Nutritional High Completes Acquisition of Psychedelic Science Corp
Toronto, Ontario–(August 17, 2020) – Nutritional High International Inc. (CSE: EAT) (“Nutritional High” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that that it has completed the previously announced acquisition (the “Transaction“) of Psychedelic Science Corp.(“PSC“), as per our press release dated June 1, 2020.
PSC develops health and wellness products while performing research on the therapeutic effects of psychoactive and non-psychoactive plant-based compounds. PSC’s research as well as the initial development of products will be located in Thailand in partnership with Rangsit University (“RSU”).
Under its agreement with RSU, PSC is developing cultivation and extraction methodologies for cacti, mushrooms and other plant-based compounds. Further, clinical trials are currently being designed to determine safety and efficacy of full-plant extract from cacti for the treatment of various indications including, pain, anxiety and depression. PSC is also working with RSU to source and develop non-psychoactive plant-based wellness products for sale in North America.
RSU is in the process of securing plant material and is expected to commence testing growth rates as compared to the levels of certain desirable alkaloids including the psychoactive compound mescaline. The Company expects to cooperate with RSU to develop commercial supply of certain psychedelic cacti for clinical use in Thailand and abroad. The Company is also supporting efforts to legalize psilocybin for medical research purposes and will work with RSU, who has Asian GMP standard grow facilities, to grow various psychedelic mushrooms.
“The Transaction is part of our plan to continue to pivot Nutritional High’s focus to its highest margin product categories,” said CEO John Durfy. “While we continue to develop, manufacture and sell cannabis products, the PSC acquisition will give us a unique position in this emerging part of the plant-based wellness and medical market.”
Pursuant to the Transaction, the Company acquired all the outstanding common shares of PSC in exchange for common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares“) on a one for one basis. Shareholders of PSC were issued an aggregate of 137,522,968 Common Shares. As a result of the Transaction, the Company became the sole shareholder of all the outstanding securities of PSC. In addition, an aggregate of 137,522,968 common share purchase warrants of PSC were exchanged on a one-for one basis for Common Share purchase warrants of the Company (each a “Warrant“). Each such Warrant entitles the holder thereof to acquire one Common Share at any time on or before the second anniversary of its issuance (with expiry dates ranging from July 16, 2022 to July 23, 2022) at an exercise price of $0.05. In addition, 3,001,837 compensation options of PSC were exchanged on a one-for-one basis for compensation options of the Company. Each Compensation Option entitles the holder to acquire one unit (a “Unit“) at an exercise price of $0.03 at any time on or before the second anniversary of its issuance (with such dates ranging from July 16, 2022 to July 23, 2022). Each Unit is comprised of one Common Share and one Warrant.
Mr. Kruesopon is director of the Company and a partial owner of PSC and as such Transaction is deemed to a related party transaction under the policies of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI-61-101“). The Company is relying on exemptions from the minority shareholder approval and formal valuation requirements applicable to the related party transactions under sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a), respectively, of MI 61-101, as the fair market value of the Common Shares received by Mr. Kruesopon on the exchange of common shares of PSC does not exceed 25 per cent of the Company’s market capitalization. The Company did not file a material change report in respect of the related party transaction, as related party nature of the Transaction was previously disclosed in the press release dated June 1, 2020.
About Nutritional High International Inc.
Nutritional High is focused on developing and manufacturing branded products in the cannabis industry, with a specific focus on edibles and oil extracts for medical and adult recreational use. The Company works exclusively in jurisdictions where such activity is permitted and regulated by state law. Nutritional High has brought its flagship FLÏ™ edibles and vape product lines from production to market in various markets including Colorado where its award winning FLÏ™ products are manufactured by Palo Verde, LLC. The Company signed a purchase agreement for Palo Verde and is awaiting regulatory approval.
The Company also distributes products through its wholly owned distributor Calyx Brands Inc. The Company signed an agreement to sell Calyx which is expected to close in the current fiscal quarter.
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