Congress Just Unlocked 540% Growth in 5 Years in This Little-Known Marijuana Sector

Charlotte Figi was just three months old when she had her first seizure. It was a grand mal seizure, the most serious kind, and lasted 30 minutes. That was only the beginning.

The number of seizures kept increasing. By the time she was three, Charlotte needed a wheelchair.

At one point, she took up to seven medications to control the seizures, but they didn’t help. By age five, Charlotte was having up to 300 grand mal seizures per week.

That’s more than 40 a day… almost two every hour.

At one point, doctors put Charlotte into a coma to give her body a break from the constant wear and tear caused by the seizures.

Around this time, Charlotte’s grandfather discovered that cannabis oil had helped another child who also had Dravet Syndrome. Desperate for help, the family tried the oil.

They were stunned at the immediate change.

After Charlotte’s first dose, she lived the whole next week of her life without a seizure!

Her seizures didn’t go away completely, but the number fell dramatically – from 300 per week to just two to three per month. Charlotte’s life was completely changed.

That oil is part of a relatively unknown industry with the potential to create enormous wealth for you… and Congress is about to open the floodgates at any moment. This industry is now set to boom over the next decade, yet most investors know practically nothing about it.

Hitting the Mainstream

The life-changing oil Charlotte’s grandfather stumbled across is CBD oil. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of more than 400 chemical compounds found in a cannabis plant. It is a “non-psychoactive” compound found in both cannabis and hemp plants. That’s a fancy way of saying it won’t get you “high.”

Another cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), does have psychoactive traits. That’s the key difference. THC will get you high but CBD will not.

Hemp and marijuana are in the same cannabis sativa family, but there are important differences. The biggest is the amount of THC. Marijuana can contain up to 30% THC, while the hemp plant has less than 0.3%. Hemp also contains more CBD.

That’s a golden combination – more CBD with only a trace of THC. Hemp gives you all of the benefits without feeling stoned.

The chemical makeup of CBD from marijuana is virtually identical to CBD from hemp, so most of what is available today is produced from industrial hemp. It is cheaper and has less restrictive laws than cannabis.

Soon, hemp will have no restrictions.

The new 2018 Farm Bill has just passed in the Senate, and the House of Representatives is expected to approve it any day now. The bill will legalize hemp for the first time in nearly a century, swinging the door to massive growth wide open. As hemp-derived CBD oil hits the mainstream, we’re looking at an industry with the potential to be 55 times larger in just five years.

All of the Benefits, None of the Problems

CBD is considered one of the most beneficial compounds available to humans… and it does not produce the nasty side effects that many drugs do. If it were an FDA-approved medicine, we would call it a wonder drug.

Wellness and medical professionals have used CBD for decades as an alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals. It treats everything from epilepsy to pain to anxiety.

It worked for me.

I began researching the marijuana industry years ago. Most of today’s leading companies weren’t even public yet. I followed this trend almost from the beginning. I have been a keynote speaker at marijuana conferences, spoken to CEOs, interviewed business leaders, customers, and more.

This access to the pioneers of the North American marijuana industry gave me a great education on CBD. The more I learned about it, the more I felt it could help me.

I’m a Type A personality. When I’m passionate about something… like making money in the stock market… I go at it full speed. This helps me succeed, but it produces its share of stress and anxiety.

Doctors and therapists over the years offered me a range of treatments from drugs to meditation. They help in their own ways, but none were able to cure me.

I felt the initial effects of CBD oil within minutes the first time I tried it. After 30 minutes or so, I felt much calmer. I started taking CBD oil daily and experienced a lot less stress. It is now part of my regular health and wellness routine.

I have since educated friends, family, and colleagues on its benefits and seen positive changes in their lives as well.

Helping the Opioid Crisis

I know a few people who suffer from chronic pain. The healthcare industry’s standard treatment is opioids, which scares the heck out of me. I’m sure you’ve heard about the serious problem of opioid overdoses.

