CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: In a fragile economic world, industries with significant growth forecast are certain to catch the eye of savvy investors looking for just the right place to be. Recent reports indicate that the cannabidiol (CBD) market is estimated to grow by 700 percent by 2020, and a report by market intelligence firm Hemp Business Journal projects that the CBD market will grow to $2.1 billion by 2020 (http://cnw.fm/7iczS), an astronomical jump in value compared to last year’s CBD market of $202 million. This news bodes well for hemp-focused companies such as Marijuana Company of America (OTC: MCOA) (MCOA Profile), whose hempSMART™ brand will be among the first CBD products to be marketed on a mass national TV commercial. Growth in hemp-based products is only a piece of the cannabis industry puzzle. The entire legal cannabis industry is expected to hit $57 billion by 2027, with recreational marijuana use making up 67 percent of that and medical marijuana use taking up the remaining 33 percent. Other companies positioning themselves to take advantage of this incredible growth include AbbVie, Inc. (NYSE: ABBV), CV Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: CVSI), KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: KSHB), and Aurora Cannabis, Inc (OTCQX: ACBFF).
Capitalizing on the Power of CBD
Studies show that cannabidiol (CBD) possesses an array of therapeutic benefits, including antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. One of more than 85 cannabinoids identified in marijuana and hemp, CBD is typically used for health reasons and, unlike the more widely recognized compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t cause a high. CBD products can be derived from industrial hemp plants or marijuana plants.
Marijuana Company of America (MCOA Profile), an industrial hemp company, has capitalized on the power of CBD through its product research and development of legal hemp-based consumer products under the hempSMART brand, which targets general health and well-being. The products, which include drops and creams, are formulated to produce the finest botanical supplements on the market, derived from industrial hemp containing CBD compounds that help support the bodies endocannabinoid system.
A National Market Strategy and TV Commercial
Earlier this month, MCOA announced (http://cnw.fm/WxIg1) that it had engaged Kim Castle of Verve Integrative to create a market strategy and manage a direct response television ad campaign to promote its hempSMART product line. Initially, hempSMART will be working with Verve Integrative to develop a market strategy and television commercial for its hempSMART Full Spectrum Pet Drops, which will air on cable networks this summer. The commercial spot will have featured placement on the official ecommerce site of a popular direct-response TV company and will be broadly promoted on integrated social media outlets.
“We are very pleased to partner with hempSMART on their journey to bring such thoughtful and well-developed products to the people who need natural relief and enhanced health solutions. I wish hempSMART™ Pet Drops were available to support my cherished dog when we were going through a health challenge together,” said Castle, who, along with her team, bring more than 25 years of experience in many variations of media strategy, development and production. Their clients include Disney, GM, ABC, Paramount, and Grey Group.
The team specializes in multipoint story experiences designed to educate, entertain and endorse while mirroring the human mind’s process of solving a problem, thereby supporting consumers in making emotional and logical product conclusions. Castle’s experience provides an invaluable edge to the hempSMART marketing campaign. Castle has also been an outspoken advocate of CBD as an alternative to traditional products currently on the market.
MCOA CEO Donald Steinberg noted that “Kim’s experience gives us an excellent opportunity to greatly expand the marketing strategy for the hempSMART brand and product line. We are honored that the hempSMART product line will be managed by her and the Verve Integrative team. We look forward to the new television commercial airing this summer.”
Pet Supplement Market Expanding
MCOA just launched its hempSMART Full Spectrum Pet Drops in February. The new specially formulated product contains naturally occurring CBD derived from hemp seed oil, full spectrum hemp extract, and fractionated coconut oil, along with a rich bacon flavor.
Sales of natural pet supplement sales nearly doubled between 2008 and 2011, and with an increasing focus on pet health, the market for pet supplements is projected to show significant and continuing expansion (http://cnw.fm/66NhV). Estimates show that U.S. retail sales of pet supplements and nutraceutical treats will grow 3 to 5 percent annually, bringing the market to almost $1.6 billion. Globally, the pet supplement market is also expected to experience tremendous growth.
