Love’s Oven Peanut Butter Cannabis Brownies Review

The last time I visited my local dispensary they had just finished stocking up a bunch of new edibles. I always ask my friendly budtender for recommendations. Her first suggestion was Love’s Oven Baked Peanut Butter Brownies. I’ve tried their Baklava before and loved it. So, I bought a container of Peanut Butter Brownies as well as another Baklava one and happily drove home.

Love’s Oven Baked Peanut Butter Brownies are individually wrapped pieces in 10mg doses. This is strain specific Sativa. The dose is a small rectangle that is very crumbly. The Brownies had just a hint of peanut butter. I was expecting a stronger, nutty taste. There’s also mild medicinal taste that’s not off-putting.

Loves Oven Peanut Butter Brownies

They use gluten-free flour, so there is no wheat or gluten in these brownies. They do contain dairy, so not suitable for vegans but ok for ovo-lacto vegetarians (those are vegetarians that consume dairy and eggs).

After one hour, Love’s Oven Baked Peanut Butter Brownies gave me an amazing, upbeat buzz. It’s great to find edibles that provide an euphoric high. The Peanut Butter Brownies provided a consistent, strong, heady high that lasted almost two hours. Throughout the time I felt active and energetic.

Loves Oven Peanut Butter Brownies in Package

Love’s Oven Baked Peanut Butter Brownies did give me the munchies. So be prepared, have a healthy snack supply ready!

It’s so important to ask your budtender’s recommendations and to be open to new edibles! I would definitely purchase more of Love’s Oven Baked Peanut Butter Brownies. The euphoric high is exactly what I look for in cannabis edibles.

Strength: 7

Taste: 7

Website: http://www.choosethelove.com

Zoots ZootRocks Cannabis Infused Caramel Nuggets Review

Zoots Rocks Caramel canister next to 2 Rocks with the impression of the letter Z on each. A second round canister is shown for its Zoot Rocks logo

Zoots Rocks Caramel Premium Cannabis Infused Nuggets come in 5 mg THC doses. Zoots Rocks are suckers, they’re not chewy like caramel. They’re light small, flat cough drop-size edible that taste pretty good. Zoot Rocks come in six flavors – caramel, green apple, cinnamon, golden mint and lemongrass, zootberry and a CBD formula that is lemongrass flavored.

They have a buttery caramel flavor with just a slight hint of medicinal taste. This isn’t a product that tries to hide the THC taste underneath artificial flavors. I am used to the flavor of cannabis oil so I don’t find it unpleasant and it blends well with the caramel. From the website “Caramel ZootRocks are gluten free. ZootRocks are handmade from naturally sourced ingredients and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.” The caramel flavor contains dairy and is sweetened with Isomalt and Stevia.

I tried Zoots several times. As always with new edibles, I tried half my usual dose before trying a full dose. I got almost no effect from half a dose. I tried a full dose two times and both times I didn’t feel much impact. I tried them again and found that, although they did not make a big impression on me at first, they worked very well and gave me the effects I enjoy. It’s a good reminder that, since so many things influence the effects from edibles, give them several tries with different levels of food in your system, making sure you eat something with some fat in it (like avocado, nuts or some mac & cheese) so the THC can bind to it. I’m glad I tried again, as the third time was the charm.

After sucking on the Zoots Rocks, I started to feel high in an hour and in another half an hour I was happily buzzed. The high was uplifting and energizing. The effects were really enjoyable. I was productive and my attitude was upbeat.

Zootrocks candies and a man paiting

Zoots caramel edibles have a strong uplifting, happy effect. I was alert and able to function well, felt comfortable in social situations, enjoyed food immensely and generally felt good. The impact lasted for a good 5 hours, and even lingered in a milder way after that. I always prefer when edibles provide an indication of effects, either by labeling products as Indica or Sativa or sharing the name of the cannabis strain used in production. I’d love to know what strain or strains Zoots is using. For me, it was a very Sativa-like experience without any of the lazy feeling I get with some Indica strains.

I highly recommend Zoots Rocks. They are super convenient and provide a consistent, pleasant buzz. Overall a solid cannabis edible that is small and durable enough to bring hiking. Zoots provides a happy, uplifting and creative effect that is what you want when looking for the euphoric THC effect.

