Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay. Many of the reviews that I’ve written over the years, particularly in the hospitality industry, have involved interactions with actors, musicians, and other famous people who have decided to produce or collaborate on a product under their own personal brand. They do so for a variety of reasons that have often included, in my experience, elements of passion, publicity, and greed. But leave it to the cannabis industry to steer me toward a product that, upon further review, may indeed be something that a sponsoring celebrity would actually use on a regular basis.
Snoop Dogg teamed up with Colorado’s LivWell dispensary chain to launch a line of branded cannabis products —appropriately named Leafs By Snoop — which includes flowers (click here to read a review of his Cali Kush), edibles and concentrates.
For this review, I sampled Leafs By Snoop’s Raspberry Fruit Chews Dogg Treats.
The box that the Dogg Treats come in (10 pieces, 100mg THC/pack, 10mg THC/piece) is actually sort of clunky looking, which is somewhat surprising for such a media savvy patron. While the child-resistant, re-sealable container did defeat my editor, I’m not so sure that the double tongue-in-groove safety tab system would actually stop any sufficiently determined seventeen year old troublemaker, so be sure to keep it away from any little ones, but you already knew that, right? For the record, however, the packaging definitely meets the state’s packaging standards.
Each blue-striped but mostly pink Raspberry Fruit Chew looks tasty enough, but then I’m a sucker for saltwater taffy, particularly when colors tend toward the pastel.
Taste and Texture
My preferred edible ingestion method is to let an entire portion dissolve slowly in my mouth until there’s nothing left. This allows for full enjoyment of all noticeable sensory impressions (plus some rapid, sublingual absorption of the activated THC). So while this treat doesn’t smell like very much at all and only faintly tastes of raspberry, I can say that its flavors are definitely on the cannabis end of the spectrum. That and sugar. Mouth feel is properly taffy-like, and texture is smooth and appetizing.
When viewed in light of what I ingested (one piece, 10mg THC), the amount of time before takeoff, about 15 minutes, seems right. Initial effects include an expanded sense of cranial measurement and a bit of euphoria. Another 20 minutes took me to perihelion, which mostly consists of an easily controlled desire to hold hands with my wife. Then comes a relatively fast step-down, in fact, less than two Simpsons episodes until I achieve full normalcy. Frankly, I would like a more momentous high, but the after-effects are nicely relaxed, perhaps even suitable for an evening with those same, clever kids. Next time, I may eat a second chew about one-hour after the first one to achieve my ideal effects.
We all know that it Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None), but can an edible ever be The Shiznit if you ain’t doin’ it Doggystyle? That seems to be the question that Leafs by Snoop tries to answer with its line of Dogg Treats. Frankly, it’s easy to call this Da’ Bomb, but I’d rather be suckin’ on one of these treats than on a glass of Gin and Juice. Beeyotch!
While the Leafs By Snoop Raspberry Fruit Chews Dogg Treats may not be worthy of a patient’s medicine cabinet, they would likely incorporate nicely into the recreational consumer’s Saturday night.