Garden Society Sativa Cannabis-Infused Dark Chocolates Review

Garden Society’s Sativa cannabis-infused dark chocolates are vegan and gluten-free. They are infused with a Sativa strain of cannabis from the famous Mendocino County, California area. As one of the few vegan options in chocolate cannabis edibles, they are a welcome addition for folks who are eating in a more animal-friendly way. The product tag line is “Sativa for a Brighter Day” and they deliver.

My local dispensaries charges around $26 for a 100mg package, making it $2.60 for each 10mg serving of THC. An individual single-does package is $6.00, so while you may want to buy a few single doses to try them out, financially it makes better sense to buy the 100mg bag.

The bag is a standard two-handed pull apart resealable pouch. The bites are not individually wrapped so to keep them their freshest, make sure the package is properly resealed and kept them refrigerated.

Dosing & Flavor

The smell from the bag is a chocolatey spicy smell. The chocolates are nicely finished with a gold colored logo pattern. The squares are substantial and the insides have a nice medium texture that is soft to bite through. It’s great to let them slowly melt in your mouth, to really savor the chocolate spice flavors.

Flavored with Ceylon cinnamon, cayenne pepper and organic New Mexico chili powder, these chocolates have a nicely mild spice level. As someone who loves spicy foods and has a tolerance for them, I found the spice level mild, but it may be closer to medium for folks who are sensitive to peppery heat.

The flavor is chocolatey and doesn’t have any bad aftertaste or strong cannabis taste. They taste of natural ingredients with no artificial flavor taste.

As we always recommend with new edibles, try half of your usual dose before trying a full dose as you never know how strong something will effect you. The chocolate squares are pretty easy to cut or bite in half to give a 5mg THC dose. Even being experienced with edibles and with a usual dose of 10mg of THC, I always began with a 5mg THC dose since you never know how your body will react with new cannabis edibles. After waiting over two hours and having only light effects for that trial run, on a different day I moved to my usual full dose of 10mg.

Effects

I appreciate edibles that are labeled specifically with Sativa, Indica or Hybrid, as they give me a better idea of what effects to expect. The effects I experienced were what I would expect from a Sativa strain, mostly mental stimulation and less physical impacts. I found these bites provided a mild physical relaxation without hardly any “stoned” feeling.

The effects for me were an energetic effect, mentally stimulating and put me in an elevated mood. That combined well with the mildly relaxed physical impacts to help me get some things done around the house without being too spaced out to accomplish anything. I also didn’t experience the “over-caffeinated” effects I get with some Sativa edibles. It was a nice uplifted feeling with a positive mood boost and motivated energy.

For me, these are perfect for the daytime, or anytime you want some extra energy and mood lift. They could be good for socializing, as I didn’t experience any anxiety or anti-social feelings. They definitely have a good strength level, so I wouldn’t take more than my usual dose. I did find the effects supported creativity, so I could see doing creative work on these edibles, as long as I avoided any activity that doesn’t go well with being impaired – I wouldn’t weld metal or blow glass on these, for example.

An excellent choice if you’re looking for natural ingredients, in a delicious vegan, gluten free cannabis chocolate edible. These chocolate squares satisfy the sweet tooth and provide an pleasantly uplifted experience. A creative elevation experience in a vegan package.

Taste: 7

Strength: 8

Website: The Garden Society

Kanha NANO Vegan Cannabis Infused Sativa Gummies Review

Kanha’s vegan NANO are “enhanced nanomolecular gummies”, meaning they are more fast-acting than edibles that don’t use that technology. The cannabis infused Luscious Lemon flavor Sativa and Blood Orange Bliss Indica gummies each contain 5mg dose of THC per gummy. There are 20 pieces for a package total of 100mg THC.

These gummies are made without gelatin, so they are vegetarian and vegan friendly. Instead they use pectin, natural coloring and flavoring. They are gluten-free and contain no food allergens like dairy, nuts or soy. Each piece has 29 calories so the whole bag sets you back only 290 calories.

Kanha Vegan Nano Cannabis Infused Sativa Gummies

Taste & Effects

The Sativa product of this line of gummies is labeled is a Luscious Lemon flavor. The smell from the package is seriously citrus and lemony. I found these gummies to be a bit sticky, so it’s best to keep them refrigerated to keep stickiness to a minimum. Each gummy is covered in a fine sugar coating that provides an initial sweet taste. Once that disappears, there is a tart lemon taste and a very slight cannabis oil taste. Unlike other Kanha gummies I’ve tried – such as Kahna’s Sativa Cherry gummies – they are not artificial tasting, because they contain only natural flavoring. Kanha gummies are robust, taking a good five minutes to dissolve in the mouth if you don’t chew them up.

