Avery Collins, award-winning ultrarunner, placing 15th in the UTMB CCC.

Avery Collins: Pro Ultrarunner and Cannabis Advocate

Elite ultrarunner Avery Collins is one of the fastest in his sport, and guess what?  He was the first professional runner to be sponsored by a cannabis brand.  He utilizes cannabis during his training blocks and after his races to optimize recovery. He is not afraid to let the world know, too! He’s done some of the most challenging races on the planet including his most recent 100K in France.  We spoke with Avery once he returned to Colorado and got to hear all about it and more.  Here’s what he shared with us.

Ultrarunner Avery Collins zipping up a Quiq cannabis-branded coat.

Q&A with Avery Collins, award-winning ultrarunner

Avery, we’d love to hear about the race in France you just finished.  How’d it go?

Well, it was the most competitive race by far.  It’s a 101km race called the UTMB CCC (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc through Courmayeur, Champex and Chamonix) in France.  I came in 15th out of 2500 runners which is actually the furthest back I've ever finished in any field.  That definitely says something about the competition because, at the same time, I can say it was undoubtedly one of the top three to five performances of my life.  Traditionally speaking, my time would have put me between fifth and eighth in previous years, and as soon as last year I would have finished six or seventh with my time, so the sport is clearly growing really fast.

My goal was to run it in 11 hours and I came a little short of that with 11hrs and 47 minutes.  I'm not displeased with that by any means.  I ran the hardest race I could in terms of pushing myself.  In terms of training, had my season gone a little bit differently, perhaps I would’ve been closer to that goal, but I believe that was the best potential outcome on that day and I am excited for that.

Avery Collins, award-winning ultrarunner, placing 15th in the UTMB CCC.

Credit: Colin Schultz

Is there any footage from this race we could watch?

I would highly encourage you to go onto YouTube and just type in UTMB CCC.  (click here for video).  It's worth watching just to get an idea of the magnitude of the race.  In the US, when you do an ultra, it’s very quiet and there are not very many people in the field size.  If you are lucky, there are a few hundred people.  Whereas in CCC, there were tens of thousands of fans; helicopters flying over filming you live, and it's being broadcast on television.  It’s a totally different world there and the sport is legitimate, whereas here, there are a dozen sports you have to get through before ultrarunning is even relevant.

We’d love to hear about some of your past achievements.  What are Avery Collins' favorite races? 

There've been plenty of race wins I've had that were incredible, but at the end of the day, I don't think it's really the wins that are most notable or that stand out in my mind.  It's more specifically the races that have been the most difficult, maybe perhaps even more mentally than physically, that I pushed through and finished despite whatever underlying issues I was having.

The one that stands out the most is a race called Tor des Geants (Tour of the Giants) in a valley in Italy.  It’s a 210-mile race that circumnavigates the Italian Alps.  I would definitely say it's one of the hardest races in the world and my expectations were pretty high.  The race did not go the way I assumed it would go.  I was dealing with some really difficult injuries, so persevering through them and finishing was one of the harder things I've ever done.  For context, I was in a very serious car accident two weeks before the race and it shifted a lot of things in my body from my rib cage to my pelvis, and then running 210 miles over 32 mountains took a big toll on my body.  The six months after were a pretty tough time, very depressing and I had extreme back pain.  I don't deal with daily pains like that anymore but with that being said, I also spend an hour and a half to two hours a day doing yoga and functional strength training.

A group of three athletes running in Courmayer, Italian Alps.

What are some of your favorite cannabis products you work with for training and racing, and how do you incorporate them?

For training and racing, I use Quiq.  I love how quickly I start feeling it.  I take one 10 milligram piece of chocolate every two to three hours, and if I'm going out for an 8-hour run, two to three pieces are plenty.  When I get home, I’ll take Quiq's indica chocolates to wind down post-run and before bed.

The other product I use regularly is trupura CBD.   I use it in smaller amounts, like 50 milligrams of CBD oil each day, and with longer efforts, I'll take anywhere from 500 to 1000 milligrams when I get back.   I find that it helps reduce inflammation quicker than normal and expedite the recovery process.  I'll also take 50 milligrams of trupura CBD alongside my multivitamin every morning to help my body absorb more of the nutrients I’m giving it.

Ultrarunner athlete Avery Collins picking up a piece of Quiq cannabis chocolates.

Can you share a bit more about your recovery protocol?

A lot of people really like to preach about how great CBD is, but honestly I think THC is vital and great for recovery.   There's nothing I've ever found that can relax me more than THC after a giant effort such as a 100 mile race.  People assume that you can just sleep after a run like that because you're incredibly tired, but the thing is your legs are really throbbing, you can feel your blood pumping through them and through your veins.  I’ve found that for me, the only way to really calm that down is with THC.  My experience is that it’s the true component of recovery.  So, I combine that with a high dose of CBD and find my recovery time to be greatly reduced.

I’d love to add something that I think is really important and not promoted enough, which is taking breaks from consuming cannabis. Three to four times a year I don't use cannabis for four to eight weeks at a time and I’ve found it helps me keep a healthy relationship with cannabis.  I have no dependency upon needing it for a run.

An athlete holding a bottle of trupura CBD tincture on a Colorado mountaintop.

Hear more from Avery Collins and his experience runnin' high

Avery is based in Silverton, Colorado, and is happily engaged to pro ultrarunner, Sabrina Stanley.  He attributes his love for running long distances to cannabis, as it helps bring his awareness fully into the present moment, to both enjoy every moment of the run and be attentive to all the subtle messages his body is communicating to him.  He is truly one of a kind and we love him!  Follow Avery’s journey on IG at @runninhigh

And experience for yourself how incorporating Quiq and trupura CBD products into your fitness regime can benefit your mind and body. 


