Hemp-Based Wellness Goes Mainstre

Want to know why hemp CBD has earned strong sales growth in the natural health and wellness sector? These five big reasons explain it…

Hemp is hot – and it’s soaring popularity impacts multiple retail markets. No longer associated with Cheech and Chong or excessive use of the word ‘dude,’ hemp-based products earned $170 million in sales last year, according to market research firm Brightfield Group.1

The U.S. is the largest consumer market for hemp products worldwide, and the market for hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) is on track to reach an astonishing $1 billion by 2020, representing a 55% compound annual growth rate.23

CBD made from hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient associated with marijuana. Often called hemp oil, hemp CBD is now sold in most states and online, making it more accessible than marijuana-derived CBD.4

Hemp CBD market overview
Understandably, demand for hemp CBD products is strongest in states where marijuana is difficult to buy, mostly in the Midwest.5 In terms of distribution channels, Brightfield reports 65% of sales come through e-commerce websites, followed by smoke shops (18%) and dispensaries (9%), as well as health stores and doctor’s offices.

The top five online brands are CW Hemp, PlusCBD Oil, HempMeds (RHSO), Elixinol and CannazALL.6 Among CBD Hemp makers, only three are publicly traded companies with sales of $100,000 or more: CV Sciences, Medical Marijuana, and Laguna Blends.7 This means small and medium players across the U.S. are fueling the market’s massive growth.

5 reasons hemp CBD is so hot
Want to know why hemp CBD has earned strong sales growth in the natural health and wellness sector? These five big reasons explain it:

  1. Versatility
    Hemp products are available in the form of balms, capsules, and drops across diverse product categories such as nutritional supplements, skin care products, beverages, foods, recreational and medicinal uses.8Hemp seeds can be pressed and made into hemp oil to make such items as cleaning products, body care products, building materials, health food, textiles, and plastics.9 Supermarkets have increased their offerings of plant-based milks, including hemp varieties.10
  2. Therapeutic value
    Consumers increasingly turn to hemp CBD products help to solve common health care conditions. For instance, hemp CBD items are used to improve skin health, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote weight loss, digestion and joint pain relief, among other health conditions.11 Among the food and beverage categories, hemp seeds are considered the most nutritious seeds in the world, used for thousands of years as an edible source of fiber.12
  3. Millennial demand
    Boston Consulting Group found 10% of Millennials are cause-driven, environmentally-minded consumers who love hemp-based, recycled, eco-friendly products.13 This generation also greatly values health and wellness. Millennials particularly crave healthy, fresh, on-the-go foods that are convenient – including prepared hemp seed salads. As such, hemp is being marketed to Millennials as a nutrient-rich superfood, as it is high in omega 3 and antioxidants.14
  4. Mainstream appeal
    Several retail giants sell hemp CBD products, adding to the booming industry. Hemp-based clothing and other textiles are readily accessible through companies like Patagonia and REI, plus smaller suppliers.15Walmart.com offers multiple lines of CBD products. However, rather than sell CBD products directly, Walmart uses their website as a third-party seller, meaning the retail giant assumes no legal liability. Amazon is also a third-party provider of CBD products.16Although hemp products are legal, certain retailers distance themselves from these items to mitigate risk to their brand and avoid liability. For instance, although Target advertised four hemp supplement products on their website, the company promptly removed them following media attention.17 While sales of cannabis-derived products could be allowed under certain state-based marijuana programs, selling such products across state lines is illegal. That said, Target sells other hemp-derived food and beauty products, including hemp-seed hearts and hemp-based milk, soaps and shampoos.18
  5. Legislative changes
    While hemp CBD is legal as long as it’s under 0.3% THC content, Americans also demonstrate changing attitudes toward the legalization of recreational marijuana in California and Nevada, which contributes to hemp CBD’s popularity. To date, 31 states have passed legislation that allows hemp farming in line with the 2014 Farm Bill.19 Currently, only 15 states allow CBD, in addition to the 28 states plus Washington DC, which have legalized medical marijuana, Forbes reports.20

Hemp CBD is emerging as a powerful retail trend, impacting grocery, pharmacy, apparel and health and beauty, among other categories. To gain a competitive advantage, retailers and suppliers can educate consumers by emphasizing the wide range of health, wellness and therapeutic applications hemp CBD products offer. Retail companies must also stay up-to-date with evolving political, competitive and consumer trends to stand out and sell in this thriving market.

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20. CBD and Hemp Sales Projected to Remain Strong. The New York Times. October 4, 2017.

Legal Pot Sales Will Hit $10 Billion This Year

North American cannabis sales have once again managed to shatter expectations, with legal pot sales set to hit $10 billion this year

It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is a lucrative one, but it appears we may have underestimated just exactly how lucrative it might be.

