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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Cooking with cannabis can be intimidating, so Emma Levy, the chef at BlueKudu, has made it easy for us. She’s created a dark chocolate cookie recipe that pairs with BlueKudu’s Polar Caps bar.
All you need to do is bake the cookies, prepare the chocolate ganache topping and frost the cookies, then chop a Polar Caps bar — which has 100 milligrams of THC — into ten pieces. Place each piece on top of a single cookie for a ten milligram dose — or just sprinkle the cookies with bits of candy cane for an unmedicated treat.
Jeanine Moss was out with her girlfriends one night. All of the women in the group consume cannabis in one way or another, and they all decided to smoke together. Everyone started pulling out baggies and tins of weed. The next day, Moss remembers, she started looking for little cases to buy her female friends to hold their marijuana, but she couldn’t find anything.
AnnaBis was born out of necessity, Moss says.
“This is one of those things that you can’t believe didn’t exist already,” Moss explains. “This was a male industry. It was an underground industry, and it was a bunch of men. It just didn’t occur to them…. I think [the cannabis industry is]a good place for women to make things for other women.”