What is Cannabis?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. In the early 20th century cannabis was a subject to legal restrictions. Nowadays, the cannabis use is illegal in most countries, but it is used for medical purposes. The use of cannabis became popular in the United States in the 1970s. Support for legalization has increased in the United States. It has legalized the recreational or medical use of cannabis. Cannabis use and its legalization is more widely-spread that it was several years ago when it could have meant to face the courts or even prison.

The cannabis industry has significantly grown due to increasingly weakening rules around the world regarding green goods. That is why a lot of marijuana stocks become one of the investing ways. A lot of private companies dominate in this industry in the USA. The number of companies is bigger than it is in other countries, because of federal and state laws on cannabis. Canada legalized medical marijuana back in 2001. That is why it is more developed and it is not disturbed by state restrictions.

You may see how marijuana industry is developing. A lot of US states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, some of the legalized recreational marijuana. Canada desires to make recreational marijuana to be legal nationwide. Because of rapid marijuana boom, a lot of investors consider investing in marijuana stocks.

About Medical Marijuana

Interest in medical marijuana is booming and everyone wants to know what it is good for. Cannabinoids are the compound elements found in this plant. These elements interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. Cannabinoids are considered to treat a lot of diseases: glaucoma, pain, nausea, muscle spasms and loss of appetite. It helps to release post-therapy nausea effect in cancer patients. Some laboratory tests also investigate antitumor properties of this plant.

THC (dronabinol) and nabilone have been registered for medical use in the USA. But there are some reasons that may explain why these medicines are not widely used. Firstly, it is difficult for patients to titrate the dose of these medicaments. Secondly, the US federal government has tried to prevent patients from receiving cannabis.

The Canadian government allows patients, who suffer from complicated diseases, to use cannabis for medical purposes. Some lawyers say that the only way to use cannabis is legalizing it only for medical prescriptions. But the best cannabinoids use depends on delivering THC and on developing synthetic cannabinoids that will provide a desired therapeutic effect with a minimal psychoactive effect on human’s health.

Success in Pharmaceutical Companies

One of best ways to invest legally in marijuana is through pharmaceutical companies that research clinical trials of marijuana products. A lot of companies remove THC from the plant in order to produce medicine that does not include psychoactive effect. They are helpful in treating Cancer, Epilepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.

What Are the Top Marijuana’s Stocks?

  • Canopy Growth Corporation

    The company was founded by Bruce Linton on August 5, 2009. It is headquartered in Smith Falls, Canada. The company was known as Tweed Marijuana Inc. In September 2015 it changed its name to Canopy Growth Corporation. Canada legalized the use of medical cannabis in 2001. Canopy Growth Corporation is the biggest medical producer in Canada.  It is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana in Canada. Canopy products treat symptoms such as chronic pain, muscle spasms, seizures, nausea and loss of appetite. The company manages a collection of various brand, supported by more than half a million square feet of greenhouse production capacity. Canopy Growth Corporation offers dry cannabis and oil products under the Tweed and Bedrocan brands. Canopy Growth Corporation may be a good investment choice for anyone looking to invest in marijuana.

  • Aurora Cannabis Inc.

    The Aurora Cannabis Inc. was founded by Terry Booth and Steve Dobler on December 21, 2006. Aurora Cannabis Inc. is located in Vancouver, Canada. The Aurora Cannabis Company’s business leads in the sailing of medical cannabis by direct delivery services. It is engaged in cultivating, harvesting, and selling of Canadian medical marijuana. It also manufactures and distributes medical marijuana products, consisting of cannabis oil and dried cannabis.  Cannabis oils are more expensive than traditional marijuana. They had helped to increase the growth of the company’s profits. Aurora Cannabis Inc. is a licensed producer and retailer of medical marijuana in Canada. In addition, Aurora Cannabis Inc. is an active participant in the Cannabis market. It is concentrated on growing, harvesting and selling medical marijuana. Thanks to the Canadian Rocky Mountains water, cannabis plants bring a yield of 55,200 sq ft. kilometers. Aurora has a large growth potential. Aurora is equipped with modern equipment that produces medical cannabis which is available on the market.

  • Vitality Biopharma Inc.

    Vitality Biopharma, Inc. was founded by Avtar S. Dhillon and Robert T. Brooke on June 29, 2007. It is headquartered in Yuba City; CA. Vitality Biopharma is a pharmaceutical company, which acts via its cannabinoid prodrugs for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory diseases. The company has developed a new class of Cannabis-based drugs for medical use. Cannabis-based drugs include drugs developed from cannabinoids produced for medical treatment of such diseases as nausea, vomiting, and pain. Moreover, cannabinoid-like compounds are effective in the treatment of serious diseases, such as cancer. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. THC is the first cannabinoid which is permitted for medical use. It is used in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. THC is able to stop the effects of chemotherapy on cancer and weight loss syndrome in AIDS. A lot of Americans suffer from IBD, Crohn’s disease, and colitis. They need long-term treatment. Cannabinoids, according to the clinical trial results, help to induce remission in these diseases. A lot of patients after the course of treatment feel relief and improvement of their well-being.

