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How Have Marijuana Stocks Performed Post Trump?

Here we are, the official inauguration day of our 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. A lot has been said about him over the last few years during the election race but what many may not have expected was a clear “Trump Bump” for marijuana stocks.

As we’ve said in the past, a lot of marijuana stocks are event driven. Going all the way back to 2014 and during the years to follow, catalysts in the cannabis market can be tied to actual events in many cases. For this most recent jump in marijuana stock prices, we see that an election year and a not so conservative President may be the event to thank for this.

In this article we’ll briefly explore some of the most active and most bullish marijuana stocks in the market to give a clear example of “where we’ve been” and what we might be able to look forward to as to “where we’re going”.

OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp. (OWCP) 3,512%

This company has been building steam since October and just recently went into overdrive to all time highs. Through its subsidiary, One World Cannabis, the Israeli-based company develops cannabinoid-based therapies that target different medical conditions. This was another cannabis biotech company that saw the impact of Trump coming into office instead of Clinton (who was very bearish on biotech).

In late October just before the elections, OWCP saw its first noticeable move from under $0.03 and initially ran to highs of $0.215. Following the consolidation period heading into the end of the year (as most marijuana stocks saw), January opened the door for this stock to run as high as $0.95

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Rocky Mountain High Brands (RMHB)
271%

We’ve reported on this company and followed it for a few years. Even before when it was “Totally Hemp Crazy (THCZ)” this stock saw one of the biggest breakouts that we’ve every witnessed. It went from sub penny to highs of 0.32 within weeks. Now it appears that chart has demonstrated a similar Trump Bump that many of the other marijuana stocks have also seen.

In early October, volume began to build, RMHB ran from $0.031 to highs of $0.07. After consolidating back to 0.03-0.04, RMHB has now seen its 2017 rally trigger and has now managed to run past $0.11. Rocky Mountain is a consumer goods company specializing in brand development of health conscious, hemp-infused food and beverage products. The Company currently markets a lineup of four naturally flavored hemp-infused beverages (Citrus Energy, Black Tea, Mango Energy and Lemonade) and a low-calorie Coconut Lime Energy drink. Rocky Mountain High Brands also offers hemp-infused 2oz. Mango Energy Shots and Mixed Berry Energy Shots, as well as a Relaxation Brownie.

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Ubiquitech Software Corp. (UBQU)
304%

UBQU follows a similar trend where even though it hasn’t broken above its year end highs, the stock has seen a reversal that started at the beginning of 2017. A lot of questions were raised regarding a previously announced name change and recently the company gave clear guidance on this for 2017 that has brought attention back to the stock from market bulls. Its final name change will be Endo BioSciences Inc., and HempLife Today™ will continue to be the main subsidiary of the company.

HempLifeToday™ focuses on the exciting and dynamic new thinking in the world today that recognizes the important health and life enriching enhancement that CBD Oil from the Hemp plant can bring. Through its network of quality USA growers HempLifeToday.com™ has developed multiple and proprietary CannazALL™ CBD oil products that include; its popular CBD Tinctures, Oils, GelCaps, CBD Powder, Skin Salve, Wax Crumble, and e-liquid.

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mCig, Inc. (MCIG)
1,265%

A company that we’ve kept up with for the better part of the last year, MCIG became another clear example of what marijuana stocks have started to look like after Donald Trump was elected President. The company has been making many key strides over the last few months including posting some of its best numbers in history.

This includes MCIG currently holding over $10 million in order/contract backlog (as of their last PR in December). In similar fashion to OWCP, shares of MCIG saw a bump in late October when the stock moved from under $0.04 to as high as $0.218. After consolidating in early December, MCIG manage to rally strong heading into the end of the year and recently hit highs of $0.505.

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Axim Biotechnologies, Inc. (AXIM)
3,941%

Another company that we’ve been following very closely, this has been one of the biggest runners of the year amid heavy volatility. Another cannabis biotech, the company focuses on the research, development and production of cannabis-based pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic products. Our flagship products include CanChew®, a CBD-based controlled release chewing gum, and MedChew Rx, a combination CBD/THC gum that is undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of pain and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. MJNA is also an investor in AXIM.

In late October the stock was trading just under $0.50 moved to a high of $10 before consolidating to levels between $7.50-$8. Wouldn’t you know it, heading into the beginning of 2017 the stock broke the sideways trend and moved to highs of $19.80.

