Stores in Washington state selling a marijuana-infused soda are having an unusual problem with the inventory: It's exploding.
"It sounded like a shotgun going off," Zach Henifin, manager of Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, told KOMO News. "You can actually feel it, it was that explosive." The store, one of many in the state selling marijuana products since doing so became legal earlier this year, had ordered 331 bottles of the sparkling pomegranate drink. The explosions were dangerous enough that the store had to move the bottles into a steel bin. And when handling the bottles, workers had to wear a facial shield for protection. "It's almost like bomb box because they randomly go off during the day," Henifin told the station. The shop is one of three that has reported exploding marijuana soda issues. Mirth Provisions, which makes the soda, blames the problem on yeast.
"It was simply the fact that his batch had a higher yeast concentration, and one of the byproducts of yeast is excess carbon dioxide," Adam Stites, founder of Mirth, told Hemp.org. The company has been having problems with the bottles for more than a month now. In early September, The Columbian reported that the tops of the bottles were popping off, a defect then blamed on the wrong bottle type. Several weeks later, however, the top-popping issue popped up again. Stites said the problem has since been resolved.
"We've modified our manufacturing processes to completely eliminate that yeast," Stites told The Columbian. "We've made several test batches with the new processes and they are testing with zero yeast." He expects to start shipping the more stable pot pop bottles within a few weeks.
What's really funny about this is picturing some asshole buying one of these weed sodas (totally necessary purchase) and having it blow his face to smithereens when he's just tryin to get his buzz on.
I'm gonna be honest here, I'm not a big pot edibles kind of guy. I think the whole idea of it is sort of dumb and pointless. It's a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" type situation here, and just smoking it ain't broke last time I checked. I have friends who swear by them, say that it gets you like a billion times more higher, but I just don't agree. And yeah, I know this is a drink so technically it's not an "edible, but I put it in the same category so pipe down. Hey, everyone's got their own thing and that's cool so I'm not hating on people that like this kinda thing (yes I am), but picturing somebody who's overthinking getting stoned having their plan literally blow up in their face... it's satisfying in some way I can't explain, but you get it.
P.S. Wait, a company started by stoners trying to jump on the legalization bandwagon to make some dough has a product that's dangerously untested and unsafe? Noooo way.