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So many things have been turned upside down with this pandemic, and saying we live in interesting times would be an understatement. Industries and businesses are being demolished and altered in ways unheard of just a month ago, and a rare few are actually booming. 

For the cannabis industry, one of the biggest changes leading to a boom is that as a whole cannabis is now being considered an “essential” part of life nationwide. The level of legitimacy this brings to the industry would have normally taken another decade. 

Delivery services and curb side pick-up have been implemented across the country also erasing years of necessary effort overnight. But overall, the complete change in cannabis consumer behavior has been one of the most interesting developments to witness for many of us.

As reported by Vice, politics and current events are major sources of anxiety for many in the United States and this leads to an increase of unhealthy behaviors like drinking alcohol, smoking, or eating poorly to cope with what is termed as “headlines distress disorder”.

In times of great stress, the sale of alcoholic beverages has proven to surge without fail. With legal cannabis now implemented around the country, the same is now proving to be true. According to Headset, during this current Coronavirus crisis, US adult use cannabis markets show average daily sales at large increase by 10%.

Sue Bachorski, formerly with Constellation Brands for 30 years and currently with the House of Saka, explained that “historically, alcohol sales frequently rise during times of economic downturn, regional disasters, etc. There is no reason to believe that cannabis sales would be any different and there will likely be a prolonged upswing for the foreseeable future.”

The Numbers Say It All

As of April 2, 2020, Headset released data that shows how the landscape of preferred cannabis products and consumption methods has proven to alter completely.  In the analysis, Headset compares the average daily sales of each product category before the COVID-19 sales bump began (January 1st through March 6th) to the COVID-19 crisis time period (March 7th through March 31st).

Cannabis infused beverage sales have increased by 14% while edibles accounted for a 28% increase. With infused beverages previously only accounting for 1% of the market, this is a big jump for the category. The reasoning for this change in consumer sales makes sense considering the virus attacks your respiratory system, so people would rather eat or drink their cannabis instead of smoking or vaping it. Pre-rolls and topicals have actually fallen by 13%.

I reached out to some key players in these categories to find out why they feel these increases have occurred. Warren Bobrow, co-founder of cannabis infused beverage brand Klaus Apothicaire and a Vices writer for Forbes, told Green Market Report that he felt that “while being quarantined in our homes, it makes perfect sense to further expand our inner space with high quality cannabis beverages and edibles. Smokable products could prove tricky with this particular virus.”

Ben Larson, CEO of Vertosa, said that “in these uncertain and challenging times, it’s an encouraging silver lining to see cannabis consumers increasingly seeking out infused beverages. There are likely several factors affecting the recent rise in sales, but an important takeaway is that infused beverages are typically designed for individual consumption and can be consumed discreetly, which is ideal during social distancing. They are also an approachable, familiar way to consume cannabis for less experienced users and those looking to avoid smoking during this time.”

The Women Stepped Up Their Spending

Beyond the types of products surging, the Headset data showed that even gender sales show a change in behavior during this crisis. While both genders saw significant increases in cannabis spending, females had more than double the sales growth of males. As Headset previously reported, males make up roughly two thirds of cannabis spending on any given day. Therefore, it could be speculated that females were less likely to have cannabis products on hand and more likely to feel a sense of urgency to stock up.

Tracey Mason, CEO of House of Saka, explains that she believes females could be a major driver in these increased category surges because “there is a triangulation of needs that beverages and edibles meet specifically for the female consumer: They offer precise dosing which provides a safe and controlled means by which to experiment, they offer a subtle means of consumption which removes the stigma associated with smoking and vaping and they are multi-use which drives sociability and expands usage occasions. Safe, Subtle and Social, those are the benefits of infused beverages in a nutshell.”

It remains to be seen as to whether these changes will become market altering over the long term, or if it was truly just a panic surge with no real impact. But as far as the change in gender sales, if this pattern continues, brands will need to evolve their marketing campaigns to appeal more to women.  

“Women are often seeking a healthier alternative to alcohol, but want an elevated social experience. To do this with cannabis is ideal. In addition, women want a product that has relatable packaging, tastes amazing, and feels safe. This tends to be achieved with an edible or an infused beverage, so I am not surprised that when their sales surged during the panic buys, they gravitated toward these products. The cannabis consumable sector has come a long way. The existing products have nailed the experience for the female consumer, so this demographic will continue to grow in the coming years,” says founder & president of Viv & Oak, Alana Burstein.
Will It Last?
If the patterns remain the same for edibles and beverages for the duration of the pandemic’s hold on our behavior, which could affect our lives for up to 18 months, it is safe to say that habits may have altered indefinitely with far reaching consequences for the foreseeable future. 

Understandably, edible and beverage brands are predicting continued growth. “We’ve seen exponential growth in our edibles sales at Garden Society and expect that as these shelter in place orders remain in place, we will continue to see growth. We believe this will have an impact on the overall market and consumer trends over the next year,” said Karli Warner, co-founder of The Garden Society

Geoff Doran, founder and CEO of Van Doran Brands, stated that “right now we are watching this trend very closely as edible and infused beverage companies. We aren’t too surprised that there is a current spike with these categories. We think the current spike has a lot to do with the “newbies” that are bored at home and giving cannabis a shot because of easy access they have through delivery, and quite frankly because they have nothing else to do with their days. A lot of the new cannabis buyers tend to gravitate toward a method of consumption that is familiar to them, which is obviously through eating and drinking. We’re excited about this spike because we know people will realize that edibles and cannabis beverages are a great cannabis experience!”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJuly 23, 2018
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A new report from High Yield Insights has determined that women are the biggest fans of cannabis edible products. The Chicago-based research firm studied the cannabis consumers in the legal status and found that when it came to edibles, consumers “more likely to be lighter users (using one time or less per month), newer to using (less than 5 years), female, college educated and high-income
earners.”

