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Comparing illicit drug use in 19 European cities through sewage analysis

The analysis of sewage for urinary biomarkers of illicit drugs is a promising and complementary approach for estimating the use of these substances in the general population. For the first time, this approach was simultaneously applied in 19 European cities, making it possible to directly compare illicit drug loads in Europe over a 1-week period. An inter-laboratory comparison study was performed to evaluate the analytical performance of the participating laboratories. Raw 24-hour composite…

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2020 CBD Holiday Shopping Survey

The CBD market is one that continues to grow year over year with analysts projecting sales of over $23 billion in the United States by 2025. So far, 2020 has been no exception to the trend of growth with CBD sales increasing in many markets due to stress induced by the pandemic, but what will […]

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CBD holiday shopping statistics

The CBD market is one that continues to grow year over year with analysts projecting sales of over $23 billion in the United States by 2025. So far, 2020 has been no exception to the trend of growth with CBD sales increasing in many markets due to stress induced by the pandemic, but what will the remainder of the year bring? Will industry sales finish off strong with the holiday season fast approaching? What kinds of CBD shopping trends will emerge in the coming months?

The team at Green Wellness Life had these exact questions in mind. So, we decided to conduct our own holiday shopping survey for the CBD industry. We surveyed 100 consumers across the United States who expressed that they will be conducting holiday shopping this year. The results of our survey can be found below.

There Will Be More Of A Focus On Health & Wellness This Year

CBD New Year's Resolutions

Our survey indicated that consumers will place more of an emphasis on shopping with health and wellness in mind this year. That’s a finding that may not be that surprising considering the ongoing pandemic and high levels of stress induced by the election year and an unpredictable economy.

A whopping 87% of consumers indicated that improving their overall health and wellness was a New Year’s resolution for 2021. While 54% of consumers said that their spend on health and wellness products would remain unchanged from last year, 29% plan to spend more on health and wellness products this year compared to 17% who plan to spend less. More consumers plan to spend more than less, which should result in an overall net increase in sales for retailers selling health and wellness products this holiday season.

Just Under Half Of Consumers Will Be Buying CBD Products This Holiday

Buying CBD for the holidays

While a majority of consumers are looking to improve their health and wellness in the coming months, not everyone is looking for CBD products (yet). 49% of consumers surveyed plan to use CBD products during the holiday season. 46% of consumers plan to buy CBD products for themselves and 42% of consumers plan to buy CBD products for others.

The Planned Spend On CBD Products Varies

The largest portion of those planning to buy CBD products this year appear to be shopping for one to two products. 42% plan to spend somewhere between $50 and $100 on CBD products this holiday season. 15% indicated an intent to buy $100 to $200 worth of CBD products. Another 24% plans to spend $200 or more on CBD products this year.

Price & Deals Offered Will Be The Most Important Deciding Factors

CBD deals and prices

Those that are planning to buy CBD products this year indicated that price and deals offered will be the biggest factors they consider when deciding what to purchase. The study found that 31% of those buying CBD products indicated price as the largest deciding factor. The strength of the product was the next largest factor at 28% followed by the perceived credibility of the website or store at 17% and the product’s convenience of use at 12%.

CBD Products Are Showing Up On Holiday Wish Lists

CBD products are showing up on holiday wish lists this year. Our study found that 36% of consumers surveyed have a CBD product on their wish list.

Over Half of All Consumers Would Be Excited to Receive a CBD Product as a Gift

CBD as a holiday gift

While only 36% of consumers have a CBD product on their wish list this year, 55% of consumers stated that they would be excited to receive a CBD product as a gift this holiday season. This is just one more reason for consumers to consider adding CBD products to their holiday shopping list.

Reasons CBD Products Aren’t On Holiday Shopping Lists

unsafe CBD products

There were a few different reasons why CBD products didn’t make it on the shopping list for some consumers this holiday season. Of the consumers that said they weren’t planning on buying any CBD products this year, 53% said they wouldn’t be doing so because they simply aren’t interested in CBD products.

