As projections for the hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) market rise, marijuana companies announce plans for the new market.

On Monday (February 25), Cresco Labs (CSE:CL,OTC Pink:CRLBF) announced it will launch a new subsidiary focused on a line of hemp-based CBD products to service the health and wellness market.


Dubbed “Well Beings,” the marijuana firm announced this new subsidiary will be able to sell its products across the US.

 

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Charlie Bachtell, co-founder and CEO of Cresco, said the move was an “obvious next step” for the company and indicated CBD offerings have lifted the predictions of the US cannabis market being worth $75 billion by 2030.

“Our wellness-focused offerings… can be distributed nationwide for retailers, grocers, nutrition stores, and online marketplaces, further raising the awareness of cannabinoid-based products and their beneficial properties,” Bachtell said.

This new division of Cresco will be led by Scott Wilson, the chief experience officer of Cresco and a former Nike (NYSE:NKE) global creative director from 2001 to 2006, according to his LinkedIn page.

Wilson said this new brand will seek to “demystify and build trust in CBD products” in order to teach consumers “how to incorporate CBD-based wellness products into their daily lives.”

Shares of Cresco had jumped nearly five percent in value at the closing bell to reach a price of C$12.

Cresco holds a price target of C$14 from Canaccord Genuity (TSX:CF) analyst Derek Dley, who initiated his coverage with a “Speculative Buy” rating for the multi-state operator (MSO).

Hemp and CBD markets pique interest of investors

The CBD market received a boost in projections and interest from cannabis firms thanks to the passing of a US$867 billion farm bill last December, which legalized the production and market for hemp and its derivatives.

In the wake of the farm bill’s passing, the Brightfield Group issued a research report indicating the market would be worth US$20 billion by 2022.

A new report from Bloomberg shows Cowen & Co. (NASDAQ:COWN) is projecting the entire CBD market to be worth US$16 billion by 2025.

By conducting a consumer survey of 2,500 adults, the institution said the results were much higher than expected for CBD consumption, since 6.9 percent of respondents claimed to use CBD products.

Cowen now expects 10 percent of US adult consumers, which is roughly 25 million, will represent the CBD market by 2025.

Neal Gilmer, cannabis analyst with Haywood Securities, previously told the Investing News Network (INN) he is bullish on the CBD market thanks to the rise of anecdotal evidence. He expects this evidence, along with actual medical research, to boost the market.

 

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Jennifer Sanders, CEO of equity firm CNS Equity Partners, had told INN there is a correlation for cannabis and hemp to be adopted within the health and wellness market space, which she said in its entirety is outpacing the growth of cannabis.

Anecdotal information and dubious claims have put a target for the CBD market as the industry continues to grasp with the limits of the benefits for these products, while attempting to capture consumer interest.

Thanks to the farm bill even Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC,TSX:WEED), one of the biggest Canadian cannabis firms, is set to pursue the hemp market in the states as part of a US$100 million expansion into the state of New York for hemp development.

Investor takeaway

Creso is a part of this new wave of marijuana companies catching the attention of investors in Canada. MSOs have gained the attention of the markets as they capitalize on exact expansion plans and opportunities such as the CBD from hemp market.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

 

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Zelira TherapeuticsLtd (ASX:ZLD,OTCQB:ZLDAF), a global leader in the research and development of clinically validated cannabinoid medicines, is pleased to announce that it has raised a total of US$5 million from Quincy Street Capital LLC (Quincy Street), a US-based family office fund, comprising:

  • US$3.5 million (A$4.79 million) via a placement of 79,908,676 Zelira fully paid ordinary shares at A$0.06 per share (Placement), a 54% premium to the stock’s last closing price
  • 1 unlisted option for every 2 ordinary shares issued, expiring 2 years from the date of issue with an exercise price of A$0.09 per option, with 39,954,338 total unlisted options to be issued
  • US$1.5 million (A$2.05 million) via an equity investment in Ilera Derm LLC (ZeliraDermatology) for a 3% shareholding in that company, valuing Zelira Dermatology at US$50 million.
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Avicanna Inc. (” Avicanna ” or the ” Company “) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of organic and sustainable plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, is pleased to announce that it has closed a non-brokered private placement (the ” Offering “). Under the Offering, the Company has issued an aggregate of 4,587,022 units (the ” Units “) at a price of CAD$0.85 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately CAD$3.9 million.

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Nextleaf Solutions Ltd. (CSE: OILS) (OTCQB: OILFF) (FSE: L0MA) (“Nextleaf”, “OILS”, or the “Company”), a federally regulated producer of cannabis oil that owns one of the largest portfolios of U.S. patents for the extraction and distillation of cannabinoids, is pleased to announce the Company has entered into a supply agreement with Quebec-based licensed producer Medicibis (“Mendo”) to supply its medical platform www.Mendocannabis.ca with Glacial Gold™ branded products.

