I recently had the privilege to review the Karma Cup Judges Kit for the team at Skunk Magazine, which was filled with tons of great smokeables and edibles from producers all around the country. As a seasoned smoker, I've come across quite a few cool cannabis creations in my time, but there definitely were quite a few things in the kit that surprised me and left an impression.
An unforgettable chocolate by Tribal Delights was one of them, and it will forever be etched in my mind as one of the prettiest and tastiest chocolates I've ever had the opportunity to try, infused or not!
Tribal Delights is a British Columbia based edible company, specializing in handcrafted, artisan chocolates and gummies. Unlike many edible makers today that infuse their food with THC distillate, Tribal Delights infuse their edibles with traditional methods, medicating their chocolates with infused coconut butter, and their gummies with cannabis tincture.
They have 3 main products:
Their Rainbow Delight is a heavy-hitting, large-sized gummy coin. It's made of three gummy layers, with the top layer forming a beautiful green marijuana leaf. Colourful, pretty, and heavy, this dense gummy takes a few bites to finish, and it's a good thing too! Coming in three large doses, you won't want to eat the whole thing at once like I did! Instead of a nice hazy afternoon, I was left pleasantly groggy and unproductive after a couple hours.
Their other fine edible in their product line is their Karma Cup-winning Thunder Bar which comes in 150/300/450mg doses in white, dark, and milk chocolate, Following the tribal theme and the artistic vibe, these chocolate bars have custom moulds, reminiscent of native totem poles adorned with cannabis leaves. Packaged by hand in different coloured foil wrapping for each kind of chocolate, the bars are labelled with nicely designed sleeves. But what really impressed me were the chocolates' simple and natural ingredients, using nothing but cacao butter, infused coconut butter and honey. This is refreshing to see when so many edibles out there are ladened with many colourings, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
Saving my favourite for last, are their incredible Spirit Squares. This was the edible that I felt really stood out amongst all others in the Karma Cup Judges Kit. I was truly impressed to see what lied beneath the foil wrapping when I opened it up for the first time. A cute chocolate tile, made with dark chocolate, topped with a layer of white chocolate with a two-tone picture printed on it! Each tile has a different tribal picture on it, from abstract designs, to native toques and turqoise marijuana leaves, appearing more like luxury, commercial-grade chocolates than common artisan handcrafted edibles.
These squares are so pretty in fact, you almost feel bad eating them! But, once they melt in your mouth, that won't matter. The blend of white chocolate and dark chocolate have a really smooth and rich flavour, hiding the cannabis taste very well despite these small tiles having a dose of 100mgs and 150mgs of THC! Coming in boxes of four, it's a perfect edible to share and surprise friends with or give as an elegant gift to someone very deserving.
Although a relative newcomer to the cannabis edible industry, with products like these and a Karma Cup under their belt, you know they mean business! Check out their online store on TribalDelights.ca and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@tribaldelights) where they often post special promotions and giveaways.
Final Score: 9/10
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The Baked Shop is a craft cannabis edible company located in Toronto that specializes in small-batch, gluten-free edibles available online in Canada for mail order. We met The Baked Shop team at a networking event in the Toronto Yongesterdam Lounge and were fortunate enough to go home with a few of their edibles in hand! Thanks guys!
The Baked Shop has a full menu of dessert items to choose from, all ranging in different doses of THC distillate, and today we are reviewing their "Sucka-Dees" gummies, their "Brownie Bite" and their Cookies & Creme Rice Crispy Square.
The Baked Shop use lab tested THC distillate in their edible creations, ensuring accurate dosing and no cannabis flavour to interfere with the flavour of the edibles.
I really enjoyed having these Baked Shop treats, but the Sucka-Dees were by far my favourite. Many edibles in the legacy market (and even the legal market!) are often made with cheap and artificial ingredients, so it's nice to see that The Baked Shop make all their desserts gluten-free and with quality-sourced ingredients. What I also appreciated was the detailed labeling that not only listed all ingredients, but nutritional information as well. You'll be surprised how many legacy market edibles out there don't list either.
