We’re Hiring

Posted on June 13, 2015 Under Uncategorized

We need a production manager to be in charge of the following:

  • Oversee production processes and the production schedule.
  • Making sure that products are produced on time and are of good quality, which will involve some cooking and a great deal of portioning and packaging/bagging.
  • Monitoring production processes and adjusting schedules as needed.
  • Ensuring we comply with all regulations as well as health and food safety guidelines.

This person will work very closely with the founder/owner to help grow the company and brand. The position begins as part-time and should grow into full-time.

Candidates must have the following:

  • Strong knife skills are essential!…with experience in a kitchen.
  • Physically fit and have good hand-eye coordination and keen sense of feel/touch.
  • A genuine enthusiasm and respect for cannabis as well as an understanding of how amazing it is as a medicine.
  • A genuine interest in business and be comfortable working for a start-up company.
  • Be organized and able to multi-task.
  • Be a decent writer. (To help with marketing/blogging)
  • Understand social media and be able to use it.
  • Live in Portland, OR metro area currently…candidates needing to move for the position can’t be considered at this time.

Please submit your resume and a note at the top of the email to: dstoopspdx@gmail.com, telling us a little about yourself, your qualifications, why you want the position, etc.

**Submissions without the short note will not be considered**


Edibles Made Up Almost Half of All Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales in Colorado in 2014

Per The Cannabist:

The proliferation of marijuana edibles stunned state and industry leaders, making it one of the biggest surprises during the first year of legal recreational marijuana sales. Potent cookies, candies and drinks — once considered a niche market — now account for roughly 45 percent of the legal marijuana marketplace and led to the most high-profile marijuana controversies in 2014.

Full Article from our Measure 91 hero Anthony Johnson here

I’m less inclined to call this news stunning. Rather, I’d say it was just a matter of time. It’s like we’ve been saying…Edible cannabis is wonderful…when you know how much you need. 


Glycerine Extracts: What They Are, Why They Are So Amazing, Etc.

The technical term for a glycerine extract is Glycerite. It is defined simply as a fluid extract of a botanical or other medicinal substance made using glycerine as the majority of the fluid extraction medium. Glycerine can be sourced from animals and vegetables. We use only certified organic vegetable glycerin.

Glycerine when utilized in a ‘passive’ process, such as with tincturing, is generally considered a weaker solvent than either water or ethanol/alcohol. Passive in this context simply means placing the botanical in glycerine and steeping for a period of time. Using heat would also be considered passive. And yes, passive processes using glycerine do not result in very high potency. But with some R&D, we here at Danodan’s have come up with a dynamic process that significantly boosts extractive potential and produces an extract possessing unique properties and qualities.

The drawback to most extraction solvents like alcohol and butane is they denature and render inert many of a botanical’s extracted constituent and compounds. This is the wonderful thing about glycerin – it possesses no such denaturing and inert rendering effects. It has become widely accepted that to preserve the biological viability and synergy of a botanical’s extracted constituents, glycerine is best. This is particularly true for the extraction of aromatic-based compounds – yes, think terpenes – which are so smelly and tasty and therapeutic. It’s remarkable how the intrinsic taste quality of a particular strain of cannabis is retained, indicating that its botanical compounds remain very much in intact. When you taste and even smell our finished extracts, you immediately realize how remarkably similar they are to the harvested cannabis itself.

