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Medical Marijuana / Chocolate please share your experiences

As the debate heats up regarding the recreational use of marijuana, it is legal in 23 states for it use for medical reasons.  Can any share there experiences with the group in making chocolate infused with marijuana.  Second, do you think as more and more states legalize its recreational use, we will see more edible products, especially chocolate, becoming a "new" product category? 

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I haven't made any of these products myself (not since college anyway), but in regard to your second question I think that answer is a very big yes. There are already a number of companies doing this. A quick Google search will bring up a slew of them.

I think the biggest holdup at the moment is that the legal issues still aren't worked out. For example Colorado is working on legislation that would require marijuana-infused food products to limit themselves to specific amounts of THC per serving, and I think most States are going to want to see something like this.  This makes sense, but controlling for specific amounts of THC per serving strikes me as something that's going to be beyond the ability of most small-batch producers. Somebody's going to have to figure that out however, at which point I think this will turn into a niche, but sizable, market.

I do not currently have any practical experience making THC infused chocolates, but I have been looking into it pretty hard. I've done plenty of infused outlets and butters for medical purposes, but never cocoa butter. Being in Washington, I have a pretty unique opportunity. I have all the equipment to make bean to bar chocolate, I just need to devise a safe, reliable and consistent way to infuse the cocoa butter with the cannabis.

I'm thinking the lowest cost option would be to infuse the cocoa butter directly with the dried plant matter. I think a sous vide system, vacuum-sealing the coca butter and flowers together. Heat to ~200° for 8 hours and then strain the cocoa butter to remove plant matter, and then send a small sample to get tested for potency. Washington state laws require every infused product to be tested for potency, so each infusion should be of as much cocoa butter as is practical, since potency testing must be done by a state licensed lab.

Tom

I do believe you have a very unique opportunity.  Would like to chat with you.  Can we exchange phone numbers?  By the way, who is the little elf?

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Paul

The pic attached is a bar made by a customer using our pour-n-pack program.

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Sure, send me a pm and we can discuss that in private.

The little elf is my daughter during her first Christmas. :)

That bar looks interesting. I've been pretty disappointed at everything called "chocolate" I have seen here in Washington. My experiences are pretty limited when it comes to that, but from what I saw, there was one company in the Seattle area selling medicated chocolates, and it was NOT chocolate. I didn't even want to try one after seeing hydrogenated oils in the ingredients.

What is your pour-n-pack program? I'm assuming you're in either California or Colorado?

pour-n-pack is a single use, eco-friendly solution designed to produce and package chocolate bars.  here is the youtube video showing how its used

http://youtu.be/RRhJ8EKhIlg

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Paul

That's pretty slick. :)

1. What do you want to know?

2.  It already has

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