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Federal Cannabis Legalization in 2021

Most people who have been involved in shaping our nation’s legal cannabis industry would agree it has been far from smooth sailing. State by state legalization, for all its triumphs, has had plenty of shortcomings and tends to cause a lot of confusion. The constant back and forth conversations about federal cannabis legalization in 2021 leave much to the imagination. Is it going to happen? What will it mean for states who already have legalization? How will it change the manufacturing and sales processes for established cannabis companies?

One thing’s for certain: the federally legal status of cannabis in 2021, and going into 2022, is anyone’s guess.

A marijuana flag waving outside of the white house, advocating for federal cannabis legalization.

How many states in the U.S. have a legal cannabis industry?

As of now, Nebraska and Idaho are the only states with no form of cannabis legalization whatsoever, but 12 states only allow low-THC, CBD oil. Another 18 states, including D.C., are fully recreational for people over 21. Overall, 37 states have a medical marijuana program, and it seems like new regulations are being added or changed every day. 

This hodgepodge of individually legalized states has amassed plenty of uncertainty around the right way to move the cannabis industry forward. However, a new cannabis legislation plan being proposed by Senate Democrats may offer the answer most people can agree on.

Senate leaders move to end the federal prohibition of marijuana

On July 14th, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), alongside Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), unveiled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. The main point in the draft legislation calls for U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. This would allow any state to establish its own cannabis regulations without federal interference. 

Some of the other mandates outlined in the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act include:

  • Expungement of non-violent federal marijuana convictions within one year of passing the legislation
  • Imposing a 10% tax on all cannabis products
  • Preventing federal officials from taking discriminatory actions against legal cannabis users
  • The creation of an Opportunity Trust Fund from new cannabis tax revenue that would be invested into programs aimed at repairing communities most affected by the failed War on Drugs
  • Allowing physicians with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to recommend medicinal cannabis as a form of treatment 
  • Transferring power over cannabis regulation from the US Drug Enforcement Administration to the FDA and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

For NORML’s Political Director Justin Strekal, passing the legislation means real freedom for responsible cannabis consumers. “With one in eight Americans choosing to consume on a semi-regular basis, including nearly one in four veterans, we must end the practice of arresting over 500,000 Americans every year and denying countless others employment, housing, and other civic rights if we are truly to be the ‘Land of the Free’,” stated Strekal.

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How could the cannabis industry and society benefit from federal cannabis legalization in 2021?

Legalizing cannabis is beneficial both from an industry and social standpoint. The impact on state revenue only shows the potential a decriminalized cannabis market could have on the economy, and that’s just the beginning. Here are some other reasons why descheduling cannabis is essential for us as a nation.

More banking options

A major problem for most cannabis companies is having access to banking. Since cannabis is still a federally illegal substance, banks are extremely hesitant to work with or lend money to any type of cannabis business, regardless of a state’s legal status. 

The financial investment for acquiring the necessary cannabis licensing is a hefty expense, which leaves most smaller businesses in the cold. Many dispensaries and retail stores have also been robbed because they are unable to accept credit or debit cards. However, a bill known as the Safe Banking Act has been passed to the Senate after overwhelming support from the U.S House of Representatives.

Increase in state revenue

States with a legalized cannabis industry have seen millions in return from the taxes and fees imposed on medical and recreational businesses. By 2026, the legal recreational market is expected to bring in nearly $42 billion.

Allows for interstate commerce

Forcing cannabis companies to be responsible for every aspect of their production, manufacturing, distribution, and sales is an unsustainable business model. Interstate commerce has caused supply and demand issues, which in turn hinders the growth of the market and the ability to meet patient/consumer demand. It also makes the pricing model for cannabis products incredibly varied. Concentrating cannabis entrepreneurs to a single state for their revenue puts them in a risky position when prices begin to fluctuate. 

An end to needless arrests and criminal penalties 

An FBI report in 2019 found police had arrested more people for cannabis offenses than violent crimes in that same year. Other studies also prove there are significant racial disparities in the number of possession arrests in communities of color compared to white communities. Some of these sentences have been as long as 10 years. 

Full access to cannabis medicine

Many have gone to great lengths to experience the kind of relief cannabis has been shown to provide, even for neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. People have spoken highly about the benefits of cannabis for years, and it’s time for modern medicine to catch up. The more opportunities we have to study different cannabinoids and how they interact with the human body, the sooner we can create products unique to specific medical conditions.

A person in an Army uniform wearing a cannabis leaf patch. Veteran medical care is a large reason to advocate for federal cannabis legalization.

Tell the Senate you support federal cannabis legalization in 2021

Want to make sure your voice gets added to the discussion on cannabis legalization? The Senate is accepting public comments about the draft legislation now. Send your feedback to [email protected] and help them understand why 60% of Americans are for medical and recreational cannabis.


Production of Nove Luxury Chocolates; chocolates being dispensed into a mold.

Our Favorite Edible Flavors for 2021

Edible Flavors in 2021 Have Never Been Better

You can’t walk into a Colorado dispensary and not find an edibles section that would even make Willy Wonka jealous. Cannabis edibles have stepped out of a world of pure imagination and are bringing a cool, dreamy aesthetic with them, along with the secret recipes. Curious about our favorite edible flavors for 2021? 

An edible’s flavor separates the “ahhhh” from the “ehhhh,” and the number one request from edible consumers is having better ones. Flavor is a huge part of the experience and should match the quality of the product like any other ingredient. As a leading edible manufacturer in Colorado, Medically Correct strives for innovation, improving taste, quality, and consistency among the other market brands.

