Kannaway: An Investigative Report

I will be dong a series of report on this company but first some info I found on other sites that need to be looked at. 

SOURCE: http://www.smallmarijuanagrowers.org/2014/02/25/warning-kannaway-is-a-company-trying-to-spearhead-a-campaign-to-stop-home-cannabis-grow-rights-mmot-marijuana/

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Warning: Kannaway is a company trying to spearhead a campaign to stop home #cannabis grow rights! #mmot #marijuana

Posted on February 25, 2014 by badweather  9 Comments ↓


Warning: Kannaway is a company trying to spearhead a campaign to stop home cannabis growers rights!

Kannaway is a pyramid scheme in the growing cannabis industry. They are also making arguments that seem to be aimed at making it seem like CBD is best separated using ultra technologically advanced methods and that simpler ways (ways you could do it in your own kitchen for instance) are not just less effective but even dangerous! This is a complete lie.

The premise that CBD ultra pure is way better than you growing the whole plant yourself is deeply flawed.

Trust me, growing the whole plant yourself outside in the sun in your backyard is always going to be the best, least expensive way. Don’t believe me? Check out Dr. Ethan Russo’s paper: Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects

Kannaway is acting a little fishy:

From: Former Dixie Employee Blasts CBD Industry, Company

Tamar Wise, the former head of science for Dixie Elixirs, has called out the entire cannabidiol products industry as well as her former employer.

In a post on her Facebook page, Wise said CBD-based products are made from “crude and dirty hemp paste” that is contaminated with microbial life, residual solvents and other toxins. The post is no longer on her page.

“I’m tired of so called CBD companies claiming that what they provide is medicine. Anyone using a CBD from hemp product please be aware of what you’re actually getting b/c it is not what you think,” Wise wrote on her Facebook page. The message was quickly copied and re-posted on several other social media pages of those with an interest in the marijuana industry.

“What these companies are doing is criminal and dangerous…and since I formulated most of these products as head of Dixie science, I feel responsible for spreading the truth.”

In an email, Wise confirmed she wrote the post but declined further comment.

Dixie Elixirs reacted to Wise’s comments with a Facebook post of its own, saying it makes “safe, lab-tested, effective CBD health and wellness products.”

“We are saddened that Ms. Wise has opted to now make slanderous allegations against Dixie Botanicals so long after her departure when none of these concerns ever came up during her term at Dixie,” the post said. “The company abides by strict confidentiality agreements designed to protect the privacy of the company, our employees and our customers. As a result we will not comment on this further and hope Ms. Wise honors these same agreements.”

The comments represent a 180 for Wise, who had previously spoken positively about CBD-based products publicly, and wrote a column for Marijuana Business Daily in 2012 discussing the science behind Dixie’s CBD extraction process.

So recently Dr. Sanjay Gupta blew us all away with his statement:

“It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works,” he wrote. “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”


Russ Belville points out:

The industries that depend on the criminalization of marijuana have been fighting against the acceptance of whole-plant cannabis as a legal medical alternative, whether to protect the profits from their products (pharmaceuticals) or their services (incarceration and rehab).

Read that here: Prohibitionists furiously spinning Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed”

Some speculation on my part:

I believe Kannaway is part of a group of people interested in trying to undermine home growers future rights by suggesting that CBD derived in natural and simple extraction processes that can be done safely in your own home are unsafe and you should just be left to big pharma.

Think about it, there is nothing unsafe about the Dixie Botanicals, but you could do micro batches very similar in your kitchen and not pay hardly anything for it if you grew your own plants. But the strategy seems to be here two pronged. One destroy your former company for your new company. This is capitalism. Then there is the greater agenda of manipulating the public on what’s safe, homegrown / whole plant / home extractions or big pharma ultra expensive single active element medicine?

The entourage effect is likely to revolutionize medicine and for the first time make the scientific connections between the terpenes and the fact that foods and plants, full of terpenes, are actually medically beneficial and that makes whole plant theory a lot more interesting. See my article on Cystic Fibrosis and Migraines and how cannabis helps them both.

So, I believe Kannaway is lying to pave the way for big pharma ownership and reduce the number of people that will ultimately be calling for a cannabis bill of rights including home grow rights, the right to produce in adequate amounts for your particular illness, the right to trade, sell, or otherwise share your cannabis with fellow cannabis lovers, and further erode our god given right to grow cannabis allowing big pharma control of cannabis instead of it remaining “the peoples medicine” as it has been for thousands of years.

I’m not suggesting that we don’t need CBD only, or guaranteed 1:1 ratio CBD to THC preparations, clearly it is acceptable to artificially alter that ratio, what is not acceptable is the attacks upon whole plant and home grow that this company seems to be engaging in.

In a post on her Facebook page, Wise said CBD-based products [from Dixie Elixirs] are made from “crude and dirty hemp paste” that is contaminated with microbial life, residual solvents and other toxins. The post is no longer on her page.

Clearly, if Dixie Elixirs cannot make a safe CBD only product then no home grower could ever hope to… which is just not true. There are varieties of cannabis like Charlottes Web that are high CBD to start with so simple home extraction processes are fine.

