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Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTCMKTS:REFG) Launches Mobile Hemp CBD Extraction Labs

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Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTCMKTS:REFG) has signed an agreement to set up the biggest mobile hemp processing services. Based in Nevada, Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions offers financial services for both the banking and medical cannabis sectors. The agreement with Paper Lantern, LLC’s subsidiary will be sealed in the coming days.

Terms of the agreement

In the agreement, Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions will deploy mobile labs for extraction of hemp CBD products. The company intends to set up labs at all its farms as well as farms operated by other companies under a mutual agreement.

Market forecast

According to a report by Forbes, the cannabidiol (CBD) market is expected to undergo a 700% growth by 2020. Another report by Hemp Business Journal has projected that the cannabis market will be valued at $2.1 billion by 2020. The report further predicts that the cannabis market will grow by 39.19% between 2017 and 2021.

Commenting on the agreement, Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions CEO Jeremy Roberts said the agreement is another step towards participating in the cannabis market at strategic levels.

The new mobile extraction technology will work together with in-field processing technologies and it is anticipated to bring more economic benefits as well as reduced energy consumption, improved efficiency, improved quality and scraping of redundant costs.

Launch of Banking Solution

In other news, Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions has launched a special package of banking services targeting approved cannabis businesses. The company indicated that since the launch of the service, it has received more than 100 applications.

The CEO indicated that the company allows applicants to set up their account through which they transact. He added that the company launched the new services so as to address a growing crisis of not having a real banking solution for cannabis businesses.

Many cannabis establishments across the U.S have been facing the challenge of lack of a banking service. Many financial institutions are reluctant to accept depots from cannabis businesses because of fears of non-compliance with anti-money laundering laws.

However, the CEO indicated that the bank will document all aspects and stages of every transaction for purposes of scrutiny and verifications.

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Real Brands Inc (OTCMKTS:RLBD) Signs An LOI To Purchase Proprietary CBD Formulas From Florida Based Integrative Medicine US

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Real Brands Inc (OTCMKTS:RLBD) has signed an LOI to buy proprietary CBD formulas of Integrative Medicine US. The formulas comprise ancient Chinese Medicine and Herbal Remedies that are blended CBD, nutrients, and endocannabinoid systems. Following the acquisition, Real Brands will use the formulas in its CBD Pharmacy brand. The company will use the new logo with a Chinese Symbol of healing.

CBD Pharmacy products

The initial product launch of CBD Pharmacy comprise salves, tinctures, balms, powders, and capsules developed to treat pain and promote relaxation, and boost immunity and energy.

Jerry Pearring, Chief Executive Officer of Real Brands, said medicinal herbs, CBD, and vitamins are blended using a proprietary formula to develop innovative medicine by Jonathan M. Fields, the founder of Integrative Medicine. The new products will help to keep the Real Brands in the driver’s seat to create a strong brand for CBD Pharmacy.

According to Pearring, CBD Pharmacy is expected to satisfy the growing consumer demand for hemp derived cannabidiol products. Consumers will also enjoy the benefits of eastern medical therapies.

Jonathan said the recent technological advances helped the company to develop superior medicinal products. Its features include Vegan, 100% Non-GMO, and tested in a third-party lab using cannabidiol. The company developed delivery mechanisms so that customers can get CBD and other ingredients in the right dosage to provide the desired effect for long-time.

Partners with Scot Piercy

Real Brands has partnered with Scot Piercy, a professional athlete, in April 2019. He will act as an ambassador for Real Brands Team and invested in the company last month. Pearring commenting the partnership said the company is excited to announce Scot as an ambassador. The investment shows the belief in the business model of the company and the long-term prospects. Pearring is pleased to welcome Scot on board Real Brands.

Piercy said he is proud to join the team of Real Brands. He studied about Real Brands and provides the support to grow hemp derived cannabidiol brands. Piercy further said it is looking forward to work with the company to introduce unique brands of Real Brands through e-commerce sites and retail channels.

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Hexo Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:HEXO) Acquisition Of Newstrike Brands Finalized

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Acquisition now Finalized

Hexo Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:HEXO) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of all of Newstrike Brands’ issued and outstanding securities totaling 558,971, 064 marking the finalization of the acquisition process. The company has also received regulatory approval from relevant authorities including the high court further stamping the deal.

Reportedly, Newstrike Brands’ board of directors voted enthusiastically in favor of the acquisition that saw each of Newstrike’s stock exchanged for 0.06332 of Hexo’s share. Following the completion of the acquisition process, is expected to be delisted from TSX exchange platform as it will now operate under its new owner- Hexo.

Increased Production Space and Capacity

Popular voices in the industry believe that the $263 million acquisition sets Hexo among the industry’s elite. Among the several befits Hexo stands to gain from the acquisition includes additional production space estimated at 470,000 sqft. This is a significant addition to the company’s existing 1.3 million sqft.

With additional growing space comes increased production capacity. It is estimated that Hexo’s annual production capacity will surge from the current 110,000 kilos annually to a whopping 150,000 kilos annually which obviously translates to revenue influx.

Hexo’s CEO, Sebastien St-Louis said that “The combination of these two talented teams, both pioneers in the cannabis industry, will accelerate Hexo’s vision of creating the best cannabis technology company.” He adds that the Hexo is now commencing journey on the next phase of its progress.

The acquisition enhances the company’s solid position in the Canadian cannabis space and opening it up to countless possibilities abroad. The company already announced plans to set up operation in Greece as it seeks to seize the upcoming European market. Plans are also underway to set up operations in South America, the U.S (which is expected to open up fully by 2020), and more other locations.

The company already adjusted its 2020 revenue outlook to an optimistic $400 million. This projection factors in the company’s now bigger size in terms of production capacity and market access considering Hexo now assumes Newstrike’s distribution agreements with strategic partners across 8 Canadian provinces.

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Synthetic MMJ Versus the Real Stuff

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CBD

When we use the term medical marijuana, we are referring to the entire unprocessed cannabis plant or its extracts for use as a pharmacological input in a treatment regime for individuals suffering from a variety of different health conditions. It may interest you to know that medical marijuana, at this point, only has explicit FDA approval as a safe and effective treatment for two conditions, both of which are severe and rare forms of epilepsy. Both of these conditions involve severe seizures and both of them represent conditions that no other pharmaceutical solution has been able to treat.

The established pharmaceutical version of medical marijuana that is used to treat these conditions is known as Epidiolex. This medication contains a pure form of CBD, and the FDA gave this approval in June 2018. Note it is also important to understand that the FDA has approved medications containing a synthetic version of THC known as Marinol and Cesamet. These drugs are used to treat nausea in people who are undergoing treatments for cancer and HIV. Interestingly, the FDA has not approved any marijuana-based drugs for the treatment of chronic or acute pain.

Synthetic versions of marijuana are often referred to as “Spice” or “K2”. According to the National Institute on drug abuse, synthetic marijuana is not considered marijuana. It is also not considered safe and is not recommended for any purpose. The important point to understand here is that synthetic marijuana attempts through chemical means to reproduce the essential function of marijuana as it interacts with human physiology. This runs up against what is known as the entourage effect – the idea that all of the elements of the cannabis plant work together in ways that supersede the impacts of just CBD or THC working alone.

Seen from this perspective, synthetic marijuana may not be nearly as effective and may have additional side effects that are difficult to account for.

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