Production of Nove Luxury Chocolates; chocolates being dispensed into a mold.

Our Top Six Favorite Edible Flavors of 2021

These flavors are truly unbeatable and can be used in so many creative ways when making edibles. It’s hard to pick just six, but somehow we managed!

Peanut Butter

Chocolate and ooey-gooey peanut butter are never bad together. It’s food science. Honey Peanut Butter from our Nové Luxury Chocolate line has just the right blend of honey mixed with rich, South American milk chocolate. Or, if you like something sweet and salty, our Peanut Budda Buddha hits the spot with its chocolatey, pretzel filling.

A close-up shot of incredibles Peanut Budda Buddha bar. Peanut Butter is one of our favorite edible flavors for 2021

Strawberry

A classic flavor that never goes out of style. There’s no doubt we love its simple and sweet taste and our incredibles Strahhhberry gummies are definitely a dispensary favorite. We also have a Strawberry Crunch bar that tastes like a strawberry rice crispy was smashed into a tiny square. For those wanting a quicker entourage effect, our new Quiq fast-acting gummies are available in strawberry, as well as watermelon and blue raspberry.

Blueberry - A Must-Have Edible Flavor for 2021!

Blueberries are sweet, tart, and easy to eat. Plus, they’re delicious in a chocolate bar. Our new CBN-infused Snoozzzeberry Chocolate bar gives a whole new meaning to bedtime snacks. Still can’t sleep? Then try counting some Snoozzzeberry gummies so you can finally get some shuteye. 1mg, 2mg, 3mg…zzz.

incredibles Snoozzzeberry gummies placed on a bathroom counter.

Coconut

Since COVID won’t let you go to the Bahamas, we’ll bring those sandy, white beaches to you. Coconut is the ultimate island flavor, so what else would we name our Nové chocolate bar but Island Coconut? We also recommend changing your computer background to a beach for dramatic effect.

Mint

What better way to enjoy Colorado’s snow-capped Rocky Mountains than with a minty, cool edible? Our Mile High Mint incredibles bar is certainly worthy of its name. You’ll be riding the ski lift all day long, figuratively and maybe even literally! The Nové Glacier Mint Bar will also get the job done, but you’ll have to go way more North if you want to see glaciers.

A Nove Glacier Mint bar unopened on a branded rolling tray; this and the package on a marble background.

Peach

If you know your Colorado History, then you know about the delicious juiciness that is Palisade peaches. How do we celebrate their unyieldingly sweet flavor? By making what are arguably the best peach edibles in Colorado. Our Peach Dream bar and new Summer Peach gummies are an ode to our state’s finest summer fruits. But nothing can beat the real thing.

Discover Your New Favorite Edible Flavor for 2021

Your taste buds will have a party with these golden-ticket flavors. Our company is only getting started when it comes to edible creations, but the experience and artistry from our team of cannabis chefs will get us there in no time. We invite you to indulge in our award-winning edibles by using our store locator to find which Colorado dispensary has your favorite flavor.


A headshot of Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef at Medically Correct.

Meet Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef at Medically Correct

The Colorado Cannabis Industry, Then and Now

Just over 10 years ago, at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was founded with a mission to truly help people.  It started with the incredibles chocolate bar line, which now, is the highest volume edibles company in Colorado!  Through innovation and with patient feedback, our founders -- Rick Scarpello, Bob Eschino, Derek Cumings, and Josh fink -- helped shape the industry in the state and across the nation.

As consumer trends have shifted and luxury cannabis products have come to market, we realized that affordable, everyday luxury wasn't available to Colorado's cannabis consumers.  Enter Nové, a line of filled chocolate edibles – created not only to fill this gap (no pun intended!), but to also express our deep love of culinary creativity. 

Nove Sea Salt Caramel luxury cannabis chocolates resting on a slate surface with kitchen utensils. The new line is hand crafted by Medically Correct's Co-Founder and Executive Chef, Josh Fink.

Q&A with Cannabis Chef Josh Fink

We had a chance to sneak into the Nové kitchen for a Q&A sesh with Co-Founder and Executive Chef, Josh Fink.  In this blog post, Josh tells us about the beginning of his culinary journey and what first inspired him to step foot in the kitchen.  He also discusses how cannabis played a key role in his personal life, which turned into a passion that made a significant impact on his career. 

Arguably, his discovery also heavily contributed to today's cannabis edible selection!  Now, in 2021, you'll find a large variety of cannabis chocolates and confections; and more is yet to come, which Josh touches on in this Q&A.  

When asked what in his career he's most proud of, Josh responded: 

Helping to make cannabis understandable and accessible for anyone.

Read more about Josh's story on the Nové website: https://noveisluxury.com/chef-josh-fink/

Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef at Medically Correct, picking up a piece of Nove Luxury Chocolates.


A headshot of Derek Cumings, Co-Founder and R&D Leader at Medically Correct.

Meet Derek Cumings, Co-Founder and R&D Leader at Medically Correct

Derek Cumings, Helping To Pave The Way for The Nation's Cannabis Industry

Over 10 years ago, at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was born with a mission to make cannabis products safe and accessible to patients in need.  We launched the incredibles chocolate bar line and our early focus on consistency and quality propelled us to the top of the Colorado edibles market.  We’ve since grown into the highest volume edibles company in the state!  Our success and longevity are a true testament to our incredible leadership team.   

We connected with our Co-Founder and R&D Leader, Derek Cumings, to hear more about his journey within the cannabis industry and Medically Correct.  This is what he shared with us.

Derek Cumings, Co-Founder of Medically Correct, exhaling a cloud of smoke after toking a blunt.

Q&A with Derek Cumings

Derek, what inspired you to join the cannabis industry?