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Vitality Biopharma (VBIO)
361%

A company that many of us are familiar with, this cannabis biotech had a smaller run a few weeks before we started picking up coverage. In early October, the stock moved up from around $0.92 to highs of $1.84. After pulling back to lows in December, we began looking at this company at $0.98 and watched as it ran to highs of $4.24. The company is a cannabis biotech focusing on treating disease through its prodrug utilizing cannabinoids for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory disorders.

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Cannabis Science (CBIS)
469%

The company specializes in the development of cannabinoid-based medications and recently announced a collaborative research agreement with Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Their initial focus is on skin cancers, HIV/AIDS, and neurological conditions. The Company is proceeding with the research and development of its proprietary drugs as a part of this initial focus: CS-S/BCC-1, CS-TATI-1, and CS-NEURO-1, respectively.

From October 3 to October 19 CBIS jumped from $0.0169 to as high as $0.077. After pulling in during December, the stock kicked off the new year with a big bull run all the way to highs of $0.0961 for the year so far.

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Hemp Inc. (HEMP)
103%

One of the most vocal companies on Hemp production in the US, Hemp Inc. They’ve continued to push for a ubiquitous acceptance for all uses of the hemp plant for years now and have targeted North Carolina to grow over 3,000 acres of hemp.

“We are proud to collaborate with other American industrial hemp farmers as we now become part of the modern industrial hemp farming movement. This is a turning point for America and it’s a turning point for Hemp, Inc. Hemp, Inc. has the infrastructure in place to process millions of pounds of hemp fibers and stalks a year, on a commercial level. Our 70,000 square foot industrial hemp processing facility, on over 9 acres in Spring Hope, North Carolina, is the only one of this magnitude in North America. The industrial hemp crop is part of history in the making and it is something that will prove to be lucrative not only for the farmers in North Carolina but for Hemp, Inc. as well,” said CEO Bruce Perlowin in a recent PR.

HEMP saw a bump in volume early in October, the stock ran from $0.0276 to $0.056 before consolidating in late November/December, and has once again begun to aggressively climb back from that price channel.

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Cannabis Sativa, Inc. (CBDS)
195%

With multiple subsidiaries, this company has products ranging from hemp oils & capsules to cannabidiol infused bottled water and even its own patented cannabis plan named Ecuadorian Sativa (Patent PP27,475). Back in late September the stock was trading around $2.80 per share before it jumped up to highs of $8.25. After consolidating for weeks leading up to the new year, CBDS has once again followed suit of many marijuana stocks having now climbed back above $8.

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OH CANADA!

This leads us to our “neighbors up north” because we haven’t just seen a boom from US marijuana stocks alone. The trend has echoed into Canada with some of the most anticipated IPOs so far this year

Emblem Corp. (TSXVENTURE:EMC)(OTCQB:EMMBF)
55%

Emblem Corp, a Licensed Cultivator out of Paris Ontario is one of the most watched and anticipated offerings that has come out of Canada in the last few months. Beyond the fact that they are already growing cannabis and revenue producing investors have taken note of one of their founders and current President, a gentleman by the name of John Stewart.

No, not John Stewart from the Daily Show even though that would be awesome, John Stewart former CEO of Purdue Pharma one of the largest private biotech companies in the world and creators of OxyContin. We see the potential long term to create a cultivator/Biotech hybrid in which case Emblem could be the Next GW Pharma of Canada.

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InMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: IMLFF) (CNSX: IN)
326%

This company has been following the same pattern as many of the other cannabis biotechs but also comes with what looks to be a stock promotion behind it. The company recently appointed Jeff Charpentier, CPA, CA as InMed’s Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary as well as Martin Bott to its Board of Directors; Bott has worked at Eli Lilly & Company since 1988 and held a variety of roles in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, and the UK.

InMed is a pre-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that specializes in developing novel therapies through the research and development into the extensive pharmacology of cannabinoids coupled with innovative drug delivery systems. IMLFF saw a rise in price early in October (shocker right?), a period of consolidation leading up to the new year, and since that ball dropped, the stock has been on the run moving from $0.10 in October to highs of $0.4261 just a few days ago.

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Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSXV: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF)
179%

The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc., is a licensed producer of medical cannabis pursuant to Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and operates a 55,200 square foot, expandable, state-of-the-art production facility in Mountain View County, Alberta, Canada.