Charlotte’s Web is a sativa marijuana strain that has gained popularity as a good option for treating seizures as well as a range of other medical conditions. This medical potency is due to its high-CBD content, which was specifically cultivated by Colorado breeders The Stanley Brothers for a young epileptic patient named Charlotte. However, the thick “web” of trichomes on Charlotte’s flowers are also storied to have led to the name. This strain is effective with little to no psychoactive effects, making it great for those who don’t want their medication to affect their daily tasks. Charlotte’s powerful web may cause dizziness for some patients, so new users should be cautious. Overall, the flowers of this strain have a fresh pine aroma.

Just the facts:

so here’s a duckduckgo search of “Kannaway” which comes up with a bunch of stuff that seems all grass rootsy… but looks like a campaign to me

duckduckgo search of “kannaway”

Kannaway is apparently going live on March 1st, 2014 so their page is just blank right now: http://kannaway.com

networkofhemp.com seems to be affiliated as well.

I’m not the only one who thinks this is a scam, here are a few others that have some more information regarding their less than wholesomeness:

Snakes In The Grass: Stay Informed And Spread The Word

Snake Oil: History repeats itself

‹ Who would you rather get weed from? Marlboro or the Dirty Hippies?

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9 comments on “Warning: Kannaway is a company trying to spearhead a campaign to stop home #cannabis grow rights! #mmot #marijuana

  1. Shannon says:

    February 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I read what you have to say and I have to disagree. I am not able even in a state that it is legal, to grow marijuana. I also have a job that does random drug testing and cannot use THC even if its good for me! If there is CBD out there being shipped overseas because that’s the only source its very expensive. Having a company that offers that in the states, even if it is MLM is wonderful! for people like me that cannot drive if we are under the influence, we have children and jobs but want the natural CBD extract. The normal person does not know how to grow those plants and the whole plant is illegal, the THC is illegal in most states, but CBD is not. If i can get access to this product I will. As for pyramids.. the govt is a pyramid. The president is at the top, we are people are at the bottom. It can only be a pyramid if you continue to make money to the bottom. this is not the case since they are illegal. just like amway or any others. it is ok for the govt to be a pyramid but not a company offering healthy products? nah.. i dont believe it. Thanks for your opinion though!


  2. Robert Groth says:

    March 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Besides all the other scam-related allegations, multi-level marketers who sign up with this company are strictly forbidden to use the name “Kannaway” in their attempts to sell the product. Now what’s that all about?


  3. MJ guy says:

    March 8, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Keep me posted


  4. pete holmes says:

    March 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    it is a scam. they are just getting people to place orders for their high-margin products.
    they have no address, no description of the supposed commission or payout. it is a complete scam. no money for anyone but them.


  5. Trish says:

    March 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Hi! In this day of high unemployment AND social media, we clearly have to create streams of income in a nontraditional way. Concerning MLMs (multi-level marketing) or network marketing or relationship marketing…the secretive antics of Amway reps left a deep stigma on the people-to-people business industry, so folks are very apprehensive with MLMs. Nevertheless more than 90 million people worldwide are involved in these types of businesses. Social media has really changed the game. Only people that are adventurous will join Kannaway in the beginning because there is little information; that is often the case with groundbreaking opportunities. There is a faith factor involved. People should Google the often-coined phrase “pyramid scheme” if they truly want to know what constitutes one. Kannaway is NOT a pyramid, it doesn’t fall into that description. If one needs to apply a shape to the business, it’s more akin to a circle that ripples outward in all directions…still calling it a pyramid is like still calling the world flat. Folks worry that they will not have enough people to talk to about their home business, that it will become saturated…however one must be 18 years of age to own a Kannaway business and last I checked, something like 12-13 million teenagers turn 18 every year. Sounds like a never ending supply of income earners…last I checked it still costs money to live on the 3rd rock from the sun, unfortunately. CBD and Kannaway are not the harbingers of death for cannabis grown at home; I think it will actually open the discussion more and make it more acceptable over time. In the mean time, CBD is great, legal, so let me pay my bills buy selling it, thanks! Trish Wieder


  6. Dr enzyme says:

    March 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    After asking the straight forward and bold question to pitch man, Chris H, of Kannaway on one of their Kannaway FB threads, I not only DID not get answers! I was kicked off their “private FB group”
    Take people’s money with no products to show.
    No labels were shown. No product was even in stock. No customer service. No replies from their support email address. Lied about being the first hemp MLM. Lied about CBD products having no THC..


  7. Chex says:

    March 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Kannaway claims that CBD rich hemp seed oil is legal in all 50 states. This is not even close to being true. I’ll show you what Illinois law says about CBD as an example.

    Illinois Law 720 ILCS 550:
    “Cannabis” includes marihuana, hashish and other substances which are identified as including any parts of the plant Cannabis Sativa, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds, or resin, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and all other cannabinol derivatives, including its naturally occurring or synthetically produced ingredients, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction, or independently by means of chemical synthesis or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis; but shall not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

    CBD is a Cannabinol and is illegal in Illinois. Even in states where it is legal you cannot import CBD rich hemp seed oil from other states. Illinois legalized medical marijuana but it has to be grown in a state licensed facility of which licenses will be limited to 20 and sold in one of 60 licensed dispensaries. Just to meet the licensing requirements will cost you about $500,000 with $25,000 non refundable application fees. The law still requires that it is produced and sold in one of these facilities and not be brought in from other states. This is typical of the 20 states that have a medical marijuana law on the books. You are being scammed by a Multi Level Marketing company.

    Illinois Law source: