Lunchbox Alchemy Media Files
Although known for crafting edibles, Oregon’s Lunchbox Alchemy defines itself more as an innovator than a manufacturer. The company attributes a big chunk of its success to research and development with a focus on sustainability.
A group of Oregon growers, processors and retailers are working with lawmakers on a bill that would enable their companies to sell cannabis out of state, potentially opening new markets for a marijuana surplus.
The company has been around since the medical days, first making a splash with the Squib, a 100 mg puck of gummy candy that brought one of our writers to his knees. The Squib is a metaphor for the early days of legal pot shopping, an embodiment of serious bang for your buck. These days, Squibs contain 50 mg each—the legal limit per item in Oregon. In my opinion, the sour sugar-coated Tangos are significantly tastier than the Squibs, and I’d rather eat two Tangos than take a half bite of a Squib.
Lunchbox Alchemy is arguably Oregon’s best-known Cannabis company, and for good reason. Launching the Squib in 2014, their edible became popular almost immediately…Aside from the Squib, however, Lunchbox has always maintained a small stock of quality-focused extracts for the market.
These gummy candies, hard candies and cookies are the same products that Lunchbox plans to start manufacturing next month when it opens an 11,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Santa Rosa, California, said Burl Bryson, Lunchbox Alchemy chief executive officer. The expansion to California, which started recreational cannabis sales in January, could position Lunchbox as a brand in a large, emerging market.
Their packaging is next level: biodegradable inks, recycled paper, and a clear window for product viewing, made from a compostable material. The THC, cannabinoid, and terpene content are clearly listed in equal-sized font on the front, a choice that will help educate and motivate consumers and patients to give equal weight to terpenes as they do THC.
A trophy for Best Sweet Edible, Medical, went to an outfit called Lunchbox Alchemy, for a grape-flavored squib. Wolf watched respectfully. “Their squib is tasty and ridiculously strong,” she said, as a young woman made an acceptance speech. “Thank you guys for loving the squib as much as we do,” one woman said. “We fuckin’ love you guys!”
Though the verdict is still out on the benefits of weed for runners, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence from pro-ganja athletes. Tyler Hurst, a writer, runner, and cannabis enthusiast in Portland, OR, has been using cannabis regularly for about five years. He typically ingests a Squib, a small, easily stashable edible, before long weekend runs.
Lunchbox’s squibs are a regular winner of edible awards in what is one of the more crowded fields of edible-dom. Plus, they have their own Instagram hashtag (#SquibSquad).
You can’t mention Portland marijuana without getting into the subject of extracts, and you definitely shouldn’t leave Lunchbox Alchemy out of a conversation on concentrates. Where purity and potency are concerned, this company continually pushes the envelope. With proprietary systems and medical-grade solvents, they distill and filter their product twice before it leaves their doors.
In Bend, the largest building permit issued to a marijuana business in the first quarter went to Lunchbox Alchemy, a maker of edible forms of cannabis, for $500,000 worth of construction on a new facility on Layton Avenue. The building has 9,000 square feet for intake, processing, production and shipping, along with an employee break area. Plans include a 3,000-square-foot mezzanine for office space.
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