Introducing natural active ingredients in medicine and cosmetics helps to avoid side effects and opens up novel treatments options for diseases and health problems. Beyond that green medicine and cosmetics often have an improved environmental profile compared to conventional pharmaceuticals.
Hemp contains more than 100 different cannabinoids, of which cannabidiol is one of them. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychotrophic cannabinoid which is under development for the treatment of intractable epilepsy of children. CBD can be found in the whole hemp plant, but also in promising concentrations in the threshing residues. To maximize the use of the multipurpose crop hemp, the CBD extraction from hemp threshing residues is demonstrated in the GRACE project. The world market for CBD is currently quite small and can be considered as niche market. However, further applications of CBD in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are foreseen, even if not yet approved.