A New Ingredient in the Food and Drink Domain – Cannabis
Two cups of flour, a cup of sugar, two eggs, and half a cup of bud-infused butter. Wait, what? Bud-infused butter? Huh? Since when did that become an ingredient in a professional bakery setting? That used to be something only found in the fridge of the stoner down the street who occasionally made a dank pan of brownies. But today, bud brownies are not the only consumable good containing elements from the marijuana plant that is on the shelves. Now you have choices ranging from regular baking ingredients all the way to daily-consumed beverages like tea that contains ingredients derived from the cannabis plant. How is this happening? Where are these new cannabis-infused goods coming from? The local dispensary down the street, of course! And where does the dispensary get their consumables? From a licensed cannabis edibles manufacturer who produces these new and tasty goods.
Deriving different components from the cannabis plant is done in a professional laboratory where they test the quality of each of the elements that are extracted. It takes a professionally trained extractor to manipulate the machines to obtain each substance properly. There are different methods of extraction and a general knowledge of each is the bare minimum requirements for an entry-level position. For a higher-paid profession, expect to see the requirement of at least a bachelor degree in plant biology or agricultural science. (Be sure to read the full job description and requirements before applying for these jobs.)
Once the CBD, THC, CBC and other elements are extracted, they are tested for potency. Different components play different roles in how they may effect a patient or recreational user, and each individual has their own unique reaction to different strains and the levels of these components. This is because every persons genetic chemistry is unique and the individual elements effect each person differently. A prime example of this extreme range of different effects would be those experienced from a strain called “Green Crack”; one individual would experience a nice level of energy to get things done and have a clear mind, while it may completely OVER-stimulate a different person and give them an anxiety attack or it may cause another to even be tired and have the munchies. It all depends on the genes.
Packaged in measured doses, these components are sent to a “cannabis bakery” or “cannabis drink facility” to be used just like any other regular ingredient bought on the grocery shelves. These bakeries, chocolate bar factories and drink-making plants use these cannabis ingredients in measurable doses in their cooking creations. The various lines of work in the bakery- and chocolate bar-making side of things seeks a person that has a solid cooking, baking or chocolate “science” background, a good knowledge of international flavor palates and spices, math skills to multiply or divide the recipe for large or small orders and organizational and multitasking skills are also beneficial. These unique cooking places must, of course, be state-licensed and regulated to be legally operational. Cannabis-infused beverage plants also seek “master-mixers” who are knowledgeable with flavor extractions and dynamics. The science of taste sensation as well as the knowledge of medicinal treatments the products are used for is important in all areas of cannabis consumables because dosage for these products must be at the top of your mind during the creation process. That is why attention to detail and the ability to measure ingredients very precisely is exceedingly important in these career paths.
Once these cannabis concoctions and delicacies are created and packaged, they are sent out to dispensaries for consumers to enjoy. The workers at the dispensaries must know the dosages of different substances in the consumable products and how they may effect the user. To find out about jobs similar to these fun bakery and bar making careers, check out ChronicJobs.com and post your resume and browse the job list today.