When the recreational possession and use of cannabis is legalized, but a regulated retail market is not, people are forced to think of creative ways to obtain and provide weed. In this case, though, the creativity comes from a cute canine named Sudo.
While a regulated recreational market has not been established in Washington D.C., the transfer of up to one-ounce of cannabis, from one of-age adult to another, is permitted. This hand-off is known as “gifting.” As a result, several creative businesses have popped up, operating in the grey area of the law, to meet the distribution needs for District residents.
In 2016, adults living in the nation’s capital could get free weed delivered with the purchase of fresh juice. Now, a pair of entrepreneurs have finally figured out what the people really want: to receive their free gift of cannabis by purchasing a painting made by an adorable Alaskan Klee Kai called Sudo.
District Derp is the Washington D.C. brand that is marketing “exceptional art for elevated minds,” and providing cannabis gifts in the form of dried flower, edibles, and vape cartridges to adults who buy one of Sudo’s paintings. Identification is required to make a purchase if you want the free “token of appreciation,” but the artwork alone is also for sale to those under the age of 21 or anyone living outside of Washington D.C..
Artwork orders can either be picked up or delivered. There is a minimum purchase amount of $40 required for pickup orders, and $80 for delivery. Orders are placed through the brand’s website, and a user account must be set up first for identity verification purposes. Once the account is created, customers have access to the art gallery offerings and corresponding gifts. Assuring that customers are 21 or older, the team requires that the name on an order match the valid identification shown at the time of hand-off.
Rather than a menu, since District Derp is not a licensed dispensary, there is a “gift guide” which details the different kinds of appreciative tokens available at the time the painting is purchased.
Flower offerings on the gift guide include strains like Pink Cookies, Papaya Dream, and Big Mac 11. Tahoe OG, White Widow, and Skywalker OG are available in vape cartridges, and edibles include a variety of chocolates, gummies, and an oat bar ranging in potency from 20mg to 65mg.
The star of the edibles has to be the 100mg Atomic Derps, which are described as “a brownie of epic proportions” that include a “cookie layer topped with Oreos, brownies and chocolate ganache.”
The plants harvested to make the tokens of appreciation come from seeds provided by the brand owners that are cultivated off-site by a licensed-caregiver. The edibles are created by the team in their home with extensive product testing and sampling to ensure that the goods are customer-ready before they are ever given out.
Overall, District Derp’s business model seems to value the important things when it comes to distributing cannabis. The brand’s website says that they focus on product quality and customer service. Most importantly, though, there is a cute dog who paints!
The brand also donates to charity. An appropriate choice, a portion of the revenue from selling Sudo’s paintings is donated to Homewards Trails Animal Rescue.
Due to the restrictions placed on nonessential businesses in Washington D.C., District Derp will remain closed until at least June 8. According to the brand’s website, they do plan to reopen when the stay-at-home orders are lifted.
How did Sudo learn to paint?
Sudo’s teammates say that it all started because she had a natural affinity for carrying sticks. She would often carry the stick of her choice, in her mouth, while on walks. Inspired by this, and a challenge from a friend, they created a special stick-like-prototype designed just for her. Sudo’s special doggy paintbrush is a “T-shaped brush that she can hold comfortably and naturally [to] look straight at the canvas while she paints.”
Why doesn’t Washington D.C. have recreational dispensaries?
Voters in Washington D.C. overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71 in November of 2014, effectively ending the prohibition of marijuana in the nation’s capital. The measure did not, however, include a framework for licensing dispensaries or commercial cultivation centers. Despite efforts from local leaders, like city council members and even the mayor, Congress blocked cannabis dispensaries from being allowed in the District. The Congressional block remains in place until at least September of this year.
Medical marijuana is a different story in the District, however, as there are currently seven medical dispensaries open to serve registered patients. Medical dispensaries were deemed essential businesses and have remained operational during the stay-at-home orders of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conditions which qualify a person to apply for a medical marijuana card in Washington D.C. include:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Conditions characterized by severe and persistent muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis
Certain cancer treatments also qualify a person for medical marijuana. These include:
Perfectly suited for a summertime hike or a long road trip in the passenger’s seat, Wana’s hybrid sour gummies include five tasty flavors that make these potent fruit treats almost too easy to eat. As one of Colorado’s leading innovators of edibles, Wana Brands has come up with an incredible line-up of artisan and made-from-scratch products for the discerning cannabis consumer.
Wana believes that eating an edible should be a treat and not just about forcing the medicine down. With just one bite of their popular sour gummies, it’s easy to tell that they’ve perfected the taste and effects of these treats down to a science.
