Too Many Strains, Not Enough Science-Meet The ‘Botanical’ Blockchain (TSXV-DNAX)

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Blockstrain Technology Corp.

Wouldn’t it be great to find a real blue sky growth story? The kind of opportunity that can ramp from zero to the big leagues and take early-stage investors along for the ride?

A lot of traders applaud when they find just ONE company with that kind of potential. I just heard about a little ground-floor stock that combines TWO home-run themes . . . and it only takes a single whispered word to start the cheering.

That word is “blockstrain.” It’s the marriage of the blockchain technology that runs crypto accounts like bitcoin and the strain that differentiates one breed of plant product from another. If you’ve got your eye on the ball, you can probably connect the dots already.

Long story short, there’s a tiny company called BLOCKstrain Technology Corp. (Ticker is DNAX in Canada only.) They’ve got big plans. It only went public at the end of May so it was young and vulnerable when technology stocks hit a wall a few weeks ago.

But that only created an opportunity to capture this unique double play at a price below what institutional investors paid early on! And from the look of things that opportunity is closing fast:

Blockstrain Technology Corp.

After all, Goldman Sachs says blockchain is one of the hottest trends around. The word itself sizzles so loudly on Wall Street that the SEC is having to crack down on companies changing their name to take advantage.

BLOCKstrain, on the other hand, is pure blockchain. It isn’t a copycat or me-too play. Applying the blockchain to the world of cannabis strains is what they DO.  

Now I know a few people reading this aren’t sure what exactly blockchain really is or how you build a business out of applying it to cannabis strains. That’s OK.

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From Blockchain to BLOCKStrain

Blockchain is the computing model that supports cryptocurrencies. It’s more than all the “coins” clogging the market lately. You might love them, but the real power here goes far beyond the latest offerings and forks.

Strip away the jargon and blockchain boils down to crunching so many numbers within a cloud of networked computers that digital “money” is as hard to forge as the real thing.There’s so much processing power built into each link in the data “chain” that it’s practically impossible to break the code.

It’s really just a cybersecurity system that enforces itself. And that self-enforcing structure can authenticate and validate a lot more than the balance in your digital money account.

Kodak is developing blockchain applications that authenticate image files, forcing picture pirates to buy a license. It’s only a hop from there to building copy protection code into songs and movies so Hollywood can sleep better at night.

De Beers has turned to blockchain to track every fleck of diamond dust in its system, from mine to retail store. Again, it’s not hard to make the mental leap to any kind of logistics or inventory management environment . . . slap a chip on the box and log every move it makes around the planet in real time.

A transparent data trail that’s practically unhackable. We might come back to that point later as we explore what Blockstrain can do for the cannabis industry.

But start with one of the most basic challenges facing that industry right now, a “proof of concept” if you like. As you probably know, modern legal cannabis has been bred since ancient times to produce literally thousands of sub-species, each with its own characteristics, active ingredient profile and specialized niche to fill. These are the strains.

Blockstrain Technology Corp.

Strains can be as distinctive as poodles are different from German shepherds. They’re both “dogs” but the resemblance ends there. Likewise, separate strains of cannabis don’t always have the distinctive green leaves. They look different, smell different and, according to connoisseurs, produce different effects.

Growers and dispensaries make good money creating and promoting exotic strains like craft beers lined up behind a fancy bar. In theory a strain can be proprietary, which gives a farm or retail operation a unique reason to attract a choosy customer. Doctors can prescribe a specific type of plant to capture a different chemical profile that fits their patient’s needs.

And that’s where today’s strains hit a reality wall. There isn’t a whole lot of science behind how the strains are named or what separates them from each other. There’s no genetic registry or database that tracks them all, and even the best efforts to date run on something close to an “honor system” — they’ll tell you what genes are in a particular plant, but have a hard time proving that’s the plant a dispensary is actually selling.

It all makes sense. Cannabis cultivation spent a long time in the regulatory shadows. These farms sat out the age of scientific agriculture and are only now in the first stages of catching up. But the lack of clarity and enforcement can frustrate EVERYONE.

