Top 5 High-CBD and High-THC Cannabis Strains

Top 5 High-CBD and High-THC Cannabis Strains

[Canniseur: While there some people who seek out the most potent strains they can find, I can’t help but think that many of these ‘strongest strains’ are like drinking a 20% Chardonnay. While 20% Chardonnay will get you drunker faster, it isn’t a wine of finesse and elegance. Many people want that ‘strength’ but I feel like it’s a bit of a specious argument to think that OK, you only have to have one toke of these. As for the CBD part, that’s different. The effect of CBD doesn’t affect your mental state and it’s a very different kind of effect.]

Want to track down the strongest marijuana strains with the most CBD or THC? Below, we have compiled a list of the top five high-THC strains of marijuana and the top five high-CBD strains of marijuana.

When it comes to marijuana strains, there are a few select strains that have become famous. Many people have heard of popular marijuana strains like OG Kush, Strawberry Cough, Girl Scout Cookies, Skywalker OG, Blue Dream, and Jack Herer. These strains have become household names in some circles and perennial best sellers in legal dispensaries across the U.S.

However, just because these strains are popular does not mean that they are the strongest marijuana strains featured on dispensary shelves. That would be like assuming Folgers makes the strongest coffee, or Lipton makes the strongest tea.

Instead, there are a few high-THC and high-CBD strains of marijuana that pack more punch than the competition. Below, we detail the strongest marijuana strains in the world, listing both high-THC and high-CBD strains of marijuana.

The Strongest Marijuana Strains in the World

Medical Marijuana, Inc. compiled two lists of the most potent marijuana strains available in marijuana dispensaries. Our lists of high-THC and high-CBD strains are based solely on which strains contain the highest THC percentage and the highest CBD percentage.

Our list includes marijuana strains that are old favorites like ChemDog and Cannatonic that have developed a well-deserved reputation for their potency. However, our list also features newcomers like Desert Ruby, Strawberry Banana, and Cali Cure that are creating quite an impression on even the most seasoned cannabis users.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing High Potency Strains?

Potent strains, such as the high-THC and high-CBD strains on our list, are valuable to cannabis users for a number of reasons. First, they offer consumers more bang for their buck, saving money in the long run. More potent strains also mean you need to use less flower in order to achieve your desired effects. Finally, potent strains can save you time, allowing you to get the same effects with a fraction of the effort.

Now that you know the benefits of choosing a high potency strain of marijuana, it is time to learn more about the most potent strains currently available on the market. So without any further ado, below you can find our lists of the top high-THC and high-CBD strains.

The Top 5 High-THC Strains

From rap songs to top prizes at the Cannabis Cup, high-THC strains are widely known among cannabis connoisseurs.

According to the Seattle Times, only about 2.5 percent of marijuana in Washington tests above 28 percent THC. One can assume that is a representative sample for the types of marijuana available in most markets in which marijuana is legal.

All five of the high-THC strains listed below contain more than 31 percent THC, making them the cream of the crop. These strains have been created by merging some of the most well-known cannabis strains, including ubiquitous classics like OG Kush, Northern Lights, Headband, Durban Poison, and Girl Scout Cookies.

Godfather OG

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Godfather OG takes the top of our list for strongest THC strains, boasting an incredible 34.04% THC. OG strains have long been prized for their unbelievably relaxing effects, and Godfather OG is no different. Although it has a dubious lineage, with different online sources listing various genetics, most acknowledge Godfather OG as a combination of Granddaddy Purp (GDP) and OG Kush.

There is a spiciness in Godfather OG’s scent that should be familiar to OG Kush connoisseurs, and that is coupled here with some subtle grape notes from the GDP. One of the heavier OG strains available, Godfather OG is best used after physical activities and is often recommended for users hoping to get a good night’s sleep.

Super Glue

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Named for its ability to glue you to your seat, Super Glue is a cross between strains like Afghani and Northern Lights. Afghani is a heavy-bodied pure indica landrace (domesticated variety) that is from the Hindu Kush mountain region of Afghanistan. Northern Lights itself is a cross of the same Afghani and a Thai sativa landrace.

This indica dominant strain is a knockout. Super Glue’s pale, frosty buds have a flavor profile that can vary from a piney, pungent, and earthy flavor to a sour, acidic, and citrusy taste. Super Glue brings calming relaxation to the mind and body. Watch out for “couch-lock” when consumed in high amounts, as you can quickly find yourself glued to the couch and unable to be productive. Typically found with THC percentages in the low 20s, this hitter reached 32.14% at the 2016 Southern California Cannabis Cup.


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ChemDog’s ultimate genetics are a mystery, with many breeders claiming to have had a hand in its creation. Many believe its heritage originates in Eastern Asia (Thai and Nepalese) landraces. ChemDog is a sativa dominant hybrid with THC levels regularly reaching 20% or higher. At the Colorado Cannabis Cup, this strain came in at 32.12% THC.

