A boom in demand for cannabidiol (CBD) has created an alarming shortage, which savvy hemp companies are aggressively looking to solve.

Cultivation supplies company Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) (SGMD Profile) has acquired several other suppliers, allowing it to benefit from economies of scale. Canadian cultivator Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) is investing heavily in new growing space. Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED) has expanded from Canada into the United States and is collaborating with other companies to meet demand. Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) has received a substantial inflow of funds from a tobacco company and is investing some of it in R&D. Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: CWBHF) (CSE: CWEB) is focusing on growing high-quality hemp to supply a range of novel products.

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