Salty v. Sweet: What’s Your Preference?

Here’s an interesting story about edible products and whether “savory” can take a place beside “sweet” on the grocer’s shelf.  Tasty.


Colorado’s medical marijuana market featured pasta sauces and even pizza during the industry’s early days in 2010. But as the state’s regulatory bodies gained power over the industry, these products quickly went away.

Bob Eschino, owner of the infused products company Incredibles, believes that potency testing and other regulations helped bring about the demise of these products. Products can sit on shelves for days or even weeks as they await testing or approval from regulators, so companies adjusted their product lines to foods with longer shelf lives, such as chocolate bars and cookies.

“With testing and the need to be verified by (regulatory agencies), you’ve added a week or 10 days of your product just sitting on your store shelf,” Eschino said. “When something spoils, you’re not just throwing away a muffin, you’re throwing away THC.”

Eschino believes the state’s proposed tests could make these products impossible to produce altogether. Colorado legislators have proposed making 10 milligrams of THC the standard serving size.

“If you’re infusing a spread or a sauce, how do you make sure [a serving size] has 10 milligrams?” Eschino said. “Unless you are doing 10 millgrams for the entire product, it won’t work.”

Eschino believes the market for these foods has switched to private producers and cook-at-home kits, which include cannabis butter or marijuana pills. Consumers who want to make cannabis sauce, he said, must do it themselves.

There is a lot more to this story at the original post WHICH IS HERE.

And now I’m hungry.

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    DavidB August 5, 2014 at 09:58

    Wookwok — Take that meal “to go.”

    1. Wookwok August 6, 2014 at 21:12

      I wonder if it’d be legal for dispensaries to send patients home with freshly-cooked, savory edibles? Make little childproof, insulated containers, and take it from there… That way the cannabinoids don’t have much time to degrade (sitting on a shelf inside an edible), the edibles taste better since they’re fresh, and they’re sealed so you don’t get in trouble having them in your car. I could see people lining up to put in their orders, and then just chilling in the lobby while they read Culture or Hail Mary Jane. 😉

  2. Wookwok August 4, 2014 at 09:38

    I like when new savory products come out, because I don’t need all that extra sugar in my diet, and I don’t always feel like a piece of candy. I’ve seen places that have full frozen pizzas (haven’t bought one yet), and Cold Baked makes a really tasty queso dip, so there are a lot of new options out there. But I’d love to see a bunch of restaurants pop up that are allowed to sell freshly-cooked, infused products. Can you imagine going to a fancy restaurant, being asked your preferred THC dosage for your fettuccine Alfredo, and then getting to finish things off with a nice infused cheesecake? OK well, I guess that same restaurant might want to offer an Uber driver as part of the meal, since it’ll start kicking in as people are leaving.

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