MJardin Breaks Down CBD and THC For Weed-Curious Brands

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Young consumers want weed products, from CBD makeup to THC-infused beer. Here’s what brands should know about the cannabis craze and why they shouldn’t (puff, puff) pass on this opportunity…

Cannabis has caught the eyes of major brands as its potential cashflow reaches new highs. As we covered in our recent trend Cannabis Infusion, it’s not just indie upstarts like Milk Makeup and Recess looking to fog up their respective markets with marijuana-infused products: major alcohol brands Anheuser-Busch InBev, Constellation Brands, and Molson Coors are all striking up deals with marijuana companies, Coca-Cola made a major investment in beverage company Dirty Lemon, and Estée Lauder brought a calming face mask to Sephora. Even the Marlboro man is toking up, reports Bloomberg, with the cigarette company’s parent brand infusing $2.4 billion into the marijuanaconomy.

The Harvest Investor reports that the market is expected to reach $20.9 billion by 2021 and increasing legalization and decreasing regulation could open the floodgates. Canada has completely legalized recreational marijuana, while ten U.S. states and Washington, D.C. have now legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over the age of 21, and 33 have legalized medical marijuana. And the recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill just last month could change everything for brands. One hemp seed company’s CEO explains, “With this Farm Bill, people who were scared to get involved are now waving around millions of dollars…It really hasn’t changed anything about the infrastructure of the business, but people who [were] on the fence are now eager to get in.”

If young consumers have anything to say about it, the proliferation of both legal and illegal cannabinoids into the CPG market won’t be slowing down: our Cannabis Infusion trend…


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