeared on Marijuana Business Daily. Consumer demand has been pushing the THC potency of herbal marijuana upward for decades — but that increased potency does not extend to CBD levels, a new study has found. The systematic review and meta-analysis of studies between 1970–2017 found levels of THC increased
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A wholesaler of hemp-derived ingredients has acquired a Colorado-based processing and extraction company. Kadenwood’s EcoGen Biosciences of Grand Junction, Colorado, is adding a 50,000-square-foot production campus in Delta, Colorado and 165 acres of farmland as part of the deal. Terms were not disclosed. EcoGen said in an announcement this week that “the newly added facility
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The National Industrial Hemp Council has set its sights on Asian and European hemp markets after it says it was allocated $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote U.S. hemp products abroad. Kevin Latner, the NIHC’s senior vice president for trade, told Hemp Industry Daily that the group received word it was selected
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Aldi UK, the British arm of the German supermarket chain, has launched a house line of hempseed oil skincare products, joining the ranks of grocers carrying hemp and incorporating it in store-brand products. The retailer’s Lacura line of products, which includes a body butter, hand cream and “CBD Facial Serum,” were made available on shelves
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(A version of this story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily International.) Canadian marijuana producer Hexo Corp. says it has settled a trademark-infringement lawsuit against a California CBD maker. Hexo sued Assi Project Management for unfair competition and trademark infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California after discovering the company
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A “cannabis light” vending machine in Italy (photo courtesy Alfredo Pascual) The availability of hemp flower containing up to 0.6% THC in Italy led some marijuana users to abandon their illicit products, costing criminal networks tens of millions, a trio of economists has found. The researchers’ findings, published last year in the European Economic Review,
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The Hemp Industries Association and a South Carolina CBD maker are trying to get U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to clarify whether it considers temporary byproducts of hemp production a Schedule 1 substance. In a filing Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington DC, HIA and RE Botanicals ask a judge to order the DEA to
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House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat and sponsor of a bill to require federal food and agriculture regulators to treat hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement, has lost his re-election bid. Peterson lost to Republican challenger Michelle Fischbach on Tuesday. He has represented rural western Minnesota since 1991; demographic changes made him among
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