Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the latest trends in health, fitness, and wellness circles in 2020. Attending CBD events that bring together investors, producers, distributors, and consumers is one of the best ways to get the latest news and find new opportunities in the market.
This year is poised to be a disruptive year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect public gatherings across the globe. Please be aware that any events listed may or may not go ahead depending on each government’s response to the spread of the virus in their own country. Should these exhibitions be cancelled, the information should still be relevant for the 2021 shows.
The demand for hemp and CBD in Europe is high, and industry experts anticipate growth for many years. More exhibitions are likely to be added to the already busy calendar.
1. Leafly Medical Cannabis Conference 8-9 May 2020, Berlin, Germany
Leafly is an online company that specialises in providing information on the cannabis industry, and they explain the difference between cannabis, including THC and CBD, in detail. While Leafly focuses strongly on the American and Canadian markets, it also has a section on their website in German.
Appreciating the rise in CBD products used in Europe, they can explain the role of cannabis in producing CBD and in helping cannabis entrepreneurs understand how they can get involved in the cannabidiol market. As cannabis is still illegal in Europe, the most significant cannabis market lies in medical cannabis and refined industrial hemp products.
2. International Cannabis Business Conference 13-14 May 2020, Bern, Switzerland
Switzerland has a worldwide reputation for producing CBD products which are high in cannabidiol and low in THC. This conference will be one of the most significant cannabis trade shows of the year and provide two days of educational and networking opportunities for B2B and B2C.
This large cannabis expo provides excellent information differentiating CBD and other cannabis products which may have unwanted psychoactive effects. It also takes a broader viewpoint and considers the societal impact of CBD products in human rights and healthcare.
One of the most significant Europe canna expo events, it’s a must-see for those wanting to learn how CBD is different from cannabis, and how it can potentially help people with a wide range of ailments.
3. Cannatrade, 15-17 May 2020, Bern, Switzerland
For those looking to get value for their money, this massive trade show takes place immediately following the International Cannabis Business Conference in the same city. This CBD Expo is into its 19th year and draws more than 250 exhibitors.
Billed as the oldest expo in Europe, it brings together professionals and consumers who are passionate about the CBD industry. With many samples and innovations on display, it’s one of the best opportunities to meet with like-minded individuals and companies and make a real connection.
4. Mary Jane, 12-14 June, Berlin, Germany (postponed until September)
If you want to learn more about the CBD while also enjoying a carnival atmosphere, then look no further than Mary Jane. Held in the Arena Berlin and spread across three massive halls, 270 industry professionals come together for an action-packed three days in one of the biggest cannabis expos in Europe.
In addition to the stalls and talks you expect at most shows, there’s also a swimming pool, beach area, food stalls and live concerts. Far from being all fun and no work, there will be domestic and international experts advising on the future of CBD, legalisation, medical use, and nutrition.
You can book on their site for exclusive deals on exhibition tickets and accommodations.
5. Europe CBD Expo, 26-27 July, London, England
More for those looking to network and accelerate business opportunities, the organisers are experienced in stimulating rapid growth in the market. They act as middle-men between producers, suppliers, healthcare professionals, and consumers.
If you could use help with public relations or branding, this expo is one you won’t want to miss. Aside from the connections you can make at the event, there’ll be speakers advising on how to position your brand in the market. They are professional marketers and can suggest tactics to help you grow into a recognised name.
6. Vitafoods Europe, 1-3 September, Geneva, Switzerland
If you’re interested in how CBD can contribute to the worlds of nutrition, probiotics, and cognitive help, the Vitafoods expo in September sees like-minded companies and consumers converge on the Swiss capital.
Over 24,000 industry professionals from more than 110 countries attend each year, meaning there are plenty of networking opportunities. The conference has a focus on environmental sustainability which is to be applauded, especially when hosting such a significant event. They already have plans in place to discuss how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may affect the industry, a conversation every industry professional will want to be a part of.
7. Cannabis Business Mediterranean, 1-2 October, Rome, Italy
Through a mix of case studies, workshops and Q&As, this expo hopes to provide advice on, and find answers to, the current issues in the CBD market. There will also be round-table discussions, allowing you to converse with industry experts and professionals from all over the world.
An excellent opportunity to engage on a personal level with some of the most well-regarded names in the CBD world, this expo is offering an early bird discount if you book online before May 9th. Visit their website and use the advertised promotional code.
8. Amsterdam Cannabis Expo, 24-26 November, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Featuring 90 prestigious keynote speakers, over 1,000 exhibits from industry leaders, and over 10,000 companies in attendance this is a staple of the CBD events calendar.
View the latest products on offer during the day before enjoying what they call party networking at night. This is a great expo for mixing work and pleasure. Round off the event by attending the awards ceremony for the best CBD products on the market.
9. Cannabis Business Europe, 10-11 December, Cologne, Germany
Finish off the year with the final Cannabis Business Europe event in Cologne. In-depth discussions between industry leaders who hope to find solutions to the issues in the market and to celebrate the significant leaps the industry has already taken.
There will be keynote speakers and legendary figures in the CBD world to advise on what you can look forward to in 2021.
CBD expositions are now established events and will only increase as the exponential growth of cannabidiol continues across Europe. For professionals and consumers alike, they are well worth a visit if one is happening near you, or if you are willing to take a short trip to attend one in a nearby country.
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