There are some negative marijuana experiences that make it to the news, some of which are truly tragic. The most sensational reports often involve the misuse of edibles by new users. Being and educated cannabis consumer is the best way to ensure a positive experience. Taking an extra moment to talk to your budtender or do a quick google search can be the difference between a great experience and a poor one.
Because of the negative experiences, the proper labeling of edibles has graduated from a consumer benefit to a regulatory issue and is being addressed by California state legislators. Luckily, there are companies who already have good practices. AbsoluteXtracts, California producers of fantastic vape products and also one of my new favorite oral sprays, makes a honey straw (not to be confused with honey oils) infused with cannabis oil. If you’re reading this and thinking this is yet another edible, it’s time to think again.
The AbsoluteXtracts Honey Straws are available in 10mg, 20mg and 40mg amounts of THC depending on your needs. The key is the products are all the same size but in different concentrations, so you won’t find yourself needing to eat multiple honey straws to achieve the desired effect (although my sweet tooth would have no problem with that). Based on personal experience, my edible dosing falls into this scale:
- 10mg: Relaxing, functional, can do daily tasks and experience decent pain relief
- 20mg: All of the above but stronger and with a definite muscle-relaxing quality. Physical activities probably not the best idea.
- 30mg: Deep relaxation and altered state of mind.
- 40mg: Time and space are fluid concepts. Stringing together a sentence takes effort.
Your personal experience will vary. Always start with the smallest dose if you’re unsure.
In terms of packaging, these straws are beyond discreet, so much so that they would pass as any other honey straw if you removed the label, which provides the strength and the ingredients: honey, cannabis concentrate, and coconut oil for better absorption. For my first test, I put the entire contents of the straw into a cup of hot tea. I used a green tea which is best brewed at a lower temperature (160 degrees) because I didn’t want to take a chance and “cook” the honey in boiling water. For my second test, I put it on a piece of toast with some cinnamon. Of course, sipping the honey right from the straw is always an option, especially for on-the-go use.
Comparing my two methods, the warmth of the tea definitely made for a speedier effect. It was almost as fast as a sublingual spray. I’m sure you could hold sips of tea in your mouth to speed up the absorption process. The steam from the tea definitely distributes the odor, and the honey separates from the cannabis concentrate and coconut oil and floats to the top like any other oil-and-water scenario. Those first few sips probably packed a punch! The scent was similar to cannabis teas as well as the flavor, but the honey acts as a great medium and balances out some of the sour flavors in cannabis.
My cannabis-infused honey cinnamon toast was excellent! If you aren’t fond of the natural flavor of cannabis, this is a great way to go. It made me realize that I can use this in almost any application that I would use honey as a condiment, but I’d stay away from microwaving or baking with it. Extreme temperatures can change oils and sugars in unexpected ways. Eating this honey with toast had a time-release effect, making the experience last longer but was not quite as strong. If I was seeking prolonged relief, a 40mg straw mixed with a meal would be a great option.
Personally, this is a product that will appeal to both recreational users and medical patients alike. As an edible, it provides a streamlined experience; as much as I like edibles, I can’t (or shouldn’t) have cookies and candy regularly. There are plenty of great edibles out there for when I do want to splurge. The different strengths mean I can customize the experience. As a medical patient, I know exactly how much THC I’m consuming. Honey is versatile enough that I can consume it in different ways and further tailor my dosing.
I’ve found the 40mg straws are about $6 here in California, making them a great value, especially compared to 40mg cannabis oil capsules or other edibles of the same dose. The 10mg and 20mg sizes are anywhere from $2-$4 and also hold a great value compared to other products with a similar strength. The honey and the packaging make for a very shelf-stable product you can keep around for a while.
Years ago, I was searching for different ways to consume cannabis besides smoking it. Tinctures in the form of sublingual drops or sprays seemed like a great way to go, but there were very few on the market. They were also notoriously weak and inconsistent. I never knew how much to take since the general “1-2 sprays/droppers” was never enough. Even when I doubled or tripled the dose, the sensation was mild at best, making it a poor choice in terms of value.
We’ve come a long way since then, and advances in the manufacturing of concentrates helped create much stronger and more consistent products. I have a few cannabis oil tinctures that I use regularly in lieu of vaporizing, but none of them are a strong or fast acting as AbsoluteXtracts sativa spray. As with every other product I’ve tried, the directions suggest an initial dosage of 1-2 sprays. Based on previous experience and my known tolerances, I typically double the doses for sprays and tinctures.
Knowing that AbsoluteXtracts makes potent products and for the purpose of this review, I followed the single-dose recommendation of 1-2 sprays.
