Atlas Ember, Stratus & Nimbus Cannabis Edibles Review

By Alton

Atlas edibles are a hybrid of a granola bar, a fruit/oat bar and a cookie. They come in Sativa, Indica and two different Hybrid formulations. Each bag contains 80mg of THC. There are four pieces in each bag, each piece contains 20mg of THC. They are colorfully packaged, interestingly flavored and cleverly named.

four bags of Atlas brand cannabis edibles

photo courtesy Atlas Edibles

Products

The two hybrid products are Stratus and Nimbus. Stratus promotes mindfulness & playfulness. It is flavored with lemon caramel, wild blueberries, poppy seeds and a hint of ginger. Nimbus is the other Hybrid flavor, having the same effects as Status but flavored with dark chocolate, hazelnuts, pecans and currants.

The Indica edible, which promotes relaxation, is flavored with Mexican chocolate, warm spices and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and is called Origin. Click here for Ruth’s reviews of Origin.

Atlas Sativa Ember clusters

Ember edible

The Sativa edible is called Ember and it promotes functionality and creativity. It’s flavored with caramel, cayenne, toasted cashews and California apricots. If you are sensitive to spicy, don’t be put off because I love spicy and I hardly noticed any heat when I tried it, so it’s a mellow heat offset by the nuts and apricots. It is vegetarian and almost vegan (if your vegan eats honey) with the cannabis infused in coconut oil.

Ember has a pleasant oat bar/moist cookie taste with some crunch from the cashews and a nice fruity finish with the apricots. THC flavor was present but mild, as was the heat from the cayenne, which I hardly could notice. I should note that I like spicy food and have a tolerance for it, so you might notice the cayenne more than I did. Atlas describes it as promoting positivity, functionality and creativity.

The Nimbus Hybrid product suggests it will promote balance, mindfulness and playfulness. It has a pleasant dark chocolate smell with some of the THC coming through. The taste is the same oat-y, sweet nut and fruit flavor as the other Atlas products. The pecan and hazelnut flavors come in behind the chocolate, oat & honey taste. There is a definite cannabis taste but it is mild and quite well balanced with the other flavors, so the taste is neither medicinal nor absent.

Dosing

It was confusing for me that they called the pieces inside “clusters” a cluster can be a single square or the four squares stuck together could also be a cluster. From just reading the dosing information on the outside I could not tell what I would find inside. Once I opened the package I found four square pieces stuck together with a silicone bag stuck to the bottom of one of the squares.

I had to re-read the instructions and was still confused because the graphic shows one square cut in half, so did that mean half of the four squares stuck together should be cut in half to make what they called a “cluster”? I decided that since there were 80mg in the package, that must mean there were four pieces, each with 20mg, so I pulled apart the four squares.

Atlas Sativa Ember pkg clusters

Atlas Edibles’ Sativa Ember edible fresh from the package

For my usual test dose of 10mg I cut one of the squares in half. Cutting one of the squares in half required a sharp knife since they are dense and there are nuts inside. It cut cleanly in half. My usual 10 mg dose was just right for this product as I found it strong and potent.

Effects

Ember – I took a 10 mg dose of the Sativa edible on a half-empty stomach in the late morning with coffee and I could feel it within 45 minutes. Within an hour I had the full effect of energy and focus. I had so much energy I felt like I could scrub the driveway with a toothbrush if I had to! Luckily I only had usual weekend chores and some cooking to do, so it was perfect.

I had a strong munchie effect from this edible. Since it is strong it likely impacts the blood sugar in a strong way too, so be sure to have your favorite liquids and snacks around.

Nimbus – I took a 10mg dose with my breakfast coffee, pairing it with a piece of bacon to provide the fat that edibles need. I started to feel the effects in less than an hour. Like the Ember product, this one is also potent and delivers a pleasantly noticeable effect. I experienced a clear-headed high, with some energy from the sativa effects and a solid relaxing effect on the body. This wasn’t a foggy-headed or lethargic high that comes with some hybrids that are indica-dominant.

For a review of their Indica edible, Click here for Ruth’s reviews of Origin.

Flavor: 7

Strength: 9.5

Website: atlasedibles.com

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Love’s Oven Cannabis Baklava Cookie Bar Bites Review

By Ruth

I’m loving the edibles that my local dispensary is offering. Recently, I purchased Love’s Oven Baked Baklava Cookie Bar Bite – Sativa. In a world of gummies, cookies and suckers, I love how the cannabis edibles industry is constantly finding new recipes to try more diverse flavors and products. Cannabis Infused baklava is a rarity and a welcomed addition.

buddyboy-baklava-cookie-bar-bites-container.jpgEach 10mg piece is individually wrapped. The dose is approximately 1/2 inch square. It was really exciting to taste a new kind of edible. The baklava was delicious! The textures and flavors were spot on. The spices, the nuts and the layer of philo dough have this edible a multifaceted flavor palate.

In an hour and fifteen minutes I started feeling the effects of a heady, warm fuzzy high. My attitude turned to the positive. The Sativa was energizing and I was moving around, actively doing small chores.

The Baked Baklava Cookie Bar Bites definitely gave me the munchies. Be forewarned! Have healthy snacks aplenty!

After about an hour and a half the buzz started to fade away. Slowly.

I have retested these edibles a couple of more times, because I really enjoy them and wanted to ensure that the strong high provided is consistent. And it was. A great euphoric buzz with the energy of a great Sativa mix. This product has a high standard of ingredients and cannabis processing.

Try it. Be patient for the buzz to take effect. The positive high is exactly what your looking for to make a day a little more wonderful.

by Alton

I love Ruth for many reasons and now, having her find and recommend these Love-ly treats is just one more reason to love her. I love edibles that are made from Sativa dominant strains and that carry those classic Sativa uplifting, creative, energizing, social effects. Add that to the whole baklava flavor profile and ingredients your grandmother would use, it sounds like a winner.

