Mary’s Medicinals CBN Transdermal Patch Review

Mary’s Medicinals is our favorite brand of transdermal patch. The CBN one is a standout for its help with getting to sleep and staying asleep.

Transdermal patches are placed on a clean patch of skin and deliver the medication through the skin. With patches, the amount of medicine released is consistent and can keep the effects going for a full 12 hours. We like to use rubbing alcohol to clean the area of skin both before we put the patch on and after we take it off. Our preferred locations are the inside of our wrists and the tops of our feet.

Mary's CBN patch

Dosing & Effects

We have experimented with half of a patch and one quarter of a patch (both are shown in the picture). With one half a patch we started to feel the effects within 20 minutes and were ready to go to bed not long after 30 minutes. With one quarter the effects took a little longer but still give us a strong relaxed feeling that is perfect to help us get to sleep and avoid insomnia.

The quarter patch dose has become our preferred tool for those nights when we want some extra help with getting into sleep mode or we want to interrupt episodes of insomnia when they appear.

Strength: 9

Website: http://www.marysmedicinals.com/

 

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Atlas Medicinal Cannabis Edibles Review

Atlas edibles are a hybrid of a granola bar, a fruit/oat bar and a cookie. They come in Sativa, Indica and two different Hybrid formulations. Each bag contains 80mg of THC. There are four pieces in each bag, each piece contains 20mg of THC. They are colorfully packaged, interestingly flavored and cleverly named.

four bags of Atlas brand cannabis edibles

photo courtesy Atlas Edibles

Products

The two hybrid products are Stratus and Nimbus. Stratus promotes mindfulness & playfulness. It is flavored with lemon caramel, wild blueberries, poppy seeds and a hint of ginger. Nimbus is the other Hybrid flavor, having the same effects as Status but flavored with dark chocolate, hazelnuts, pecans and currants.

The Indica edible, which promotes relaxation, is flavored with Mexican chocolate, warm spices and pumpkin seeds. They call it Origin.

Atlas Sativa Ember clusters

Ember edible

The Sativa edible is called Ember and it promotes functionality and creativity. It’s flavored with caramel, cayenne, toasted cashews and California apricots. If you are sensitive to spicy, don’t be put off because I love spicy and I hardly noticed any heat when I tried it, so it’s a mellow heat offset by the nuts and apricots. It is vegetarian and almost vegan (if your vegan eats honey) with the cannabis infused in coconut oil.

Ember has a pleasant oat bar/moist cookie taste with some crunch from the cashews and a nice fruity finish with the apricots. THC flavor was present but mild, as was the heat from the cayenne, which I hardly could notice. I should note that I like spicy food and have a tolerance for it, so you might notice the cayenne more than I did. Atlas describes it as promoting positivity, functionality and creativity.

The Nimbus Hybrid product suggests it will promote balance, mindfulness and playfulness. It has a pleasant dark chocolate smell with some of the THC coming through. The taste is the same oat-y, sweet nut and fruit flavor as the other Atlas products. The pecan and hazelnut flavors come in behind the chocolate, oat & honey taste. There is a definite cannabis taste but it is mild and quite well balanced with the other flavors, so the taste is neither medicinal nor absent.

Dosing

It was confusing for me that they called the pieces inside “clusters” a cluster can be a single square or the four squares stuck together could also be a cluster. From just reading the dosing information on the outside I could not tell what I would find inside. Once I opened the package I found four square pieces stuck together with a silicone bag stuck to the bottom of one of the squares.

I had to re-read the instructions and was still confused because the graphic shows one square cut in half, so did that mean half of the four squares stuck together should be cut in half to make what they called a “cluster”? I decided that since there were 80mg in the package, that must mean there were four pieces, each with 20mg, so I pulled apart the four squares.

Atlas Sativa Ember pkg clusters

Atlas Edibles’ Sativa Ember edible fresh from the package

For my usual test dose of 10mg I cut one of the squares in half. Cutting one of the squares in half required a sharp knife since they are dense and there are nuts inside. It cut cleanly in half. My usual 10 mg dose was just right for this product as I found it strong and potent.

