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The Confusion Around CBDs, CBD Oil

I love reading about the confusion surrounding CBD's and CBD oil as well as the ill conceived attempts to keep people from living healthier lives. At the base of it all is greed by likely two things. First is big pharma, who lobbying efforts can rival, or even surpass, the cable companies and telcos efforts around net neutrality. The second is the so called moral majority who through either ignorance or simply a "no change" approach to life want to keep things status quo vs. see change arrive for the better. Don't be blinded by the legal battles. The real battles are about who distributes both the raw hemp, cannabis and the final consumer products.

In terms more closer to home, the attempts to control availability of CBD's and the recreational use of marijuana also reminds me of the neo-prohibition approach to wine, beer and alcohol we have in the USA with the three tier system and "tied house" rules that make the sale of spirits so challenging, and in many states really limit what is available due to the control by a limited number of wholesalers and distributors. Last is the lobbying efforts by the tobacco industry who really have so much to lose until they ultimately "buy" into the industry. 

As this doctor writes, there's a huge difference between getting high and getting healthy, and the CBD's and oils help you do the latter. And, in reality no one is against keeping people healthy, they just want their slice of the pie.

Make no mistake, the same organizations who are behind tobacco and alcohol distribution in the USA are also the same companies who want to eventually be the controlling distributors, producers and maybe even retailers of cannabis based products. For them, it's a new market opportunity, and they want to do it on their terms. Follow the distribution battles and you'll see who the players are or will be.

Let the games begin in 2018.

 


Cannabis Watch

I'm getting into the Cannabis world more and following it the way I did with VoIP in 2003. I'm not a smoker/toker, I've never enjoyed it, but the medicinal effects can't be pushed aside, and that's where I see great promise. So from time to time I'm going to bring my newseye to the topic and also begin to author some insight into what has to be seen as a "growth" industry that's starting to really bud. (sorry for the puns, but they are intentional.)

29 states now have various laws on the books to make sale of cannabis legal. It's legal in all 50 states to sell non THC based cannabinoids and that's a big lure....Massive.

According to Leafly, studies are starting to come out more and more about the direct medical benefits to often challenging conditions. As I've had friends who suffer from Epilepsy and some with children who are mildly autistic, this news hits home more than anything....

The Cannabist has a pretty cool summary of trends in the industry surrounding new products. The one I like most is the subscription box boom which likely will become the successful CBD version of Blue Apron....

Lastly, a breath spray from Hemp that has the effects of a hit that Denver's Westword reports on sounds very, um, tasty.

SFGate's Smell the Truth has the winners of the Emerald Cup for best strains of 2017 in what feels like a wine review and wine production story....

 


Freedom Pop Becomes an MVNE of Sorts

FreedomPop, the very interesting, low cost or even sometimes free provider of data connectivity, and some voice, has made a move that's to say the least intriguing. They have in essence by announcing the white labeling of their platform become an MVNE (mobile virtual network enabler) that is selling to brands who want to go out of footprint (market area) to offer wireless services.

What FreedomPop is doing, is offering brands the opportunity to be wireless network providers, much like what Twilio started to offer. While MVNO's have not been as successful in the USA as they have been in Europe, FreedomPop's approach seems very sound, and the results they are starting to show is backing that up.


Sparkling Move By AT&T and Cisco? Maybe

Why am I not surprised to see AT&T coming out with Cisco surrounding Spark. For years, as far back as the days of Bell South, Southwestern Bell and the regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC's) Cisco and they were thick as thieves, as the saying goes.

The RBOC's were always one of the largest integration partners around, so it's no surprise at all that Cisco Spark's first really large go to market partner is, AT&T

Spark has been an idea in search of both a market and a way to get to it. With AT&T Cisco now has a more reach. They core functionality will allow employees can start with instant messaging and transition to a phone call, audio conference or face-to-face video meeting in just one click. Whether colleagues are in the office, at home or on the go, they have easy access to each other," according to the release.

Gee, this sounds like service offered by my pals at Dialpad and other VoIP players who built this type of functionality in earlier.

Just sparkling....