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CBD Flower Laws in Germany

Germany made waves in 2017 by becoming the first major European economy to legalize medical marijuana. Fast-forward three years and the medical marijuana business in Germany is thriving, and the German people are becoming more open to the potential benefits of Cannabis sativa than ever before.

While the European Union (EU) continues to stand by its unusual stance on CBD in food products, the CBD flower market in Germany remains relatively free and unobstructed. In this guide, learn more about the status of CBD flower in Germany, and find out whether you should smoke hemp buds in Deutschland.

Background on CBD flower in Germany

During Germany’s first full year of medical marijuana legislation, this nation imported more than 7.5 tons of dried cannabis flower. This import volume has only increased over time, making marijuana flower an increasingly widespread component of modern German culture.

Medical marijuana in Germany has become such a rousing success, in fact, that many entrepreneurs and political leaders are now pushing to make marijuana recreationally legal in this country. If Germany were to legalize recreational marijuana, it would become the first European nation to do so, paving the way for further marijuana legalization efforts across the continent.

Perhaps partially due to these remarkably progressive stances on medical and recreational marijuana, Germany is also home to a reasonably robust CBD flower market. A variety of online shops sell CBD flower in Germany and throughout the EU, and Germany is also home to a handful of brick-and-mortar retailers that sell CBD flower containing less than 0.2% THC.

We still have a long way to go, however, until cannabis and hemp are completely normalized in Germany. Despite passing its own progressive marijuana laws, the German government is largely beholden to the dictates of the EU, which maintains a reasonably strict stance on hemp and a prohibitionist attitude toward marijuana.

International investors are keen to see Germany’s burgeoning cannabis market thrive, and consumers across Germany are clamoring for access to both intoxicating marijuana and non-intoxicating hemp. Throughout the entirety of the European continent, there are few potential CBD flower markets as promising as Germany, and it’s likely that this nation’s status as a European CBD flower hub will become even more fully established over the next few years.

CBD laws in Germany

In 2019, the EU sounded what many considered to be the death knell of the European CBD industry by classifying cannabidiol as a novel food. Essentially, this classification indicates that producers of orally ingestible CBD products in EU countries must first obtain novel food food authorization.

While it’s certainly possible to certify CBD tinctures, capsules, or edibles as novel foods, this process can cost as much as €400,000 and take years to complete. Any CBD products sold without novel food authorization in the EU are technically illegal, but so far, Public Health Europe does not seem very enthusiastic about directly enforcing this position.

Consumers who possess orally ingestible CBD oil products in Germany have little to fear. A handful of raids on German CBD shops have been reported over the last two years, however, indicating that German law enforcement is taking the EU’s classification of CBD as a novel food seriously.

CBD products that are not ingested orally, however, are not considered to be novel foods in the EU. Cosmetics containing CBD, therefore, such as topicals and makeup, are admissible for retail sale in European Union countries. Since CBD flower is not orally ingested, this product category is also exempt from the EU’s designation of cannabidiol as a novel food.

Is CBD flower legal in Germany?

CBD flower is sold openly throughout Germany. While CBD flower products are most commonly found on German or EU websites, you can also buy CBD flower in many of Germany’s major cities. Despite the widespread popularity of this CBD product category, however, many CBD producers and sellers in Germany remained concerned about the legality of CBD flower, leading a prominent German hemp flower eCommerce site to ask the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) about this subject directly. Here’s what this German drug regulation agency had to say in response:

“With the Act on the Amendment of Narcotic Law and Other Regulations, which came into effect on 10.03.2017, the legislator changed the position of cannabis in Annexes I to III to section 1 Paragraph 1 of the Narcotic Law (BtMG) in Germany. Since then, the Narcotics Act has distinguished between cannabis in Annex III (use for medical purposes) and cannabis in Annex I (use for non-medical purposes). Annex I also provides for exemptions for hemp (see letters b and d under the heading cannabis).”

There’s a lot to unpack in this statement. Essentially, the BfArM is saying that the German government separates cannabis into three distinct categories: cannabis for medical use, cannabis for non-medical use, and hemp as defined by the EU’s guidelines. Therefore, CBD-rich hemp that contains less than 0.2% THC and that was cultivated in an EU country using a registered cultivar is not regulated by the Betäubungsmittelgesetz (BtMG), Germany’s narcotics law.

With this statement, the German government’s drug regulation agency has confirmed that it does not intend to classify CBD flower as a controlled drug as long as it meets the EU’s standards for industrial hemp. As a result, it can be inferred that CBD flower is legal to sell and possess in Germany. While the German government may take further regulatory action regarding CBD flower if it is prompted by the EU, it is currently the BfArM’s position that CBD-rich hemp flower is in an entirely different category than both state-sanctioned medical marijuana and black-market cannabis.

