Strange pot products coming soon

In the world of legalization, knowledge of marijuana buds and how to smoke them is fairly standard. In general, people have an idea of what they’re consuming and how much of it to take.

And those buds are what marijuana producers like Vancouver’s CannaMan Farms will provide.

But there’s another aspect of the road to legalization that’s fascinating – which is what the processors will be doing with it.

Mirth Provisions lineup
Mirth Provisions lineup

Edibles made by processors – candies, cookies, drinks and other things made with pot or THC – have had somewhat mixed success in Colorado so far. Mostly that’s because people aren’t as familiar with dosage levels for them.

It takes edibles about an hour to kick in, and sometimes people will take extra while waiting because they don’t think it’s working (here’s a little story about how to get the right dosage, by the way, and here’s another from Forbes that compares edibles to smoking.). And I gather the high from edibles can be much stronger than through smoking.

Washington officials are aware of the problems with edibles and have been looking at how to more clearly mark dosages on them.

But all that aside, I’m really curious as to what products we’ll see beyond the ubiquitous buds.

For its part, CannaMan Farms, which also has a processor license, only plans to sell different marijuana bud types. And it’s the only one in Clark County so far.

But not far to the north of us, there’s Longview’s Mirth Provisions – a processor that will be making marijuana infused coffee and other beverages.

Mirth Provision's Cold Brew
Mirth Provision’s Cold Brew

The company’s products have made the rounds on a few news sites this week. Including these two:

Huffington Post: There’s A Marijuana Coffee That Really Lets You ‘Wake And Bake’

My Northwest: Budding marijuana business gives new meaning to ‘coffee pot’

The company will offer a mix of the coffees and sparkling sodas infused with THC – the equivalent, owners say, of a buzz from a sturdy beer or glass of wine.

I’m curious to see what other products we’ll see when the first stores open, which the state Liquor Control Board has said could happen by July (I think somewhat optimistically).

As yet I haven’t seen anyone making something called Bhang, which is a popular marijuana drink in India – also sort of a beer equivalent in that country.

In Colorado, besides the drinks, there are hard candies, baked goods and a host of other things. Not to mention hundreds of different types of the ubiquitous buds, each promising to provide a different type of high.

I wonder what sorts of things we’ll see made in Vancouver when the dust settles.

Several reviews of the strains and other things are online through the Denver Post’s site called The Cannabist.

We’re still debating in the newsroom how to handle products and reviews – and whether we’ll have a freelancer do them or not. Marijuana may be legal in Washington now, but the stigma around it remains strong.

What do you folks think? Are there products you’d like to see? Are you worried about edibles?

I’d love to hear your thoughts – please feel free to share them in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!