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June 27, 2022

Without USDA Organic certifications for the cannabis industry, certified kosher status is a dispensary’s best bet for proof of quality cannabis.

Temescal Wellness is now one of the few Massachusetts medical and recreational dispensaries that offer certified kosher cannabis flower! While that’s great news for those who keep kosher and choose to partake in smoking cannabis, you might be wondering — Isn’t cannabis already kosher?

If kosher restrictions are, more or less, law within the Jewish religion that prohibit eating some foods like meat, fowl, fish, most insects, and any shellfish or reptile — what does that have to do with smoking weed? 

While every plant is kosher by default, plants that are processed, like cannabis, must be reviewed before it can be certified as kosher. “Cannabis itself is a plant and is considered kosher on its own. It comes from the earth and is traditionally smoked and not eaten.” a member of our production team said.

So, the kosher certification really applies to how that flower is processed, according to Matador: “Every raw material a cannabis producer uses must be certified as kosher, including all of the equipment they use.” So that means the soil we use to grow our cannabis plants, the pruners our teams use to trim stems, and even the papers we use to roll our Perch Harvests pre-rolled joints — every process and material that we use during the growing, drying, and packaging processes must be inspected and approved by a rabbi.

We chatted with our production team to learn more about why they pursued a kosher certification for our bud. To start, certifications like USDA Organic are unavailable for cannabis products and facilities. But our staff says that, in lieu of other certifications, being certified kosher “ensures consumers receive the most pure and quality product” at our Massachusetts stores. Receiving a kosher certification can effectively act as another way that our team upholds our high standards for the cannabis flower that we grow and sell.

​​While our kosher certification applies only to our cannabis flower and pre rolled joints for now (not our distillate, oils or edibles) our team pointed out that this dietary law also overlaps with other types of dietary restrictions, like veganism and vegetarianism, as well as some restrictions that those in the Muslim religion may adhere to. We’re proud that our customers can purchase cannabis flower that aligns with their values.

Plus, becoming kosher certified is much more than getting our bud blessed. “For a cannabis company to be certified kosher, there are a few steps. First, you have to find a kosher certification company that is willing to work in partnership with you. Then, once you are able to get a rabbi to see the facility, all ingredients and processes must be checked and approved by the rabbi,” explained our team member. “We also have snap inspections three times a year to ensure that we are still within compliance for remaining kosher.” Keeping our cannabis flower kosher is an ongoing process.

Want to know more about our kosher certified Perch Harvest flower? Browse our menus to learn about our sativa, indica and hybrid flower, and place your cannabis order online before you stop into one of our Massachusetts dispensaries. Our knowledgeable and friendly associates can assist you in finding a certified kosher product.

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