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of cannabis-infused confections and six
flavors of infused carbonated beverages
in three strengths. Nearly 70 percent of
its products are foods and beverages.
Of those, approximately 50 percent are
candies, such as truffles, Colorado Bars,
Dixie Rolls and mints. Dixie Elixirs
also produces flavored tinctures and
pressed pills, as well as balms, bath
salts, massage oils and pain-relief
lotions that lack a psychoactive
Marijuana use is currently
legal in a few states, but it still
carries a stigma that the edibles
industry is working to shed.
“We want people to understand that the extraction
process involves a lot of
technology and expertise,” Hodas said. THC
is extracted in oil form through an intricate
mechanized process. Dosages of THC in products are tested at multiple points throughout the production process by an independent laboratory. The company posts the test results online.
Construction is ongoing, but when it is complete, Dixie Elixirs’
extraction unit will be displayed behind glass near the facility’s
entrance, similar to the mash tun in a brewery, Hodas said.
Two vessels in an extraction unit are filled with ground cannabis
leaves. The extractor pressurizes and heats carbon dioxide, which
becomes a supercritical fluid. The fluid acts as a solvent to pull the
THC, as well as cannabidiol and other cannabinoids, from the leaf
material. Separators exert different amounts of pressure on the materials, which leaves them in different containers. This leaves a deposit to
be used for topical products, food products and vaporizers. The THC oil