As a part of our special feature series The Future of Cannabis, we're taking a look at those companies within each sector that appear to be among the strongest out there.
It must be noted that some of these are micro caps, or even nano caps, in the earliest stages of their life cycle. The future of their regulatory environment remains unclear, and that means that there's a high level of risk associated with investing at this point. That risk, though, also translates to the potential for big returns should their plans for a bigger future come to fruition.
These five companies are arguably among the leaders for the infused products and extracts sector of the cannabis industry. To read more about this sector, check out our feature article for week three of The Future of Cannabis, and visit The Future of Cannabis home page for links to all of the videos, articles, and interviews we're.
Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: GLH)
Market cap: $58,162,549
Golden Leaf Holdings is one of the largest cannabis oil and solution providers in North America. It is a leading cannabis products company in Oregon built around recognized brands providing medical users with a superior value and experience.
Golden Leaf leverages a strong management team and advanced research techniques, including R&D with its Israeli subsidiary, Green Point Sciences, to complement its expertise in growing, extracting, refining, and selling cannabis oil.
As an industry leader committed to transparency and controls, Golden Leaf Holdings is dedicated to partnering with industries, communities, and regulators.
Golden Leaf’s primary brand is GoldenXTRX. GoldenXTRX crafts premium CO2 extracted cannabis oil products that deliver the ultimate in form, flavor, and function. While paying homage to its medical legacy, GoldenXTRX re-imagines the modern cannabis experience with its commitment to exceptionally crafted oils and innovative delivery systems. From smokeless, portable vape pens to artisanal edibles, GoldenXTRX provides medical patients with the highest quality and most enjoyable user experience.
Lexaria Corp. (OTCQB: LXRP)
Market cap: $7,790,832
Lexaria is a food sciences company focused on the delivery of hemp oil compounds procured from legal, agricultural hemp seed oil, through gourmet foods products based upon its proprietary infusion technologies. Lexaria Corp. is active in three market segments.
Lexaria produces and sells edible consumer products infused with CBD that are available for sale in all 50 states. Though its subsidiary, Lexaria launched the ViPova™ brand with a hemp oil-infused black tea. Through its LexariaEnergy™ brand, the company is about to launch the LexariaEnergy Bar, a hemp oil-infused protein bar.
Lexaria owns two patents pending for the infusion of hemp oil within lipids. Lexaria theorizes that hemp oil delivered within lipids may have greater bioavailability to the human body. Preliminary studies have supported these claims.
Earth Science Tech, Inc. (OTCQB: ETST)
Market cap: $17,190,913
Earth Science Tech is focused on researching and developing innovative hemp extracts and making them accessible worldwide. ETST plans to be a supplier of high quality hemp oil enriched with high-grade CBD. ETST’s primary goal is to advance different high quality hemp extracts with a broad profile of cannabinoids and additional natural molecules found in industrial hemp and to identify their distinct properties.
ETST also provides a number of marketing services to suit its customers’ marketing budget. ETST’s services include direct marketing, search engine optimization, public relations, email marketing, social media marketing, and development of referral programs.
ETST operates through two wholly owned subsidiaries which provide products, marketing, and distribution. As of December 2014, Nutrition Empire was opened as a brick and mortar retail store that provides health, wellness, sports nutrition, and dietary supplement products at competitive prices. In March 2015, ETST created Earth Science Tech Vapor One, Inc., a license and distribution company allowing ETST entry in the maturing marketplace of the vaping industry. The licensing relationship gives ETST the mobility to capture the emerging market offering its CBD oil to its retail partners as demand emerges.
CannaVest Corp. (OTQCB: CANV)
Market cap: $8,626,489
CannaVest develops, produces, markets, and sells end consumer products to the nutraceutical industry containing the hemp plant extract CBD, and reselling to third parties raw product acquired by CannaVest pursuant to its supply relationships in Europe. CannaVest sells to numerous consumer markets including the nutraceutical, beauty care, pet care, and functional food sectors. CannaVest seeks to take advantage of an emerging worldwide trend to re-energize the production of industrial hemp and to foster its many uses for consumers.
Through innovative and responsible application of science, CannaVest seeks to enhance the prosperity and well-being of its customers, employees, communities, and shareholders. CannaVest is committed to pioneering the hemp revolution as the world’s leading producer of quality hemp-derived CBD products.
Dixie Elixirs & Edibles
Dixie Elixirs & Edibles is one of the largest cannabis infused products manufacturers in the United States. Based out of Colorado, Dixie has established itself as a well-known, high quality producer of various types of infused products including, but not limited to, drinks, mints, chocolates, capsules, and topicals. All of Dixie’s products use CO2-extracted cannabis oils that have been triple tested at laboratories in order to verify potency, encourage consistency, and avoid contamination.
Because Dixie Elixirs & Edibles cannot expand outside of Colorado due to federal interstate commerce laws prohibiting the sale of cannabis across state lines, Dixie created Dixie Brands, a licensing company that brings the Dixie name and know-how to markets nationally. Dixie Brands manages Dixie Elixir’s intellectual property regarding the manufacture and distribution of infused products bearing the Dixie name in various states will legal cannabis markets.
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