The Child-Proof Edibles Packaging Issue… And What About Alcohol??

Edibles like gummies have brought up a whole new topic in the world of weed: the importance of child-proof edibles packaging. When taking a look at the debate going on, it becomes clear that the biggest problem is not the legal market, but the competing black market. And when getting down to realities, the question arises of why the same stringent standards aren’t applied to alcohol.

You know your edibles are most likely real when they come in child-proof edibles packaging that’s hard to open. And this is good because it keeps kids from being exposed to high levels of THC and other synthetic chemicals. For those who prefer to vape, so their kids won’t notice edibles, you can choose from a range of cannabis compounds besides regular delta-9. Like delta-8 THC, THCV, CBN, and even hemp-derived delta-9. For more articles like this one, make sure to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


Cannabis edibles

Up until the last few years, the world of cannabis edibles consisted of cooking up some brownies or chocolate chip cookies in your own kitchen. Some standard dealers would offer products like this, sometimes as one-offs, but it wasn’t the standard mode of anything. Edibles were a fun ‘other’ way to do the weed thing, but there wasn’t a massive culture of it on the black market, and they weren’t a main player in the cannabis game.

This all changed with the application of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a part of the technology world that deals with the manipulation of particles which have sizes less than 100 nanometers. 100 nanometers is about 1000th the thickness of a piece of paper to give an idea of the sizes we’re speaking of. The same general topic in the world of physics, is nanoscience, and the two studies are closely linked together.

Part of nanotechnology, is the ability for emulsions, which is the forcing together of two opposing liquids. Emulsions done on bigger particles are called macroemulsions or microemulsions depending on the specific size. However, when the particle sizes drop to 20-200 nm, it becomes known as a nanoemulsion. Emulsions for larger particles are already used widely in the food industry, and chemicals industry, whereas nanoemulsions are already seen being used by pharmaceutical companies, the cosmetics industry, and in biotech.

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The beauty of emulsions is that they can force together oil-based and water-based molecules. In the world of weed, this means the ability to take oil-based cannabinoids like delta-9 THC, and force them together with water-based compounds. So whereas we used to be limited to foods that use oils, like butter (cookies, brownies, cakes…), we can now infuse anything with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, into products like soda, potato chips, and candy. As such a new and growing industry of cannabis edibles has arisen, eating cannabis – particularly as gummies, has become one of the primary ways of ingesting the plant.

How popular are edibles?

In terms of what that means in numbers, though there aren’t amazing statistics out there just yet, there are a few metrics we can go by. One of the better measurements to be released comes from the company Headset, a Seattle-based cannabis analytics company, which put out end-of-year data for 2020. According to the company, edibles made up 11.07% of the cannabis market in 2020 across the states: California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. That percentage is up 10.65% from the previous year.

Does this account for the entire edibles market, even in the mentioned states? No, it doesn’t. One of the biggest issues is the fakes markets, which encompass fake products like vapes and edibles, as well as the very dispensaries they’re sold out of.

As legal markets have uniformly been unable to take down black markets, and as black markets morph to look more like legal ones, (with all the same products therein), actual trends of the cannabis industry must therefore include them, or only a fragment of the behavior we’re looking into, is being spoken about. I can’t wager a guess as to how adding in the black market effects this percentage, but from my experiences in illegal dispensaries, they gear a huge amount of business towards edibles, and my guess is that the percentage would remain the same (if not go up).

The need for child-proof edibles packaging

Weed has been around for quite some time. And so have little children. Up until recently, there wasn’t an issue of children accidentally consuming said marijuana, at least not on any kind of large scale that would necessitate reporting. Probably because a dried-up plant that smells funny isn’t all that interesting to a kid. You know what is interesting to a kid? Candy! Kids sure love candy!

The problem this creates is that as edibles becomes more widespread, it means logically they end up in more places, with more people having access to them. A bag of super nice nugs lying on a couch will likely be bypassed by a toddler. But a bag of brightly colored gummy worm candies? A lot less likely. Even if the kid messes with the flowers, that’ll most likely entail getting your couch dirty and ruining your stash. If the kid messes with the bag of cannabis gummy worms, they could end up ingesting huge amounts of THC, and in the case of fake edibles, synthetics and other untold chemicals.

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While the idea of simply changing how they look, and the packaging, could (possibly) assuage this problem, simply by not connecting the idea of these gummies to anything a child would consider candy-related, (including using the designs of known brands), this does not seem to be an idea on the table for illegal companies. Legal companies, however, comply with regulation, and actually do provide child-proof edibles packaging that doesn’t advertise the product in pictures.

Real vs fake

Every time I’ve bought edibles from a real dispensary, I’ve had to break through the child-proof measures of the edibles packaging. The outer plastic has no slit on the side to tear from, the plastic can’t be easily pulled apart like you might do to open a standard bag of popcorn, and it even took a little extra force for me to puncture it with a knife. Inside the plastic was a separate container, which obviously blocks view of the product, and with no pictures on the packaging. The containers themselves are tightly packaged in a separate layer of plastic, and it took me a couple minutes to get the thick coverings off, as they were practically sealed to the containers. I have never had a quicker or easier experience than this.

Though there might be issues with some legal companies dropping the ball with packaging, from my experience, this problem really relates to the black market where there are no regulations in place for how things should be packaged, and no desire by the companies to care about it in order to preserve a brand name. Major candy companies have waged law suits against these cannabis companies, mainly on intellectual property rights. Of course, a legal cannabis brand would never mimic a known brand, so whoever is being sued, isn’t from the legal world of weed to begin with.

If you’re thinking ‘hey, I just saw gummies online in colorful, easy-to-open, familiar looking packaging’, just remember, no regulated company will be involved in selling THC products outside of legal dispensaries. If the product is offering more than legal limits of THC, then you know for sure its fake. And if the branding on the product looks like a known brand – but slightly off, its a slam dunk fake. These products might be just fine, but as illegal companies masquerading as legal ones, there’s no way of knowing what actually ends up in the products, or how easy it will be to get through the packaging.

Wait a second…what about alcohol?