Steinberg said, “Our new hempSMART product is a natural option for pet owners who care about supporting their animals’ healthy energy levels as well as optimizing their health. Our hempSMART product line will continue to expand to other popular areas of consumer interest to give our affiliates what they need to succeed.”
Wellness Environment Shifting toward CBD
The wellness industry is growing rapidly, generating an estimated $3.72 trillion annually (http://cnw.fm/d3Zs5). In addition, the attitude in the wellness environment is shifting regarding premium quality cannabinoid products. MCOA is one of the prominent companies working to give consumers access to technological innovations and the highest quality hemp-derived products.
Specifically designed to support normal bodily functions such as energy, flexibility, and overall wellness, hempSMART products are only the beginning for MCOA and its hempSMART division. MCOA is committed to find, test, and deliver the finest natural ingredients focused on wellness and personal care combined with the added benefits of hemp-based cannabinoids.
In addition to dedicating itself to the development of CBD-based nutritional products, MCOA is focused on educating and empowering consumers to learn about and become part of the hemp movement, thus allowing its customers to benefit from some of the world’s most innovative hemp products. The company is also dedicated to supporting the resurgence of green sustainable hemp-based products and technologies that have a positive effect on the environment.
Others Positioning in the Market
MCOA isn’t the only company deeply committed to making its presence felt in the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries.
AbbVie (NASDAQ: ABBV) is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. With a cannabis-based drug already available on the market, pharmaceutical company AbbVie, is ahead of the pack in this industry. Its FDA-approved Marinol is approved for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and anorexia, and the drug may also help AIDS patients who have lost their desire to eat.
CV Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: CVSI) operates two distinct business segments: a drug development division focused on developing and commercializing novel therapeutics utilizing synthetic CBD, and a consumer product division in manufacturing, marketing and selling plant-based CBD products to a range of market sectors. The company’s PlusCBD Oil™ has achieved immense success since the launch of its brand of dietary supplements. The brand is currently being sold in approximately 1,300 health food stores and continues to grow its shelf presence in various retail outlets across the country. “It’s evident that hemp-derived CBD products are doing better and growing faster than almost every other category in the supplement industry, and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a supplement trend truly demonstrate demand in such an immense fashion,” said Stuart Tomc, vice president of human nutrition and spokesperson for CV Sciences. “There are no barriers to acceptance as the idea of hemp-derived CBD is finally ripe. Consumers are embracing hemp-derived CBD.”
The premier packaging company in the rapidly growing legal, regulated marijuana industry, KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: KSHB) is a dynamic sales and distribution platform that provides packaging, supplies, vaporizer products, hydrocarbons, accessories, and branding services to cannabis manufacturers, processors and retailers. Founded in 2010, Kush Bottles now has 12 facilities throughout the United States, a sales presence in every major cannabis market, and strives to be the go-to supplier and thought leader for businesses in the cannabis industry. KushCo recently announced that it had partnered with MainStem, a technology-based ancillary product distribution company for the regulated cannabis industry, to be the inaugural partner for MainStem’s Vendor Program (MVP).
An industry leading producer of medical cannabis, Aurora Cannabis, Inc (OTCQX: ACBFF) operates a 55,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Mountain View County, Alberta, and a second 40,000-square-foot, high-technology production facility in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. In January 2018, Aurora’s 800,000 square-foot-flagship cultivation facility located at the Edmonton International Airport was licensed. When at full capacity, this facility is expected to produce over 100,000 kg per annum of cannabis. Aurora is also completing a facility in Lachute. In addition, the company just announced its intention to acquire MedReleaf Corp. (TSX: LEAF). This proposed transaction will bring together two of Canada’s premier cannabis companies with fully aligned strategic visions and production philosophies, as well as complementary assets, distribution networks, products, and capabilities. The combined company will meet what Aurora and MedReleaf management teams consider to be the critical success factors in the industry, creating a powerful platform for accelerated growth on a global scale.
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