As of 2020, Zoot Rocks are available only in Washington state and we are encouraging them to be more widely available.

Strength: 9

Flavor: 7

Website: http://www.zootology.com/products/zootrocks

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

Kiva Terra Bites Cannabis Milk Chocolate Blueberries Review

Kiva Confection’s Terra Bites are milk chocolate covered blueberries infused with cannabis. Each tin contains around 20 blueberry bites, each with 5mg of THC. They have an excellent blueberry taste paired with the THC infused milk chocolate.

The small dose size makes it easy to use a little or a lot. I found my usual 10mg dose size to be accurate for these edibles, if a little on the mild side. It may be because this product contains 0% CBD, which can sometimes help the THC activate fully. I can comfortably go up to 15mg of this edible without the effects becoming too strong.

I found these strong enough that I could “mini-dose” – which for me is 5mg instead of my usual 10mg. With just one blueberry I experienced energy and focus, something like having a strong cup of coffee. I felt mentally sharp and was able to take care of business without feeling spacey or stoned. It was perfect to power through some chores and errands.

I really like both the taste and effects of these Kiva edibles. I do not feel tired or lethargic when I take them, they are a good choice for elevating in the daytime. They are in my regular rotation, especially for those time when I want a decent strength effect without going for my usual 10mg dose.

I love their insert under the cover of the tin that advises to “start with one bite” – always good advice. Terra Bites are very tasty, delivers antioxidants along with the cannabis, and comes in a convenient size that is easy to open. This packaging is not child proof once opened, so as with all cannabis products, keep this away from animals and anyone under 21 that does not have a prescription.

KIVA CA Terra Blueberries

Winner of Best Edible, 2017, East Bay Express user poll
Winner of Best Edible, 2017, The Errl Cup
Winner of Best Local Edible, 2017, by SF Weekly

Flavor: 7

Strength: 6

Website:  http://kivaconfections.com/products/bites/bites-blueberry

Dixie Cannabis Birthday Cake Bar Review

If you love the taste of white chocolate and frosting straight from the can, you will love the taste of this Birthday Cake bar. While there is a bit of vanilla cake flavor, the frosting and white chocolate flavor dominate. The flavors are so strong it makes the THC flavor hardly noticeable. While the sprinkles don’t add any flavor, they add a nice crunch along with the pretty rainbow colors.

Dixie Birthday Cake White Chocolate Cannabis Infused bar
Dixie Birthday Cake White Chocolate Cannabis Infused bar

This edible is delicious, loaded with sugar and dairy products. The perfect treat when you want to indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy the effects of the THC. The sprinkles do come with FD&C artificial colors, which some folks need to avoid, so be aware of that if you have a sensitivity to those ingredients.

This edible comes in an unusual amount for dosing. Most edibles come with 10mg of THC per serving or a way to easily divide it up into 10mg pieces. The standard Birthday Cake bar contains 100mg of THC but comes in portions of 8mg. So if 10 mg is your preferred dose, you may need to cut one piece into four sections of 2mg each so that you can add that to their serving size to get your desired dose. Even the Dixie Brand gummies come in 10mg servings, so we are not sure why the chocolate bars have an odd dose size.

In certain states Dixie also sells chocolate bars that contain 500mg of THC or 42mg per serving, which is a high dose for most casual users but necessary for folks who have a high tolerance due to body chemistry, other medications they take or having developed a tolerance.

Dixie explains on their website that “When you consume a Dixie edible, the THC is processed in your liver—transforming from a Δ-9 is to a more potent 11-hydroxy”. To be clear, this occurs when you consume any edible, not just a Dixie edible.

Dixie Birthday Cake bar with THC, white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles
Dixie Birthday Cake bar – old design

Effects

As regular readers know, we prefer edibles that clearly indicate if they are made with cannabis that is Sativa, Indica or a hybrid of the two. Unfortunately none of the Dixie chocolates indicate this, which makes it harder to know what the effects will be.

Even at the lower 8mg dose, we noticed the effects beginning within half an hour when eaten on an empty stomach. Initial effects included a slight heady buzz and a feeling of being relaxed. We do not notice much of the focus, energy or creativity we would expect from a Sativa or Sativa-dominant hybrid strain, so we can only guess that this is made with a mixture of hybrid strains, perhaps dominated by Indica.

