New recreational marijuana edibles regulations in Colorado aim to prevent novice users from accidentally overindulging. Although it is not possible for a person to die from an accidental marijuana overdose, it may result in extremely unpleasant feelings of nausea, anxiety and fear. Some users suffering from accidental overindulgence have even mistaken these symptoms for those of a heart attack.
To combat this from happening to new and experienced users alike, the state of Colorado has rolled out educational campaigns and updated the recreational edibles packaging regulations.
First the “Start Low and Go Slow” campaign launched last year to educate users on the risks posed by the slower onset of eating marijuana edibles. It may take up to two hours to feel the full effects when eating cannabis, and there is no going back once a person eats more than they meant to.
Medical marijuana patients may require higher doses of THC, while recreational users may not have the same tolerance. While medical marijuana edibles can contain upwards of 350 mg in one edible, items sold in the recreational market can no longer contain more than 10 mg per serving.
Items packaged as a multiple serving unit are permitted in the recreational market as long as each serving is easily distinguishable, and consumers are not likely to be confused into thinking the entire package is one serving. If one item contains multiple 10 mg servings, they must be packaged in a child-resistant and resealable manner so that consumers do not feel like they must eat all items at one time. Liquid items like tinctures and beverages must come with a measuring tool so that consumers may easily identify exactly how much they are ingesting at one time.
One example of an edibles company that is leading the charge to meet and exceed the new regulation standards is Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, a popular Colorado producer. Dixie has recently released the One product line which caters specifically to the recreational market with a variety of products containing lower-doses of THC with 5 and 10 mg servings. Some of the low-dose products (pictured below) include the THC infused Relaxing Mints, Watermelon Cream beverage, and White Chocolate Peppermint square. On the Dixie website, a statement was issued explaining that, in the coming months, consumers can expect to see “all new packaging, new products and new formulations on existing products to make them even better.”
Eating cannabis in a variety of forms has been around for centuries, but the recent legalization of retail marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington in 2012 has sparked a huge market for new, tastier forms of edible marijuana treats. Do you have questions about marijuana edibles? Check out this Complete Guide to Marijuana Edibles to answer any questions about recommended dose, expected effects and more!
Marijuana edibles crafted by the Denver area extraction company, Infuzionz, may be found exclusively at all 6 locations of The Green Solution dispensaries in Colorado. In this review, you will learn details of the 25 mg Infuzionz Granola Bar with Peach, Cherry and Pistachio. The 25 mg version is only available to patients with a valid medical marijuana registry card. The same treat is available for recreational purposes on the retail side, but those will only contain 10 mg per serving. The Colorado campaign, “Start low, go slow,” indicates that novice users should ingest a maximum of 10 mg the first time.
This medicated treat is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches and 64 ounces of tasty oat-granola, dried fruit and pistachios on top of a layer of chocolate. The flavors of dried fruit and chocolate with a subtle hints of coconut were the most prominent, and this is a great example of an edible that is not too sweet. The flavor of cannabis, though evident, was nowhere near overwhelming. Even if this product was out of the package, a person would be able to detect the scent and taste of cannabis.
The texture of this pre-packaged edible remained consistent with that of a fresh, homemade granola bar, despite the unknown amount of time it spent in a package waiting to be sold. This is not a crispy granola bar, but rather a softer texture that allows for easy chewing. Although, the date this treat was made is not included on the package, there is an expiration date to prevent ingesting an expired item. There is also a batch number for tracking.
The packaging of this product is clear, concise and simple, but is not designed to be child resistant. Therefore, under Colorado law, these items must be placed in a child-resistant container before the purchaser may exit the dispensary with the item.
There is a lengthy warning on the back of the package which clearly states basic information such as, the item contains marijuana, “intoxicating effects may be delayed by two or more hours,” and that it is only intended for consumption by adults aged twenty-one years and older. The milligrams of marijuana contained in the item is listed in 3 places on the package making it very easy to identify how much THC is in each package.
The package indicated that this edible item was processed in a plant that also uses wheat, soy, nuts, dairy, gluten and eggs. The ingredients listed on the front of the package are as follows:
- Dried cranberries
- Dried cherries
- Dried peaches
- Rice puffs
- Coconut oil
- Chocolate chips