They just announced that the company has officially surpassed 12,000 registered patients within the first 12 months of product sales in Canada. They also announced that they had signed a Joint Venture Research Agreement with Radient Technologies Inc. (“RTI”). The first phase of this venture will include screening experiments of extraction conditions, while phase two includes larger scale experiments related to extraction throughput and optimal extraction conditions. Aurora’s scientists and the RTI team will commence tests January 16, 2017, and the first phase is expected to be completed within approximately six weeks, so something to keep an eye on here in our opinion.

Likewise with the other stocks, the market activity has followed suit even though Aurora has differed by not breaking a new high this year as compared to the high it made in November. But the new uptrend on the chart could be a key indicator for future potential. Since October (at $1.06), shares of ACBFF has seen two and possibly three clear runs; One that saw highs of $1.89 before consolidating, another that saw highs of $2.96 before consolidating, and possibly a new uptrend forming now in January.

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These are just a few marijuana stocks that have demonstrated a near identical move in the market both leading into the election and leading up to the inauguration. We’ve said it before and most likely will say it again: Marijuana Stocks can very much be event driven so something to keep in the back of your head as we watch 2017 unfold. As investors become more informed on the industry itself, we’ll keep our had on the pulse to find the real story behind some of the biggest marijuana stock moves in the market today.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Pursuant to an agreement between MAPH and a non affiliate third party, we were hired for a period of 30 days to publicly disseminate information about (VBIO) including on the Website and other media including Facebook and Twitter. We are being paid $100,000 (CASH) for or were paid “ZERO” shares of unrestricted or restricted common shares. We own zero shares of (VBIO) which we purchased in the open market. We plan to sell “ZERO” shares of (VBIO) that we hold during the time the Website and/or Facebook and Twitter Information recommends that investors or visitors to the website purchase without further notice to you. Pursuant to an agreement between MAPH and Ubiquitech Software Corp., we were hired for a period beginning November 11 2016 and ending May 11, 2017 to publicly disseminate information about (UBQU) including on the Website and other media including Facebook and Twitter. We are being paid $0 (CASH) for or were paid “10 million” shares of restricted common shares. MAPH owns 2 million common restricted shares of mCig Inc. MAPH owns 10 million common restricted shares of Hemp Inc. An affiliate of MAPH owns 70,850 common restricted shares of Emblem Corp. We may buy or sell additional shares of any stocks mentioned, in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, provide public dissemination of favorable Information

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Vitality Biopharma (VBIO) To Present Today!

 

Today’s the day that Vitality Biopharma (VBIO) will be presenting at the Ninth Annual Biotech Showcase 2017 Conference. Company CEO Robert Brooke will provide a 30-minute overview of Vitality Biopharma’s business during his presentation and will be available to participate in one-on-one meetings with registered attendees.

This being one of the most active weeks in biotech has been highlighted by many large outlets as San Francisco has now become a city within a city for biotech investors and companies. We’ve seen VBIO have a much stronger week this week as compared to last and after closing last Thursday near its weekly lows, VBIO saw early signs of a rally on Friday (1-6).

This has continued into this week and the latest coverage that cannabis biotech could receive during this pivotal week could shed more light on companies like VBIO & their novel therapies. After seeing 2 week highs of $3.36 yesterday, we’ll be watching today to see what the reaction may be from the company’s presentation.

 


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$VPRB Announces The Launch Of Their Premier Product The Kush Army Knife

 

VPR Brands, LP and Kush Army Knives, LLC is proud to announce the launch of their premier product with its unique and proprietary multi-faceted product known as the Kush Army Knife, the ultimate cannabis multi-tool. This item is anticipated to be one of the top selling accessories within the cannabis sector in 2017. Developed in conjunction with VPR Brands who helped redesign, refine, and bring to market the final prototype the product will be making initial deliveries in late January.

The Kush Army Knife is…

 


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Restrictions With Legal Marijuana Threaten Industry’s Reform

 

Cannabis recently became legal for adults in the state of Nevada. However, farming it is illegal unless they live more than 25 miles away from a retail marijuana shop. This is an example of what’s called a “halo rule.” Marijuana Policy Project introduced this idea in the 2010 Proposition 203 that brought medical marijuana to Arizona.

