Edibles, Medical, Concentrates, Oh My! The Best Brands In Each Weed Category

Most smokers remember a day when they were happy to get whatever strain of weed they could find — but now that marijuana is decriminalized across much of the U.S. and legalized medically and/or recreationally in more than half of all states, stoners can afford to be a bit more discriminating. These days, cannabis lovers can enjoy a large and diverse selection of brands and products, from traditional flower to vape products, concentrates, capsules, edibles and more.

If you don’t want to waste your time trying lower-quality weed products, you don’t have to. Read on for recommendations for the best of the best brands in each product category.

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Since medicinal marijuana has been legalized in more states than recreational weed, there has been more time for medical cannabis brands to grow and develop. While medical marijuana products vary in type — you can find medical bud and pre-rolls as well as edibles, vapes and more — we are separating this category because brands here have claims about their products that other weed brands might not. Specifically, medical cannabis tends to boast a higher quality of product and more controlled experiences, such as less euphoria and paranoia and more pain relief or relaxation. Some medical marijuana brands target specific medical ailments, like menstrual discomfort or arthritis, but here are the best general medical marijuana brands on the market:

  • Nature’s Medicines. Starting as a dispensary chain and now producing a line of unique, high-quality strains and concentrates, Nature’s Medicines is gaining national attention for its efficacy.
  • Trulieve. Offering flower, vape cartridges and a number of concentrates, Trulieve is an exceedingly accessible medical marijuana brand that places emphasis on safety.
  • KIND Concentrates. As the name suggests, KIND Concentrates specializes in concentrates, specifically capsules, vape pens, RSOs and the like, with high percentages of THC.

Flower

To those new to cannabis culture, “flower” (also called bud and nug) is the portion of the marijuana plant that contains the highest percentage of cannabinoids that create the mind and body high stoners (and other marijuana users) seek. While flower is ground up and refined in chemical processes to produce edibles, concentrates and other weed products, you can still purchase flower on its own to smoke in joints, pipes and bongs or to generate your own cannabis creations. However, flower can vary greatly in quality, so until you get a feel for finding the best buds in your local dispensary, you should stick to ordering from these brands:

  • Caviar Gold. Marketed as the strongest weed in America, Caviar Gold offers four types of flower, all of them considerably higher quality than anything else in the market.
  • Omaha Farms. Recently purchased by marijuana giant MedMen, Omaha Farms is wildly popular for its flower Salad Bowls, which should be widely available soon.

Edibles

Humans have long experimented with baking and cooking cannabis into all forms of food, with the result that the candies, baked goods, crackers and other treats now available tend to be exceptionally refined recipes that taste as good (or better) as anything you can find in a regular grocery store. The world of edibles is huge and truly deserves a post all to itself — after all, how do you compare a chocolate bar with beef jerky? Still, experts agree that you can’t go wrong with the following edible brands:

  • Kiva. It’s hard to mention edibles without bringing up Kiva, which was the first widely available edible brand that used professionally trained chefs and chocolatiers to produce high-quality treats.
  • Baked Bros. Baked Bros essentially set the industry standard for infused gummies back in 2014 when their Sour Kush Kids won the Cannabis Cup, and they continue to offer the best worms, rings, bears and more on the market.
  • LOL Edibles. Specializing in reimagining popular snacks as weedy treats, LOL Edibles offers pitch-perfect THC versions of Froot Loops, Cap’n Crunch, Cheetos and more.
  • Kush Nuts. For potheads without a sweet tooth, Kush Nuts produces savory nut mixes seasoned with THC-infused oils. They look and feel fancy, but they’ll definitely get you high.

Vapes

Even amidst the concern about a vape-related lung illness, vaping remains one of the most popular ways to use cannabis. Vapes tend to offer a concentrated hit of CBD and/or THC that creates an immediate effect; plus, they are small and tend to produce less odor than traditional smoking, making them discreet for stoners on the go. Yet, it is becoming ever more obvious that quality is imperative in vape tools and products, so you should stick to these best vape brands:

  • Dosist. Setting aside the vape juice for a moment, it should be noted that Dosist produces some of the most attractive vape pens of all time. Perhaps this is why Dosist is becoming one of the fastest growing marijuana businesses in the country.
  • Willie’s Reserve. In truth, Willie Nelson offers all kinds of stuff in his line of marijuana products, but his vape cartridges are the cream of the crop.
  • Roots. Roots offers another stunningly beautiful vape pen as well as premium vape oil extracted from the highest quality cannabis plants.