The numbers are staggering. In 2016, there were on average 115 opioid overdose deaths per day in the U.S. Beyond that, many people addicted to opioids also turn to heroin. Between 2002 and 2016, the number of heroin-related overdose deaths increased 533%.

Do you know how many people died from CBD overdoses in 2016?

Zero.

With hemp becoming legal, I believe CBD oil will become the preferred treatment for chronic pain. Opioids may one day be banned in the United States in all but the rarest cases.

The U.S. opioid market was valued at $23 billion in 2016. Look for a large chunk of that to shift to alternatives in the next few years, most notably CBD.

A Multibillion-Dollar Game Changer

Until the Farm Bill passes at any moment, hemp is a Schedule 1 drug as determined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

That’s laughable. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have a “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use.” We’re talking about heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and the like. CBD has many medical uses and little potential for abuse because it doesn’t get you high. (Marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug, but that too is outdated thinking and on its way to changing… also a big opportunity.)

The Farm Bill is a multibillion-dollar game changer for the CBD industry because legalizing hemp also removes it from Schedule 1.

Canada’s marijuana legalization means that CBD is now legal there, too. Across the pond in Europe, the majority of countries consider CBD to be legal, though the laws vary. For example, in Switzerland cannabis products that contain less than 1% THC can be produced and sold. CBD is also legal in the United Kingdom.

Hemp and CBD are no longer legal concerns in most developed countries, and they will likely be completely decriminalized in many of them over the next few years. Even the World Health Organization is on board. On August 14, it recommended to the United Nations that its 194 members “deschedule” CBD – or remove it from their schedules of problem drugs.

Drinks All Around?

CBD’s potential uses go far beyond treating anxiety, pain, or epilepsy. Another area with monster potential is CBD-infused beverages.

There are already drinks at health and wellness stores with low levels of CBD. I have tried a few, and I see this industry exploding in the future. Instead of a sports drink that is high in sugar or water with a high pH level, consumers can chug a beverage that contains the health benefits of CBD.

The rumblings are already there. Last year, Constellation Brands (STZ), a global alcoholic beverage giant best known for Corona beer, made its first investment into marijuana leader Canopy Growth (CGC). A follow-on investment this year upped the investment to nearly $5 billion. All with CBD beverages in mind.

A Coca-Cola (KO) representative recently said, “Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world.” Have a Coke and a smile!

John Boehner, the former Speaker of the House, is another big advocate. He backs U.S. cannabis producer Acreage Holdings (ACRZF), which recently hired a former chief product and innovation officer from Diageo (DEO), one of the largest alcoholic beverage companies in the world.

As big-name companies like Constellation, Molson Coors Brewing (TAP), and Coca-Cola look into drinks with CBD, new distribution outlets will open up. Today, three-fourths of all hemp CBD is distributed via natural food stores, smoke shops, or online. A large portion of the U.S. population does not frequent those stores, and online purchases are tricky because it is not easy to determine what is real and what is fake.

With the legal go-ahead, chain retailers will become the dominant distributors. In other words, you will be able to buy CBD oil or CBD Coke at a Walgreen’s, CVS, or maybe even your local grocery store.

Time to Take Action

According to Brightfield Group, the hemp CBD market will reach $591 million this year. And by 2022, it will soar to $22 billion. That is a five-year compound annual growth rate of 132% and a 40-bagger!

Farms around the U.S. already grow hemp. According to Vote Hemp, the 19 leading states planted 25,712 acres in 2017, a 160% jump from the prior year. There were also 1,456 state hemp licenses issued to growers. Now that industrial hemp is about to become legal, I expect a huge increase in acres planted and licensed growers.

Marijuana captures a lot of the attention right now after Canada legalized it on October 17. Hemp is still flying under the radar. The passage of the Farm Bill will be the biggest story of the week, and almost nobody is talking about it.

This is a huge opportunity. Profit potential is even bigger at this early stage because most investors don’t know about it yet. I hope you’ll take advantage.

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