ZootDrops Cannabis Infused Concentrate – Lemon Flavored Indica Relaxation Blend “Kick Back”

By Ruth:

I really enjoy Zoots edibles, they are easy to enjoy on the go, they have great flavors and they produce an amazing, uplifting high.

When I visited my local dispensary the budtender quickly showed me another Zoots item in their line of cannabis infused products, Zoots Premium Cannabis Infused Concentrates- Kick Back, lemon flavored in Indica.

ZootDropsThe Lemon Relaxation Blend ZootDrops are sugar free, vegan, gluten free and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They contain 100mg THC per bottle and include a child-resistant measuring cap.

The instructions say that one capful (1/2 teaspoon) is a 5 mg dose of THC. You can mix Zoots concentrates with tea, lemonade, soda.

The Indica Concentrate looks like cloudy lemon juice. The cap is similar to the top of a Visine bottle. Very easy to measure dosing. (Rinse off the cap after pouring, I think it would get very sticky.)

I tried it straight, no mixer to get a taste of the product by itself. It had the distinct taste of bottled lemon juice with a strong medicinal flavor. I mixed it in lemonade and was unable to detect any medicinal taste.

Zoots is very potent, so I took a smaller than regular dose. Normally I use between n 40-50 mg of THC. I only used 30mg with Zoots Cannabis Infused Kick Back Concentrate and was highly buzzed very consistently.

ZootDrops Relaxation Kick BackIt can take up to two hours to feel the effects of their concentrates. So be patient. Don’t up your dose because you don’t think it’s working. So, plan accordingly time-wise.

After 70 minutes, I began to have a light buzz. Then my head got dizzy in the most enjoyable way. Even though this is Indica, I didn’t feel lethargic. Like the Zoots nuggets, this was a very up, happy high.

I was slightly sedated and my anxiety was lessened. Stress seemed to disappear. “This is great stuff!”, I kept saying.

The high lasted 2 hours. There weren’t any munchies from this concentrate. When I tried this Concentrate again, I felt the same euphoric buzz. It was calming and uplifting at the same time. The second time I tried Zoots Cannabis Infused Kick Back Concentrate the high lasted a little over 2 hours.

Zoots Premium Cannabis Infused Concentrate is really convenient, just mix with your favorite drink.

I recommend Kick Back from Zoots. The high is euphoric and consistent. The dosing is simple and I have never had a better glass of lemonade!

Strength: 8

Flavor: 5

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

 

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Zendo Cannabis Infused Almonds Review

ZENDO EDIBLES Almondsby Alton

I was given a sample size of Zendo Cannabis infused almonds. The small package contained 2 almonds and the package said approximately 3 mg per almond. These almonds were named as the best edible of 2017 by High Times. They are all natural and gluten free. Zendo also makes infused coconut oil and peanut butter.

I prefer it when edibles tell me what strain of cannabis was used to make the edible, or at least what type of cannabis (Indica or Sativa or dominant hybrid). The coconut oil and peanut butter are both labeled as being made with “Hybrid Strains” without saying if those strains are sativa- or indica- dominant or indicating what strains they are using. I could find nothing on their website that indicates what type or strain is used for the almonds.

Taste & Effect

They come in two flavors – Honey Cocoa & Spicy Sea Salt. I had the spicy sea salt and I appreciated the spiciness since I love heat. The almonds had a dark colored coating. Neither the sample packaging nor the website say what the ingredients are, which is not helpful for folks with allergies or who are trying to avoid certain ingredients.

The almonds effected me the same way I would expect a 6mg dose to. My usual dose is 10mg so this had me feeling a mild buzz, with surprisingly strong munchies for such an otherwise mild relaxed feeling. I didn’t find much energy, creativity or uplifted mood from it, just a low level buzz. Fortunately it did not give too much of the effects I expect from Indica strains, like foggy head or couch lock.

Overall I was not very impressed with either the effect or the amount of information given regarding strain used and ingredients. The taste was fine but most people do not choose edibles on taste alone.

Flavor: 7

Strength: 6

Website: ZendoEdibles.com

 

 

Zoots ZootRocks Cannabis Infused Caramel Nuggets

Zoots

ZootRocks Caramel

 

By Ruth

Zoots Rocks Caramel Premium Cannabis Infused Nuggets were recommended by my budtender at my local dispensary this week. This marijuana edible comes in 5 mg of THC doses. Zoots Rocks are suckers, they’re not chewy like caramel. They’re light small, flat cough drops that taste pretty good. They have a buttery caramel flavor with just the hint of medicinal taste.

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. I really liked these Caramels.

There are a few edibles out on the market like Highly Edibles Watermelon Pucks and Zoots Rocks Caramel Nuggets that offer a euphoric buzz. I highly recommend Zoots Rocks. They are super convenient and provide a consistent, pleasant buzz.