You don’t have to settle for whatever weed you can scrounge up from the shady neighborhood dealer. If you try any one of the above brands, you won’t ever be tempted to go back to low-quality skunk; you’ll develop the refined marijuana palette that you deserve.

 

 

New Report Details Growth Of Global Cannabis Market to 2023

IRELAND: ResearchAndMarkets.com has released the “Cannabis Market by Product Type (Flower, Concentrates), Compound (THC-Dominant, CBD-Dominant, and Balanced THC & CBD), Application (Medical and Recreational), and Region (North America, South America, Europe, and Row) – Global Forecast to 2023” report.

Among the highlights:

Growing medicinal application of cannabis is expected to drive the overall growth of the cannabis market

  • The cannabis market size is expected to grow from USD 10.3 billion in 2018 to USD 39.4 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 30.7% during the forecast period.
  • The cannabis market is driven by various factors such as the growing medicinal application of cannabis and the increasing legalization of cannabis. However, a complex regulatory structure for the use of cannabis can hinder the growth of the market.
  • The concentrates segment is the fastest-growing segment in the cannabis market, by product type. This is due to their ease in usage and their versatility in the method of delivery, such as dabbing, ingestible oils, and tinctures. Also, along with ingestion, concentrates can offer cleaner, smoother, and less-odiferous hits than flowers. Concentrates are being increasingly opted for over flowers, as these as more potent in nature. The potency of concentrates could also be modified as per requirement and usage, to evoke a higher consumer likeability.
  • The THC-dominant segment is projected to hold the largest share and grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The dominance of this segment is majorly attributed to the fact that THC is the psychoactive substance in cannabis products and is responsible for head high feeling. Even though high THC content is better known for its mind-altering euphoria, it has important medical benefits and is considered effective in relieving nausea, appetite loss, and insomnia.
  • The market in this region is primarily driven by the growth in the US and Canadian markets. The market in this region is driven by the increasing legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes all over North America and the increasing awareness among consumers regarding the health benefits of cannabis.

 

The Different Ways To Dab Concentrates

Dabbing is a slang term that means different things for different people. Some may refer to it as the dance but among cannabis users, it refers to vaping cannabis concentrates. There are several dabbing tools available on the market, and the number is rapidly increasing.

For most beginners who just ditched the conventional smoking method, the concept of dabbing might seem overwhelming at first. But to ensure your first attempt at dabbing is a smooth process, this guide will expose you to the various dabbing tools and the different ways to dab your cannabis concentrates.

The most popular are dab rigs because of their intensity. When wax was first discovered, people would put the concentrate on their flower herbs and smoke it. They quickly found out this isn’t the proper way. Although it melts and turns into smoke, there were better ways to do this. Usually, the hotter the heat, the better it is for smoking wax. However, there’s a limit to the temperature you want it to get too. You can create Benzene from high heat dabbing if you’re not careful.

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4 Different Ways To Smoke Your Wax

Oil Rig

An oil rig, commonly known as a dab rig is a water pipe designed for dabbing concentrates. It is the most widely used way of consuming wax concentrates. It heats your cannabis extracts by using hot dabs nails. When you dab from a rig, you may be smoking an entire blunt unknowingly. Hence, it is a suitable dabbing method for those who know the stunts. And not for a newbie in the dabbing world.

As you use your dab rig to dab your favorite concentrate, it’s vital to ensure it is clean before using it. Its longevity depends on how often you clean and maintains it. It is easy to clean, especially when you use a glass cleaner.

Oil Rige-Nail

E-nails are electronic nails, and they have been around in the vaping industry for some years now. It wasn’t popular until recently when dabbers can now get them at fair prices. e-Nails give you full control over your dabbing temperature as they come with a controller box. This helps to deliver the heat to the coil. You can easily manipulate the temperature of your e-nail and regulate it just with the touch of a button. That is the biggest difference between a dab rig and an enail. A dab rig uses a torch to heat it up and therefore won’t give you an accurate temperature.

Dab Pen

This is the most convenient way to consume your cannabis concentrates. It’s a portable electronic device that uses a small unit to turn your wax into vapor. Dab pens come in different capacity and grades. They come with batteries and coils. These coils could be ceramic, titanium or quartz.

