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.