The German government is funding more and more research on hemp, as well as CBD extracts. There is also no shortage of government support for the hemp business. This is undoubtedly a watershed moment in the German hemp industry.
CBD-based products such as CBD oil, among others, as well as medical marijuana are legal in Germany. While the former are freely available to the public, cannabis for medical purposes patients can buy from a pharmacy with a prescription.
At the moment, however, the German government is funding research on cannabis plants on a massive scale, concerning both the extraction of cannabinoids and their use as food additives. This is certainly a watershed moment in this country's approach to hemp.
Main research focus
Research funded by the German government is mainly focused on understanding how cannabis can affect and interact with the human body. In Germany, the question of what the plants can actually do in food and medicine has been raised very forcefully.
Already, German scientists are seeking answers to the questions of whether the cannabinoids in hemp plants should first be extracted and then added directly to food.
Not just research...
In addition to funding research on hemp and the resulting extracts, entrepreneurs in the sector are also being supported. A translation here might be the Berlin-based company Becanex, which received just over a quarter of a million euros from the Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (ZIM).
With this money, Becanex is to develop a cannabinoid-containing emulsion for use in industrial-scale food production.
Growing popularity of hemp
Regardless of government support, the hemp industry in Germany is growing rapidly. There are more and more hemp-infused foods available in stores. There is also no shortage of products such as hemp oil and CBD oil.
Another issue is medical marijuana, which, like in Poland, is available to patients by prescription across the Oder. The only difference is that over the Vistula there is still no cultivation and production of cannabis for medical purposes, while in Germany this has been the case for more than a year.