When it comes to weed, I’ve always considered myself more of a traditional user sticking to bowls, bongs, and blunts. Items such as edibles were more of a luxury or entertainment method of consuming cannabinoids mainly because it meant we had to wait until someone’s parents went on a weekend trip and we had full use of a kitchen at our disposal. Edibles also meant that depending on which batch of the brownie you ate, one person was going to get super high and the other wasn’t going to feel any effects. The butter was never distributed evenly.
Since moving to Colorado, however, I’ve been exposed to all sorts of crazy concoctions within the edibles category. From cookies to cakes to candies, I could not ignore the lure. Some of the coolest products I’ve found here are candy based. It’s a sweet alternative to pop something sugary to get a nice buzz going as opposed to wheezing and having to worry about the neighbors. There are particular caveats that consumers should be aware of before purchasing and consuming.
For this particular review, I chose a popular product that has received several cannabis-cup accolades. They’re called, Cheeba Chews. Cheeba Chews are available in several different strains and flavors. I picked up one of their stronger offerings, a caramel sativa chew with 100mg of THC.
The caramel sativa Cheeba Chew came in a package approximately the size of a Milk Dud box, which is perfect for slipping into a pants’ pocket or storing it somewhere discreet. Most likely to match with the flavor, the box is a light, caramel color as well that opens to reveal one, large foiled nugget of a candy that resembles a soft, caramel chew.
I would not recommend eating the entire chew in one sitting. There are five, 20mg measurements on the side of the packaging that will help guide the consumer into divvying up the candy. I used a small, sharp paring knife for accuracy. I sliced off two, 20mg pieces from the chew and then rewrapped the rest of it with the foil it came with, stuck it back in it’s box, and put the entire thing into a Ziploc baggy. For later use, store it in a cool, dry place because it truly is the consistency of taffy and will probably melt.
Another tip to know before consuming any edible is that every person reacts differently to it. Other factors to take into consideration are: your height and weight, if you ate a regular meal beforehand, and if you had any other THC product prior to enjoying your edible.
I happen to be on the smaller side, but ate a full meal prior to consuming the edible to be safe. After digesting dinner, I knew a few friends were coming over to watch Dumb & Dumber Too, so I figured it would be an ideal opportunity to test what type of high I would get. I’d be watching a comedy in a feel-good environment without the thought of having to drive anywhere afterwards hanging over my head. Thus, any anxious thoughts were diminished at this point.
Ten minutes into the film, I popped the first 20mg cut and waited. The taste is much more pungent than it smells. Upon first chomp, a strong flavor, equal-parts caramel and weed, was released along with a waxy-film. Imagine you are eating a caramel-flavored tootsie roll with a tinge of weed. While enjoyable to eat, the flavor alone could tell the user it was potent.
Forty-minutes later, I was finally feeling the effects. This particular Cheeba Chew gave me a very strong body high. If you think you can party on it, trust me and save it for a movie night like I did. You are definitely couch-locked, but your mind is alert. For as lethargic as I was feeling, my thoughts were still sharp. It left me feeling subdued, but not in the happy sense, more of a state of calmness. It might be good for activities like writing a paper because not only will you be glued to your chair, but your mind will also be clear.
Cheeba Chews can take up to an hour and a half to kick-in and normally peak your high at around hour three. I did end up taking the second cut near the hour and fifteen mark. If you are a new user or on the smaller side like me, I highly suggest you refrain from doing this and let the chew play out on its own by taking only one, 20mg cut.
The second cut tasted more like caramel with a hint of mocha flavoring. The weed taste was less apparent in the second dose. My mind remained active and despite my body wanting to do nothing more than burrow into my couch, the munchies were calling and I found myself in the kitchen making a full-sized pizza for everyone. So, not all muscle movements are impaired. They will just feel like they might be. I was able to cook the pizza correctly and serve it.
I also should note that they completely dull pain. I have a really bad back from running and usually toss and turn all night. My back did not hurt at all and I got a great night’s sleep.
Around the two-hour mark, I was uncomfortably high. They might suppress pain, but they do not quell anxiety. The double dose was a bit much for my size. My thoughts were still clear, but they began to race a bit more than with the first dose. As for body effects, I felt as heavy as lead combined with the classic, “droopy-eye,” syndrome. It lasted for the full six hours.
In short, Cheeba Chews are a delicious, pain-relieving treat and great in small doses. My advice: Buy a pack, take a cut, and save the rest for a rainy day. You won’t be going anywhere for a while…Except for maybe the library.