Mendo operates an online portal for medical patients that ships nationwide through www.Mendocannabis.ca. Glacial Gold™ CBD and THC vapes and distilled oils will be distributed by Mendo to their medical cannabis clients in Quebec and across Canada.

Quebec is the third-largest cannabis market in Canada, representing approximately 15%[1] of Canadian cannabis retail sales in the country, and approximately 22% of the Canadian population[2].

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Canadian spending on medical cannabis totaled $587 million in 2020[3]. Medical cannabis has become an important component of Canadian healthcare, with $119 million of medical cannabis purchases reimbursed by the Federal Government through Veterans Affairs Canada in 2020[4]. Despite Canada’s progressive cannabis regulation, price is still a major barrier for many medical patients.

Nextleaf leverages its patented high-efficiency ingredient processing technology to gain a competitive advantage and improve cannabis oil economics through the low-cost production of cannabis distillate standardized for potency and purity.

“Launching accessibly priced Glacial Gold™ vapes and distilled oils in Canada’s medical market and in Quebec have been important milestones for Nextleaf. We believe Mendo and their Quebec-based medical platform is positioned to become one of the leading suppliers of medical cannabis to patients and veterans in this country,” said Paul Pedersen, co-founder and CEO of Nextleaf Solutions. “Our innovative technology enables us to produce high purity ingredients at a low cost per molecule to offer patients quality CBD and THC products.”

“We are delighted to work with Nextleaf to offer Glacial Gold™ products through our recently expanded national portal, accessible by medical patients Canada-wide,” said Jay Schwartz, Director of Mendo Medical. “We are excited to feature the seven Glacial Gold™ SKUs that launched last month in British Columbia and to help them launch two new CBD SKUs that we think patients will be eager to experience.”

Nextleaf launched its award-winning, prohibition-era brand Glacial Gold™ in British Columbia last month, receiving national attention for quality products at disruptive price points. Included in the initial launch of Glacial Gold™ were seven total SKUs, consisting of four 1-gram vape SKUs and three distilled oil SKUs.

Glacial GoldDistilled CBD 50 Oil, Distilled THC 30 Oil, and Distilled 30:30 Blend feature high-purity distillate in a base of organic coconut MCT oil for a premium consumption experience, without premium pricing. A clean tasting and neutral oil allows for the greatest flexibility in use and consumption occasions.

The initial vape lineup from Glacial Gold is offered in two potency levels to match the consumer’s tolerance level or consumption occasion. The Session THC Vape features a full potency THC profile for cannabis enthusiasts who seek a more elevated experience and connection. The Anytime 1:1 Vape is formulated with a balanced THC and CBD profile for consumers looking for a more moderate, go-to vape.

About Medicibis

Medicibis is a federally licensed producer of dried cannabis and distributes its products under the brand name ENDO. Medicibis operates out of its 20,000 sq.ft. facility located 15 minutes from downtown Montreal in St Jean Sur Richelieu. Medicibis operates an online portal for medical patients that ships nationwide through their website mendocannabis.ca. Mendo’s menu has been carefully curated to offer a variety of products from licensed producers from all over Canada. Mendo is positioned to become one of the leading suppliers of medical cannabis to patients and veterans in the country.

About Nextleaf®

Nextleaf is a federally regulated producer of cannabis oil that owns one of the largest portfolios of U.S. patents for the extraction and distillation of cannabinoids. Nextleaf distributes cannabis vapes and distilled oils under its award-winning prohibition-era brand, Glacial Gold™, and supplies cannabis distillate to its wholesale customers. Nextleaf’s proprietary closed-loop automated extraction plant in Metro Vancouver efficiently transforms cannabis and hemp grown in B.C. and throughout Canada into high-purity cannabis distillate at an industrial scale. Nextleaf is developing delivery technology and differentiated cannabinoid-based formulations through its Health Canada Research Licence with sensory evaluation of cannabis via human testing. The Company owns 17 U.S. patents and has been issued 95 patents globally.

Nextleaf Solutions trades as OILS on the Canadian Securities Exchange, OILFF on the OTCQB Market in the United States, and L0MA on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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For more information please contact:
Jason McBride, Corporate Development
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jason@nextleafsolutions.com

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
Paul Pedersen, CEO

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company’s ability to capitalize on its IP portfolio, the Company’s strategy, plans, objectives, goals and targets, and any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believe”, “expect”, “aim”, “intend”, “plan”, “continue”, “will”, “may”, “would”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “predict”, “project”, “seek”, “should” or similar expressions or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially include, but are not limited to the risk factors discussed in the Company’s MD&A for the most recent fiscal period. Management provides forward-looking statements because it believes they provide useful information to investors when considering their investment objectives and cautions investors not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law. The CSE has not reviewed or approved the contents of this press release.

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