While plenty of experts expected the industry to see rapid growth in North America, no one could have predicted the extent to which it’s happening right now.

Record-Breaking Highs

According to a report from Arcview Market Research, retail cannabis sales are set to increase 33 percent from 2016’s figures and hit the $10 billion mark in 2017.

Additionally, researchers believe 2018’s number will increase by an even higher percentage, due to the pending legalization of recreational pot in several prominent areas.

“Aside from cryptocurrency, there is simply no other industry changing as rapidly or as unevenly as the cannabis sector,” said Troy Dayton, CEO of The Arcview Group.

Canada, for example, is set to legalize recreational pot on July 1, 2018. It will become the second country to ever do so after Uraguay did so back in 2013. Canada will, however, own the distinction of being the largest (and most prominent) country to federally legalize the plant.

Nevada, who legalized recreational weed this past July, saw $27 million in sales during its first month of retail. Due to its early success, the state is now expected to expand the industry by introducing cannabis tourism, something that is, by and large, expected to exponentially increase its profits.

But perhaps the biggest contributing factor to another exponential increase is California’s recreational weed market, which will debut in just under a month on January 1.

As it stands, California’s medical marijuana industry (which has now existed for over two decades), is as big as the markets in Colorado, Oregon and Washington… combined. The introduction of recreational pot is poised to drive the market to new highs.

Final Hit: Legal Pot Sales Will Hit $10 Billion This Year

Currently, Arcview projects the legal cannabis market to reach sales of $24.5 billion by 2021. However, this number remains simply an educated guess, as the same experts could not predict the $10 billion figure we are seeing today.

Growth in the burgeoning marijuana market remains exclusively dependent upon states changing their own laws regarding the plant. If certain states like New Jersey, which is currently in discussions to legalize the plant, manage to do so successfully, there’s no telling just how high the market could rise.

And if it ever becomes legal on a federal scale, those original projections would be shattered. Although at this point, that doesn’t seem likely by 2021.

Regardless, what’s happening now is a step in the right direction.

To read more visit: https://greenrushdaily.com/legal-pot-sales-will-hit-10-billion-year/

Why The Green Rush Means A New High In Real Estate Markets

What exactly is causing this new high in real estate markets? As it turns out, cannabis legalization is beneficial to a wide variety of businesses.

Is cannabis legalization causing a new high in real estate markets? Experts in the field seem to think so. Images of people relocating to other states in search of better access to the medicine they need may come to mind. But it’s not just people looking to consume legal weed who are causing a new high in real estate markets. It’s the people who are looking to grow it.

Follow The Green

Now that more states are starting to get in on the Green Rush, more business owners and growers are making their love of the plant public. Marijuana industry hopefuls find themselves making what might be the most important decisions of their lives. Or at least, of their career aspirations. They are considering the possibility of completely uprooting their lives to follow the green. Literally.

Real estate agents and other professionals in the field have noticed a recent boom in the demand for suitable spaces for those in the legal cannabis industry. While it would be understandable to think that the spaces in demand are storefronts, this is not actually the case.

Those working in the property and real estate realm say that the majority of people moving to states with legalized cannabis are looking for appropriate buildings to grow their plants.

The Grass Is Always Greener

So why is the demand for space overwhelmingly for growing, rather than selling?

Part of the reason may be due to the amount of red tape involved in opening and operating a dispensary. The process for obtaining a permit or a license to legally sell cannabis varies state by state. It gets even more specific on a micro level. Different towns, cities and municipalities have their own local ordinances regarding the legal marijuana industry.

Because of this, and because of the increasing need for plants and products, many are choosing to get their hands dirty and sink their nails into the cultivation side of things. And while growing cannabis outdoors is less expensive than indoor grow operations, those in the know are choosing to bring their plants inside.

Although the allure of a less expensive grow operation is strong, the factors working against that option is stronger. A successful outdoor grow is dependent on consistent climate, including ideal levels of humidity, sunshine and rainfall. It’s hard enough to accomplish that, but then you also have to consider things like plant-ruining pests and environmental catastrophes like wildfires.

Cultivating cannabis indoors makes it easier for growers to control all of these variables. This control makes indoor growing, although more expensive, appealing to those in the industry. And so, growers are renting out large, industrial spaces. Once they secure their venue, they’re able to customize it to their liking and tailor it to their specific needs.

Final Hit: Why The Green Rush Means A New High In Real Estate Markets

In true “rush” fashion, nearly every industry is affected by the spreading legalization of cannabis.