They are very user-friendly, easy to use and maintain as well. With the dab pen, you can forget about your dab torch and your dab rig. All you will need is just your dab pen and concentrates. Some dabbers still prefer the dab rig or nectar collector because it produces a smoother hit and best vapor taste than the dab pen.

For your dab pen to last long, you have to ensure that you properly maintain it. Remove any wax leftover around the atomizer and clean it thoroughly. It’s best to vape everything on the wax coil before you dab anymore.

Nectar Collector

Nectar collectors are the newest way of enjoying waxes. A nectar collector is like a dab rig compressed in one portable device. It uses a tip, usually made of titanium or quartz that is heated and dipped inside the concentrate. Once you use the hot tip to touch your concentrates, it melts the wax instantly to produce smoke. Most nectar collectors have water chamber system where you can pour water into before dabbing your concentrates.

The water chamber acts as a filtration system that removes toxins from the vapor. It also helps to cool the vapor before getting to the mouthpiece.

To clean your nectar collector, remove the mouthpiece and the tip, then soak them inside isopropyl alcohol. Remove and soak again with hot water, then rinse and allow to dry.

 

What Are Wax Concentrates?

Wax concentrates are a highly concentrated form of marijuana with a color that is around the yellow spectrum. It’s a sticky substance that resembles a syrup and can hold its shape when placed on a flat surface. Waxes are derived from cannabis plants with a higher concentration of THC than the regular buds. Since it is a higher level of smoking marijuana, most people that get accustomed to smoking wax concentrates because of its taste and potency.

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Types of Wax Concentrates

You can find many different types of cannabis concentrates on the market today. Some of them include:

Shatter

Shatter or glass is known to be the purest and cleanest form of cannabis extracts. Shatter concentrates are lightly colored with glassy transparency, which makes it clear.

Rosin

Rosin is a shatter-like product (solventless shatter) with translucent color and sappy texture. Rosins are produced by pressing dry cannabis flower or kief between two heated surfaces with lots of pressure.

Wax

Although we sometimes refer to concentrates as wax, there is one type of sticky cannabis extract that is known as wax. This type of concentrate looks like beeswax and suitable for oil rig (you can still use it for other methods of dabbing).

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Cannabis oil is usually made using butane or Co2, and it comes with a runny texture just like a typical oil.

Live resin

Live resin is extracted from live plants, and it contains more terpene than other cannabis concentrates. Unlike other extracts that are from dry plants, Live resin is made from living plants to give a special flavorful cannabis extract, which tastes better than some other concentrates.

Budder

This type of cannabis extract is like oil but differs in texture. While oils have a runny consistency, budder has an opaque taffy texture.

Curaleaf New Jersey Launches State’s First And Only Line Of Strain Specific Pure Cannabis Vape Concentrates

NEW JERSEY: Curaleaf New Jersey, a provider of state licensed cannabinoid-based products, today launched a new line of natural, terpene rich, strain specific, vaporable cannabis concentrates for patients of its Bellmawr dispensary. The first in New Jersey to manufacture products in this category, Curaleaf continues to set the industry standard by expanding its already-diverse medical cannabis product offerings. This new product line will help Curaleaf continue to provide quality care by offering a delivery form that addresses specific patient needs.

The newly-launched product is available initially in four varieties, Lavender, Strawberry Cough, Cookies and Canna-Tsu, all made with nothing but NJ Department of Health approved pharmaceutical-grade cannabis extract, strain specific cannabis and naturally derived terpenes. The product comes in the form of vaporizer cartridges and will soon be available in convenient disposable vape pens as well. Formulated by the Curaleaf team, these products are developed at the company’s cultivation and laboratory facility in Bellmawr using advanced extraction and processing techniques for the purest oil and most robust strain terpenes. The products are tested to ensure each cartridge has a standardized amount of THC and or CBD for a consistent patient experience.

“Receiving approval to launch these products is an important milestone in the progression of Curaleaf’s operations as well as in New Jersey’s medical cannabis program,” said George Schidlovsky, Curaleaf New Jersey’s president. “As the largest dispensary on the East Coast, serving hundreds of patients daily, Curaleaf has the resources and production capacity to reliably market and distribute new products that our patients depend on to live life well.”

“These concentrates, which surpass the state’s high standards of quality, provide an alternative method of administration for patients who may not be able to benefit from topical or oral forms of medical cannabis,” said Schidlovsky. “Vaporizing cannabis concentrate is considered a healthier alternative to smoking, and is a fast-acting form of administration. I look forward to seeing the positive effect it has on Curaleaf’s patients in New Jersey.”