Can you get arrested for using CBD flower in Germany?

While Germany is now home to a flourishing new medical marijuana industry, THC-rich cannabis remains illegal for recreational use in this country. If you don’t have a prescription for medical marijuana in Germany, you could run afoul of the law if you’re caught with any form of cannabis.

The German government can fine you up to €25,000 and sentence you to up to five years in prison if you are caught with a controlled substance. In most cases, however, heavier sentences are handed down to drug traffickers and dealers, and Germany has relatively lenient punitive policies for drug possession.

If you’re caught with “a small amount” of cannabis in Germany, you might get arrested and have to go to court. Once in court, however, the judge may throw out the case if it’s determined that you were in possession of cannabis for personal use and that the amount you possessed was too small to sell to other people.

As is rapidly becoming the case in the United States, you might be able to hasten your acquittal by asking the court to send the cannabis you were caught within for lab testing. If a lab is able to confirm that the CBD flower you were charged for contains less than 0.2% THC, you will have proven that you did not violate any German laws.

It’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever need to go to these extremes, however. As is the case in most areas where medical marijuana is legal, arrests and prosecutions for cannabis possession are no longer a major priority for German law enforcement. It’s simply too much of a waste of time to focus on arresting people for cannabis possession in an environment in which so many German citizens are using marijuana with the government’s authorization.

German law enforcement is also gradually becoming aware of the existence of CBD flower and this substance’s unique legal status. Therefore, most German cops now know that there’s only a one-in-three chance that instances of Cannabis sativa possession are in violation of the law, and there are plenty of other drug crimes to pursue throughout Germany.

Even though the likelihood of being arrested or prosecuted for CBD flower possession in Germany is incredibly low, it’s still a good idea to proceed with caution. Don’t smoke hemp flower flagrantly in public places, and don’t mockingly wave your CBD joint under a German cop’s nose thinking that you can’t get arrested. Instead, contain your CBD flower use to private areas, and remember that your innocuous use of a non-intoxicating substance could potentially be construed as an illegal act.

The changing face of German cannabis law

Experts and investors fully expect that Germany will become the first European country to legalize recreational marijuana. When this day comes, this nation’s stance on CBD flower will be forced to change dramatically. In almost every case, the legalization of THC-rich marijuana has paved the way toward greater cultural acceptance of CBD, and since Germany is already one of Europe’s most pro-cannabis countries, it’s only a matter of time until this nation brings CBD flower fully into the mainstream.

CBD regulation throughout Europe, however, will need to undergo a significant transformation before the full spectrum of cannabidiol products becomes accepted in Germany and beyond. The EU’s classification of CBD as a novel food poses significant hurdles to manufacturers of CBD tinctures, capsules, edibles, and other forms of orally ingestible products, and it may take some time for the EU to come up with a more allowing stance on CBD products.

Currently, CBD flower in Europe flies under the radar due to the restriction of EU CBD regulations to orally ingestible products. In time, however, this transnational entity may decide to opine on the subject of CBD-rich hemp flower, which could generate conflict between the EU and Germany’s BtMG since this drug enforcement agency has officially confirmed that CBD flower is not a controlled substance.

Regardless of any regulatory confusion that might persist, the force of capital is firmly behind the rapid expansion of the German cannabis market. While limited in scope, Germany’s medical marijuana program has been successful so far, and international investors are keen to expand on this success by bringing cannabis products to a wider segment of the German population. Hemp flower is often overlooked within the global cannabis investment community, but based on the recent surge of interest in CBD flower products in the United States, it wouldn’t be surprising if hemp became a larger part of the conversation as the German cannabis industry takes its next turn.

Should you smoke CBD flower in Germany?

As of 2020, the BfArM has officially stated that CBD-rich hemp flower is not considered to be a controlled substance in Germany as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC and is produced in accordance with the EU’s hemp regulations. In tandem with this development, the German law enforcement community has taken a significantly more lax stance toward cannabis possession enforcement in the wake of Germany’s medical marijuana law. As a result, there isn’t any serious reason you shouldn’t smoke CBD flower in Germany.

In most areas of the world, there remains a chance that a law enforcement official might mistake your hemp bud with marijuana and wrongfully fine or incarcerate you. Germany is one of the most liberal nations when it comes to hemp flower regulation, however, so as long as you use CBD flower discreetly, you shouldn’t hold back in making Deutschland your new hemp flower playground. Just exercise caution when transporting CBD flower into this country, and check for lab tests to make sure that the CBD flower you’re purchasing contains less than 0.2% THC. For more guides like these, visit the Cherrywifarm blog, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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How to recognize high quality CBD flowers. Complete guide.

If you’re new to the world of legal cannabis, our first advice is: don’t always trust labels. The CBD flower itself should speak for its quality.

