10:15 am – 11:00 am – Cannabinoids in Food and Beverage: Market Trends, Innovation, and what the future holds
Food and beverage products from the Cannabis sativa plant have taken off, leading to the constant creation of innovative, new products to fill the cannabinoid-based food and beverage space. Looming in the background of constant growth is the FDA, which has yet to issue a final ruling that would set up an efficient regulatory framework for the industry. Learn about the most cutting-edge cannabinoid food and beverage products and explore what makes them true trend drivers. We will also explore the FDA and what a final ruling could mean for the food and beverage space within the cannabis umbrella.
11:15 am – 12:00 pm – What to Consider When Choosing a White-Labeling Partner
There are a variety of reasons for choosing to white-label your products. White-labeling, also called private-labeling, is the purchasing of a finished product from a company and adding your brand and identity to it. In the hemp and CBD industry, brands choose to white-label oils, isolates, hardware, websites, marketing and advertising content, and more. When choosing your white-labeling partner, shared vision and goals, open communication, transparency and honest reporting, and a good track record of performance are all things you should be looking out for. White-labeling requires strategic thinking and adaptability, and it is paramount that the partner you have in mind can deliver that in a positive way.
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – LUNCH BREAK
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – CBD Safety: Possible Side Effects and Interactions
Cannabinoids are wonderful compounds with one very big problem–they are lipophilic, or fat loving. This makes dosing very, very tricky. And why it’s so hard to measure cannabinoid levels in the blood and urine. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabinoids are greatly affected by various factors, such as the amount and type of food eaten in a given day, whether other substances, including medications, were taken, and how they were consumed (vape, oil, edible, etc.). For these reasons and more, despite decades of research, the best advice to offer new users remains the “start low, go slow” method, which is as unscientific as it comes. And explains why this topic remains red hot in research.
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – Hemp’s Hurdles: Merchant Processing & Business Banking
As regulation surrounding hemp cultivation and processing takes shape there remains tremendous confusion on both the industry and consumer side surrounding payment processing. As the SAFE Banking ACT stalls in the Senate and courts continue to scrutinize 280-E tax filings, support for the financial aspects of CBD sales and production can seem non-existent. Our panel of industry veterans, lawyers, and financial professionals discuss the legal and practical logistics of merchant processing and banking hemp-related monies.
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – Boost CBD Products with Organic & cGMP Certifications
Wellness consumers in the 21st century are weary of empty promises. Certifications that guarantee exceptional quality are the golden ticket to product recognition and shelf velocity. The two most powerful seals of greatness? Certified organic and certified Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Organic certification indicates that your hemp-derived CBD was not harvested with synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or solvents. Today’s sharp consumers will know that they are investing in sustainability and the future of the planet. cGMP certification regulates manufacturing practices. It demonstrates that your product is clean, safe, and consistent. CBD and cannabinoid products with these certifications leave the competition in the dust. But the journey to certification is nuanced. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) require that cultivators and manufacturers adhere to specific guidelines and procedures to earn these badges of honor. Fortunately, specialists are available to guide you toward certification — one step at a time.
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm – CBD Industry Association Insider Insight – The Visionaries and their Predications
This panel will offer the opportunity to educate and inform anyone involved within the CBD industry. Current issues and cutting edge developments will be discussed and analyzed by members of the Advisory Board of the CBDIA. Relevant topics that affect anyone in the industry will be highlighted and examined including legal matters, developing science, regulations, and advertising. The CBD industry is rapidly evolving and this panel will offer discussion intended to investigate and evaluate questions and concerns of all things CBD. This opportunity to gain valuable industry insider insight is not to be missed.