Mindy Segal showed off some fancy treats last Saturday. Segal, an award-winning pastry chef from Chicago revealed some treats that might include her signature style during the Professional Dispensaries of Illinois' Medical Marijuana Education Expo in Buffalo Grove.
She owns Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago and has offered to develop products specifically for the medical marijuana industry, becoming the first well-know chef to do so.
However, the fragmented marijuana laws around the country are hindering her progress somewhat. While she has been working in a small kitchen in Colorado for the time being, she can’t work in Illinois until Cresco Labs, builds a kitchen at its growing center in Joliet.
So far she has three distinct flavors lined up, a candied grapefruit and light chocolate; milk chocolate peanut butter brittle; and a dark chocolate with smoked almonds and caramel. The marijuana will be added in a tasteless oil mixed into the delicacies.
Segal wasn’t the only one showcasing her talents however. Elle Silverman, a specialist at PDI, was showing the crowd how to make infused butter and offered some advice: to go slow when eating edibles as the effects take longer to feel due to ingestion vs inhalation.
“The whole idea behind this is education,” says PDI COO Joseph Friedman who was on hand with CEO Dr Mark H. Mandel to answer questions from expo-goers.
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In states where edibles are available for the public to consume in terms of either legal recreational or medicinal marijuana, a labeling issue has been causing some headaches. Many edibles do not have accurate information listed on the label in terms of THC content. Edible companies have stated they have concerns because when they send the products off to be tested, often varying results are obtained by different labs doing the testing. Because of this, a new testing method has been developed.
Commonly edibles have been tested with high performance liquid chromatography, but the machines that do this test were not developed with edible marijuana products in mind as the input. A special process has been developed where edibles are ground up with dry ice or liquid Nitrogen, then diatomaceous earth is added. Using flash chromatography then allows certain products to be pulled out. After that, the high performance liquid chromatography can then be used to derive accurate results.
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