The days when marijuana "edibles" were limited to a bunch of teens passing around a pan of homemade pot-laced Duncan Hines brownies are long over.
The legal marijuana industry now grosses more than $5.4 billion a year through the sale of cannabis-infused food and drinks – for people who want to avoid the harmful effects of smoking, but still want the drug's potent effects. And as marijuana continues its march to legalization, that number will continue to climb.
Over the past several decades, "edibles" have become one of the most lucrative legal marijuana opportunities on the market.
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Edibles Are a Huge Slice of Marijuana Business
The Colorado Department of Revenue reported that, in 2014, 5 million marijuana edibles were sold in the state. And according to The Denver Post, marijuana-infused edibles account for roughly 45% of the legal marijuana marketplace. A February report by Bloomberg says that edibles account for 50% of the revenue earned by Colorado dispensaries.
Just look at so-called "microdosed" edibles – one of the fastest-growing sectors of the industry.
Microdosed products – from marijuana-infused chocolates and sweets to barbecue sauce and bottled water – contain just five to 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives you the high. With such small doses, eaters feel the beneficial aspects of marijuana but generally won't get the unwanted side effects, like feeling "too high."
Dr. Dustin Sulak, the medical director for Integr8 Health in Maine, has been exploring the benefits of microdosed edibles with patients.
Last year, he told United Patients Group, "I discovered that most people have a certain threshold dosage of cannabis, below which they'll actually experience a gradual increase in health benefits over time, and above which they'll start building tolerance, experiencing diminishing benefits, and more side effects." Dr. Sulak explained that he has witnessed cancer patients respond much better to lower doses than the usual higher dose recommended – while emphasizing the need to experiment as each individual is different.
On the consumer front, companies like Kiva Confections are revolutionizing the microdosing game. Kiva Terra Bites, for example, are bite-sized candies coated in milk and white chocolate infused with marijuana extract. A tin averages $18 and contains 24 servings.
Now, Kiva is a small, privately held business, one I'm watching closely because it may go public in the future.
But there are investment opportunities aplenty in the edible market. Here's one I really like…
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