It mandated that any patient living within 25 miles of a dispensary could not grow their own marijuana. They would have to register with and purchase their cannabis from their local authorized dispensary. At first, this meant that all patients could grow their own cannabis, as the law went into effect before any licenses had been awarded to dispensaries. However, as the dispensaries opened, every patient within that 1,964 square mile area had to remove their marijuana crops.

 


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Biotech Buzz Could Focus On Cannabis

San Francisco will be a hotbed for biotechnology this week. The annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference kicks off on Monday the 9th and goes through Thursday the 12th. But this isn’t the only conference and there will surely be thousands of investors in the city to attend all kinds of presentations being made, which are focused on biotechnology & healthcare. Outside of just JPM’s conference, the crowd around Union Square also consists of the Biotech Showcase, which sets up at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square; and the OneMedForum across Post Street from the St. Francis.

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There’s also the StartUp Health Festival on Montgomery Street and other conferences. Considering that thousands of people who aren’t going to invitation-only conferences like JPM, it would stand to reason that attention will be on the industry in full force this week.

Recently Vitality Biopharma (VBIO) announced that it would be presenting at the Biotech Showcase on Wednesday January 11th. The Showcase hosts over 2,800 attendees, over 5,600 one-on-one meetings, and will be expecting to see over 550 investors present.

Biotech Showcase™ is an investor and networking conference working to provide private and public biotech and life sciences companies with an opportunity to present to, and engage with, investors and pharmaceutical executives in one place during the course of one of the industry’s largest annual healthcare investor conferences. Investors and biopharmaceutical executives from around the world gather in San Francisco during this week, which is widely viewed as setting the tone for the coming year…so JPMorgan is just the tip of the iceberg during San Fran’s biotech invasion.

“Biotech has historically outperformed the broader market during The J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference,” biotech analysts at the firm wrote in a note to clients ahead of the event.

And we aren’t the only ones who could be seeing the potential “writing on the wall.” One of the presenters at the conference has even said, “…there’s a growing interest in medical cannabis among traditional health care institutions. This is a growing part of what is becoming mainstream health care.” As we said last week, even though we focus specifically on marijuana stocks, the biotech aspect of VBIO could be something to pay attention to heading into this week, considering the historic impact that the JPM conference (starts today) has had in the past for companies that have a stake in the space.

We said that this week could shed some light on many biotech companies including those involved with cannabis. Now we see that VBIO will be at ground zero, not just as another biotech company that could benefit from the shockwave but management will be in the exact location and presenting to the exact audiences.

Company CEO Robert Brooke will provide a 30-minute overview of Vitality Biopharma’s business during his presentation and will be available to participate in one-on-one meetings with registered attendees.

Event: Biotech Showcase Conference
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. PT
Track: Room 8 (Ballroom Level)
Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA


 

 

Pursuant to an agreement between MAPH and a non affiliate third party, we were hired for a period of 30 days to publicly disseminate information about (VBIO) including on the Website and other media including Facebook and Twitter. We are being paid $100,000 (CASH) for or were paid “ZERO” shares of unrestricted or restricted common shares. We own zero shares of (VBIO) which we purchased in the open market. We plan to sell “ZERO” shares of (VBIO) that we hold during the time the Website and/or Facebook and Twitter Information recommends that investors or visitors to the website purchase without further notice to you. We may buy or sell additional shares of ( VBIO) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, provide public dissemination of favorable Information. PLEASE READ OUR FULL PRIVACY POLICY & TERMS OF USE & DISCLAIMER

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Vitality Biopharma ($VBIO)’s 3-Day Rally Set To Continue?

Vitality Biopharma (VBIO) saw a very strong run during most of December. When we first began to pick up coverage it was sitting around $0.98 and during the course of the weeks to follow, we watched as VBIO ran to highs of $4.23. Despite the fact that many thought the excitement was over when VBIO pulled back, we’ve now seen it breakout once again. In fact since bottoming at $1.93 last week, VBIO has maintained a 3 day run that has taken it back to highs of $3.22 yesterday; a 67% rebound.

We said it late last year and the sentiment continues to hold up so far in 2017: Canna-biotech companies have begun to catch much more attention; biotech over all has begun to see an increase in activity following President Elect Trump coming into the spotlight. In an interview with Ken Kam of Forbes, Todd Hagopian said, “After underperforming the S&P 500 by over 30% in the past 14 months, there is plenty of room for this sector to run. In fact, the S&P 500 Biotechs are trading at a Forward P/E of just 22.4% vs. Consumer Staples who are trading at a Forward P/E of 17.2%. This is pretty remarkable, considering that the same group of Biotech companies have a short term earnings growth rate of 17.3%, versus the Consumer Staple companies who are projected to grow at just 8.0%. Basically, this data would seem to suggest that either there is a huge bubble in Consumer Staples stocks, or the Biotechnology market is about to double.”

