ALBANY – Some medical marijuana with your coffee?
Etain Inc., one of New York’s licensed medical marijuana growers, announced Friday that it’s now offering a water-soluble version of the drug that can be mixed into most liquids, including tea, coffee, soup, smoothies and even chocolate syrup.
“We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to bring greater ease and flexibility to thousands of patients’ lives through this innovative new product,” said Hillary Peckham, chief operating officer of Etain.
Etain is the first grower in New York to receive state Health Department approval to offer a water-soluble version of marijuana.
Company officials believe the powder will make it easier for patients to ingest the drug and, hopefully, broaden the appeal of medical marijuana.
The powder is composed solely of plant-based, all natural ingredients and is formulated with beet sugar and cannabis oil.
The Daily News first reported in January that Etain was planning to broaden its product line in an effort to better compete for New York’s still-limited pool of patients certified for medical marijuana use.
As of Tuesday, New York’s medical marijuana program, which launched in early 2016, had only 51,480 certified patients, according to the state Health Department.
Etain — which operates dispensaries in Manhattan, Yonkers, Syracuse and Kingston — also hopes to have a cannabis lozenge and ground marijuana flowers that can be used in vaporizers available for patients sometime this summer.