The CannaCloud Is The Keurig For Cannabis

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The CannaCloud Is The Keurig For Cannabis

Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 15th Dec 2016 02:43 pm

The CannaCloud Is The Keurig For Cannabis

By Tess Allen
Dec 14, 2016

The CannaCloud Is The Keurig For Cannabis

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What if using cannabis for the first time was as easy as making a cup of coffee?

This is the philosophy behind CannaCloud, the industry’s first pod-based cannabis vaporizing system by CannaKorp that works just like a Keurig coffee machine.

Users simply load the CannaCloud with small aluminum “CannaCloud Pods” filled with pre-ground, lab-tested strains. The machine then heats up the herb to vaporizing temperature with the press of a button, and users wait about 60 seconds until the display screen indicates they can take a hit. After use, the Pods can be tossed into the recycle bin.

The whole system – established in part by four former Keurig executives who now serve on the CannaKorp management team – is meant to offer first-time cannabis consumers an experience that’s familiar to them.


“There are people who are interested in cannabis or have gotten into it but still aren’t connoisseurs. We [want to] simplify it and make the whole experience feel more normal for those people,” James Winokur, CEO and co-founder of CannaKorp, told Civilized.

“We hope doctors see it as a great avenue to point people… who are new to cannabis or those from older demographics.”

The last year has been spent communicating with those demographics, following CannaCloud’s concept launch at the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo last fall. Winokur predicts the CannaCloud will be available to the public in select markets as early as March 2017, following a pilot program set to begin in January with a small network of consumers.

In coming months, he expects to hear much of the same feedback received by the company over the last year, which is that the CannaCloud’s familiar design is only one aspect of what makes it so accessible.

The CannaCloud Pods will feature a range of clearly labelled sativa, indica and hybrid strains with varying THC levels, which Winokur said will make it easier than ever for first-time users to choose what’s right for them.

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CannaCloud with CannaCups

He’s quick to add that the CannaCloud and its accompanying Pods aren’t just for cannabis novices, however. His hope is that there will be growing interest among cultivators and dispensary owners to create blends catered specifically to the CannaCloud as the product gains traction.

“The model today in the U.S. is almost like craft brewers, so we’re hoping the cultivators and retailers really get into what’s in a Pod, and make some proprietary concoctions so that people can’t wait to get to the dispensary and get the next Pod,” said Winokur.

“We’ll have a cannabinoid profile we’ll ask [dispensaries] to fill, from high THC to high CBD and one-to-one and everything in between… just like every other product, they’ll learn what’s in demand and what’s not and where they need to fill in, and as time goes on the variety will increase.”

As it now stands, the CannaCloud is set to be released in select dispensaries in Colorado, Washington, New England and across Canada. Winokur expects the CannaCloud will retail for somewhere between $150 and $170, with the Pods running in the $6 to $7 range, although that will be up to the dispensaries that carry them.

“I don’t want to be overly optimistic,” said Winokur, “but the level of attention we’ve received has been tremendous, so I’m anticipating that we’re going to be drawn into more and more markets as dispensary owners and cultivators want to be part of our system.”


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Some Cannabis With Your Coffee? Pop These Infused Pods Into Your Keurig

By Tess Allen
Dec 20, 2016

Some Cannabis With Your Coffee? Pop These Infused Pods Into Your Keurig

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If the only thing you love (or need) more than caffeine is cannabis, a San Diego-based company is aiming to make your daily rituals a whole lot simpler.

BrewBudz is preparing to release a line of THC- and CBD-infused coffee, tea and cocoa in the form of 100 percent compostable Keurig-compatible cups.

“[Caffeine and cannabis] are two things in people’s lives that are rituals - especially for medical cannabis users,” BrewBudz vice-president and director of sales Jeffry Paul told Civilized.


“[With BrewBudz], you can get up in the morning and take your medicine and your coffee together, and that’s the beautiful thing about it.”

BrewBudz pods, which are set to be released in select markets in the new year, will contain a range of THC and CBD doses. According to Paul, caffeinated coffee and breakfast tea pods will come infused with 10mg, 25mg or 50mg of sativa cannabis “that gives people a lift.”

