As a professional with both medicines and food law experience, Cannabidiol/CBD is an area that continues to fascinate me. There are myths and facts aplenty, so it was inevitable that I would visit the Hemp & CBD Expo at the NEC earlier this month.
CBD is everywhere and it looks to be going more and more mainstream. Products entering the market growing every day. CBD was initially led by vaping products but oral drops, gummies, tablets, capsules, 3D printed lozenges, protein powders, chocolate, beer and fizzy drinks are starting to make their presence felt. Commentators indicate that the US market for CBD is estimated to grow by 700% by 2020 and worth $2 billion. Many see CBD de-stigmatising Cannabis and Cannabis plants.
Never sure what to expect, I took a like-minded pharmacist entrepreneur along with me as my buddy. Interaction with exhibitors is easier when you can have a conversation, rather than seeming to interrogate them. We had both visited the Pharmacy Show last year, astonished then at the number of stands devoted to CBD. Fate played its role as the Hemp & CBD Expo was in Hall 18 – the same venue.