Recreational cannabis has been legal for adults in Washington for nearly 6 years now. Sales of cannabis products including an enormous array of edible options began two years later, and always included various types of gummies and candies. Products containing cannabinoids had been previously required to be clearly marked as psychoactive in order to help avoid unintentional consumption. Rather unexpectedly, the Liquor and Cannabis Board has decided that previous steps do not go far enough to protect our children. The argument is that the candies and gummies are far too appealing for kids and assumes that parents and others will not be responsible enough to keep it out of the access of children. The new guidlines that the board established will pretty much disallow all candy-type edibles in stores. Banned products will include gummy type products, hard candy, tarts, fruit chews, colorful chocolates, and jellies. This will severely limit the available products available to adults and result in much more plain offerings. The state claims that edible products like baked goods, chocolate, and mints will still be produced and sold as long as they are not colored, molded into shapes, or covered in frosting. Regulations like these are simply unnecessary and will do nothing but hurt edible producers across Washington.
The only positive news that comes from these new regulations is the fact that they won’t take effect until next year. Dispensaries may sell all inventory that met previous regulations through April 3, 2019, or until it is sold. Candies have always been an extremely popular choice as an edible for cannabis consumers. Outside of that, producers that have purchased lots of their preparation and packaging equipment for candies that were once allowed. All of this equipment was purchased with the individual business owner’s own personal savings because loans cannot be giving to legal cannabis producers/stores. On top of all the other endless regulations and tax rates that they must comply with, these new guidelines are going to severely cut into many firm’s profitabilities. The barriers to entry in the cannabis industry added to the large number of risks that come with unpredictable new legislation keeps many potential entrepreneurs from getting involved in the growing industry. This move is not only scaring edible producers in Washington but across the nation. Many are afraid this will set a precedent and have a major effect on how edible cannabis is produced nationwide.
According to 502 Data, in 2017 there were $927 million in retail marijuana sales. The Liquor and Cannabis Board in Washington claims that edible marijuana accounts for roughly 9% of these sales or $83.4 million/yr. While the state is not going to disallow all cannabis edibles, a large percent of the edible market will disappear and form into a more basic unappealing array of products. Marketing companies use colors and unique shapes to create a personal identity and brand that consumers can recognize. It shouldn’t be any different in the cannabis industry. These products are being marketed to adults, not children. No sensible person wants a child to have access to cannabis, so regulators shouldn’t be playing the same “protect our kids” card they used to run anti-legalization ads. They’re simply adding unneeded regulations that limit options for consumers, and make it hard for companies to maximize profitability.
If you have a sweet tooth and love shoveling down gummy bears one after another, you should be extra careful when dealing with Sweetstone’s edibles. I haven’t written any articles about any other brand of edibles and there is a reason for that. No other medicine in oral form has delivered a comparable potency in my personal experience. My own experiences with edibles have been extremely disappointing overall as I’ve spent tons of money on different varieties of products with either little to no effect. The gummy bears from Sweestone has been a far different story. These were the first edible I ever felt and I immediately fell in love with the overwhelming effects of a 11-Hydroxy-THC high. I’m not even going to lie about it I ate these things in excess when I first discovered them. It was like discovering weed again in a way for the first time. For the first time ever I could consume cannabis in a stealthy manner and be higher then ever for hours at a time.
In my case, I would eat the entire thing which according to the labeling was 100mg of thc. I think they are underestimating, but again that’s only being based on comparisons of other brands I have tried in the past with similar or higher thc content. For people new to edibles or smoking, I would not even eat more than a leg to be honest. It is likely it will not be enjoyable if you are exposed to more than that. Even for those who consume a decent amount of cannabis, I would start with half and wait at least an hour. Sometimes the full effects don’t hit for 2 whole hours though, so play it safe the first time and take less then you think you can handle. There is also a variety of flavors to choose from with cotton candy being my personal favorite. While the flavoring helps somewhat to cover the overwhelming taste of strong cannabis oil, it is definitely noticeable. I guess at least you know it’s in there right? That would be the one negative that you should be prepared for when it comes time to eat them. (Also they do make me pretty tired, probably because I’m eating the whole thing). I have had edibles that tasted far worse though. so they are still killing it in my book. While the company is headquartered somewhere in California, they might be stocked at your local dispensary. That is where I find mine, and Cali is a long drive from the Midwest.
So give them a try, they’re the only edible I recommend to both those using it medicinally and those trying to relax and have a good time.
This is a topic where I need feedback from the cannabis culture readers because I can’t find much information on this topic other than through other friends in the cannabis community. To this day I’m annoyed and confused as to why there isn’t an edible that has intoxicated me in the way it has to everyone else I’ve taken them with. There is no possibility that they were made incorrectly as I’ve tried edibles from all different sources. I’ve baked my own , purchased from dispensaries, and been given some quality samples from trusted friends. There was always no noticeable effect from any of these options and I usually ate much more then the recommended dose. It’s pretty much a completely different drug because it’s being processed by the liver and converted to 11-Hydroxy-THC. Most people would describe the effects as more intense and longer lasting then typical smoked marijuana. Like I said I’ve seen what it does to a group of people while I sit there wondering why I didn’t just smoke instead.
I do know one other friend that claims to have the same problem as I do but from research online and asking around it seems to be an extremely rare condition. It’s unfortunate and i don’t know if something is wrong with my liver that makes it unable to convert the THC or what but I wanted to reach out and hear your guy’s experiences. When you take edibles how many milligrams are you consuming at once? I’m sure previous consumption levels play an effect into how intense a edible experience will be. I consume cannabis daily, but have a hard time believing that explains I feel nothing from 300mg +of infused-cannabis foods. If I were to take a few hits of a joint or vaporizer, it would be a far more enjoyable experience to me so clearly it’s not a tolerance issue either. At this point I’ve pretty much finally given up on purchasing and consuming edibles.
I know I would definitely take advantage of this consumption method if it was effective for me and it’s actually more of a concern for me when I reach old age. Smoking might not always be a possibility or the most ideal when your body and lungs are more worn out and performing worse. Either way I plan on using cannabis especially more so when I get older to the increasing number of health problems. If I could find a way to gauge in any way how many people have this issue or know more information about what the problem might actually be please comment below and let me know!