Canadian company looks to sell weed coffee pods

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It’s no secret that Vancouver loves weed. Vancouverites can get it in dispensaries, in pizza places, and if one Canadian company has anything to say about it, they’ll be able to get it in their morning cup of coffee too.

CannTrust, the only pharmacist-controlled and operated producer of medical marijuana in Canada, has unveiled the CANNCUP. Designed for use with single-cup coffee makers, the single shot pods feature coffee, tea, and hot chocolate mixed with medical marijuana.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has made the decision that cannabis is acceptable in all forms and it should be up to the patient how they choose to use it,” said Eric Paul, Pharmacist and CEO of CannTrust Inc. in a press release. “They have said, in effect, that if users would rather drink their medical marijuana than smoke it, they have the right to do so.”

The pod itself contains dried cannabis leaves, which are brewed along with the drink-of-choice, releasing a healthy dose of cannabinoids in the process. Paul says the one shot format of the CANNCUP is its primary benefit.

“The inability to control dosage has been a concern among both health-care practitioners and patients,” explains Paul in the release. “CANNCUP provides a measured dosage that can be taken or administered without any impact on the immediate environment, which is particularly meaningful for patients living in long-term care facilities who may choose not to smoke or vaporize.”

Clinical trials and Health Canada approval are still in the works, but CannTrust hopes to have CANNCUP in home sooner rather than later.

“Our focus has always been on the treatment and therapeutic value of cannabis, and CANNCUP pods were developed in the spirit of this new ruling,” Paul says in the release. “We look forward to Health Canada approval so we can bring this effective treatment alternative to Canadians in need.”

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