2022 is shaping up to be a year of groundbreaking cannabis industry shifts. We predict that recreational and medicinal marijuana will take on a central role in the economic, healthcare, cultural, and social progression of the nation. Take a look at our top 8 picks for this breakthrough year’s most “smoking” cannabis trends: what’s hot and what’s next. 

8 Cannabis Trends: What’s Hot and What’s Next

1. Legalized Marijuana Nationally

The 116th Congress passed The MORE Act to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act in just one chamber – the House – right as the session was expiring in December 2020. This big move may have come a little too late for the Senate to take up the bill, but the fact that the 117th Congress passed The MORE Act in the House again in April 2022 is considered a good sign. That, combined with a slew of new legislation aimed at hammering out the details of getting cannabis legalized, makes for a promising outlook.

Bills in the Congressional pipeline include Senate leaders’ groundbreaking Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, the Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion Act, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ and Rep. Brian Mast’s PREPARE Act.

2. Edibles Take a Bigger Bite Out of the Cannabis Market

Market research indicates that cannabis sales are set to explode in the edibles segment of the market, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.1% between 2021 and 2026. One of the reasons for this trend is that cannabis edibles have never been better. The reason? Advancements in plant-based research mean that edible companies are becoming more adept at understanding how their customer’s health and happiness can both be elevated by using the right combination of ingredients.

Another way of putting this is that cannabis businesses are leveraging science to merge food and therapeutics in the application segment of the edibles market.

Nové Luxury Edibles is one example of this. CEO Rick Scarpello, and the rest of the dosing pioneers at the award-winning brand incredibles recently took cannabis edibles to the next level by introducing single-sourced South American cacao beans into their creations. They also brought a team of expert chefs on board who use their culinary skills to take optimal advantage of the cannabinoids present in high-quality chocolate.

When expertly blended with similar cannabinoids found in cannabis oil and terpene-rich fruits, these luxury chocolate bars produce what’s known as the entourage effect, where each mouthwatering ingredient helps boost the others’ wellness effects – while also providing next-level flavors consumers can’t get enough of.

3. SAFE Banking Act Predicted to Pass, Leveling the Economic Playing Field

Nearly a dozen years after first being introduced, the pressure is building to (finally!) pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. If successful, the bill would put protective measures in place for bankers at the regulatory level so they feel safe in offering their services to cannabis companies in states where its production and sale are legal.

SAFE has passed the House five times since 2013, and as of April 2022 three top, bipartisan lawmakers in the Senate, House, and state-level offices have contacted Senate leaders about the bill, while also taking to social media to help build public pressure.

For anyone with a small or medium-sized cannabis company, this is welcome news. SAFE is set up to help these smaller businesses that are currently reliant on cash because they can’t get financing due to banking industry hesitancy– putting them at a competitive disadvantage and making them more prone to expensive break-ins and theft.

The bill doesn’t go quite as far as The MORE Act or The PREPARE Act, both of which stipulate removing marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act’s list of Schedule I drugs– which is another reason why the SAFE Act is the most likely of the three to pass this year.

4. Advances in Cannabis Chemistry Bring Faster Effects + More Affordability

Industry insiders know that cannabis products are known for their ability to dodge absorption due to the age-old axiom “water and oil don’t mix”. Elevating ‘bioavailability’, or cannabis absorption rates, means developing ever-more advanced solutions that help fat-soluble cannabis compounds mix with the water-loving tissues found in the human body.  

Luckily, there are agents that can cause two unmixable agents to mix, and they’re known as emulsifiers. Plant-based DMSO is one such agent that has taken the industry by storm in recent years. It’s a byproduct of the paper-making industry. However, to cut down on environmental impacts and the potential side effects of DMSO, some cutting-edge companies are turning to the body’s own technology instead.

Quiq is one example. It’s a subsidiary of Medically Correct, LLC in Colorado, and leaders at the company have developed patent-pending Rapid Absorption Technology that’s the first of its kind. The method uses natural sugar and fatty acids as the emulsifier. This allows for fast-acting effects that make for easier dosing, potentially fewer side effects, and greater affordability.

5. Growing Trends in Cannabis Acceptance Among Older Adults

A 2020 study published in the renowned Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that U.S. adults over age 65 showed some of the most significant increases in cannabis use of any age group, with a 75% increase between 2015 and 2018.  

Pain management, sleep issues, stress and anxiety, and chronic conditions are some of the top reasons people list for adult-use cannabis. In fact, the study highlighted that there was a 180% relative cannabis use increase among participants with diabetes and a 157% relative increase among those receiving mental health therapy.  

6. Live Resins: The Cannabis Industry’s New ”Golden Child”

In California alone, the live resin niche of the cannabis dabbable market went from 50% at the end of 2018 to 61% by the beginning of 2021. Cannabis concentrates’ new golden child is cultivated from fresh, flash freeze-dried cannabis plants, making for a full spectrum experience that takes optimal advantage of its health-boosting terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids. The flavors and aromas are widely considered the deepest, most sophisticated available.

With live resin purchases growing at double the rate of the total cannabis concentrates market in six states between 2020 and 2021, now is the perfect time to invest in these powerhouse product lines.

7. Private Labeling Adds to the Industry Job Growth

According to Business Wire, private label cannabis companies already hold a “prominent” share of the cannabis market.

With the widespread legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana and the consumer trend toward functional ingredients like CBD and hemp-based products that the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) is seeing, we predict more new cannabis businesses will use this route to get started in the industry. This can only help the cannabis jobs market continue to grow, as it has throughout the pandemic.

8. The Demand for Social Equity in the Industry Increases

The leading cannabis job recruiting network Vangst recently put out the third edition of its biennial report ‘Women & Minorities in the Cannabis Industry‘ and it highlights some troubling changes from the second edition. These changes include a decrease in women and minority-owned cannabis businesses between 2019 and 2021, as well as fewer women and minority executives. 

This is in keeping with the national trend showing that the COVID-19 pandemic most negatively impacted minority-led businesses.

This is why demand is growing from social equity cannabis program leaders to include key reform measures which address generational wealth and drug incarceration disparities in federal legislation. While passing Rep. Jeffries’ proposed PREPARE Act would expunge nonviolent marijuana crimes from people’s records, these additional measures aim, in part, to encourage the inclusion of a federal social equity regulatory agency, along with its defining permit requirements and types.


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