The good news is that it’s quite easy to learn how to recognize high-quality CBD flowers and to distinguish them from a low-quality product.

You will surely find a lot of online guides based on various physical and chemical characteristics, but insiders will tell you that your most important and precise measuring tool when you are looking for high-quality CBD flowers is your nose.

Aroma

Top-quality legal cannabis is often characterized by a powerful fragrance. So when you are examining your CBD flower, consider that fine quality cannabis flowers should have a distinct and captivating smell that should stand out from other flavors. The strong and rich aroma indicates a high content of terpenes that with some more experience you will be able to identify. Terpenes are produced by a variety of plants and are the primary components of resins and essential oils. It’s the combination of terpenes that gives to a flower or a plant its particular smell and aroma (floral, citrus, fruity, etc.) The pungency of CBD flowers is also directly linked to their potency.

If your storekeeper has different display samples, consider that remaining open to the air the flavor loses its intensity. If possible ask the storekeeper to give the flower a little pinch in order to release some of those terpenes and help you to get a better idea of what the actual smell of your CBD flower is.

So the smell is the first and main evaluation criterion for CBD flowers. The pungent aroma with its different nuances (sweetish, sourish, fruity, citric, floral, etc.) is always a sign of quality.

  • Avoid buds that smell like hay or have no smell at all.

Visual appearance: judge by the appearance!

Color

Another important thing to consider if you are looking for fine-quality legal cannabis is the color.

First quality CBD flowers should be generally green in color, though the shade can range from a lighter green to darker green. Bright, robust coloration generally signals a high-quality product. Top-quality CBD flowers tend to be some combination of green and purple.

purple CBD flowers
Purple color of CBD flowers indicates the TOP quality
  • When the CBD flower on the shelf is brown, red, or yellow, that’s not a great sign. Our advice: avoid purchasing them.

Trichomes

Trichomes contain CBD and THC
Fine CBD flowers are covered with trichomes

If your storekeeper provides magnification devices to inspect the product (alternatively take a picture with your smartphone and zoom it), check out the trichomes on the flower’s surface. The trichomes are a collection of crystalline white hairs that aren’t always immediately visible to the naked eye. To determine the quality of your CBD flower you will have to evaluate whether those small crystals on the plant are intact or machine-trimmed and hacksawed down. In fact, the best quality legal cannabis should be tightly hand-trimmed.

It’s in the trichomes that you will find your THC and CBD. Apart from producing such cannabinoids, which determine the potency and the properties of a flower, trichomes produce the resin. But not only! They are also responsible for the storage of essential oils and terpenes, which have been already mentioned, special compounds that confer to CBD flowers its aroma and flavor.

So if your CBD hemp flowers are densely packed with ripe trichomes and have a “frosty” look, you are almost surely holding in your hands powerful and high-quality marijuana.

The quantity of trichomes is proportional to the quality of legal hemp flowers.

Golden pistils

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Another clear quality mark for legal hemp flowers are colored pistils

It’s common to see quality CBD flowers covered with numerous colored pistils. Orange, brown, or rarer red, pink, and purple tiny hairs represent the maturity of the flower and their presence is a clear signal of a high-quality product and a confirmation of the correct maturation of the plant. This means that the plant comes from the controlled cultivation and the farmer is an expert in his field.

Their abundance does not affect the potency of the flower in any way, they only represent a clear quality mark.

To the touch

Too dry or too wet? Both are low-quality signals. If the CBD flower is too dry it will crumble easily to dust. It should maintain a minimum of consistency and chop easily without pulverizing.

If the hemp flower is too wet it means that it has not been dried properly. The greatest risk of this drying error is the development of mold. The mold is usually easily visible to the naked eye.

Try to break off a small part of the flower. If it feels “sticky” to the touch – that is to say resinous and therefore laden with cannabinoids (THC, CBD) – but still remains slightly crunchy, then you are holding a flower of excellent quality.

CBD flowers structure

Quality cannabis buds should be quite tight, dense, and well-formed. Avoid hemp flowers with “airy” or open structures and visible stems.

The best quality of legal cannabis comes from indoor cultivation. Almost always it excludes the presence of seeds, twigs, and leaves that not only add extra weight to your CBD flowers but are normally synonymous with poor quality.

Price

First-class CBD flowers are priceless and should be considered luxury items like fine wine and best cigars.

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The story of CHERRYWIFARM, our fine quality CBD flower in Europe

What if we found out that to make use of marijuana were the greatest political leaders?

CHERRYWIFARM is a top-quality CBD flower from our legal hemp flower Europe collection and owes its name to the history of American presidents who made use of cannabis to relieve tensions and anxieties common to us mere mortals.

