The inaugural World CBD Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony took place last night at the Pullman Barcelona and closed on a high. Winners were announced in several categories that shape the industry and the best of the best companies were recognised.
The theme was ‘We can do better' and the audience in the room were focused on how to educate not only the end-user but people working within the industry. The emphasis moving forward will be on how stakeholders can band together as an industry to ensure the products that survive on the market are the best products with the most ethical sources. The question posed to the audience on the day was clear – Is your CBD understood and good enough?
The award winners of the night include:
Best clinically proven brand: Hemptouch
A Slovenian brand guided by the principles of sustainability and ethical procedures at each step of production. They cover all aspects of skin concerns – dry skin, acne-prone, oily skin and deliver bespoke CBD/hemp oils, sprays, balms and creams. Their philosophy – Nature is the best medicine.
Product Safety Award: Mile High Labs
Best Social Media Campaign: @milehighlabs – Setting the standard for CBD ingredient manufacturing and scientific advances and regarded as industry leaders. They have a collective vision for the longevity of the industry.
Most Charitable Company: Warfighter Hemp in Kentucky- Giving back 50% of product sales to veteran charities, this company has a conscious. Based in Boulder, Colorado, they manufacture CBD products from industrial hemp and support customers with chronic pain.
Industry Recognition Award: Canateq Holdings – An interesting company that are next-generation, next-level innovative. Their focus is on infusion technology for the cannabis space. Cannabis infusion for the functional beverage market. Amplifying a product's performance by adding nutritional value is the goal.
Best Tincture: @relyf – Based in Birmingham, Alabama this company prides itself on being an educational health brand. This tincture is a premium product made with 99% CBD and MCT oil with 30 servings. Organic. Lab-tested. Natural, unadulterated.
CBD Innovation Award: GrowthCell – GrowthCell infuses nutraceuticals to increase the bioavailability of nutrients from supplements. A major hurdle that faces CBD is 100% absorption of CBD without any trace of THC. With GrowthCell, CBD can now find its way to the right areas of the body for maximum efficiency.
Most Loved Brand: Quantum Biomed Farms – An Irish company that grows, processes and packages a variety of CBD based products and infusions. What is not to love!?
Best Cream/Balm: Natures Root
International hemp and CBD organic manufacturer in Colorado -creating skincare products with health and well-being at is core.
Best Vape: Happease – From Prague in the Czech republic user-friendly vapes – their main motivation is to bring happiness!
Best CBD Flower: Cbd420- Rich in CBD and low in THC this French company offer small exclusive flowers from limited editions, with interesting attributes, curate and tailor it to your taste then order for you. Bespoke. Novel.
Best Edible Product: Relyf –
The World CBD Awards is not just an awards ceremony. The event itinerary was packed to the brim with influential speakers and thought-provoking debate.
The whole event was the perfect opportunity for attendees interested in picking the finest minds in understanding how to grow a CBD or hemp-based business, to network, make connections, learn and grow. The gala event afforded delegates a window to unwind and soak up the excitement for the ever-evolving industry. Attendees were full of praise for the event, and next year’s planning is already in the works. Destination – Las Vegas.
It will be interesting to see how far the sector will have progressed by then with the anticipated growth across the industry, along with improvement in standards, compliance and cannabis regulations. Delegates and attendees shared the hope that the world CBD industry continues to show itself to be ethical and innovative. Companies should always strive to do better.