Vitality’s preclinical studies for its proprietary prodrugs of CBD and THC were recetnly reviewed and approved by the U.S. FDA. So, if is your first time seeing VBIO, we’ve got a full report you can access before the opening bell today.

 


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The Hero of HOLLYWEED

 

In case you missed it this New Years the citizens and tourists got a wonderful welcome when they looked up at Mount Lee in HollyWood, or should we say “HOLLYWEED!” The Iconic Hollywood sign was given a hilarious, yet impactful redesign given that the state of California now has recreational marijuana after a November 8th vote in favor of the law change by its illustrious citizens.

 


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Senator Warren Is Working on Getting Banks To Do Business With The Marijuana Industry

As marijuana shops start to sprout and grow within states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling road block – lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is making a solid attempt at making an effort to ensure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don’t have their banking services taken away.


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Vitality Biopharma Receives DEA Approval for Cannabinoid Pharma Development Facility

Approval of cannaboside pharmaceutical research included review by FDA and California Research Advisory Panel

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – Dec 21, 2016) – Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB: VBIO) (“Vitality Biopharma,” “Vitality,” or the “Company”), a corporation dedicated to the development of cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceuticals, and to unlocking the power of cannabinoids for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory disorders, today announced that it has received approval from both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the State of California Research Advisory Panel which permits the Company to scale up activities at its facilities used for the development of novel cannabinoid pharmaceutical prodrugs.

Vitality has been working with the DEA to ensure adequate on-site measures are in place to prevent diversion of Schedule I controlled substances. As a component of this process, Vitality’s preclinical studies for its proprietary prodrugs of CBD and THC were reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The California Research Advisory Panel, a part of the California Attorney General’s Office, has also granted Vitality a research permit to conduct cannabinoid pharmaceutical development activities that are designed to enable regulatory approval of first-in-man clinical trials.

Despite cannabis attaining legal status within the State of California and in many other states across the U.S. for medical and recreational purposes, pharmaceutical research and development continues to be closely regulated by the DEA and FDA. Vitality’s work is focused on developing a novel class of THC and CBD prodrugs that reduce or avoid psychoactive side effects through targeted prodrug technology.

“We are excited to scale up our research and to aggressively pursue clinical testing of our compounds, and this approval greenlights that work,” said Dr. Brandon Zipp, Director of R&D, and Scientific Co-founder of Vitality Biopharma. Robert Brooke, the Company’s CEO, further states that, “There are surprisingly few companies in the United States that are properly licensed and developing differentiated cannabinoid pharmaceutical products. We are very proud of our team’s work to enable this milestone, and believe that recent discoveries have provided us with a very unique opportunity.”

About Vitality Biopharma (OTCQB: VBIO)
Vitality Biopharma is dedicated to unlocking the power of cannabinoids for the treatment of serious neurological and inflammatory disorders. For more information, visit: www.vitality.bio. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in Section 27(a) of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with new projects and development stage companies. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    The Future of Cannabis Biotech

    With some of the most successful fund managers in the world believing a Trump Presidency will benefit the biotech industry more than any other sector and legalization of both recreational and medical cannabis quickly spreading across the country, we feel it’s absolutely necessary to have cannabis biotech in your portfolio right now. Todd Hagopian, the most successful biotech fund manager in the market today, has even said he thinks the entire biotechnology market is about to double.

    That is why we feel there couldn’t be a better time to introduce our readers to Vitality Biopharma (VBIO). This emerging cannabis biotech company is rapidly gaining investor interest while focusing on the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, narcotic bowel syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, the Company’s proprietary glycosylation technology for producing cannabinoid prodrugs could, in fact, revolutionize the entire cannabis biotech industry and change how CBD treatments are administered to patients. Steering the ship at the forefront of this technology are two biotech experts who already built two highly successful NASDAQ biotech companies.

    But before we get into VBIO’s veteran management team, let’s take a look at a type of technology that could mold the future of cannabis biotech.