As with all new edibles, I took half of my usual dose the first time to judge how strong they are. The Nano gummies come in packages with twenty(20) 5mg pieces. My usual dose is 10mg of THC, so I started with one gummy of 5mg THC. I took it first one afternoon at home. I didn’t feel much of an effect, even after 2 1/2 hours. I tried again the next morning at the full 10 mg dose.

I did experience a quicker onset of the experience, with effects beginning to be noticeable within 30 minutes and growing to a full effect by the end of the first hour. With the Sativa, it began with a slight uplift effect, plus what I can best describe as a “caffeinated” edge. This is not the same energy-boost and focus-boost type of effect that I associate with some Sativa products, but more of a sharper-edged feeling. I did experience a noticeable increase in senses that I experience with other sativa edibles. This was a little bit like I was slightly on edge from too much caffeine and very focused. It was a clear-headed effect, I didn’t feel dazed or “stoned” and was able to get some work done around the house. The Indica has more typical Indica effect, with more of a relaxed body impact and a bit more spacey head.

Kanha Nano Vegan Blood Orange Bliss Indica Cannabis gummies
Kanha Nano Vegan Blood Orange Bliss Indica

I usually find 10mg of THC is a good dose for me, but for many folks 5mg gives them the effects they want. I tried these again several times at my usual 10mg dose and just didn’t get the strength of effects that I wanted. It may be the strain or the hybrid that went into making the cannabis oil or this could’ve just been a mild batch. I ended up cutting one in half so I could increase the dose to closer to12.5mg. That helped, so if you are tolerant of THC and experienced with edibles, you may find after testing that a but more than your usual dose may be needed to get the effects you want.

With what I experienced as a mild effect, these are great for people who are sensitive to THC or who get the effects they want from a lower dose. Always start low and go slow with edibles and judge the impact for yourself, as we all react differently to different cannabis edibles.

Wrap Up

I love it when edibles are labeled as Sativa or Indica to give folks a better idea of the effects to expect. Kanha Vegan NANO gummies are a good choice. While I find the flavor just okay, it didn’t put me off of using them. Overall a good choice if you are looking for mild effects in a Sativa or Indica vegan THC gummy edible with quicker onset of effects.

Taste: 4

Strength: 5

Website: https://sunderstorm.com/kanha-gummies/?#nano

Atlas Pomegranate Green Tea CBD THC Cannabis Beverage Mix

Pomegranate Green Tea cannabis-infused beverage mix from Atlas lets you make your own beverage and moderate your dose once you mix it up. Each package comes with 10mg of CBD and 5mg of THC. The package is a single serving that you mix with 12 oz. of water and they recommend you do not separate the powder into portions before you mix it up.

As with all edibles and drinkables, it’s important to try new products at half of your usual dose the first time, until you know how strong the effects are for you. Since my usual dose of THC is 10mg and up to 15mg for CBD, I was willing to try this package since, in my experience, CBD reduces the impact of THC.

If you are sensitive to THC or CBD, or you don’t know what your tolerance is, only drink half of the mix you make and wait two hours to make sure you don’t take more than is enjoyable for you. That will give you 5mg of CBD and 2.5 mg of THC, which for some folks is plenty.

The package needs to be cut open to pour out the powder. There was a distinctive sugar and red Kool-Aid type smell from the powder. They recommend that you add the powder to twelve ounces of water in a container with a lid you can close so you can shake it up to mix it.

The ingredients include a few forms of sweetener including cannabis-infused cane sugar. It also contains stevia, which I find gives a dry aftertaste. I use stevia for coffee and tea, but I find the aftertaste too pronounced and unpleasant to be enjoyable for most cold drinks. It is too much for me in this product, as there is slight citric acid aftertaste along with the stevia taste and I found that unpleasant. It made me want to drink something else to get the taste out of my mouth.

Taste

I use stevia for coffee and tea, but I find the aftertaste too pronounced and unpleasant to be enjoyable for most cold drinks. It is too much for me in this product, as there is slight citric acid aftertaste along with the stevia taste and I found that unpleasant. It made me want to drink something else to get the taste out of my mouth.

