Tropizen, a licensed local cultivator and manufacturer of medical cannabis-products, announced the launch of the first cannabis infused Puerto Rican-style hot sauce, known locally as pique, for sale at dispensaries throughout the island.
The new product represents the
latest addition to a line of cannabis-infused edibles that includes real-fruit
gummies offered in a variety of natural flavors including passion fruit, mango,
pineapple and quenepa (a local seasonal fruit also known as Spanish lime),
Power Bites, a high-protein energy bar, and traditional “pilones,” an infused
edible in sesame, passion fruit and coconut flavors.
“We are very excited about this
product, how we are teaming with local farms to produce it, and the excitement
we are seeing from patients as they discover a new way to add medical cannabis
to their daily lifestyle,” stated Marni Meistrell, co-founder of Tropizen.
“Tropizen Pique is an example
of the thoughtfulness that goes into our brand and each product we create. It
exemplifies the essence of our company philosophy and approach,” she said.
Tropizen Pique is manufactured
at its 22,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility, using locally sourced
ingredients, including salt from Cabo Rojo and three different kinds of peppers.
One of them is so rare the company decided to team up with experienced farmers
to grow the amount needed for large-scale production.
Local growers Frutos del
Guacabo in Manatí, Greens to Go Puerto Rico in Aibonito and other farms supply
the peppers and herbs like cilantro, oregano, and recao. Raw whole-plant
cannabis oil is used in the formula to retain the plant’s optimal health
benefits as well as enhance the flavor.
“We are committed to promoting
and developing top-level agriculture production in Puerto Rico through our
own operations and through strategic partnerships,” said Meistrell.
The development process for
Tropizen pique lasted almost two years.
“Our team stayed together and
kept going through hurricane Maria, which makes this launch a big milestone for
us,” said Meistrell.
Each 2-ounce bottle contains
120mg of THC, with 5ml (half teaspoon) delivering a dosage of 5mg with a spicy,
but flavorful kick. Thoughtful packaging includes a child safety cap to secure
the contents of the bottle and a custom-made carton tube.
In just a few weeks, the
company has already secured distribution for Tropizen Pique at over 75% of
medical cannabis dispensaries with additional dispensaries set to be added once
production capacity increases.
According to Meistrell,
Tropizen has made a multi-million dollar contribution to Puerto Rico’s economy
through its investment in people and operations.
Currently, the company has 17
full time direct employees, a number that is expected to reach 50 by the end of
The Tropizen facility is
undergoing construction to double indoor cultivation and manufacturing space as
well as expand into outdoor greenhouse cultivation, she said.