  • Medical Marijuana Inc.

    Medical Marijuana (MJNA) Inc. is headquartered in San Diego, California, U.S. Medical Marijuana (MJNA) is a well-developed company which is engaged in cannabis industry in America. It is the owner of related cannabis companies including CanChew and PhytoSphere Systems. Medical Marijuana, Inc. is a holding company that has invested half a dozen of cannabidiol products for the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical or industrial hemp industry. With the help of its investment holdings, the Company concentrates on developing, selling and distributing cannabis oil, which maintains cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and other products containing CBD rich hemp oil. The Company’s products are specially developed for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetical industries.

  • AbbVie Inc.

    AbbVie is a pharmaceutical company that is engaged in developing and marketing biopharmaceuticals and small molecule drugs. AbbVie discovers therapies for the most complicated to treat diseases. The company is working on developing and commercializing the medicine for Alzheimer’s treatment. It also discovers other medicines that will be effective to treat different neurodegenerative diseases. It has already a cannabis drug on the market.

    Its main tasks are:

    • To treat cancer

    FDA approved Marinol (dronabinol), which removes chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting symptoms for patients with chemotherapy. Marinol is a synthetic form of THC that originates from Cannabis sativa.  It is used when the other medicine is not effective.

    • To help AIDS patients (who have lost their appetite or suffer from anorexia)

    It should be mentioned that Marinol is not one of its top-selling drugs. AbbVie has a lot of different drugs that make money for this company. AbbVie concentrates on the U.S. market.

  • Corbus Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    This company has a high potential. Corbus Pharmaceuticals is making progress.  Currently, this company is working on Resunab and Anabasum drugs. The main task of the oral endocannabinoid-mimetic drug called Resunab is to treat cystic fibrosis and sclerosis (or scleroderma) and cystic fibrosis. Anabasum’s main goal will be to treat cystic fibrosis, chronic inflammation, systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and dermatomyositis.

  • Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

    Insys Therapeutics, Inc. is working on synthetic cannabis drug, which is based on cannabinoid research. Its task is to treat epilepsy. It is expected that the new drug will increase the value of the stock. Insys Therapeutics, Inc. is also developing non-cannabis drugs which aim is to treat childhood epilepsy. Insys Therapeutics, Inc. has produced Syndromes marijuana product. Its task is to help with weight loss which is caused by AIDS and chemotherapy-induced nausea.

  • THE SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO COMPANY (NYSE: SMG)

    THE SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO COMPANY was founded by Orlando McLean Scott in 1868. It is headquartered in Marysville, Ohio. The Company is the combination of two companies: O.M. Scott & Sons and Stern’s Miracle-Gro Products, Inc. It is a manufacturer and seller of branded consumer lawn and garden products worldwide. Currently, this Company starts working the pesticide business. It develops pesticides for marijuana stocks. The main aim of this Company is to set a long-term goal to develop the marijuana market. THE SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO COMPANY has spent a lot of money buying other marijuana companies. Its Black Magic product, which helps to promote the soil-less growth of the plant, has found its place in more than 165 Home Depot stores.

  • Cannabis Science Inc.

    Cannabis Science (CBIS) is headquartered in Irvine, California, U.S.  CBIS is a scientific company focused on transformation cannabinoids into a medicament. The company works with world authorities in the field of phytocannabinoid science.  It is involved in medical researchers to treat critical diseases. A Cannabis Science sticks to the scientific methodologies that may help to produce phytocannabinoid-based pharmaceutical products. Its main goal is HIV, AIDS, and cancer. CBIS market capitalization is around $180 million. It works to discover new cannabinoid-based treatments in order to improve the lives of patients. As a medical marijuana company, CBIS is creating medical cannabinoid products, which are produced from marijuana plant compounds.

  • Hemp, Inc. (HEMP)

    The Hemp Company is focused on hemp industry. The company is also focused on a variety of environmentally friendly products that industrial hemp offers to the world. Hemp manufacturing produces lost circulation material (LCM) and spill absorbents for the oil and gas industries. Its main goal is to increase the potential of hemp, as opposed to cannabis.

What Is the Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis?

Hemp and cannabis belong to the same species (Cannabis sativa). It means that scientifically they are the same thing. But legally they are not. There are some characteristic features that make them quite different.

It is well-known that marijuana has two main species: Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. They have different effects, that’s why are used for different goals. Sativa’s effect is more stimulating, while the Cannabis indica effect is more sedating.

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  • History

    Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants. Hemp was always cultivated for its strong fibers, seeds, and oils. Historically, fivers were useful for textiles, healthy supplements, skin products, food, building material, plastic and composite materials, accessories, cordages. A hemp fiber, weaving into fabrics, was an ancient, archaeological human activity. Moreover, hemp plants can be treated to produce ethanol or alcohol fuel.  This tradition is still alive nowadays.

  • Appearance

    Hemp belongs to the Cannabis Sativa species. Sativa plants are tall and have long, narrow leaves. Hemp has skinnier leaves. There are only a few branches or leaves on the top of the plant. Hemp is not as thick as cannabis. It is higher and skinnier plant.