This tasted more like lemonade with some red, cherry-like flavor more than pomegranate to me. It reminded me of that red, generic flavored powdered kids drink mix, but more tart with the citric acid lemony taste and the stevia aftertaste. The ingredients list natural flavors but doesn’t say what those flavors are. Beet juice makes the reddish color, so there are no artificial colors used.

Effects

I did begin to feel the effects within a half hour, with the reduction of any pain from inflammation I might be experiencing lessened, which I usually find with CBD. Being a liquid, there is less a bit less digesting to be done, so I usually find that cannabis infused beverages have a slightly faster onset for me than most edibles.

There is no indication of what strain(s) are used when extracting the THC, so it can be hard to judge what impact to expect. I found the effects slightly relaxing and it gave me a slightly stoned feeling mentally. I always prefer to know what strain was used or if it is a sativa, indica or hybrid, as that can tell me what impact I can expect.

I find CBD is much more effective on pain and discomfort when paired with THC, so I appreciate the 2-1 ration of Atlas’s beverage mix. I don’t expect a CBD-focused product to give me the elevated experience of a product that is purely or primarily THC. Expect the pain relief, relaxation and anti-inflammatory impacts that are typical for CBD.

Wrap Up

The effects are what I would expect from a 2-1 CBD + THC edible or drinkable. For me, the strong aftertaste was too much, so while I wouldn’t make this beverage mix part of my regular routine, for those who don’t mind the flavor and who like the effects provided, this could be a fine addition to their CBD edibles & drinkables collection.

Taste: 2

Strength: 6

Website: http://atlasedibles.com/pomegranate-green-tea

Periodic Edibles Artisan Cannabis Caramels

Periodic Edibles makes four cannabis-infused caramels, an Indica, a Sativa, a Hybrid and a CBD formulation. Not only are they type-specific (Indica/Sativa/Hybrid/CBD), which I love, they are also strain specific which I love even more!

Each piece is labeled with exactly what strain of marijuana was used to make the caramel. The strain is indicated on the jars and packaging. Sometimes the farm is indicated as well. I tested a Sativa batch made with Cindy 99 (aka Cinderella 99) and an Indica batch made with Obama Kush. The CBD formula has 35mg of CBD and 20mg of THC. The Indica and Sativa caramels both have 50mg of THC.

They also make a “low dose” 10mg individual package as well as 50 mg vegan multi-packs. While the THC caramels are only available in Oregon, they ship their Hemp Caramels to 42 states. They label them as Balanced (Hybrid), Active (Sativa), Recover (CBD) and Relax (Indica). They also make a medical strength of 100mg for medical patients.

Periodic Caramel Pieces

Periodic Sea Salt Caramels are made with quality ingredients and they taste great. There is a medicinal taste to this cannabis edible, but it’s not off putting.The flavor reminds me of other cannabis caramels that have a pronounced THC oil taste. The taste is not medicinal or alcohol-like but you can taste the cannabutter in a pronounced way. The regular caramel is well made with a good cream and salt taste. This is made with butter and milk, so it is not suitable for vegans. They do make a vegan version, using canna-coconut oil.

The flavor was fine but I’m not a big fan of the taste overall. I did see on the website they have made a caramel apple flavor and an Indica lavender caramel, both of which sound great.

The product comes as one large caramel. The package does come with an indicator on the wrapping to help you divide the caramel into 5mg serving sizes. Since the product is small (2 inches) I found it a little difficult to match the wrapper indicator with the knife, so I ended up with 8 pieces instead of 10, making for a dose size of 6.25mg for each piece. I wish there was some way for the manufacturer to score the caramels to make them easier to split into doses. Dosing is eyeballing a cutting pattern on the wrapper. It’s not ideal.

Once I had cut mine up and put them in the fridge for a 30 minutes, they split nicely into individual pieces. While they do hold their shape without refrigeration, I would plan to keep these in the refrigerator both to keep them fresh and to make them easier to handle as they can get sticky and gooey when it is warm.

Periodic Caramels Whole

As I always advise folks, I started with a small dose, taking one of the 6.25mg pieces. My usual dose is 10mg of THC so I expected to feel about 3/4 of the usual effects. I was surprised that after an hour I did not feel much. As I approached two hours without much effect, I took another piece, taking the dose up to 12.5mg. After 45 minutes I began to feel the effects. I took them as usual with coffee and a regular sized breakfast that included some fat to help the THC metabolize. What effects we experience from edibles can vary with what we have eaten, other chemicals in our systems, etc.

