The first-ever Europe CBD Expo took place in London last month. The event drew hundreds of speakers, exhibiters, press (Including CBDTopReviews), and other CBD professionals to learn about the future of CBD in the UK and Europe.
The event, which drew thousands of attendees, lasted from July 12 to July 13. The event featured 4000 square meters of exhibitions across the breadth of the CBD industry. The event was targeted towards both consumers and industry professionals.
Europe’s CBD Expo
The event, located at London’s ExCel event center, was a who’s who of the European CBD industry. The two-day event included international press, policy makers, nearly 80 exhibitors, 30 speakers, panels and workshops. It was the first event of its kind, bridging the gap between businesses and consumers in the CBD market.
The event was geared toward multiple audiences. First, it targeted aspiring CBD business owners. The event’s organizers stated their goals were to help attendees “create their own products… better their [existing] businesses,” and learn about the manufacture and distribution of CBD products.
The expo also targeted potential CBD investors. Speakers for investors focused on teaching them how to legally diversify their portfolio into CBD companies and how to get the best returns on their investments.
Finally, the expo aimed its sights at consumers. The CBD industry is still extremely young. As a result, there’s plenty of misinformation about CBD out there. Events and speakers targeting consumers aimed to help them get a better understanding of CBD products and the CBD industry as a whole. Specific topics included dosing, side effects, and how to differentiate legitimate suppliers from others.
One of the event’s main draws was its “influencer lounge,” an area where attendees could rub elbows with more than 100 important members of the CBD industry and social media influencers. The expo’s presenters clearly planned the event with an emphasis on professional networking in mind.
Attendees at the influencer lounge also received a promotional grab-bag with more than €250 of CBD products. In addition, the lounge featured exclusive seminars and workshops that the event’s planners streamed live on the internet.
The lounge is a testament to the importance of new media in the CBD industry. It demonstrated the crucially important role social media has in the acceptance of CBD in Europe and around the world.
The event also featured numerous amenities to make things easy for attendees. For example, these amenities included 22 on-site restaurants, 8 hotels, and more than 3,700 parking spaces for attendees.
Tickets for the event ranged from €40 for basic single-day access to €100 VIP packages.
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Speakers and Exhibitors
The event featured 30 speakers, including doctors, business people, and researchers. Some of the event’s top speakers included:
Keynote speaker Dr. Zeid Mohamedali, chief medical officer for Canadian cannabis company Zenabis. A surgeon from Canada with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Mohamedali spoke about the future applications of CBD for medical care. He spoke about his background dealing with patients suffering from chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, gastrointestinal diseases, and other ailments. Dr. Mohamedali is currently researching CBD as a treatment for migraines, pelvic pain, and as a substitute for other drugs.
Tim Phillips, managing director for Barcelona-based CBD market research firm CBD-Intel. An Oxford geologist and qualified lawyer from the Law College of London, Mr. Phillips spoke about topics like regulatory rules and tracking CBD and cannabis products. In addition, he spoke about ways to apply intelligence and market research to benefit the European CBD market.
Dr. Dani Gordon, a wunderkind from Canada. She works in Canada, where she has treated more than 2,500 patients suffering from neurological issues and chronic pain. In 2018, she moved to London to train the UK’s first batch of CBD and cannabis doctors. She helped set up many of the UK’s first cannabis medicine clinics. In addition, Dr. Gordon is a prolific writer and has written articles for the BCC, Forbes, and The Guardian.
The first-ever European CBD Expo proved to be a success. The event drew thousands of attendees from across a variety of industries. In addition, it helped bridge the gap between CBD businesspeople and consumers. These events are helping to plot a course for CBD in the future and legitimize the compound in the eyes of the public. Hopefully next year’s event will be even bigger!
On a personal note, we had a blast in the 2 days of the Expo. There were some very intresting companies, exhibiting a wide areay of CBD products, some new, some familiar. But as a whole, we predict EU to be a leader in the CBD industry, along companies like Mary Jane.
If you’d like to learn more about CBD and CBD products, check out our CBD buyer’s guide here for more info.