About 22 years ago, I became my first patient after a fall that broke both of my legs and compressed discs in my lower back.  Early on, I decided I didn’t want to take part in the treatment plan put forth by the doctors who were backed by pharmaceutical companies.  After several legal issues as a young man for cannabis possession and use, I was pretty much forced to quit.  However, just a couple of short years later, medical cannabis laws were passed in Colorado and California.  In the midst of hating my current medical situation, I was given a joint by a friend for nausea and that small reintroduction opened my eyes.

I thought the possible long-term effects from pills were much worse than any problems I had with cannabis and I didn't want to treat lifelong ailments with something that had such harmful potential.  I began using more and more cannabis in different ways, simultaneously taking fewer and fewer pills.  My quality of life increased 10x.  I then convinced my parents of the safety and efficacy of cannabis, and once they understood, I didn’t care what anyone else thought.  I was able to actively go out and push for Colorado's changes and cannabis laws.  As I joined local patient groups, I realized I already obtained more knowledge and experience than most; the people within the places I looked to for answers were much further behind.  So, I began helping them.

About 15 years ago, I owned one of the first ten dispensaries in Colorado, Harmony Wellness in Windsor.  After that, I pushed my way through the industry on multiple levels through edibles and concentrates, and this is when I met Rick and Bob.

Three jars of terpenes resting on a counter at the Clear Creek Extracts lab in Evergreen, Colorado.

How did you learn to create cannabis oil, then edibles, and other infused products?

Making the jump from smoking to edibles was huge in my personal treatment plan.  Edibles were outrageously overpriced and equally inconsistent.  Using the 'caregiver' providers available at the time was the only option for cannabis products other than flower, or occasionally water or scissor hash.  I was determined to bridge the gap because there needed to be a better answer.  At the time, trim was a liability for growers, so I began turning waste into wonder.

In a pre-Youtube world, I was taught by an elderly patient about rudimentary solvent extractions.  After nailing down procedures for making ultra-potent, solvent-based concentrates, I was able to put it in almost anything.  I moved quickly to cakes, chocolates, ice cream, olive oil, pizza, drinks, and the crown jewel of the time -- hard candy.  I swapped ideas with some of the only people in the game at the time, and that was when the first true product lines were born.

What in your current position are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about my presence in cannabis. I grew complacent over time and I’ve realized it’s time to stop taking that for granted.

A Medically Correct employee hand-trimming cannabis stalks.

There’s a buzz about your new upcoming brand, Zelō.  What can you share with us about it, Derek?

Introducing people to cannabis for the first time has always been one of my favorite motivators.  And while those opportunities are few and far between, compared to a decade ago, I’m excited for the possibilities of the new projects reaching fresh faces.  Cost and confusion have long been two of the barriers to entry for patients and customers looking to try edibles for the first time, and we’re hoping to change that with Zelō.  Zelō is for the people.

Connect with Derek Cumings, Medically Correct Co-Founder and R&D Leader

It’s easy to see how Derek’s contributions over the years have played such a big role in our success and we sure are grateful for him. Reach out to connect with him on Instagram and keep in touch with Medically Correct by entering your contact information here.

We’d love to stay connected!


Bob Eschino, Medically Correct President and Co-Founder, dressed in a grey suit for a headshot.

Meet Bob Eschino, Co-Founder and President of Medically Correct

What Inspired Medically Correct

Eleven years ago at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was born with a mission to truly help people.  We launched the incredibles chocolate bar line and have since become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cannabis-infused products and have helped countless licensed cannabis companies across the U.S. learn the art of extractions and infused product production.

We owe it all to Grandma Noni, the original inspiration for Medically Correct.  After witnessing the healing powers that cannabis had on his grandma, Bob Eschino, Co-Founder and President of Medically Correct, was inspired to create consistent, quality medical cannabis products for patients in Colorado.  We had a chance to connect with Bob and chat with him about his journey.  He’s what he shared with us.

President of Medically Correct, Bob Eschino stands in a grey suit and Nove t-shirt

Q&A with Bob Eschino

Bob, how did your professional background look before cannabis?

Well, during college in the late 80s, I was a sushi chef in Fort Collins serving sashimi to cowboys... it was a bit of a task and quite hilarious!  Then I became a bartender while waiting to become a rockstar, and after college, the packaging industry found me.  I excelled quickly as a salesperson and my career took off.

What inspired you to enter the cannabis industry?

As you know, I got into the cannabis industry through my grandmother. Back in 2009, she was towards the end of her life and my brother, Tom, started making edibles for her.  She was someone who’d never touch cannabis or topicals for her pain, but she’d eat a cookie and all of a sudden her appetite would return, her pain levels drop and she could sleep.  As I watched this unfold right before my eyes, the light bulb went off and I approached Rick about making edibles at his bakery.

incredibles Mile High Mint cannabis-infused chocolate bar on a slate surface, surrounded by mint leaves

How did your advocacy start and develop once you entered the cannabis space?

It really started right out of the gate when I quickly realized that if I wasn’t sitting at the table, other people were making the rules for me and my business that could hurt us. So I showed up everywhere I could.  Soon after adult-use came out, we got together with the Cannabis Business Alliance and put out one of the first education campaigns teaching people to “start low, go slow”.  We also created recommendations for the budtenders to suggest to new patients; to start with low doses and build slowly day by day until they find their ideal dose.  We gave all the dispensaries education cards to talk about with their patients and put them in every bag.  I’m glad this way of thinking at dispensaries is now standard at least here in Colorado.

What regulations have your and the company's efforts helped shape?