It indeed makes sense to be careful with a cannabis food that looks like a child’s favorite thing to eat. But it does highlight a strange inconsistency where cannabis is treated as more dangerous than alcohol. This was well exemplified at the 2021 MJBizCon cannabis event held in Las Vegas, Nevada in October. According to state law in Nevada, though cannabis is legal for personal use, and there is a regulated market, cannabis cannot be used in public places, and though a social smoking law is supposed to be enacted in Vegas, it wasn’t relevant at the time. According to law, it would have been illegal to give out samples, or allow people to get high there.

But at the very same time, there was alcohol being sold right next to these booths which the convention was centered around, and which couldn’t provide samples of their own THC-containing products. As in, there isn’t a law that you can’t give samples of alcohol, or sell it to consumers, or allow consumers to mingle while using it, but there is for weed.

kids and alcohol

Now, let’s be honest about something else, you know what else kids love besides candy? Soda! And what does soda come in? Cans and bottles with the exact same twist off caps and pull-up tabs that beer cans use, in the exact same style bottles and cans that beer companies use, often with bright colors and cool pictures, just like beer.

I have personally been able to operationally open both twist off caps and pull-up tabs since I was about five years old. So, the idea that alcohol is not being held to these same stringent standards is silly at best. Especially considering that drinks are drank over time, and left out in places during this process, often forgotten about in drunkenness, and frequently mixed with sweet smelling ingredients that would attract any child. Now remember that whereas cannabis is not associated with death rates (although a small child consuming massive amounts of THC is questionable), alcohol comes with a huge one, being one of the leading risk factors for overall disability and death in many age categories!

Conclusion

Child-proof packaging for cannabis products is most certainly important, but the bigger issues seems to be the unregulated products on the black market. Kids are way less likely to be attracted to gummies sold by regulation which aren’t visible or being advertised to them, then a package that looks like their favorite candy. As legal companies will go by regulation, this is a black market issue.

What is more than a black market issue though, is the unfair treatment of weed compared to alcohol. Yeah, child-proof edibles packaging is good and should be used, but maybe then we should be more cognizant of how readily and easily available we make alcohol to children.

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REVIEW: STIIIZY Offers a Gummy Nano-Enhanced Triangle for Every Occasion

When it comes to reviewing cannabis for a living, you can only imagine how many times we’ve crossed paths with different products. Back when we first feasted our eyes on STIIIZY’s vape cartridges, their unique design was the first quality that piqued our attention. At that time (back in 2017), given the unique construction of the carts in comparison to the industry standard vape carts on the market, we were unsure how well this product would actually perform. Would consumers be so loyal to the brand that they trade out their tried-and-true cart batteries in order to consume just STIIIZY products? Fast forward to years later, our question was answered: It was a clear yes!

The fact that this brand has earned its spot as one of the fastest growing cannabis companies, and that we personally have a STIIIZY vape on-hand at almost any occasion, it’s clear to say our concerns about their completely unique design were never realized. This company was on to something epic back in 2017, and its expansion of product offerings only continues to prove that this company is on fire.

This brings us to the relaunch of STIIIZY’s latest high-inducing endeavor—STIIIZY Edibles. To kick off the edibles category right—STIIIZY just introduced its premiere line of Sour Gummy Nano-Enhanced Triangles to the public, which are fast-acting due to having Nanomolecular-Enhanced Live Resin expertly infused into each bite.

Whether you’re looking to go hard, or prefer to keep it mellow and microdosed, STIIIZY has you covered. Each bag of gummies contains a whopping 90mg of THC. You don’t have to go and eat the whole bag at one time, however. The gummies are segmented down into three large triangles (at 30mg each), and from there you can break them down into even smaller triangular-shaped doses, three at 10mg.

What makes these gummies stand out among the crowd of candies comes down to the technology. Utilizing nanomolecular technology, these gummies will deliver cannabis to your bloodstream at a record pace, giving you desired results in warp speed. Edibles have notoriously had a bad rap in the cannabis space, because the effects can often take hours to hit the consumer, leaving a large margin of error for getting “too high.” This leading edible tech makes that a thing of the past.

In our assessment of an assortment of these gummy varieties, two qualities really stood out, beyond the effects: The taste and texture.

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The first offering we tried was the Blue Raspberry Blast Gummies, which is an indica offering. Anticipating the effects of a good indica edible, we decided to take these after dinner and before our bedtime routine of Netflix and chillin’.

Ripping open the triangle shaped package, the sweet smell of blueberry filled the room, transporting our minds to day trips to the local farm where we’d pick fresh berries by the basket-load. Following the instructions on the back of the package, we decided to start out by consuming one-third of a 30mg triangle. The flavor burst made our mouths water, reminiscent of popping a freshly picked blueberry into your mouth.

Within 15 to 20 minutes, we already felt the buzzing effects starting in our limbs and warmly wrapping our minds and body in a relaxing state, much like being snuggled in a cozy blanket next to the fireplace on a winter’s night.

One hour after eating the 10mg triangle and well into our binge-watching of Squid Game (for a second time, mind you), our bodies were heavy and relaxed, prompting us to set the sleep timer on the TV for 30 minutes. These Blueberry gummies proved to be great at not only getting us to sleep, but also providing deep, pain-free slumber through the night, without feeling any kind of head fog come morning.

After such a positive experience with the indica gummies, we didn’t waste any time in trying the next flavor the following morning, which was Caribbean Breeze, a sativa variety. The package alone gives consumers a good preview into what taste they can experience. With green apples, strawberries, citrus fruits and pineapple swimming in a sea of yellow juice on the package, we knew this one was going to be filled with flavor.

The scent of these wasn’t as overpowering as the Blueberry, but the flavor was again spot on. Pineapple came through hard in terms of flavor, with the sugary sweet coating of the gummy providing a welcomed texture that perfectly complemented the tropical taste experience. Our day ahead was going to be a busy Saturday at home, doing chores and finishing up some outdoor projects in the garden. Let’s just say that we opted for a bigger dose, since our experience with just one, 10mg triangle proved to be manageable and positive our first go-round.

After eating two squares and going in the backyard to harvest fruit from our lemon trees, it wasn’t long before the uplifting psychoactive effects kicked in. Suddenly a mundane task of chores in the garden turned all the more enjoyable. The sun was shining brighter, our minds were wandering, the music we were playing sounded better… overall, it was an intense and uplifting experience. While productivity wasn’t necessarily affected, we did find ourselves switching from one task to another, quickly forgetting what we were doing momentarily, truly enjoying the day.