Outside of a lack of interest, 23% are concerned that the products may not be safe, 11% feel the products are too expensive, 9% aren’t sure they work, and 2% are worried the products might be psychoactive.

It would appear that CBD brands still have some educating and reassuring to do for the 23% that are worried about product safety and the 2% that fear the products are psychoactive. Further education on the benefits of CBD products may also spike interest in some of the consumers that said they weren’t interested in CBD products.

More Consumers Could Benefit From CBD Products

While just under half of all consumers expressed intent to purchase CBD products this holiday, almost all of the consumers surveyed could benefit from the use of CBD products. 42% of consumers surveyed admitted to getting holiday depression on an annual basis. As previously mentioned, an overwhelming majority of consumers (87%) noted that improving their health and wellness would be a part of their 2021 New Year’s resolution. Moreover, 86% of consumers expressed intent to buy skincare, haircare, or bath and body products this holiday season. CBD infused products could be beneficial for all of these consumers.

  • For those with holiday depression, studies have found that CBD induces fast and sustained antidepressant-like effects. There are many CBD products on the market that are well-designed for mood improvement.
  • Hemp oil can also be very beneficial for skin, because it is rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids along with vitamin A and vitamin B. CBD oil-infused skin products make for great moisturizers and may even help to combat acne. Those looking for skincare products should certainly consider CBD topical skin products. Those looking for bath products might also find CBD bath bombs and bath salts more enjoyable than their non-CBD counterparts.
  • Last, but not least, CBD holds many potential benefits for improving overall health and wellness. CBD can help to relieve stress, reduce chronic pain, aid the immune system, and more. Starting to regularly use CBD products now could give many consumers a head start on achieving their New Year’s goal of improving their overall wellness.

Thus, while over half of consumers aren’t intending to purchase a CBD product this holiday season, many of those same consumers may actually be looking for a CBD product without knowing it yet. CBD brands looking to increase sales and exposure will need to make the benefits of CBD products clear to the aforementioned groups who could stand to benefit from them.

About Green Wellness Life

Green Wellness Life was founded with the goal of providing as many people as possible with affordable access to natural, safe, and holistic complementary health products. Green Wellness Life specializes in selling CBD products that are independently lab-tested, environmentally sustainable, and backed by research.

We are not doctors. We cannot diagnose or treat any medical conditions, but we can provide you with recommendations on our favorite products and the latest scientific research on CBD. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding CBD or CBD products. You can call (888) 772-7875, press the live chat button, or fill out a contact form to speak with a member of our team.


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Vault Halloweed Guess The Seeds Jumbo Promo

Dankness falls across the land:
For the time of 4:20 is close to hand.

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Vault Halloweed

Dankness falls across the land:
For the time of 4:20 is close to hand.
Creatures crawl in search of bud-o-so-green:
That’s right buddy, it’s Halloween (or Halloweed as we say here in the Vault Towers.)

We have put together dead exciting, yet spooktacular combo of special offers, discounts, free cannabis seeds, and even a promo to ensure your halloweed at The Vault is more treat than trick:

Firstly, we have a freakishly spectacular 13% discount code this year!  Just use discount code ‘Vault13’ to get a freaky 13% off any order you make this week. Shop at The Vault Cannabis Seeds Store for all your discounted cannabis seeds.

If you spend £50 or above as well as our normal freebies you will get yourself a free 5 pack of Super Kush from Phoenix Seeds! (Worth nearly £30).

Super Kush Feminised


This year we are giving away well over 200 seeds with 3 prizes and a spooky bonus prize too.

We’ve teamed up with our friends from Ministry of Cannabis & Exotic Seeds + some of the other seed brands we work closely with to bring you regular promos.

We have 4 prizes up for grabs! ‘Witch’ prize do you think you’d like to win…





To take a peek in the box with a video clip and multiple images head to The Vault Instagram Page

Cannabis Seeds Promo

We will also post images in the thread of the posts so you can see inside the box, as well as the above image.

