Sunderstorm has acquired Nevada-based Abide Brands, maker of Bounti Vapes. Our first-ever company acquisition signals a new phase of growth that will include expanding our categories nationally.
Sunderstorm, which started 2023 with one of its best quarters to date, continues to enjoy sales growth built on a foundation of great systems, automation, products and team building. These investments in ready-to-scale infrastructure put the company in a position to accelerate growth, and we initiated our expansion phase with the acquisition of Abide Brands, a respected vape company with a reputation for quality products and talented leadership.
“We’ve built this machine to scale and last, and we’re ready to leverage it for future growth,” says Cameron Clarke, Co-Founder and CEO of Sunderstorm. “By bringing Abide Brands into the fold, we’re adding a new product category and accomplished team members to our expanding Nevada presence. This is the first of more big moves to come.”
Nevada represents a billion dollar cannabis market that’s widely expected to grow in coming years. We have a strong presence in the Nevada market with KANHA, our award-winning premium gummies brand, and Abide Brands will add to its statewide market share.
Sunderstorm is one of the fast-growing private companies in the U.S., saysInc. magazine in its annual ranking of the top independent businesses. The company experienced 1,400-percent growth in the previous three years, securing Sunderstorm the No. 319 spot on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list.
“This is a tremendous milestone for Sunderstorm,” said Cameron Clarke, Co-Founder and CEO of Sunderstorm. “We have made it our mission to deliver the most dependable and compelling products in the cannabis market, and this accomplishment exemplifies the efforts of the entire Sunderstorm staff who invested their diverse talents into building a truly sophisticated cannabis brand.”
Sunderstorm joins brands like Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft and Patagonia that gained national exposure as honorees on previous Inc. 5000 lists.
Contributing to a banner year for the company in 2021, Sunderstorm received recognition from the American Business Awards for becoming the first cannabis company to partner with Max (HBO Max at the time). A joint-marketing campaign for the animated series Close Enough featured four custom KANHA-branded gummy products that reflected the personalities of each main character. “The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing.”
Each year, MG Magazine compiles a list of the Top Cannabis Employers, and the 2022 list included Sunderstorm as one of the best.
“Sunderstorm employees describe their pet-friendly workplace as a meritocracy in which hard work is rewarded,” wrote the magazine. “A whopping 90 percent of them express satisfaction with the culture, applying descriptors like ‘inspiring’ and ‘engaging’ – due, at least in part, to morale-boosting activities like luncheons with games and prizes. A formal DEI policy incorporates sections about work-life balance, bullying, mental health, and trans inclusion. The company financially supports organizations tackling environmental challenges, gender- and ethnic-identity bias, justice reform, and compassionate care for veterans.”
To create the list, the magazine staff and a team of advisors analyze company incentives, benefits, philanthropic initiatives, corporate culture and private employee reports. The goal is to highlight cannabis companies that invest in employees and communities in addition to the business itself.
We are honored to be included on this important list.
Only five years have passed since the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) definitively recognized “Marijuana as Medicine” on its website. Most Americans already knew it was, but this admission marked a pivotal turning point for what was once an avidly anti-cannabis agency. NIDA has funded numerous clinical studies into medical cannabis since the 2017 admission, essentially changing its research stance from roadblocks to roadways, with proper research starting to accelerate. We’ve made a big leap forward in the past five years, but medical cannabis is positioned for significantly more progress by 2027.
Cannabinoids are organic compounds found in cannabis plants, and many like cannabigerol (CBG), cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have therapeutic potential in treating conditions like pain, nausea, epilepsy, obesity, wasting disease, addiction, and autoimmune disorders. Cannabis contains more than 100 cannabinoids and terpenes that vary from strain to strain, so the data collected in these large-scale studies can help identify proper dosage, specific cannabinoid targets, and standard treatment regimes. This represents the immediate future of cannabinoid research, but as the big picture comes into focus, cannabinoid medicine appears on the path to many more significant breakthroughs.
Take a look at what we’re doing here at Sunderstorm with more efficient delivery systems. In particular, our Nano edibles feature molecular technology that significantly reduces the size of the cannabinoid particles and then coats them in plant-based material that replicates the natural digestive process. The result is faster activation and the greater absorption of cannabinoids and terpenes, which, for medical use, could make a quantifiable difference in overall efficacy for conditions like chronic pain.
The future also promises more patient-specific cannabinoid medications. Knowing a person’s genetic makeup can inform custom cannabinoid solutions that may produce more positive outcomes. EndoCanna Health, for example, uses its proprietary genotype and endocompatibility test to identify the optimal ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes and then customize the medication accordingly. Len May, the CEO of EndoCanna Health, is another participant on the SXSW panel.
The future starts with a better understanding of cannabinoids and dosage, but it continues with customized therapeutics, advanced delivery systems, and genetic testing that may have medical applications beyond just cannabinoids. It’s these future-minded innovations that we’ll discuss at SXSW’s Exploring Cannabinoids in the Future of Medicine.