Throughout the day we were able to consume one triangle at a time, about every hour, to keep the effects going strong without putting a damper in our busy day of chores.

The last gummy we tried was the STIIIZY’s Sour Apple Hybrid gummy. We were a little nervous because typically with sour flavors, we’re a little bit sensitive. That said, the flavor was sour, but the sugary sweet coating made it all the more manageable and not overwhelming. Consistent with the other gummies, the effects onset quickly, with us first feeling effects within 20 minutes, and the full body-high set in at about 45 minutes. Starting with one gummy, we decided to pop at second at around 90 minutes, since the effects were strong but satisfying.

Feeling a little stressed after a long weekend (and anticipating a busy work week ahead) the hybrid was helpful in easing our stress and anxiety, without causing us to overthink anything. Instead, we were able to take a nice bike ride around the neighborhood, followed by a spontaneous trip to the store (which very well could have been motivated by a case of the munchies). We found ourselves browsing the aisles in a carefree state, picking up essentials for the week, as well as some spontaneous snacks that we couldn’t resist.

All in all, all three edible varieties delivered on our expectations, giving us varied and enjoyable experiences that didn’t put a damper in whatever activities we had set out to accomplish. From the tasty flavors to the fast-acting properties, these were hands-down some of our favorite edibles we’ve tried to date. There’s nothing like consistency and a fast onset of effects to keep our faith in edibles, and STIIIZY delivers on all that and more.

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How To Make Your Own Weed Gummies

As the world of weed grows, the options spin out of control, and this is both good and bad. While tons of new products are available, black market offerings can often be sold right alongside, and it can be difficult to know what the real deal is. The good thing about cannabis is that you can make your own products in your own home. Here are some basic instructions for how to make weed gummies all by yourself.

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Cannabis gummies

The world of cannabis edibles has grown exponentially in the last few years. Whereas just a couple decade ago a person was lucky if they found themselves a good brownie, the current world of edibles is massive, going well beyond previous limitations, to involve using cannabis with all kinds of food. And it doesn’t stop there. These days you can buy sodas, juices, and even energy drinks infused with cannabis.

If you grew up prior to the cannabis boom, you know the often repeated line that the only way to make an edible is by leaching out the oil-soluble compounds into an oil, like butter. Because of this limitation, edibles always fit within a specific range of baked goods like brownies and chocolate chip cookies, which all involve the use of butter. Luckily, with today’s technology, that limitation is gone, and the options have multiplied greatly.

How big has the edibles industry gotten? Well, according to end-of-year data put out by Headset, a Seattle based cannabis analytics company, edibles accounted for 11.07% of the cannabis market in 2020, and this up from 10.65% the previous year. These numbers account for seven legal states: California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, which together saw a 60% increase from the year before.

how to weed gummies

All of this is great, but what about the problem of fakes? The cannabis black market is big, and not getting any smaller. As the legal market grows, adding products like vapes and gummies to the general repertoire of available products, the black market works to create corresponding, but artificial versions of the same things. This can certainly come with possible dangers, but beyond possible dangers, it means often getting sub-par products. This is why knowing how to do it yourself can be a big benefit.

Gummies and nanoemulsions

The edibles industry changed drastically with the implementation of nanoemulsion technology. One of the benefits of nanotechnology, is that it can work to force two liquids together that don’t usually go together, like oil and water. Putting together two liquids that would otherwise repel each other is called an emulsion. Depending on the size of the particles the liquids are made of, this can be a macroemulsion (bigger) or microemulsion (smaller).

When the particles are super small, 20-200 nm, its called a nanoemulsion. Nanoemulsion technology is not exactly new, and is often seen in the pharmaceutical industry, the cosmetics industry, and used by biotech companies. Micro and macro emulsions are already used widely in the food industry, and the chemicals industry for products like pesticides.

In terms of how it effects the cannabis industry, it means that a fat-soluble compound like THC, can be put into a non-oil-based food like a gummy. Hence the massive, and expanding, world of cannabis edibles – particularly gummies – which has been taking over. In terms of the fakes issue, one of the best ways around accidentally buying fake products, is simply to make your own. So get ready to harness the DIY warrior inside you, and learn how to make your very own weed gummies.  

Basic recipe for how-to make your own weed gummies

Most recipes – like the one below – call for making cannabis oil as a part of the procedure. If a person doesn’t feel like doing this part, they can use a dispensary bought oil, and just should be careful with dosing. Though recipes can vary, this is a basic one that shows the general steps for making a cannabis-infused gummy using a separate emulsifier.

What you need for this cannabis Infused Gummies Recipe: 1/8 cannabis (or ready made oil), ½ teaspoon soy or sunflower lecithin, ¼ cup coconut oil, ½ cup water, 1oz gelatin – unflavored, and 6oz Jell-O pack – pick your flavor.

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  • Decarboxylate your cannabis for 25 minutes at 250º F, or use whichever decarboxylation method you prefer.
  • Create the infused oil by taking the decarbed weed, mixing it with soy or sunflower lecithin (this is the emulsifier), along with coconut oil. Do this in an oven-ready container. Mix it up, then cover, put in water bath, and bake for approximately two hours at 250º F, stirring at the halfway mark.

This first part creates the ability for the emulsion that allows for different and opposing ingredients to be mixed together. If you are using a store bought oil, you can skip the first part and go to the next. After creating your cannabis oil:

  • Remove oil and strain it, and then measure out ¼ cup.
  • Combine water and infused oil in a saucepan and whisk over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  • Once boiling you can add in the unflavored gelatin (another emulsifier, which can be used on its own). Don’t stop whisking.
  • Then whisk in the flavored Jell-O mix, and continue whisking for a good five minutes, while letting it get to a rolling boil.
  • At this point turn your heat to low, and prepare the gummy mold by spraying with cooking spray, or using whatever you like to keep the gummy from sticking to the mold.
  • Fill each mold with a spoon, or dropper if necessary, but make sure to keep stirring the mix.
  • To firm them up, put in the freezer for 20 minutes, or the refrigerator for an hour.
  • Go ahead and eat them! Leftovers can be stored for 2-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature, or frozen for use later.