Buds of ChemDog are usually very sticky because of a high concentration of resin. ChemDog’s name comes from the strain’s strong, diesel fuel-like scent and similarly sharply astringent flavor.

Also known as ChemDawg, this old school strain is rumored to provide parent genetics to a number of respected strains, including OG Kush and Sour Diesel. The most sought after descendant of this strain is ChemDawg 91, thought to be the strain that is closest to the original cut. The relaxed, mood-lifting effects are sure to pull you out of any funk and get you moving day and night.

Strawberry Banana

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Developed by DNA Genetics in collaboration with Serious Seeds, Strawberry Banana is a 70/30 indica dominant gem that tested at 31.62% THC. Strawberry Banana is a genetic cross between Crockett’s Banana Kush and a Strawberry-scented phenotype of Bubble Gum, inheriting the fruity sweet flavor that earned this tasty hybrid its name. Known for its heavy resin production and high THC content, this strain is popularly used in making extracts for dabbing.

Strawberry Banana produces peaceful effects that heighten creativity and alter the senses, making it the perfect companion if you are watching a movie or having a craft night. While its cerebral effects are secondary, they can be surprisingly introspective. Sedative and relaxing, Strawberry Banana’s full-body effects may come on slowly, but eventually, they will dominate the experience.

Emperor Cookie Dough

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The Denver Cannabis Cup’s 2016 Strongest THC Strain with 31.1%, this Los Angeles-bred strain is a cross of Emperor OG (Headband x OG Kush) and the ever-popular Girl Scout Cookies (OG Kush x Durban Poison). Emperor Cookie Dough’s high testing numbers shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as the strain regularly hits the high 20s in THC concentration and up to 5% CBD.

Emperor Cookie Dough has a sweet and nutty flavor that is accentuated by hints of citrus and diesel. With OG Kush genetics, you can expect a relaxed and happy experience. Emperor Cookie Dough will leave you daydreamy and thoughtful, with strong cerebral effects thanks to the Durban Poison.

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The Top 5 High-CBD Strains

In the past, CBD was often ignored by the marijuana community. Many breeders have systematically bred CBD out of the cannabis plant’s cannabinoid profile, instead favoring strong, high THC strains that sold better to recreational users.

With the rising popularity of CBD, cannabis consumers are looking for variety in strains, including those with high-CBD low-THC content for the myriad of potential health and wellness benefits.

High CBD-strains like those listed below are now gaining popularity for their balanced effects that tend to induce less intense cerebral effects while providing users with strong physical benefits. Once a rarity on dispensary shelves, high-CBD strains are now earning their place alongside high-THC strains at events like the Cannabis Cup. The strains on this list have genetics from the best known high-CBD strains available, including fan favorites like Harlequin, AC/DC, and Sour Tsunami.

While it is often accepted that a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC is the most comfortable for most users, higher ratios, reaching up to 24:1, provide wellness effects with minimal, if any, intoxicating effects.

With that in mind, below you can find the top five high-CBD strains of marijuana.


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A popular medical marijuana strain, Cannatonic is a cross between MK Ultra and G13 Haze that was developed to maximize each strain’s indica characteristics. Most phenotypes of Cannatonic present with a slightly earthy flavor, accented by sweet pine and citrus.

Cannatonic typically tests at about 12% CBD with a 1:1 or 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, but this potent marijuana strain scored 22.77% CBD when tested for the 2016 Southern California Cannabis Cup.

The effects of Cannatonic can be powerful but are also usually short-lived. The effect is mostly physical and leaves users with a clear head, making it good for daytime relief when you are expected to function. The focus of this strain is on relaxation and wellbeing. Cannatonic is a feel-good strain that has gained popularity in the cannabis community worldwide despite – or perhaps because of – its high CBD content.

Ringo’s Gift

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It would be an injustice not to mention Ringo’s Gift in this list. This high-CBD strain was named for the late Lawrence Ringo, a cannabis activist and pioneer of CBD dominant strains. Ringo’s Gift crosses Harle-Tsu, a high CBD hybrid cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami, and ACDC, a Cannatonic phenotype. Ringo’s Gift reached 20.23% CBD when tested in Southern California.

Dominant flavors are citrus and pine, with a noticeable earthiness that sits deep in the nose when inhaled. Phenotypes of Ringo’s Gift vary wildly in CBD to THC ratios from 1:1 to 24:1. With such a range in CBD ratio, effects can be hard to nail down. Most harvests will provide a mellow mix of cerebral stimulation and soothing, full-body relaxation without the “couch-lock” effect tied to some cannabis strains.

