is the base for truffles and infused into beverages and other food applications.
The extraction unit is the same machine that
pulls essential oils from herbs like lavender and
eucalyptus. Nick Nolan, Dixie Elixirs’ extraction
technician, says similar technology is also used
to sterilize medical implants. The unit, like any
other piece of modern food manufacturing
equipment, has a digital interface that shows
and stores production data.
The process uses leaves, also known as
“trim” rather than the flower or bud. Marijuana
leaves are easier to come by and typically
sell for one-seventh of the cost while carrying
half as much THC. Nonetheless, access to raw
plant material is variable and is always in high
demand. Dixie Elixirs’ production schedules
pivot on the arrival of new raw material.
Education is key to instilling customers with
confidence in edibles products. Dixie Elixirs
emphasizes accurate and informative labeling
and strong traceability standards.
“We try to follow as much of the regulated
(food safety) model as we possibly can,” Hodas
said. “Our history is serving medical patients.
It’s important for us to have products they can
As part of Colorado’s mandated “seed-to-
sale” tracking system, Dixie Elixirs has a trace-
ability system in place that identifies, using the
batch number, which store it was sold to, all the
way back to the plant from which the oil in the
Cannabis-infused foods are regulated
by states rather than by the Food and Drug
Administration, as they’re not universally legal
in the United States. Hodas said as the state is
developing regulations, edibles manufacturers
are working to give consumers as much information as they can. The challenge is communicating to inexperienced consumers who are
prone to consuming the treats like their conventional counterparts.
Labels for Education
In the food industry at large, labeling is a hot
Education is key to instilling customers with confidence
in edibles products. Dixie Elixirs emphasizes accurate and
informative labeling and strong traceability standards.