How to make a more natural, juicy, alternative for weed gummies

Maybe you want your gummies to taste more naturally fruitier, and maybe you don’t want to use soy or sunflower lecithin. In this case, its good to remember that gelatin itself is an emulsifier, though it might not work quite as well as lecithin. The following recipe is for orange flavored Ganja Gummies. As it does not use another emulsifier like soy or sunflower lecithin, the end result may not be as firm as with other recipes.

This recipe calls for the following: one large pack of orange Jell-O, 1 ½ cups of orange juice, ½ cup honey, ¼ cup cannabis oil, four packs of gelatin, and cornstarch. The cooking instructions go as follows:

  • Take a saucepan and combine the Jell-O pack and one cup of orange juice. Add in the honey and cannabis oil, heating slowly, and stirring it frequently.
  • Mix gelatin and ½ cup of orange juice in a separate bowl and let it sit for five minutes. Then add to Jell-O and heat for 5-7 minutes over low heat, whisking the whole time.
  • Pour the mix into small cups or a silicon mold. Cool it at room temperature before putting in the refrigerator.
  • Remove from cups/molds, douse with cornstarch to keep from sticking.
  • Enjoy!
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How to make weed gummies with a tincture

Perhaps you’d rather make your cannabis gummies with a tincture rather than cannabis oil. Well, that can be done too. And in perfect paleo fashion. Here’s a recipe for Paleo Berry Cannabis Gummies. This is another lecithin-free recipe.

For this recipe you’ll need: 2/3 cup pureed berries (whichever kind you like), 1/3 cup water, one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons honey or maple syrup, two-three teaspoons of your cannabis tincture (be careful to consider dosing), and three tablespoons grass fed gelatin.

  • Over medium-low heat, combine pureed berries, lemon juice, water, and honey in a saucepan.
  • Then add in the cannabis tincture.
  • Whisk in the gelatin slowly, keep going until all ingredients are together and the mixture is smooth. Then turn off the heat.
  • Using a dropper or spoon, fill the gummy mold with mixture.
  • Let it cool in the freezer for five minutes, or the refrigerator for 15.
  • Enjoy!

Conclusion

The good thing to know is that there are options for how to make your weed gummies. If you don’t like the idea of soy or sunflower lecithin, you can use a recipe that utilizes the gelatin’s ability to emulsify. You can go paleo, juicy, or standard Jell-O flavor. And however you do it, the one thing for sure is that if you make them yourself, your gummies will be real.

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Canadian Groups Gives Free Weed And Edibles To Fight Opioid Abuse

Volunteer groups in Canada are providing relief to people struggling with addiction by giving away free marijuana and cannabis edibles as a substitution for opioids. Addiction experts, however, are wary that the unproven treatment might prevent people with opioid use disorder from seeking evidence-based therapies that have proven to be effective.

In London, Ontario, volunteers with the Cannabis Substitution Program set up a table outside a church each Tuesday to distribute packages of free cannabis and edibles to people who use drugs. Members of the group maintain that high doses of THC, as much as 100 milligrams baked into an edible, can serve as a substitute for opioids and other dangerous drugs while treating the symptoms of withdrawal. 

Since launching in April, the program has been popular, with up to 200 people showing up each week and forming a line that stretches down the block. Members of the group say that the cannabis it distributes is paid for and donated by private individuals.

Stefan Nichol, outreach director at Impact Church and a supporter of the substitution program, said that while cannabis is not a definitive treatment for opioid addiction and withdrawal, it can provide relief to those trying to break the cycle of drug abuse.

“To be honest, weed will never cure dope sickness,” Nichol told the CBC. “But it does help people sleep through a day of it.”

Cannabis Substitution Program volunteer Mary McCarty said that organizers began holding the weekly events to help address the city’s opioid epidemic after learning of similar initiatives in Vancouver, British Columbia and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“I thought, ‘You know what? London needs one of these,’” McCarty said. “It’s ridiculous what’s going on.”

In Halifax, volunteers with the East Coast Cannabis Substitution Program put together packages of cannabis to be handed out to people who use drugs every Monday. When CBC News visited the group at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, each package included a roll-your-own joint kit, a cannabis gummy, THC capsules, and edibles including chocolate, cookies and a meatloaf slider.

Volunteer Chris Backer, who travels to the city’s north end each week to hand out the packages, says that he believes the donations can help people quit more dangerous drugs. 

“It’s breaking the cycle of addiction,” he said last year. “Cannabis has been documented to be very successful and is an adjunct to try to help beat addiction.”

Addiction Experts Skeptical of Weed and Edibles as Substitute

Addiction experts including Steven Laviolette, professor in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, however, are skeptical of using cannabis for those struggling with opioid abuse.

“I’m not aware of any evidence to suggest that would be effective as a substitute for opioid-related dependence and addiction,” he said.

But Laviolette acknowledged that cannabis may have a place in treating some forms of addiction. He has conducted research into the use of CBD as a treatment for amphetamine addiction.

“We were able to show that it quite literally blocked the activation of these drugs on the dopamine neurons, so the neurons would stop firing in the presence of CBD,” he said. “That has really strong implications for CBD as an anti-addiction treatment.”

Laviolette noted that researchers in the U.S. are also studying CBD’s potential as a treatment for opioid addiction. But he says that THC may pose a risk to some people with addiction disorders.

“THC has been shown to cause overactivation of addiction pathways in the brain,” he said. “It could make it even worse because THC would be ramping up the brain’s addiction pathways and could potentially make problems like relapse and withdrawal an even greater issue for people suffering with opioid dependence.”

Dr. Samuel Hickcox, the physician lead for addictions medicine at Nova Scotia Health, said that the cannabis substitution programs do not have “high-quality scientific evidence” to support their effectiveness. He fears that people will turn to cannabis instead of medications that have been proven to be an effective treatment for opioid addiction.

“That really worries me because we know that people who have an opioid addiction, if they are on medications like Suboxone or methadone, that their health will improve. They’re much less likely to have fatal overdoses,” he said. “If we take that away from people by offering an unproven alternative, we run the risk of actually causing more harm than benefit.”