Cali Cure

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Bred by Hermosa Seeds, Cali Cure has mostly Critical Cure lineage with influence from OG Kush and Girl Scout Cookies. Strongly indica dominant, Cali Cure won Best CBD Flower at the 2016 Southern California Cannabis Cup and came in 2nd in potency with 19.92% CBD.

Cali Cure typically presents a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio for soothing body effects that are perfect for those looking to relax immediately after vigorous activity. Expect a fragrant sweet floral scent and flavor for a delightful smoking experience.

Desert Ruby

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A localized strain that has recently become popular in Colorado, Desert Ruby is the brainchild of NectarBee, the in-house brand for The Green Solution chain of dispensaries dotting Colorado. NectarBee dominated the Denver Cannabis Cup in 2016.

Little is known about Desert Ruby beyond its impressive 17.48% CBD concentration. It has won Best CBD Flower and Best CBD Concentrate awards at Denver Cannabis Cups, demonstrating its promise as a high-CBD strain.


1:1 to 2:1 CBD THC ratio marijuana strains

An OG Kush and unknown high-CBD strain cross created by Dinafem Seeds, OG Kush CBD registers a close to 1:1 to 2:1 ratio of CBD to THC. Dinafem reports an average CBD level of 10%, but OG Kush CBD reached 15.9% at the Cannabis Cup. OG Kush CBD has classic OG Kush woody pine and lemon profiles with hints of diesel and warm spices.

A unique strain to try for OG Kush lovers or a more balanced strain for those looking for a CBD strain with equal amounts of THC, OG Kush CBD capitalizes on the superior OG name and the growing popularity of CBD for a best-of-both-worlds effect.

How Do I Find These High-CBD Strains?

Now that you have viewed our list of the top high-THC and high-CBD strains of marijuana, the next step is to give these strains a try. Check with your local dispensaries to see if they carry any of these potent cannabis strains. If they aren’t available, talk to your budtender about stocking the shelves with some of the strongest marijuana strains in the world.

If you are interested in learning more about cannabis and strains like these, take a look at our Cannabis 101 page. This information hub features interesting articles that can instruct you on how to grow your own marijuana at home, how long THC stays in your system, and how to roll a joint.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. determined the highest THC and CBD strains available by pulling from the 2016 and 2017 results of the High Times Cannabis Cup competitions. Average THC and CBD concentrations were compiled from published testing results from labs like Analytical 360.

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Is Vaping Safe?

Is Vaping Safe?

[Canniseur: Somehow, this seems like an ad for a product. But…it’s also a story about vaping whole flower and not oil in a tube. Is what they’re saying true? I’m not 100% sure as there is still too much to learn. But vaping whole flower is a tasty way to consume. It doesn’t have the same effect as smoking flower, but it’s very close.]

Vaping has been touted as an innovative, effective, and healthy alternative to smoking, but many consumers ask – is it safe?

Whether you are new to vaping or have been using a vape for years, you likely want to know if vaping is safe to do each day as a way of using your favorite dry botanicals and extracts. Here, we will take a look at how vaping works, compare vaping with smoking as a consumption method, and help you find the safest vape material available.

What is Vaping?

Vaporizing heats your vape material (dry herb, botanical extract, e-liquid, etc.) to its vaporization point, a temperature that is below the point when combustion occurs but hot enough to turn the active ingredients in your vape material into an inhalable vapor.

Vaporizers use a heating source, usually called an atomizer, to turn electrical power into heat, which is then applied to your vape material to create vapor you can inhale.

Using a vaporizer allows you to take advantage of the active ingredients in your vape material without burning it, avoiding many of the toxins and carcinogens that are released by combustion when smoking. Keep reading to learn more about why vaping is seen as safer than smoking.

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Many consumers begin vaping to avoid the dangers of smoking. That is because smoking burns botanical material to release its active ingredients, but it also produces carbon monoxide and other dangerous byproducts that can negatively affect your health.

Researchers comparing vaping to smoking concluded that “vaporization… is a safe and effective mode of delivery,” after they found that vaporizers deliver the same compound potency to the bloodstream while producing reduced carbon monoxide and without causing adverse events.

By avoiding combustion, vapes do not create the same harmful by-products created by smoking, including:

  • Toxins
  • Carcinogens
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Tar
  • Ammonia
  • Particulate matter
  • Respiratory Irritants

Modern happy young man with a beard fun Vaporizers, smoke and bubbles on the terrace. In the background, the evening sunset over the old city

Is Vaping Safe?

In general, vaping is a safe method for consuming your favorite botanicals. However, with some considerations, you can help ensure that every vape session is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

The safety of your vaping sessions will be affected greatly by the quality of the materials that you vape. Not all dry herbs, waxes, oils, and vape liquids are created equal. You will absorb the compounds within the materials that you vape, so you want to make sure to only use high-quality products made with ingredients that are “GRAS” or generally regarded as safe.

