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.