McCarty, however, says that she has witnessed how the gifts of cannabis can positively impact those struggling with addiction.

“People come and thank us all the time,” she said.

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New Trend: Customize Your Cannabis Gummies

One of the newest trends in the cannabis world is actually rather cool. We know we can make edibles, and we know the world of edibles has grown to include products never thought possible to infuse with cannabis before. This includes gummies. However, not only can you buy standard gummies in a dispensary, or even make your own, but you can customize your gummies now in whatever way you wish.

Pretty cool that you can customize your gummies, right? Technically, we can all make our own! Of course, not everyone is interested in taking the time to make their own gummies, and especially for single buyers, it helps to have a good source. We’ve got a range of cannabis products including vapes, gummies, and more, covering a host of cannabis compounds like delta-8 THC, THCV, THC-O-A, and on and on… Check out our current deals to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck by subscribing to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


How did we start eating cannabis in modern times?

There is evidence that cannabis has been ingested for thousands of years, particularly the seeds and as a tea some in China going back to around 1500 BC. However, modern use of food-based products that will get you high, only started in the 1800’s. At that time it was consumed by the elitist crowd in Paris, particularly writers, at Club des Hachischins, which appropriately translates to ‘hash-eaters club’.

The movement took off in a profound way with Alice B. Toklas, the life partner of American Author Gertrude S. Stein. Alice used to whip up brownies (though purportedly not her own original recipe), and eventually published said recipe in the 1954 publication, the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, still available today. Her recipe was for ‘Haschisch Fudge’, but actually calls for grated marijuana, not hash, and doesn’t quite make a brownie, instead creating a ‘fudge’, which is more applicable to the name given.

This was brought even more into the mainstream several years later when American filmmaker Peter Sellars put out a movie about an uptight attorney who eats Alice’s brownies, called I Love You Alice B. Toklas. The movie came out in 1968, years after Alice published her book, and was responsible at least partly for the ensuing rise of edibles in the counter culture movement of the 1960’s.

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At this time, and for many years more, edibles were strictly made using oil soluble ingredients This is why foods like brownies, cookies, and cakes were the preeminent cannabis edibles, as the technology of the time didn’t allow for other foods to be infused with cannabis compounds like THC. That all changed with nanoemulsion technology.

When did gummies come out?

Cannabis edibles have been known about for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean that every kind of edible was possible to make. The inclusion of gummies was a function of nanotechnology, in the form of nanoemulsions, but this is very recent in the world of cannabis edibles. Nanoemulsions aren’t new, however, and have been used extensively in the pharmaceutical industry, the biotech industry, and the cosmetics industry.

The idea of a nanoemulsion is putting together two opposing liquids. What does this mean? Think oil and water. Can you just shove them together? No, they repel. But that’s what a nanoemulsion is, it’s the forcing together of two liquids that would otherwise not mix. In terms of the world of cannabis, this means being able to force together an oil like THC, into a water-based product like sodas, or gummies.

Often when making gummies – and this can be seen in DIY recipes – the ingredient list calls for soy or sunflower lecithin, as these are emulsifiers, or chemicals that can force two opposing liquids together. The cool thing about gummies, though, is that because they use gelatin in the recipe, this can actually be used as an emulsifier as well, even if it isn’t quite as strong as the previously mentioned ones. Which means that no further emulsifier is needed when making gummies, particularly at home.

With nanoemulsion technology, there are practically no limits to where cannabis can be infused. It can be a gummy, it can be an energy drink, it can be potato chips, it can be gum. And with the ability to put cannabis compounds in more foods, comes the ability to customize these edibles to create very specific products.

Customize your gummies

For most people, it probably makes more sense to head to the dispensary to pick up a pack of gummies. But there are several reasons why you might want the ability to customize your gummies yourself. Like the following:

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  • If you run a company that creates gummies, you might want to create different kinds of custom products for different audiences. This would include needing the appropriate equipment for customization purposes. Maybe you want your logo on the gummies, or for them to be in the shape of your state. Maybe you want different sizes for the different strengths. However you want it for sales purposes, you can create with customizable molds.
  • If you’re having a specific event, and you want specific gummies for that event, then the ability to customize your gummies is important. Maybe it’s a wedding, maybe it’s a graduation, maybe it’s a birthday. Whatever the occasion, if the party calls for cannabis and edibles (like chocolates or gummies), you’ll probably want them a particular way, and that means customizing. So whether it’s a football for dad, hearts for mom, or personalized initials for your best friend’s wedding, it can be done exactly how you need it done.
  • If you just like making gummies, and you want the ability to play around, then tools to customize are key. There’s a difference between work and pleasure, even when it comes to cooking, and plenty of people like to play around in the world of food just for fun. For those who like to experiment with cooking with weed, have their own little parties, and show off their skills to friends, having a way to customize your gummies is an important part of creating your own cannabis-infused food.

So let’s say you want your company logo emblazoned on gummies. You can order molds for that. Or, if you’re throwing dad a birthday party and you want guests vibing on 5 mg football gummies, well, you can make that happen too. And if you just want to play around with different shape molds in your kitchen, and throw your own little customized gummy dinner parties, well, you can do that as well. Here are some companies that can help.

Companies that will customize your gummies

  • CCFX is a company that offers customizable gummy molds made from RTV silicone which are food contact safe, platinum cured, and BPA free. They are durable, heavy duty, and stable when baked or frozen. The company offers molds for THC and CBD products, whether gummies or chocolates, and will work directly with you to bring your gummy vision to life. This company did not post shipping information. If you would like to order from abroad, check with CCFX about shipping.
  • Another option is Vector Molds. Vector also offers a custom process for gummy and mold design, which can range from a logo, to whatever else you come up with. The company’s three-step process ensures that your ideas are properly turned into a gummy reality, complete with samples for approval. Samples can get to you in less than one week, and molds are produced quickly with your designs. According to the company, every 10 molds takes approximately 3-5 business days. They do require a 20 mold minimum for custom orders of their silicone molds. This company ships domestically and abroad, you can contact the company for more information.
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  • A third option is PJBold. PJBold offers customers BPA-free silicone molds, custom molds to create your own branding or event products, food grade stamps, wholesale orders, and are working on polycarbonate molds. Molds can be for infused gummies or chocolates. Interested gummy makers can look through the company’s catalogue of standard molds, or work with the company to create their own, for their own purposes. This company ships within the US and abroad, contact the company for pricing details.