We just need you to guess what’s in the box to enter! EVERYONE is entered into the draw simply for entering BUT if you guess the correct number of seeds in the bucket from 1 to 39 then you can also win the bonus seeds. In other words, put any number between 1 and 39 to enter…

The Promo is LIVE NOW and will run until bonfire night in the UK, which is the 5th November. All winners will be randomly selected including those that guess the correct number of seeds as there will be more than one person who makes the correct guess.


Ministry of Cannabis – Big Bud XXL


This plant is almost a pure indica strain with a happy effect and it is available only in its female version. It’s the biggest producer of our collection and it can reach this result without compromising quality. The structure of the plant is typical of indica, not very tall, and it performs well both in seas of green or as a bigger individual plant. It grows well outdoor in the right condition (temperate climate only) where its early flowering can be the winning point.

Exotic Seeds – Sir Jack Auto Feminised


This variety, whose parents descended from the famous Jack Herer, retains the main features of its parents, such as the high production and the smell of incense and lemon characteristic of the mother that is selected, as well as an amount of resin comparable to non-auto flowering genetics.

We speak of a genetic that, although auto flowering, reaches a size of 100-120 cm tall, with a genetic structure for similar to light-dependent that we know, than to the auto-flowering hybrids we have grown over the years.

Both taste and effect remind us of this hybrid origins, with a strong burning incense and citrus flavour, and a cerebral effect worthy of its Jack inheritance, it is a variety that is enjoyed at almost any time, although not very appropriate for situations where you have to pay close attention.

Exotic Seeds – Russian Automatic


This is the auto flowering version of one of the most awarded and famous genetics ever, the ‘Ak-47’. In our journey to achieve this hybrid, we first crossed a series of selections of Ak 47, with the auto flowering genetics we usually work with, which brings strength and height to the offspring, resulting in plants with a strong bearing and columnar structure, capable of supporting the weight of the flowers it produces. In this hybrid, we can find specimens that resonate abundantly, with a fruity aroma that sometimes acquires hot air, which we wanted to emphasise during the development of this variety.

Legal Disclaimer: The competition winners will have their prizes sent to them via recorded delivery.  If you win the competition but don’t receive your prize, we cannot resend competition prizes, so you’ll have to raise this with your local delivery service (In the UK, for example, this would be Royal Mail).

Remember: It is illegal to germinate cannabis seeds in many countries including the UK.  It is our duty to inform you of this fact and to urge you to obey all of your local laws to the letter.  The Vault only ever sells or sends out seeds for souvenir, collection or novelty purposes.

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Will Europe THC Limit Increase to 0.3%?

Big day for European hemp farmers and the CBD industry as the allowance of THC in industrial hemp was voted on by Parliament. While still low compared to countries like Switzerland, this Europe THC limit increase would certainly loosen things up. A lot goes on in the world of legal cannabis. Sign-up to our newsletter […]

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Big day for European hemp farmers and the CBD industry as the allowance of THC in industrial hemp was voted on by Parliament. While still low compared to countries like Switzerland, this Europe THC limit increase would certainly loosen things up.

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Hemp farmers in Europe have been pushing for change for quite some time. The .2% THC limit that was instituted many years ago has been making it difficult, and decreasing the amount of strains possible to use. Now, Parliament has voted to increase that maximum to .3%, included in the Common Agricultural Policy reform. But will it actually go through?

Where did .2% come from?

The first time a standard was set for a Europe THC limit in industrial hemp, was in 1984 when it was put at .5%. This was lowered in the 1970’s to .3%. At that time, .3% was the line that separated low-THC hemp (usually high-CBD flowers, but also high-CBG strains exist) and high-THC cannabis. In 1999 this dropped down again to the .2% that its been since, with the original aim being to prevent high-THC marijuana from being grown in low-THC industrial hemp fields. The proposal to increase the THC limit is not new, and has been pushed for quite some time.

thousands of years with plenty of evidence for how, when, and where. Yet it’s mainly treated like this history is meaningless, with paid-for research studies being the bottom line, when often they are not. This inability to learn from history is frustrating, and it becomes all the more obvious how much of an issue it is, when Europe makes arguments about not raising a THC limit to a level it had already functioned perfectly at for years.