For some reason I did not feel a strong energetic effect from this Sativa edible. Likely this is due to it being made with a Sativa hybrid. Leafly describes Cinderella 99 as being known “for a potent cerebral high…dreamy, euphoric, and uplifting”. I did find it dreamy, with a more spacey head than other sativa edibles. I did find it uplifting but not energetic, so for me this is something I would rather use in the afternoon or evening than in the morning. I did not get the effects I was expecting for a Sativa, but now I know the effects of this strain and I can use it at a more appropriate time. I am happy to exchange my expectations for the ability to find exactly the effects I desire from particular strains.

Periodic Caramels Strain

The Obama Kush used in the Indica caramel is a strain with effects that are unusual for an Indica. Leafly describes it like this: “Obama Kush sets itself apart from other Indicas through its cerebral stimulation and euphoric rush. This strain is recommended for all levels of patients looking for a balanced experience, as it offers powerful physical effects as well as an intense cerebral uplift that does not stimulate appetite or put you to sleep.” So if you were hoping this Indica edible would put you to sleep, you would likely be disappointed.

This is a good reminder of the benefits of strain-specific edibles, as you can find strains that have combinations of effects that are more customized to a person’s needs. Rather than an Indica that helps you relax but puts you to sleep, you can find an Indica that helps you relax but you remain alert. Or instead of a focused, energetic high from a Sativa, you might prefer a dreamy, uplifting Sativa effect.

Made in Oregon and only available in that state as of 2020.

Flavor: 6

Potency: 5

Website: http://www.periodicedibles.com

Kushy Punch Sativa & Indica Cannabis Gummies Review

Kushy Punch Cannabis Infused Gummies come in Sativa and Indica formulas. I greatly prefer THC edibles that indicate if they are Sativa or Indica, as I never know what effect I can expect with many generic “hybrid” edibles. These gummies provide specific effect with specific formulations, which helps you know what to expect. Kushy Punch also does make a Hybrid formula, a Recover formula (THC +CBD), a CBD formula and a Private Reserve hybrid gummy.

I love that the Kushy Punch website indicates the type of genetics for each of their formulas:

According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, Kushy Punch are one of the most popular edibles brands in the L.A. area and I was glad to find them in Northern California as well. Fortunately they are widely available in California

Ingredients and Packaging

These gummies are gluten free, dairy free, fat free, peanut free and kosher. They are not vegan or really vegetarian either, as the gelatin they contain is made from animal products. They are a tiny 3.3 calories per piece. As with many California edibles, they come in a package of ten doses totaling 100 mg of THC per package. The Sativa and Indica formulas have 0.1mg of CBD per 10mg of THC in each dose. At 3.3 calories per serving, they are a low calorie edible.

Kushy Punch cannabis infused gummies GIF

You have to push in the flaps at the sides of the box to open the inner container, then peel back a foil cover to reveal the 10 gummies. The gummies are in one large piece with sections you have to pull apart. Be careful separating them, as it’s easy to mistakenly rip off more than a single serving size piece.

I found it difficult to figure out what the flavor was. I had to check the box to see that the Sativa is a Strawberry flavor and Indica is Plum flavor. The ingredients are tapioca syrup, cane sugar, water, gelatin, citric acid, natural flavor extract, cannabis oil and coloring. A typical, if not mouth-watering ingredient list common to many gummies. The flavor was pretty generic and I could taste the cannabis oil, though mildly. They tasted fine, if really unremarkable. I did have a cannabis oil aftertaste with the Indica formula.

Effects

The front of the box has a graphic that says there is 60 minute activation. With individual metabolisms varying so greatly, I’m not sure how they can back up this claim as being scientifically proven. Even as an individual I have had the same edible hit me significantly sooner or later than usual depending on what else is my system.

The effects are primarily as you would expect, with the Indica formula to be a more body-focused effect with relaxation, anti-anxiety, heightened senses and a light, calm type of euphoria. Sativa is more focused on the head, with creativity, energy and a similar effect of heightened senses.

These THC gummies produce the effects you would expect from Indica or Sativa strains of cannabis. The strength is good, producing a noticeable effect similar to other type-specific edibles. The effects last the usual 4-5 hours for me.

