Published: June 16, 2021

Avicanna Expands The Canadian RHO Phyto Product Offerings With The Addition Of THC-Free High CBD Oral And Sublingual Formulation Across Medical And Adult Use Channels

Avicanna Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products is pleased to announce that two THC-free RHO Phyto™ products are available for purchase in Canada through the Medical Cannabis By Shoppers™ online portal and in Manitoba. The RHO Phyto Micro Drop Oil and Rapid Act Spray product lines are expanded to include THC-free products utilizing purified CBD from cannabis extracts that do not contain any detectable amounts of THC.

All RHO Phyto products have been optimized to ensure shelf-life stability and provide accurate and consistent dosing over time. Additionally, these formulations are designed to provide higher and faster cannabinoid absorption compared to basic MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil products available in the market. The RHO Phyto Micro Drop Oils, offered in blood orange flavour, are designed for longer lasting effects, while the Rapid Act Sprays are offered in lemon mint flavour and faster acting for more acute effects.

Benefits Of Pure CBD Product Offerings
THC-free cannabinoid products have long been advocated for by Health Care Providers as a potential alternative for individuals who should avoid THC. A recent Cannabis Consumer Report by Deloitte (the “Deloitte Report”) demonstrated that new cannabis consumers reported key drivers for using CBD-only products being sleep and relaxation (58%), and alleviating stress or anxiety (47%). Additionally, another 47% were interested in using for specific medical reasons1.

“We are confident that these formulations complete Avicanna’s RHO Phyto branded medical formulary and provide consumers, patients and the medical community access to standardized CBD products free of THC. We also believe that the opportunity for CBD only products is beyond the cannabis connoisseur and its potential channels will be beyond the current cannabis channels in the future,” states Aras Azadian, CEO Avicanna Inc.

The Canadian Market Opportunity And Global Market Potential
Avicanna’s RHO Phyto products have had early success in both adult use and medical channels and the line extension that includes THC-free high CBD products further expands and now includes 7 SKUs in Canada. In parallel, patient and consumer interest for THC-free products and non-inhalable products continues to grow, the Deloitte Report found that 22% of returning and 39% of new consumers are interested in CBD only or THC-free products, while 30% of existing users cited lack of negative effects informing purchasing decisions.

About Avicanna
Avicanna is a diversified and vertically integrated Canadian biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development, and commercialization of plant-derived, cannabinoid-based products for the global consumer, medical, and pharmaceutical market segments. Avicanna is an established leader in cannabinoid research and development, which it primarily conducts at its R&D headquarters in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre, JLABS @ Toronto, Canada and in collaboration with leading Canadian academic and medical institutions.