If you look at current CO regulations, they mimic what Medically Correct regulations have been.  As we did more things in the CO cannabis space that the Department of Revenue saw and liked, those things were incorporated into the rules and regulations.  First it was testing oils in finished products and using proper packaging with nutrition fact labels.  And personally, I traveled across the country helping to guide individual markets.

A shot of an indoor marijuana grow room in Colorado

What is your proudest achievement?

That I’ve actually helped people!  First just my grandmother, then other families and children with health issues, then veterans with PTSD, and so many other people including retired athletes who all really need the relief cannabis offers.  It really makes me proud.

Where do you hope to see the company in 5 years?  10 years?  Etc.

Medically Correct is our Colorado licensee and is a great testing ground for new brands and products.  If you can be successful here, you can be successful anywhere.  I see us getting our new brands cemented and shored up here in CO, then taking them to other states and finding solid partners for national expansion.  I also see us becoming a company able to provide quality cannabis product options to every tier of the consumer.

A shot of Nove luxury cannabis chocolates; the Cafe Cappuccino is a favorite of Bob Eschino's, the company's president.

Connect with Bob Eschino, Medically Correct Co-Founder and President

Having spent most of his life in Colorado, Bob graduated from Colorado State University with a double major in business.  Outside of his work, he enjoys playing and coaching hockey, skiing, golfing, and fly-fishing...and he’s getting back into playing and making music.  Connect with Bob on LinkedIn, and be sure to try our Medically Correct products from your local dispensary.


A shot of Rick Scarpello, Medically Correct CEO and Co-Founder, posed with a piece of Nove cannabis luxury chocolates.

Meet Rick Scarpello, Co-Founder and CEO of Medically Correct

Serving Patients and Shaping The Cannabis Industry

Just over 10 years ago, at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was born with a mission to truly help people.  Along the way, they ended up helping to shape industry regulations in the state and across the nation, too.  Rick Scarpello, Bob Eschino, Derek Cumings, and Josh Fink launched the incredibles chocolate bar line, and before it was even mandated, they began lab testing and labeling products with activated milligrams of THC and nutritional facts.  The early focus on consistency and quality propelled us to the top of the Colorado edibles market and into the highest volume edibles company in the state!

A shot of the Founders of Medically Correct.
The founders of Medically Correct. Derek Cumings (left), Bob Eschino, Rick Scarpello, and Josh Fink (right).

We had such a fun time chatting with our CEO and CO-Founder, Rick Scarpello, a food expert with truly innovative and cutting-edge ideas.  His leadership has been a driving force behind developing a handful of businesses and industry-leading products and processes throughout his career.  In addition to co-founding Medically Correct, LLC, licensed in Colorado, Rick founded Ma Hua, LLC, a natural remedies company, and most recently Data Correct, LLC, a new specialized ERP software company.  We asked him about his journey thus far and here’s what he shared with us.

How did your professional background look before cannabis, Rick?

I started managing people when I was a 19-year-old in college, and haven’t stopped managing people since. It was around 30 years of working for someone else before I began owning my own businesses, so I had all the experiences I needed to figure out what it takes to be successful.  I’ve run commercial bakeries to bowling alleys to full-scale marketing and website development businesses, and in the early 90s, I created one of the first online bookstores. Throughout my career, I’ve always been compelled to take an existing idea and make it better, to re-think it from the beginning and turn it into something new.

A woman dispensing infused cannabis chocolate into molds in the Medically Correct (incredibles) kitchen.

Rick Scarpello, tell us: what inspired you to enter the cannabis industry?

It was more like who than what, the who being Tom Eschino, Bob’s brother.  Tom was making pot cookies for his grandmother so she could feel better and they really worked for her.  Long story short, Tom’s efforts were the original inspiration for Medically Correct.  He convinced Bob, Bob convinced me, and everything else came together when we founders all merged our individual expertise.

What sorts of challenges has Medically Correct faced during the pandemic?

One challenge we didn’t face during the pandemic was the City of Denver, which was a surprise. Typically, there is so much involved in modifying anything on the premises, but once COVID hit, they said to just do whatever needed within the manufacturing facility to protect our staff.  Around 90% of our staff isn’t able to work remotely, so we had to work hard to figure out ways to keep everyone safe.

A shot of Rick Scarpello, Medically Correct CEO and Co-Founder, posed with a piece of Nove cannabis luxury chocolates.

What's coming next for the company?

We have a lot in the pipeline but now that Nové has launched, we have a new brand that’s going to be born soon that will feature traditional types of products and some that you haven’t seen yet.

Of all your career accomplishments, what are you most proud of other than Medically Correct?

You know how Denver is the gluten-free mecca of the country?  That was me.  It took me nearly two years, but Rick Scarpello invented Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread, the #1 gluten-free bread in the world!

Mr. Scarpello, what piece of advice would you give to aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs?

I’d give very different advice to someone looking to invest in the industry versus someone who just has an idea and is starting from the bottom.  But for both, I’d tell them to surround themselves with people that are going to help you get to where you want to go.  You must have perseverance and especially passion.  Without those, you’re dead before you start.  And always go with your gut.  If you trust your gut, you’ll be right more than you’ll be wrong.

Nove luxury cannabis chocolates being dispensed into molds from an automated machine

Connect with Rick Scarpello, Medically Correct Co-Founder and CEO

Rick lives in Morrison, Colorado, with his family and is a new proud grandpa of a beautiful baby boy.  Head over to Rick’s website to check out his career accomplishments or connect with him on LinkedIn.  And be sure to try our new Nové luxury chocolate line and other Medically Correct products from your local dispensary.


