Designing the Perfect Cannabis Edible in California

Are you a product designer in the edible cannabis market? Well, you live at the intersection of the food and pharmaceutical industries and need to know both worlds, utilizing best-practice product development principles, regardless of which industry you are working in. In the cannabis industry, this means knowing your chemistry […]

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 4

In Part 3 of this series on HACCP, Critical Control Points (CCPs), validation of CCPs and monitoring of CCPs were defined. When a HACCP plan identifies the correct CCP, validates the CCP as controlling the hazard and monitors the CCP, a potential hazard is controlled in the manufacturing and packaging […]

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 3

Parts One and Two in this series have defined Good Manufacturing Practices, introduced Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and explained the first HACCP step of hazard analysis. A food safety team will typically work from a flow diagram to identify biological, chemical or physical hazards at each step […]

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 2

HACCP is a food safety program developed in the 1960s for the food manufacturing industry, mandated for meat, seafood and juice and adopted by foodservice for the safe serving of meals at restaurants. With state requirements for the safe production of cannabis-infused products, namely edibles, facilities may be inspected against […]

Environmental Controls: The Basics

The outside environment can vary widely depending on where your facility is located. However, the internal environment around any activity can have an effect on that activity and any personnel performing the activity, whether that’s storage, manufacturing, testing, office work, etc. These effects can, in turn, affect the product of […]

Colorado Debuts Universal THC Symbol

Yesterday, the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division issued a bulletin unveiling their universal symbol for all cannabis products. According to the bulletin, the State Licensing Authority adopts the universal symbol for all packaging, labeling and on-product marking for medical and recreational cannabis products, effective immediately. “The State Licensing Authority’s adoption of […]

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 1

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Defined Farm-to-fork is a concept to describe the control of food safety starting in the fields of a farm and ending with deliciousness in my mouth. The more that is optimized at every step, the more food safety and quality are realized. Farm-to-fork […]

NACB Releases Packaging and Labeling Standards for Public Review

Last week, the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) announced the publication of their Packaging and Labeling National Standard, initiating a comment period for public review. The NACB, which launched in June of 2017, is the first-ever self-regulatory organization (SRO) for cannabis businesses in the United States. According to the […]

Microbiology 101 Part Two

Microbiology 101 Part One introduced the reader to the science of microbiology and sources of microbes. In Part Two, we discuss the control of microorganisms in your products. Part 2 The cannabis industry is probably more informed about patients and consumers of their products than the general food industry. In […]

Cannabis-Infused Wine Comes to California in 2018

Rebel Coast Winery announced this week the launch of the world’s first cannabis-infused, alcohol-removed wine. The company’s THC-infused Sauvignon Blanc, available only in California, will hit dispensary shelves in 2018. Co-founders Alex Howe and Chip Forsythe According to the press release, they plan to be fully compliant with California’s new […]