It should also be noted that while this vote was made nearly a week ago, that no large publications have covered it all. In fact, the only publications to cover the news are hemp-related.

Why it matters

If a person didn’t know much about cannabis, they might expect that THC could simply be removed at whatever percentage is necessary. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, and different strains of hemp have different amounts of THC. Not only that, CBD often goes up in proportion to THC, meaning that a lot of strains have been counted out since in order to get the level of CBD, it would mean accepting over .2% THC. While raising to .3% doesn’t make it all inclusive, it would make it so that more strains can be grown.

Is it a done deal?

decision does not rely solely on Parliament. The policy for adopting and/or amending legislation in the EU is for three different bodies to approve, or come to some decision. The vote last week was not to pass legislation, but merely to establish the opinion of Parliament on the Common Agricultural Policy reform proposal.

In order for it to actually go into effect, there are two more bodies that have to approve: The Council of the European Union and the European Commission. The three bodies are slated to begin negotiations on the agricultural policy reforms come mid-November. This assuming that issues related to the Coronavirus don’t force postponements.

What are the reforms?

A broad-ranging agricultural policy includes all kinds of laws, however the only ones of concern here, are the ones related to growing hemp. The two amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy of note to cannabis-news followers are these:

  • Amendments 8 & 93 – to raise the current allowable THC amount in industrial hemp from .2% to .3%.
  • Amendment 234 – Allows hemp to be covered by marketing standards for the EU so that products can eventually be graded according to appearance, consistency, characteristics, and restrictions. This includes labeling, packaging, production methods, etc.
2019, the EU amended its Novel Food Catalogue to include extracts of cannabis sativa L. like CBD. Being added to this category means that cannabis extracts are considered to have no demonstrable history of consumption. Looking at history, we know this isn’t actually true at all, but once again, history was ignored in favor of regulation tactics. Though the Novel Food regulation isn’t binding, most countries seem to go by it as a rule, and it could very well be that Europe pressures them to do so (though this is only supposition). Before any product can be placed on the market, it requires a safety assessment under Novel Food regulation (which again, isn’t actually binding).

Prior to 2019, extracts of cannabis in which CBD had higher levels than in the actual plant were considered novel, but nothing else. Cannabis sativa L. could be grown at that time so long as the specific strain was registered in the EU “Common Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural Plant Species”, and with a THC level not above .2%. Essentially, adding cannabis extracts to the Novel Food list made it that much more restrictive to sell CBD products. Though this new update to the Common Agricultural Policy wouldn’t exclude hemp from Novel Food regulation (which is about to be updated again), it would at least ease some of the restrictions that are put on it, and the products that can come out of it. When an industry is so restrictive on so many fronts, any amount of loosening of the rules allows for more general freedom.

The European Industrial Hemp Association is viewing the parliamentary vote as a success, and in a way it is, but it’s not the end of the story. These updates do not have to be approved, or used, if the two other governing bodies decide they’re out of line. In this way, this vote is really just a stepping stone in a much longer process, for which it’s still impossible to know the ending.


It’s hard to tell which way legislation will go. Europe tends to lean more towards loosening restrictions than other locations, but at the same time, goes back on itself constantly. Simply adding cannabis extracts to the Novel Food category was a step backwards, made only 1.5 years ago. It might be hard to imagine Europe not taking up the agricultural recommendations, but nothing says it has to either. So while the European Industrial Hemp Association rejoices, it might be a bit soon. When it comes to cannabis regulation, things don’t tend to make sense…nearly anywhere. So expecting a straight line to legalization, is expecting way too much. Maybe the Europe THC limit really will be raised. And maybe it won’t be. But it’s just too soon to say.

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