If you build it, who will come?
Verabis, a primary research firm that focuses on the cannabis industry, wants to help you get to the bottom of this question and more. And they’ve got some data about the industry to share.
Did you know that 70 percent of cannabis enthusiasts use cannabis product once or more a week? And four out of five of these people consume cannabis at least once per day?
Verabis has seen significant differences in product preferences when it comes to the gender split. For example, women are more drawn to mint and gum than men. Men are more likely to trust vaporizers. Moreover, one in four say their use of cannabis will increase in the coming year. Are you ready?
Verabis designs custom research programs (focus groups, online surveys, etc.) from the ground up and delivers insights focused on helping their clients know their customers and grow their businesses.
With more than 30 years in the primary research business serving Fortune 500 clients, Verabis says it is well poised to address key business challenges such as new product development, customer satisfaction and loyalty, and brand identity for dispensaries, manufacturers and ancillary businesses in the cannabis industry.
Verabis CEO Michael Hesser will be speaking at this April’s Marijuana Investor Summit in Denver. Look for them at booth 710 or contact Verabis to see how this research team can help you get the information you need to continue to grow your business in the emerging cannabis industry.
CannTrust, which describes itself as "Canada's only pharmacist-controlled and operated producer and distributor of medical cannabis," on Friday announced an incentive offer for qualified patients that encourages vapouizing to consume medical cannabis.
In a partnership with Arizer, a Canadian manufacturer of personal vaporizers, patients can now access the latest in vapor technology with an exclusive price for three devices, not offered at these prices by any other Health Canada approved provider of medical cannabis, according to CannTrust.
"Patient safety is our priority and we've built our business on that," says Normal Paul, chairman of CannTrust. "We've created a state-of-the-art growing and testing facility to ensure our patients have access to consistent quality medical cannabis in Canada. It would be irresponsible for us not to make every effort to ensure patients have access to safe consumption and that is what our vaporizer program is all about."
CannTrust patients who place any order of 15 grams or more of medical cannabis can purchase one of three vaporizers for the lowest price in Canada. The patient can choose from three different starter packs depending on which vaporizer model selected.
Combo pack A includes the Solo model for $250, which includes the vaporizer and 15 grams of medical cannabis. (Just a Solo model retails for $224.) More advanced packages include the Extreme model with 15 grams of medical cannabis for $265 or the Air model for only $295.
By Steve Elliott
Electronic cigarettes containing extracts of marijuana -- but no psychoactive THC -- are about to hit the market in France any day now. The e-cigs contain cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), which give relaxing and pain-killing effects, according to the manufacturer.
Three young French entrepreneurs are launching the product, which launches before the end of December, and they claim it will be entirely legal, reports The Local.
"KanaVape brings you many of the benefits of cannabinoids without the psychotic effect of THC," claims the website of the product, due to go on sale this month in France.
"Vape pens" which allow consumers to inhale cannabis or tobacco vapor are increasingly popular in the United States. But they've been rare in Europe until now.
"By using only hemp with 5 percent CBD (Cannabidiol) and no THC, KanaVape provides you with a unique cannabinoids excperience," the company claims. "Cannabidiol is a non-psychotic cannabinoid, it will not make you 'high' but will help you relax." (Note the not-very-subtle substitution of the word "psychotic" for the proper term, "psychoactive," perhaps to demonize THC and make it seem more threatening -- a favorite, albeit quite deceptive, marketing strategy for "CBD-only" purveyors.)
CBD-rich hemp, which is grown legally to make products such as oil, rope, cloth, paper, and fuel, will be used to make the vapor mix.
420careers.com, a marijuana industry job listing site, has revealed the 10 most popular marijuana industry jobs in the United States.
“Because the marijuana industry is so new and expanding so rapidly, many employers only require minimal or no experience necessary for their jobs posted on 420careers.com. This means that almost anyone 18 or older can apply for a job and be a highly considered candidate for the position,” stated Colby Ayres, the Director of Marketing at 420careers.com.
10 most popular marijuana jobs in the United States:
1. Budtenders (marijuana “pharmacists”) – assist dispensary customers with marijuana inquiries.
2. Marijuana Cultivators (growers) – cultivate marijuana for dispensaries.
3. Edibles Chefs – create marijuana-infused foods such as cookies, brownies, teas, sodas, and sauces.
4. Extraction Technicians – help make marijuana-infused products by creating marijuana concentrates.
5. Marijuana Industry Journalists – write about the marijuana industry for publications or blogs.
6. Vaporizer Sales Representatives – sell vaporizers for manufacturers or distributors.
7. Dispensary Security Officers – patrol dispensaries for illegal activity.
8. Trimmers – harvest and process marijuana for dispensaries.
9. Dispensary Managers – manage all or various aspects of dispensaries.
10. Marijuana Delivery Drivers – deliver marijuana to customers.
10 most popular auxiliary jobs the marijuana industry helps employ:
3. Event Planners
Dab Kits, the retailer of high-end premium wax vaporizers, on Tuesday announced that they will offer a lifetime warranty on their product. The company said its decision to extend the warranty from six months of coverage to a lifetime guarantee "is part of Dab Kits’ ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction and service."
With the growing popularity of wax vape pens, it is more important now than ever to provide people with high-quality affordable vaporizers that they can depend on, according to Matt Cheatle, cofounder of Dab Kits.
“At Dab Kits, we stand firmly behind the quality of our products and strive to ensure that our customer service is second to none,” Cheatle said.
Confident in the durability and excellence of their cannabis vaporizers, Dab Kits now offers lifetime coverage on all manufacturer defects of the housing unit and battery by either replacing or repairing the parts. Atomizers will be covered, as before, under a 30-day warranty.
Though the heating element itself is not covered under Dab Kits’ warranty, replacements are available for purchase at www.dabkits.com.
In order to repair or replace a part of Dab Kits’ wax vaporizers, customers need to contact email@example.com for a Return Material Authorization form (RMA). All exchange requests should be sent with a completed RMA form, proof of purchase, and the item to be repaired/exchanged.
Although Research Shows Medical Mariuana Works, Critics Say California Center's Research Is Flawed
By Kathleen Doheny, WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Marijuana can be a promising treatment for some specific, pain-related medical conditions, according to California researchers who presented an update of their findings Wednesday to the California Legislature and also released them to the public.
"I think the evidence is getting better and better that marijuana, or the constituents of cannabis, are useful at least in the adjunctive treatment of neuropathy," Igor Grant, MD, executive vice-chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, tells WebMD.
"We don't know if it's a front-line treatment. I'm hoping the results of our studies will prompt larger-scale studies that involve a much more varied population."
"This [report given to the Legislature] sets the stage of larger-scale studies,'' he says.
Some experts who reviewed the report say some of the studies are flawed and that they worry about the long-term health effects of marijuana smoke.
Perspective: Medical Marijuana Research
by Neal McNamara
Shane Gustafson came into the business of selling vaporizer machines for use with medical marijuana was because of a sick family member.
Gustafson’s 60-year-old father was using medical marijuana for various ailments. But it got to a point where the side effects of smoked marijuana became unbearable, so his father asked if there was another way to ingest it.
“He was ready to quit,” Gustafson said. “Then he asked me to do research into vaporizer machines.”
After two months of researching the machines, which are manufactured for aromatherapy, Gustafson found and bought one for his father and eventually one for himself.
“I became a true believer,” he said. “I saw the relief my father got out of it. So, I got a hold of the manufacturer.”