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The Smart Decision, Inc. (OTCMKTS:SDEC) Answer: Everyone Apparently Wants In

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The CBD space has been suffering in almost every case except one: Smart Decision, Inc. (OTCMKTS:SDEC). This one stock has rallied nearly 700% in the past two months, while other names in the space have been flat or declining. The factor that solves this seeming riddle is the company’s interesting positioning in the sector. You see, SDEC isn’t a CBD producer or supplier. It’s a technology platform for helping new consumers attracted to the CBD space find the best product for their needs.

This was sorely needed, which is likely why the stock has performed so well. Another reason for this performance is the early sense of traction the company is getting in the space. A good example of this is the rapid swell of participating brands eager to be a part of the CBDSmartDecision.com affiliated platform. In fact, just this morning, the company announced that 53 different top-tier brands had already signed on.

Smart Decision, Inc. (OTCMKTS:SDEC) is developing a platform to help CBD suppliers and shoppers connect in a mutually beneficial process where consumers find the right product the first time. That will enable fewer returns and more return customers.

The data is extremely clear: the number of new adopters in the CBD space will balloon over coming quarters and years, but the challenge for those consumers is the complexity inherent in making decisions as a CBD consumer. It’s a complicated process. And frustration and decision-paralysis is common. So are mistakes and returns, and consequential consumer dissatisfaction after the fact.

That’s where CBDSmartDecision.com comes into play. The company is developing a powerful resource in partnership with MIT-trained computational data engineers that harnesses AI, big data, and machine learning to automatically connect new shoppers with the perfect product to suit their needs.

The company’s latest announcement is proof that the industry is latching onto the solution as a means of solving one of its most pressing problems.

 

Keeping the Promise

The company’s release dated January 30 contained a promise: management projected it would see the number of platform members surpass fifty (50) leading CBD brands by the time the Smart Decision team arrived in Las Vegas for the USA CBD Expo 2020 on February 13.

The company’s latest release from this morning contains the other side of that promise: The Company is proud to now affirm that it has reached this objective, with fifty-three (53) brand partners now on board.

Adam Green, Smart Decision CEO, commented, “We want to foster a relationship with our shareholders and with the larger market built on a rock-solid foundation of credibility. If we say we’re going to do something, then we’re going to do it. This idea lies at the very core of our identity as a company.”

According to the release, Management notes that the next step will be to decide on a precise level at which to cap the number of affiliate members on the CBDSmartDecision.com platform. The Smart Decision platform is set for an advanced preview for interested investors and members of the public this week at the Expo in Las Vegas and is on schedule for beta launch at the end of Q1. CBD is a notoriously complex consumer experience, with a vast set of permutations defining every consumer decision. For new adopters, the result can be frustration, hesitation, or an abandoned shopping cart, which is devastating for producers and suppliers of CBD and CBD-based products. The Smart Decision platform harnesses AI and computational data engineering to provide consumers with a more positive experience and to help producers and suppliers avoid the pain of lost leads, returns, and upset customers, ultimately connecting the parties in mutually beneficial transactions on its platform.

“We don’t want to take on too many affiliates,” continued Green. “We can pass on more value to our shareholders by reinforcing a sense of exclusivity. Judging by the current flood of demand we are seeing from brands interested in being incorporated into our platform, this is hardly a stretch. Most importantly, we already have a sufficient field of top-tier brand partners to credibly represent a sense of comprehensive product coverage to consumers. At the end of the day, that represents one of the big check-boxes on the path to achieving what we set out to do here.”

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American Green Inc (OTCMKTS:ERBB) Achieves Breakeven In 2020, The First After Entering Cannabis Sector

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American Green Inc (OTCMKTS:ERBB) has reported operational breakeven in 2020. It is the first after entering the cannabis space. David Gwyther, president of American Green, said the company is putting in significant efforts to achieve self-sufficiency for several years while availing the funds from outside to meet the requirements. With this breakeven, the company needs to borrow less for operational needs and improve the bottom line.

Begins the sale of One HD Seltzer Water

American Green commenced the sale of One HD Seltzer Water through its one CBD store. The company expects to add additional retail stores in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Vice President (Sales – Worldwide) of American Green, Kevin Davis, said the company spent almost year in search of a 12 oz Can of CBD Seltzer/ Sparkling Water that comprises 25 mg of pharmaceutical grade CBD and zero THC for sale through its AGM Smart Vending Machines. The company also plans to sell CBD Seltzer/ Sparkling Water via its online stores to the customers directly.

Maintains highest standards for all CBD products

American Green shall always strive to maintain the highest standard for all the CBD products. The company will maintain a crisp and clean taste and consistency of pharmaceutical grade CBD in every CBD can. Davis said One HD Water meets all the requirements. It has even exceeded expectations.

One HD’s founder – Mike Falcione said he is thrilled that American Green has One HD Sparkling Seltzer Water for the distribution. He further said the company is aware that American Green is becoming one of the reputed brands in the nation to offer high-quality CBD products. One HD will extend all the necessary support to American Green to achieve the sales targets. Davis said the company is in discussions with Mike for the distribution of One HD CBD Seltzer Water. He looks forward to working with Mike and his team.

CBD as a viable solution to manage pain

The demand for CBD is very high because Americans consider it as a viable solution to manage and relieve pain. According to Nielsen, the leading data measurement authority, the market for CBD will reach $2.75 billion this year.

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Why ISWH May Be a Prime Turnaround Opportunity in the Making

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For those in search of speculative turnaround potential in the small and micro-cap market space, you could do a whole lot worse than International Spirits & Wellness Holdings, Inc. (OTCMKTS:ISWH). The big picture here is a diversified branding play with commercial-stage operations already in place in the CBD, Wellness, Home Healthcare, and Spirits industries, and development stage operations in the Renewable Energy and Supply Chain & Logistics markets.