Wana sour gummies come in both medical and recreational packages, with the recreational doses topping out at 100mg. The sour gummies hybrid medical bag comes with 10 pieces per package with 200 mg of total THC, or 20mg per piece. It’s recommended to start with just one piece and go from there, so I quickly ate the first one my fingers touched and waited patiently.
The medical packaging is displayed in a clean white child-proof plastic bag with a mouth-watering image of fresh fruits on the cover. Once I broke inside, the gummies appeared square and rich in the vibrant colors of their respective flavors. Lightly coated in sugar and “flavor oil” to keep them from sticking together, these have a certain resemblance to the square Jolly Rancher hard candies that we all know and love.
Resisting the urge to eat an entire handful of these things, I started with the green apple gummy and popped it into my mouth. The flavor was spot-on and easily covered up the taste of the potent tincture. Unlike many gummy edibles that lack in the texture department, the Wana gummies are incredibly soft and chewy with only a minor stickiness that can be easily tongued off the teeth.
After trying the other flavors later on, I discovered that I could only taste the THC in one or two of the pieces. Otherwise, I couldn’t really tell that there was any tincture in them until after I had swallowed each piece and the fruity flavors dissipated.
I started with only one 20mg piece of gelatinous goodness and after about 30 minutes I was feeling a mellow, lazy type of body high. Over an hour in and I had a great body buzz going that made handwriting notes a little more difficult than usual.
Starting behind the eyes and sliding down into the body over the first hour, the total high time exceeded 5-6 hours even after eating a full meal of steak, pizza, and Jell-O. After 6 hours, the Sandman paid me a visit and the gummies subdued me into a power nap on my comfy couch.
Hands down, Wana’s hybrid sour gummy edibles easily have the best fruit flavoring that I’ve tried in this category. Coupled with their passion for infusing the highest quality of ingredients into their products, it’s easy to see why these gummies are one of Colorado’s most popular choices in the edibles market.
Every time I take a leisurely summer stroll through my local farmer’s market, I find myself wishing that Colorado’s local cannabis products could have a place among the fresh fruit, flowers, and farm eggs. There’s no doubt in my mind that displaying these locally-made products out in the sunshine and encouraging the community to ask our cultivators and producers questions would inspire better understanding and strengthen connections.
Colorado produces an incredible array of edibles, but very few companies are making products with the local ethos we expect at our markets and even some grocery stores. So I was excited to see that Mountain Medicine, a line of medical and recreational edibles made in Colorado since 2009, uses raw, local honey to sweeten many of its products.
A co-branding partnership with Highland Honey in Boulder County allows Mountain Medicine to make edibles that promise a true taste of Colorado. On a recent weekend afternoon, I made my way to the park with Harmonious Honey Sticks in hand to see what the buzz was about.
Mountain Medicine sells its Harmonious Honey Sticks in medical and recreational strengths. The medical package contains 10 sticks, with 20mg of THC per stick. On the recreational side, 10mg adult-use sticks come 8 to a package.
Both the recreational and medical Harmonious Honey Sticks come in a joint tube with a charming, Western-accented label that proudly proclaims that the product is made with raw, local Highland Honey (the first time I’ve seen a mainstream producer named on cannabis brand packaging). The very childproof tube pops open to reveal honey sticks that look like a slightly shorter version of the sticks you see at the grocery store checkout. When I held a stick up to the sun, the honey had a gorgeous golden color that was more intense once I squeezed it out of its packaging.
Taste & Texture
I had plans to sweeten a big tumbler of iced tea with my honey, but I wanted to try it on its own first. Squeezing a small amount straight into my mouth, the honey was thick with a sweet, rich flavor and smell. Faint floral notes lingered in my mouth and in my nose, hinting at the bees’ Boulder County bouquet. The cannabis oil added a very faint herbal taste.
I shook the rest of the rest of the stick into some iced mint green tea. The honey was a perfect sweetener, healthier than refined sugar with a very subtle floral flavor that perfectly balanced the mint. Once the honey was mixed in the tea, I wasn’t able to detect any cannabis oil flavor.
I started with 10 mgs, and after about 30 minutes I was feeling a mellow, sunny buzz that perfectly matched my mood and the weather. An hour in, I felt dreamy and energized (and ready for more tea). I mixed up another 10 mgs, and sipped it while we took a walk. After 30 minutes, I floated back to the blanket and basked in the sunshine, supremely chilled out, for a solid three hours. I walked home, still buzzed but perfectly comfortable, and after five hours, the effects wore off, leaving me clear-headed and relaxed.