A few other great things about cannabis glycerites…

  • Water Soluble – you can put them into any beverage you like. Coffee, tea, fruit juice, smoothies, cocktails, etc.
  • Discrete – a 2 or 4 oz bottle with a dropper looks just like any other herbal extract bottle. It travels anywhere you do. You can be sitting in your favorite café, putting some into your beverage and the staff and patrons around you won’t notice a thing.
  • Dose Flexibility – Tolerances vary but with the dropper you can get the dose that is right for you every time.
  • Long-Lasting – Edible cannabis is long-lasting in general but glycerite is particularly so. Unlike alcohol, that has quick access to the liver, glycerine is absorbed about 30% slower by the digestive tract and is utilized through a secondary pathway in the liver, known as the ‘gluconeogenic’ pathway. This slower absorption rate creates a remarkably long and smooth plateau of relief. Glycerite is still faster acting than standard edibles, our caramels included.
  • Perfect for People Who Get Anxiety from Cannabis – Many people get anxiety after smoking cannabis. Some like that “edge” but for so many others, it’s bad enough that they swear cannabis off forever. Cannabis glycerite is the solution for these folks. After every trial, every person who thought they could never use cannabis again, told us they had a wonderful anxiety free experience.

Look for our first cannabis glycerites to be available at an OMMP dispensary near you this Spring.


A Bit of a Landmark in Danodan’s Growth

A very short post to say we had 3 dispensaries start carrying the caramels last week. That makes 15 OMMP outlets now. All in Portland, but heads up to Bend and the I-5 corridor…we are going to visit a lot of you guys in the next 4 to 6 weeks. Onward and upward!


Comparing Edibles Made With Naturally Infused Butter and Oils to Those with BHO, PHO, etc.

I’m having a lot of conversations with OMMP dispensary owners, bud-tenders, and patients about how it feels to consume foods made with naturally infused butter and oils compared to how it feels to consume those made with with BHO or PHO.

Of course, I have my own biases, but there seems to be a consensus emerging regarding differences between the two.

  1. BHO/PHO foods tend to hit faster and harder, while those with butter and oils tend to come on more gently and gradually.
  2. BHO/PHO foods tend not to last as long, while those with butter and oils seem to have a longer, more satisfying plateau.
  3. BHO/PHO foods tend to effect the head predominantly, while those with butter and oils seem to effect both the head and the body.
  4. BHO/PHO foods tend to have a distinct taste that many patients report not enjoying. There are also a few reports of getting an upset stomach.

While respecting that everyone is different and acknowledging there are some very high quality BHO infused edible producers in Oregon, there really is something unique about edibles made with naturally infused, solvent-free butter and oils.

 

 


Danodans Featured in Nic Adenau’s Documentary Series

Nic Adenau has created a solid four part series titled, Marijuana in Oregon. Part 3: A New High, features some processors including yours truly.

You can find the entire series on Nic’s YouTube account page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX5b32SDzmx7MNBH9rZaosg


Cannabis “Lite” Now…Cannabis “Normal” in the Near Future?

After years of making edibles super potent, often in the extreme, there appears to be a new marketing and dosage trend taking hold in Colorado. It’s been dubbed “Cannabis Lite”. I think it’s a great development but I want to suggest that as the recreational, 21+ markets in CO, WA, and hopefully Oregon continue to develop, cannabis “Lite” will quickly become cannabis “Normal”. Here’s why I think so…

  • The medical cannabis market is and has been unique with patients/customers that have exceptionally high tolerances. I have often remarked that processors in the OMMP are engaged in a sort of “arms race” for higher and higher potencies, especially when it comes to edibles and extracts.
  • Non-medical consumers are starting to drive the growth of legal cannabis. They have lower tolerances and often prefer to feel functional and productive, so potency inevitably has to come down.
  • My own social circle is comprised mostly of non-medical consumers. The 12mg to 16mg piece of caramel is more than adequate for them. Many take just a half, so even 6mg to 8mg is fine. I ask them on a regular basis if they want a stronger does? The answer is always “No”.
  • The non-medical consumer over the age of 40 will be a powerful segment driving the growth of legal cannabis. Sure, there are exceptions but as a rule, most of these folks will not be dabbing. They are not seeking “couch-lock” – they want reliability and lower dose options allowing them to function while getting relief. At the end of the day, most of them are moderate consumers.
  • With super high potency offerings, it’s simply too easy to take too much and end up in a very uncomfortable place. But conversely, it’s easy to produce lower dosed offerings so folks avoid the bad trip altogether. In this way, instead of swearing off edibles forever, they become regular customers.

