KIVA Confections, Chocolate Bars
(180 mg per bar, 45 mg per square)
The first thing we noticed about KIVA’s chocolate bars was how darn pretty they are! Their aesthetic is spot on — polished and contemporary, one of these chocolate bars would be right at home on the shelf at Whole Foods. Judge this book by its cover, because the chocolate inside that trendy kraft packaging tastes as good as it looks. Added bonus, each chocolate bar is segmented into four squares to make dosing easier. The chocolate comes in a variety of flavors like Vanilla Chai Milk Chocolate or Tangerine Dark Chocolate.
We’re also big fans of KIVA’s Terra Bites, chocolate covered espresso beans. Each bean is approximately 5 mg of THC, so this is a particularly great option for beginners looking for a low dose product.
Auntie Dolores, Glazed Pecans
(100 mg per pouch, 3-5 mg per pecan)
Auntie Dolores is all about “The Every Day Edible” because sometimes, you don’t necessarily want a rich, decadent calorie bomb. Sometimes you want something snack-y and savory. Or maybe you’re looking for a gluten-free or vegan option. This is where Auntie Dolores shines with products like savory pretzels, spiced nuts, and crackers. We particularly adore their Glazed Pecans. Lightly sweetened with coconut sugar and kicked up with a touch of white balsamic vinegar, chipotle powder, and cayenne, these glazed nuts are totally addictive. Eat them on their own, or go the extra healthy mile and throw them on a salad.
Madame Munchie, Macarons
(100 mg per box, 20 mg per macaron)
Medicated. Macarons. Yes, this exists! In true Cali-locavore form, these gorgeous hand-crafted macarons are made from local and organic ingredients. See what I did there? I just used about four foodie buzz words to describe a cannabis company. Madame Munchie’s Artisanal Cannabis Macarons come in foodie-approved flavors like Citrus à l’amande, made with almond butter and topped with orange zest, and Grilled PB&J, complete with darling grill marks and all.
They are almost too beautiful to eat, but trust us, you’ll be glad you did. If only all medicine came in the form of macarons.
Beezle’s Creamery, Ice Cream Push Pops
(50 mg per pop)
Cannabis-infused ice cream, could there be anything more delightful? The push pop container is a brilliant method of dispensing Beezle’s Creamery's dreamy organic ice cream. The line features fun flavors like Buttered + Toasted, a peanut butter cream with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and vegan options like Gone Bananers, a banana “ice cream” with nut and seed butter.
SweetLeaf, CBD Extract Oils & Tinctures
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the burgeoning interest in high CBD products as more studies are showing the great potential of this non-psychoactive cannabinoid in treating numerous ailments. SweetLeaf offers oils and tinctures in three CBD-to-THC ratios (20:1, 3:1, and 1:1) each targeting certain conditions. SweetLeaf patients are successfully using these extracts for everything from neurological disorders like epilepsy (20:1) to auto-immune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis (3:1) to pain relief (1:1). You can add the oils or tinctures to the tasty beverage or food of your choice, or you can enjoy one of SweetLeaf’s CBD-rich edibles. Sriracha Kale Chips, anyone?
As cannabis consumption becomes less taboo and as more research is done on the medicinal benefits of the plant, there’s no doubt that this is an industry just itching to stretch its legs. Especially when it comes to edibles, education and titration are key to an enjoyable and safe experience.
Start Low, Go Slow...and enjoy the ride.