Korova Cannabis Infused Mini Cookies Review

by Alton

Korova makes ten flavors of mini cookies, including the Ginger Chew flavor I tried. I prefer edibles that either indicate the type of cannabis used (Indica, Sativa or Hybrid) or that indicate the strain name (Sour Diesel, OG Kush, Romulan, etc.). Unfortunately Korova does not indicate either of these on their packaing or their website. This means you are taking a gamble on the effects you might experience. Most of the cookies simply say “Made with Hybrid Cannabis”.

Korova Ginger Chew Mini Cookies

Most of the cookie flavors come in 100mg packages with 10mg of THC per cookie. Korova  has two a Vanilla Bean flavored mini cookies with CBD. There is a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, with each cookie having 10mg THC & CBD and a high-CBD mini cookie that has 15mg of CBD per cookie.

Korova mini cbd

Packaging in easy to read and fairly easy to open, with a child proof mechanism similar to how many of the dispensary exit bags work, using a thumb to grab one side while pulling open the other side. The closure is sturdy and easy to re-close. The cookies are loose inside, not individually packaged.

Korova is right up front about its ingredients – literally. Right on the front they list all 12 ingredients. All of the ingredients are ones you have heard of, with no hard-to-pronounce chemicals, artificial colors or flavors. I also like how the package back comes with the reminder that with edibles you can always eat more but you can never eat less.

Taste

Korova Ginger Chew Mini Cookies package back

The cookies look, smell and taste great, like a good quality crunchy cookie. For the Ginger Chews, there is a tiny bit of chew but it is mostly a crumbly butter cookie. They have a very nice ginger cookie taste with ginger, brown sugar and butter the predominant flavors. I hardly was able to taste the cannabis, which for folks who don’t like that taste is a big positive. Even the aftertaste was butter cookie, not THC.

I can see why people are fans of Korova since they produce a good tasting product and keep the ingredients simple.

Effects

Within 30 minutes I started to feel the effects of a mild buzz. It remained on the mild side. It was hard for me to tell from the effects if this was an Indica or Sativa. I felt a little relaxed but not a lot. I did not feel the uplift, energy or focus I normally get from a Sativa edible. These seem to be a balanced mild hybrid with a slight cerebral high and a mild relaxing body high. I tired these several times in the afternoon and they did not give me a strong head high or any significant body effect, just a slight stoned feeling.

If you are sensitive to THC, if you are new to edibles or just prefer a mild effect, these could be a good product for you in terms of effects. I prefer my effects to be more noticeable, to give me a decent strength either in the direction of energy and creativity or in the direction of relaxation or pain relief. I did not find any strong effects with these at my usual dose.

Great tasting but with a mild effect and no indication of strain or effects to expect.

Flavor: 8

Strength: 4

Website: http://www.korovaedibles.com/

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Sweet Grass Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies Review

By Ruth

I was really excited about reviewing . I love a good cookie and one with THC included sounded perfect.

Sweet Grass Chocolate Chip Cookies come ten to a container. Each cookies has 10 mg of THC. Also available in a CBD formula.sweetgrass-choc-chip-cookies.jpeg

The cookies are small and each had a gelatin THC sticker to comply with government regulations. They were fresh with no medicinal taste. There weren’t a lot of chips. Sweet Grass cookies tasted like a product from an airport vending machine, ok, but not great. Definitely well paired with milk.

An hour and a half after eating the Chocolate Chip Cookies I started to feel the buzz. My head felt heavy and I became more lethargic. I just wanted to relax and put my feet up.

Then the high started to fade away and then come back. It was not a consistent stoned feeling.

The high lasted on and off for an hour and a half.

Sweet Grass Chocolate Chip Cookies are a decent marijuana edible. The buzz was good but inconsistent. I will finish the container so as not to waste a THC product, but probably will not buy this product again.

SweetGrass CBD ChocolateChipCookies_SGK

Strength: 4

Flavor: 5

Website: http://www.sweetgrasskitchen.com/

Plus Products Cannabis Infused Gummies

by Alton

Plus Products makes a Sativa cannabis-infused gummy that has 5mg of THC per gummy. They come in packages of twenty 5mg servings.

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I always prefer cannabis edibles that indicate Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid, so I like that Plus has products labeled Sativa and Indica. I like it even better when edibles provide the name of the strain used to make the THC oil, but unfortunately there is no indication of what strain is used for these gummies. The website does say “Each low-calorie gummy is made from scratch with natural, kosher ingredients and infused with carefully sourced top shelf flower.” but doesn’t give any indication which strain of flower.