While some are finding relief in getting easier legal access to the herb, others are taking advantage of the new business opportunities legalization presents. For growers, this means that they can openly rent spaces to cultivate their plants, which in turn is causing a new high in real estate markets. If nothing else, the evidence is clear and compelling: cannabis legalization stimulates all areas of the economy.

To read more visit: https://hightimes.com/news/green-rush-means-new-high-real-estate-markets/

The U.s.

A book on federal and state marijuana laws next to a judge However, marijuana stocks can still be dangerous At the same time, there are also a laundry list of reasons to stay far, far away from pot stocks. For example, marijuana is still an illicit substance throughout much of North America. The U.S. federal government views it as having no medical benefits, and it’s therefore wholly illegal. This United States’ Schedule I categorization of marijuana comes with a number of inherent disadvantages for U.S. businesses and pot stocks. To begin with, researching cannabis for medical purposes is exceptionally difficult because of its Schedule I status. Also, pot-based businesses are unable to take normal corporate income-tax deductions since they’re selling a federally illegal substance. Finally, banks want little to do with marijuana companies, leaving many cannabis companies to deal solely with cash, which is Green Rush a major security concern and a growth inhibitor.

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Hartford, Conn.

Connecticut Poll Shows 71 Percent Support for Making Marijuana Legal Residents want to regulate and tax marijuana to help ease state and local budget issues. HARTFORD, Conn. — A new poll by Sacred Heart University shows that 71 percent of Connecticut residents support legalizing and taxing marijuana. The poll was conducted on October 3-12 and surveyed 1,000 Connecticut residents from around the state. This level of support marks a significant increase since the last poll in 2015, which showed 63 percent approval Marijuana Stocks for making marijuana legal for adults, according to a press release. The poll was conducted specifically in the context of the state’s ongoing budget crisis, and the proposal to help fix this issue by regulating and taxing marijuana was the most popular solution. 60 percent of respondents said that the state budget should be fixed by “creating new sources of tax revenue,” while under 33 percent supported cutting services, and a mere 15 percent supported raising existing taxes. “An overwhelming majority of Connecticut residents support regulating and taxing marijuana,” said Sam Tracy, director of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana . “Elected officials should listen to their constituents and legalize marijuana in Connecticut, rather than continue to ignore this source of new jobs, new tax revenue, and improved public health.

To read more visit http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/connecticut-poll-shows-71-percent-support-for-making-marijuana-legal/

Nevada Marijuana Sales Beat Projections by $5 Million a Month

By Rick Schettino
NOV 21, 2017

The state of Nevada had projected that its new recreational cannabis market would yield $50 million in additional tax revenue during its first 12 months. They’re on pace to beat that number handily.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal runs the numbers from the Nevada Department of Taxation to find that far more legal cannabis is being sold — and taxed — than the state had anticipated. For the month of September, Nevada dispensaries beat the state’s sales projections by more than $5 million, netting $27 million in sales for the month.

Recreational cannabis became legal in Nevada on July 1, 2017.

July and August also beat projections, with the month of August seeing $33 million in cannabis sales, and July pulling $27.7 million.

Nevada essentially taxes cannabis three times, with a 15% excise tax on wholesale transactions, the standard 8.1% Nevada sales tax, and an additional 10% cannabis retail sales excise tax.

Patients who buy cannabis in Nevada with a medical ID card are not subject to the 10% excise tax.

The taxes collected cover the local government’s cost of regulating the industry, with the remaining funds going to the state’s public education fund.

At the current pace, recreational-use cannabis sales will total more than $350 million in Nevada’s first year in the market.

To read more visit: https://www.potnetwork.com/news/nevada-marijuana-sales-beat-projections-5-million-month

California Issues Commercial Regulations For Cannabis Businesses

By Rick Schettino
NOV 21, 2017

In anticipation of the January 1st “green rush” bonanza of California officially adopting adult recreational use of marijuana, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control has issued 278 pages of rules and regulations governing its sale. In a November 16 release, the bureau announced its guidelines that will combine medicinal sales and recreational sales under one regulatory framework.

These guidelines are just an interim, emergency first set of rules for businesses who intend to begin operation on January 1, 2018. Licenses that any business receives will only be valid for 120 days, in hopes of a permanent framework being prepared in the early months of 2018.

“Now, it’s going to go from the gray areas to the very black and white,” San Diego attorney Michael Cindrich told KUSA. “If you have a state license, you’re legal. If you don’t have a state license, you’re illegal.”

Notably, dispensaries are required to be located at least 600 feet from a school under the new rules. Dispensaries cannot remain open past 10 p.m. and must have 24-hour video surveillance.

The regulations have consumer ramifications as well. Serving sizes cannot exceed more than 10 mg of THC, and products cannot be manufactured in the shape of animals, fruits, or other shapes that might appeal to children.