The best vape products are tested for residual solvents and other chemicals that might make their way into finished products. All Medical Marijuana, Inc. CBD products, including our vape oil and liquid, is held to our strict Triple Lab Tested™ standard.

When looking at concentrates like waxes, oils, and liquids, choose products that are made with non-toxic solvents like CO2. Any dry herb you vape should be cultivated without chemicals that can then transfer toxic components to the vapor you inhale. This will further protect you against potential contamination of your vapor by residual chemicals.

The temperature that you use when vaping also affects the quality of your vapor. Harmful toxins enter your vapor when higher temperatures are reached – starting at trace amounts at 365°F and continue in higher amounts as temperatures increase to combustion. Using lower temperature settings on your vaporizer can help keep your vapor clear of harmful compounds.

Even though it is safer than smoking, those with respiratory issues like asthma may find vaping too irritating to the lungs and throat and may be better off choosing a different consumption method.

Want to Learn More About Vaping?

Visit our complete beginner’s guide to vaping for everything you need to know about vaping, including the benefits of vaping, your choice in vaporizers, and of course, how to vape.

Need a new vape? Visit the Medical Marijuana, Inc. store to shop our full line of vaporizers, or check out our vaporizer buyer’s guide to help you find your perfect vape.

Ready to try vaping CBD for yourself? You can find CBD vape products from our Dixie Botanicals® brand here.

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Cannabis as a Superfood: The Benefits of Adding Hemp to Your Diet

Cannabis as a Superfood: The Benefits of Adding Hemp to Your Diet

[Canniseur: Hemp has all 20 amino acids, including the ones our body doesn’t make. Hemp is chock-full of important micro nutrients. For those of us into healthy eating, any of the hemp supplements listed make wonderful additions to our diets. Happy eating!]

Hemp is a nutrient dense superfood that makes it easy to get the important vitamins, minerals, and more that you need to be healthy each day.

More and more, consumers are turning to all-natural products to boost the nutritional value of their diets. It is hard to find a more nutrient dense source than hemp. For that reason, hemp has been increasingly found as an ingredient in products from natural food stores and neighborhood grocery stores around the world.

Hemp has been an important source of nutrition for humans for thousands of years thanks to its significant nutrient content. Considered a superfood for its nutritional content, hemp foods continue to be popular as a way for health conscious consumers to supplement their diets with the vitamins, minerals, and more necessary for a healthy body.

Hemp seeds can be eaten by themselves for a healthy snack or added to smoothies, yogurt, salads, acai bowls, and more to give them a nutrient boost. Hemp seeds, the most popular source of hemp food products, have a light, nutty flavor that can compliment a number of meals. Hemp seeds can also be used to produce food products like hemp milk, hemp seed oil, and hemp-based protein powder.

Here, we look at the nutritional benefits of hemp, the hemp food products available in our store, and unique ways to add hemp to your diet.

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What Nutrients Does Hemp Provide?

Hemp contains an extensive list of naturally occurring vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and E. Also present are B complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin. Hemp further contains vitamins that are not sufficiently present in most modern diets, like beta carotene, helping users gain the nutrients they need to maintain health. Hemp is likewise a source of minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium.

Protein in your diet is essential in the receiving of amino acids, but it’s important that we obtain protein from the right sources. Eating even small amounts of red meat has been warned against by health officials. Instead, essential amino acids can be obtained through plant sources like hemp, which contains all 20 amino acids – including the 9 essential amino acids our body can’t make on its own.

The one fat you can never get enough of is Omega 3, but modern diets typically use other, less healthy fats. While both Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are essential to human health, they should ideally be consumed at a close ratio of around 3:1. Eating the right kind of Omega 6 fatty acids, like gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a plant based Omega 6 fatty acid found in hemp at the 3:1 ratio suggested, can reduce the negative effects of high fat diets.

The shelled seeds of the hemp plant contain about 35 percent essential fatty acids and 33 percent plant protein. They are also rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. These high levels of protein, fiber, and healthy omega fatty acids mean that using hemp foods can help aid proper digestion and promote healthy eating patterns.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one tablespoon or 30 grams of hemp seeds contains:

  • 166 calories
  • 9.47 g of protein
  • 14.62 g of fat
  • 2.6 g of carbohydrates (including 1.2 g of fiber and 0.45 g of sugar)
  • 21 mg of calcium
  • 2.38 mg of iron
  • 210 mg of magnesium
  • 495 mg of phosphorus
  • 360 mg of potassium
  • 2.97 mg of zinc

You can learn more about the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds here.

What Type of Hemp Foods are Available?

