May 30rd, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce that scientific trials to test the effect of zeolite in cannabis cultivation have reached the flowering stage of marijuana production.

Ashburton Ventures is conducting the first known scientific trials of cannabis cultivated with zeolite and carbon. Clinoptilolite, the form of zeolite mined from Ashburton’s Z1 Quarry near Cache Creek, BC, is a volcanic mineral known to benefit a range of agricultural crops. Studies show it to increase yields by 50% to 70%, while increasing vitamin content and decreasing nitrates in fruits and vegetables. Clinoptilolite and coal are shown to enhance the production of barley. The Ashburton study was inspired by anecdotal claims of similar increases to cannabis yields and quality.

“The numbers involved in this study will be sufficient to indicate whether zeolite and carbon can affect cannabis yields,” stated biologist Albert Kasprowicz, manager of the test facility. “We’re already noticing better water retention in plants potted with zeolite.”

Initial samples of cannabis plant tissue, growth media and liquid runoff will be delivered to MB Labs on Thursday, June 1. Laboratory analysis will focus on nutrient uptake to flowers and foliage, and microbial activity in the root zone. Testing will be repeated at two-week intervals until plants are ready to harvest. Weight measurements will then explore links between zeolite and final yields. A full chemical and cannabinoid profile of the finished product will test for improvements in marijuana quality.

The study tracks cannabis plants of two strains, CBD God and Meltdown, in sets of plants grown in coco coir mixed with straight zeolite, straight carbon and blended carbon and zeolite.

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Michael England, CEO

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