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Three years after their product launch and over 15 years since the idea came about, Amy and Dave Nudelman have secured a patent for their tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) infused chewing gum, Joygum.

Amy is the owner of Joygum, and her husband, Dave, works as a consultant for her.

The product is currently sold in about 225 stores in Colorado and is available in two of the largest dispensary chains in the state: The Green Solution and LivWell, Amy says.

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Joygum product packaging

Joygum comes in seven flavors, with three sugar-free options and varying CBD and THC ratios. 

Each flavor comes in a 10-piece package or ten servings. Lemon Mint, Watermelon Spearmint, Bubba Gum and Strawberry Kiwi (sugar-free) are infused with 10 mg of THC per serving. Blue Raspberry Lime is infused with 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD per serving. Mango (sugar-free) is infused with 5 mg of THC per serving and Peppermint, also sugar-free, is infused with 10 mg of CBD and 1 mg of THC per serving. 

“The active ingredient is released within the first five minutes of chewing it and lasts about [two hours],” she says. “You can keep chewing it like a normal piece of gum. I’d say the flavor profile lasts about 15 minutes.”

How It Started

Dave has worked in confections, dietary supplements and chewing gum for nearly 25 years, Amy says. In 2006, she joined Dave on a business trip to Antwerp, Belgium, where she thought of creating cannabis-infused chewing gum.

“Every day [on the trip], I took the train somewhere, and this one day I went to Amsterdam, and I brought back some cannabis,” she says. “It was about 1 a.m., and my husband was working in the factory. He was grouchy, and I said, ‘Hey, let’s go smoke something.’”

“I was high at

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