Not every medical marijuana patient smokes cannabis to medicate. Many of them eat marijuana edibles as well, and for some, digesting it is the only option.
Thinking of marijuana edibles may initially bring brownies to mind, but there is actually a plethora of edible forms available for patients. Cannabis infused beverages are an alternative to food products, and one such example comes from one of Colorado’s most trusted manufacturers — Keef Cola.
Keef Cola produces a line of five different, strain-specific, medicinal cannabis beverages, and is the same company that makes the Oil Stix brand cannabis oil syringes and pens. Keef Cola beverages are only available to registered medical marijuana patients in Colorado at this time, and the beverages are available in Blue Dream, Flo Energy, Cherry Bomb Cola, Bubba Kush Root Beer and Orange Kush.
One of the Keef Cola beverages —Blue Dream Extreme — contains 100 mg of CO2 extracted cannabis in a 12 ounce, one-serving bottle.
Blue Dream, the widely popular strain extracted for use in this sweet and tasty beverage, is a perfectly balanced hybrid strain crossed from the indica-strain Blueberry and the sativa-strain Haze. Blue Dream is known for providing users with calm cerebral-euphoria and long lasting pain relief without heavy sedation. This is exactly what the Keef Cola Blue Dream beverage provides as well.
The Blue Dream beverages are bottled in glass that is wrapped with a bright blue label which clearly displays all ingredients and nutritional information. I liked that this beverage contains vitamins B3, B6, B12 and C along with the 100 mg of active cannabis.
I drank this Blue Dream beverage chilled, straight from the bottle, but it would also be delicious if poured over ice. The initial flavor is reminiscent of blue-raspberry candies, and is easy to drink. The flavor of the cannabis is only barely detectable in the aftertaste.
I noticed the soothing, pain-relieving body-relaxation effects within 25 minutes, and the calm cerebral effects were not far behind. It took about 50 minutes for me to fully feel it, but it could take up to 2 hours to feel the full effects for some users. It provided me with long lasting pain relief without limiting functionality or causing drowsiness, which is great for medicating at any time of day.
There are more than 113,000 registered medical marijuana patients in Colorado, and not all of them smoke to medicate. Cannabis edibles and beverages are widely used throughout the medicinal community, and many dispensaries cannot keep the shelves stocked full enough to meet the needs of consumers. One such example comes from one of Colorado’s oldest producers — Keef Cola.
Only available in Colorado to registered medical marijuana patients, Keef Cola produces a line of five strain-specific medicinal cannabis beverages, and is the same company that makes the Oil Stix brand cannabis oil syringes and pens.
One of the Keef Cola beverages —Flo Energy Drink — contains caffeine, ginseng, taurine and guarana extract on top of the 50 mg of CO2 extracted cannabis in a 12 ounce, one-serving bottle.
Flo, the strain extracted for use in this crisp and refreshing beverage, is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain known to provide strong pain relief while leaving users feeling energized and clear-headed, and that is exactly how the Keef Cola Flo Energy drink made me feel.
The Flo Energy drink comes packaged in a style reminiscent of vintage soda bottles, and the brightly colored label clearly presents ingredients and nutritional information. I liked that it is made with agave nectar instead of sugar, which prevents the sweetness from being overwhelming.
I sampled it straight from the bottle and then poured it into a glass over ice. I preferred it over ice because the light grapefruit taste was more evident. The flavor of the cannabis is subtle, and only prominent in the aftertaste.
I started to feel uplifted and energized within about 20 minutes, but it took about 45 minutes to feel the full effects. It provided me with long lasting pain relief without limiting functionality which is great for medicating at any time of day.
Cannabis oils are gaining popularity as more and more people are introduced to the great wide world of concentrates, and manufacturers are keeping up with new and creative ways to package them to consumers.
One such example of this is the the popular Oil Stix brand. Only available in Colorado to licensed medical marijuana red card holders, Oil Stix are made by the same company that produces the widely popular cannabis infused sodas – Keef Cola.
Oil Stix come in brightly colored, well-branded, sealed packages small enough to fit in your front pocket, and they are available in a variety of strains from Bubba Kush to Strawberry Cough.
The particular Oil Stix that I tried was a hybrid strain that came in a medical-like plastic syringe, which seemed odd at first but actually made for the perfect no-mess dabbing application. Most cannabis oils sold in syringes are used to refill vapor cartridges, but Oil Stix and the budtender at MMJ America’s downtown location made the great recommendation that these be dabbed.
Oil Stix are produced through ‘Supercritical CO2 extraction’ that uses low heat and pressure, allowing the integrity of the cannabinoids and flavor to remain intact through processing. Printed very clearly on the front of the package, the total THC content in the syringe was 765mg or 76.5%.
The viscosity of the oil when placed on a steel dabbing tool is similar to honey. When dabbed, the Oil Stix give off that signature sizzling sound that CO2 extracted oil does when it hits the nail. The hit was smooth and produced flavor notes reminiscent of a doughnut bakery.
Dabbing-perfection aside, Oil Stix also acts as the best application tool for twaxing joints.