My favorite time of year is finally here! When the bounty of black in my closet becomes an asset and my bright red lipstick can be considered costume chic. I’m ready to get spooky, and there is no more frightening good time than to devour a cannabis brownie and go see a 35mm screening of the 1984 Wes Craven classic, Nightmare on Elm Street.
I purchased a two pack of Zoots Caramel Espresso brownies known as “Zootbites” at my local recreational dispensary, Bud Nation Seattle. The beige colored package reminded me of a regular candy bar and was a perfectly portable size to carry in my purse. When I opened the package, each brownie was individually vacuumed sealed to stay fresh and delicious. The brownies themselves didn’t look glamorous or decadent, just mini cupcake sized rounds of what looked to be dense chocolaty goodness.
As I bit into the brownie, I was pleasantly surprised that the espresso flavor was not overpowering, and the subtle caramel and chocolate flavors really came through. The outside of the brownie was perfectly crisp and toothsome, while the center remained soft and moist, similar to a lava cake without the lava. I admit it was difficult to hold fast to my initial decision to eat just a half, but somehow I managed to restrain myself. I would have happily eaten both brownies, they were so tasty!
Joined by a few of my friends, we grabbed a bite to eat before heading over to the Grand Illusion. I had eaten my brownie a half an hour or so ahead of time so I had time to ease into the sensations. My body felt warm and relaxed, and my mind was amused by anything and everything around me. I had the giggles something furious. I remember we were talking about how Adam Duritz, the lead singer of Counting Crows, had at one time dated every leading actress from the tv series “Friends,” and I said “Talk about Friends with benefits, am I right?” and laughed for a million years. Thanks for the confidence, Zoots!
As we settled into the ruby red seats of the Grand Illusion, I was filled with anticipation. As the movie began, with the crackle of old 35mm film, I felt completely at home. The campy 80’s tomfoolery and cheesy lines had me guffawing like a giddy child.
How can you not laugh at the alcoholic mother, with her distracting brown lip liner, basically making out with a bottle of gin the whole movie? Or at Freddy’s slithering tongue springing out of a spiral-cord phone? The bounty of cheesy lines made the audience erupt in laughter and Freddy’s gory predation had many squirming and screaming. This was such a fun movie to watch in a jovial local crowd and with such a floaty and euphoric body high.
The Zootbites made me feel ultra relaxed, super joyful, and able to enjoy this film without feeling any anxiety or fear. Granted, I already love and enjoy horror movies, but there was something magical about anticipating gratuitous death scenes with such glee. I was really on cloud nine for this entire movie, to be honest. My excitement was so palpable Johnny Depp’s cheekbones could cut it into two!
I would definitely recommend Zootbites to anyone who wants a portable treat to bring to a hangout or event. Half a brownie before the movie gave me an even and steady euphoria for the entire film that amplified my enjoyment of the movie and of those around me. I will be purchasing these again!
Eating cannabis in a variety of forms has been around for centuries, but the recent legalization of retail marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington in 2012 has sparked a huge market for new, tastier forms of edible marijuana treats. Do you have questions about marijuana edibles? Check out this Complete Guide to Marijuana Edibles to answer any questions.
Marijuana edibles crafted by the Denver area extraction company, Infuzionz, may be found exclusively at all 6 locations of The Green Solution dispensaries in Colorado. In this review, you will learn details of the 25 mg Infuzionz Strawberry Shortcake Bar. The 25 mg version is only available to patients with a valid medical marijuana registry card. The same treat is available for recreational purposes on the retail side, but those will only contain 10 mg per serving. The Colorado campaign, “Start low, go slow,” indicates that novice users should ingest a maximum of 10 mg the first time.
This medicated treat is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches of sweet strawberry and vanilla cake. The first, thickest layer of this tiny treat is white cake. On top of the white cake, is a thin layer of pink strawberry and vanilla crumble. The most prominent flavors in this item are strawberry and vanilla, but the flavor of cannabis was also easily detected. The marijuana taste of this product was by no means overwhelming, but was definitely evident. Even if the product was out of the package, a person would be able to detect the scent and taste of cannabis.
The texture of this pre-packaged edible remained consistent with that of a fresh mini-cake, despite the unknown amount of time it spent in a package waiting to be sold. It was moist and flavorful. Although, the date this treat was made is not included on the package, there is an expiration date to prevent ingesting an expired item. There is also a batch number for tracking.
The packaging of this product is clear, concise and simple, but is not designed to be child resistant. Therefore, under Colorado law, these items must be placed in a child-resistant container before the purchaser may exit the dispensary.
There is a lengthy warning on the back of the package which clearly states basic information such as, the item contains marijuana, “intoxicating effects may be delayed by two or more hours,” and that it is only intended for consumption by adults aged twenty-one years and older. The milligrams of marijuana contained in the item is listed in 3 places on the package making it very easy to identify how much THC is in each package.