I’m glad I did, because two sprays was enough to give me a moderate high. It was surprising to see such a small amount of product could have such an effect. Since this was promising, I tried the product again several times and I’ve come up with a scale to help describe my dosing:
- 1-2 sprays: a mild-to-moderate high appropriate for day use
- 3-4 sprays: very comfortable. strong pain relief and relaxation
- 5 sprays: slightly too much/starting to see noises
Some of the inconsistencies with tinctures can be the application, and “shake before using” cannot be stressed enough. Whether it’s oil or alcohol or another substance, there’s enough going on inside a cannabis tincture that requires regular mixing. The ingredients are different enough that they will separate over a relatively short period of time. You can’t always witness this as manufacturers put their tinctures in dark bottles to protect the product from light, but it does happen and it can make two sprays seem like five and vice versa.
While this spray is labeled as a sativa product, oral consumption of cannabis has a very different effect on the body compared to smoking or vaping, and I definitely had more of a body high that I would normally associate with an indica product. Unlike oil and alcohol tincture drops, the AbsoluteXtracts concentrated spray allows me to hold the product under my tongue comfortably for a few minutes — perhaps because it’s made with coconut oil. This can be unpleasant with a mouthful of alcohol when using weaker products. Although I expected to taste strong cannabis flavors with such a concentrated product, it was very mild. I didn’t feel the need for a “chaser” of water or juice like I have with similar products.
Putting its sativa heritage to the test, I went for a hike by my house. I’ve been reading more about cannabis and fitness goals and wanted to give it a try. Thanks to the sublingual application, I started feeling the effects of two sprays within 15 minutes. The most difficult part of the hike is a steep hill that’s a few miles long and I often have to give myself a pep talk to keep going. Not this time! While I was definitely still winded, I was able to power through some of the heaviness in my limbs and had a much better attitude as a result.
One of my favorite uses for tinctures is as an after-dinner dose. The last thing I want to do after, for example, Thanksgiving dinner is eat something, and vaping around guests isn’t always an option. Cannabis is known to relieve symptoms for those suffering from various gastrointestinal conditions and it certainly helps mine. This spray was as fast-acting as any drugstore remedy but with the added benefit of cannabis for relaxation.
AbsoluteXtracts makes an indica spray as well as a “sleepy time” spray. My local dispensary sells them for $50 each. The amount of doses will depend on how much you take, so the value is relative in this situation. However, at my personal dose of 2-3 sprays each time and with the effects lasting a few hours, this is a great value for me. I’ve come to really respect the AbsoluteXtracts brand for its consistency, potency and transparency by providing testing results and I hope to see them at more dispensaries in my area.
I’m starting to see more high-cannabidiol (CBD) products in the vape cartridge market, which is great: vaping from a disposable cartridge is a discreet, simple method of consuming cannabis medication and the effects are almost instantaneous. AbsoluteXtracts produces a variety of potent cartridges from well-known strains, and Blue Jay Way rounds out the collection as a higher CBD content option.
Blue Jay Way is a strain known for being CBD-rich, meaning it contains more of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD than it does psychoactive THC. Depending on the ratio, higher CBD content can buffer, decrease or even obliterate the psychoactive effects produced by THC, leaving high-CBD strain users without the cerebral euphoria most commonly described as the “high.”
With a CBD to THC ratio of approximately 2:1, the AbsoluteXtracts Blue Jay Way vape cartridge is great for pain relief, inflammation and gastrointestinal issues or conditions like Crohn’s. It has almost no psychoactive effects, which is a good fit for patients seeking daytime or on-the-job relief. This Blue Jay Way cannabis oil concentrate produces a pleasant, berry mixed with wood smoke aroma, and makes for a very smooth vape; no coughing with this cartridge!
After taking a hiatus from the dance studio, I saved Blue Jay Way for the day following my first workout after weeks of vacationing (and holidaying, and eating…). Sure enough, everything hurt: cramps, sciatic pain and muscle soreness. There was no chance I was going to sleep with that much pain, so Blue Jay Way seemed like the perfect opportunity to test its pain relief and sleep-inducing qualities. The pain went away within minutes, and the sleeping effect can best be described as the munchies, but for sleep: getting comfortable and going to sleep seems like the best idea you’ve ever had. It was interesting to experience that but without any sort of high.
There are two things to keep in mind when using this product, and one is the dosage. Since it has negligible psychoactive effects, I could have easily puffed on this for hours, although I probably would have fallen asleep before I was able to consume too much. In small amounts, this could be taken during the day. In large amounts, it has a tranquilizing effect. Try a couple of puffs and then wait a few minutes. I noticed relief after two or three hits, and then had more as needed.
The other reason to not overuse is the price. Blue Jay Way is $60 to $70 for a half gram, making it twice as much as their other cartridges. This is completely reasonable for a high-CBD product, but is a significant investment nonetheless. For me, having a reliable CBD-rich cartridge is priceless when I need immediate relief.
AbsoluteXtracts has plans to release an AC/DC cartridge, so keep an eye out for that product if you’re a fan of the strain.