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Top 11 Global Cannabis and Hemp Industry Events of 2020 (And Others To Look Out For)

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Written by Alexandra Hicks
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You may have already seen our list of the top cannabis and hemp industry events in North America, and now we want to help you find the best global convention to fit your needs.

If you’re working with cannabis or hemp, regardless of the specific niche, you definitely want to keep your networking options open. Of course you can use social media to boost your brand, but sometimes, nothing compares to in-person communication.

This is why trade shows, expos, and conventions remain among the top tools for expanding a business. And they’re not just for people who are new to the industry, even established companies and well-known professionals can always benefit from meeting new people and learning about the new CBD products and trends that develop every year.

Below detailed list of the top cannabis, hemp, and CBD events throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. For events in the U.S. and Canada, click here. Please note that the list below is ordered based on date, NOT based on the importance of the event.

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Canna Expo – Athens, Greece – January 10 to 11

This event focuses on all the latest innovations, medical achievements, and newest products in the cannabis industry today. Attendees can get familiarized with both medical and lifestyle/recreational products such as cannabis-infused cosmetics, cocktails, seeds, vaporizers, clothing, and much more. Taking place in the beautiful and historic city of Athens, Greece, there will be a lot to do and see there after the convention ends each day.

Asian Hemp Summit – Kathmandu, Nepal – January 31 to February 1

The Asian Hemp Summit will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, home of Mount Everest. The expo aims to unite anyone with a take in the Asian hemp industry such as politicians, development agencies, private hemp enthusiasts, environmental groups, retailers and consumers. They will look at the development of hemp markets in the following countries: India, Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, Taiwan, Hongkong, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kajakistan, Bhutan, South Korean, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, and Mongolia. If you have time while you’re there, definitely check out some the beautiful natural scenery and friendly culture.

Cannabis Europa – Madrid, Spain – February 10

Cannabis Europa Madrid will bring together 250+ senior decision-makers to address the issues of regulating cannabis in Spain (which is Europe’s largest medical cannabis market) as well as the rest of the continent. This will be the perfect opportunity for Europeans in the cannabis industry to learn about all the most recent developments as well as network and expand their own brands. Cannabis Europa Madrid will be taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel, in the heart of Madrid.

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International Cannabis Business Conference – 3 global events, 2 north American – Dates listed below

ICBC is one of the largest B2B cannabis industry events globally with numerous big-name speakers and opportunities to learn and network. ICBC has 5 events this year in different parts of the world starting with San Francisco from February 6-7. After that, the event will move to Barcelona on March 12, Berlin from April 1-3, Bern from May 13-14, and Vancouver on September 11. You can buy tickets to any one of these events now and save money for being early. Check out their website for details on

Hemp and CBD expo – Birmingham, U.K. – March 2

At the second annual Hemp and CBD Expo, you can expect to be welcomed by a professional atmosphere full of people interested in learning more about the U.K. cannabis industry. The event will be about 80 percent B2B attendees and 20 percent B2C guests. This trade show is dedicated to the hemp and CBD, and there will be exhibitors from every step of the supply chain along the way. Birmingham, an Industrial Revolution-era city is vibrant and full of museums, concert halls, parks, and beautiful canals to complete your visit.

World Cannabis Conference/Spannabis – Barcelona, Spain – March 13 to 15

This year, Spannabis will be held together with the eight installment of the World Cannabis Conferences. Spannabis is a premier hemp and alternative technologies event that has been held in Barcelona since 2004, when the cannabis industry was just barely on the cusp of becoming mainstream. Aside from immersing yourself with cannabis culture at the nation’s largest event, Barcelona is a beautiful coastal city with many recreational offerings for all tourists.  

2020 Cannabis and Hemp Events You Don’t Want To Miss (U.S. and Canada)

Cannatech – Tel Aviv, Israel – March 29 to 30

CannaTech Tel Aviv 2020 will showcase researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, patients and influencers from every part of the industry and from all over the world. CannaTech is widely recognized as the industry’s premier event for education, networking and access to global cannabis capital. Tel Aviv is a wonderful and bustling city located on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Visitors can enjoy themselves at a wide array

Hanfexpo – Vienna – April 24-26

Hanfexpo will be taking place at the famous Marx Halle in Vienna Austria for its second time. The 8,000+ attendees can expect to see 180 exhibitors from all over the world. Topics covered at the event will include cultivation and breeding, products like pipes, vaporizers, cosmetics, clothing and other accessories, healing effects and medical potential, and more. As Austria’s capital city, Vienna is known as an artistic and intellectual mecca.

CannaTrade – Bern, Switzerland – May 15 to 17

CannaTrade was established in 2001 and is the longest-running cannabis business event in in Europe. It’s both B2B and B2C, and attendees can expect to see more than 250 exhibitors from all over the world. In addition to the main event, there will be an exclusive business lounge and the Hemp Food Festival going on at the same time. Taking place in the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland, this is an event you certainly don’t want to miss.

World CBD awards – Paris, France – July 15 to 17

The World CBD Awards Show is a luxury event that aims to recognize the best brands and products in the CBD industry. Think Grammy awards for the CBD industry. This year’s event will take place in the city of lights – Paris, France. It’s a formal, black-tie event so prepare to dress up. Also, you can expect to see some of our CBD Testers team there as well.

Medical Cannabis Forum – Valletta, Malta – November 19 to 21

The Medical Cannabis Forum is known as one of the most important events of the industry. People from the medical, legal, tech, and commercial sectors will be there to exchange knowledge on some of the most pertinent topics impacting the industry. This three-day conference on the beautiful, Mediterranean island of Malta, will focus on legalization, business, regulation, and research.

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Other Events to Look Out For:

  • Future Health – Basel – January 28
  • Future Cannabis Business strategies – London – January 29-30
  • Caribbean hemp growers conference & expo – San Juan – February 2-4 (U.S. outlying territory)
  • Medical cannabis conference – Lisbon – February 12-13
  • Vape and CBD Expo – Medellin – February 22-23
  • Asian cannabis and hemp investment symposium – Hong Long – Februray 22-23
  • Hemp and CBD Expo – Birmingham – March 2
  • Europe Canna Expo – Dublin – March 3-4
  • Australia Medical Cannabis Conference – Melborne – March 23-24
  • 420Hemp Fest – Milano – April 3-5
  • Canna Mexico World summit – San Critobal – April 23-24
  • Hempsfair – Frankfurt – April 25-26
  • The CBD Show – London – may 1 to 3
  • Cannabis business France – Paris – may 3-5
  • ExpoCannaBiz Business Conference and Expo – Cartagena – May 10-11
  • Europe Canna Expo – London – June 26-27
  • Cannabis Business Poland – Warsaw – July 1-2
  • Hanfexpo Autumn Edition – Austria – September 24-26
  • Europe Canna Expo – Zagreb – October 15-16

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About the author

Alexandra Hicks

Alexandra is the managing editor at CBD Testers. She has always been interested in alternative and natural remedies, and the versatility of cannabis as a healing plant is something that greatly appeals to her. It's for this reason that she decided to work as a cannabis industry journalist and editor, to help spread accurate information about the benefits of this plant.

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