Europe Aligns With U.S. On Industrial Hemp THC Requirements


Europe’s history and experience with the industrial hemp plant far exceeds that of present-day American farmers and the U.S. hemp industry. Europe has long cultivated hemp for a variety of commonly known industrial uses, such as animal feed, woven textiles fiber, and hurd uses for building materials.

Further, industrial hemp has been legal in Europe prior to and since the days of U.S. prohibition of the plant beginning in the 1930s. Today, an interesting dynamic presents itself.

The 2014 Farm Bill in the United States allowed American technological innovators to consider extracting a variety of cannabinoids. In turn, this quickly brought an array of products to market, fueled by a robust new economy surrounding non-psychoactive cannabinoids. The most prominent one being, of course, CBD.

It’s nearly 2021 and the American marketplace is moving toward more versatile and well-rounded uses of the industrial hemp plant, mirroring what the European Union has implemented for decades. This past month, two very important developments occurred on the Continent. First, the European Parliament raised the requisite THC percentage in the plant material from 0.2 to 0.3 percent, bringing it in line with American policy. This proposal has long been advocated by the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA).

Second, the European Union court of justice made a decision that indicated they will not treat CBD as a narcotic drug. Therefore, CBD cannot be prohibited if it’s legal in member states. Until now, both of these variables have hampered the development of the European industrial hemp industry despite its long-standing presence and experience with the plant. [Read More @ Forbes]


More from our Blog

Jan 23
Queen’s Windsor Farm Shop Selling ‘Popular’ Cannabis-Infused Drinks

The Queen’s Windsor Farm Shop is selling cannabis-infused energy drinks that are…

Jan 23
Warm Up and Calm Down this Winter with CBD-Infused Soup

Kitchen Toke’s Golden Beet Soup & Roasted Vegetable And Lentil Soup In the…

Jan 22
Netherlands To Supply Medical Cannabis Until July Despite Brexit Ban

The mother of a nine-year-old boy with a severe and rare form of epilepsy who was told…

Jan 22
If You’re A Cannabis Patient In Utah, Here’s Why You Can No Longer Cross Borders For Marijuana

A recent survey showed nearly 60% of patients still consider buying cannabis from…

Jan 22
One Man’s Journey From Injustice to Advocacy

CANNABIS CULTURE – “You build perseverance, and no one can take that away…

Jan 22
Multiple Non-Violent Cannabis Offenders Pardoned on Trump’s Last Day

CANNABIS CULTURE – Former President Donald Trump’s list of last-day…