It should be remembered that since molds themselves are not THC products, they can be sold to anyone in any state. Those looking to use the molds for business or personal recreational purposes should ensure that they are complying with their own local laws for sales and use of cannabis compounds. And in the case of recreational use – like for that birthday party for your dad – just make sure if you’re not in a legal location, that you’re not doing anything to get caught.

Conclusion

And there you have it! No more will you be required to always have the same standard gummies. Whether you’re a product creator, planning an event, or playing around at home, your options to customize your cannabis gummies just got way more intense. In the future, we might see more companies that can make your order and then deliver to a location, but that will require regulations to change. For now, you can do it on your own with the help of the companies above. It just takes some silicone, a few good ideas, a little creative direction, and a company that creates strong, safe, and durable products.

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Fall-Themed Cannabis Recipes for Hungry Stoners

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Teacher Arrested After Student Pulls Cannabis Edibles From Prize Box

A South Carolina elementary school teacher faces criminal charges and has lost her job after a pupil in her class pulled a package of cannabis edibles from a box of treats intended as prizes to reward students. Victoria Farish Weiss, 27, of Lexington County, South Carolina, was arrested on Friday morning after turning herself in to authorities, according to media reports.

Weiss allegedly told authorities that she had brought a bag of candy from a Dollar General store to the classroom to fill a box used as prizes for students, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, as cited by a local television station. On September 23, two students were permitted to pull prizes from the box. One of the pupils selected a Dum Dums lollipop, while the other grabbed a package labeled “Stony Patch Kids,” believing they were Sour Patch Kids. 

Weiss told the student with the Stony Patch Kids to choose something else. However, the student still ended up with a pack of the marijuana gummies, according to a statement from Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon posted to Facebook on Friday.

“Detectives confirmed during interviews that Weiss took the pack of edibles from the student and told him to pick something else from the box,” Koon said. “The student went back to the box and happened to grab another pack of edibles.”

After he received the prize, the unidentified student went to an after-school daycare program and asked a teacher to help him open the package of Stony Patch Kids. According to a police report, the daycare teacher noticed that the candy was not actually Sour Patch Kids, declined to open the package for him, and called the student’s school, Rocky Creek Elementary School, to report the incident instead.

The assistant principal at the school then went to Weiss’ classroom and found more of the marijuana edibles in the prize box. When the assistant principal confronted Weiss about the edibles, she became “hysterical,” according to the police report. 

“No student ate any of the products,” Koon noted.

Search of Teacher’s Home Reveals More Edibles

Deputies then obtained a search warrant for the teachers’ home, where “investigators found packs of edibles similar to those the student picked from the box in Weiss’ classroom,” Koon said. Each package of cannabis gummies contained 350 milligrams of THC, according to the product label.

Although much of the nation has enacted cannabis policy reforms, South Carolina is one of the few states that still have no provisions for legal cannabis, even for medicinal purposes. Additionally, the Lexington County Schools employee handbook specifies that workers are not permitted “to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, be under the influence of or use on or in the workplace any illicit drug such as a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any other controlled substance.” According to school district officials, Weiss is no longer employed by the Lexington School District One as of October 13. 

“The safety of our students is our top priority,” said Dr. Greg Little, the superintendent of the school. “It is unacceptable for a staff member to potentially threaten the wellbeing of a child. We will continue to work to ensure all of our children have a safe environment to learn and grow. Rocky Creek Elementary has a sterling reputation which will not be tarnished by the actions of one person.”

After a warrant was issued for Weiss’ arrest, she turned herself in to the sheriff’s department on Friday. She was detained for a time at the Lexington County Detention Center before being released on a personal recognizance bond. Weiss has been charged with possession of a Schedule I drug.

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How the Cannabis Industry is Marketing to COVID Moms

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Legal Loophole? Everyone is Buying Legal Delta 9 THC Gummies Online…

It’s a well-known fact that Delta 9 THC is federally illegal. Should a product contain this cannabinoid, it can make up no more than 0.3% of the total compounds in said product. A few companies are starting to offer “legal delta 9 THC gummies” which are edibles containing less than 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC by dry weight. Some gummies, like the ones I tried, contain only Delta 9 while others contain a combination of both Delta 8 and Delta 9.

So are these gummies legit? Well, it depends on if you’re buying pure Delta 9 or combo gummies. The former containing only delta 9 are akin to what you would find in a dispensary. For example, I tried the Urb Effex Delta 9 Vegan Gummies which contain 15mg of Delta 9 THC per piece. On the other hand, we have the Delta 8/Delta 9 combo gummies which sound cool initially, but when we stop and think about the way all tetrahydrocannabinols are digested in the human body, we come to realize that it really doesn’t matter whether it contains that small amount of Delta 9 THC or not. Sure it’s fun, but when it comes to effects, it’s unlikely you’ll feel any higher from these D8/D9 combo candies than you would from straight Delta 8 or Delta 9 THC edibles. But then again, you should try it for yourself, as this is currently the only legal way to buy Delta 9 THC online.

Edibles are fun, and they hit in a different way than smokables. It’s wonderful that we now can buy Delta 9 THC edibles online, same varieties and quality of what you would at a local dispensary in a legal state. To try them out for yourself, make sure to subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter to learn more and for exclusive deals on Delta 8, Delta 10 THC, THC-O, THCV, THCP & HHC.


Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC

When people think of “THC”, they’re thinking of Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. For decades, THC has been both illegal and highly controversial because lawmakers were too heavily focused on its psychoactive properties, rather than acknowledging all of its many possible uses in the health and wellness sectors.

One of the most common, non-recreational uses for THC is to manage pain, including that stemming from inflammation, headaches, injury, chemotherapy, menstrual cramps, or neuropathic pain. Anecdotal evidence, as well as some newer clinical studies, indicate that THC is also one of the best natural remedies for treating digestive issues such as nausea and wasting syndrome.

