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Wed
04
Mar

Cannabis Drinkables – Are They More Popular than Edibles?

Cannabis is undoubtedly having a moment. In some of the biggest markets around the world, both CBD and THC – the most prevalent of the cannabinoids found in the plant – are being added to all manner of products. But could Cannabis ‘drinkables’ soon be more popular than ‘edibles’?

In countries such as Canada, which launched ‘Cannabis 2.0‘ in October, and a growing number of states in the USA, Cannabis offers big opportunities to new and existing businesses. And in no area is this truer than the food and drinks industry.

Wed
04
Mar

Nothing Good Will Come From THC Limits

The notion of limiting THC in cannabis products is one that is as old as legalization itself. It’s almost as if government officials feel they are losing control over part of people’s lives and want to do what they can to retain as much control as possible.

Wed
04
Mar

P.E.I. food lab testing cannabis, eyeing product development

BioFoodTech — the provincially-owned food testing and development lab in Charlottetown — is now testing cannabis. 

Officials say they started a few months ago after implementing procedures and protocols around this new-to-them product.

"We're here to serve the industry in P.E.I," said Edward Charter, food and bioscience technology manager at BioFoodTech. 

"And since cannabis is now a legal product and edibles as well, and we have that background of being able to test food products, we felt it was essential that we provide that service to that industry."

Previously, cannabis products would have been sent off-Island for testing. Now, cannabis oils, extracts and edibles can be tested at Bio Food Tech for microorganisms.

Mon
02
Mar

Cannabis drinks have been legal for over 2 months in Canada — so why aren't they on the shelves?

Just a few steps into the Tweed retail cannabis shop in Osborne Village, potential customers pass by a prominent sign that boasts of THC and CBD-infused drinks, as well as a tall — and currently empty — fridge designed to keep the fizzy offerings cool.

It isn't clear when the high-inducing carbonated beverages will be available at this store, or others.

"The one thing that we didn't quite get right was managing expectations," said Jordan Sinclair, vice-president of communications with Canopy Growth, which owns Tweed and Tokyo Smoke retail stores.

Despite the fact that these drinks have been legal for 2½ months, Canopy-owned companies aren't the only ones without cannabis-infused beverages on store shelves.

Mon
02
Mar

Buyer Beware — Product Fraud Is Alive And Well In The Cannabis Industry

There are plenty of legitimate operators who actually want to help the industry get over these growing pains, create good and safe products, and beat down the illicit market.

It’s been pretty clear over the last year that not everyone has been in the cannabis business to build a thriving new cash crop industry. The stories of startups making claims about growth and sales, enticing investors, then bailing with millions in ill-gotten gains, have become part of the early history of this industry. Business fraud seems almost endemic right now.

Fri
28
Feb

Sephora Becomes First Retailer To Create CBD Standards For Products

CBD products must now meet the Clean at Sephora standard, which states that all Sephora products are clear of 50+ ingredients that don’t meet their satisfaction.

Sephora has been devoting big chunks of time and effort into the CBD industry, pursuing partnerships with small and large companies in order to sell these products as legitimate beauty compounds. This past week, Sephora announced that they were now enforcing some standards on the CBD products in their stores, ensuring that all of their products are trusted and of high quality.

Fri
28
Feb

Vape retailer says coronavirus outbreak will hit cannabis industry

As the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on global stock markets, one company says the unfolding crisis is bound to hit the cannabis industry.

California online vape retailer ProVape said Wednesday the coronavirus is creating issues for industry around the world as Chinese vape manufacturers are being shut down due to their government’s quarantine of millions of people.

The factory shutdowns mean shipments from China of vape hardware such as coils and batteries have dwindled to a “frightening number,” ProVape said.

Fri
28
Feb

Cannabis edibles are leading Canada’s cannabis market in 2020

Cannabis edibles and drinkables are already leading Canada’s legal cannabis market in 2020.

It has now been more than a year since cannabis was legalised in Canada, and while 2019 sales fell short of most expectations, 2020 is in a much better position to succeed. In October 2019, cannabis edibles were made available to patients and the public.

Mon
24
Feb

What Happens When Medical Marijuana Gets Contaminated?

Without the rigorous controls that exist at an approved professional cultivation facility, it’s easy to make a mistake — and make yourself sick in the process.

In the rare event of cannabis contamination, marijuana’s health benefits can turn into health hazards.

Mon
24
Feb

Cannabis May Be Stalled, but Cannabis Tech Is Racing Forward

The dynamics of the cannabis tech sector are unlike any other. Three years ago, as talk of legalization increased in North America, the sector exploded with mega-investments by venture capital funds, including some established especially for the sector, like Snoop Dog’s Casa Verde or Mark Anderson’s Vice Ventures. In 2018 alone, $2.6 billion in investments poured into the sector.

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