NASHVILLE (WKRN) – There are legal hemp products sold in Tennessee that can get users higher than illegal marijuana.
And on the packaging of these foods, vapes and flowers are scientific names and acronyms that promise specific effects.
“The precision that’s happening scientifically is incredible,” said Consider it Flowers co-owner Dexter Palmer. “Now one of our main products is our living resin. It is extremely tasty, strong and effective. Then the next point is better. It’s just evolving and growing so fast.”
Palmer’s business thrived during the pandemic as they offered same-day delivery of cannabis products throughout Nashville and partnered with other hemp businesses in the area.
However, going through all the products on their website can feel like diving head first into a can of alphabet soup.
Now there are more than just CBD and low THC products. Consider that Flowers also sells CBDA, CBG, CBN, THC-O, THC-A, and THC-V to name just a few.
But co-owner Kelsey Palmer says there are more compounds to explore.
“Compared to a year ago, we’re creating really cool blends where we can combine psychoactive effects with uplifting effects,” Kelsey Palmer said. “[And] effects that can give you less food and we’re only using a few cannabinoids. There are hundreds of cannabinoids. So the sky’s the limit and it’s hard to say where we can go from here.”
One of the things the Palmers want in the future is more guidance from government entities to bring more stability and confidence to an industry that is constantly seeking to comply with the latest law.
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“You have to rotate, you have to be very adaptable,” LabCanna owner Derek Besenius said of working in the cannabis industry. “I think this should be a fair market from a business point of view; however, we’re running into the issue that there are all these players, bedside chemists, who aren’t or aren’t qualified and don’t necessarily have the knowledge to make a safe product.”
LabCanna and Consider it Flowers are part of Cultivate Tennessee a 501(c)(3) political action committee for the state’s cannabis industry with the goal of bringing safe and ethical cannabis products to Tennessee.
Cultivate Tennessee supports what it calls “right-sizing regulation” of the cannabis industry and has set its own standards for now based on regulations from other states with legalized medical and recreational marijuana and feedback from their members and in-state experts. .
“I think the cannabis industry as a whole is in this really unique position where they’re looking for right-sized regulation. You have business owners going to the capitol saying, ‘please fix us,’” Cultivate Tennessee co-founder Devin Aracena said.
Aracena says this level of hemp development and innovation would not have been possible without the 2018 farm bill that legalized hemp with a certain low level of THC in it. Business owners admit that many of the products they sell are considered legal due to loopholes in the 2018 law.
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But next year, a new farm bill is coming, and Tennessee business owners say when that happens, they don’t know what products they’ll be able to add to their inventory and what they won’t. should be removed from the shelves.