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Healthy living Healthy living


the rise of CBD Challenging perceptions:


CBD oil remains one of the most talked about health supplements, with demand rising dramatically across the globe. The market has been held back by regulators fi nding it hard to separate CBD from THC, but the tide is turning. Jim Banks speaks to Daniel Kruse, president of the European Industrial Hemp Association, and Erika Stark, executive director of the National Hemp Association in the US, about what needs to change for the cannabinoids market to fulfi l its potential.


he story of the hemp plant goes back to the very beginning of recorded history. It is thought to be the first domestically cultivated plant, with evidence of hemp fabric dating back at least 8,000 years. In parts of the Americas, it was once used as legal tender and could be used to pay taxes. Over time, however, it has consistently crossed back and forth over the line of legality.


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It can be grown almost anywhere in the world, helps purify soil and has been known to kill certain species


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of weeds. It is a versatile agricultural product that can be used to make paper and textiles, and its derivatives are believed to have many health benefits. Yet the fact that it contains an intoxicating compound, delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has become a stumbling block for legislators.


While some in Europe and the US believe that THC should be made legal, it is demand for other hemp derivatives that forces regulators to think again. One of the most popular is CBD oil, which is used by many


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