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The Six Best Medically Correct Cannabis Products for Summer

This Season's Cannabis Product Must-Haves

Take a deep breath because summer is almost here! After all the anxiety, frustration, and struggle during the year-that-must-not-be-named, it feels good to see the slow return of summer activities and events. If there’s one thing we all deserve, it’s a busy schedule filled with concerts, beach days, and weekend getaways! The only thing that can make these experiences better is by indulging in your favorite cannabis products for summer. 

Cannabis can elevate your mood while keeping your mind and body at ease. We’ve all earned some rest and relaxation, so now is not the time to allow overthinking, stress, or anxiety to take away from your summer to-do list. And Medically Correct has just what you need to help you create unforgettable experiences. 

Check out our six picks for the best cannabis products to have with you this season! 

Say hello to your new summer cannabis faves!

No more sheltering from the outside world. It’s time to break out that summer wardrobe and make those vacation reservations. And with these six awesome products, you’re almost guaranteed a fun, chilled-out summer!

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1. incredibles Summer Peach Gummies

What better treat to take to the beach than these sweet peach gummies! Breathe in that salty sea air as you gaze out to the horizon feeling cool, calm, and unbothered. Stress and worry are not invited to your mini-getaway! 

Pair with: Sea, sand, and a colorful beach umbrella

Available at: Oasis Cannabis Superstore, Solace Meds Fort Collins

Average cost: $15.00 per 100mg THC (ten 10mg THC pieces per pack)

Adult-use; various states including Colorado

A woman climber applying trupura CBD Extra Strength Salve to a sore joint.

2. trupura CBD Extra Strength Salve

Getting outdoors does the body well, especially during the summer. After being cooped up inside for so long, it’s time to hike, swim, bike, and do whatever we can to get moving! And by having this extra-strength CBD salve on hand, you can help manage any pain that creeps up. Don’t let sore muscles put a dent in your plans -- these cannabis products for summer are essential!

Pair with: Running shoes, mountain bike, and hiking backpack

Available at: Full Circle Salon and Spa, Meadowlark64, or shop online!

Average cost: $48.00 per 1000mg container

Ships online nationwide

Clear Creek Extracts DUO vape against a Wolf Pac colorful mural background.

3. Clear Creek Extracts Pineapple Express x Sour Lemon Meringue 1000 mg DUO Pod

Two is better than one! Switch between these yummy summer flavors to set the mood no matter where you are. The sour lemon meringue will definitely hit the spot during an outdoor BBQ. Or, if you have a big day planned ahead, a quick hit of the pineapple express will keep you moving. 

Pair with: A daytime adventure or a night out on the town

Available at: Wolfpac Federal, Green Cross Rifle

Average cost: $50.00 for 1g increments

Adult-use; Colorado exclusive

 

incredibles Smores Bar stacked on top of a marshmallow and graham cracker

4. incredibles S'mores Bar

We all know the staple of any good campout is the ooey-gooey s’mores, and the incredibles S’mores Bar will take your favorite campfire treat to the next level! A tasty blend of marshmallows and milk chocolatey graham crackers will help you settle in and keep warm while stargazing.  

Pair with: Cozy flannels, a big campfire, and starry skies 

Available at: Organic Alternatives, Twin Peaks Dispensary

Average cost: $18.00 per 100mg THC bar

Medical and adult-use; various states including Colorado

Quiq fast-acting tincture in its 1:1 CBD:THC formula

5. Quiq 1:1 Tincture

Splash your lemonade or iced tea with a dash of this minty cool tincture. Add a wide brim hat and a fan, and now you can be lounging on your lanai in style, just like the Golden Girls! Because seriously, who doesn’t want to be Betty White?

Pair with: A sunny lanai and your favorite tunes

Available at: Fermont County Cannabis, The Healing Canna

Average cost: $50.00 per 100mg bottle

Medical and adult-use; Colorado exclusive

Nove Island Coconut luxury cannabis chocolates surrounded by island-themed props. This is a cannabis product for summer!

6. Nove Island Coconut Bar

Let the sweet coconut taste transport you to the tropics while basking in the glow of a coral and orange sunset. There’s nothing like savoring a piece of dark chocolate while feeling the warm summer breeze on your skin. Ride those island waves deep into the night! These new luxury chocolates are absolutely a must-have cannabis product for summer.  

Pair with: A lei, hibiscus hair flower, and a new pair of shades

Available at: Simply Pure, Kaya Cannabis 

Average cost: $20.00 per 100 mg/10 pk bar

Adult-use; Colorado exclusive 

Shop your local dispensary online or in-store to snag your cannabis must-haves for summer!

Our brands at Medically Correct are featured in numerous dispensaries across the country. Shop online to see if we’re available at your local dispensary!

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Be sure to tag us with your summer cannabis haul at @medicallycorrectllc so we can get in on those summer vibes. Cheers to you and the great days ahead!


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Cannabis and Anxiety: What Does Science Say?

If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental condition in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The disorder affects 40 million Americans every year, so 18.1% of the population! Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering from anxiety receive treatment: meaning less than half of the impacted demographic. 

Shadowy person at sunset, looking outdoors after consuming cannabis for anxiety

How is anxiety treated?

In addition to pharmaceuticals, therapy, and other lifestyle tweaks, medical cannabis is rising in popularity as a way to manage anxiety. There’s typically no cure for anxiety; it’s just something most people have to live with. Anxiety is an approved condition under various states’ medical cannabis programs, with thousands of patients taking advantage of the budding (no pun intended) industry to improve their mental health. 

Cannabis and anxiety: what does science say? 

Currently, cannabis research is limited, partly due to the plant’s federally illegal status under U.S. law. This means we don’t have many tangible resources supporting cannabis for anxiety. 