Medical Marijuana, Inc. carries hemp food products from well known brands like Bob’s Red Mill, Larabar, Nutiva, and more, including hemp seeds, hemp snacks, hemp seed oil, and hemp protein, giving you a range of options for adding the nutritional benefits of hemp to your diet. You can find the following products now in our store.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds, harvested from the flowers of the hemp plant, are a valuable nutritional source. These small brown seeds have a mild nutty flavor. Hemp seeds can be eaten whole and have a crunchy texture that make them a tasty, health conscious snack, perfect for a nutritious boost between meals.

In many cases, though, hemp seeds are shelled, or hulled, to expose the softer inner “heart.” These hemp hearts can also be eaten by themselves or added to your favorite healthy foods, like salads, smoothies, yogurt, cereals, oatmeal, and more.

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Nutiva Organic Shelled Hempseed are pure, organic, raw and shelled hemp seeds that provide 10 grams of protein and 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per serving.

organic navitas hemp seeds

Navitas Organic Hemp Seeds are nutrient-dense hulled hemp seeds that are packed with plant-based protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Himalania Dark Chocolate Hemp Seeds

Himalania Dark Chocolate Hemp Seeds feature toasted hemp seeds that are dipped in premium dark chocolate and pink salt for a tasty twist on the nutritious hemp seed.

Hemp Snacks

Lara Bar

The Larabar Blueberry Lavender Hemp Bar combines hemp seeds with blueberries, dates, apple, almonds, and lavender oil in a delicious energy bar. Pack one in your purse or laptop bag for a healthy snack between meals or bring one to the gym or on your next hike to give you the energy you need to hit your next peak.

Hemp Protein

Hemp protein is a valuable hemp food or supplement for those mainly interested in a natural plant-based source of protein. Made from milled hemp seeds, hemp protein comes in the form of a nutty flavored powder that can be dissolved in liquids and blended into smoothies. Hemp protein can also be used as a partial flour substitute in many recipes for baked goods.

In the Medical Marijuana, Inc. online shop, you’ll find some of the best hemp protein products from Nutiva, Navitas Naturals, Bob’s Red Mill, and Carrington Farms.

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein (available in chocolate, vanilla, and unflavored) is non-GMO, vegan, and USDA organic, and provides 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per serving. Nutiva also has a high fiber Organic Hemp Protein, which delivers 12 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein in each serving.

Navitas Naturals Organic Hemp Powder

Navitas Naturals Organic Hemp Powder is 50% protein by weight, and includes all the essential amino acids that make a complete protein. Navitas Naturals uses non-GMO, vegan, and USDA organic hemp protein.

Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder

Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder is a nutritional powerhouse of plant protein. Each 1/4 cup serving provides you with 14 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.


Carrington Farms’ hemp protein product combines milled hemp seeds with milled flax seeds to provide the best of both uniquely nutritious seeds. Carrington Farms Organic Flax Hemp Blend can be used like traditional hemp protein products.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Oil Capsules from Deva Vegan Vitamins

If you’d rather add the nutritious benefits of hemp to your diet with a supplement, then Hemp Oil Capsules from Deva Vegan Vitamins are right for you. A nutrient dense hemp seed oil soft capsule, add them to your existing daily vitamin and supplement routine to seamlessly incorporate hemp to your diet.

How to Use Hemp in Your Daily Diet Plan

Hemp seed hearts and hemp protein powder are versatile ways to add important vitamins and minerals, fiber, protein, and fatty acids. You can sprinkle hemp hearts on any meal or snack that you want to boost the nutrition of. Similarly, you can mix hemp protein powder into foods and beverages or even as a partial flour replacement for making baked goods.

Hemp as Food

Here are just a few suggestions on how to add these products from the Medical Marijuana, Inc. store to your diet each day.

Hemp Seed Hearts:

  • Top on salads
  • Sprinkled on avocado toast
  • Top on acai bowls or yogurt and fruit
  • Blended into oatmeal and cereals
  • Added to sandwiches
  • Sprinkled on English muffins
  • Topped on a baked potato
  • Or added to anything you want to boost with nutrients, protein and fiber

Hemp Protein Powder:

  • Baked into muffins and breads
  • Blend into smoothies
  • Mixed into oatmeals and cereals
  • Bake into brownies
  • Add to pancake or waffle batter
  • Or anything you want to boost with nutrients, protein and fiber

Is Hemp the Same as Marijuana?

Both hemp and marijuana are part of the cannabis family of plants. The two plants share many similarities, but differ on an important point. While marijuana contains high levels of THC, the compound in cannabis that gets users high, hemp contains only trace levels of THC. That means that adding hemp to your diet won’t get you high and is safe for everyone in your family to eat.

Unlike marijuana, which is grown to be used medically and recreationally to have high levels of THC, hemp is grown for its nutrient rich seeds, its CBD oil, and its strong fibers. Marijuana is federally illegal and closely regulated by specific states. Hemp foods, on the other hand, are legal in all 50 states.

