How the CBD trend is unfolding in Europe –

In the UK in particular, which is often seen as the front runner when it comes to trends in Europe, new CBD skin care brands have been appearing at an increasing rate, suggesting it might be a taste of what is to come in the rest of the region.

Another sign that this is a hot trend was the recently held Future Cannabis Strategies Europe, a new cross-industry face-to-face event that took place in London at the end of January.

The two-day programme spoke volumes about the current status of the industry in Europe, with a number of presentations referencing the more mature industry in North America.

Two key issues crucial to CBD

But as has been the case in North America, there are two key issues to overcome if the CBD trend is going to gain any serious momentum, the first being regulation, and the second being consumer perception of a substance that is synonymous with getting stoned.

These issues were mirrored by the Future Cannabis Strategies Programme, which, amongst a broad range of topics, looked at purification of CBD oil, a vital means to ensure its legality as a cosmetic ingredient,

As is the case in North America, the CBD industry is still in its infancy, which means that the Cannabis Product Directive Framework is still very much a work in process for EU regulators.

Meeting regulatory requirements

Currently CBD is listed in the EU Cosmetics Ingredient Database, but this does not define it as legal to use as a key ingredient in a cosmetic product, which is why there is still much work to be done to iron out any ambiguity.


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