Not the best tasting gummies I’ve had, but they have no offensive taste either. For a low calorie, reliable edible with effects on point to what you would expect, Kushy Punch gummies are a good bet for elevating.

Taste: 3

Strength: 8

Website: Passion Care LLC – https://kushypunch.com/

Humboldt Apothecary Relax CBD Cannabis-Infused Tincture Review

Humboldt Apothecary makes a variety of tinctures in varying formulas. Their Relax CBD formula provides 6.3mg of CBD and 2.1mg of THC in each dose.

This cannabis-infused tincture is made with coconut oil and vitamin E, flavored with essential oils of lavender, basil, bergamot and sweet orange. Each of their formulas is designed for specific effects, such as sleep support and this one is designed to both relax and provide CBD effects such as helping with inflammation. Zero alcohol, zero carbs, vegan, gluten-free and sugar free.

Packaging

Relax CBD, like most of the Humboldt Apothecary tinctures, comes in a standard sized glass bottle with a child-proof lid opening mechanism. Similar to some prescription bottles, you have to push the cap down to open it. Since the cap is quite small, it can be difficult for folks with limited hand movement to open the cap. It takes some strength even if you don’t have had mobility issues. I would love to see a larger cap that is easier to grip for folks with arthritis or other movement restricting conditions

The lid conatins a dropper, with graduated indications for 0.5 and 1.0 mg. It can be a challange to fill up the dropper with a full dose of 1mg, so I find it easier to use the 0.5 mark to measure out a dose. As with all cannabis infused products you ingest, always try half of your usual dose first. Each product reacts differently to our unique body chemistry.

Dosing & Taste

I first tried half of a dose – 0.5mg – from the dropper, under my tongue. The packaging suggests that you can administer the tincture that way or in a favorite beverage or even in a recipe.

I first tried half dose, containing around 3.1mg CBD and 1mg THC on a half-full stomach in the afternoon and I could start to feel the effects within half an hour. It was a very mid, relaxed feeling with no dramatic effects. The effects lasted a few hours and indicated a full dose would be appropriate to try.

The tincture has a lavender-basil-bergamot flavor with a slight cannabis taste, so I was fine not to cover up the flavor with anything. I actually love the flavor as I’m a fan of lavender in general, including teas and baked goods.

Effects

These tinctures are specially formulated to be terpene-rich, using specific chemicals that occur in cannabis to tailor the effects of the tincture. When combined with other ingredients that have similar chemical properties, in this case with the lavender and basil, it creates a more tailored effect than you get with products made with a mix of random hybrid strains.

After my initial test dose indicated that the effects were mild for me, I tried a full dose, 6.3mg of CBD and 2.1mg of THC. My average dose for edibles is 10mg of THC, so I didn’t expect much of the THC effects I get with a higher THC dose. I also aim for about 10mg of CBD when I’m looking for pain relief or other CBD effects. I always want a CBD product with THC, as the two compounds complement each other. I get much more relief from CBD when it is combined with THC at a low ration, like the 3:1 in Relax CBD.

Initial effects for me were relaxation and Indica-type effects of a very mild heavy head. I was concerned the effects would be the same as a depressant like alcohol at first. Then the heavy head went away and the relaxation stayed.

I experienced a good solid body effect, like I would expect from a strain that is good for relaxing the body without drowsiness. The head was not spacey or spaced out, I was able to make dinner without a problem. I did experience a slight increase in my senses as I have with some edibles and tinctures. A slight uplift in mood was a pleasant addition to the anti-inflammation and calming CBD effects.

I found one full dose was perfect for a noticeable, relaxing effect that was very functional. For those days when I am especially stressed or want a stronger impact, I’m okay with adding another quarter or half a dose to increase the effect, now that I know what is a solid dose for me.

I am especially sensitive to the Indica type of effects from some products that can make me feel dull headed or sleepy or even create couch-lock. I like that Relax CBD tincture provides solid relaxation without strongly sedating me. I can be functional even if I’m not especially feeling energetic, and I could kick back on the couch or be talked into a nap if I felt like going that way too.

Relax CBD tincture is most appropriate for times when you are feeling anxious or stressed or for that time of day when you want to relax and unwind. I found it perfect for calming down after watching the news, or for a relaxing dinner and a movie without couch lock or passing out.

Strength: 8

Flavor: 9

Website: https://humboldt-apothecary.com/relax-cbd/