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Then and Now: How the Cannabis Industry Changed in 10 Years

Then and Now: How the Cannabis Industry Changed in 10 Years

[Canniseur: It’s always interesting to see where an industry has been in the past. We’re seeing a new industry, legal cannabis, develop right in front of our eyes. Very exciting indeed.]

In many ways, the cannabis industry of today is unrecognizable to that of ten years ago and more. Here we explore the maturing cannabis industry and look at where it is headed.

The cannabis industry in the U.S. and worldwide has grown out of the black market to become a billion dollar force, disrupting everything from the pharmaceutical and wellness industries to the beauty products market and leisure industry. As Medical Marijuana, Inc. celebrates our 10 Year Anniversary, let’s take a moment to look at how the cannabis industry has transformed over the last ten years.

Cannabis Remains in a Legal Gray Area

10 years ago, the cannabis industry in the U.S. was still very much in its infancy. It was just over a decade since California became the first state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana, a radical idea at the time (1996) that received pushback from the federal government.

Then, 2009 began with an announcement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that directed the DEA not to pursue raids on state legal marijuana dispensaries. Later that same year, Holder’s office announced that it would not prioritize prosecution against legal medical marijuana patients.

These moves in the opening year of the Obama administration made it clear how the federal government intended to approach state legal cannabis operations and consumers, leaving the industry feeling confident enough to grow with less fear of prosecution.

However, at times during the Obama era, raids would continue at the local, state, and federal level, causing friction between marijuana businesses, legal cannabis states, and the federal government. Despite this, the legal cannabis industry continued to grow.

In 2014, the cannabis industry was given further protections by Congress when it passed the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibited the use of funds to prevent states from enacting laws legalizing marijuana. With the retirement of Rep. Sam Farr, (D-CA), the law became the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment. This amendment has been attached to the government’s omnibus spending bill since its first passing, continuing its protections for legal cannabis states to create their own marijuana regulations without interference.

Then, with the start of the Trump administration in 2018, new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it clear where the cannabis industry stood as long as he headed the Department of Justice when he took steps to roll back Obama era protections for legal cannabis businesses and consumers.

Jeff Sessions resigned late in 2018, leaving a vacancy for the U.S. Attorney General post. Trump’s nominee to replace Session is William Barr. In written responses to U.S. Senators, Barr confirmed that he will not crack down on legal cannabis businesses, potentially giving the industry the breathing room it needs to grow.

Shifting Perceptions on Cannabis

The cannabis industry also benefited from a radical shift in the perception of cannabis over the past ten years. This shift has come as politicians, the medical community, and the public have become more favorable towards marijuana.

In 1996, when California became the first medical marijuana state, just 25 percent of voters supported legal cannabis. In 2009, the year Medical Marijuana, Inc. went public, the majority of voters in the U.S. were still against the legalization of marijuana, but the gap was narrowing, with 44 percent of voters in favor. Now, opinion has shifted. The majority of voters in the U.S. now favor nationwide recreational marijuana legalization, and in the minds of many, federally legal marijuana now seems like an inevitability.

Legalization of Medical Marijuana Spreads

With this increase in support for cannabis, medical marijuana has grown in our country. 10 years ago, there were just 13 states in the U.S. with full medical marijuana programs. That number has now jumped to 33 states as support of medical marijuana has grown to an incredible 94 percent of adults polled. Support for medical marijuana has also come from veterans, politicians, and healthcare professionals. This trend is expected to continue as a recent study hinted that patients may prefer medical marijuana over prescription medications.

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Recreational Marijuana Begins

California was the first state to attempt independent, state-level cannabis legalization in 1972 with Proposition 19, but the law failed to gain the 66.5 percent of the vote it needed to pass. In 2010, one year after the launch of Medical Marijuana, Inc., California again failed to pass voter approved recreational cannabis.

Then in 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two states in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Oregon, California, Nevada, and Massachusetts would pass their own recreational marijuana laws in the following years. There are now a total of 10 states, along with Washington, D.C., that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Legalization has come with some unexpected benefits for communities that embraced it. Marijuana dispensaries have been shown to increase a neighborhood’s property value, and unlike opponents to legalization warned, teen use of marijuana has not gone up. In fact, teen use is at its lowest levels in 22 years. Cannabis tax revenue has been used to improve roads, create college scholarships, house and feed the homeless, and more.

With advantages like this, states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, and Rhode Island are all eying potential cannabis legalization in coming years.

You can learn more about changes to cannabis policy in the U.S. and around the world on our news feed, or you can find cannabis laws by state here.

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CBD Gains Attention as Part of Cannabis Industry

Medical and recreational marijuana aren’t the only sectors of the cannabis industry that are experiencing growth. The hemp derived CBD market has also experienced booming growth over the past ten years.