Besides the Sativa Sour Watermelon flavor reviewed here, the company uses a similar formula for their Blackberry & Lemon Indica gummies that have a 9:1 THC to CBD ration, and their Pineapple & Coconut CBD gummies. In 2018, Plus did make three limited edition flavors – Rose & Vanilla with a 2:1 THC to CBD ratio, Sour Blueberry and a Rainbow Sorbet, each labeled as Hybrid with no strain indication.

Packaging is a Big Fail

There is a lot not to like about how this product is packaged. Shame on their product packaging designer for thinking that white text on a pale pink background is legible. In low light, for folks with impaired vision or for those that are color blind, this packaging is very difficult to read. Not only is it difficult to read, it has a complicated child safety mechanism. When you can’t figure out the packaging and the instructions are nearly impossible to read, this is a product that starts out being very frustrating before it is even open, which does not create a good start to the experience.

As you tear off the top of the package, you have to be careful of the ziploc slider mechanism hidden inside the part you tear off. It is very hard to see whether you are tearing off the zipper whole mechanism or just the top of the bag. Once the top is off and if you have managed not to destroy the “zipper”, it is very unclear what happens next. If it didn’t require a flood light to read the text on the package, than it might be easier to figure out, but it isn’t. You are supposed to align the slider with a tiny notch in the closure and then push down on the slider. Unfortunately they don’t give you any hint which part of the slider is supposed to be aligned with the notch, so you have to keep trying the slider in different positions to try to make it work. By this point even a reasonable person would be ready to take a knife and destroy the packaging in frustration or just dump the whole thing in the garbage.

Once you have found the magic coordinates to make the slider work, it creates an opening about 75% of the width of the tin inside, making it difficult to get the tin inside out of the packaging. If you try to make the opening wider, the slider pulls off of the mechanism, ruining the child proof packaging. Trying to force the slider back onto the mechanism is difficult and then once you do, the opening mechanism doesn’t work. Only by prying open the bag can you access the tin with the gummies inside.

This product officially wins my award for the worst packaging of any edible I have tried. The manufacturer who produces this packaging and Plus Products should both reexamine the use of such packaging. You create a frustrating customer experience that makes a person never want to buy your product again – not a good recipe for sustainability.

Taste

The gummies are very soft tiny little squares, about one quarter inch square. No wonder they say they are low calorie, they are so tiny they can’t hold a lot of calories. They are not sticky and look to be covered in a sugar coating.

The flavor – in this case labeled as Sour Watermelon – was very subtle. I barely tasted any sour watermelon taste, it was more like a generic citric acid fruit taste plus a thc taste.A look at the ingredients may have the answer why. The first ingredient is Beef Gelatin, which makes me think “yuck”. I’m not a vegan but I do try to avoid animal products, especially those from cow hoofs. The other ingredients are sugar, salt, citric acid, tartaric acid, natural flavors and colors. Not exactly an ingredient list to get my taste buds excited. There was a definite THC aftertaste once the taste of salty acid and beef hooves fades.

Strength

I usually prefer a Sativa edible to give me some uplift, energy and focus to get things done or enjoy creative pursuits. I first tried one of the 5mg pieces and felt nothing for hours. I then tried two to bring me to my normal does of 10mg. I found them slow to start and while they are slightly uplifting, I got very little energy from them. That was about the extent of the effect. It was not at all what I usually expect to get out of 10mg of THC from a Sativa strain. I felt slightly stoned but I did not feel uplifted or creative or energetic. After a couple of hours even the slight effects were gone.

This is closest I have come, when using my usual 10mg dose of THC in edibles, to feeling like I took nothing at all. Except for a slight initial effect, the effects were otherwise non-existent. I have tried some mild edibles but this may be the most mild.

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I did find that they are a good strength to boost the effects when I’ve had 10mg and I want a stronger effect. About two hours after taking 10mg of another edible, if I want a stronger effecting I find that adding one of the 5mg Plus pieces gave a nice boost.

Claims

The company website includes the claim “Our products act faster and taste better because our research and manufacturing teams have spent the time to develop industry leading patent pending processes.” They give no explanation as to what those processes are or how much faster they claim to work. Without any supporting information, these come off as marketing claims that sound false even if they are true.

