Canadian CANNAINVESTOR Magazine May 2017 - Page 50

Retail Investor's Perspective

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Natural zeolite has emerged as having considerable potential in a wide variety of agricultural processes. The unique ion-exchange, dehydration/re-hydration and absorption properties of zeolite materials promise to contribute significantly to agriculture and aquaculture technology. Zeolites are fast becoming the subject of serious investigation in dozens of agricultural laboratories both here and abroad. Zeolites have been proven to contribute to more efficient crops, plant health, significant yield and agricultural productivity.

One such company appears to be at the forefront of developing applications ideally suited for hemp and cannabis:

Canadian Zeolite Corp. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: CNZ) (OTCQB: CNZCF) (FSE: ZEON) is pleased to report it will begin shipping its natural zeolite to several medical marijuana growers in Canada and the United States. Currently, the Canadian Zeolite team is proceeding with developing zeoponics and zeoponic substrates specifically for use in the growing of medical marijuana. Zeoponics allows the plant to absorb the nutrients as it needs them, which improves the plant quality, produces higher yields and shortens production cycles. In addition, natural zeolite aids in control of mould and moisture issues in standard plant growing operations.

Rockstone Research has recently commenced coverage on CNZ with a subsequent followup highlighting a major sales agreement. Another company is Asburton Ventures Inc (TSXV:ABR). ABR announced on April 10 that it was undertaking Research and Development with BC Bud. Whether zeolite becomes a preferred source material in this industry remains to be seen; however, the prepared Retail Investor should consider keeping an eye on results of studies as well as industry acceptance and usage. Another interesting aspect to keep an eye on may be the amount of land and resources used by this industry in comparison to traditional agriculture.