    Potential Game-Changing Technology

    Vitality Biopharma recently announced they had developed a new class of cannabinoid prodrugs, known as cannabosides. Prodrugs are often designed to improve bioavailability when a drug itself is poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, or to overcome other issues like harsh side effects. Early independent trial results show that VBIO’s technology could change how all current CBD treatments are administered.

    VBIO’s cannabosides are more stable and soluble than regular cannabinoids, meaning there is less risk of non-psychotropic cannabidiol (CBD) being converted to psychotropic THC or otherwise being degraded or diluted in the acidic stomach environment. Upon ingestion, these cannabosides can enable the selective delivery of THC and CBD to the gastrointestinal tract. Site-specific delivery could enable oral drug formulations of cannabinoids to provide therapeutic benefits without having THC enter the bloodstream. For example, a prodrug could target a specific tissue or organ, such as the brain or gut, giving the patient better results with far less side effects.

    In addition to providing targeted delivery, cannabosides could enable a better tasting formulation for improved patient compliance, better oral bioavailability that provides safer and more reliable dosing, and a delayed release mechanism that enables patients using these medications to have long-lasting, overnight relief.

    As of 2015, there were approximately 15 prodrugs classified as blockbusters, meaning they had annual sales exceeding $1billion.

    Vitality Bio creates the cannaboside prodrugs through enzymatic glycosylation, a process perfected in 2015. Management believes that glycosylation of cannabinoids can improve product bioavailability, eliminate unwanted side effects, and be useful in any medical treatment where oral CBD is administered at a high dose. Independent studies have already demonstrated reliable and improved targeting to specific tissue/organs upon oral delivery of GBD glycoside prodrugs vs. active CBD.

    The Company’s goal is to ultimately provide a compelling oral cannabinoid pharmaceutical that physicians will be eager to prescribe and patients will prefer.

    VBIO Compared to the Competition

    Many synthetic cannabinoids on the market today are poorly soluble. GW Pharma’s (GWPH) two leading products, Epidiolex® and Sativex® are solutions. Sativex is a mixture of CBD/THC solubilized with 50% v/v alcohol (ethanol) into an oral spray. Although the alcohol volume is small, it can still cause problems for alcoholics, pregnant women, and young children. Oral lesions may also form in users of alcohol-based cannabis sprays, coupled with reported stinging, bad taste, and dry mouth. Sativex also contains propylene glycol, which may cause further irritation and dry mouth. The product must be stored in the refrigerator and has a shelf life of only 42 days. An oral capsule cannaboside prodrug developed by VBIO may alleviate many of these problems.

    Other companies, such as Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE), are developing cannabinoid transdermal patches. Transdermal delivery routes can in some cases lead to hives/skin irritation, and typically deliver relatively small drug dosages. Oral cannaboside capsules avoid this problem and could enable far more convenient delivery of cannabinoids in a form that is fast-acting and that works at a high dose for maximal effect.

    We believe prodrug development like VBIO’s cannabosides is the future of the medical cannabis industry.

    Now, let’s make one thing clear. We are not saying that GW Pharma or Zynerba have poor drug treatments. What we are saying is that we believe VBIO’s technology could make them far better.

    Creating prodrugs is already a commercially validated strategy used by big pharma companies to improve drug efficacy and reduce side effects in non-cannabis related drugs. And because the reference drug or original drug already has independent verification and/or approval of its safety and efficacy, the prodrug can be approved much quicker by simply demonstrating similar safety and efficacy as the original. At the same time, a prodrug can be far more marketable due to its ability to eliminate unwanted side effects or undesirable commercial aspects. A classic prodrug example is Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), a synthetic prodrug of salicylic acid.

    It comes down to this…

    Cannabis biotech is still a very young industry, infant you could even say. And just like how the pharmaceutical industry matured and advanced using prodrug formulations of existing drugs to achieve higher efficacy and less side effects, the cannabis biotech industry will follow the same path. Drugs like GWPH’s Sativex and Epidiolex may be some of the first drugs to hit the market but that doesn’t mean they are the best, or even the best version of themselves. It is often times the prodrug variation of an approved drug that surpasses the $1billion annual sales mark; like we saw with Aspirin, the prodrug of salicylic acid.

    VBIO Drug Pipeline

    Through its glycosylation technology, Vitality Bio has produced more than 25 novel cannabosides and has patent applications pending that include composition of matter claims for prodrugs of cannabinoids that have been studied extensively in clinical trials worldwide, including THC, CBD, and cannabidivarin (CBDV).