If you’re in Austin for SXSW, come join the conversation about the future of medicine. Otherwise, watch this space for more information on the latest breakthroughs in cannabinoid science.
There’s a lot going on in the world right now and if you’re struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep, I want to tell you that you’re not alone. Research by the CDC found that 1 in 3 Americans struggle with finding consistent sleep. From their study, we learned getting fewer than seven hours of quality sleep was directly associated with life-altering conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and even diabetes.
As humans, we need three things to live: food, water, and, you guessed it, SLEEP! So why is it that we’re so nonchalant about this serious health risk? Well, the consequences of unhealthy sleep patterns don’t seem as immediate as skipping meals or forgetting to drink water. With the busy lives Americans are living, “being tired” has become a default. You deserve to get a good night’s rest!
Start Taking Your Sleep Seriously with KANHA
Tranquility uses a consumer-trusted combo of CBN, CBD, and of course THC. This ratio has helped KANHA consumers all over the West Coast find sleep a little easier. KANHA Tranquility isn’t a sleep medication. You don’t have to worry about the side effects of long-term melatonin use. KANHA gummies are 100% natural. We adhere to a strict zero-parts-per-billion pesticide policy.
When you choose KANHA Tranquility, you choose a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you. Plus it tastes incredible!
The days of taboo are over! What some folks might not realize is that the use of cannabis compounds such as CBN, THC, and CBD have a natural interaction with our own human cannabinoid receptors. You can view the relationship between cannabis and our human brains much like a lock and a key. As a result, the effects that take place after a gummy is consumed are safe, blissful, and entirely natural.
And Now, A New Product Entirely Unique to Massachusetts…
20:1 Cran-Pomegranate is available to purchase in dispensaries across Massachusetts. That’s 10mg of CBD and just .5mg of THC. For those looking for a more CBD-forward gummy experience, this is the edible for you. This refreshing and sweet gummy can only be purchased in Massachusetts. The KANHA crew thought The Bay State deserved a product just as unique and wonderful as they are!
Just as we said above, there’s a lot going on in the world right now, and sometimes the best thing you can do is take care of yourself!
So stretch your legs, grab some gummies, and most importantly
Amazing news! This week, KANHA successfully launched Ginger Pear all throughout the state of Colorado. This refreshing new flavor is now stocked on dispensary shelves from Durango to Fort Collins
With 10mg of THC in our special hybrid strain, you get the best of both worlds! Take Ginger Pear on the trails or stay in for a relaxing movie night. This is a super versatile gummy for any activity.
Ginger Pear happens to fall into KANHA’s incredible NANO line. This means that you’ll feel its effects as fast as 5-15 minutes! A quicker onset is certainly fun, but the increase of control and consistent dosing make this product perfect for those who are trying cannabis for the first time.
KANHA believes that cannabis is for everyone; that’s why we decided to add yet another flavor to our ever-growing line of vegan gummies. Most gummy candy around the globe uses bovine hoof for its gelatin, but our vegan line is completely free of any animal products. With a zero parts per billion pesticides policy, you know KANHA is the most natural cannabis gummy on the market!
Fun Fact: Ginger root and Cannabis have separately been used to treat nausea throughout history! Just imagine their powers combined.
Considered one of our best-tasting gummies, Ginger Pear is equal parts sweet and refreshing. The cannabis taste in fast-acting edibles can be hard to hide, but our expert cooks in the KANHA labs really cracked the code with this new delicious flavor! It’s fair to say you might want more than one 😳
Get your costume ready because Halloween is upon us!
With the start of Fall, people have a lot to be excited about; cold nights, costumes, candy, PSLs, and some of the best movies ever made! From Hocus Pocus to Hereditary, the staff here at Kanha have some strong opinions when it comes to spooky fall films. And we all know nothing goes with a vibey movie quite like a KANHA gummy!
That’s why we decided to make a definitive list of the Kanha staff’s favorite October movies and the gummies they pair best with!
“What is your favorite Halloween movie and what Kanha gummy would pair best with it?”
