Kiva Cannabis-Infused Chocolate Bars Review

By Alton

Kiva is one of the most widely available, well known brands of cannabis edibles with a long history and more than a few awards. Kiva Bars come in eight different flavors, either dark chocolate or milk chocolate. The dark chocolate flavors are vegetarian and vegan friendly as they contain no dairy or other animal products. They may contain traces of milk or nuts from manufacturing, but all are gluten-free. Most of the flavors have only THC in them, two flavors have both THC and CBD.

As regular readers know, I greatly prefer edibles that are made either from similar types of cannabis (Indica, Sativa or Hybrid) and my preference is for edibles that are strain-specific (Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, Gorilla Glue, etc.) and labeled as such. Many edible makers like Kiva, use a mixture of types of cannabis, so while they can be considered “Hybrid”, there is no way to know what strains were used, so the effects are more of a muddle.

Dosing

As always, if it is your first time trying this brand start with a small dose, wait two hours and then judge the effects to determine if you want to increase your dosage.

Kiva Dark Chocolate Blackberry Cannabis Infused BarsThe bar I tried has 100mg total in the bar and it is scored to make it easy to break off 5mg pieces I am an experienced user of cannabis edibles and I know my usual dose is 10mg of THC, so I began by having a 5mg piece and waited to judge the effects. Within an hour I felt a little bit of an effect. After two hours the effects were mild, so I felt comfortable taking another 5mg dose to bring me up to my usual preferred strength.

Taste

For this review I tried the Blackberry Dark Chocolate flavor. This flavor won the 2013 Best Edible at the San Francisco & Los Angeles High Times Cannabis Cups.

I like that Kiva uses natural flavors and as soon as you open the package you get a distinctive blackberry and chocolate smell. The flavor is a good strong dark chocolate flavor with a nice natural blackberry flavor. The combination does a good job of covering up the THC taste, which is hardly noticeable in the background. I can usually taste THC and there is a hint of it in the aftertaste, but generally it is well masked by the flavors.

They have a smooth, chocolatey taste that is not too sweet and melts well. Keep these bars out of your pocket, a hot car or other warm place unless you want a melted mess. Not as gourmet as some edibles like Coda, but definitely a step up from the taste of a Hershey bar.

Effects

My friend June and her partner use a small dose to help with sleep support, so I thought I would try this flavor to see if it had a similar effect.

KIVA Dark Chocolate Blackberry Cannabis Infused BarThe initial effects were mild and more on the Indica side, feeling relaxed and a little tired. Since Kiva uses both Sativa and Indica, for me the effects are a bit schizophrenic. I feel relaxed, then tired, then a bit of uplift, then unmotivated, then creative, then tired again. For me personally this is not the kind of effect I enjoy the most.  I don’t like feeling creative but too relaxed to do anything about it. I don’t like it when my head wants to be productive and my body wants to take a nap.

The first time I tried it was during the day and even at half a does I could feel the Indica effects more than I wanted, so I didn’t even take the other half of a dose for fear of sleeping the day away. For folks who enjoy Indica type effects in the daytime, as it helps them focus or calm anxiety, these effects could be perfect, they just are not what I enjoy.

This Kiva edible is much better as an evening treat or to help with sleep support for someone like me. I tried them in the early evening and I did feel relaxed yet able to stay awake. When I did go to bed I had no problem falling asleep. I would limit my use of these for the late afternoon or evening and everyone experiences different impacts with cannabis edibles.

Kiva Blackberry Dark Chocolate Cannabis Infused Bars have a great taste with natural ingredients and the effects are decently strong. My experience is that they are best for folks who desire Indica-type effects and not good if you are looking for an energetic, uplifted, happy effect. If you are looking for help with anxiety, relaxing or sleep support, this could be a great cannabis edible choice for you.

Strength: 5

Flavor: 6

Website: http://kivaconfections.com/

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EdiPure Sour Berry Bombs Cannabis Gummies Review

By Ruth

Recently, I went to my local dispensary in the beautiful foothills of Colorado. My budtender was actually the retail shop manager. We talked about edibles for a while. I mentioned that cannabis gummies have not always gotten me buzzed. She suggested EdiPure Classic Sour Berry Bombs. I bought them and a handful of other yummy edibles right away. (Who am I kidding, I bought as many as I could legally carry out of the dispensary!!).

