Current state of organic CBD in France and opportunities

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Even if it means consuming CBD, a product renowned for its natural character and its relaxing effects, you might as well choose it local and of good quality and therefore, if possible, from organic farming. However, we can read the labels, French organic CBD is still rare. Review of the current state of Organic CBD in France.

Organic CBD in France: myth or reality?

Yes, there is French organic CBD

Yes, there is French organic CBD

Reality, but still shy! Let's not let the suspense last any longer. It is common knowledge that the Government and the judiciary are not very fond of cannabis derivatives in France, regardless of whether it is legal or not. Repeated judicial sagas, declared desire to go against the supranational law of the European Union, stalking of consumers: the country of human rights is one of the most liberticidal when it comes to hemp, both in production and in marketing and consumption.

However, some small producers resist, again and again. So much so thatit is quite possible to consume cannabidiol extracted from organic hemp grown in France. This is particularly the case with our 5% CBD oil, from French organic CBD cannabis. However, this is still far from the norm, the legislation being, as always, vague.

Can you grow organic CBD cannabis in France?

French cannabis growers are still reluctant to get started

French cannabis growers are still reluctant to get started

Before taking a closer look at organic farming, it's important to understand whether French farmers can grow CBD cannabis at all. This is where the first difficulty is felt. At present, the vast majority of French CBD is laboratory-produced or extracted from flowers imported from abroad. Only a few reckless cannabis growers venture to produce on French soil. The trend is therefore very largely towards responsible production: organic hemp, without GMOs, pesticides or heavy metals. For a "well-being" product, it makes sense to make the effort to produce as cleanly as possible, both for the environment and our organism.

Si the production of organic CBD in France remains anecdotal, this is because of a legal framework that is anything but clear. In November 2020, the European Court ruled: CBD cannot be banned in France since it is not a narcotic, does not cause known side effects and is globally authorized within the European Union. However, nothing stipulates (yet) in French law that the production of CBD hemp, organic or not, is authorized. For entrepreneurs and farmers alike, a " mini risk »Legal therefore remains.

Hesitation of French hemp producers

If you risk of producing CBD in France seems low, so it is not zero, which is why most cannabis-derived products (CBD oils, CBD e-liquids, CBD flowers, CBD resins) come today others European countries, such as the Czech Republic, Portugal orSpain, and of course the Switzerland, a pioneer in the field. However, the media sphere is starting to stir due to the growing interest of consumers. Several tens of thousands of French people regularly consume CBD, and many of them take a keen interest in its quality before making a purchase. A complete range of French organic CBD products is thus undoubtedly benefiting from strong demand.

The fact remains that the general enthusiasm, if it does not yet find total satisfaction in the current market, has the interest of stirring up that of politicians. In France, it is notably the Deputy LREM of the Creuse Jean-Baptiste Moreau who ensures the visibility of the debate. Defender of cannabis (including recreational) and himself a farmer, he understood that the development of the CBD sector in France is not only good for consumers, but also a great stimulus tool for some farmers who would need to generate additional income.

His observation is clear: "We have conducted dozens of hearings and observed foreign experiences to arrive at the same observation: the need in France to evolve on cannabis because we are lagging behind other countries".

Towards greater organic CBD production in France

France meets all the conditions to become a major producer of organic CBD

France meets all the conditions to become a major producer of organic CBD

France is the leading European producer of industrial hemp (“legal” cannabis, with little or no THC). More amazingly, she is the second largest producer in the world, behind China. This is to say if doing without French CBD is absurd. Indeed, once the doubts and fears of producers have been lifted, the production of light cannabis could very quickly explode. Everything is already in place to produce large quantities of quality hemp under the best conditions. French farmers have the know-how, the equipment, the land and the ideal geographical conditions for growing cannabis.

A clearer legal framework would thus open the door to a wider production not only of French hemp, but also of derived products benefiting from the quality and know-how of French cannabis growers and entrepreneurs. Good news for the economy as well as for consumers!

Since CBD cannabis is a natural product, it is also robust and able to thrive in a wild environment, it does not need chemicals to grow. It is thus perfectly suited to organic.

What conditions must organic CBD meet in France?

In France, two main labels can be found on organic products:

  • Le AB logo, for Organic farming: this is the French label and it is optional.
  • Le Eurofeuille logo: compulsory, it represents the European label and certifies compliance with organic farming specifications.

A French organic CBD therefore fulfills the following conditions:

  • No synthetic chemicals has not been used to cultivate the plant from which it is extracted (pesticides, fertilizers, weedkillers, heavy metals, etc.),
  • Without GMO,
  • Respect for animal welfare (in the case of non-vegetarian products, which is rare),
  • At least 95% of ingredients from organic farming (if it is a processed product, such as a CBD oil for example).

