Manufacturers extract cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis plants and make products out of the extract. The types of products they make vary widely and include:

  • Food and beverages
  • Vape cartridges
  • Lotions and balms
  • Lozenges and sublingual sprays
  • Pills and tablets
  • Dab, shatter and wax

Cannabis manufacturers use techniques and processes common in other types of consumer product manufacturing. Manufacturing steps differ based on the type of manufacturing, but generally include:

  • Extraction of cannabinoids
  • Post-processing (refinement) of cannabis extract
  • Infusion of extract or plant material with other ingredients
  • Packaging and labeling cannabis products

You need a manufacturing license to make cannabis products in California. The type of manufacturing license you need depends on:

  • What activities you do
  • Whether you do extraction and post processing
  • What types of chemicals you use (if any)

You need a different license if you manufacture in a shared-use facility.

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