The report also learned that while many users often try their first edible in a recreational setting, many medical patients al prefer this category of consumption. The study noted that 41% of the people that responded increased their edible consumption after cannabis became legal.

“To anticipate the cannabis market’s direction, companies need to understand the customer’s mindset and purchase journey. We’re finding many customers are receptive yet ill-informed or hesitant due to unsatisfactory first experiences,” said Mike Luce, co-founder of High Yield Insights. “Customer journeys may be well-worn paths in traditional consumer packaged goods but are relatively new in cannabis. By understanding how consumers make decisions, manufacturers are better able to identify ways to improve the purchase experience and, ideally, enhance their product lines.”

It’s no surprise then that the number one best selling edible product in Colorado is a gummy from a woman-owned company called Wana Brands. According to a March 2018 report from BDS Analytics, Wana recently beat other Colorado cannabis companies to become the state’s No. 1 overall cannabis brand, selling more units and dollars than any other company.

“At Wana Brands, our focus has always been on making top-quality cannabis-infused edibles that meet our customers’ needs. They can trust Wana to deliver the most flavorful and consistently effective products, and this has helped propel us as the leading Colorado cannabis brand,” said Nancy Whiteman, Founder & CEO of Wana Brands. “Every day, consumers are learning more about the benefits of CBD and are seeking out this cannabinoid, and we’ve answered the call with a new take on our popular sour gummies featuring the citrusy Yuzu.”

Edible Bans

Still, edibles have recently come under fire as some states have begun to ban such products. The California Department of Public Health’s Food and Drug Branch changed its FAQs last week and banned the use of CBD products derived from hemp. The department claims that since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved hemp derived CBD as a safe ingredient in food, then it should not be allowed.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that medical cannabis extracts called hashish did not fall under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and could no longer be sold in dispensaries. The ruling though could be applied to edible products made with cannabis oil which is also an extract.  The ruling is causing a great deal of confusion and it is expected to be asked to be repealed. Many edible makers in Arizona have vowed to continue producing their products.

In the meantime, brands are finding that if women are their biggest customers, then it will make sense to market their products towards them. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean pink packaging and curly script fonts.


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Palo Alto-based cannabis-infused edibles brand Plus Products closed an approximately $6M in Series B financing to expand its operations. The financing was led by Serruya Private Equity Partners (SPE) and Navy Capital Green Fund LP. The money from the capital raise will be used to fund rapid production capacity expansion, factory automation, working capital, and new product development.

“We are extremely proud of the products PLUS has brought to market,” said Jake Heimark, CEO, and co-founder. “We’ve quickly grown into one of the leading edible brands in California. With the proceeds of this round, we will continue to further our mission: to make cannabis safe and approachable for all types of consumers.”

Edibles have proven to be big winners among the recreational consumer in California. According to BDS Analytics, edible products have accounted for 18% of marijuana retail sales in February 2018 across licensed retailers in California. One of the biggest drawbacks with edibles is that consumers typically wait at least for a half hour for a response after ingestion. PLUS products are known for its rapid reaction. BDS Analytics also noted that PLUS ranked in the top ten sales for edible brands in California.

All of the PLUS products are produced in the company’s dedicated food-safe cannabis manufacturing facility in Adelanto, California. According to a company statement, the 12,000 square foot facility was outfitted for scalable food production with funds raised in 2017’s Series A round, led by The Green Organic Fund and Verde Mountain Fund.

“2018 is a historic year for California’s cannabis industry with the official launch of legalized adult use,” said John T. Kaden, Manager and Chief Investment Officer of the Navy Capital Green Fund. “PLUS is establishing a leading position in California and has assembled the right management team to execute and succeed in this complex regulated environment.”

In addition to its established lines, Plus Products has already begun launching limited edition products that capitalize on holidays like its Valentine’s day themed Rose & Vanilla gummies, which were available at select locations and through delivery services.


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California-based edibles company Plus snagged two million dollars in a Series A financing led by The Green Opportunity Funds. The Series A Preferred Stock will be used to develop an automated production line and general corporate purposes. Matt Schmidt of The Green Opportunity Funds will join the board of directors.
“We are at an inflection point in the cannabis industry in California as recreational sales are set to begin next year,” says Matt Schmidt, President of TGOF Corp. “New consumers are starting to enter the market, and Plus has already demonstrated they have the right product portfolio to cater to these new entrants. I’m thrilled to join the board as Plus continues to grow rapidly.”
Plus is the manufacturer of a cannabis-infused product that launched in 2016 with its first product, Plus Gum and has since expanded its portfolio to include Plus Gummies. The company’s a focus is on providing healthy, tested and consistent cannabis experiences. Since its founding in 2015, Plus has advocated the application of cannabinoids for medical treatment to increase the quality of life for medical patients within California.
“Since launching Plus Gummies this spring, we have been overwhelmed with requests to continue to broaden our product line,” says Jake Heimark, CEO and co-founder “We’re excited to explore new opportunities with the same emphasis on innovation, consistency and testing that we have applied to Plus Gum and Plus Gummies.”
The company initially tested its products in Denver but then moved the company to California where the products are sold throughout the state. There is one review on Leafly that says, “Unlike the tropical, this gum has a good flavor and is fast acting. I’ve enjoyed many 4 hour buzzes and this is the gum to have.”
“Our patent-pending production process reduces the taste and smell of cannabis in our products,” says Justin Gwin, Chief Research Officer. “Our team is thrilled at the opportunity to continue to develop techniques and products that improve how consumers experience cannabis.” 


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