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Another promising medicinal use for THC is brain cell regeneration, which is particularly interesting since one of the main talking points on keeping cannabis illegal is how bad it is for the brain; but that is definitely not accurate. This is especially true for elderly patients who use THC products. Studies show that it helps with more than just brain function and memory improvement, but THC actually helps change the structure of the brain cells to take on traits of cognitive youth. Other therapeutic uses for THC include: sleep aid, antioxidant, antimicrobial, epilepsy relief, glaucoma, and muscle relaxer.

By comparison, Delta 8 is a bit more mellow than Delta 9 as far as the high goes, but the medical benefits are very similar. From a chemical standpoint, the only difference between the two is that Delta 8 has its double bond on the 8th carbon chain, whereas Delta 9 has it on the 9th chain.

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A Bit About Edibles

We’ve all noticed that edibles hit way different than smokables. That is because of a little endocannabinoid known as 11-hydroxy-THC. Sometimes written 11-OH-THC, this compound is naturally occurring and made in the human body. After delta-8 or delta-9 THC has been swallowed, the body breaks it down and metabolizes it via the liver. 11-hydroxy-THC is a metabolite of the other tetrahydrocannabinols and is said to be much more potent than its precursors. This is why delta-8 THC edibles are just as strong as delta-9 edibles, but the same can’t be said for smoking and vape products.

In some ways, edibles feel like they get you more than flowers and even concentrates sometimes. Although it takes a while to get rolling, once they kick in, I’m laid out on the couch almost every time. I feel extra stoned, I’m laughing at everything, and eventually, I get super tired. This seems to be commonplace when it comes to edibles; but why exactly do they differ so much from smoking… you know, from a scientific standpoint?

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It all boils down to two physiological factors: the drug-metabolizing enzymes in your GI tract, and blood flow to the liver. When you first eat a cannabis edible, various enzymes in the GI tract begin digesting the food. From that point, blood flow from the GI tract goes through the liver where all these enzymes are metabolized, then the blood continues into general circulation. When the metabolites are formed, that’s when you get the effects of 11-hydroxy-THC.

However, when you smoke or vape, the THC is absorbed through the lungs and distributed directly into the bloodstream. The active compounds make their way to the brain where they activate the CB receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system. When smoking, you are feeling the effects of the phytocannabinoids (plant-cannabinoids), rather than the compound formed during eating and metabolism, which is an endocannabinoid.

An Interesting Legal Loophole

Now back to the legal Delta 9 THC gummies. Again, I tried the Urb Effex Vegan, Hemp-Derived Delta 9 THC Gummies in Blueberry Citrus Burst. First of all, I want to mention that the consistency of these gummies feels more like a Jell-O shot rather than an actual gummy, but the flavor was wonderful none the less. As far as effects, they hit me like all Delta 9 THC edibles, I got really stoned then after a while, really tired and slept like a baby. So overall, they’re on par with what what comes to mind when most people think of weed gummies.

Now, I’ll take another example from the brand ATLRx, simply because they’re the first one to pop up when you do a google search of “legal delta 9 THC gummies”. According to the product details on their site, each gummy contains 22mg of Delta 8 THC and 3mg of Delta 9 THC, keeping the total amount of D9 under that 0.3% legal limit.

At first, it’s logical to assume that you’ll get higher with these gummies than other ones because when you smoke delta 9, it’s much more intoxicating than delta 8. However, because of how all tetrahydrocannabinols convert to 11-hydroxy-THC when metabolized, there won’t be a noticeable difference whether the gummies have 22mg of Delta 8 THC and 3mg of Delta 9 THC, or just 25mg of Delta 8 THC alone. Once they go through the digestive process, they all become the same compound, and thus, the effects will be the same.

Having said that, the above dosage of any type of THC in a single gummy is quite potent, and one or two pieces should be more than enough for a novice user. For reference, when giving edibles to any of my elderly relatives, I usually give them about 30 milligrams, and each one of ATLRx’s gummies contains 25mg of total THC.

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Legal Delta 9 THC gummies – Final Thoughts

I can go on about the effects, flavors, and product details, but at the end of the day, you won’t know whether you like them or not until you try them for yourself. If you’re going with Urb Effex, you’ll get delicious gummies with natural, hemp-derived Delta 9 THC – again, very similar to what you find at a dispensary. I personally have not tried any other brand of online “legal” delta 9 edibles, so I can’t comment on flavors and effects of those products. Remember to subscribe to our newsletter to give these gummies a try!

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Cannabinoid Energy Drinks – Wake Up with a Gentle Bang!

Sure, we all want to be chilled out, but life moves fast and sometimes we need some energy. Remember the days of throwing back Red Bulls, and feeling sick after? Now there’s a much better option! Imagine that same kick, along with the gentle calming of cannabis. Cannabinoid energy drinks provide an eye-opening blast of energy, along with the soothing feel of relaxation.

There are so many cannabis options, its hard to keep track of them all. From oils, to vapes, to sleep remedies, to cannabinoid energy drinks, the wacky weed is a good way to accomplish just about anything. Whether you want CBG, CBN, THCV, delta-8 or regular delta-9 THC, there are plenty of products available. We’re dedicated to getting you your product of choice. So, take a look at our selection of Delta 10, THCV, THC-O & Delta-8 THC deals, as well as tons of other compounds, and pick what’s best for you from all the possibilities.

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If the idea of cannabis and energy drinks seems odd to you, there’s a good reason why. Smoking weed is generally associated with sinking into your couch, which is quite the opposite of pounding a Red Bull to have energy for going out. But consider putting the two together and all of a sudden you’re talking about a mellowed-out up, and that sounds pretty nice.

Then consider that there is so much great new technology with cannabis, that it’s not only about delta-9 THC anymore, but a multitude of other compounds, like CBD, delta-8 THC, THCV, CBG, and so forth. And since different cannabinoids have different chemical formulas/configurations, they provide different effects. This means, drinks can be modulated to come up with the perfect combinations.

For me, drinking a Red Bull is like asking for a heart attack. I don’t like the taste or the way those drinks make me feel. But sometimes I want the energy boost. These cannabinoid energy drinks have made a new way to energize yourself, which is a great answer for people like me who can’t handle the effects of standard energy drinks.