BuddyBoy Baklava Cookie Bar Bites GroupThe ingredient list is: Flour, Mixed Nuts, Colorado Beet Sugar, Cannabutter, Eggs, Phyllo Dough, Pure Vanilla Extract, Honey, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon & Lemon Juice. I love that they don’t use cane sugar but local sugar. I appreciate the absence of artificial anything even more. I love that they have both a Sativa and an Indica type.

Taste & Effects

The taste starts with the butter and honey flavors, then the nuttiness and spices come through, finishing with a sweet nutty caramel-like flavor that lingers on the tongue.

I also experienced more of a delay of the effects. I was feeling something after the first hour, but it took a full 90 minutes before I felt almost full effects. If I had been impatient and taken more, it would have been too much. Expect these to take a little longer than normal to come to full strength – your patience will be rewarded.

I found my usual dose of 10mg was just the right amount for a strong effect. I could see enjoying a 5mg dose at a time I’d like the same type of effects but not as strong, like going to a party or an evening with friends.

Effects were as expected. I had the energy, uplift and focus I look for in a Sativa edible. An unexpected benefit was also an uplift in mood, a pleasant happy feeling. I was functional enough to go to the hardware store. Like Ruth, I found this gave me some powerful munchies, thanks to the heightened sense of taste. Eating did impact the high, as I would expect, bringing it down a bit. So know that if you’ve had too much, eating can help take off the edge.

Nice and strong, great effects and delicious. What’s not to like? I’ll leave your mouth to water as I end with this sentence from the Love’s Oven website:
“Rich and gooey baklava layered on a sweet cookie crust.”

Taste: Our scale is 1-10, and these are awesome, so 11?

Strength: a consistent 8

Website: choosethelove.com

Love’s Oven Baked Peanut Butter Brownies

By Ruth:

The last time I visited my local dispensary they had just finished stocking up a bunch of new edibles. It’s amazing to see the all different products. 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 BrowniesThey 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 PackageLove’s Oven Baked Peanut Butter Brownies did give me the munchies. So be prepared, have a healthy snack supply ready!

It 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 edibles.

Strength: 7

Taste: 7

Website: http://www.choosethelove.com

Stokes Micros Cannabis Infused Candies Review

by Alton

Micros from Stokes Confections are small candies with 5mg of THC that come 20 mints to a bottle for a total of 100mg. They come in Mint (Sativa), Watermelon (Hybrid), Tangerine Cream (Hybrid) and Honey Lemon Ginger (Indica).

I always prefer edibles that indicate if they Sativa, Indica or a Hybrid and I find it most helpful when they list the strain used to make the oil. I appreciate the Micros indicating what type of cannabis used so I can better anticipate the effects.

The mints are tiny and the pill bottle container is small, so these are easily portable and discrete. Regrettably there is a lot of wasted space in the container. I understand edible makers have to make compromises when dealing with the regulations for child-proof containers and I wish there were smaller packaging that met requirements.

Sotkes Micros Hand

Taste

The Mint Micros smell minty, if a little chalky, and taste pretty much the same. There is a strong mint oil flavor, not much THC flavor and just a hint of a chalky taste. These are sugar free so don’t expect them to be sweet, they just taste like mint without being sweet or sour. Mint is a flavor I like and it has a natural sweetness so I didn’t feel I was missing anything.

If you don’t chew them, they take a good 5 minutes to dissolve in the mouth. The effects begin within an hour for me, with full effect around the 90 minute mark.

Effects

A small canister of Stokes Micros Mint candy with 6 mints.

Stokes Mint Micros (Sativa) Cannabis edible.

These are potent little mints. I took my usual dose of 10mg one afternoon and the Sativa effect was able to break right through my usual mid-afternoon lack of energy. I found the effects were uplifting, energizing and focused – exactly what I would expect from a Sativa edible. I was able to get more accomplished than in a typical late afternoon.

While these are not my favorite edible in terms of taste, I really like the effects, so they will be a part of my edibles cabinet.

Strength: 8

Flavor: 5

Website: http://getstokes.com

Kush Nuts Cannabis Coated Nuts Review

By Alton

Kush Nuts are cannabis-coated almonds and cashews. They offer one of the few sugar-free edible choices. There are both Sativa and Indica types available. We always love it when edibles indicate Sativa or Indica, even more so when they are strain specific and even better when they indicate the source so you know exactly what you are getting and from where. In this case, the Sativa is Dragonfish Farm’s Red Congelese.

The rosemary and garlic flavor is very good, making these a little bit dangerous, as it would be easy to pop a handful in your mouth. Be aware that one nut is about equal to 5mg THC, so if your usual dosing is 10mg, just two nuts will provide that dose.

While these snacks are sugar free, gluten free and paleo friendly, they do use butter so they are not vegan.

Having tried these both alone and with other edibles, I find that I use them to help augment other edibles whose effects are wearing off or ones that are not as strong as I wanted. I can eat just one nut and bump my dose up by 5mg, which is perfect for increasing dosing without taking in too much at once. Just by themselves, taking my usual 10mg dose just doesn’t give me the same strong effects as other edibles. I am glad they are more mild, as they make an excellent addition to other edibles if I am not getting the strength of effect I want.

Since edibles are aided in digestion by a little bit of fat, the butter and oil as well as the fats in the nuts take care of that, so you don’t have to eat some avocado or mac and cheese to help these edibles along.

Wonderfully tasty, these are a great alternative to edibles with sugar and they provide a way to easily take 5mg doses.

Flavor: 8

Strength: 8

Website: http://www.kushnuts.com/

 

Periodic Edibles Artisan Cannabis Caramels

By Alton

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.