Atlas Origin Indica Cannabis Edibles Review

By Ruth

When my favorite friend in the whole, wide world, Alton, gives me a cannabis edible to try, I get excited. We live far apart and use different dispensaries that carry very different products. His cannabis purchases are always diverse and the edibles are usually leaning towards the healthier and more gourmet end of the spectrum. I look forward to visiting my friend to catch up and to try his next goodie. It’s a wonderful, happy time.

Atlas Indica OriginThis time Alton shared Origin Mexican Chocolate & Pepita clusters. These clusters come in eight servings, each 10mg doses per bag. When I first started eating the clusters all I could taste were the oats and seeds (pumpkin and hemp). Then, I focused on the hint of dark chocolate. There’s a vague cannabis taste. These clusters are flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and chili. Sadly, I had flashbacks to the hard, dry, Nature Valley granola bars. That is not a compliment.

After 50 minutes the effects of Origin Mexican Chocolate Pepitas started taking effect. A relaxing, calm feeling took care of my frazzled nerves. It was a very heady high, my head was tingling and had a floating sensation. At the same time, it was a very low energy, sit-on-the -couch-and-space high. There were no munchies.

The buzz lasted a little over 2 hours. It was a consistent, strong, high that left me sitting in the same spot feeling awesome.

Atlas Origin WithClusterOnce you get over the dryness of the product, Origin Mexican Chocolate Pepitas provide a strong, body high that is relaxing and enjoyable. Alton’s choice was fantastic. I’d definitely try these again and would recommend that you try them if you see them at your dispensary too!

Taste: 4

Strength: 7

Website: http://atlasedibles.com/edibles/

 

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Mountain High Cannabis Caramel Apple Sucker Review

By Alton

The Caramel Apple flavored sucker is just one of many flavors of infused hard candy made by Mountain High Suckers. They are labeled as THC + CBD enriched and contain 8.29 mg THC and 1.53mg of CBD. Mountain High Suckers is a well-established and trusted brand of infused hard candy edibles, made in Colorado since 2009.

As regular More Than Buds readers will know, I prefer it when edibles are labeled as Indica or Sativa, so we know which kinds of effects to expect. The Caramel Apple sucker, like many of their suckers, are not labeled. Mountain High now has a sucker that is not only labeled with a type (Indica or Sativa) but is strain-specific, made with Blue Dream. They also make sugar free suckers, which is a great addition to their offerings.

Mountain High Suckers Carmel Apple picture of the green lollipop with caramel coating

Mountain High Suckers Carmel Apple lollipop with caramel coating

The Caramel Apple flavor is true to its name, with an almost Jolly Racher-esque apple flavor, complemented by a delicious caramel. By mistake I had kept this one past the expiration date and it was as good as if it were fresh. I always recommend taking edibles before their expiration date, this was just a test for our lab. A nice bonus is that it doesn’t need refrigeration. When eating it, the sucker lasted as long as lollipops not infused with cannabis and had a background taste of THC that remained, with the caramel, as part of the aftertaste.

The effects were felt within an hour, a primarily relaxing body high. At first that lead me to guess that it was made with Indica or a hybrid Indica-dominant strain. Fortunately it was taken in the late afternoon when that relaxing body effect is desired. If I had taken it in the morning I would have felt relaxed but also slightly lethargic and lazy. I experienced some of the Sativa head effects of focus and creativity, so this is likely a hybrid strain

My usual dose of THC in an edible is 10 – 15 mg, and this sucker contains an 8.29mg dose, so the effect was understandably more mild. The effect lasted the usual expected length, about 4 hours of the strongest effect then 2 hours of a more mild effect before it faded out. As expected, eating dinner half way through the effect zone reduced the impact, but it did rebound more than expected after about 45 minutes. The CBD dose was so small that it felt similar to taking a single low dose aspirin, a tiny bit of overall pain relief but nothing significant.

If you are not concerned with the Sativa/Indica labeling of your edibles and are looking for a hybrid impact to both your head and your body, this is a great tasting choice. It lasts a long time without refrigeration, includes a small CBD dose for pain and has good staying power.

Strength: 6

Taste: 7

Website: MountainHighSuckers.com

Valhalla Cannabis Infused Gummies- Sour Watermelon Indica Review

Valhalla indica Watermelon GummiesBy Alton

Valhalla Cannabis Infused Sour Watermelon gummies are some of the best out there. They come in a package of 10 pieces with each piece containing 10 mg of THC and .4 mg of CBD. These Indica strain gummies taste great, with minimal medicinal taste.

