Kelowna, BC / November 22, 2016 / Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTCQB:LXRP) (CSE:LXX) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”) and NeutrisSci International Inc. (“Neutrisci”) (TSX-V:NU, Frankfurt- 1N9) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding forming a 50/50 Joint Venture (the “JV”) to develop, produce and sell a line of healthy edible cannabinoid products using Lexaria’s patented technology and Neutrisci’s proprietary pterostilbene tablet formula and international distribution network.
NeutriSci specializes in innovative nutraceutical products and this JV expects to combine Lexaria’s patented technology for improved taste and absorption with NeutriSci’s proprietary sublingual zero-sugar tablet form factor to create new cannabinoid edible products. NeutriSci also has significant product distribution networks that already include national and regional retailers.
Lexaria’s taste and absorption technology acting on cannabidiol (CBD)-rich full spectrum hemp oil blended into NeutriSci’s pterostilbene tablet formula could be warmly received by health conscious consumers, and is already federally legal in the United States. Additional product offerings will also be tested under the JV, which will include other cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The JV parties expect to commercialize any newly created cannabinoid edible products through distribution programs with existing strategic partners.
“This JV is a demonstration of the rapid innovation occurring in the cannabis industry,” commented Chris Bunka, Lexaria CEO. “We are excited to explore the potential to use our technology to develop healthy cannabinoid products which could be a natural fit within NeutriSci’s distribution network.”
“We were immediately intrigued when we were approached with the idea of using our tablet and form factor to create a new line of zero-sugar and dose controlled cannabinoid edible products,” commented Glen Rehman, NeutriSci president. “By combining Lexaria’s technology to mask strong tastes and increase bioavailability, this JV has the potential to create a whole new line of healthy cannabinoid edible products, which we expect will have high appeal to today’s health conscious medicinal consumers and recreational users.”
State referendum voting outcomes from the November 8 elections have created a state-legal cannabis market widely expected to reach $20 billion within the next four years, one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
Lexaria Bioscience Corp. is a food biosciences company with a proprietary technology for improved delivery of bioactive compounds. The Company’s lipophilic enhancement technology has been shown to enhance the bioavailability of orally ingested cannabinoids, while also masking taste. This technology promotes healthy ingestion methods, lower overall dosing and higher effectiveness in active molecule delivery. The Company’s technology is patent-protected for cannabidiol (CBD) and all other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, and patent-pending for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), other psychoactive cannabinoids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nicotine and other molecules.
NeutriSci specializes in the innovation, production and formulation of nutraceutical products. Established in 2009, NeutriSci has focused on the development of several breakthrough nutraceutical products with an initial focus on areas such as heart and cholesterol health, sleep deprivation therapies, immune defense as well as men’s prostate and sexual health. NeutriSci continues to build strong relationships and distribution channels for its BluScience™ and NeuEnergy™ products with retailers throughout the United States. NeutriSci is focusing efforts in strengthening sustainable sales models with Convenience, Chain Drug, and Mass Market and Supermarket retailers.
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