EdiPure Sour Berry BombsEdiPure Classic Sour Berry Bombs come in a bottle of ten 10mg doses. Whenever my dispensary says something is strong- I believe them. I usually need 50mg to feel effects, but to be on the careful side, I only took a 40mg dose.

These Sour Berry Bombs taste delicious. Not too sour. The flavor was a general, mixed berry taste with a fine sugar coating. EdiPure has the texture perfectly in this product. They are really chewy gummies!

After an hour and a half I felt a calm buzz, my anxieties were lowered. I was really relaxed. I also felt noticeably less energetic. Curiously, my auditory senses were heightened; I could hear a pin drop.

My dear friend Alton, has taught me a lot about asking my budtender’s for strain specific edibles. Indica and Sativa. This product is a Hybrid so it is not as easy to know what you’re getting. EdiPure Classic Sour Berry Bombs have calming effects, less energetic, and super auditory abilities.

At some points while using EdiPure Classic Sour Berry Bombs I felt shaky. It never lasted long, but there was some internal jitters that wasn’t expected or enjoyable. I’m glad I took a lower dose. The high lasted about an hour and forty five minutes. There were no munchies.

EdiPure Sour Berry BombsI liked the taste and the calming effects of EdiPure Classic Sour Berry Bombs so much, I followed the review up the following day with a second sampling. That time the high was much more uplifting and euphoric. I had no shakiness, making the high much more enjoyable.

Overall, these are great tasting gummies that provide a strong high. This Hybrid of strains appears to favor Indica. So prepare accordingly, this is a low energy buzz.

As far as cannabis gummies go, EdiPure Classic Sour Berry Bombs are a success. I would buy them again. I recommend you give them a try. Just be patient, the Sour Berry Bombs take a little longer for the buzz to set in. Enjoy!!!

Strength: 8

Taste: 8

Website: https://www.edipure.com/

Treometry Golden Mylk Chocolate THC CBD Bar Review

By Alton

Treometry’s Golden Mylk is a Tumeric Chai Cannabis White Chocolate Bar with Ashwaghanda Extract. While I was not familiar with Ashwaghanda before, this is now one of my favorite edibles to help go to sleep and stay asleep.

Golden Mylk front

Flavor

With several competing spices, this edible struggles to find a balance among all of the flavors. The equally strong spice tastes from the tumeric, chai spices, pepper, ginger, etc. can leave the tongue a bit confused. The white chocolate flavor is very mild providing a smooth, chocolaty flavor overall. There is a slight aftertaste which is likely from the cannabis oil or the Ashwaghanda extract being in alcohol. This is a vegan chocolate, so it is missing the traditional milky, creamy chai flavor, as nothing in it replaces that taste or texture. The taste is very pleasant overall, creating a smooth spicy experience. It’s unusual to find a good tasting chocolate treat that is dairy-free, paleo friendly and gluten-free.

Dosage & Strain

The packaged portion is labeled as containing 10mg of THC and 10mg of CBD. It is scored into four squares that are easily broken into pieces of 2.5 mg for portion control – always a plus with an edible! It does not indicate if the THC is sativa, indica or some hybrid, which is a drawback. Since it does a great job promoting relaxation and sleep, it’s a good bet that it is an Indica or Indica-dominant hybrid strain.

Golden Mylk Unboxed

Ashwaghanda – what is that?

According to Examine.com and its references to 300+ scientific papers:

“Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb used in Ayurveda medicine. Ashwagandha means ‘Smell of Horse,’ which refers to the fresh root’s distinct horsey smell, and the traditional belief that ingesting the herb will confer the strength and virility of a horse.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. It is supplemented primarily for its ability to prevent anxiety. Ashwagandha’s anti-anxiety effect is even synergistic with alcohol. It also shows promise for relieving insomnia and stress-induced depression.”

Despite this description, I have never tasted or smelled anything even remotely like a “horsey” smell, because this edibles uses an extract not the fresh root. I have experienced and enjoyed the anti-anxiety, relaxing effect it provides.

Golden Mylk back

Effects & Dosing

Given its anti-anxiety and insomnia relief properties, this edible is often suggested for use in helping with getting and staying asleep. Over repeated uses, I have found that it provides these effects consistently.

In my experiments I did as I always do with a new cannabis edible, I started with a small dose. I started with just one of the four pieces to gauge the effect. While it is considered a mild does at only 2.5mg THC & CBD, it did help with stress relief and relaxing. I have tried two pieces, which is half of the bar and contains 5mg THC & CBD. I experienced more pronounced anxiety relief and relaxation effects within the first forty minutes. By the end of the first hour I was nicely relaxed and ready for bed.