George Washington

george washington and marijuanaIt’s well known that George Washington, first president of the United States of America and the leading figure during the American War of Independence against Great Britain, cultivated hemp at his estate, Mount Vernon. The fibers from hemp held excellent properties for making rope and sail canvas. George Washington not only cultivated hemp for industrial uses, but he was also deeply attracted to its potential in the medical field and used it to relieve his toothache. A far-sighted president for the times in which he lived and a man all “smoke and fire”. Full ahead, George!

Thomas Jefferson

thomas jefferson and marijuanaAnother emblematic and admirable character that made use of hemp was Thomas JeffersonThe founding father of the USA strongly believed that hemp was essential for the commerce and navy. “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country,” Jefferson once reportedly said. That’s because it was used to make rope, sails, and other textiles that were essential for keeping colonial America’s navy afloat.
According to the 1850 U.S. census, there were approximately 8,400 hemp plantations of at least 2000 acres that were used for the production of fibers.
And if even the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper, we suppose there is very little to add!

Barack Obama

barack obama and marijuana

From the past to the present day not much has changed among our presidents who persisted in using marijuana. From the biography of America’s first black president, we find out, that our dear Barack Obama also used to “smoke a joint”, what he openly declared several times. He even stated, on several occasions, that the wide-leaf green substance was less harmful than the regular alcohol consumption. Barry Obama, “the revolutionary” in many ways, you did convince us!

 

John F. Kennedy

john kennedy and marijuanaAnd finally (as if that wasn’t enough) there is documented evidence showing that John F. Kennedy treated various diseases with medical marijuana. According to Kennedy’s medical records, the president suffered Addison’s disease and was frequently assaulted by excruciating back pain. In one of his biographies, an episode of 1862 is often cited, in which Kennedy would have smoked three of the six joints his mistress Mary offered him, to ease the pains that paralyzed him. Ever since medical marijuana has been recognized as a medical device for certain diseases. Who knows how our President laughs and smokes from up there!

Bill Clinton

bill clinton and marijuanaAs the antithesis to Kennedy, Washington, Jefferson and Obama stand Bill Clinton, who categorically refused to answer questions regarding the use of marijuana, saying that “he did not want any kid to experience what he did in the past”.  Had he got something against old colleagues?

 

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3 Health benefits of CBD for Men

CBD is widely used for treating all kinds of ailments but how can it help male health? Let’s take a look below at 3 amazing health benefits of CBD for men.

It May Alleviate Mental Health Problems

Although women are more likely to be diagnosed with common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women, possibly due to the attached stigma of being ‘weak’.

CBD flower for saleThe reality is that men are 3 times more likely to become alcohol independent than women, are more likely to use and die from illegal drugs, and over 75% of suicides committed, are by men.

Our body’s endocannabinoid system is closely involved in the regulation of anxiety and parts of the brain involved with anxiety contain high levels of CB1 receptors. CBD, therefore, has the ability to increase endocannabinoids linked to reducing anxiety and boost serotonin reception thus both regulating mood and social behaviour.

CBD also has the ability to reduce learned fear and the way we process fear memories, so in cases of anxiety where memories could be feeding negative emotions and responses, CBD is incredibly useful.

It Could Boost Your Sex Life

One of the slightly more exciting health benefits of CBD for men is the ability to boost stamina and enhance sensations in the bedroom as well as improving erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction is more common than you might think, and most men won’t seek medical help. But what causes it? Stress and anxiety are thought to be responsible for between 10-20% of erectile dysfunction cases and the remaining percentage are thought to be down to physiological reasons such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and sleep disorders.

CBD can help to improve blood flow to the genitals by dilating the blood vessels around the area as well as treating any inflammation that may be contributing to the problem. It may also help to increase testosterone levels too.

With a whopping 48% of men suffering from one or more side effects when using Viagra, CBD seems like a much safer and healthier option.

It Can Help to Improve Your Prostate Health

There are many conditions that can affect prostate health such as enlarged prostate, prostatitis, and prostate cancer. Although more clinical studies are needed researchers have made some promising findings.

cbd flower for saleAs CBD helps to regulate hormonal health it could help to inhibit the overflow of testosterone production responsible for causing an enlarged prostate, as well as treating any pain and inflammation caused by the condition itself or by UTIs and kidney stones.

The lesser-known prostatitis is a condition caused commonly by a type of bacteria that enters the prostate via the urinary tract but can also be caused by sexually transmitted diseases too. CBD can help to alleviate any inflammation, pain, and discomfort, as well as potentially possessing some anti-bacterial properties that might help to fight prostatitis.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer that men contract. CBD has been found to induce cell death of cancerous cells as well as inhibiting the growth of a tumour by reducing the blood supply. While CBD certainly isn’t a cancer cure it certainly shows some promise in preventing and treating prostate cancer.

Whether you’re looking to boost your energy levels, improve your mood or your sex life, CBD can definitely help.