Despite being non-intoxicating due to its incredibly low levels of THC, hemp was routinely lumped in with its illicit cousin marijuana, leading to laws banning its cultivation in the U.S. and a negative stigma in the minds of many.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. was the first company to distribute mainstream CBD brands nationwide, creating the CBD hemp oil market in 2012 with brands like Dixie Botanicals® and Real Scientific Hemp Oil™. We worked hard to overcome these negative attitudes regarding hemp by educating law makers, health professionals, and consumers around the world about the differences between hemp and marijuana and the advantages of a daily CBD regimen.

Since then, CBD has moved beyond the cannabis market and has taken hold as a major ingredient in a number of major markets. Because of this, the CBD market in the U.S. has experienced significant growth, with CBD being infused into foods and beverages, botanical tinctures, beauty products, vapes, and more. CBD is even prescribed as a medication in some countries.

With the legalization of a domestic hemp industry in the U.S. due to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the hemp industry in the U.S. is set to explode in coming years. The hemp-derived CBD market alone is anticipated to grow to $22 billion by 2022 as hemp becomes a legal source of cannabinoids. About 7 percent of Americans now use CBD products, a number that could reach up to 10 percent by 2025.

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Cannabis Industry Innovation

One of the reasons that cannabis has been able to take its place as a major influence over U.S. and global industries is that companies focusing on cannabis have been quick to adapt strategies successful in other industries and are eager to bring innovation to this specialized market.

Cultivation technology has also impacted the cannabis industry’s ability to grow. Improvements to lights, growth mediums, nutrient supplements, and more have made it possible for growers to produce more cannabis of higher quality. The availability of quality cannabis has helped fuel the surge in popularity of cannabis and has led it to becoming a viable alternative to products like alcohol and medications in the legal medical and recreational markets.

Innovation in cannabis testing has also allowed the industry to ensure that the products being distributed to consumers are safe, reliable, and of the highest quality. A decade or more ago, when the legal cannabis industry was just beginning in many regions, cannabis quality and safety testing at any level was rare, and when it was conducted, it was usually voluntary.

As the industry has matured, most legal marijuana states have now enacted some level of 3rd party testing requirement for cannabis products as a way to regulate the industry and protect cannabis consumers.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. was a pioneer of cannabis testing, being the first mainstream CBD product line to voluntarily test our products at three points in our cultivation and manufacturing process, taking advantage of a 3rd party testing lab to verify the integrity of all our products.

The cannabis industry has also benefited from automation. From filling pre-rolled joints and vape cartridges to trimming dry cannabis flower and manufacturing edibles, the cannabis industry has been able to scale to keep pace with demand largely due to automation that allows companies to do in minutes what previously took hours.

Automation also allows companies and governments to track cannabis through cultivation, manufacturing, and retail. This helps to control inventory, ensure compliance at all levels, and prevents product from leaking onto the black market.

Around the country, cannabis companies are preparing for nationwide legalization by ramping up capacity and preparing to meet increased demand. Capitalizing on innovations like automation can help make sure the industry is prepared for further growth through legalization.

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Interest from Mainstream Brands

For most of its history, the cannabis industry has been avoided by large companies due to its questionable legality in the eyes of the federal government. This has allowed smaller mom and pop businesses to thrive and for some even become major players in the cannabis industry in their own right. Now that cannabis legalization seems like an inevitability, larger brands are expressing interest in entering the market, either with THC or CBD products.

The media went crazy with reports that Coca-Cola was considering entering the cannabis industry with CBD-infused products, by far the biggest consumer brand to hint at a possible entry into the cannabis market.

Constellation Brands, maker of alcohol brands like Corona, Svedka, Modelo, and Robert Mondavi, has also made a move to enter the cannabis market by investing $3.8 billion in Canopy Growth, the major Canadian cannabis business formerly known as Tweed Marijuana, Inc.

Similarly, Altria Group, the biggest tobacco company in the world and the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, reportedly invested approximately $1.8 billion into the Cronos Group, one of Canada’s major cannabis producers.

Beauty product company Estee Lauder has also been suggested as a potential player as CBD makes its way into a range of beauty products.  The beauty industry was worth $532 billion globally in 2017 and is expected to reach $863 billion by 2024.

Ten years ago, major mainstream brands like these were showing no interest in the still illicit cannabis market. However, as recreational marijuana legalization spreads at the state level and proves to be a lucrative market, many successful national and global brands are preparing for potential legalization at the federal level.

As public opinion on cannabis continues to shift and legalization spreads, more mainstream companies may look to enter the cannabis market. In turn, this infusion of cash from big businesses looking to move into the cannabis market could help drive cannabis further into the mainstream, adding to its potential for growth.

