Quebec licensed producer HEXO Corp. has been forced to write down the value of its inventory of cannabis trim by $2.4 million, another potential warning sign for an industry struggling with oversupply and large producer stockpiles.
HEXO cited “new and available third-party information” that resulted in a price adjustment of the fair market value for trim for the decision, which was disclosed as it restated its financial statements for the period ending Oct. 31, 2019.
Unlike the cannabis flower, which contains high levels of THC, trim is essentially a byproduct of cultivation that consists of the leaves and stems that have trace-levels of THC.
The perfect analogy for flower versus trim, is steak versus sausages
“The perfect analogy for flower versus trim, is steak versus sausages. Trim is just the byproduct — all the stuff that doesn’t look good but can still be used, just like parts of a cow you might use to turn into sausages or burgers,” said Brayden Sutton, chairman of Nevada-based cannabis company 1933 Industries Inc., and the former executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis Inc.
Sutton says in general, the ratio of THC in flower to that of trim is 20 to 1 (though that varies by strain), meaning that it would take 20 times more trim in weight to extract what you would get from flower.
“Trim is useful to companies, and it’s a whole other market. You can take a big garbage bag full of weed trim, put it into an extractor and pull the essential oil out of it,” he said.
But there could be too much cannabis trim on the Canadian