Demand for Marijuana Edibles is Booming in Colorado


Cannabis consumers’ unexpectedly strong appetite for edible products has manufacturers scrambling to expand facilities and meet demand.

Sales of marijuana-infused food and beverages since Jan. 1 have exceeded most industry projections. Many retail shops sold out of their edibles inventory on the first day of legal sales or soon after, and manufacturers since have been trying to ramp up production.

Colorado’s largest maker of infused products, Dixie Elixirs, recently moved to a new industrial building in Montbello with four times as much space as its former facility in Stapleton.

Another major firm, Medically Correct, is in the process of moving from a cramped 1,200-square-foot kitchen in the Platte Valley to a nearby building with 8,000 square feet — including production facilities for its Incredibles-branded chocolate bars as well as space, for the first time, to grow its own marijuana.

“We’re bursting at the seams,” said Medically Correct co-owner Bob Eschino. “Now we think we’ve already outgrown this (new space) before we’ve even started. There are other products we want to do but can’t come out with because we can’t even keep up with demand for chocolate.”

If surging consumer demand weren’t enough of a challenge, edibles companies are faced with retooling their production equipment and packaging to conform with new state regulations that take effect Nov. 1.  


The draft rules require infused products to be sold in individual servings containing no more than 10 milligrams of THC — the psychoactive agent in cannabis — or in higher-dosage packages easily dividable into 10 milligram servings.

In another change, manufacturers must put single-serving edibles in child-resistant packaging before shipping them to stores, instead of relying on retailers to provide the packaging when purchases are made.

Manufacturers say compliance with the regulations could slow production and once again create a supply-demand imbalance, just as they were getting inventories back to normal levels.

The Colorado Department of Revenue tracks overall cannabis sales but does not break them down between edibles and smoke-able products.

Read More: The Cannabist

DIY Build your own low budget indoor Medicinal Marijuana Grow


Many people want to start growing marijuana but don’t have a lot of money to buy all the equipment. Here’s a list of the most important items and what I would recommend. It is possible to set up a cheap indoor marijuana grow room. Marijuana plants need light, water and co2. Also, the temperature should not be too low or too high and a little fertilizer is needed.

Light - The most important and also most expensive item to buy is the light. You should buy a 600-watt High Pressure Sodium (HPS) light. It will cost you around $30,- but it will pay for itself after one harvest. Experienced marijuana grower yield up to21 oz of marijuana  with one HPS 600-watt light. Of course all the other circumstances should  also be perfect but still, an inexperienced grower with a cheap set up can yield 4 to 8 oz with one HPS 600 in 3 months. You can use fluorescent lights but the yield will be less.

Water - Just use regular tap water. If you can drink it so can your marijuana plants. Professional growers use corrected water with pH between 5.5 and 6.5 and EC between 1.8 and 2.2. There are 3 common methods for testing these values, but it will also work fine with regular tap water. Use some nitrogen (N) during the growth phase and some N-P-K during flowering. You can find this at your local garden center or get them from www.marijuanabooster.com

Co2 – All green plants, marijuana included, use light energy, water and carbon dioxide (Co2) to produce energy in the form of sugar for its growth (photosynthesis). You can use a Co2 tank with a regulator but you can also install a simple ventilation system to refresh the air in your grow room. Place a fan in front of the air-inlet and create an opening (as high as possible, hot air rises) where the warm air can escape. Download my free grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana at this link

Climate – The temperature should not drop below 64 and not get higher than 86. Around 77 is perfect! The HPS light will produce a lot of heat so if you install it in a 1x1x2m closet without ventilation temperatures will rise up to 125. Use a little more space and temperatures will be fine. All plants should move a little by the air flow in your grow room, just like the wind normally makes plants move.

Tips – Use aluminum foil instead of mylar or other reflective foil. Buy used equipment and be creative. See how you can set up a simple homemade hydroponics  system. You don’t need a water pump, a bucket or watering can will also do. Also, you’ll need to read a lot about growing marijuana,

More at: I Love Growing Marijuana

Marijuana Policy Changes may be coming to the NFL


As attitudes toward medicinal marijuana soften, and science slowly teases out marijuana’s possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is recognized as the analgesic of choice for many of its players.

“It’s not, let’s go smoke a joint,” retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington said. “It’s, what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?”

One challenge the NFL faces is how to bring marijuana into the game as a pain reliever without condoning its use as a recreational drug. And facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players complaining about the effects of prescription painkillers they say were pushed on them by team trainers and doctors, the NFL is looking for other ways to help players deal with the pain from a violent game.

A Gallup poll last year found 58 per cent of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized. That’s already happened in Colorado and Washington — the states that are home of last season’s Super Bowl teams.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has said it does not need to catch out-of-competition marijuana users. And at least one high-profile coach, Pete Carroll of the champion Seahawks, publicly said he’d like to see the NFL study whether marijuana can help players.

There are no hard numbers on how many NFL players are using marijuana, but anecdotal evidence, including the arrest or league discipline of no fewer than a dozen players for pot over the past 18 months, suggests use is becoming more common.

Washington Redskins defensive back Ryan Clark didn’t want to pinpoint the number of current NFL players who smoke pot but said, “I know a lot of guys who don’t regularly smoke marijuana who would use it during the season.”

Read More: National Post

Marijuana and Anxiety

Anxiety and marijuana have a complicated relationship, but different types of cannabis may play a role.

 

Many people who use marijuana say that it helps relieve anxiety. On the other hand, there are just as many who report feeling more anxious after using marijuana. Although the exact details remain a mystery, a possible explanation may lie in the specific chemical make-up of cannabis.

As most marijuana users are aware, not all cannabis is the same. There are a wide range of strains of cannabis available, and many are believed to have unique effects on their user.

What makes different strains unique from one another is their active chemical ingredients, also known as cannabinoids. Although clinical research is lacking, knowing the differences between strains and how they affect anxiety can be helpful.

The two most common chemicals in cannabis are THC and CBD. Although most strains contain both compounds, levels of THC and CBD tend to vary from strain to strain. Interestingly, research shows that the two chemicals can have opposite effects on anxiety.

THC is responsible for the marijuana high and is also strongly linked to feelings of paranoia, especially when taken in high doses. This is because THC activates an area of the brain responsible for fear — the amygdala.

CBD, on the other hand, is believed to counteract the mind-altering effects of THC. What’s more, studies have shown that when taken on its own CBD can lower anxiety in both healthy and anxiety-prone individuals.

The reason why marijuana is often associated with anxiety may be because most varieties of cannabis are specifically bred to be rich in THC. The way CBD and THC are produced within the plant causes strains with high THC to have less CBD (and vice versa).

High CBD strains have only recently become popular among cannabis consumers, due in part to growing awareness of the compound’s medical effects. As a result, there’s a strong chance that any marijuana you obtain will have more THC than CBD.

Other components in cannabis may also contribute to its effect on anxiety. Besides THC and CBD, cannabis contains over 60 different cannabinoids along with a variety of aromatic compounds known as terpenes.

Certain terpenes in cannabis have been found to possess anti-anxiety properties. Still, most of these chemicals are only present in trace amounts and little is known about their overall impact on marijuana users.

Read More: Leaf Science
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