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Here's what it's like to make marijuana edibles for a living


Making cannabis-infused edibles is a delicate chemical balance to maintain tasty flavors while upholding a powerful potency. The people at Canyon Cultivation in Denver, Colo., have six years of experience in the highly scientific process.

Morgan Iwersen started Canyon Cultivation in 2010 in her garage with a few friends. Her goal was to create a cannabis-based product for sick people -- something they could consume without smoking, that would have natural ingredients and would be highly potent.

When you're really sick, smoking out of a bong is not something you want to do.
Morgan Iwersen, Owner of Canyon Cultivation

This decision led her to making candies. More specifically, she created suckers so patients could slowly dissolve the candy in their mouths. At this time, only medical marijuana was legal in Colorado.

When recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January 2014, Canyon Cultivation wanted in. Since then, their business has grown by 400 percent. Now, they have 80 percent recreational and 20 percent medical business.

Now, they're going to keep innovating. Canyon Cultivation is working on products that will re-incorporate terpenes -- the chemicals that give weed that distinct aroma, but also have a slew of health benefits like reducing inflammation.

The terpenes are burned off in the process of activating the THC in the oils used to infuse their products, so reincorporating them is a form of enriching the product.

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