Mountain Medicine’s Harmonious Honey Sticks offered a consistent, pleasant high that was slightly more intense, but less tiring, than what I typically expect of 20 mgs of edibles. The honey sticks tasted incredible and left me with enough mellow energy to enjoy being outside. Overall, this proudly local treat provided the peak Colorado summer experience I was looking for.
Bacon is one of those hot ingredients that lives up to the hype. Over the past few years, it seems like deliciously fatty bits of porky goodness have made their way into almost any kind of treat out there. It’s definitely not just for breakfast anymore. You can find bacon infused in beer and studded in kettle corn, a kind of buzzword that more or less guarantees some degree of tastiness.
Just when I thought I’d seen it all (bacon ice cream or lollipops, anyone?), I encountered Mountain Medicine’s Boombastic Bacon Brittle. Medicated bacon seemed like too much awesome to miss, and I soon found a low key afternoon to dedicate to bacon and cannabis indulgence.
Mountain Medicine makes Boombastic Bacon Brittle in medical and recreational strengths. The medical package contains two 75mg portions. The recreational brittle comes with eight 10mg servings per package.
The medical and recreational Bacon Brittles are packaged in round black containers with childproof, twist-off tops. The label design is playful and fun, with a slight vintage vibe courtesy of vibrant color and funky fonts. Each serving is individually packaged, and looks like a bite-sized praline studded with bits of what I could only assume was bacon, and maybe a few nuts. Each piece had a glossy, candied shine.
Taste & Texture
I had one 10 mg piece of the Bacon Brittle to start. My expectations were high, but the bacon brittle still managed to make me fall in love. It was sweet and savory with just a hint of salt and a deliciously rich caramel taste. There were delicious bits of bacon (local, I’m told) and nut in every bite, giving the brittle a perfect crunch to contrast the melt-in-your-mouth sweetness of the brittle, made with local, raw honey from Boulder County’s Highland Honey. The flavors were intense, but balanced, and I didn’t detect any flavor from the cannabutter.
I ate 10 mgs and immediately wanted more. After about 20 minutes, I started to feel relaxed, and at a half hour, a pleasantly low-key buzz was in full effect. After an hour, I was still feeling the mild high, and the brittle was calling my name. After another 10 mg piece and a 20-30 minutes, I felt silly and supremely relaxed. I kicked back, got comfortable, listened to music, and enjoyed a wonderfully lazy afternoon with friends. We lounged, pleasantly high, for several hours. After about five hours, the high wore off and I was ready to head out for a walk to work off the bacon (and some subsequent munchies).
For lovers of bud or bacon, this is an indulgence worth experiencing. I found the 20 mgs of cannabutter (my preferred type of edible) to be slightly stronger than other experiences at the same dosage, with nice, relaxing body and mind effects. This is an edible that everyone can love. But be forewarned – eating just one piece of the sweet and salty treat is almost impossible.
Gone are the days of space cakes and special brownies; in today’s booming cannabis industry, the edible options are infinite. Recently, I was given the opportunity to sample two popular infused chocolate bars from two of the most reputable edibles brands in Colorado. Purchased from LivWell on Pearl Street in Denver, the highly lauded Leafs by Snoop and the indelible Incredibles provided some of the most potent and delicious candy I have ever eaten.
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to compare the two.
First up is the Leafs by Snoop Strawberries N Cream with Waffle Bits. This fuscia, strawberry-flavored candy bar melts in your mouth, leaving sugary, crispy and crunchy waffle bits coating your tongue. At 10 pieces per 100mg THC box (meaning each individual piece is infused with 10mg), you’ll want to start slowly; these savory shards of chocolate are strong enough to satisfy Snoop Dogg himself!
The box is sleek, stylish and childproofed, making it safe and easy to enjoy any time. My only complaint is that there aren’t enough waffle bits and the berry flavor can be overwhelming without them. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to try something delectable and new.
The second edible I sampled was the flavorful Salted Pistachio Mint bar by Incredibles. With just a hint of mint, this white-chocolate treat could pass for cookies n’ cream. At 10 pieces per 100mg THC container, the fantastic flavor combination of salted pistachios with a hint of mint in infused white chocolate will leave you uplifted and energized.
This Salted Pistachio Mint bar comes packaged in a resealable childproof bag instead of a box, leaving it more prone to breaking apart into smaller pieces or losing its shape before being opened. Regardless, I don’t buy edibles for their shape as much as for their flavors and effects, so a few broken pieces aren’t a big deal.
If you’re in the market for edibles in Colorado, don’t overlook the candy bars. These potent, portable, and palatable cannatreats are not to be missed!