OLCC Notice of Public Hearing: Alternating Proprietors Package

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be holding a Public Hearing to address amending OAR 845-025-3250 and adopting 845-05-3255 – Alternating Proprietors Package.

As OLCC staff has begun licensing cannabinoid edible processors, staff has discovered that many processor do not own a commercial kitchen to produce their products. Instead, as is common in the catering industry, many edible/concentrate makers rent commercial kitchen space or share space with another processor to save on costs.

Existing rules allow for this practice under certain conditions for processors with an edible endorsement. However, existing rules do not contemplate that many edible makers also produce their own infused products, which requires a concentrate endorsement. The Commission is expanding the rule to allow processors who operate under this rule to also produce certain concentrates for use in their edible or topical products.

First License For Concentrated Cannabis Manufacturing in California Granted

CALIFORNIA: In a unanimous vote, the Richmond City, California Council awarded the first license for the legal manufacture of concentrated cannabis in California to Indigo Therapeutics, a legal cannabis company owned by Landrace Venture Fund. The license allows Indigo to begin producing cannabis concentrates immediately in quantities that make the company the state’s largest manufacturer of concentrates.

“We’re thrilled about the opportunities this license opens to provide medical marijuana patients with legal, consistent, and pure concentrates and edibles,” said Joe Hawayek of Indigo Therapeutics.  Cannabis concentrates and edibles are the largest and fastest growing segments of the cannabis market. “Consumers will now be able to trust that their products are pure, consistent, and of the highest quality,” said Hawayek.

Indigo Therapeutics will operate a state-of-the-art CO2 extraction and refining laboratory in Richmond, California to manufacture concentrated cannabis. Professional extraction and refinement establishes product purity, safety, and dosage control and promises to be the most valuable link in the supply chain for legal cannabis.

“We are excited that Landrace Ventures and Indigo are leading the way in Richmond,” said the Mayor of RichmondTom Butt.  “With the California legislature clarifying the State’s legal context for cannabis cultivation and product manufacturing last year, cities can now proceed to issue permits for such operations without risk,” Mayor Butt said.  “These businesses, when properly regulated and operated in designated locations, can be low impact and provide good jobs and revenue for the City of Richmond.”

“We have worked closely with the City of Richmond and other local and state officials to ensure that all communities are heard and satisfied,” said Hawayek.  “Our goal is to bring professionalism to the marketplace and be the standard of quality and consistency.”

Landrace Venture Fund was established earlier this year to invest in legal and scalable cannabis infrastructure.  “We’re looking carefully for opportunities in the medical and recreational markets,” said Scott Lucas, one of the Fund’s founding partners.  “We see enormous potential for refined, quality-controlled cannabis in pharmaceuticals for chronic pain management, sleep, diet, epilepsy, arthritis, and as an alternative to overprescribed opioids.”

About Landrace Venture Fund
Landrace Venture Fund is a California-focused investment fund that capitalizes on emerging opportunities to create the infrastructure necessary for a viable and growing market for legal cannabis.  @landraceventure

About Indigo Therapeutics
Indigo Therapeutics is a research, development and manufacturing leader of cannabis-based therapies and products in California.  On July 19, 2016, it was granted a license by the city of Richmond California to manufacture concentrated cannabis. It is the only company to have been granted such a license in the state of California.

 

Five Major Types of Extraction 2.0 Clarified

By Fritz Chess, Founder/Chief Scientist, Eden Labs

WASHINGTON: I have been asked to respond to a recent article by Dr. Rien Havens in regards to the safety and efficiency of various Cannabis extraction methods. As the founder of Eden Labs, I have worked with all the methods in the article and our company builds extractors for all these solvents and more, for multiple botanicals. In responding, I hope to close a few loops (pun intended) in the issues raised.

For 20 years our goal has been to promote healthy extractions across every industry. Therefore we applaud Dr. Havens for offering some insight into the world of extraction as we can use all of the help we can get in helping the public, as well as governmental and legislative bodies understand the Pro’s and Con’s of differing methodologies for producing and processing any plant, not just Cannabis sativa L. in either of its cultivar’s.

The most controversial part of the article was the section dealing with the alleged toxicity of co2 extracts so I will address that first along with toxicity issues regarding the other methods mentioned.

