Medical marijuana: Top 10 medicated edibles in Colorado
I'm not a big edibles guy -- something that stems from my early experiences making brownies using ground-up schwag. The memory of the slightly burned, and entirely gritty, undercooked chocolate mass that put me to sleep still haunts me to this day. And medically, it doesn't make much sense for me to eat pot food to stop my vomiting and cramps. Eating is the last thing I'm thinking about when I'm doubled over with nausea.
But a lot of readers have been asking me to review food, so over the past few months, I've made a point to pick up edibles while I'm out. Some have been worthless, but most have opened my eyes to the wide range of ways people are eating their ganja.
Below are my top ten medicated foods around Colorado.
10. Cheeba Chews
Ignoring all warnings against such action, I ate two of these indica-strong chocolate candies a few weeks ago to numb a pinched nerve in my back. My first thought was that the taste isn't anything unique or spectacular and that Cheeba Chews are basically a gooier Tootsie Roll with a light hash aftertaste. My second thought was, Holy shit, this is some strong stuff. The super-potent candies were more than enough to turn me into a pain-free vegetable for an evening, and I can see why so many people with chronic pain tout them as the best on the market. As the company motto says: Chews wisely.
9. Conscious Confections Baklava
Medicated treats are often baked to the point of being dry, flavorless and completely unappealing. Not the case with the baklava from Native Roots Apothecary's in-house bakery, Conscious Confections. I was told that the recipe, which has been in the owner's family for generations, has more than two grams of medicated butter in each slice. That explains both the fluffy, flaky consistency and the mind-altering potency of the pastry. Medicated or not, this baklava, dripping with honey-hashy goodness, is some of the best I've had in the city.
8. Simply Pure Peanut Brittle Bar
It's hard to make something that is essentially sugar and peanuts healthy, but the folks at Simply Pure are doing their best by using only natural and organic ingredients in their candy bars. On top of a wicked sugar high, the bar has seventy mg of active THC that gave me a soaring mental buzz, put me in a good mood and energized me mentally and physically. It was a good mid-afternoon snack, though I was hungry again an hour later.
7. Granny T's Kettle Chips
While all ganja food tends to fall in the "stealth medication" category, these chips are by far the least obvious medicated food I have ever seen. A bag was enough to give me a good head buzz for a few hours and loosen up any tight muscles or aches I had. But more important, nobody knew I was eating pot food in the office (not that anyone here cares). Sometimes you need a little lunchtime relief; pairing a bag of these with your ham sandwich would be a good way to get it.
6. North Shore Edibles Snickerdoodle
As far as being edible is concerned, mass-produced medicated cookies tend to fall just above hockey pucks. These snickerdoodles from North Shore are one of the few exceptions. Somewhat crispy on the edges but still soft in the middle, a few minutes in a toaster oven softened them up to near-fresh-baked quality. These cookies were tested back in March and found to have roughly 50 mg of active THC and nearly 1 percent cannabidiol in them. That added boost of CBD made eating two of these more like eating a cinnamon-laden sugar Valium than a cookie, only better-tasting.