 

by Alton

To me Zoots have quite a pronounced THC flavor plus some caramel taste. This isn’t a product that tries to hide the THC taste underneath artificial flavors. I am used to that flavor 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 and initially I just found them okay. 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. Trusting Ruth as I do, I tried them again to see if it was just coincidence that they did not make a big impression on me at first. 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 so the THC can bind to it, like an avocado or some nuts. I’m glad I tried again as the third time was the charm.

Zootrocks candies and a man paiting

I agree with Ruth that these 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.

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 August 2018, available only in Colorado and Washington.

Strength: 9

Flavor: 7

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

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.

PLus gummies rainbow

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/

 

Medicine Box Cannabis Medicine Bar Review

by Alton

Medicine Box makes strain-specific products including chocolate truffles, tinctures and my favorite, the Medicine Bar. It’s a sweet nutty treat with the energizing effects I like.
Each bar contains 20mg of THC, so since I usually get the best effects from 10mg, I can get two doses out of one bar.

Medicine Box medicine bars

These are a hard, crunchy nut bar, so you do want to be careful if you are cutting them into pieces. Biting one in half isn’t too hard and I wouldn’t try to cut it into more than 4 pieces as it could start to fall apart. If you are new to this edible, do start with cutting it into 4 pieces and try a 5mg dose first. Wait 2 hours to judge the effects then try more if you want a stronger effect.

I love this bar because it not only tastes great, Medicine Bar gives me strain-specific effects from the Sativa strain Sour Diesel. Sour Diesel aka Sour D is used to make the cannabis oil that goes into the bars. Sour D has a very energizing and focusing effect that helps power me through chores, housework or a hike in the woods. Add to that they are  handmade in California’s Sierra Mountains and vegan, it adds up to a winning cannabis edible.

Medicine Box ingredients

For fans of smoky flavors, the Smoked Almond bar has almonds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. The Curry bar is spiced with classic curry spices, cashews, pistachios and chickpeas. My personal favorite is the Spiced Peanut bar, since I like spicy food, peanuts  and pumpkin seeds.

I have found these to be one of the most energetic of the edibles I have tried. Happy, uplifting and energetic are all appropriate to describe the effects.

Like many edibles producers, they have had to rework their packaging to comply with the new rules for edibles in California. While they are currently dealing with meeting the new packaging and licensing requirements, they are alive and well.

Read more about Sour Diesel on Leafly

Strength: 9

Flavor: 9

Website: http://medicinebox.green

 

Highly Edible Cannabis Watermelon Pucks with NXT Review

By Ruth

The first time I tried Highly Edible Watermelon Pucks was on a wonderful day hanging with a dear friend at an amazing spa. Ideal! It was a great mood-lifting edible and I knew right away I would have to enjoy them again and that I had to take notes for a review.

highly-edible-watermelon-pucks.jpgThese gummies come in a little more than 10 mg of THC per piece and there are ten pieces per container. The pucks are bigger than your average gummies. The candy piece is like if two and a half gummy bears were melted together and put into a one inch disc mold. Watermelon Pucks taste good, not too sour, not too medicinal.

After eating the cannabis candy it took approximately 45 minutes for effects to set in. Highly Edible Watermelon Pucks have a steady, energetic high. My mood definitely felt lighter, happier. I was able to communicate with angst ridden teenagers with success while at the same time was still completely mobile and able to finish the tasks I had planned for the day.

I did get the munchies. So be warned. Have healthy food and drinks available!

The high lasted a solid 2 1/2 hours and left me feeling great with energy and not lethargic.

I will definitely be using Highly Edible Watermelon Pucks again. They are probably my favorite gummy on the market. The buzz and mood uplift are amazing. Highly recommended. Highly.

 

by Alton

This edible was recommended to me by a good friend and I was happy to try them on a visit to Colorado. I thought they tasted great and for me the effect was an uplifting, happy one. I rarely get the giggles from being high, but I had a touch of them on these pucks!

These edibles claim to have faster absorption because of what the label refers to as NXT –  “Feel it faster with NXT extraction technology”. Nowhere on the bottle does it detail what that technolgy is or how it works. Also a search of the website brought up no results for NXT. On a dispensary website I found this – “…with their new Nano eXtraction Technology (NXT), these gummies pack a powerful punch. The NXT system lets you feel it faster by allowing tiny THC molecules to absorb sublingually. You feel it faster and longer as your stomach metabolizes the THC buried within the gummy.” If you are interested in more there is some explanation from a company that makes the “nano extractor” here.

Highly Edible PucksWatermelon is just one of the flavors, which include peach, cherry, assorted fruity and golden strawberry. They are vegan and gluten free. As with other of this brands products, there is no mention of which type of cannabis (Indica, Hybrid, Sativa) or which strain (Blue Dream, Kush, etc.) to guide consumers on what effects to expect. From the effects we experienced we are guessing it is a Sativa dominant hybrid.

These gummies come from the folks at Cannapunch, who also make CannaPunch drinks and Dutch Girl Stroopwafels (our review here).

Flavor: 7

Strength: 8

Website: CannaPunch