Effects

Ember – I took a 10 mg dose of the Sativa edible on a half-empty stomach in the late morning with coffee and I could feel it within 45 minutes. Within an hour I had the full effect of energy and focus. I had so much energy I felt like I could scrub the driveway with a toothbrush if I had to! Luckily I only had usual weekend chores and some cooking to do, so it was perfect.

I had a strong munchie effect from this edible. Since it is strong it likely impacts the blood sugar in a strong way too, so be sure to have your favorite liquids and snacks around.

Nimbus – I took a 10mg dose with my breakfast coffee, pairing it with a piece of bacon to provide the fat that edibles need. I started to feel the effects in less than an hour. Like the Ember product, this one is also potent and delivers a pleasantly noticeable effect. I experienced a clear-headed high, with some energy from the sativa effects and a solid relaxing effect on the body. This wasn’t a foggy-headed or lethargic high that comes with some hybrids that are indica-dominant.

 

Flavor: 7

Strength: 9.5

Website: atlasedibles.com

Space Gem Sour & Sweet Cannabis Spacedrops Review

Space Gems are gumdrop-style candies made in Humboldt County, California with ice water hash. The box contains 6 candies that each contain 10mg of THC, a total of 60mg for the box. They are vegan, which is still hard to find in gummy-style or gum drop edibles, a big plus for everyone who wants to reduce their impact on animals.

They do not come in Indica or Sativa styles, but they come in Sweet or Sour “Spacedrops”. They are clearly marked with a suggested 10mg serving size of one “drop”, something we always appreciate in our edibles.

Texture and Taste

SPace Gem Sweet Inside

They do look like little sparkling gems in the box. They have a gummy-like taste and a gumdrop-like texture, with sugar covering a squishy square. The texture is exactly what you would expect with a gum drop. Both taste quite good, the Sour flavor brings an extra sour and the Sweet is not too cloying with a pleasant sweetness.

Effects

Since they are made from hash we assumed there would be a hash-like effect of a heavy head, with a strong pull to the couch and to inaction. I was surprised that the effect seemed pretty well balanced between sativa and indica effects, with the focus and some energy while still relaxed. I never felt “over revved up” or that over-caffeinated feeling you can get with strong sativa edibles. I definitely experienced the heightened senses, including the munchies.

A very good tasting handmade edible, mostly relaxing effects with some focus and a little energy. Enjoy a cruelty-free edible with no animal products!

Strength: 6

Flavor: 8

Link: SpaceGemCandy.com

 

Altus Labs Sativa Cannabis Pills Review

by Alton

Altus pills provides cannabis in pill form with no flavorings, similar to aspirin or other medicine that comes in pill form. They come in Sativa, Indica and CBD formulas. The Indica and Sativa are available in 5mg or 10mg pills

I first tried a 10mg Sativa pill at 3pm on a Friday afternoon after work, when I wanted some energy, focus and creativity as I prepared dinner and did some cooking for the weekend. I had a late lunch, so my stomach had food on it. I took it with some caffeine and some water, since I usually take pills with water and take some caffeine when I use edibles.

Altus 10mg pillsMy initial experience was a strange mix of feeling that it was too strong and feeling slightly nauseous to then feeling that it wasn’t very strong at all. It may be down to the blends they use in their hash oil, but I felt effects different from what I usually experience in edibles. There was strong focus and some energy effect. I also experienced what felt like a testosterone boost, what I imagine “roid rage” (from the use of steroids) to be. Feelings of anger and aggression went along with the energy and focus. I did not experience as much of the heightened senses that I usually experience with visuals, sounds, smells and tastes.

I was able to cook with a pretty clear head thanks to the focus, but the anger and aggression were unpleasant, as was the nausea. The effects started to fade about 5 hours, so it lasted what is usual length for me. Overall it did feel  energetic but with too sharp an edge for me. When I’ve tried it again since, I get the same unusual effect, feeling easy to anger and on edge. I get none of the usual pleasant positive energy I usually get from a Sativa edible. I’m not sure what causes this effect but it is most unpleasant for me.

As of March 2018, Altus products are only available in Colorado and Nevada.

Strength (0-10): 4

Flavor (0-10): 0

Website: Altus Labs http://altuslabs.com/products/