Coffee and tea might be good ways of getting a caffeine injection, but some people automatically gravitate toward energy drinks. And when you need an extra big kick, sometimes coffee and tea just can’t do it. For those who prefer their wake-up-call to come in the form of a sweet drink that can be quickly pounded, these cannabinoid energy drinks should be right up your alley.

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CBD

When it comes to energy drinks, some come in liquid form, ready to go. And some come in powder form to be mixed into a drink.

$19.99 (box of 5) Joy Organics, puts out a fantastic mix with its CBD Energy Drink Mix. The 12.5mg pouch of mix should be added to 12-24 ounces of water, and contains 75mg of caffeine per pack, along with an array of natural botanicals meant to improve energy and focus. Five pouches come per box at $19.99. Pouches are easy to bring around with you, meaning you can prepare your energy drink whenever you feel the need.

Joy Organics offers a subscription program which nets you a large discount. Subscribe to save 30%, for a total of $13.97 per box. All the CBD sourced by Joy comes from US grown hemp plants. This broad spectrum CBD has had all THC extracted, so no worries about a psychoactive high. Just all the calming benefits of CBD, with a nice kick of caffeine and botanicals.

Delta-8 THC

Not everyone prefers CBD for their energy drink needs, and though delta-9 might be a little strong for something meant to bring you up, delta-8 THC is not. Delta-8 THC, as a half-brother to delta-9, shares the majority of known medical attributes, but doesn’t cause anxiety in the same way, and doesn’t sap all of a user’s energy. These attributes make delta-8 preferable for athletes, and a great add-in to an energy drink.

$10 The company Utoya likes to use different cannabis compounds, and puts out its Utoya 3 -Hour Chill w/Delta 8- 60 mg. As per the name, this cannabinoid energy drink is made with 60mg of delta-8 THC, as well as natural plant ingredients meant to promote wakefulness and mental acuity. The company uses hemp-derived delta-8 THC, and specifies that the drink should not be consumed more than three times a day.

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This energy drink doesn’t contain caffeine, so it won’t cause any unnecessary jitters, and it also won’t produce a crash at the end. This means it provides a nice energy buzz, which is released slowly, and without a profound end. These delta-8 cannabinoid energy drinks come in four flavors: Purple Punch, Red Dragon, Lemonade, and Blue-Haze.

Hemp seed

Delta-8 and CBD-infused options aren’t the only way to experience a cannabis energy drink.

$24 (12-pack) Kona Gold provides a line of delicious cannabinoid energy drinks that use hemp seed extract rather than CBD. Each can has 12 ounces, no calories or sugar, and is flavored naturally. Each can is made with organic hemp protein powder, and just a little caffeine.

The company puts out several flavors, so there’s bound to be something for everyone: Bubble Gum, Candy Apple, Cherry Vanilla, Classic, Cotton Candy, Pink Grapefruit, Gold Classic Hemp, Gold Platinum (containing cane sugar), and Sugar-Free. These energy drinks will help boost you when you need it, without sending you into a major crash at the end. Plus, they contain all the benefits of hemp seed oil.

CBDA

Before CBD ever becomes CBD, it starts as CBDA, a precursor acid and cannabinoid. As it turns out, you can now purchase energy drinks that are rich in CBDA.

$23.96 (4 pack) The company INTI is one of the first to offer such a product. Coming in two flavors: INCA Gold (pomegranate cranberry) and NAZCA Sky (grape lemon). These 100% organic energy drinks contain no sugar or preservatives, and are enriched with 25mg of CBDA, and a little caffeine.

The company offers 4-packs for $23.96, 8-packs for $37.92 (a savings of 40%), and 12-packs for $71.88 (a 25% discount). These delicious energy drinks provide a great way of getting precursor acid CBDA in a way that will provide a natural energy source for hours.

THCV

THCV is yet another cannabinoid that’s been making headlines, partly because its already known to be good at suppressing appetites.

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$34 (container of 10) Creating Better Days puts out some awesome THCv Energy Gummies under their Better Delights category. These gummies have 10mg of THCV per gummy, and come in containers of 10. They promote a clear mind, lighter mood, and more overall energy. The gummies include no caffeine at all, and come with the instruction of taking one per day. With a tangy Fruit Punch flavor, these gummies are one of the best alternatives to standard energy drinks.

Mixed cannabinoids

For the best results, sometimes it’s best to combine cannabinoids. And there are some great products that highlight how these combinations can be beneficial.

$40 (10 packets) The company 42020 Visionaries puts out a Cannabinoid Energy Drink Mix (CBD + CBG), which – as the name states – mixes CBD and CBG. This drink mix contains 20mg of CBD and 5mg of CBG per serving, along with 150mg of caffeine and 100mg of theanine. It also includes a nice dose of terpenes limonene and pinene for added energy.

This lemonade drink mix can be brought with you and used when needed. Just mix with 16 ounces of water when your energy gets low. This mix makes a great alternative to chugging multiple cups of coffee all day, and contains absolutely no THC.

How is it done?

In the past, edibles were made in only one way. Since THC is oil soluble, and not water soluble, the THC was leached out into butter or oil, generally on a stove top. That’s why in the past, buttery foods like cookies and brownies were the most popular type of cannabis edible. It was literally the only way to get the cannabinoids out of the plant, and into food.

New technology has changed that, making it possible to extract – and isolate – many different cannabinoids, meaning that different experiences can be created. Plus, with nano emulsion technology, oil soluble compounds like THC can be used in water-based products, opening up an entirely new world of cannabis edibles.

This has become quite evident in the large, and growing, gummies market, but is also seen in the cannabis beverages market. From juice to soda to energy drinks, what was once impossible to do, is now an everyday occurrence, thanks to these new technological abilities. This also makes the possibilities for cannabis edibles, truly limitless. A few years ago, the only way to pair an energy drink with cannabis, was to smoke a joint while drinking an energy drink. These days, you can get your energy blast, at the same time you chill yourself out.

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Cannabinoid energy drinks – conclusion

The old model of energy drinks is out, and the new model is in. It used to be that energy drinks were loaded with caffeine and sugar, and a bunch of other chemicals. These days, its all about natural products, plant materials, and cannabis. Cannabis energy drinks are a great way to boost mood, energy levels, and focus, while staying away from a bunch of harsh chemicals, way too much caffeine, and a massive post-energy crash.

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