Europe’s history and experience with the industrial hemp plant far exceeds that of present-day American farmers and the U.S. hemp industry. Europe has long cultivated hemp for a variety of commonly known industrial uses, such as animal feed, woven textiles fiber, and hurd uses for building materials.
Further, industrial hemp has been legal in Europe prior to and since the days of U.S. prohibition of the plant beginning in the 1930s. Today, an interesting dynamic presents itself.
The 2014 Farm Bill in the United States allowed American technological innovators to consider extracting a variety of cannabinoids. In turn, this quickly brought an array of products to market, fueled by a robust new economy surrounding non-psychoactive cannabinoids. The most prominent one being, of course, CBD.