Based on recent financial performance, the company may have recently gotten past the point where its operational cash flows can start to fully support its future growth investments. For any micro-cap, this is the golden point in the investment cycle: when growth becomes non-dilutive. ISWH is either at or very near this point, posting EBITDA profitability and triple-digit topline growth in Q3 and Q4 of 2019.

ISWH recently completed a shareholder-friendly restructuring and reverse stock split to better align its price-per-share quote with common standards for investor perception.

Pro-tip: In our experience, when a company has this much going for it, and then does this type of restructuring and realignment, it’s typically in front of a lot of major positive news. The shift in structure and share price is to set the stage so that the company’s existing long-term shareholders can get the most bang for the buck on new strong announcements set to roll out over coming weeks and months.

In other words, the stage is set for some big happy news for ISWH. Take note.

In the words of the company’s President and Chairman, Alonzo Pierce: “A shareholder-friendly restructuring was necessary to strengthen our relationship with capital markets, pursue a near-term uplist to a higher exchange tier, and set in motion our operational strategy for 2020. We have a number of very compelling catalysts set to roll out, but we needed to provide a viable context – to lay a foundation for that success – as an initial step. We have achieved that with our restructuring and reverse split last week.”

That just about says it all.

The Foundation

The foundation for ISWH right now is its two main commercial-stage growth drivers: CBD-based products and the company’s rapidly growing home healthcare business.

The CBD products segment is positioned for rapidly accelerating growth this year following the signing of its defining partnership agreement with BioPulse Labs, a nationally-recognized brand development and manufacturing leader in the nano-infusion of CBD products. The BioPulse agreement provides for effectively a starter package in product development and marketing for the fresh launch of five new CBD-based wellness products. That will effectively push a restart button for the company’s P19 brand of CBD-based products.

The company also has an edge through this partnership due to the fact that it will be that rare CBD products brand able to boast that all of its products are formulated and produced in FDA compliant and registered facilities. This is becoming a huge issue in the current world of garage-band CBD producers. Consumers don’t know what they’re getting when they purchase CBD products. And they’re starting to figure that out.

The Home Healthcare segment is rapidly expanding as well. This division saw quadruple-digit percentage growth during the back half of 2019, and the company has implied that this trend is set to continue in Q1 2020.

Home healthcare spending is expected to reach more than $186 billion in 2027, according to a recent analysis from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary. This vastly surpasses any other category of health care service spending, even including hospital inpatient care, physician and professional services, nursing facilities, prescription drugs, retail sales of medical products and anything else you can think of.

ISWH has put in place a strong operational footprint in this rapidly expanding market, and we would look for continued strong performance throughout 2020.

Conclusion

With this foundation in place, a possible inflection toward non-dilutive growth in the quarters ahead, and now standing on the other side of the company’s recent shareholder-friendly restructuring, ISWH is an extremely interesting speculative opportunity, especially given our assumption that the company is getting ready to add some very strong new catalysts into the mix in coming weeks.

ISWH management drove this same sense home in its latest release: “This is truly all about embracing a very aggressive growth-oriented future path at ISWH,” continued Pierce. “We have put in place a winning framework as a genuine disruptor in the health and wellness space, and we continue to see dramatic growth in that endeavor, including strong financial performance over recent quarters. We are also entering several new markets, with a true edge already in place, and will be providing details on those strategic moves over the very near term. Long story short: we have some very exciting announcements ahead and we wanted to provide a solid structural foundation in the stock ahead of those catalysts for the benefit of our committed shareholders.”

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ANVISA Authorizes Khiron Life Sciences Corp (OTCMKTS:KHRNF) To Import Medical Cannabis Products Into Brazil From Colombia

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Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) has authorized Khiron Life Sciences Corp (OTCMKTS:KHRNF) to import medical cannabis products on an individual patient basis. Khiron can now apply for a license to export medical cannabis products to Brazil with this authorization. The company also needs the nod of TSX for the commercialization of cannabis in Brazil.

Khiron achieves a milestone

Director and Chief Executive Officer of Khiron, Alvaro Torres, said the company achieved another milestone on receiving the regulatory nod from ANVISA to introduce its medical cannabis products in the largest Latin American market. It allows the company to serve the patient population in that region. He further said Khiron work towards achieving authorizations in Peru and Colombia and improves its network in Brazil.

A regulatory framework to import medical cannabis

ANVISA has established a regulatory framework that involves a comprehensive procedure for the production and importing the medical cannabis products into Brazil. The medical cannabis products are prescribed by the physicians and marketed through pharmacies. Therefore, patients get safe access to legal medical cannabis products.  Cannabis is beneficial for regulating oily skin and helps to fight aging.

The market for medical cannabis

The demand for medical cannabis in Brazil expects to reach 1.4 billion in the next three years. Also, the patient base that comprises patients with chronic conditions in Brazil will increase to 3.4 million. The request for medical cannabis products in the nation almost tripled since 2015. Around 1,100 physicians are prescribing medical cannabis products to the patients.

Chairman of Khiron resigns

Sidney Himmel, chairman of Khiron, has resigned to pursue other interests. Following his resignation, Alvaro will act as interim chairman of the company. Deborah Rosati will head the audit committee.

Khiron formed a JV with Dixie Brands to focus on the development of cannabis products. As per the terms of the pact, Dixie will also engage in the manufacture and distribution of kuida brand CBD cosmeceuticals targeting Hispanic population in the US. The joint venture with Dixie Brands gives Khiron exposure to the US market.

Chris Naprawa is a president at Khiron. Before joining Khiron, he worked as MD at Primary Capital and as a partner at Sprott Capital Partners.

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