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New cannabis consumers are often attracted to edibles but wonder how much is too much. To help both Colorado native newbies and the many tourists who visit Colorado and have questions about edible potency, industry officials and state regulators have worked to educate people on edible consumption limits.

Some cannabis companies have determined that the best way to handle any uncertainty is simply to create edible products with less THC. California companies Kiva and W!NK, for example, have begun developing product lines that will allow people to microdose.

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Veritas is feeling the love this Valentine’s Day — and it wants you to, too. Veritas Fine Cannabis has a few strains that it suggests will help make your evening a memorable one. “Cannabis is something that, in an intimate environment, is going to make it better,” says Jon Spadafora, a sales and marketing representative for Veritas.

Although strains can affect people in different ways, sativas are generally going to provide increased energy and focus, while indicas will calm the mood like a nice merlot.

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Coloradans are known for our commitment to sustainable practices and organic products, but California’s OJAI Energetics is the first company in the hemp space to get certification as a B Corporation — a designation for businesses that are leaders of global movements and use their work as a force for good.

OJAI operates off of wind power, uses completely recyclable packaging, and encapsulates its CBD in water so that your system digests it faster and more easily.

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In states like Colorado, where the recreational use of cannabis is legal, the population is divided into two categories: those who use marijuana, and everyone else. LucidMood, a Boulder-based company, is hoping to bridge that gap with a product it bills as “cannabis for the rest of us.”

Charles Jones, a cognitive scientist, started Chooze, the company behind LucidMood, after a friend called to ask whether smoking marijuana would affect her son’s IQ. He started researching cannabis on her behalf.

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Hemp can’t get you high, but its association with marijuana is exciting to plenty of people in the craft-beer industry, which has been swept up in the nationwide interest in all things cannabis.

In February, a Colorado Springs hemp supplier called Major Hemp, in partnership with Denver’s Sleeping Giant Brewing, will roll out kegs of a new beer made with hemp-seed powder. Major Hemp will start with fifty barrels, or about 95 kegs, which it plans to distribute in the Denver area. If the reaction is positive, the company says, it would like to take the beer to other states.

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A specialized spectrum of invisible light that will kill all the pathogens in your grow: That’s what SpectrumGro promises the Pathogen Death Wand will be.

The Colorado-based SpectrumGro markets and distributes rods about an inch and a half thick and 48 inches long. They’re installed two feet from the crop — above it, under it or to the side — and once they’re turned on, they get to work eliminating pathogens in the plants and in the soil. The light attacks mold, bacteria, fungi, powdery mildew and most kinds of yeast.

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TDA_Boulder has no problem with its employees getting high, at least after work hours.

The advertising agency partnered with grower Colorado Kind to create three specific strains of weed to advertise “The Fifty,” the 2017 version of the Denver Ad Club’s annual awards show. Each Fifty strain was tailored to aid different personality types in the advertising profession.

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The two founders of one of the most highly regarded concentrate labs in the state have gone their separate ways. A fan favorite, 710 Labs won the High Times People’s Choice for Best Hash in 2014; it became known for its golden-tinged, crystal-clear products that include wax, sugar wax, ice wax, live resin, shatter and more varieties. Now the creators of this wax company have split up, and in Colorado, co-founder Wade Sanders has created a new company: Olio. 710 Labs still exists, run by co-founder Brad Melshenker, but is currently not operating in Colorado.

Until recently, the company had produced medical concentrates — but last month Olio began selling its product recreationally, with the same high-quality standards. A pioneer in the field of concentrates, Olio continues to play with innovation. It’s now creating two new types of wax — Sauce and Distillate— with the aim of perfecting terpene flavor and achieving high THC percentages. Sauce, which has a texture similar to sugar wax with a liquid film on top, hit shelves just last year and is currently for sale both recreationally and medically. Distillate is still in its final stages before sales begin.

Westword sat down with Olio GM Renee Sanders to talk about the new company, these new products, the future of concentrates in the cannabis world, and the importance of emphasizing quality over quantity.

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Natasha Irizarry is sitting across from her business partner, DJ Shott, as their dogs run around the office; her sister is in the next room, boxing up products for the holiday rush.

Stashbox is where brands and consumers meet, Irizarry explains.

Irizarry and Shott, who are originally from North Carolina, came up with the idea for Stashbox while they were living in New York City, then brought it to fruition after they moved to Boulder. The concept works the same way as Birchbox or Barkbox: When you sign up, you fill out a form about your toking preferences — general things like whether you prefer pipes or joints — and then for $30 a month, Stashbox will deliver five to seven personalized cannabis products directly to your door, chosen “with love.”

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