The past year has seen an unprecedented FDA approval, the nationwide legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, and multiple states taking measures to reform prohibition. But this year, one sector alone will trump all of that.
Last year was monumental for cannabis.
To kick off the year, California, with a population of nearly 40 million people, began sales of fully legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Over the summer, the FDA approved the use of a cannabis-derived drug for the first time then, in the fall, the roll-back of cannabis prohibition hit the national-scale in Canada. All the while, states took it upon themselves to extend the legalization of cannabis, whether for medical or recreational use, across the United States.
And just last month, the cultivation and sale of a type of cannabis plant – hemp – and products derived from it became legal across the U.S. with the passage of the Farm Bill.
But, if we’re being frank, all of this will pale in comparison to what’s coming in 2019.
In fact, we believe one sector alone will outshine everything we saw last year combined…
The Year of CBD
One year from now, 2019 will be remembered as “The Year of CBD.”
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the main non-psychoactive component of cannabis. It, along with other non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis, shows enormous promise for treating a variety of symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, schizophrenia, and more.
CBD is also rapidly gaining popularity as a general health treatment, with people taking it for everything from keeping energy up to arthritis. It’s even used as a pet health supplement. And the National Institute for Cannabis Investors isn’t alone in singing CBD’s virtues anymore – we’re starting to see recurring coverage in The New York Times and on talk shows.
And the passage of the Farm Bill effectively normalizes CBD across the country by making industrial hemp, a major source for CBD, legal on the federal level.
Hemp farmers can now access banking services, crop insurance, and even federal grants for research that were previously unavailable. For manufacturers and distributors, it is now clear that it is legal to transport hemp and its products, including CBD, across state lines. Moreover, retailers can now sell CBD without fear of enforcement action by the government.
And in March, the U.N. is set to deschedule CBD, whether sourced from marijuana or hemp, giving CBD products the green light throughout the free world.
All of these catalysts will combine to create a market unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
CBD’s Journey to a $2 Billion Market
There is a large backlog of companies that have been itching to make or sell products from hemp, and some already-successful companies are poised to make massive profits from feeding the demand. The best of those companies has been in our Cannabis Investor’s Report portfolio since this service launched in October.
Within a few months, CBD will be available in a much larger variety of products. You will be able to choose among tinctures (currently the primary form of consumption), gummies, energy shots, nutrition bars, skin moisturizers, infused ingredients like honey, and more.
And with the rapidly increasing acceptance of cannabis and in CBD in particular – these products – old and new – will be available in everyday stores across the nation. As one executive of a mainstream retailer said, “We have seen recent shifts in consumer behavior accelerate changes in the retail industry. North America’s widespread adoption of the use of CBD products is one of the best examples of these shifts.”
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By the end of the year, people will be buying pallets of CBD products at Costco just as they purchase other health supplements, from eggs with additional Omega-3 added to supplements like protein powders.
Throughout this year, I predict demand for CBD products to at least triple to nearly $2 billion, but that number could increase as much as five times, to $3 billion – and our pick will be leading the way.
That’s because it is already the largest producer of CBD in the United States and it has the best reputation of any provider we’ve researched. It also has the most extensive network of farmers to provide all that CBD. Finally, based on the talent it is adding to its executive team, it has every intention of building a consumer packaged goods behemoth with global reach.
The CBD Story Doesn’t End Here
The CBD market, though getting less press than medical marijuana, will be the most significant part of the cannabis industry boom.
To help you find the best path to profit from this boom, we want to make you are as well informed an investor as possible.
So, over the next few days, we’ll be sharing several CBD articles with you. We’ll discuss more about what CBD is and how it works. We’ll also dive into the latest research detailing why CBD extracts are so potent.
So make sure you stay tuned. Because the opportunity at stake here is simply too big – and too profitable – to ignore.
Thanks for being an important part of the National Institute for Cannabis Investors,
Executive Director, National Institute for Cannabis Investors
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