With recreational cannabis use legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, big companies are increasingly interested in getting a piece of the market — particularly in cannabis-infused foods known as edibles, Mother Jones reports.
David Downs, cannabis news editor for GreenState, an online culture magazine run by the San Francisco Chronicle, told Mother Jones that edibles are producing revenue in the hundreds of millions in places where marijuana use is legalized. The Specialty Food Association called edibles one of the top 10 trends of 2018.
Because cannabis is easily added to foods and beverages, changes are coming as the market expands and more consumers prefer to eat it rather than smoke it, Downs said. He predicts that big companies will introduce more products and that the edibles market will start to resemble the alcohol market. He also believes an “extinction-level event” for small edibles businesses