Bolder Business Strategies

How two young entrepreneurs navigated stringent state regulations and built their brand.

Consider the multi-phase evolution of Colorado’s cannabis industry: the illicit marketplace gave way to a relatively unregulated medical marketplace, which developed into a regulated medical industry, which opened the door for adult-use legalization.

Now, constantly shifting regulation in both the state’s medical and recreational industries creates a minefield of obstacles and hazards for aspiring cannabis companies.

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Lifesaver: A Look into the Concentrates at Craft710

Craft 710 is based out of Denver and Pueblo Colorado, and the name “craft” suits them—as this brand has mastered the craft of concentrates, providing bright and tasty BHO, PHO, full-melt water hash, distillate, hash rosin and more to the recreational and medical markets since 2015.

They are offered in over 350 dispensaries throughout Colorado, accessible just about everywhere in the state. Craft 710 provides an option at both medical dispensaries with its “Panacea” line, as well as the “Sesh” Line, which is available to the recreational market.

The Panacea products released by Craft 710 are their in-house grown and extracted concentrates.

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Bhang Black Vapes Offer Refined, Solvent-Free Flavor

In the oversaturated cannabis concentrate cartridge market, it can be challenging to find a reliably potent and flavorful product. But if you’re looking for a sure thing, bet on black — Bhang Black.

There’s no shortage of companies trying to cash in on the still-growing “vape pen” trend, but few come from a brand with the prestige and name recognition of Bhang.

The company, though largely known for is award-winning edibles, is also one of the premium producers of quality vape cartridges. Their top offering is the Black Private Reserve cartridges, which boast 100 percent-pure CO2-extracted cannabis oil that tests 70 to 90 percent THC.

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Zero: The ‘Sports Car of Cannabinoids’ In a Cartridge

Another “lifestyle brand” breaking into the cannabis industry isn’t too unusual. But a rare cannabinoid with appetite-killing qualities in a cartridge? That’s worth exploring.

It’s incredibly easy to find celebrities and brands trying to crack into the rapidly expanding cannabis market — there’s almost too many to count. But the truth is, a lot of the products being branded are nothing new, just the same (often low-quality) products most cannabis enthusiasts have been using already with a new name.

And the cartridge market, though populated with some notable standouts, is home to dozens of interchangeable, poorly constructed, cheap, plastic products — to say nothing of the actual cannabis concentrate inside.

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3 Reasons to Prefer Dark Extracts

Most people have a preference for light colored concentrates, here are some reasons to join the dark side.

If you’ve ever gone shopping for a cannabis extract you have probably seen how much variety there is. Dark or light, clear or opaque, gooey or hard and brittle; there are a lot of options.

Personally, I’ve always loved darker extracts. But when I started working for an extract company, I realized what a bad reputation dark extracts have. The dark concentrates that I strongly preferred were going for far less money than those that were more light and clear. The market clearly preferred light extracts and buyers at dispensaries all had the same message, “If it’s too dark, it won’t sell.” But why? Could it be that we don’t have much reason to prefer light colored concentrates beyond visual bias?

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MJ Moguls: A Stroke of Genius

One cannabis extraction technology is ruling them all.

Chances are, if you’ve enjoyed high-grade shatter or prepackaged edibles in the U.S. lately, it was made on a $100,000 Genius Extraction Technologies machine. The devices are already in 190 hash labs, and Genius is on its way to being becoming a standard in the red-hot cannabis extraction industry.

Over 80 percent of the extractors filling electronic cigarettes and cartridges in the U.S. either use Genius equipment exclusively or employ their tech somehow.

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Q-tip Tech

The optimal consumption for cannabis concentrates.

If you’re dabbing with a quartz banger — a glass bucket nail designed to vaporize concentrates at maximum temperature — and you haven’t already heard of “Q-Tip tech,” chances are you’re dabbing with a pretty dirty banger.

When you take dabs at a low temperature, you’re going to end up with at least a few drops of leftover melted material. If you don’t wipe the banger out before reheating it for your next dab, those drops can become unsightly deposits that will actually shorten the lifespan of your glass.

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The Importance of Cannabinoids and Pressing Hash

Frenchy Cannoli is a veteran hash maker, known world-wide for his love of, passion for and as a purveyor of the finest hashish.

There are many myths surrounding the correct way to make the highest quality hash possible, with confusion surrounding how to preserve volatile terpenes and cannabinoids in relation to heat. HIGH TIMES sat down with the man himself to clarify these myths and to get some tips on how to get the best out of your hashish making.

HIGH TIMES: There are many extractors now working with new methods to create solvent and non-solvent extraction. How important is working with correct temperatures when considering cannabinoids?

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California Extract Company Gives Free Pot to Cancer Patients

Non-profit and community programs often spring up when there’s a gap to fill, and with the cannabis industry as young as it is, there are still a lot of gaps.

Shelter from the Storm, a project launched by Jetty Extracts, is doing what it can to fill the cannabis treatment gap.

Jetty, an Oakland-based extract company, launched the Shelter Project to provide free medicinal cannabis oil and other services to California cancer patients who register with the program.

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