Cannabis is considered a Schedule I Substance, meaning it's considered as highly addictive without any potential for medical value. Meth, heroin, and yes, even cannabis, are all on this list alongside each other, holding equal potential for damage in the eyes of the federal government. 

The medical cannabis programs across the country say otherwise, but the impenetrable federal red tape prevents scientists from conducting key cannabis research, legal businesses from utilizing safe banking solutions, and businesses from effectively marketing cannabis products -- creating a gap. 

With that being said, we do have access to some scientific research and anecdotal evidence, which build a strong case for cannabis and anxiety! When it comes to mental health conditions, and anxiety especially, it’s important to consume cannabis the “right” way: meaning the right way for your body and brain. 

A woman dripping incredible Wellness cannabis tincture into a tall glass of lemonade for anxiety

How does cannabis help anxiety? 

If you know anything about cannabis, you probably know some people experience anxiety when they consume it. This is because of the THC in cannabis. THC isn’t bad, but it can cause anxiety in some people. There are a lot of different reasons why someone might feel anxious after consuming high-THC cannabis, including:

  • Simply too much THC for them 
  • Not eating enough before consuming
  • Consuming cannabis in a wildly-stressed state of mind
    • Sometimes, cannabis can bring out deep-seated (or not so deep-seated) emotions we are already feeling, further exacerbating internal stress. It helps to take a few deep breaths and calm your mind as much as possible before consuming cannabis. This way, it can continue the job and further relax you!
  • Genetics
  • Hormones

According to a 2017 report published by the University of Washington, THC appears to decrease anxiety in lower doses and increase anxiety in higher doses. The same report notes CBD to also decrease anxiety in all doses explored. Unlike THC, CBD does not create a psychoactive effect. After consuming CBD, you’ll likely feel more relaxed, focused, and balanced. CBD is most often derived from hemp. 

The federal government removed hemp from the Schedule I Substances list in 2018, effectively paving the way for an exploding American CBD market. However, as we mentioned before: marijuana remains on this list. 

Hemp and marijuana are cousins, both considered to be cannabis plants. The difference? The THC content. Per the 2018 Farm Bill (the bill which removed hemp from the Schedule I Substances list), hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC to be legally sold. Therefore, all of the CBD available to you at the grocery store and online is derived from hemp, so the products you can purchase without a medical marijuana card or visiting the dispensary - like trupura CBD

Here are four key ways to best utilize cannabis products for your anxiety: 

1. Microdose your cannabis

When you think of cannabis consumption, you might think of the typical stoner. Someone chain-smoking four blunts in a row, or spending their entire life high and hazy. When it comes to wellness, being stoned isn’t the goal: it’s simply being well. If you’re consuming cannabis for anxiety, we can imagine your goal is relaxing enough to function throughout the day. 

In this case, you don’t want to be stoned. Enter microdosing. Microdosing is exactly what it sounds like: dosing your cannabis in micro amounts. This way, you’re still reaping the benefits of cannabis, but you aren’t too high to go about your day. Microdosing works by stimulating the endocannabinoid system, just like cannabis in larger amounts. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system every human being has, and it’s how cannabis works in our body! 

Woman microdosing cannabis edible for anxiety

2. Choose products with sedative properties & shop with terpenes in mind

You might hear the words “indica” and “sativa” and wonder what they really mean. Truth be told, in the grand scheme of things, the words don’t mean much. Cannabis is a complex plant, full of different compounds like cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. 

Rather, approach it this way: “I’m looking to relieve my anxiety, so I need to find something that will relax me.” This opens you up to a world of potential. From here, you can begin looking at different methods of consumption, dosing suggestions, terpene content, and cannabinoid ratios. Try a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC for anxiety relief, like this Black Cherry chocolate bar from incredibles. 

When it comes to terpenes, they have therapeutic properties of their own! Myrcene, for example, is just one terpene thought to relieve anxious feelings. Read this blog post we wrote about terpenes to learn more; they’re amazing compounds. 

3. Try a hemp-derived CBD product first

If you’ve never tried cannabis before, you might first consider trying a CBD product derived from hemp! This way, you won’t experience any psychoactive effects. You might find you need something more (like THC), or CBD might be just what the doctor ordered.  

Research suggests something called endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome might be at fault for various diseases. Studies like this one ponder endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome’s role in fibromyalgia, migraines, and IBS. Hemp-derived CBD can introduce cannabinoids in your body, gently waking the endocannabinoid system, without overloading you with THC. 

If you think you need THC to start and you live in a legalized state, go for it. We always recommend starting low and going slow until you learn your perfect dose. Pay close attention to how your body feels after consuming cannabis. This way, you can quickly identify how much is too much. 

A woman opening a bottle of trupura CBD Watermelon gummies for anxiety

4. Try a fast-acting product

Fast-acting cannabis products allow you to quickly gauge your tolerance. Traditional edibles can take up to an hour to kick in, sometimes even longer. When this happens, it’s easy to overdo it and regret it just a few hours later - especially when you’re feeling anxious and just want to find relief. Quiq White Chocolates are formulated with rapid absorption technology and like the edible we highlighted above, it offers a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio. 

When you’re learning how much your body can tolerate, it’s best to utilize the rapidness of Quiq and avoid overconsumption. After learning your dose, then consider incorporating traditional edibles like the cherry dark chocolate.  

Ready to try cannabis for anxiety? 

We want to emphasize that we are not doctors. We aren’t qualified to give medical advice, but we sure know a lot about cannabis and we know actual experts who can give medical advice! 

Before introducing cannabis into your wellness routine, reach out to professionals like the nurses at Leaf 411. It’s a free hotline that provides the general public education and directional support about cannabis. There, you can talk through any concerns you might have about trying cannabis. Once you’re given the green light - come and shop with us.

