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Azuca to Present on Whole-Plant Edibles at The Emerald Conference

Charlie Villaneuva, Director of Commercialization, to showcase advancements in whole-plant edibles at cannabis science conference March 1-3 in San Diego

NEW YORK (February 16, 2023) – Edibles pioneer Azuca today announced Charlie Villaneuva, Director of Commercialization, will showcase a poster presentation titled Whole-Plant Edibles: Harnessing The Full Power of Cannabis at The Emerald Conference, produced by MJBizScience, taking place March 1-3 in San Diego.

“Azuca is leading the industry with innovation on whole-plant edibles, using our proprietary, fast-acting process to encapsulate active cannabinoids directly from their plant form, eliminating the need for extraction,” said Villanueva. “By delivering whole strain edibles, with their natural terpene profiles preserved in edible form, we will vastly expand the potential medicinal and wellness benefits a consumer can experience, as well as broaden manufacturers’ product formulation options.”

Azuca’s TiME INFUSION® is a revolutionary method that encapsulates individual cannabinoid molecules and makes them water-friendly, enabling faster uptake, which begins immediately in the mouth and avoids the liver, where cannabinoids are degraded and absorption is slowed. In addition to Azuca’s licensed products, the company specializes in expert product development and can work with numerous ingredient applications, including a seamless integration formulation for fast-acting gummies, syrups, beverages, and chocolate. Unlike traditional edibles, Azuca products deliver effects in 5-15 minutes and allow for greater Delta-9-THC absorption and a euphoric smokers-high.

Villanueva has worked in technology development, commercializing advanced formulations and novel pharmaceutical manufacturing platforms in private and venture-backed startups for over a decade. At Azuca, he advances the company’s core technologies, oversees the validation and release of new products, manages the intellectual property portfolio, and develops analytical methods for the cannabis industry. 

“This is an excellent forum to showcase our industry-changing advanced formulations.  Historically the edibles category has been exclusively focused on concentrates and our mission is to bring consumers closer to the plant with whole-flavor, whole-spectrum, whole-plant ingestibles,” added Kim Sanchez Rael, Azuca CEO and Co-Founder, who will also be in attendance at The Emerald Conference with Villanueva.

Curated by the Emerald Conference’s Scientific Committee and produced by MJBizScience, The Emerald Conference is the original, longest-running interdisciplinary cannabis science event taking place March 1-3 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. 

To learn more about Azuca, and access its recently published white paper on how AZUCA TiME INFUSIONenables Delta-9-THC as opposed to traditional 11-Hydroxy-THC, visit

About Azuca

Azuca serves edibles and beverage manufacturers with best-in-class, fast-onset delivery systems, and advanced formulations. Azuca’s products are chef-created, science-forward, and powered by its patent-pending TiME INFUSION® process, which encapsulates individual cannabinoid molecules, making them “water-friendly,” for a predictable and controllable experience every time. AZUCA TiME INFUSION® is available in dozens of SKUs, including Wana Quick Gummies, Columbia Care’s Hedy Edibles, and The Botanist Fast-Acting Gummies. Azuca’s branded and co-branded THC products are available in select dispensaries across the US and Canada. Learn more about Azuca on and Follow Azuca on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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