In what we think is a hilarious mistake, the “Press and Investor” website press page shows what looks like the manufacturing floor, with people in robes working on pans of product and boxes in a bleak warehouse. Unfortunately most of them are not wearing face masks and at least half of them have their hair nets on wrong, not covering all of their hair. A food inspector would likely shut the place down or give a warning at a minimum.

With the frustrating packaging, the not great taste and the very mild effects, this is an edible I cannot recommend without reservation. While it is okay as a booster edible, there are much better choices out there both for gummies and other edibles.

Flavor: 3

Strength: 3

Website: https://www.plusproducts.com/

 

Dixie Synergy CBD:THC Balm Review

by Alton

Dixie’s Synergy Relief Balm is infused with 50mg each of THC and CBD in the 1.7 ounce package. Its focus is on easing deep muscle aches, joint pain, and inflammation. Dixie says is is ideal for joint mobility, muscle relaxation, easing acute muscle and nerve pain.

Since it is a balm and not divided into doses, it can be difficult to get the does right. For example, if my usual dose is 10mg and the package contains 50mg, does that mean I need to use one fifth of the product? It has the consistency of a balm and is in a container you cannot see through, so trying to get the dose right could be a challenge. As with all edibles, tinctures, patches, creams and balms, it is best to start with a small amount. Try a little on your skin just to see if you notice any effect and to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction, since some folks have sensitive skin. Like all topicals, since it is absorbed through the skin and not into the bloodstream, it doesn’t produce the psychoactive effects typically associated with THC.

Dixie Balm Synergy ReliefThis product is vegetarian friendly and it contains beeswax, so it may not be suitable for vegans that don’t consume honey or other animal products. It is based in infused olive oil, with other oils such as cocoa butter and castor seed oil. Along with the THC and CBD oil are various essential oils including rosemary, lavender, cedarwood and pine. The smell is nice and mild, with the fragrances of the lavender, and other oils without any of the camphor or other strong smells in other topicals and transdermals.

While the oils make for good moisturizing, they leave the skin greasy initially. The greasy film gets absorbed eventually but it does linger for quite a while. Don’t put on any delicate fabric like silk on over this balm unless you want grease stains on your clothes. Expect to leave greasy handprints around too or be sure to wash your hands after you use the balm.

I tried the balm on a variety of muscle and nerve pain points. I found it to be effective when used on specific types of pain, such as nerve pain in my feet and muscle pain in my leg. I found it less effective treating joint pain or anything deeper than surface muscle and nerve pain. It’s hard for a topical to penetrate deep into joints from the skin and I didn’t find it effective for that type of pain. While I wasn’t able to dispense the product in any type of consistent dose, I found that using a generous amount was needed to get the desired effects. Just using a little produced no effects for me.

The product can get hard in cold weather, but I found it quite pliable at normal room temperature. I found that 2 or 3 pea-sized portions dug out by my finger was the amount I needed to cover the back of my hand or the top of my foot.

The Synergy Relief balm is a good choice to try if you are looking for a topical rich in natural oils that can address muscle or nerve pain. While it does not work on all types of pain and does come with the greasiness, I found it effective for treating minor aches and pains.

Flavor: n/a

Strength: 4/10

Website: http://dixieelixirs.com/product/synergy-relief-balm/

 

Periodic Edibles Artisan Cannabis Caramels

Periodic Edibles makes three cannabis-infused caramels, an Indica, a Sativa and a CBD formulation. Not only are they type-specific (Indica/Sativa/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.

Periodic Caramel Pieces

The flavor reminds me of other cannabis caramels, with a pronounced THC oil taste. The taste is not medicinal or alcohol-like but you can taste the cannabutter in a pronounced way. The 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. 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. 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 May 2018.

Flavor: 6

Potency: 5

Website: http://www.periodicedibles.com

Updated 6/9/18

By Ruth

Salted caramels are my favorite. So I was really excited to try Periodic Sea Salt Caramels in the Sativa strain.

I prefer to eat caramel at room temperature so it’s gooey. 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 dosing was eyeballing a cutting pattern on the wrapper. It’s not ideal.

After 45 minutes I felt an upbeat, energetic high. I definitely felt an elevation of spirits, it was lovely.

And brief.

The high that had me laughing and enjoying great company ended in about another 45 minutes. Then I was practically stone cold sober.

I loved the taste, it has a great heady high feeling, but it was very brief. I wish the buzz lasted longer.

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/