Iâ€™ve had lower back issues for several years now. And as Iâ€™ve written before, only cannabis has really helped with my condition. Think: No NSAIDs or any other kind of pain killer for more than a yearâ€”and Iâ€™ve still been able to live my life sans physical limitations, indulging in activities that once wouldâ€™ve had me fretting over potential flareups.
But of course, there are a million and one ways to consume cannabinoidsâ€”whether youâ€™re going for THC, CBD, or a combination of both. (I recommend taking both.)
Tinctures, bath bombs, gummies, gum drops, taffy, balms, body oils, sublingual strips, vapesâ€”you name it and chances are Iâ€™ve had them all. (My philosophy is to try everything thrice. And if you really donâ€™t like an experience after your third attempt, then thereâ€™s a 99.99 percent chance itâ€™s just not for you.)
So after months of traveling to states where recreational cannabis is legal (and spending mucho dineros during the research process), Iâ€™ve discovered that chocolate is my preferred delivery method. And why not? Many bars are delicious. Theyâ€™re easy to transport. The fun packaging always gets meâ€”because Iâ€™m shallow that way. Plus they feel perfectly normal. Case in point: Eating a single square out of a candy bar is infinitely more convenient than taking a vial of tincture out of your purse, tilting your head back, and using a dropper to ensure the oil lands right under your tongue. Itâ€™s not exactly the kind of thing you can do when you work in a stuffy open-plan office, correct?
Just a word of caution: Donâ€™t overdo it with the chocolates and donâ€™t consume more than the recommended dose. Weâ€™re talking about THC, which is psychotropic. And edibles take longer for the body to process, so immediate results are not to be expected. Wait at least two hours to feel either a body or head high. You want to feel good and pain-free. What you donâ€™t need is to lose your mind or get paranoid over nothing.
On a less serious note, not all cannabis chocolates are fit to eat. At least not if you want them to taste good. Some brands truly need to work on their R&D in terms of flavor. So here are a few quality THC chocolate edibles that Iâ€™ve tried and testedâ€”and are worth the money.
Dixieâ€™s Birthday Cake white chocolate bar with sprinkles is my all-time favoriteâ€”hands down. Whatâ€™s not to love? It tastes like vanilla frosting without being overly sweet. And itâ€™s just fun and festive. Beyond that, it delivers a good dose per square (8mg). Not too strong. And by all means, not too weak. While it doesnâ€™t indicate whether itâ€™s a sativa- or indica-dominant hybrid, I suspect that thereâ€™s more indica in it. In my experience, when consuming Birthday Cake, I feel a general mellowness coursing through my bodyâ€”nothing cerebral at all. Often, I cut up each square into quarters, and microdose. Itâ€™s a good way to feel mellow and physically loose without needing to take a disco nap. And if youâ€™re an environmentalist, you may be pleased with the fact that Dixie launched its Go Green initiative and partnered with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit that works with reforestation organizations around the world to get trees in the ground.
I equate DĂ©foncĂ© as the HermĂ¨s of chocolate edibles. Itâ€™s as â€śgourmetâ€ť as â€śgourmetâ€ť can getâ€”in terms of chocolate, at least. I love the packaging. I love the variety of flavors. And I certainly love its justâ€“right dosage. Pop one 5mg triangle (the bar is not divided into squares) and youâ€™ll notice that thereâ€™s no real â€śhigh,â€ť which I prefer. Instead, you feel a tad bit more chill than you were an hour ago and less of a New York neurotic. It wonâ€™t make you paranoid even if you eat two servings. It wonâ€™t give you the munchies. And itâ€™s not going to make you sweat the small stuff. Long story short: Itâ€™s a feel-good bar that packs highÂâ€“quality flavor. Had I not known that it was infused with THC, I wouldâ€™ve had whole bars paired with my favorite Cognac.
I typically donâ€™t experience a jetlag a lot. (And when I use it as an excuse to get out of some shindig, Iâ€™m probably lying.) I guess Iâ€™m just lucky that way. However, I do travel quite a bit and Iâ€™m rarely in my own apartment for longer than a month. And the handful of times I truly experience real jetlag, itâ€™s always severe. And this is what I turn to when I need to get my body to rest for a full nine hours. Itâ€™s delicious with a satisfying crunchâ€”and for some reason, it puts me down in less than an hour. Another bonus: I donâ€™t wake up with the kind of hazy hangover sleeping pills almost always ascertain. I wake up, bounce out of bed, prepare my chai, and Iâ€™m ready to go. I do have one warning: Do not ingest this when youâ€™re getting ready to watch Game of Thrones. You wonâ€™t make it through.
Iâ€™m in it for the taste. And for how it makes me feel when I go for a six-mile run around Central Park or when I attempt to adequately complete arduous circuit training sessions. Way before I even considered using cannabis, I was all kinds of creaky whenever I went out for even a casual one-mile trot. I was also constantly nervous about my throwing my back out. But Iâ€™ve made a ritual out of consuming one 5mg square before each runâ€”in addition to applying Wildflowerâ€™s CBD 300mg Cool Stick. And Iâ€™m happy to report that Iâ€™ve been free of any debilitating pain ever since.
I like to microdose. And that means taking just a wee bit whenever you feel like you need it. And reasons can vary. Some microdose to ease anxiety, make the most of their workouts, or to feel marginally better than they did prior. In my case, I microdose when I feel a pinch in my lower back or when Iâ€™ve been pummeled by an excruciating Krav Maga class. This is where Somatik Chocolate Coffee Beans come in. I take one piece (3mg) and Iâ€™m good to go. The brand also makes chocolate-covered goji berries, which are also fantasticâ€”but the coffee beans help me stay sharp and on my toes all day long.
The first time I had Cheeba Chews, I was asleep within 45 minutes. Itâ€™s very potent, event with just 10mg per piece. I donâ€™t know how that happened but itâ€™s a godsend for whenever Iâ€™m too wired to hit the sack and snooze. And thatâ€™s all you need to know. At least these days, the company redeveloped its taffy so that theyâ€™re now available in single doses. (You used to have to freeze and cut one taffy into ten squares to get a 10mg dose.)