One to Work, Two to Hang Out: The Lowdown on Cannabis Micro Servings

By Kristy Gustafson

Remember that one friend in college who tried their first weed brownie, space cake, or whatever other homemade “canna-coction” they could get their hands on, and… to say the least, it didn’t end very well…? Hey, maybe you were that friend in college. (We’re not here to judge. We’ve all been there...)

Fast forward to 2017 and thanks to testing requirements and endless breakthroughs in the industry, edibles have come a long way since these hazy, paranoia-filled days where you felt like the world was ending. In their place are safely infused baked goods, chewing gum, sodas, popcorn, beef jerky – you name it! (If it tastes good and can pair somewhat well with weed, chances are it probably exists somewhere in the 420 stratosphere.) And as more of these product innovations continue to hit the shelves and become more widely accepted, more versatile audiences are entering the scene. With it, more companies are figuring out a new golden rule for their product lines to ensure there’s a little something for everyone:

less is more.

Now, that’s not to say people don’t love getting high. Last year, Sweet Grass Kitchen got over 2.5 million people high with our yummy confections – a statistic we most certainly pride ourselves on. In the same year, we also introduced our 2.5mg Buttermelts, which at the time was the lowest-serving cannabutter edible in all of Colorado.

Likened to a glass of wine or a beer, these micro servings of THC closely align with Colorado’s Start Low, Go Slow campaign, and allow the canna-curious and seasoned stoner alike to find their comfort zone when it comes to dosing.

This microdosing approach is quickly becoming the fastest rising sector in the industry, with experts calling it the “future of marijuana.” Though we prefer the term “micro serving” to “microdosing” as this is food and medicine we’re talking about here, we’re certainly not opposed to this promising forecast. In this form of THC consumption, “cannabis becomes more like an herbal supplement,” says Christie Strong of Kiva Confections. You get the elevated health benefits “without fear of excessive psychoactivity interfering.”

And, of course, there’s always more to go around when the time is right. Just like your favorite libation, all it takes is one to work, two to hang out™. In the spirit of that, our line of cocktail-flavored Buttermelts, including favorites like White Russian and Moscow Mule, are just the ticket. So, kick back and have a “drink” on us! Or maybe two…

Cannabis Dream Jobs That Don't Exist Yet But Should

By Kristy Gustafson

From what we can tell, 2020 is looking to be one big year. We’re talking everything from self-driving cars, huge progress in renewable energy, new NASA missions to Mars, and even Kanye West running for president (#yikes). For those of us embarking upon the budding world of cannabis, we can expect some big things as well. According to a New Frontier report outlined by Forbes, jobs in the legal cannabis industry are on track to outpace those in the manufacturing, utilities, and government sectors, paving the way for 250,000 jobs by the end of the decade.

Naturally, this news has got us “ganjapreneurs” pretty freakin’ pumped. So pumped, in fact, we decided to get a little “canna-spired” and brainstorm on what some of these future jobs might entail. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Weed Adventure Travel Writer. Need we say more? This wanderlust-loving storyteller will travel the globe, and combine chill and thrill in a way this world has never seen. Looking for the best universally blood-pumping adventures to try high? They’ve got you covered.

  2. Canna-Cooking Show Host. The only thing cannabis enthusiasts love more than weed is – yup, you guessed it – food. This culinary personality will fuse the two together, sharing infused recipes and dinner party tips and tricks, as well as taste testing the creations of the world’s most up-and-coming weed chefs. Please and thank you.

  3. Expert Ganja and Video Game Tester. I think it’s safe to say, we all know a person or two who could fit this bill. This video game enthusiast knows the worlds of FIFA, Minecraft, and Grand Theft Auto like the back of their hand – especially in their favorite elevated state of mind. Each week would offer a delivery of the best bud and videos games on the market to their front door, armed and ready for their unmatched skills to take them on.

  4. Intergalactic Grower. Inspired by NASA’s latest planetary discoveries, this job would blend what every space-loving stoner nerds out to on a regular basis with their own epic cultivation expertise. First man/woman to ever grow interstellar weed? Now, that’s setting the bar high.

  5. Professional Sweet Grass Kitchen Cookie Taster. Nuff said, right? This cookie connoisseur will use their exceptional taste buds and love for all things edibles to not only assure SGK’s treats are as buttery and mouthwatering as always, but to also craft exciting, new flavors for dispensaries worldwide.

 

Read Ganjapreneur's full report "Cannabis Industry Will Create 250K Jobs by 2020" here.

Cannabis Legalization is Sweeping the Nation

As you can see, cannabis continues to sweep the nation, slowly but surely. And according to polling from Gallup, at least 1 in 8 Americans say they are active cannabis users and ready for more. 

Of course, there's a whole lot more where these come from. 

420 Intel recently took a look at the state-by-state breakdown of legalization bills on the horizon. For Colorado in particular, all eyes are on Senate Bill 17-017. This would allow medical marijuana for patients suffering from stress disorders, including PTSD and acute stress disorder.

Curious what the likelihood of this passing is, as well as the bills of 26 other states? Read them here

Pharmaceutical Company’s Donation in Breach of Code of Conduct

By Brittany Driver

It is all good to have a company wide Code of Conduct. It is a completely different thing for a company to hold itself to that standard - and it doesn’t always happen. This was proven again last week with news of a massive donation made to pot propaganda machine.

Arizona based pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics made a whopping $500,000 contribution to anti-cannabis group Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy last week. Both groups are deceiving - INSYS preaches opioid overdose concerns but produces Subsys fentanyl, a painkiller that can have fatal consequences; Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy uses unsubstantiated science to back up claims that marijuana is addictive for 30% of users and uses this and more in an attempt to block “Big Cannabis.”

This half a million dollar donation, which puts INSYS in the same boat as other contributors like “Governor Ducey, the Arizona Association of County School Superintendents, the Arizona Small Business Association, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Arizona Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and several other community organizations” according campaign manager for ARDP Adam Deguire, is meant to support the organization’s battle against Prop 205, which would regulate cannabis like alcohol.

Three ways this donation violates the INSYS Code of Conduct:

1.     “INSYS employees or agents may not provide any payment or benefit to any person or entity in order to improperly influence a government official or to gain an unfair business advantage.”

2.     “We are committed to upholding our reputation of integrity by continuing to make objective decisions. Even the appearance of a conflict of interest can damage your reputation and that of the Company.”

3.     “While INSYS encourages its employees to participate in politics, such activity must only
occur in your individual capacity and not on behalf of the Company. Accordingly, you
cannot use the Company’s name in connection with your political activities and you cannot use Company equipment for political purposes.”

The Code of Conduct dictates anyone aware of a breach of this code to alert the company. We should do that. Lets all file a complaint.

For more information about the INSYS donation, check out this article over at The Washington Post.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/w...