My all-time favorite Halloween movie will always be Young Frankenstein. I’m a sucker for Mel Brooks and was actually introduced to the movie semi-recently. It’s become a yearly tradition for me and my friends. Honestly, I think the absurdity of Young Frankenstein would pair perfectly with our Hybrid Key Lime gummy. Its onset is super fast and the high has always made me susceptible to nonstop laughter. Where to Watch
Compliance And Licensing Manager
I’m not a big fan of scary movies for the Halloween season but I have seen a few and the one that impacted me the most was “Signs” when I was younger, seen in theatres; directed by M. Night Shyamalan, with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. Some don’t regard this movie as “Scary” but there were moments in the movie that stuck with me when I was a kid, sometimes I still think about it to this day. I would pair with our Kanha Tranquility gummies to keep me, funny enough, from getting too scared. Where to Watch
Associate Brand Manager
All work and no play… it’s always fun with a Kanha gummy! When Halloween comes around each year, my favorite movie to pop in the ole’ Blu-ray player is The Shining. The gummy that pairs best with the Shining is our Hybrid Watermelon Classic gummy. Too bad Johnny didn’t have any of these while he was stuck in the pantry at the hotel. Grab your tricycle and a bag of these bad boys and zoom on into tasting the bliss! Don’t take too many though, or you may find yourself stuck in the maze! Happy Halloween! Where to Watch
Digital Media Manager
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it gives me an excuse to buy all discount Halloween candy a couple of days later. I think my favorite “Halloween” movie would have to be Pan’s Labyrinth, not only because of the scary element but also because of the political allegory behind the film. Best to watch Pan’s Labyrinth while lit off Kanha Sour Cherry Limeade Belts. Hot Cheetos is a good follow-up snack for when you get hungry afterward too! Where to Watch
My Halloween classic is Practical Magic. The bond between the two sisters reminds me of the unbreakable ties between my own sister and me. The motif and themes are a timeless tale of witches in the modern era. Whatever movie I choose to celebrate the season, I grab a bag of Passion Fruit Paradise gummies to replace my normal bag of candy. I am able to continuously snack while creating a mellow high throughout my movie enjoyment. Where to Watch
My favorite Halloween movie is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I love this movie because it culminates what the Halloween spirit is all about–friends, fun, and of course, pumpkins! Kanha’s Vegan Blood Orange Bliss is the best buddy to watch this movie with. The “Blood” in Blood Orange helps set the mood, and the fast-acting effects bring the bliss before the opening credits are done rolling. Where to Watch
I would choose the movie Hereditary and would pair it with any of our Sativas because that movie, like a Sativa gummy, tends to heighten my senses! Where to Watch
With all these options, you know the Kanha team’s got your back this year. So, grab your favorite gummy and get set for a wonderful Halloween this 2021!
The stigma against parents’ safe consumption of cannabis is callous and outdated. At KANHA, we believe all legal adults should have access to cannabis products free of judgment and tired standards. This of course includes parents!
This past year, cannabis use has helped parents manage anxiety and relax in the midst of COVID-19. A report from Yahoo News showed that fifty-four percent of pot consumers are indeed parents. These stats are only increasing as more and more parents stand up to crumbling prejudices. One such pioneer paving the way for pot-friendly parenting is Jessica Gonzalez, known around the cannabis community for posting good vibes and promoting mental health as her brand The Mommy Jane. Jessica has jumped to the front lines in the defense of cannabis use as a helpful tool for any parent. In some ways, The Mommy Jane has presented the use of marijuana as a healthy option to more harmful habits of stress loss. Anybody remotely interested in learning more about the conversation between cannabis and parenthood should without a doubt follow The Mommy Jane.
As more states legalize weed recreationally, we’re seeing an active increase in both interest and usage. What does all this mean for the canna-curious parent? Well, here at KANHA, we suggest you find out for yourself!
Before you fully dive into canna-culture, consider some of these ideas!
The Cannabis Convo
The first step for many of the moms and dads out there is The Pot Talk. Especially with the use of edibles such as gummies or chocolates. Parents should consider explaining marijuana products the same way they would medicine or alcohol; “Even though these look like candy, they aren’t safe for kids, but adults will take them sometimes to feel funny.” In an interview with High Times, KANHA’s own Chrissy Stone shared an anecdote; “My son looked at the class and then looked back at me, and in his loudest voice said; ‘my mommy sells your mommies and daddies candy that makes them feel funny.’” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Chrissy! Cannabis is a constant convo nowadays, so parents should consider shaping the topic in their own homes.
Methods of Merriment For Pot Conscious Parents
Everyone’s situation is different, so the best method of pot use depends on you. For some parents, smoking or vaping is much easier! This allows users to measure out shorter and more consistent effects. Of course, the smoke and smell might not vibe as well with your specific situation. In this case, parents could consider edible use! Especially a fast-acting gummy such as KANHA Nano. This consumption method is safe and requires no other components. When using cannabis in a dynamic environment, less steps are a good thing!
Find a Spot for Your Pot
If you have decided to use cannabis at home, consider where you will be keeping your weed. Your first guess is correct; you’re going to want to keep your product stored up high. Many people use kitchen cupboards with no counter access for families with little climbers. Although frustrating for some adults, child-safe packaging is tough to open for a reason! Because of this, it’d be wise to keep your product in its original package. For added security, parents can now buy literal lockboxes or code-locked safes. Keeping medications and harmful substances away from the kids in the home is natural, Marijuana is no different!
A Word of Caution
For first-time pot use, we’d recommend waiting until the kids have gone to bed. Although many parents have loved the increased engagement during playtime, the Canna-Cautious parent should wait for bedtime before partaking. Newcomers should also consider starting with a smaller dose. It’s good to remember that edibles can always be cut in half to keep your dose consistent and safe!
When consuming THC or CBD, you will always be the one in charge! The best way to get stoned is going to be what feels safest to you! Remember, nobody knows your family better than you do.
So put those kids to bed. Grab your product from the kitchen cupboard. And most importantly, have fun!