Look around your home and nearly half (or even more) of the products you see may have been made in China. Now China has jumped into the fray and it is bringing loads of CBD to the market in cosmetics, ingestible oil and other products.
This boom is largely centered in just two of China’s 34 provinces. These provinces are cultivating the plants even if Chinese law is very strict on psychotropic drugs, with death sentences routinely handed out to drug traffickers.
Hanma Investment Group is one of the first companies that secured a license to grow cannabis in Southern China in 2017. The CBD extracted is marketed outside China in balms, oils and sprays.
Hanma Investment Group has a subsidiary that is cultivating industrial hemp on more than 1,600 acres in Yunnan Province.
For thousands of years, hemp and marijuana were widely grown across China for making ropes, fabrics, paper and for medicinal purposes until the People’s Republic of China was founded and clamped down on the plant in 1949.
Hemp was also outlawed in 1985 when China signed the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances despite hemp having just trace amounts of THC.
It is only recently (2010) that China softened its stance and allowed Yunnan province to resume growing hemp for textiles, especially for making uniforms for the People’s Liberation Army.
The exploding interest in CBD around the world has made Yunna Province to add oil extraction to the growing list of products for which hemp is grown. This booming industry has breathed new life into the economy of Yunna since farmers can earn much more from growing hemp ($300 from an acre) when compared to growing other crops, such as rapeseed or flax.
Yunnan Province now has four companies that have, in total, opened more than 36,000 acres of land for hemp cultivation.
The other province which is reaping from hemp is Heilongjiang Province. Other provinces are catching on and plans are underway to license companies to start growing hemp in more regions of China.
The announcements that different companies have started growing hemp have caused such a stir on the stock exchanges that regulators were forced to intervene and stop trading in the shares of those companies.
Chinese companies are also aggressively staking their claim on the U.S. hemp landscape. For example, Hanma Investment Group has acquired a CBD extraction plant in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it has also set its eyes on Canada as well.
The 2018 Farm Act removed hemp from the list of controlled substances and it is now an agricultural commodity like any other within the U.S. The onus is now on U.S. companies to take full advantage of this legal reform so that China doesn’t muscle out local players in the CBD industry. Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) hope that U.S. companies are up to the challenge so that foreign firms don’t dominate the local CBD market.
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