Accessing The Baked Shop
The Baked Shop can be purchased and ordered online on www.thebakedshop.co or on the online mail order site www.westcoastsupply.ca. They can also be found on instagram @the_baked_shop.
Final Score: 7/10
I've been a fan of Cannabiscotti for a number of years now. There's not many infused biscottis to begin with so they are quite unique, but aside from these biscottis being tasty, potent, and packaged well, they're so amazingly consistent. Something very important when it comes to edibles.
What I love about Cannabiscotti too is that aside from their typical menu, they're always trying out new flavoured biscottis of which many are made custom for holidays throughout the year!
This time, I was fortunate enough to try their limited edition Nawty Neopolitan Gelato flavour, which just like Neopolitan ice cream, came as a striped biscotti with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate all in one bar!
I opened the packet and surprisingly, it smelled just like the ice cream which really brought me back! Unlike their other biscottis, this one is even more suited to a cannabis user with a lower tolerance as they can enjoy multiple flavours without having to open more than one biscotti package (and maybe regret it!). This biscotti is labelled as having 50 mg of THC from a full bud infusion using the Chem Dawg strain. So now, the only decision I had to make was which side I was going to start with!
The chocolate section tasted like the classic chocolate Cannabiscotti flavour I typically adore. The vanilla tasted heavenly. And for someone who doesn't typically like strawberry flavoured things, I found the strawberry section flavourful and very similar to how strawberry ice cream would taste. The biscotti was rich in flavour, buttery, crunchy and not too sweet. So tasty in fact, one must be careful not to munch on too much at a time!!
I've been smoking cannabis daily for many years, but I ended up eating this biscotti after a short 2-day tolerance break. My edible tolerance is usually very high, and it wouldn't lower too significantly in just two days, but wow did this biscotti pack a punch. Within 1.5 hours, my thoughts began to scatter and I knew it was kicking in. I started to feel relaxed and became quite distracted from the work I was doing at the time. I then became engrossed in another project I had no intention of starting that night which I ended up almost completing in no time!
By the 2 hour mark, I was already feeling the full effects of the Nawty Neopolitan Gelato, and nawty it was indeed. Usually I can have 50mg THC edibles without feeling any significant effect. Mind you, most of these edibles are using a THC distillate. Cannabiscotti on the other hand, use a full-bud extraction which results in producing a wide spectrum of cannabinoids (not just THC) which work synergistically to create a much stronger and more natural 'high', also resulting in far more health benefits. You can say I was floating and didn't have a care in the world. By then, I was no longer interested in my work and I blissfully melted in front of the TV with some munchies in hand.
So, if you're not a regular cannabis user, I would definitely recommend starting with just one flavour section (a third) and see how the effects play out over an hour or two. Otherwise, you may have to alter your evening plans, because I definitely had to!
Cannabiscotti does it again!
Want to learn more about Cannabiscotti? Visit www.cannabiscotti.ca.
Products By Sec are a Vancouver based boutique infused cannabis edible company, specializing in artisan and handcrafted gummies with varying doses of lab-tested, solvent-free THC distillate. They even offer a useful “How To Find The Perfect Edible Treat” flowchart, and a “Cannabis Consumption FAQ” section on their website to educate and reinforce safe consumption for their customers.
After coming across their beautiful gummies on instagram, I had to get in touch to express my praises and they were kind enough to send me two samples of every single kind of their edibles! With 6 kinds of gummies in their product line, I was in for a treat and had to make sure I rationed these out responsibly! As a graphic designer, I also have to say how much I love their labelling and their colourful designs, with each pack using different colour combinations in their logo and label design, with clear ingredient, warning, and dosing information. It's these finer touches that truly make products stand out above the rest.
with one in each pack it was this gummy that first caught my attention on instagram, not only for their size and tie-dye like combination of colours, but because each gummy is individually made by hand, making each one completely unique with its own pattern of colours. So beautiful in fact, I didnt know they were edible at first! I also love how they use the butterfly for emphasis in their marketing with their description of this goody, stating "experience the butterfly effect" which I believe I did with this heavy-hitter! You can say it floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee!
