Cannabis Entrepreneur in the Making
Full legalization is coming in July here in Oregon. The new regulations are not set in concrete yet; which is driving me a wee bit batty. I have recently decided that if I can't shake loose the fear many have of committing to a fully operational cannabis business; I will go into those waters to show them that you don't die trying. I can hear them now telling themselves that if I can do it; surely they can. Mission accomplished!
To do this correctly trying to adhere to what rules and regulations exist today, I have now be required to have my product and my bud that I am using to make the product tested. The test are not back yet. I am also doing the best I know how to do leaving my urge to "wing it" left for cooking other things. Apparently, I need to be consistent and professional to be able to provide dispensaries and patients the best medicine possible.
I used my newly developed recipe to make my latest tincture, Cannabis Tincture Soaked for 3 Months. This recipe can be found on the Recipe/Tincture area of my website. I decarbed the tincture per the instructions on my previous blog entry and on the recipe and froze it after it had cooled down for 24 hours; still covered before slowly pouring over the correct amount of rice bran oil into a large canning jar. I capped the bottle and put into my water heater closet to soak for 3 months. I then processed the recipe. Reports on this tincture has been very positive. As soon as the results from testing come in I will update you on the findings.
I have about 48 ounces of Blue Magoo, so I am choosing to use only that strain. I don't want to be paying 100.00 to anyone over and over. Next harvest will have to be tested when it is ready. I will start with a strain that I have the most of so I won't have the expense of testing over and over.
Blue Magoo, not to be confused with its lookalike Blue Goo, is a clone-only hybrid cross between DJ Short Blueberry and Major League Bud (also known as William’s Wonder F2). A fusion of berry, fruit, and other floral notes make up the aroma and taste of Blue Magoo, resulting in a palate as colorful as its pastel purple and green buds. Blue Magoo is a favorite among patients as it combats a variety of symptoms including pain, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, and appetite loss. This strain delivers a slight sativa kick that helps alleviate the heavy weight of Blue Magoo’s indica effects.
After the bud is fully tested for not only THC levels but to see if any mold or insecticides are present in the vegetation. Once that is deemed pure and good; I can then just test the individual products for the levels of THC, CBN, CBD etc. That test is only 50.00 in comparison to the 100.00 for the bud test. We will already know there is no mold or insecticides. I used Green Leaf Labs located here in Oregon.
I have now sent in test for products of cannabis balm with magnesium. honey tincture along with the 3-Month soaked tincture. Two of our dispensaries have asked to carry what I can make making me a cannabis entrepreneur even if I think I might be a bit old, at 74, to be starting another job. I want someone younger than me see it can happen. I am shaming them into the murky waters of our first legalized marijuana times here in Oregon. In our remote area, jobs are not usually paid enough to live on; so here is an opportunity for a good cook to add to the family income.
Today, I have decarbed at least 12 ounces of bud and put together a double batch of honey tincture. Tomorrow the decarbed bud will come out of the freezer to begin the 3 month soak. So far I have about 8 ounces soaking in rice bran oil that I will process in July. I have another 8 ounces to process in August and the list will continue on. I can make balm from the rice bran oil if I choose; although that would require yet another product test if I change up the ingredients. It is important to get last year's harvest decarbed, frozen and in oil before it degrades in THC; which is a given in time. I may end up with a cabinet of nothing but bud soaking in oil; which will prohibit further degrading of the THC.
I can't forget that I will also be filling 2 and 4 ounce bottles with medicated honey being sure my day starts with a gooey mess. I used my candy making funnel to fill the bottles; which worked really well. I still needed my husband to fill the funnel with honey; since I needed another hand if I were to hold the funnel steady while it was being filled. One hand on the container, one hand on the funnel and my husband's hands using a ladle to fill the funnel.
I hope my random thoughts on life in my 420 Kitchen will help someone else with their journey into making their own medications along with the possibility that it could be a money-making operation.
I also had to spend way too much time figuring out all my cost; so I wouldn't be giving anything away. OMG! A list of all supplies broken down into the cost by ounces and adding onto products the cost of the container used. I broke down the cost of testing by ounces too. I add that amount to each product. This was by far the most challenging task for me!
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