After 40 minutes I started feeling the tingly sensation of an early high. I was still running around cleaning the house. After and hour and 15 minutes, I was sitting back enjoying a calm, full body high. That’s where I stayed for about an hour and 45 minutes more. It was lovely. I also noted that my hands that suffer arthritis- like symptoms were pain free.

Be warned, this edible creates serious munchies. Have a lot of healthy snacks available!

These are great gummies. I like that they don’t have a extra coat of sugar. They’re powerful! Valhalla cannabis infused gummies are highly recommended!

– Ruth

Flavor: 8

Strength: 8

Website: http://www.valhallaconfections.com

Kikoko Cannabis Infused Organic Teas Review

By Alton

Kikiko has a line of four tasty teas that deliver various combinations of THC, CBD and CBN. Each one is formulated to deliver specific effects, as their names indicate: Tranquili-Tea, Positivi-Tea, Sympa-Tea and Sensuali-Tea.

Kikoko TeaTranquili-Tea is for relaxing and to help  you sleep, with 5mg of CBN and 3mg of THC. Positivi-Tea is for mood lifting and pain relieving effects with 10mg THC and 5 mg CBD. Sympa-Tea is for pain management and anxiety relief with 3mg of THC and 20mg of CBD. Sensuali-Tea is described as being “for passion and play” on the website, with 7mg of THC.

Kikoko uses organic ingredients and high quality cannabis in their products, so they are a premium product. This creates a price point per dose that is higher than the average edible or beverage. I am frugal so I usually re-use the teabag once. The label clearly says that there is no increase in potency after one minute and that these are single use teabags, but they have enough good flavors that they make a nice second cup of tea even if it doesn’t deliver any cannabis effects.

Tranquili-Tea

Tranquili Tea KikokoThe Tranquili-Tea works very well. About 45 minutes after a cup in the evening I start to feel very relaxed, after an hour I usually feel like heading to bed. I am able to fall asleep easily and stay asleep. If I do get up it is not hard to get back to sleep. I sometimes feel a little something different in the morning, but too slight to call it a hangover, let’s call it a fuzziness that dissipates quickly. I especially love the tastes of peppermint, camomile, lemon myrtle and licorice root that come across without a medicinal taste. I had a friend who has gone through cans and cans of these as he has trouble sleeping and they work like a charm for him.

Ruth is a tea drinker and really likes the taste of Tranquli-Tea. It’s THC dose is low, but she definitely felt the calming effects of the Indica cannabis. She would surely recommend their use as part of an evening wind down routine.

Positivi-Tea

Positivi-Tea KikokoPositivi-Tea has the most THC of any of the Kikoko teas at 10mg. Due to that dosage, this tea has the strongest THC flavor of any of the teas we have tried. It is still barely noticeable and does not make the tea taste bad or medicinal. You have to like mint flavors if you want to like this tea as it has both peppermint and spearmint in it. Ruth is not a fan of peppermint, so this is not a taste she likes. Alton has fond memories of having tried teas in Amsterdam, so he was excited to try this.

While we usually take some caffeine with our edibles, the green tea in this product provides a good amount of caffeine to help boost the effect. Instead of having an edible with breakfast, Alton had this tea along with a medium sized breakfast. Started to feel the effects in a mild way in about an hour, which is longer than usual. Everyone is different and reacts differently to different products. Be aware that these may take longer to have the effects felt than other edibles/drinkables, so be patient when waiting for the effects.

After two hours Alton was only feeling a mild effect, not what he usually expects from a 10mg dose. The effect was noticeable, just weak. So many things effect how we respond on different days like the type and amount of food in our system. Whatever the reason, after two hours he felt he wanted a stronger effect so he augmented it with Mary’s Medicinals THC Transdermal Pen for a boost. The boost helped temporarily but soon he was back to only a mild effect. His experience is that this product is good for people who want a mild effect from a 10mg dose. It isn’t strong enough for him to use without boosting it with something else.

We will review the other two products in a separate post in the near future.

Taste: 8

Strength: 6

Website: www.kikoko.com

Dixie Cannabis Birthday Cake Bar Review

By Alton & Ruth

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.

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.

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

Dixie Birthday Cake bar

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.

This bar comes in a 200mg version of 16mg per serving as well. Dixie also sells chocolate bars that contain 500mg of THC or 42mg per serving, which sounds crazy for most users but useful 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.

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.

As of 2018, all of Dixie Brand chocolates are available in Colorado and Nevada, with most products also now available in California.

Flavor: 7

Strength: 9

Website: Dixie Brand Chocolates

Mary’s Medicinals CBN Transdermal Patch Review

By Alton

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/