The big snag is the requirement that dispensaries receive a legal permit from local authorities before they can apply for a state permit. Most localities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, will not have their permit process in place by January 1.

The California cannabis market is currently valued at about $7 billion.

To read more visit: https://www.potnetwork.com/news/california-issues-commercial-regulations-cannabis-businesses

New Research Suggests Cannabis Could Help Heart Failure Patients

Doctors expected that cannabis use would pose a risk for heart failure patients, but found that the opposite was true. They also found that cannabis users were less likely to die in the hospital.

A research team has made the discovery that cannabis may have benefits for those suffering from heart problems. At a recent meeting of the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, Dr. Oluwole Adegbala, medical resident at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, presented the findings of an unpublished study on the link between cannabis use and heart failure. Previous research has suggested links between cannabis use and heart problems, and the research team fully expected to find evidence supporting claims that cannabis users were at greater risk of heart-related health problems.

Instead, the team was “surprised” to find that cannabis users were less likely to experience atrial fibrillation (A-fib), an irregularity of the heartbeat that can worsen the symptoms of heart failure, compared to non-users. Dr. Adegbala and his colleagues analyzed a database of over 6 million patients suffering from heart failure who were admitted to the hospital between 2007 and 2014. Around 23,000 of these patients reportedly used cannabis but were not considered dependent on the drug, and another 1,200 patients were considered dependent cannabis users, LiveScience reports.

The research team found that the non-dependent cannabis users were 18% less likely than non-users to experience A-fib, and were also 46% less likely to die in the hospital. The dependent cannabis users were 31% less likely to develop A-fib and 58% less likely to die in the hospital than non-users. Researchers adjusted their data to account for age, socioeconomic status, and use of other drugs, and discovered that their findings were still solid.

Dr. Adegbala told LiveScience that his team was not able to identify the exact reasons why cannabis might decrease the risk of A-fib or mortality for heart failure patients. Previous research in animals has found that high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, two risk factors for A-fib, can be reduced by activating cannabinoid receptors. Dr. Adegbala also noted that cannabidiol can reduce inflammation, which is another risk factor for A-fib. Despite their positive findings, the research team does not recommend that heart failure patients begin using cannabis as a treatment until further research can be conducted to support or refute the findings of this study.

To read more visit: https://merryjane.com/news/new-research-suggests-cannabis-could-help-heart-failure-patients

Is A Holding Company That’s Invested In More Than A Half-dozen Cannabidiol (cbd)-product Companies For The Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Cosmeceutical, Or Industrial Hemp Industries.

Rolling dice that read "buy" or "sell" on top of a digital stock chart. ( NASDAQOTH:MJNA ). While GW Pharmaceuticals currently holds the title of being the largest pot stock by a mile, Medical Marijuana, Inc. holds the distinction of being the first publicly listed marijuana stock. Unlike most marijuana stocks that tend to focus on developing a handful of products or a small portfolio of cannabinoid-based drugs, Medical Marijuana, Inc. is a holding company that’s invested in more than a half-dozen cannabidiol (CBD)-product companies for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, or industrial hemp industries. The company’s eight listed subsidiaries and investments include: HempMeds, which offers marketing and sales of CBD-based products in the U.S.; Kannaway, which specializes in hemp-based botanical products; KannaLife Sciences, which is a cannabinoid-based drug developer; Axim Biotechnologies, which is also a developer of cannabinoid-based medicines; MPS International, a security consultation service for the weed industry; Wellness Managed Services, which provides support services to the pot industry. The most obvious reason marijuana stock investors are Green Rush likely excited about a company like Medical Marijuana, Inc. is its portfolio diversity. Its complete ownership of HempMeds and investments in KannaLife Sciences and Axim Biotechnologies gives the company access to retail CBD product sales, as well as the opportunity to earn significant investment rewards if Axim’s and KannaLife’s cannabinoid-based products succeed in clinical trials.

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Truth Is, I Won’t Touch A Cannabis Company That Doesn’t Have A War Chest Of Capital Going Into 2018.

And only those companies that are well capitalized will be able to successfully compete in 2018. Truth is, I won’t touch a cannabis company that doesn’t have a war chest of capital going into 2018. The market is getting too competitive, and those that are not well capitalized will be out of business by the end of next year. Market share is also incredibly important. This is where Canada really shines, as the biggest players in this market also have exposure in other countries, including the U.S., Germany, Colombia, Israel, and Australia. Medical marijuana And, of course, management is key. In fact, I often say that it’s management in which I invest, not companies. Similar to the way we’ve seen this factor play a role in the success of stocks like Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), the same holds true of the cannabis space. As an expert in this field, I’ve come to know and respect the most successful management teams in this space.

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