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.
Taste & Texture
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.
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Making marijuana edibles was, at one time, a shot in the dark. “Magic” brownies were perhaps the most well-known and the results were inconsistent; you could end up with cannabis-flavored brownies or a high so strong that it lasts the better part of a day. Indeed, stories of ER visits and tragedies by those who are inexperienced in the use of edibles have appeared in the headlines as of late. Today, we have a much better understanding of what happens to cannabis when it is combined with other ingredients, including heat, and we can better predict the final product.
Despite the horror stories, the conversation is shifting. Celebrity chefs and bakers are embracing the possibilities of cannabis in their creations and the results are promising. By being well-known in their field, these personalities are bringing cannabis mainstream through the basic human necessity of food. Smoking and vaping can be a turn-off to those new to marijuana. However, everyone needs to eat and it appears food may be the medium that can attract those curious about cannabis.
Mario Batali’s history with cannabis is well-documented. For this year’s Super Bowl, Batali provided his very own marijuana brownie recipe. “I’m offering a rocky mountain high option,” Batali said in a note to readers. While those familiar with the process of decarboxylating may see his recipe as rudimentary, it’s a common way of making a baked edible and represents Batali’s roots in the use of cannabis.
Mindy Segal has taken an even larger step towards bringing edibles to the masses. The winner of the James-Beard award winner and author of “Cookie Love” has partnered with Illinois’ largest marijuana producer to develop her own line of medical cannabis edibles. Segal’s partnership with Cresco Labs illustrates a commitment to making edibles with precise dosing and potency, which is critical in order to adhere with Illinois’ relatively new medical marijuana program.
“We’re going to come up with recipes that are portioned and dosed properly,”
“So we’re healing, and that’s the whole idea that we’re healing, making people have appetites, not have pain.”
Legal Colorado cannabis edibles top to bottom: Wana Jewels, Nectarbee Raspberry Fruit Rings, Wana Sour Gummies (image featured in BonAppétit).
The iconic Bon Appétit magazine has been acknowledging marijuana culture by covering trends as well as providing great recipes for canna butter (or as they titled, “T.H.Ghee”). Their feature on edibles covered the idea of single-origin edibles, a concept popular among foodies. In reference to the elevation in quality among edibles, Rochelle Bilow said,
“These days, edibles are being baked with a specific customer in mind: Someone who not only wants to experience the effects of THC, but also someone who cares about where her food comes from, how it’s grown, whether it looks good… and, above all, how it tastes.”
Marijuana culture has been appearing more in mainstream entertainment, and the girls of Broad City are no stranger to the plant. In an online feature for Glamour, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer talk about “goo balls,” a simple cookie that results in a very strong edible experience. Says Jacboson, “It’s kind of like a ball of cereal and some sort of nut butter and weed. It’s like a different kind of pot cookie. It’s so much more of an intense high.”
Cannabis edibles are poised to become better in quality, in strength and in consistency as chefs and tastemakers bring the concept to a wider audience. The origin and quality of food through “foodie” culture has seen a renaissance over the last decade, and marijuana is poised to be an important ingredient in the idea of food as a method of healing and nurturing.