The most controversial part of the article was the section dealing with the alleged toxicity of co2 extracts so I will address that first along with toxicity issues regarding the other methods mentioned.  It is absolutely true that water combines with co2 to form carbonic acid which can cause oils to turn rancid. This problem occurs frequently in co2 extractions done at very high pressures (over 5000 psi). However, Cannabis is usually extracted between 800-2,000 psi and at these lower pressures, the concern is that moisture will cause low oil yields and pull chlorophyll. Therefore Eden Labs suggests co2 operators reduce the moisture content of their herb below 10%.

As long as this important step is followed, no moisture issues will occur unless the co2 is “wet” when purchased. Most rancid oils have more to do with improper storage. I have been in many botanical extraction facilities (Kava Kava, Sandalwood, Echinacea, Cannabis etc.) and seen containers of extracted oils in open containers sitting on shelves at room temperature. Not good. Note: you’ll notice that Hemp seed oil is always in the refrigerated section of a store. Cannabis oil should be kept refrigerated.

The other toxicity issue was the ability of co2 to pull pesticides and other chemicals out of plant material. This is true as well. It is also true that all the solvents listed as better alternatives would also pull these chemicals. Co2, ethanol, butane, propane and ether are all non-polar solvents. Although they are all at different points on the polarity scale, they all are in the range where oil is soluble in them which means that most, if not all, of these other agricultural chemicals are also soluble in all of the listed solvents. Which brings up a point that should never go unsaid when this issue is raised…all consumable botanical products should be grown organically. That’s the bottom line.

The same pesticides that are in Cannabis products are ubiquitous throughout our food supply. It is hoped by many in the Cannabis industry that we will help lead the way towards a healthier future through better production methods. Any of the protocols listed in Dr. Havens article would be superior to the conventional hexane extraction that is common in the food industry.

Having said that, here are all the contamination issues with the solvents in the article: co2, as mentioned, can have water. Ethanol can have acetone and methanol that form during the fermentation process. Propane and butane can be contaminated with a host of impurities including, but not limited to, pentane, heptane, heavy metals, and what people call “mystery oil” which is pipeline lubricant. Steep Hill Labs has documented this. With proper research, all of these solvents can be procured in a pure form so contamination is avoided.

The final issue was the source of co2 and the other solvents. Unfortunately, every solvent in the article is mostly made from petrochemicals. Even ethanol is often synthesized from chemicals derived from crude oil. It is possible to source ethanol and co2 that is produced naturally by fermenting plant sugars. A wonderful addition to our industry would be a cellulosic ethanol plant that takes waste plant fiber from hemp and cannabis production and converts it to ethanol and co2 to be used for extraction.

It should also be noted that co2 and ethanol have the added benefit of being disinfectants. Bacteria, viruses and molds will be killed by these solvents although molds will not necessarily be rendered harmless. Propane and butane  extracts, on the other hand, will actually attract certain types of bacteria that feed on hydrocarbons. For this reason, it is always advisable to double wash these extracts with ethanol to sterilize and to purge the trace amounts of hydrocarbon that become trapped in the thick oil.

As to the notion that co2 is too costly and inefficient, my first thought was that it sounds like he is describing our competitors! Eden Labs has the fastest and most efficient co2 extractors on the market. While it is true that a first stage hydrocarbon extraction is far faster and cheaper than other methods, by the time you figure in the time of the residual solvent purge and the cost of meeting the safety requirements, all the perceived advantages disappear. In addition, it is clearly evident and more cost effective to build out a production facility with the gratitude of local governmental bodies and the medical sector. This is a nascent industry, it has challenges and we feel our responsibility is to offer a path of least resistance and efficacy for our clients.

In conclusion, we have found that on a cost/benefit comparison, ethanol is most efficient at small scale production. On larger scale commercial/industrial production co2 wins, which has been proven by the hops industry.

 

Striking Oil: The Business of Edibles, Topicals and Concentrates Is Jan 21st In Tacoma, WA

The Marijuana Business Association and Front Runnerpowered by TetraTrak, have announced their first Professional Seminar of 2016: “Striking Oil: The Business of Concentrates, Edibles, and Topicals.”

The half-day MJBA Professional Seminar takes place on Thursday, January 21st, 2016,1PM-6PM, at the Red Lion Hotel in Tacoma, WA. Hosted by The Marijuana Business Association and business intelligence firm Front Runner, “Striking Oil” will provide I-502 Producers, Processors, Retailers, and industry professionals with an in-depth look at Washington’s emerging marketplace for cannabis concentrates, oils, edibles and topicals.