I have tried it several times and the effects are consistent using the 5mg dose. Either I sleep through the night or if I get up I am able to get back to sleep. I sometimes experienced a slight grogginess in the mornings, but it quickly dissipates. I went back to the 2.5mg dose for regular use, since the Ashwagandha seems to add enough extra kick to do the trick for me.

If you are just trying this for the first time, it’s likely best to only take one-fourth of the bar, wait at least one hour and preferably two hours before taking another quarter portion. As always, the effects will differ depending on other medications, your metabolism, how much you eat around the time you take it, etc.

Golden Mylk is on the short list of the products I like the best to help with relaxing, getting a good nights sleep and avoiding insomnia.

Flavor: 6

Strength: 7

Website: https://www.treometry.com/

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

1906 High Love Cannabis Infused Aphrodisiac Chocolates Review

by Alton

1906 brand chocolates come in four different effect-specific “experiences” – Go for energy (Sativa), Pause for relaxing (Indica), High Love as an aphrodisiac (Hybrid) and Midnight for sleep (Indica)

1906 High Love Inside

I selected these chocolates for review because they are strain specific and that is my preferred product choice when it comes to cannabis edibles. The High Love product I tried was infused with Blue Dream as indicated on the end of the package.

1906 High Love End Strain Info

Pricing & Dosing

You get three pieces per box, each of around 5mg each of both THC and CBD. If 5mg is your dose, then you get three doses, but if your usual dose is 10 or 15, you only get one full dose per package. The price point (I paid almost $20 before tax in Colorado) includes that fact that this is artisan chocolate formulated with other herbs and spices that are said to produce “all-natural aphrodisiac effects”. I appreciate artisan quality if the taste and the effects are there and I’m willing to pay for it. It is a stretch for me when other edibles are priced at 100mg for around $20 to pay almost $20 for 15mg each of THC/CBD in this edible.

1906 High Love Side

Taste

Sima Sciences, describes High Love as “a blend of damiana, catuaba, muira puama, ashwagandha, vanilla and other natural botanicals”. It was chocolatey and tasted of spices.  These products contain dairy and so they are not vegetarian/vegan.

I don’t know what damiana, catuaba, muira puama, or ashwagandha tastes like, so I’m not sure if they added anything in the flavor area. I was neither repulsed nor wow-ed by the flavor. I am always hoping to find amazingly delicious flavors in edibles, but to me these were “M’eh”.

Effects

The bud tender who helped me said that like me he was sensitive to the effects of Indica and that he liked to use this Sativa infused edible before a night out. He agreed that while he didn’t find that it put you “in the mood”, you were ready if the opportunity and consent was there.

I initially tried just half a piece, as he had said they were strong. I didn’t feel anything even when I tried the other half of the piece two hours later. When a product like this is high in CBD (almost 1:1), it keeps a lid on the THC effect in my experience, so I’m not surprised that one piece didn’t result in any noticeable effects. If you are sensitive to edibles or just starting to try them, something mild like this High Love edible that has CBD to blunt the effects of the THC could be a good fit.

The website says “1906 is specially formulated using advanced pharmaceutical techniques so that you typically feel the effects within 15-20 minutes”. They don’t say what those techniques are or how it works faster.

1906 High Love Front1906 High Love Back

I then tried a full dose, which for me is 10mg THC. Again, a 1:1 mix of CBD and THC like this product has limits how strong the effects are for me.

I usually like the effects of Blue Dream, but since CBD impacts the effects of THC for me, I didn’t get a full effect I wanted. It was like 3/4 of the effect I would expect and want. Regrettably the opportunity to test the aphrodisiac properties didn’t present itself, so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of those properties. It felt like a mild edible,  not strong enough to put me in a “let’s party!” mood yet with noticeable effects.

If CBD doesn’t’ harsh your buzz when it’s 1:1 with THC, as it does for me, you may find this edible gives you the desired effect. I prefer a stronger effect from 10mg of THC. I also prefer something that tastes great so it’s worth the calories, and something that has a more reasonable price point. While I will try the coffee beans and the other 1906 products, I won’t add this High Love edible to my list of favorites.

Strength: 5

Flavor: 4

Website: 1906newhighs.com

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