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And now for something that embodies the term “natural high”: Marijuana cultivators District Growers have created More…, a series of five raw, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices infused with cannabis. This marks the first time a marijuana-infused edible (often referred to as a “medible”) has been made available in D.C.
Of course, don’t expect the juices to show up on the shelves of Whole Foods. For the next 30 days, More… will be exclusively available at Metropolitan Wellness Center for D.C. residents with a medical marijuana prescription. After that, District Growers plans to make the products available at the other dispensaries as well.
There are currently five flavors: More Freedom (pineapple-wheatgrass), More Bliss (lemonade with cayenne pepper), More Passion (pomegranate lemonade with cayenne pepper), More Smiles (vanilla spiced cashew milk with dates), and More Serenity (vanilla spiced cashew milk with dates, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce and cucumber). All of the juices are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Each 12-ounce bottle costs $32 and has a shelf life of three to five days.
The producers estimate there are about three doses per bottle, courtesy of 60-70 mg of THC derived from a mix of indica and sativa strains. The goal was to make it strong, but not “too overpowering to the lightweight,” according to Corey Barnette, owner of District Growers and co-owner of the medical marijuana dispensary Metropolitan Wellness Center. He recommends drinking one dose and waiting 30 minutes before consuming more, though the bottle label recommends waiting one hour before increasing dosage and warns, “Consuming more than the recommended dosage could produce unintended effects.” According to the producers, the effects of the drink will last anywhere from four to nine hours.
Barnette and his staff devised the recipes, which will change seasonally. The juices are produced in vegan kitchens in the District by unnamed partners and then combined with cannabis concentrate infused into vegetable glycerin at the cultivation center. The goal of the glycerin is to introduce the cannabis into the juice without altering the natural flavors of the fruits and vegetables in it.
Cold-pressed raw juice might seem like an odd choice for District Growers’ first medible—where are the pot brownies, dude?—but Barnette insists it aligns with his company’s larger philosophy.
“This is an opportunity to promote our promise that we always want to provide a healthy alternative,” he says. The other idea behind the juices was to provide a product for patients who have issues smoking or vaporizing marijuana and for those patients with appetite issues.
There are already plans to roll out three additional lines of medibles in the next 120 days: baked goods, bite-sized sweet treats—potentially honey drops and chocolates— and base ingredient cooking supplies, such as THC-infused olive oil and butter. Cake and brownie mixes (that’s what I’m talking about!) and cookie dough are also being considered. Though Barnette won’t say who would be making any of these products for the cultivator, he did say that at least two well-known chefs would potentially be involved.
Photos by Nevin Martell