One thing that keeps my spirits up is knowing I can eat candy whenever I please because I’m an adult and, in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, I can go one step further and legally enjoy cannabis infused candies anytime I need a little sugar-high high.
If you think of a type of candy, you can bet that someone somewhere has infused it. The ever-expanding edibles market has provided many unique and discrete ways for consuming THC, the most prevalent psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, and discovering these benefits is half the fun of the many products designed for novice users (10mg single servings). So with high expectations and a mission to relax during an upcoming flight, I grabbed “The Sucker,” a tasty treat from Canyon Cultivation.
The Sucker is an old-fashioned, hard candied lollipop that comes in a variety of flavors. For my flight to San Diego, I indulged in the sunny-fun sounding flavor of boysenberry.
The Sucker makes me nostalgic for the free lollipops at the bank, which was how my parents paid me to go to lame places, like the bank. In contrast to boring things, this lollipop was a beautiful cerulean blue that reminded me of the Southern California coast to which I was flying. I expected that this low dose treat would ease my anxiety and provide a calm flight, but I was pleasantly surprised when the Sucker completely knocked me out for the majority of my time in the air.
The quality and caliber of edibles has drastically increased since legalization in 2014, and since Colorado hosts one of the nation’s healthiest populations, it is not surprising that food-consciousness has influenced the cannabis industry as well. One huge benefit of this boysenberry Sucker by Canyon Cultivation is that it’s vegan and non-GMO, which is a great option for those with restrictive diets.
In the passenger’s seat, cruising down I-70, I unwrapped The Sucker from the classically branded package. When it first hit my tongue, the flavor resonated more as cotton candy ice cream, as I have no idea what a boysenberry tastes like. The taste of sugary-berry sweetness heavily outweighed the cannabis flavor in this sucker. If you are like me and a have a tendency to want to chew the candy rather than lick it into a shank, try to resist the temptation and allow it to dissolve slowly in your mouth to achieve the longest lasting effect.
Cannabinoids absorb quickly into the blood stream through sublingual or oral uptake and therefore provides a more rapid onset than gastrointestinal digestion, and this rings true with The Sucker as well. The euphoria hit me about 30 minutes after consumption, just as I was entering one of my favorite places to be high— Denver International Airport. The weird post apocalyptic murals and the long moving sidewalks promote a euphoria that is immensely enhanced when you mix the experience with cannabis. As I was sitting at the gate catching up on cat videos, I was totally consumed by the rabbit-hole of clips, laughing hysterically at every fuck-you-I’m-a-cat moment. I felt alive, focused and full of feline zest. The elitism of boarding zone announcements brought me back to reality and I slowly made it into my place in line.
Once on the plane it wasn’t long before the munchies set in. I had no choice but to buy the ridiculous ten-dollar snack. After voraciously eating peanuts and chips, I attempted to read a book but immediately dosed off into a coma-like nap.
Overall, Canyon Cultivation’s The Sucker is a great single dose edible for rookies and veterans alike, it’s a quality product to relieve stress and take the edge off of any occasion.
Granddaddy Purple, or GDP, is an indica-dominant hybrid that is as classic and top-shelf as Marty Mcfly’s shoes. A cross between Big Bud and Purple Urkle, two staple indica strains, GDP’s phenotypes have a robust, indisputable grape tint, which are also highlighted in sister strains Grape Ape and Granddaddy Grape Ape.
Like most indicas, this strain is used by consumers for insomnia, loss of appetite, pain and anxiety. GDP is ideal for consumers seeking an extensive, relaxing high that will provide relief for most physical ailments. Resonant in body and mind, GDP invokes a generous fusion of euphoria and tranquility, allowing for total relaxation.
This strain is a beautiful pairing of deep purple brindled in light green, and with the contrast of fuzzy orange trichomes and snow white crystal resin, you might want to eat this nocturnal delight. There is something about purple nugs that designates deliciousness. The sweet scent has a great berry, mostly grape, aroma. Even though it’s not immensely pungent, GDP is zesty and earthy and has a dignified presence. When breaking up bud, I appreciate when resin doesn’t stick like rubber cement and lint. GDP is light and leaves a lingering, dusty essence that will continue to seduce you throughout the day. Think Salma Hayek from From Dusk till Dawn.
For best taste, I recommend consuming this while it’s fresh. As it drys, the purple and all its lustiness fades away. As a mostly active smoker I prefer to consume this type of indica in particular moments, as it is damn good at it’s job.
Granddaddy Purple is consistent in both taste and effect. After a 17 mile hike this weekend, it was the perfect way to recover physically and mentally. I went for my go-to trusty glass pipe, appropriately named Napoleon, small but mighty. The taste is pungent and, if you’re synesthetically inclined, purple. The terpene profiles of radiant berry infuse the first hit, which is a bit harsh but well worth the burn. The exhale is much smoother and deflects the cough, thereby illuminating the piney grape aroma in both your mouth and air.
GDP’s immediate effects are fully realized after 15 minutes, granting you the ability to unwind and to dismiss the clutter of anxieties. This strain is a true freedom fighter, unfettering the mind from the daily grind. Being heady isn’t always easy, but this strain takes it in stride, providing a euphoric and imaginative high that quickly manifests in quintessential “high-thoughts” like, What if bubbles didn’t pop, but teleported? And, Is “Mac” an acronym for Macaroni And cheese?
For a solitary smoker, GDP will likely contribute a variety of expansive experiences for inner cerebral growth. In company, this is the perfect strain to indulge boundless communal wandering and will host mind-bending conversations. The body is no-man-left-behind for this smooth journeying strain. The feels are all the feels floaty and calm, and while it might keep some couch-ridden or simply stagnant, others such as myself may feel a sense of invigorating serenity. As a precautionary note, GDP munchies are no joke, as this strain has been known the clean out pantries faster than Marty zapping back to the future.
This strain’s high made me calm but perceptive, content but not sedated. Granddaddy Purple is one of my favorite classic strains because it creates a standard relaxed and mellow feel that I would recommend to anyone from those cannabis-curious to full on connoisseurs.
Recommended activities: soaking in a warm bath or taking a nighttime stroll.
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