Nothing insurmountable for our producers. All that remains is to reassure them from a legal point of view to soon benefit from French organic CBD!

Development of organic CBD: users, state, companies, who benefits?

Le development of organic CBD around the world is unquestionable. First considered a taboo product, its calming properties et devoid of any psychotropic effect nevertheless quickly succeeded in getting it accepted by the greatest number. 2018 has definitely marked a turning point for cannabidiol, which has been found everywhere. But to whom benefits So the development of organic CBD? To the users, to governments or industrial ? Back to the reasons that led to the democratization of CBD and everyone's interests.

CBD is absolutely everywhere

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From pure product to the most creative derivatives, CBD is everywhere

Most CBD specialist dealers first became interested in pure product, whether in its natural form or in extractions. This is particularly the case for high-quality cannabis derivatives selected and sold by Weedy. Fr : CBD flowers, CBD resins and pollens, CBD oils and CBD concentrates notably fall into this category.

The e-liquid at the CBD for Electronic cigarettes are a mixture of cannabidiol and a base combining propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (GV) whose balance allows in particular to measure the quantity and quality of the smoke. They are sometimes accompanied by aromas of all kinds (addition of terpenes or fruity aromas for example) and have largely contributed to the development of CBD among the general public. Several studies indeed lead to think that CBD, in addition to its calming effects, would get rid of addictions more easily, whether traditional tobacco or THC.

Of these basic products, allowing to enjoy the effects of CBD without worrying about additional elements, a multitude of other products were born, linked to different economic sectors. La food, drinks, cosmetics and sports supplements are all areas now surfing the CBD wave. After the US CBD glazed donuts and promoting a hemp cooking by some Canadian establishments, it is now France that lends itself to the game. Parisian coffee shops advocating CBD recipes have followed one another in the capital since 2018.

Farm bill: the booster for the development of CBD in the United States

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The American farm bill has boosted the development of CBD through the cultivation of industrial hemp

When we talk about the development of organic CBD and its derivatives, 2018 stands out as a pivotal year. In France, this is accompanied by a loosening of the law. On a larger scale, however, it is necessary to turn to the international, and more specifically the United States. Unlike THC, and as in Europe, CBD is not considered a narcotic there. Although legal, it has long been under the yoke of a legal vagueness which is gradually dissipating, allowing an increasingly large market to develop.

The passage of the farm bill by US Senate in December 2018 has a lot to do with accelerating the development of CBD and its many derivative products. This agricultural law now authorizes American farmers to plant, cultivate and market industrial hemp, previously controlled regardless of its THC content. In the United States as in France, there is therefore now a clear barrier between the industrial hemp and recreational hemp.

As long as THC levels are tiny and strictly controlled, the cultivation of cannabis is therefore now authorized. Unlike theEurope and his 0,2% THC ceiling rate, USA now consider any plant whose tetrahydrocannabinol content does not exceed 0,3% as industrial hemp.

Development of organic CBD: the position of major brands

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The development of CBD is currently benefiting more start-ups than big brands

Most organic CBD products are offered for purchase by brands still unknown a few years ago. These new players, riding the cannabis wave, seem to take advantage of the sudden opening of this new market to try to build an empire, or in any case to seek the profits where they seem to be. In this sense, the development of CBD is akin to a real green gold rush, where everyone can still find their place.

For established brands, the interest is not concealed. However, the act seems to be complicated. In the fall of 2018, Coca-Cola confirmed to consider the development of a CBD infused drink. If the brand has since denied having already made a decision on the marketing or not of such a product, the news was enough at the time to shock many of its followers.

The teams of Ben & Jerry's have explicitly communicated their interest in marketing a CBD ice cream. However, they are awaiting approval from the FDA, US Food and Drug Administration, not appearing on the agenda.

All of this large groups, mostly Americans, therefore remain cautious. A dozen states have already taken the step of legalizing cannabis. However, this authorization for consumption, including for recreational purposes, does not exist at the federal level, keeping international brands away from the market, for fear ofskin their image at least as many as legal battles.

Conclusion: is the development of organic CBD useful for users or industrialists?

So a legal framework still vague and disparate on the international scene slows down large groups, which nevertheless do not hide their interest in the market. On the contrary, start-ups see it as an opportunity and launch themselves body and soul into the development of CBD, even if it means burning their wings after the first profits made. The different governments meanwhile, must ensure ensuring the health of their citizens, while being aware of financial and public health interests which could emanate from a controlled opening of the market.

In the middle of it all, consumers seem to consider organic CBD for what it is: a natural product with many effects on the body. For many, it represents a opportunity to improve their daily lives. For some, it is only a fashionable product, available in different forms that will eventually lose interest, or at least stabilize on the shelves of our supermarkets.

Only one thing is certain: a clear legal situation, supported by the results of scientific research and allowing a controlled dosage of CBD is atinterest of all.

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