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Marijuana dispensaries are constantly looking for new and inventive products to separate themselves from their competitors. Ermont, a Quincy-based dispensary, has done just that with their newest product, a THC-infused lip balm.
Known for their unique cannabis creations, including THC-infused hot chocolate mix and red pepper chive butter, the company formulated their new balm using coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, eucalyptus lemon oil and five milligrams of THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, is a chemical that produces the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects. Once THC is consumed, it attaches to and activates neurotransmitters responsible for pleasure, memory, coordination and thinking.
Due to the small dosage of THC in Ermont’s lip balm, the product will not induce severe psychoactive effects, Seth Yaffe, director of operations at Ermont, told Boston Metro. Rather, the balm is used for medicinal purposes, including relief from pain and dryness.
“From my experience in the medical cannabis field, the information I’ve gathered is that a topical would not be psychoactive unless it enters the bloodstream,” said Joseph Gilmore, co-founder and outreach director at Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council. “[The lip balm] would actually be more for inflammation and it would help with dryness.”
Gilmore, currently a senior at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said he could see fellow college students using a lip balm topical.
“I could see college students using that because it’s not very detectable,” Gilmore said. “Topicals [are more discrete] because they don’t really give off a strong marijuana odor.”
Emma Talebzadeh, a sophomore at Wheelock College and Boston native said she’s an avid supporter of medical marijuana and would use a product like Ermont’s lip balm.
“I’m totally open to exploring different types of alternative medicine. If [THC] is going to help somebody feel better, then why