Hong Kong’s CBD Industry Faces Wipeout As Government Ban Looms

In June Hong Kong unveiled a draft bill to ban CBD

Like most people in Hong Kong, Cheryl found herself spending a lot of time in a tiny apartment when COVID-19 first struck the city in early 2020.

Before long, the 23-year-old media worker felt overwhelmed with anxiety and depression.

“I didn’t have in-person classes at the time, and it was easy to have anxious thoughts when you stayed at home a lot,” Cheryl, who asked to be referred to by her first name only, told Al Jazeera.

After learning about cannabidiol (CBD) during a research project at university, Cheryl ordered a tincture at an online store that sells products with touted health benefits including reduced anxiety and stress.

“I started using CBD tincture,” she said. “My thoughts were like waves crashing over me, but it suddenly calmed down.”

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