The increase in imports of medical cannabis to Germany by 80% in the first half of 2021 comparing to the first half of 2020 proves that the increase in demand for medical cannabis products has soared. The global market for medical cannabis is constantly growing as more and more countries cultivate, import and export medical cannabis products.
In Germany, of the planned domestic cultivation of 2,600 kilos per year, only 50 kilos were cultivated in the first half of the year. According to data from the Federal Ministry of Health, in the first half of 2021, almost nine tons of medical cannabis flowers were imported to Germany, while in the first half of 2020, five tons were imported. In addition, 980kg of dried cannabis flowers were imported in the first half of 2021, which were required for the production of the extracts. In the same period of the previous year the amount was 820kg. This corresponds to an increase of 19.5%.
At the same time, data from the Federal Ministry of Health provide information on the countries that supply Germany with medical cannabis products. At the top is Canada, followed by European countries that have successfully managed the market access challenges resulting from the EU-GMP framework. It is surprising that medical cannabis from over 17 countries was imported into Germany and 9 of them are European ones. This means that more and more countries around the world realize the great economic importance of growing medical cannabis.
The huge increase in demand in the first half of 2021 is due to the increase in patients to more than 130,000 who participate in a state health insurance program. German’s Cannabis Agency has set an annual upper limit for domestic cultivation of 3.9 tons, while demand is much higher. Therefore, Germany will continue to import large quantities in the following years.
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