- J. L. Campbell
You've Heard of Craft Beer, but Have You Heard of Craft Cannabis?
Craft beer is a phenomenon that has made its way across America. It’s gotten to the point that even small towns have at least one unique microbrewery. As legislation continues to pass, making medical marijuana legal in a wider array of American states, how we consume cannabis will continue to evolve. And with that, artisan marijuana creators are popping up all over!
The legal marijuana industry is reducing the stigma and changing the conversation surrounding cannabis use, opening the doors of exploration. Much like the crew of the Starship Enterprise, artisan cannabis products are taking medical marijuana patients where “no man has gone before.”
Growers are perfecting strains that allow consumers to purchase cannabis based on how they want it to affect them. Additionally, niche creators are crafting unique products that allow patients to consume marijuana in bold new ways. There’s never been a better time to have a Missouri medical marijuana card. Just because you’re using marijuana for medicinal purposes doesn’t mean you can’t be discerning in your tastes!
What IS Craft Cannabis?
When we think of craft beer, we think of small, independent brewers with a passion for creating a unique drinking experience, often in small batches. Craft cannabis is a similar concept but is a little different due to the wide range of product possibilities.
The term “craft cannabis” refers to a group of marijuana products made by artisans who want to create a unique cannabis experience for consumers. Like craft brewers, these creators are passionate about their product. Since medical marijuana can be consumed in so many different ways, the craft cannabis market provides a variety of opportunities ranging from specially-grown flower products to tinctures, edibles, beverages, and more!
Here is just part of the array of craft marijuana products available to cannabis patients:
Craft Strains of Medical Marijuana
Crafting a unique strain of cannabis is both a science and an art. The technology available to cultivators is unprecedented in these modern times, and boutique cannabis growers are taking it upon themselves to create high-end strains of marijuana that will deliver different effects. Craft cannabis may cost more, but for the discerning connoisseur, it’s a worthy investment.
Since cannabis affects everyone differently, strains are developed with different levels and combinations of THC, CBD and other minor cannabinoids. Terpenes, which give marijuana its distinctive aroma, can vary in these strains, leading them to have a unique scent and flavor profile.
Science is ongoing, but certain terpenes can work in harmony with cannabinoids to have unique effects. For example, linalool, a terpene also found in lavender, is known to have anti-anxiety effects, and α-Pinene, a terpene also associated with rosemary, can increase focus and alertness.
Many dispensary employees are passionate about discussing these craft strains and will be excited to tell you about which craft flower products are available near you. It’s worth stopping by your local cannabis retailer, especially since unique strains are constantly being introduced.
Delicious Artisan Edibles
Pastries, desserts, and confections - yes, please! Cannabis edibles are getting gourmet treatment from very notable creators of artisan eats, allowing marijuana patients to make taking their medicine a real treat.
Many artisan companies roll their products out to a smaller test market before going national, so there are some niche creators you should keep your eye on. As they grow, their products may make their way to Missouri. Among those are San Diego-based Kaneh Co., which was founded by hailed pastry chef Rachel King, Colorado-based 1906, which specializes in treats with strains designed to have different emotional effects. Acclaimed Chicago pastry-chef Mindy Segal’s Mindy’s Edibles offers an inspired array of cannabis-infused gummies, fruit chews, hard candies and chocolates.
Missouri residents don’t have to wait to get their hands on some of the world’s finest cannabis-infused chocolates! World-renowned Kansas City chocolatier Christopher Elbow recently teamed with CLOVR to create a line of gourmet chocolate edibles that are available at dispensaries throughout the state.
Craft Cannabis Beverages? Yes, please!
Craft beer is no longer the only specialty adult beverage in town. Marijuana patients can now enjoy sipping on a variety of unique, THC-infused drinks. One that is making waves as a celebratory spritzer is Vertus - a cannabis-based champagne alternative.
Some notable Missouri-based cannabis beverages include Monarch Supply Company’s Society Seltzer, and MOHI, a non-alcoholic THC-infused beer that Forbes describes as “a wheat ale with notes or orange, citrus, and vanilla.”
Medical Marijuana’s Craft Options Will Continue to Grow
The legal cannabis industry is still brand new. As pioneers in the medical marijuana field continue to emerge, we’re in for some exciting times! New craft cannabis products will continue to surprise medical marijuana patients with an array of possibilities, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Get Relief.
There are more options than ever to experience the natural relief that cannabis provides. As long as you have your Missouri medical marijuana card, you don’t have to miss out! If you don’t have your card yet, we can help. Our medical staff is standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.
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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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