CBD-Infused Foods Becoming A New Health Trend

NEVADA: CBD-infused foods are gaining strong momentum in the market as consumers demand more healthy food options. CBD is considered a healthy alternative to pharmaceuticals that have horrible side effects, like opioids. It can be used as one component in holistic health treatments. As CBD-oil infused markets continue to gain traction, healthy food options are growing.

Traditionally, consumers think of CBD-oil infused edibles as cookies, gummy bears, or brownies. Now companies are producing healthy food products to meet the needs of those seeking healthy alternatives to traditional CBD-infused snacks. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabis compound with several therapeutic properties. Infusing this compound into healthy foods is helping consumers fight anxiety, pain, over-eating, and insomnia.

Hemp Business Journal estimates the hemp industry will grow to $1.8 billion in sales by 2020, led by hemp food, body care, and CBD-based products. The enormous potential for expansion shows big revenue possibilities for investors and companies as operations and new products hit the market almost daily.

Medical Marijuana Edibles Debut In Illinois

ILLINOIS: Edible medical marijuana made its Illinois debut Saturday, ending a wait for patients who prefer eating to inhaling. To some, cannabis-infused foods seem milder than smoke or vapor, but the products carry their own risks.

It takes longer to feel the effects when marijuana is eaten, so it’s easy to eat too much with unpleasant — or even dangerous — results.

“As exciting as bringing edibles to market is, we want to make sure that every patient takes small portions, and wait at least an hour before taking more, until you understand and get comfortable with consuming medical cannabis in its edible forms,” said Ross Morreale, owner of Ataraxia, an Illinois company with marijuana chocolates hitting the market.

Under the state’s pilot program, edible products must be manufactured by licensed cultivation centers, the same businesses growing cannabis in locked indoor facilities. Ataraxia shipped marijuana chocolates to two dispensaries, which will start selling them Saturday, Morreale said.

Marijuana-Laced Foods Are Reaching A New High

There are millions of recipes for granola, but few involve a gram scale.

The scale is one of the first things that Stephany Gocobachi and Akhil Khadse bring out when they start a batch of medicated granola for Flour Child, their new enterprise. As the oven in their sunny Tendernob studio preheats, Gocobachi, a bright-eyed, voluble 25-year-old, weighs a minuscule amount of powdery green hashish, then tips it into a small saute pan of oil, raw sugar and maple syrup. Slowly, gently, she heats it up to convert the THCA in the cannabis resin into the psychoactive molecule THC.

Then she pours the potent mixture over organic rolled oats and seeds.

These days, anyone with a prescription for medical marijuana can shop for cannabis edibles in enough forms to stock a 7-Eleven: honeys, peanut butters, smoothies, ice creams, caramels, gummy bears, chocolates — not to mention the more traditional cookies and brownies. Most, to be frank, are functional foods targeted toward stoners — sugary and mind-blowingly potent.

Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

COLORADO: Where there’s pot, there’s pot brownies. But how do you make sure those high-inducing sweets are safe to eat?

Colorado regulators are wrestling with that question now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana. From sodas and truffles to granola bars and butter, food products infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale.

The problem? Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. And that means the existing food safety system, which relies heavily on support from federal agencies, can’t ensure that marijuana-infused foods are safe.

Purveyors of pot-laced foods say they want the regulation.

“We are under a microscope,” says Christie Lunsford, marketing and education director for Dixie Elixirs, a manufacturer of foods infused with THC. ” [Read more…]