Consumers who want an exotic thrill feel ripped off if they’re just getting the same old Mary Jane. Patients who need a specific molecule mix NEED to make sure they get it. Strain breeders hate it when pirates or amateurs knowingly or accidentally step on their plant’s carefully selected DNA. And the regulators see everything.

BLOCKStrain Technology Corp. brings the trust back to an industry that can’t run on good vibes forever. They validate the DNA, tracking each gene up and down the supply chain from the grow facility to the final consumption point.

This was a “dark market” until recently. Even Canada just voted to legalize last month . . . and now their regulators have until October to make sure everything is compliant. The “Wild West” is over. Every gram in every dispensary needs to be validated.

That’s what BLOCKStrain does. Any switch or glitch is visible. Everybody can see what they’re getting.

An industry that’s grown from zero to $10 billion in recent memory needs that level of trust in order to take things to the next level. Older and more sophisticated consumers who can pay for a luxury product can confirm that’s really what they’re getting. Scientists looking at the molecules have metrics that make Big Pharma research worthwhile.

Blockstrain Technology Corp.

Want a product that’s been grown in actual dirt using traditional organic farming techniques? BLOCKStrain can confirm that every procedure has been followed on the plants that went into your particular purchase. Want to license your proprietary plant to growers? BLOCKStrain takes care of enforcement and quality control so you can get back to work on the next hot hybrid.

Want to make sure customer reviews of a particular strain aren’t just hot air? Reading between the lines, I think BLOCKStrain can do that too.

Think of all the hard work a mature industry like fine wine had to do . . . to evolve. The commercial applications for cannabis stack up as high as investors can dream right now. And at the end of the day, that’s why we’re here, right?

Management is itching to hit the ground running. They’re serious people. They love the industry but they have deep backgrounds in law, business development and especially technology. We’re talking Microsoft-level expertise.

They want to roll up all the niches they can, segment by segment, easy ones first: licensing, validation, objective metrics that help make everyone get what they want.

In a $10 billion industry, that’s probably worth a few basis points at least. The labs are lining up to pay. That’s MILLIONS of dollars, just as a conservative slice of the overall cash flow. And it’s only the first step in achieving this pure blockchain stock’s real potential.

Mile High and Beyond

If your system can track molecules from roots to retail, you’ve got an ironclad chain of custody. “Shrinkage” in dispensaries can be crippling . . . not to mention a regulatory red flag. When the boss can see where every ounce goes, the data trail makes internal inventory security a whole lot easier.

One day, the strain chain will be able to validate prescriptions and screen customers. Every transaction is logged to show the regulators when (not if) they call. What’s THAT worth?

We haven’t even talked about what BLOCKStrain can do on the payment side. That’s an area dispensaries struggle hard with . . . they’re still shut out of the banks . . . but to be honest, management isn’t even interested in that truly disruptive opportunity right now.

They’ve got too much real meat on their plate to chase pie in the sky. The easy segments come first to get the cash flowing. Then, as they grow, they can REALLY get ambitious. It’s a classic “land and expand” model. It’s a classic because it works.

And investors who somehow find a way to get exposure here at the ground floor will get to enjoy the entire ride. That’s a rare, rare thing right now.

Dirty Wall Street secret: today’s growth portfolios are stuffed with stocks that ended their real exponential expansion phase years or even decades ago. We’re talking about Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Alphabet, the names many of us grew up with.

They’re world-class companies. But they’re already so massive that they need to keep bolting on $30-$40 billion businesses every year just to move the needle double digits. Their sweetest days of making instant fortunes are behind them.

Blockchain is still ramping up from zero. The whole bitcoin boom is only a warning shot.

Legal cannabis is only starting to join the modern age of intellectual property, supply chain systems, business intelligence. Yet it’s already a $10 billion industry.

BLOCKstrain is at the center of both stories. Keep an eye on this company and its Canadian ticker, DNAX. If you see the potential here, there may not be a lot of chances to take a seat beside the strategic investors who’ve already crowded up to the table.


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