    VBIO’s IP portfolio includes 79 patent claims and almost 200 individual compounds,

    including novel glycoside prodrugs of the most abundant phytocannabinoids, THC and CBD, as well as a variety of other phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids.

    The company aims to develop and receive approval for these proprietary molecules as pharmaceuticals by taking advantage of the more efficient FDA review and approval process that is available for prodrugs. This greatly reduces the need for large and expensive clinical trials. Because clinical studies have already been performed or are currently still in process for many large commercial indications such as epilepsy, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, schizophrenia, and Huntington’s disease, management aims to create improved prodrug formulations of these cannabinoids that ultimately deliver a superior product.

    Vitality Biopharma’s two main drugs are moving towards beginning Phase I/Phase II studies in 2017.

    • VB100 – Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Narcotic Bowel Syndrome
    • VB210 – Neuropathic Pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Opiate-induced Bowel Dysfunction, Muscle Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis

    “Independent clinical trials have shown VBIO’s prodrugs retain almost all of the benefits of cannabinoids and, furthermore, they can be approved by the FDA at a far lower cost and on an accelerated timeline.” – according to Insider Financial Magazine

    With the current state of the biotech and cannabis markets, we feel it is important for investors to familiarize themselves with VBIO right now. The value and growth opportunities with biotech investments are before they start announcing potentially positive data from Phase I/Phase II/Phase III clinical trials. That is because positive study data and trial results tend to significantly increase biotech company stock prices. It is not uncommon for a biotech company’s stock to go up 100% or even 300% in a single trading day after announcing such data.

    Strong Management from Successful NASDAQ Biotech Companies

    CEO – Robert Brooke

    Mr. Brooke is a biomedical engineer and experienced biotech entrepreneur. He was the founder of a drug development company that became Lion Biotechnologies (NASDAQ: LBIO) in 2013. He also co-founded Intervene Immune. Mr. Brooke also had a successful hedge fund stint as an analyst for Bristol Capital, responsible for more than 50 direct healthcare investments.

    Chairman & Co-Founder – Avtar Dhillon, MD

    Mr. Dhillon has extensive biotech experience. He is currently Chairman of three biotech companies: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INO), Oncosec Medical (NASDAQ: ONCS) and Arch Therapeutics (ARTH). He has also raised over $200 million in public markets to ensure that his companies have sufficient research funding that is critical to a biotech company’s success. Mr. Dhillon is also a former venture capitalist and family physician for more than 10 years.

    Director of Research and Development, Scientific Co-Founder – Brandon Zipp, PhD

    Dr. Zipp is a scientist with over 10 years of research experience with glucosyltransferase enzymes – the enzymes used in VBIO’s proprietary development process. He has a Ph.D Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis.

    We always say you invest in management. And what we mean by that is no matter how great a company’s product or technology is, you need a capable management team to properly bring it to market. A cure for cancer in a lab does a company and its shareholders no good if the management team cannot commercialize the drug and bring it to market. Companies will encounter several financial hurdles and operational speed bumps along the way. A good management team can overcome these obstacles while staying focused on their goal and progressing through their business plan, in turn, building shareholder value. This is why it is important to invest in companies with proven and successful management teams.

    Conclusion

    The medical marijuana and cannabis industry is booming. And the biotech industry is poised for a massive bull run with Donald Trump winning the election. Right now could be the perfect time to add cannabis biotech to your portfolio.

    What was hype and speculation only a few years ago is now an investable market with tremendous upside. At the center of the industry is biopharma R&D being pioneered by companies with proprietary technology and the intellectual property leading to exciting medical breakthroughs. Just as prodrug development advanced the non-cannabis pharmaceutical market, we expect similar technology to help mature an infant biotech cannabis industry.

    Vitality Bio is currently conducting preclinical studies in anticipation of filing IND applications in 2017 for glycosylated cannabinoid products called cannabosides. The most advanced candidate is VB100, a cannaboside prodrug under development for the acute management of inflammatory bowel disease. A second candidate, VB210, is under development for chronic conditions that affect both the GI and CNS. With a strong IP portfolio of 79 patent claims on over 200 compounds and a proven, successful management team, VBIO could be set up to benefit from an overall cannabis biotech rally and is already quickly gaining investor interest.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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