The package indicated that this edible item was processed in a plant that also uses wheat, soy, nuts, dairy, gluten and eggs. The ingredients listed on the front of the package are as follows:
- White cake mix
- Gelatin mix
- Pudding mix
- Cream cheese
- Powdered sugar
- Whole eggs
- Coconut oil
- Heavy cream
- Natural Flavoring
- Hash oil
When it comes to weed, I’ve always considered myself more of a traditional user sticking to bowls, bongs, and blunts. Items such as edibles were more of a luxury or entertainment method of consuming cannabinoids mainly because it meant we had to wait until someone’s parents went on a weekend trip and we had full use of a kitchen at our disposal. Edibles also meant that depending on which batch of the brownie you ate, one person was going to get super high and the other wasn’t going to feel any effects. The butter was never distributed evenly.
Since moving to Colorado, however, I’ve been exposed to all sorts of crazy concoctions within the edibles category. From cookies to cakes to candies, I could not ignore the lure. Some of the coolest products I’ve found here are candy based. It’s a sweet alternative to pop something sugary to get a nice buzz going as opposed to wheezing and having to worry about the neighbors. There are particular caveats that consumers should be aware of before purchasing and consuming.
For this particular review, I chose a popular product that has received several cannabis-cup accolades. They’re called, Cheeba Chews. Cheeba Chews are available in several different strains and flavors. I picked up one of their stronger offerings, a caramel sativa chew with 100mg of THC.
The caramel sativa Cheeba Chew came in a package approximately the size of a Milk Dud box, which is perfect for slipping into a pants’ pocket or storing it somewhere discreet. Most likely to match with the flavor, the box is a light, caramel color as well that opens to reveal one, large foiled nugget of a candy that resembles a soft, caramel chew.
I would not recommend eating the entire chew in one sitting. There are five, 20mg measurements on the side of the packaging that will help guide the consumer into divvying up the candy. I used a small, sharp paring knife for accuracy. I sliced off two, 20mg pieces from the chew and then rewrapped the rest of it with the foil it came with, stuck it back in it’s box, and put the entire thing into a Ziploc baggy. For later use, store it in a cool, dry place because it truly is the consistency of taffy and will probably melt.
Another tip to know before consuming any edible is that every person reacts differently to it. Other factors to take into consideration are: your height and weight, if you ate a regular meal beforehand, and if you had any other THC product prior to enjoying your edible.
I happen to be on the smaller side, but ate a full meal prior to consuming the edible to be safe. After digesting dinner, I knew a few friends were coming over to watch Dumb & Dumber Too, so I figured it would be an ideal opportunity to test what type of high I would get. I’d be watching a comedy in a feel-good environment without the thought of having to drive anywhere afterwards hanging over my head. Thus, any anxious thoughts were diminished at this point.
Ten minutes into the film, I popped the first 20mg cut and waited. The taste is much more pungent than it smells. Upon first chomp, a strong flavor, equal-parts caramel and weed, was released along with a waxy-film. Imagine you are eating a caramel-flavored tootsie roll with a tinge of weed. While enjoyable to eat, the flavor alone could tell the user it was potent.
Forty-minutes later, I was finally feeling the effects. This particular Cheeba Chew gave me a very strong body high. If you think you can party on it, trust me and save it for a movie night like I did. You are definitely couch-locked, but your mind is alert. For as lethargic as I was feeling, my thoughts were still sharp. It left me feeling subdued, but not in the happy sense, more of a state of calmness. It might be good for activities like writing a paper because not only will you be glued to your chair, but your mind will also be clear.
Cheeba Chews can take up to an hour and a half to kick-in and normally peak your high at around hour three. I did end up taking the second cut near the hour and fifteen mark. If you are a new user or on the smaller side like me, I highly suggest you refrain from doing this and let the chew play out on its own by taking only one, 20mg cut.
The second cut tasted more like caramel with a hint of mocha flavoring. The weed taste was less apparent in the second dose. My mind remained active and despite my body wanting to do nothing more than burrow into my couch, the munchies were calling and I found myself in the kitchen making a full-sized pizza for everyone. So, not all muscle movements are impaired. They will just feel like they might be. I was able to cook the pizza correctly and serve it.
I also should note that they completely dull pain. I have a really bad back from running and usually toss and turn all night. My back did not hurt at all and I got a great night’s sleep.
Around the two-hour mark, I was uncomfortably high. They might suppress pain, but they do not quell anxiety. The double dose was a bit much for my size. My thoughts were still clear, but they began to race a bit more than with the first dose. As for body effects, I felt as heavy as lead combined with the classic, “droopy-eye,” syndrome. It lasted for the full six hours.
In short, Cheeba Chews are a delicious, pain-relieving treat and great in small doses. My advice: Buy a pack, take a cut, and save the rest for a rainy day. You won’t be going anywhere for a while…Except for maybe the library.