You are here:   HomeNews ReleasesAvicanna and Red White & Bloom Enter Exclusive Partnership for the Distribution and Commercialization of Pura H&W Hemp-Derived CBD-Based Topical Products in the United States

TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2020 /CNW/ - Avicanna Inc. ("Avicanna") (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of organic and sustainable plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, and Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTC: RWBYF) ("RWB" or "Red White & Bloom") are pleased to announce that they have entered into a distribution agreement for the exclusive distribution of Avicanna's advanced and clinically backed CBD-based cosmetic and topical products Pura H&W™ by RWB in the US and certain other markets.

The $532 billion beauty industry continues growing rapidly and new trends such as the introduction of CBD cosmetics is anticipated to establish a strong market presence in markets that permit retail sales such as the United States. The Pura H&W branded products utilize hemp-derived CBD, the non-psychoactive and non-controlled cannabinoid, which allows for cosmetic designation and retail sales.

The launch of this innovative and premium hemp-derived CBD product line will leverage from the growing use of online platforms for shopping including Pura H&W's own e-commerce platform, third party e-commerce channels, and "big box" retailers in addition to the existing commercial infrastructure of RWB in the United States.

Brad Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of RWB, stated: "Throughout my career, I have seen tremendous success licensing brands, strategically leveraging them for the demographics that recognize the best in class quality & efficacy, and then listing them in big box and specialty retailers. This agreement paves a path that will allow RWB and Avicanna to grow together well into the future beyond our news today."

Under the agreement, which has an initial five-year term, RWB will exclusively distribute the Pura H&W™ brand and certain other white label brands at RWB's direction. Having been developed by researchers and collaborators from world class medical and academic institutions, the Pura H&W™ line of products has been developed through a scientific and evidence-based approach. This approach in product development has allowed Avicanna to synergistically combine natural ingredients with hemp-derived CBD in advanced and proprietary formulations that have completed 3 cosmetic human clinical studies. Product development is always commenced with the consumer in mind and specific needs are addressed through analysis in observational as well as interventional clinical studies. Avicanna's hemp-derived CBD infused cosmetics and topicals equip RWB with the opportunity to set the standards with advanced research and development for hemp-derived CBD cosmetics and GMP manufacturing.

The 3 cosmetic clinical studies were completed on Avicanna's formulations targeted at cosmetic factors associated with aging, acne-prone skin, and eczema-prone skin. The successfully completed studies involved 156 patients that were tested for both safety and certain derma-cosmetic endpoints, including hydration and excess oil production. The results of all three studies achieved positive results in the endpoints with no adverse effects, making products part of one of the only cannabinoid consumer product lines with human safety and efficacy data.

Aras Azadian, CEO of Avicanna, commented: "After years of R&D and clinical development of what we believe is the most advanced line of CBD skin care products, we are thrilled to have partnered up with the team at RWB, who provide an ideal partner for Avicanna and the Pura H&W line of products. We believe their access and expertise in the US market through commercial and retail channels will allow the Pura H&W branded products to reach their potential as the leading skin care brand."