Mark this date down: October 17.

That’s the day Canada fully legalizes recreational cannabis. And that’s also the date that the best kept story in the cannabis sector could be revealed.

There’s a team that has already built two cannabis companies to a $340 million and $5 billion valuation. But now, they are involved with something that could become much bigger… Scythian Biosciences (CSE:SCYB, OTCMKTS:SCCYF)

So, what’s going on?

First, Scythian has just closed an incredible $280 million deal with Aphria, the third-largest cannabis company in the world. Aphria saw the potential in Scythian’s “cannabis incubator” investment plans, and agreed to sell $193 million in stock to them, and today—as they close the deal—that same stock is worth nearly $300 million. That’s a $137 million windfall for Scythian—a 65 percent ROI.  And that’s only one deal of many.

Scythian Biosciences’ (CSE:SCYB, OTCMKTS:SCCYF) story could blow the lid off the cannabis market. It’s already one of the biggest investment trends of 2018.Canada is instituting full legalization on October 17, and the Scythian story is unlikely to stay off the radar for long when that happens.

Here are five things you need to know about Scythian.

#1 The Crucial Time is Now Because Canada Legalizes Recreational Cannabis on October 17th

For decades, marijuana was off the grid: an estimated $53 billion American market for an illegal substance without any kind of legitimate investment footprint. Now, that’s changing. Canada is on the verge of instituting full recreational legalization. It’s all over the news, and it’s caused a huge spike in investor interest in the cannabis sector… and it will probably only get bigger in the run up to October 17th.

But what most people don’t know is that the marijuana sector isn’t getting its backing from Wall Street, which struggles to nail down the value of the legal cannabis market while illicit growers are still in the game. Instead, funding is coming from publicly traded companies acting as incubators for promising cannabis ventures worldwide. And Scythian Biosciences (CSE:SCYB, OTCMKTS:SCCYF) is the top incubator that anyone can invest in through their brokerage account.

Scythian stock gives investors access to a huge potential upside normally reserved for Venture Capital by offering the rare opportunity to buy into dozens of companies before they hit the big time. But mainstream investors haven’t caught on, probably because other cannabis companies have been competing so fiercely for the cannabis spotlight. And that’s opened up a big opportunity for investors to consider Scythian’s value in comparison to cannabis high flyers before October 17th.

In a short span of time, the tiny legal cannabis sector is likely to explode from near zero just a couple of years ago to $8.7 billion in sales by 2024. Worldwide, the cannabis market could reach $32 billion by 2022 and $57 billion by 2027. Access to just a tiny sliver of that market could give Scythian a huge upside.

#2 A $57 Billion Opportunity In Cannabis By 2027

Scythian Biosciences (CSE:SCYB, OTCMKTS:SCCYF) is unique in that it is an international incubator of cannabis assets. Most pot stocks, such as Aphria and Canopy Growth Inc., focus on cultivation, production and marketing in one country. Calculating an upside in those kinds of companies is relatively straightforward, and in the case of Canopy most of the growth has already been realized.

With an incubator, the upside could be enormous. One estimate has the global cannabis market reaching $65 billion by 2023. The most bullish estimate by British firm Bryan, Garnier & Co. has legal pot sales reaching $140 billion by 2027.

Any one of Scythian’s assets could explode on to the scene, especially at a time when cannabis laws are changing all over the world at rapid speeds. Scythian looks to invest in dozens of assets at an early stage, but it only needs one asset to make it big to realize upside from the expected $57 billion or bigger global cannabis market. Plus, it’s the first on the scene when it comes to pot incubation.

Wall Street is waiting for federal laws to loosen… so they are leery of pot stocks, and Silicon Valley venture capital hasn’t picked up on it yet. That leaves the field wide open for Scythian and other pot incubators to get access to the best deals first. More importantly, it has allowed early-in investors to get in on the high-upside “early” investments normally reserved for Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

#3 Incubating Dozens of Cannabis Companies of the Future

Scythian (CSE:SCYB, OTCMKTS:SCCYF) is a unique investment. It:

  • Has an Incubator business model that has so far resulted in a high upside…
  • Owns a highly diversified portfolio of cannabis assets, ranging from North and South American to Western Europe…
  • Has an experienced management team with multiple global successes
  • Has lower valuation than many cannabis companies…
  • Is early-in to a brand new $8.7 billion market

Scythian’s “first mover” approach is to identify ideal assets in undeveloped markets and incubate them for maximum profitability. In Latin America, Scythian established relationships with “cultivation hubs”, in a market which has over 600 million people, all potential pot customers.

In North America, 90 percent of the pot market remains illegal… and yet the market still generates more than $9 billion a year according to ArcView Market Research. Legalization will let Scythian tap that market and get around behemoths like Canopy Growth Corp.

The global legal cannabis market could be worth $57 billion in just a few years, representing exponential growth. And if Scythian captures just a tiny fraction of that potential, its valuation should really please its shareholders.

#4 Management Team:

The executive team leading Scythian Biosciences (CSE:SCYB, OTCMKTS:SCCYF) has been at the forefront of the biggest success stories in cannabis. They were involved in Aphria, a cannabis giant that exploded into a $5 billion company.  They are also some of the leading business figures in the European cannabis industry. But now they’re setting their sights on the high-upside incubator business.

Scythian’s world-class team is poised to take advantage of a colossal new opportunity—one that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

#5 Deal Closed, October 17th Approaching Fast

This deal between Aphria and Scythian Biosciences just closed, so the market is still catching up to the news.

Here’s what happened: Aphria chose to buy into Scythian, pumping it full of fresh capital for its incubation projects. In July, Aphria announced plans to buy into Scythian, hoping to acquire a number of Scythian’s Latin America and Caribbean assets for $193 million payable mainly in Aphria stock. Now, that Aphria stock position is worth more: $280 million on last count, an increase of 79 percent.

Since announcing the news, Scythian’s stock has been climbing. But this isn’t the only deal Scythian’s working on.  They have dozens of deals in the “incubator” pipeline… that Scythian plans to invest in, incubate and bring to maturity and better valuations. It’s taking on an interest in Florida-based medical cannabis firm 3 Boys Farms LLC, which will give it access to the Florida pot market when that state embraces legalization. The company has announced its new U.S. headquarters will be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The acquisition is Scythian’s first big step into the North American market, part of its plan to shift its attention towards specific cannabis friendly zones in the United States. The Aphria deal may be just the beginning. Scythian has its sights set on U.S. expansion, branching out from its start in South America to embrace North America.

The news is out there. It’s only a matter of time before this little firm—with some of the team behind Red Bull—starts to attract even more attention. And, so far, the company has been hard at work executing their playbook.

Expect the market to start paying attention after recreational marijuana is sold legally in Canada on October 17th. When full legalization goes through, interest in cannabis stocks could soar. And Scythian Biosciences (CSE:SCYB, OTCMKTS:SCCYF) shareholders will get a piece of this growing cannabis market through an early mover that keeps stacking up success upon success.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.