I realized that even though Colorado has had adult-use cannabis for more than two years, and medical cannabis for longer, there’s still so much fear about edibles. Media attention on a few bad actors is keeping consumers away from a cannabis product with incredible potential for good.
Edibles producers are waging a constant battle against misinformation. Legislators react to perceived public concern by over-regulating our sector. Regulation is relentless: new measures take shape before we have time to measure existing rules’ effectiveness. Edibles companies struggle for survival as new, hastily crafted, fear-based regulations are enacted.
As a result of the rapidly developing cannabis industry, many forensic toxicology labs are looking for fast, reliable and cost-effective methods to determine cannabis potency and pesticide residue in edibles. Although the pros and cons of legalization are still heavily debated throughout the country, all scientists agree that uniform testing policies and procedures need to be established as soon as possible.
The “cheesy” terpenes are easily some of the most pungent and challenging. But the strains reward the adventurous palate with brilliant, uplifting effects that are pleasantly stimulating and luscious.
Such terpenes include octanoic acid, (methyl thio) butyrate, ethylmethyl acetic acid, hexanoic acid, isovaleric acid, and methyl mercaptan. These chemicals traverse the scale of cheesiness from the sweet, vanilla ice cream elements of Dairy Queen to the significantly cave-aged earthiness of OG Cheese and UK Cheese.
Another huge benefit to edibles is that the effects can last from roughly six to eight hours (with an appropriate dose)*. This is 25x the duration that most patients report feeling effects through smoking flower.* This increased duration means less time and money spent on your medicine- less time on administering it, and less money because of the increased potency and duration of edibles. If you are dealing with a serious health condition like cancer or lupus, edibles are an easy way to get stronger doses of medicine into your body, with longer lasting symptom relief.
Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn., a group formed with the stated purpose of uniting the industry, disagrees. He said most of the industry did not learn of the rule until after it was added, and he fears only large-scale growers and manufacturers will be able to make a living after big distributors takes their cut.
“The distributors have created an extra step that does nothing but create profit for them,” he said. “We are concerned it will close down small farmers and other small businesses.”
The state has not worked out how many distribution licenses will be issued, or what the requirements will be to get one. In February, Brown appointed Lori Ajax, a top official from the department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, to be the first chief of the new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.
Ajax has until 2018 to flesh out all the rules not explicitly spelled out in the legislation. Adding a potential layer of chaos is a well-funded ballot initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which does not require independent distributors.
Not yet halfway through 2016, but already halfway through the States.
With governors in Louisiana and Ohio both signing new medical cannabis laws into force this week, 26 of the 50 states have now legalized cannabis for medical use.
Yes, we still have the plant’s Schedule 1 status to contend with, and all its associated challenges with banking, research and risk. But, on other contentious issues from women’s suffrage to abortion, our nation has tended to change its mind following a flurry of state activity.
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