Still unknown a few years ago, CBD is the wellness novelty everyone is talking about.
Consuming CBD is becoming more democratic in France, in particular with the rise of dedicated boutiques and e-shops. From food, to CBD cosmetics through the hemp herbal teas or cbd oils, we are witnessing a proliferation of different products based on this cannabinoid extracted from hemp. Fad or real interest?
CBD, the new green gold to consume
The hemp extract that feels good
Cannabidiol, more commonly called CBD, is a molecule belonging to the family of cannabinoids, which is extracted from the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant.
His particuliarity ? He is not psychotropic therefore does not cause euphoric effects or “high” and is not addicting ; unlike its sister molecule, THC, which is popularly found in cannabis.
In addition, he is lavished with multiple natural virtues notably soothing, relaxing and anti-inflammatory. Despite much controversy, it is not considered a drug, but a well-being supplement.
Authorized with a THC level of less than 0.2%, it is legal in Franceunlike recreational cannabis.
The boom in the CBD market in France since 2018
Even though the France is the first hemp producing country, CBD only started to emerge around mid-2010 in the territory. But at that time, French law made life difficult for him. Often mistakenly confused with recreational cannabis, many entrepreneurs wishing to get into this sector have had to suspend their project in the face of still unclear legislation.
CBD only experienced real growth at the start of 2018. Despite a highly controversial image, shops and e-shops have continued to flourish in France since. It is considered that there is, henceforth, 400 physical stores selling cannabidiol, which is 4 times more than in 2018, not to mention the exploding French e-commerce. And this, thanks in particular to the defenders of the subsidiary and to the National Hemp Union who campaign to change preconceived ideas and the law. But also, to the constant increase in demand.
Eh yes, CBD is becoming the coveted new El Dorado!
Relaxation of French legislation favors the consumption of CBD
At the end of 2020, a rebound took place which strongly contributes to development of the CBD market in France. Indeed, November 19, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled illegal the ban on CBD in France under the principle of free movement within the EU. So it is now authorized to market cannabidiol products provided that they are “legally produced in a Member State and extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant in its entirety”. Officially recognized as not harmful to health, this is a major step forward for the entire hemp subsidiary, which can finally increase its market.
Why is CBD so popular?
This substance is attracting more and more curiosity and is becoming very fashionable. An effect reinforced in 2020 by the gloomy health situation, but not only.
Beneficial natural properties
More acclaimed in the world of cosmetics, it attracts thanks to its anti-acne, soothing, regenerating and moisturizing properties.
But also, he seduces with his relaxing effects, because it allows reduce stress and anxiety attacks, to find a better sleep and D’improve a depressive state.
With the crisis of COVID-19, anxiety increased and moods worsened. In search of’gentle stress reliever, many are those who have turned to cannabidiol.
A product that appeals to a target of thirties as well as to seniors by its natural side, without addiction.
Moreover, even if it cannot be considered as a therapeutic treatment, many patients report a beneficial effect on neurodegenerative pathologies such as multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia.