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The cannabis edibles industry is filled with bold, ambitious brands that are on a mission to provide patients with quality products. One of these iconic companies is California-based KIVA Confections. The business has been serving the West Coast legal cannabis market for years, with its line of tasty, cannabis-infused chocolates and mints.

Earlier this month, the company announced a timely partnership with Illinois-based Cresco Labs, an establishment that specializes in cannabis cultivation and pharmaceutical-grade products. Together, the duo will spearhead the expansion of KIVA Confections’ cannabis edibles in the state of Illinois.

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KIVA Bars and Terra Bites

Cresco Labs and KIVA Confections are perfectly matched for this endeavor, as both companies adhere to very high standards for their products. The edibles that are currently available (starting May 3) in Illinois include the following: KIVA Bars and Terra Bites.

KIVA Bars come in 100mg potency and three unique flavors (Dark Chocolate Blackberry, Milk Chocolate Mint Irish Cream and Milk Chocolate Vanilla Chai). The Dark Chocolate Blackberry Bar, which won ‘Best Edible’ in 2013 at San Francisco and Los Angeles High Times Cannabis Cups, is a great tasting product that offers an array of sweet, tart and naturally bitter flavors.

“Kiva Confections’ partnership with Cresco Labs ensures that we provide the same safe, effective, and consistent medicine to Illinois patients that we are known for in California, Arizona and Nevada,”

said Kristi Knoblich Palmer, COO and Co-Founder of Kiva Confections.

Terra Bites are small chocolate pellets that provide 5mgs of THC per bite (total of 120mgs of THC per container). Winner of the 2013 San Francisco Patients’ Choice award, these treats are suitable for patients that require consistent doses of THC – also known as micro-dosing. This method of consumption comes with a plethora of health benefits, allowing patients to reap the medicinal properties of the plant with minimal side effects.

Terra Bites streamlines the practice of low-dosing by segregating small portions of THC into manageable, individual servings. Patients in Illinois can choose from the following flavors: Espresso Dark Chocolate (produced using robust Tanzanian coffee beans) and Blueberry Milk Chocolate (contains dried US-grown blueberries).

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Cresco Labs

Cresco Labs is a leading pioneer of cannabis edibles in Illinois and the US. To elevate the industry’s standards, the business worked closely with James Beard Award-Winning Pastry Chef Mindy Segal in the launching of her personal edibles line. The company also helps promote medical cannabis as a viable, natural alternative to prescription medicine via community reach out programs and educational awareness campaigns.

“Kiva Confections was the obvious choice in seeking an addition to our brand portfolio in Illinois. They adhere to the same high standards of product quality and innovation that our company is known for,”said Charlie Bachtell,

said Charlie Bachtell, CEO and Co-Founder of Cresco Labs.

Illinois legalized medical cannabis in 2013 (signed into all in 2014), making it an ideal location for the partnership to thrive and expand. State officials are currently considering the full legalization of cannabis (recreational) through the introduction of Senate Bill 316 and House Bill 2353.

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