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Cannabis for Better Sleep: What Does Science Say?

No one likes having raccoon eyes or feeling irritable all day after a sleepless night. Unfortunately, falling and staying asleep can be hard, especially as we get older. This begs the question, is cannabis the answer to sleep-related issues like insomnia? Some of our own consumers say absolutely!

“I LOVE the [incredibles Sour] Gummies. I have 6 titanium rods in my back & my spine is fused so it’s very difficult to sleep, but these gummies help me fall asleep & stay asleep. They are the best thing ever made!”

“I have MS, arthritis, and chronic inflammation. I take one of these [incredibles Red Licorice Gummies] every night before bed. I have been completely pain-free for months.”

Scientific studies are providing more and more proof that the human body was built for cannabis. So where does the research stand on getting better sleep?

Woman struggles to sleep at night. What does science say about using cannabis for better sleep?

Sleep Survey Says Yes, No, and Maybe

Scientists aren’t wasting time uncovering all of the relaxing and sedative effects cannabis provides, but when it comes to sleep, some research shows mixed results. 

One study observing patients both with and without sleeping problems found that cannabis shortened the time it took for them to fall asleep. Another in 2019 found that almost 67% of the participants experienced better sleep by using CBD

However, other studies have found some people experience higher rates of insomnia after trying to limit night time usage. There’s also evidence that heavy marijuana use in younger adults could cause them to develop sleeping problems later on in life. That’s why researchers like Kimberly Hutchison, an associate professor in the Sleep Medicine Program in the Department of Neurology at OHSU, are pushing for more long-term research and limiting the barriers placed on cannabis research.

“Research on cannabis and sleep is in its infancy and has yielded mixed results with significant biases. So, additional control and longitudinal research is critical to advance our understanding of research and clinical implications along with short and long term risks.”

Young woman wearing the brainwave scanning headset sits in a chair. She is participating in a research sleep study.

How Does the Endocannabinoid System Affect How We Sleep?

Up until about thirty years ago, researchers didn’t even know the endocannabinoid system existed. Now studies are showing how much of an impact this biological system has on our overall health! 

Scientists believe the endocannabinoid system is perhaps the most important factor in how we maintain balance in our physiological functions. This includes everything from our appetite, cognitive processes, and yes, even sleep. It can even affect how we dream!

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Terpenes and Cannabinoids and REM Sleep, Oh My!

So what’s its connection to cannabis, you might ask? Well, as it turns out, researchers have discovered that this system is partly made up of compounds similar to the ones found in the cannabis plant! These are called endogenous cannabinoids and studies show our body produces at least six different types.

Meanwhile, the cannabis plant has over 100 known cannabinoids! Many scientists are studying which ones are beneficial for sleeping problems and other health conditions. The three we hear about most often are CBD, CBN, and THC. 

THC is associated with the “high” many people feel when consuming cannabis. Its sedative effects can make it easier to fall asleep. THC can also reduce the time a person spends in REM sleep and increase slow-wave sleep, thereby reducing how much we dream. This has shown to be a positive side effect in patients with PTSD who frequently have nightmares.

CBN is not as well-known, but some studies find it could be a powerful sedative. These effects are amplified when combined with THC. CBD has gotten extremely popular in the last few years, especially for its therapeutic benefits with little to no psychoactive symptoms. Some doses of CBD can increase alertness during the day and reduce daytime sleepiness. It’s also been shown to be helpful with insomnia and dramatically improve the quality of one’s sleep.

Another part of the plant that impacts the effects of cannabis is terpenes. Terpenes are small, aromatic molecules that give cannabis its taste and smell. About 150 different terpenes have been identified and different strains can have multiple combinations of terpenes. Some of the ones associated with improving sleep include:

  • Myrcene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Terpineol

Cannabis Products to Try for a Good Night’s Sleep

All of these cannabis compounds will produce different effects at varying degrees based on the plant’s terpene profile, THC:CBD ratios, and method of consumption. Trying out different cannabis products is the best way to see which one does the most for your mind and body. 

Here are a couple of cannabis strains and edible options that you can try to help get you to sleep as soon as your head finds your pillow!

  • Granddaddy Purple - An OG indica strain you can’t miss out on trying. A true classic with a sweet taste and plenty of myrcene to help lull your mind to sleep.
  • 9lb Hammer - This strain will crush your insomnia like...well, a hammer! Thanks to its heavy myrcene and caryophyllene terpene profile, you’ll be melting into your sheets.  
  • Trupura CBD Relax Softgels - These 600mg CBD softgels are a triple whammy against restless nights. Add a little beta-caryophyllene and melatonin, and you have the perfect mixture for a night of rest and relaxation. 
  • Quiq Indica Dark Chocolates - It’ll only take about 5-15 minutes before your eyes will be begging to close. Plus, with this edible’s rapid absorption technology, you’ll feel quicker, stronger effects at just half the dosage.
  • incredibles Snoozzzeberry Gummy - Say goodnight and don’t expect to wake up ‘til morning! These amazing gummies infused with CBN will be insomnia’s worst nightmare.

Incredibles Snoozzzeberry gummies in packaging. Cannabis may be used to obtain better sleep.

Don’t Forget to Speak to a Professional Before You Start Counting Sheep

Before trying any of the products suggested above, always remember to speak with a licensed medical professional first. We also advise talking with a cannabis-trained, registered nurse from Leaf 411. There’s no limit to their wealth of information when it comes to managing your health with cannabis.

Medically Correct is chock-full of award-winning products and informational blogs to help guide you along your cannabis journey. We don’t like losing out on sleep, so why should you?  Shop online and pick-up from your local Colorado dispensary today!