Being a regular cannabis smoker and edible eater, my tolerance is high to say the least, so given that this was their strongest gummy in their line, I made sure to have this gummy first on an empty stomach early in the day. This made sure nothing interfered with its effects. It's texture was great. Not too soft or chewy with a sweet sherbert-like flavour. Effects slowly crept in after around an hour with effects peaking on the 2-hour mark. Infused with THC, the gummy gave me some body buzz and left me feeling quite hazy, with a strong cerebral high. I was very satisfied with the strength of the "high" so I would warn anyone inexperienced with edibles to try these with caution!
With two in each pack, these 150mg THC dosed dice are cutely shaped like a large white and red dice. Perfect for any 420-friendly parties! The white is banana-flavour and the red reminded me of a strawberry jello. Being a gummy block, these are thick and chewy and I really enjoyed biting into these bad boys. Given my experience with the Butterfly High, I had a feeling I was in luck with these dice! With 150mg of THC in each, they are certainly not for the novice edible eater.
I had planned to dedicate a whole afternoon to trying the Butterfly High and Lucky Dice gummies, so being brave, I had these around 3 hours after I ate the Butterfly High. This ensured that by the time my first gummy was beginning to wear off, the dice would prolong the effects and carry them into the late afternoon.
I find the dice peaked at the 2-hour mark, consistent with the Butterfly High and my plan was quite the success. Any body buzz I didnt feel prior, was now quite present, putting me in a noticeable couch lock and watching TV like someone hypnotized for quite some time.
The second time I tried these lucky dice it was on a day when I was sick with a cold and didn't want to smoke, so I decided to have them both in one sitting. It wasn't long before my eyes were feeling incredibly warm and heavy, and the two gummies combined made me feel almost comatosed during their peak. Not for the novice user indeed, and even those with a high tolerance should not gamble with these dice!
These dense, gorgeous gummies are multi-coloured, gem-shaped and dosed at 100mg of THC in each. With two in each pack, there's always a backup if you find you're brave enough for the second. You can definitely say these precious stones will get you stoned. It's great to see that Sec make a real effort in creating a variety of unique molds and colour combinations to keep all their gummies interesting, and these gems certainly continue that trend.
Given the shape of these gummies, I loved how dense and solid these were, making them very chewy and fun to bite on. They tasted sweet and had a blue raspberry flavour that was tasty and consistent with any commercial candies one would find in a regular store.
These cute gummies are quite large and shaped like 3D cocktail drinks, even complimented with their own shaped gummy ice cubes or fruit slices on the rim! A perfect replacement for an alcoholic cocktail, these gummies are large and sold as single gummies dosed at 50mg of thc. Perfect as a starter to your Saturday night out!
The first one I tried looked like an orange cocktail with its own orange slice on the rim and tasted just like an orange popsicle. Sweet and tangy, and ever so chewy given its thick 3D mold.
The second one I tried was their "Old Fashioned", looking like a glass of brandy or rum with ice and the moment I opened the bag I could smell it too! I took a bite... Wow! Was this rum and coke I was tasting?! Amazing! A nice change from your typical cola bottle gummies and very innovative indeed. Definitely more appealing to the adult alcohol fans that you might be trying to bring to the green side!
Given that I had two of these bad boys, I definitely didn't need a drink and just like their colourful butterfly counterparts, these gummies are individually handmade and come in varying colours!
With 4 in a pack, these bite-size fruit-shaped gummies are the lightest dosed in the SEC line at 10mg of THC in each piece. Great for edible novices and people on the go, with each pack containing a lemon, a banana, a grape and a cherry flavour gummy, all shaped like cute, miniature fruit! These tasted great and were a nice snack while I was working, and given the lower dosage these ones gave me a light, functional buzz.
Don't be fooled by these adorable, tiny, golden pineapples! It's not often you come across pineapple flavoured gummies, let alone pineapple-shaped ones so I was eager to munch on these. More for the average cannabis user, these pineapples are moderately dosed at 50mg ofTHC.
