Every March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day, a 24-hour period dedicated to lifting up the females we know—and the ones we don’t—in the continuous fight toward equality. From nonprofits that work tirelessly to end gender discrimination to ones that lead the charge on world-wide maternal health, there is always work to be done, both stateside and globally. It’s a time for all individuals and companies to take a pause, reflect—and think progressively.
As we look ahead to the future here at Molly Jones, we aim to empower a new generation of mothers to take much-needed (and well-deserved) time for self-care. There’s nothing quite like the journey of parenthood—as it turns everything in your life upside-down and inside-out—and we all need a little somethin’ somethin’ to take the edge off. CBD products are a helpful way to release tension, unwind and detox once the baby’s fallen asleep or the toddler has given up their tantrum of the day (or hour).
And while the United States has gradually started to approve these blends, other countries have been using this gem from Mother Nature for years. From the rainforests and shores of Colombia to the winding, buzzing cities in Germany, here’s how CBD is perceived across the globe. Perhaps as we unite more communities of strong mothers together, we can work to break the stigma attached to this all-natural, totally-normal stress reliever:
When you walk along the vibrant, colorful streets of Medellin, the capital of Colombia’s Antioquia province, you’ll be mesmerized by colorful murals. It’s home to the infamous Comuna 13, once the most dangerous part of the country. Over time, it’s transformed into a mecca for artists and travelers, providing gorgeous views of the city below—and celebrating the progress Colombia has made in the fight against crime, poverty and cartels. Pay attention to your feet as you stumble through these vibrant laneways and hills, and you may notice a familiar plant growing wild and free.
This country has a very open attitude about cannabis, and you’ll see the leaves nearly everywhere you go. They even made history in summer of 2016, by implementing the 1787 bill into law, allowing access to medical cannabis for patients who may benefit from the therapeutic properties. The lawmakers also ensured manufacturers are able to cultivate, extract and create the products, as well as sell them to other companies. This has created a marketplace that’s put Colombia on the map in a positive way. In an interview with NPR, Rodrigo Arcila Gomez, the president of the Colombian Cannabis Industry Association explained their growth: “Colombia can produce cannabis products at lower prices than competitors due to affordable land, relatively low wages and an abundance of skilled farm hands who cut their teeth in Colombia’s booming flower business.”
As a nation, it is a mass producer of legal cannabis, exporting products to various lands across the world. Today, CBD oils are in high demand but they come with some risks, since technically only the country can sell them to customers. It is still illegal to say, buy it off the street, even though that definitely happens. More to the point though: use of CBD and cannabis plants is welcomed by communities, and not discriminated against. It’s perceived as a natural substance, and thus, a healthy part of any wellness routine—even one for mothers.
Most people aim to experience the chaotic and character-filled adventures that is Carnival in Rio De Janeiro. But this South American country is known for more than it’s partying. It’s also home to rainforests essential to our ecosystem and it features a dynamic and diverse population that continues to compete at the world level in entrepreneurism and advancement. As a mostly Portuguese-speaking nation, Brazil does carry some of those laid-back vibes from Portugal, especially when it comes to CBD.
Technically speaking, industrial hemp and its derivatives are prohibited, but CBD has been legal since 2015, following the authorization from the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency. Also known as Anvisa, they argued the compound is beneficial for therapeutic use. Most CBD-based goods are imported into the country, typically from Europe and the United States. Recreational use of marijuana is still a crime in Brazil, especially since the current president is adamantly against adults using weed as a recreation.
As the demand for CBD grows in this nation, and more men and women rave about its use, Brazil is a country to watch. The president has hinted he’s open to legalizing the production and use of medical cannabis, which would open a new marketplace.
Germany and Denmark
In Europe alone, the Brightfield Group estimates the CBD sector will grow more than 400 percent over the next four years. A hot spot that’s drawing in crowds is the country of Germany, nestled next to Scandinavia. There’s more to this country than Oktoberfest—and some of the trendier cities like Berlin are out to prove it. As a mecca for digital nomads who want to live outside of their home countries, more and more people have settled roots in this German town. Here, the CBD market is booming, since Germany does allow the sale of hemp oil to be used in personal care, cosmetic and other products. This has been the case since the government included the cannabis plant under the Narcotic Laws of Europe, putting certain regulations on what they can sell—and what they can’t. It’s very similar to what some states choose in America, ensuring it doesn’t include enough THC to give the ‘high’ feeling, but works to soothe symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Another country that has an open attitude about CBD and cannabis is Denmark. Their capital of Copenhagen is notorious for housing the best restaurants in the world, but also offering a rare glimpse into a modern-day hippie-like community. Freetown Christiania, right in the heart of a city, is a space where rules don’t exactly apply. You’ll see marijuana being sold from street vendors in all forms—brownies, plants, vapes, you name it. With no cameras allowed and many co-living set-ups available, it’s definitely a site to experience. However, the country itself has decriminalized CBD oil, and allows the sale of various products and supplements. Since this nation is founded on family values and a healthy work/life balance for both sexes, it’s not uncommon for moms to use these products during their nearly six-month long maternity leave.
Perceptions of CBD, cannabis and hemp are shifting throughout the United States and globally. We’re proud to be among the league of female entrepreneurs (and moms) who are paving the way for all women (and men, for that matter) to have access to the oils and products they need to live a happy and balanced life. We look forward to a day when it’s all decriminalized, all around the world. After all, mamas everywhere need a little zen, now-and-then, right?