Yes on Measure 91

Posted on October 6, 2014 Under Measure 91

I acknowledge there are legitimate concerns that the passage of Measure 91 may endanger the OHA /OMMP system of dispensaries and adversely effect patients.

Concern #1: There is NO residency requirement for license holders. The risk here is that big money from anywhere in the US can come stake their claims on Oregon’s emerging legal cannabis market, placing undue and unfair pressure on smaller locally owned businesses and dispensaries. Both Washington and Colorado have residency requirements and I think Oregon should have one too, especially in the first few years. But to my mind, this is not enough to vote NO. And there are ways to create one down the road through the legislature and through the OLCC which will have significant rule making powers.

Concern #2: The OLCC can’t be trusted to do the right thing. Many look to the mess in Washington state as proof a liquor commission cannot deal with cannabis regulation. Others argue Colorado has been far more successful because regulation is done by a branch of the Colorado Dept. of Revenue. But here’s the thing – a little bit of research will prove very quickly the reasons for Washington’s failures and Colorado’s successes are far more complex than which government agency is in charge.

Concern #3: The creation of a legal recreational market for those 21+ puts the future of the OMMP system at risk. There are predictions that once retail stores open and the sky does not fall, the Oregon legislature will begin to look for ways to both erode and somehow roll the OMMP into the new legal market system. We know that Colorado did a great job working with and even empowering the existing medical cannabis stakeholders, giving them the first spots in line for recreational licenses. And Washington state does not have a valid, legal, state sanctioned medical cannabis system, like Oregon. There is also language in 91 that leaves the OMMP system alone entirely.

Here again, this is not enough to vote NO. Patients in Oregon have safe, legal and affordable access. And if 91 passes, there will be a lot of stakeholders in the OMMP system making sure that continues including us. But at the end of the day, ending prohibition means that everyone 21 and over, gains safe and legal access.

The way I see it, one thing is certain – ending cannabis prohibition will be a bumpy imperfect process and no ballot initiative is going to make everyone happy. To those who say “let’s wait for something better”, Measure 91 is a huge step forward and we don’t think we should wait any longer. I’m certain both the African American and Latino/Hispanic communities of Oregon having endured “an insanely disproportionate drug war misery”, don’t think we should wait any longer either.


A Helpful Dosage Guide

At room temperature, pieces are soft enough to cut easily with a table knife. Below is a useful guide to help patients cut the right size dose for the right number of milligrams.

Green Pack
Whole piece = 12mg
1/2 piece = 6mg
1/3 piece = 4mg
1/4 piece = 3mg

Silver Pack
Whole piece = 30mg
1/2 piece = 15mg
1/3 piece = 10mg
1/4 piece = 7/8mg

Orange Pack
Whole piece = 54mg
1/2 piece = 27mg
1/3 piece = 18mg
1/4 piece = 13/14mg


Trying Edible Cannabis for the First Time?

How many milligrams of THC do you need? 3 or 4, 5 or 6…maybe 10?
I thought it would be good to start this blog off with a post for patients trying edible cannabis for the first time ever or for the first time in a long while. Either way, the advice I offer to ensure a good experience is the same.

  1. Start Low. Really Low. Begin with no more than 5mg of THC. I realize there is lots of advice out there telling folks to try anywhere from 5mg or 10mg. But I have far too many stories of folks trying 10mg for the first time and having an uncomfortable experience.
  2. Wait 12 to 24 hours to try again. If 5mg was not enough, wait until the next day to try again with a larger dose. Edible cannabis can have a compounding effect meaning little amounts over time can combine to be way bigger than you realize.
  3. Feeling the full effects can take from 30 minutes up to 2.5 hours. This is really true. Over 2 hours is unusual but it does happen.

While this approach is probably cautious, I find more often than not that it only takes 2 and maybe 3 tries to find your groove.