After the first two hours we were only having relaxed effects not energy or focus. This could be due to a serving only having 8mg. we then took another half a serving, which brought us up to 12mg. Initially it seemed fine but after a while it was on the verge of being too strong. It is nice that these are strong, but when you are thrown off by nonstandard dosing you can make an error and add too much. This was a focused high but not very energetic. Spacey and dreamy at times, generally functional and not a generator of strong munchies.

We found these to be quite strong, so be cautious with dosing as even a little too much can create too strong of an effect. Wait the full 2 hours after ingesting any more to gauge the full effects.

Dixie Brand chocolates are available in Colorado and Nevada, with some products also now available in California.

Flavor: 7

Strength: 9

Website: Dixie Brand Chocolates

Korova 1:1 CBD/THC Cannabis Infused Vanilla Bean Cookies Review

Korova’s line of cannabis infused cookies are some of the best edibles on the market. Their excellent taste, use of real ingredients in their products and consistent potency have all made them a very popular edible treat. The CBD/THC 1:1 Vanilla Bean cookies bring a balanced CBD + THC formula to Korova’s line.

Korova Cannabis Infused mini cookies 1:1 CBD/THC Vanilla Bean flavor bag

Each cookie provides 10mg of CBD and 10mg of THC. Each package contains 10 cookies, each one coming in at 45 calories. Like other Korova cookies, these use simple ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, salt, vanilla bean paste and a few others. No artificial colors or flavors are used. These are made with Hybrid Cannabis extract and contain dairy and gluten.

Taste

Like other of the cookie edibles in the Korova line, they smell and taste great, like a good quality crunchy cookie. It is primarily a crumbly butter cookie with a solid vanilla bean taste. I hardly was able to taste the cannabis extract, which for folks who don’t like that taste is a big positive. Even the aftertaste was butter cookie, not cannabis oil.

People are fans of Korova since they produce a good tasting product with consistent effect and keep the ingredients simple.

Effects

As always with a new edible – even from a familiar brand – it’s important to start with half a usual dose. My usual dose is 10mg of THC, so I started with half of one cookie so I could judge how the 5mg each of THC & CBD in this product reacts with my system. I usually feel very little with a 5mg THC dose and when it is one to one THC to CBD, the CBD usually dampens the THC effect for me. I found the effects of half a dose to be mild enough that I was able to trust trying a full dose without fear of overdosing.

My experience is that taking 10mg of THC by itself or taking 10mg of CBD of itself in an edible is much different than taking a combined 10mg THC & 10mg CBD together. The CBD reduces the impact of the THC for me, so I have much less psychoactive effects. At the same time, the THC actually increases the effects of the CBD. If I have aches and pains and take 10mg of CBD with no THC, I don’t get much relief. If I take something with a good amount of THC – no less than 2.5mg of THC to 10mg of CBD – I get much greater pain relief.

Korova Cannabis Infused mini cookies 1:1 CBD/THC Vanilla Bean flavor bag and cookies

Within 60 minutes I started to feel the effects of a mild buzz and some pain relief. The buzz remained on the mild side. 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 have the effects of a balanced mild hybrid with a slight cerebral high and a mild relaxing body high. I tried 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.

The CBD effects were noticeable. My muscle aches were reduced, as was some pain from inflammation related to my budding arthritis. On a cold, damp day when I would usually start to feel aches, it reduced those aches to a low level. With the CBD pain impact and relaxing THC effects, the effects made for a very body-focused experience. It was similar to what you might feel from taking a warm, relaxing bath where your aches were soothed.

Beyond the stoned head and relaxed effects, I felt very little of the THC effects. The CBD effects were more noticeable. If you are okay with the slightly spacey, stoned effect that comes with the THC and boosts the pain management effects of the CBD, these could be a good product for you. I appreciate the relaxation and the pain relief very much for times when that is what I desire. For afternoon or evening use, I don’t mind the spacey, stoned feeling I experience. I likely would not use these in the morning or early afternoon unless it was on a do-nothing day as they reduce my energy and focus too much.

Great tasting cannabis edibles with solid CBD pain impact and a relaxed, mildly stoned THC effect.

Taste: 7

Strength: 6

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