  • THC

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another feature that differentiates hemp from cannabis. It leads to the level of psychological effect. Hemp max THC level is 0.3%. Hemp has high cannabidiol (CBD) content, making its o, 3% of THC amount useless. Having a low THC and a high CBD effect, hemp plants do not produce psychoactive effects when swallowed. Because of the high CBD level, hemp plants are completely non-psychoactive. That is why they are safe for health and may be used by anyone, regardless of age. Moreover, CBD may help with numerous diseases such as anxiety, epilepsy, alcoholism, back pain, diabetes, chronic pain, migraines, depression, psoriasis and more.

  • Cultivation

    Hemp plants are cultivated, close to each other, especially outdoors on the large plots with several acres. It requires a little bit of no chemicals to grow. The period of plants’ growth is 108-120 days. In comparison with cannabis plant, hemp can grow in any climate. They have a natural method of controlling the growth of weeds and invasive plants. The cannabis plant grows up to 20 feet.

  • Effects

    The effect of Sativa plant use is energizing, that is why it may be suitable for a daytime use. It has a cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic effect. It can enchase human’s activity and provide a feeling of ease.

  • Benefits

    Sativa plants are effective for treating mental diseases. It can treat depression, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD and other mental disorders. Although Savita is effective in treating these diseases, some people find it unhealthy. They say that it increases their anxiety.

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  • History

    Cannabis is well-known for its medical and recreational features. It looks different from hemp. It is used in agriculture and industry. Cannabis has a great potential for medicine.

  • Appearance

    Cannabis belongs to the Cannabis Indica species. Indica plants are short, its leaves are wide. Cannabis looks like a short thick bush with lots of flowers. Indica plants are better for growing indoors.

  • THC

    Cannabis max batch of THC content is about 5-20%. Some premium marijuana THC level may be near 25 -30%. THC psychoactive component of cannabis is responsible for producing the effects of the drug. Cannabis has euphoric, psychoactive properties (because of the highest THC level in the plant).

  • Cultivation

    Cannabis plants’ growth cycle is near 60-90 days. They are cultivated with special attention and control. They require warm and humid climate. Medical cannabis can’t grow closer with each other; it requires the distance of 6 feet.

  • Benefits

    Cannabis Indica deals with glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease. It treats anxiety. However, a lot of finds it can strengthen it or even cause paranoia. Cannabis elements help to release sleep disorders, providing muscle relaxing effect.

  • Effects

    Indica plant has an opposite to Sativa’s effect. It provides an effect of relaxing and calming. It is best suited for night use because it relieves stress and helps with sleep.

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Hybrids are crossbred strains that combine both Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa genetics. Their goal is to create a strain with characteristic features of these two species (Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa). But sometimes hybrids may include more elements belonging to one species—Sativa or Indica. That is why they are divided into Indica-dominant or Sativa-dominant hybrid strains.

How to Invest In Marijuana Stocks?

Legalization of marijuana and cannabis-based products has been increasing during the last half-decade. A lot of investors recognized the huge potential market that this recreational and medicinal plant represents. There are some important recommendations that will ensure better chance to succeed in marijuana investing.

  • A Track of Success

    One of the biggest problems of investing in the marijuana industry is the huge raise number of new companies that have no reliable experience in this industry. That is why it is better to look for experienced companies with a proven success. Of course, for you, it may seem to be easy. You may think that investing in marijuana is a simple process, but in fact, it is not so. It is a new industry, which requires a lot of options, rules, and steps to follow with. Like every business, it requires supply chains, marketing, and distribution.

  • A Flow of Income

    With a high development of marijuana industry, customers have much more opportunities and access to this product, because of the variety of companies which supply this product. In fact, some of those companies will fail. And the best, the most successful and experienced of them will leave. If you want to invest in marijuana stocks, you need to choose the company that has a short burst of profitability. Choose the company which has a steady income, because such companies may be more profitable in a long-term run.

Essential Rules for Investing in Marijuana Stocks:

  • Know What You Do

    Buying a marijuana stock, the first thing you do is investing money in part of the company. The main goal of the company is to provide products and services to customers and create shareholder value. If you pay less attention to the attractiveness of the product and more on the business and the industry in which it operates, you will be much better.

  • Understand the Risks

    Everything has its own risks. And investing money in marijuana stocks is not an exception. That is why you need to know all possible risks before investing money in marijuana stocks.

    What are those risks?

    U.S. marijuana manufactures often face the obstacles which are often caused by the US government. Although some stated have legalized marijuana sale, federal laws still prohibit the sale. It does not mean that there are no future obstacles that may prevent Canadian marijuana supplies to be engaged in this industry. Risk stills to exist, and always will be.

  • Know the Leaders

    It is very important and wise to choose the stocks from the leaders of the marijuana industry.

  • Invest Wisely

    Every investing idea, as you know, requires a special attention, experience, care and time. What concerns the last, it should be long-term. If you want to invest in something, invest for a long-term goal. Why? Because investing for a long-term may offer a good reward and you may win a lot. Marijuana investing is risky, but having a good investing plan and experienced management it may grow and succeed quite well.