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Next Steps

The cannabis industry has come a long way since its roots on the black market. As legal cannabis enters its third decade, the industry looks on with anticipation of nationwide legalization of recreational and medical cannabis in the U.S.

A bill has been introduced that would allow state to regulate marijuana independently. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019 would remove marijuana altogether from the Controlled Substances Act, eliminating the potential of the federal government cracking down on states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.

Other recent bills to legalize marijuana, such as the Marijuana Justice Act, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), take a similar approach.

As the cannabis industry continues to mature, Medical Marijuana, Inc. will bring you developments as they unfold. You can learn more about what to expect from the cannabis industry in 2019 here or visit our news feed for the biggest headlines from across the cannabis world.

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Benzinga, Bustle, CNN, and MSN Feature the Medical Marijuana, Inc. Portfolio of Companies This Week

Benzinga, Bustle, CNN, and MSN Feature the Medical Marijuana, Inc. Portfolio of Companies This Week

Medical Marijuana, Inc. companies Kannalife™ Sciences, Kannaway, and HempMeds® were included in media coverage of the cannabis industry this week.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. achievements like our three months of record growth to begin the year, the creation of a CBD-like molecule to fight CTE and the opioid epidemic, and more were highlighted in news coverage from this past week. Find our biggest stories below.

Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s Record Growth

Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s record revenue numbers in Q1 of 2018 once again made news this week. Medical Marijuana, Inc. and portfolio company Kannalife™ Sciences were featured on Benzinga. The article looked closely at the most successful and fastest moving stocks in the cannabis industry. Medical Marijuana, Inc. and our portfolio of companies were included among the list due to our incredible growth in Q1 of 2018, including an increase year over year Q1 revenue of 191 percent.

The Medical Marijuana, Inc. family of companies recently completed an incredible start to the year with unprecedented revenue in the first three quarters of 2018. Driving this success were efforts like the launch of new products, the hosting of national and international events, the opening of new international markets, and introducing a new subsidiary.

The news of our growth was also covered in investment and business news sites Stockhouse, CNN Money, and MSN Money.

Kannalife™ Sciences Tackles CTE

Kannalife™ Sciences was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal this week. The piece, titled “Tackling CTE: KannaLife of Doylestown takes new tack in treating brain disorder”, looked at Kannalife™’s efforts to create novel new drugs to treat neurological disorders like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a condition caused by repeated blows to the head. Often linked to concussions, CTE has reached epidemic levels in the NFL, where players routinely collide with one another. However, CTE can develop wherever trauma to the head takes place.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. portfolio company Kannalife™ Sciences is currently conducting research and development on a novel compound based on cannabinoids like CBD to act as a preventative and therapeutic treatment for CTE. Kannalife™ Sciences holds an exclusive license with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the commercialization of U.S. Patent #6630507, “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.” Using this patent, the company is hoping to create a drug that will protect and possibly even heal the brain when exposed to trauma.

With the current work to develop a cannabinoid-based treatment and further research adding to our understanding of CTE and its devastating effects, we may to be closer than ever before to uncovering an effective way to protect the brains of NFL players.

Marijuana and Cryptocurrencies

Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s CEO Dr. Stuart Titus was quoted this week in an article on The Oofy that explored the role cryptocurrencies are playing within the marijuana industry. The Oofy is dedicated to covering financial technology news from around the world.

The article explores five different cannabis industry focused cryptocurrencies to see how these financial tools have the potential to disrupt the traditionally cash only industry. The article interviews several finance and marijuana industry experts, including Dr. Titus, to gauge the future of banking and finance for cannabis.

“There is also the potential for marijuana to be traded as a commodity, similar to how corn and other agricultural products are now bought and sold, or as an asset-based security, similar to the way mortgages have long been bundled and sold to investors,” said Dr. Titus in the article.

You can learn more about cryptocurrencies and the cannabis industry here.

Dr. Titus in Bustle

Dr. Titus was also interviewed for an article looking at CBD posted on Bustle this week. Titled “How Does CBD Coffee Work? This Buzzy Addition To Your Morning Joe Is Everywhere The Compound Is Legal”, the article closely explores the potential benefits that CBD can provide, especially when infused into a cup of coffee.

Dr. Titus shared his expertise on the physiological effects of CBD and how its addition to your morning coffee can enhance your general wellbeing. Because of the effects of CBD, more and more companies are infusing it into products like coffee beverages.

Companies hoping to break into the CBD industry by producing their own CBD-infused products like coffee drinks can source their CBD isolate or CBD oil from Medical Marijuana, Inc. subsidiary HempMeds® by visiting their wholesale page here.

Read More Media Coverage

You can find more coverage of Medical Marijuana, Inc. and our family of companies here or visit our news feed for the latest from our companies.

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