The legal cannabis marketplace has evolved well beyond the bud, and today Edibles, Topicals, Concentrates and Oils represent the fastest-growing segments for Washington’s legal cannabis industry.  MJBA and Front Runner will kick off the afternoon with a detailed parsing of the LCB sales numbers to date, with forward-looking analysis from Front Runner CEO Brian Yauger.

CannaSol Farms founder Jeremy Moberg will deliver the keynote address, providing his prospective as one of the state’s leading Producer/Processors, and an outspoken advocate for naturally-grown cannabis. He will focus his remarks on the needs for Washington producer/processors to self-regulate.

Exciting new cannabis-infused products and concentrates bring with them a host of new business challenges for our emerging industry, including how to create best practices and common standards for Contaminants/PesticidesDosing and Packaging, and Lab Testing/Quality Assurance.  To provide their insights into these pressing issues and others, MJBA has assembled subject matter experts from Washington’s top cannabis companies to serve as our VIP Panelists.

Leading subject matter experts from Db3 (Zoots) , Mirth Provisions (Legal) , Eden Labs, Cannabis Basics, Avitas, Kush Creams, Mary’s Medicinals, The Goodship, Ethos Extracts, Robotanical, Spot, Integrity Labs, Landrace Labs, Dama, Amoebic Extracts, (and many others) will lead discussions on Edibles; Topicals, Concentrates and Lab Standards.

Industry Thought Leaders Speak at MJBA/Front Runner Seminars

Industry Thought Leaders Speak at MJBA/Front Runner Seminars

Tickets are $99 in advance/$125 Day of Show. MJBA Members and Front Runner Subscribers receive special discount!

Reserve your tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/striking-oil-the-business-of-edibles-topicals-and-concentrates-tickets-20114229201?

“Striking Oil” VIP Sponsors include Robotanical, Eden Labs, Cannabis Basics, PayQwick, Avitas and Great Pacific Packaging. .

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Oregon’s Hot Hash Oil Market Drives Demand For Marijuana ‘Trim’

OREGON:  Cameron Yee opened a gallon-sized plastic bag of dried leaves from a popular strain of cannabis called Lemon Haze. He thrust his hand into the bag and gave the leaves a vigorous stir.

As recently as a few years ago, the small leaves snipped from harvested cannabis flowers ended up in the trash. After all, when it comes to marijuana, the flower is the star.

But when Yee’s fingers emerged coated in greenish dust, he was delighted.

“That is fantastic,” he said, eyeing the THC-rich crystals that will end up in one of his company’s concentrates.

 

Some Oregon Marijuana CO2 Extracts Contain High Levels of Possible Carcinogen

OREGON:  The Oregon cannabis community was rocked when The Oregonian’s Noelle Crombie released her in-depth report on the lack of standards regarding the testing of marijuana products in Oregon. Crombie, who regularly reports on all things cannabis was noticeably absent from the scene for a bit, causing many to wonder what she was up to. When “A tainted high” hit The Oregonian/Oregonlive, with the tagline “LAX STATE RULES, INCONSISTENT LAB PRACTICES AND INACCURATE TEST RESULTS PUT PESTICIDE-LACED POT ON DISPENSARY SHELVES”, we learned that the talented reporter was investigating the very essence of the medical marijuana industry–the safety of cannabis products consumed by sick and disabled patients battling debilitating medical conditions.

 The results of her Crombie’s extensive report didn’t completely shock industry insiders in the know, but it certainly provided cause for concern among patients, particularly those with compromised immune systems. Fortunately, marijuana flowers, still the most popular way to utilize cannabis, didn’t contain the same high levels of pesticides and contaminants. Concentrates, such as hash oils, ever-growing in popularity, were the much bigger problem. The safety of cannabis flowers compared to concentrates and other products is one of the reasons the state is moving forward with the early sale of flowers to all adults on October 1st, but not allowing the sale of concentrates and other products.
As Crombie uncovered, some labs didn’t catch pesticides that others did and some marijuana items contained potentially harmful contaminants that weren’t pesticides. I must admit, even as someone with extensive knowledge of the cannabis industry, that I never expected to learn that products would contain “chemicals used to enhance the appearance of ornamental plants.”