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The decaffeinated coffee and night-time tea pods will contain the same levels of indica flower, and will “help people relax and sleep.” All varieties, which Paul calls a healthier alternative to the countless cannabis edibles on the market nowadays, can be activated using Keurig coffee machines.

The inherent discretionary nature of something like cannabis-infused coffee, tea or cocoa makes BrewBudz an attractive option for those who don’t wish to put their cannabis consumption on prominent display, said Paul.

“You could be sitting there drinking your [BrewBudz] coffee or tea around your church group, or simply around anyone who doesn’t consume marijuana, and there’s nothing obvious or offensive about it,” said Paul. “It’s discrete, it’s of quality, it’s wonderful.”

BrewBudz will launch its first round of products in Nevada and Colorado come January, with plans to expand into California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona in the following months. Individual pods are expected to cost in the range of $7.

“We figure by the end of April we should have the rest of the states rolled out,” said Paul. “We imagine most of the dispensaries will carry them.”


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Re: The CannaCloud Is The Keurig For Cannabis

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This Boston-Area 'Keurig for Weed' Just Raised $4.1M to Launch This Year

Massachusetts will be among the CannaCloud's first markets

Dylan Martin - Staff Writer, Tech
1/12/17


CannaKorp is a Stoneham-based startup that has earned the title of "Keurig for weed" because of the single-use, pod-based cannabis vaporizing system it has developed, and investors are lining up.

The company announced on Thursday that it has closed a $4.1 million Series A round led by private equity firm Singularity Capital Management, which focuses on the cannabis industry. This brings total funding to $5.7 million.

The funding will be used to launch the company’s CannaCloud vaporizing system in select markets where cannabis is legal later this year. The round will also help the company build out a partner network of dispensaries and processors, which CannaKorp will rely on the distribute and sell the product.

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James Winokur

James Winokur, co-founder and CEO at CannaKorp, told me its first markets will be Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All but Rhode Island allow both medical and recreational cannabis use out of those states. The company will also be launching the product in Canada.

Winokur said both its Series A and seed rounds were oversubscribed, representing the level of interest investors have in the company.

The first units of CannaCloud are expected to roll out in April.

The CannaCloud system is expected to retail around $150 to $170, with single-serving pods expecting to cost between $6 and $10 on average depending on the strain and other factors. In the United States, both the systems and pods will be sold at partnering dispensaries. In Canada, everything will be sold online.

For comparison’s sake, a single pod would be equivalent to one pre-roll joint, or one gram of cannabis, which Winokur said might cost $10.



When I asked Winokur, a former executive at PTC, whether CannaCloud is meant for medical or recreational users, he said the company is focused on providing it as a “wellness” product, whether someone has been prescribed cannabis by a doctor or if they’re simply interested in how it can treat ailments.

We’re really focusing on ‘how do we educate the mainstream that cannabis has a beneficial effect?'

“We’re really focusing on ‘how do we educate the mainstream that cannabis has a beneficial effect?'” Winokur said. “And that’s what we’re really after.”

Winokur said there are two groups of people they’re targeting: those who already use cannabis and want to consume it in a more convenient and controlled way, and those who haven’t tried it yet and are curious but may not have wanted to consume cannabis through other means that are currently available.

When I watched a promo video where a woman inhales vaporized cannabis using CannaKorp’s clean and slick-looking system, my reaction was how normal the company made cannabis consumption look. For that reason, I can see CannaKorp being a bigger hit with, well, let’s just call them “weed newbies.”

“It helps normalize the industry” is a comment Winokur says he had heard from people because of the CannaCloud’s design. “That’s what we’re hoping for,” he said, noting many others have come before the company in helping normalize it.

Anyone familiar with the history of Keurig, the device that serves coffee through single-serving pods, knows about the sustainability concerns with such a model. After all, Keurig founder John Sylvan himself went on to regret how wasteful and environmentally harmful Keurig’s K-Cups are.

With the CannaCloud, however, that shouldn’t be a concern. Winokur said its single-serving pods will be made out of aluminum, which can be recycled. “By nature of what we’re doing, plastic wouldn’t be acceptable for the pod,” he said.

The CannaCloud was invented by co-founder Michael Bourque, who’s also a former PTC executive. Bourque conducted experiments and analyses, Winokur said, to realize that “inhalation is the best method for most conditions and ailments because it does not combust the plant and it acts very fast in the body.”


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