As the first half of this year comes to an end, you may be wondering what trends have firmly established themselves as shapers of the cannabis industry. Here is an overview of some trends you may have noticed or need to watch going forward.
Trend #1: Growth of Marijuana Social Consumption
It was always ironical that while marijuana was legal in various jurisdictions, it remained nearly impossible to legally use pot outside one’s home. A new wave of amendments and laws is addressing this gap and we have started seeing states and cities creating regulatory mechanisms for marijuana social consumption lounges. Expect these places to spring up in all jurisdictions where recreational marijuana is legal.
Trend #2: Revived Interest in Plant-Derived Remedies
The growth of the cannabis industry may have had an unforeseen consequence of reigniting people’s interest in treatments that tackle health complications from the root rather than just fixing symptoms. Throughout the U.S. and across the world, plant-derived medicine is seeing a revival which may just be what the marijuana industry needs to go to the next level. The CBD craze is one result of this trend. Expect to see numerous formulations from full-spectrum marijuana and hemp at a hospital or wellness center near you!
Trend #3: Remorse for the War on Drugs
There seems to have been a lot of soul-searching going on and the desire to correct the wrongs committed against racial minorities during the failed war on drugs has become a strong driver of marijuana legalization and decriminalization efforts. Illinois has set the bar, but don’t be surprised if other states raise it higher during the next wave of recreational marijuana legalization initiatives.
Trend #4: Consolidation Within the Industry
This was first noticed last year, but it appears to be gathering momentum as this year progresses. As the cannabis industry matures, many mom and pop or small startups in the industry are being gobbled up by bigger players who have the financial and other resources to successfully navigate the complexities of the industry brought by the contradictory state and federal laws. One advantage of this consolidation is that it will promote the industry further since Americans have generally grown to put more faith in big brands across all industries.
Trend #5: Cannabis Flower is Peaking as a Product of Choice
Cannabis flower still takes the lion’s share of the cannabis market, but this year has seen other segments registering massive growth that outstrips the rate at which the market for smokable flower is growing. For example, marijuana oils and edibles have seen explosive growth in recent months, and this surge is likely to continue at the expense of cannabis flower. Several reasons, such as the stigma associated with smoking marijuana, account for the growth of the other product lines.
Current and potential investors in the cannabis industry may be well advised to watch the trends above carefully and make their investment decisions accordingly. It would be interesting to hear what industry participants like The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) have to say about the trends above.
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