Given my high tolerance, I decided to bravely munch on both of these in one sitting and went on with my afternoon. I like that they didn't taste too sweet and tasted similar to a pina colada.
To be honest, I had completely forgotten I ate these pineapples until almost two hours later when in the midst of my work, my mind became increasingly fuzzy, my ass felt heavier, and my spelling mistakes became more frequent! It was only then that I remembered I had eaten them earlier! I take that as a great sign, and to be honest they hit me much harder than I expected. I became far more ineterested in the music I was listening to than in the work I was supposed to be doing!
I had smoked and dabbed earlier in the day too, so I was pleasently surprised at how effective these BC Pineapples were.
I am ever so grateful and have to thank you SEC! As a person with a very high tolerance, it's not often edibles make me feel this good!
Visual Appeal: 10/10
If anyone is looking to find these gummy goodies, they can learn more and seeing their retailers by visiting www.ProductsBySec.com and feel free to reach out by emailing info@ProductsBySec.com. You can also find them on instagram at @productsbysec.
Dog Pound Concentrates - Northern Lights Shatter
Dog Pound Concentrates is a Toronto craft-cannabis extraction company specializing in several strains of high quality shatter. They officially launched in 2017 but have several years of cannabis extraction experience, even working with Marc Emery and companies such as Cannabis Culture.
Dog Pound Concentrates offer shatter, budder, THC distillate and CBD isolate in their product line, and with a recent brand redesign by the infamous cannabis character illustrator, Beck, they've come out in 2018 stronger than ever.
Unique to Dog Pound Concentrates
Being a craft-cannabis extraction company, Dog Pound Concentrates is able to focus highly on the quality of the end-product before reaching shelves, producing highly potent, clean concentrates for cannabis users. Given their craft production, strain selections are always fresh and new making every customer purchase feel somewhat rare and special.
What I also like are their package labels, showing a summarized profile of the strain and its effects, similar to that of Leafly.
Being a smaller company, Dog Pound Concentrates is also able to personally assist and tend to vendors and even customers, ensuring quality control and customer satisfaction from production all the way through to the end-sale.
Smell, Appearance, Texture and Taste
Upon opening the package, my nose was hit with light floral terpenes wafting from the parchment paper that encased big chunks of gold goodness. No detection of any solvent smell.
The shatter I am used to is often a very thin piece on parchment paper, but these pieces of shatter were thick and chunky. Golden and yellow, completely translucent, and super-solid this shatter was stable to say the least.
I took a small chunk on my dab tool and dropped it on my titanium nail set at 675 degrees Fahrenheit. I notice no sizzle, and inhaling is smooth, while the exhale was filled with intense floral flavour. Beautiful.
Listed appropriately as an indica, effects did not take long to take hold. Upon the exhale, my body was instantly met with a wave of relaxation that poured over my muscles and joints. Instantly calming, this strain was great for my anxiety and allowed me to rest my body as well as my thoughts.
Although only a small company, I continuously hear good things about Dog Pound Concentrates, and after trying this Northern Lights, I can see why! Quality shatter and locally made, with a constantly changing menu of strains, Dog Pound Concentrates is fast becoming the next big extract brand on Toronto's cannabis scene.
Final Score - 8/10
With all the new cannabis products coming out in this wave of cannabis legalization, today we get the opportunity to review a cannabis accessory that we've seen popping up in some local head shops and caught our attention with its sleek design and application.
Whether you're trying to hide your toking habit from a judgy roommate, or simply trying to keep the level of smoke down for the sake of any kids or pets in the home, the Eco Four Twenty Personal Air Filter might be the perfect thing for the 420 enthusiast with non-420 company.
Unlike similar products in the marketplace we've seen before that are bulky or one-time use, the Eco Four Twenty Personal Air Filter blew us away with it's solid and sleek build, as well as its clever design and reusability.
Clearly built with quality materials, its made of black, aircraft-grade aluminium, has a removable mouthpiece for cleaning, and most importantly, houses a chamber that contains a replaceable 2-stage activated charcoal and HEPA filter. It fits nicely in the palm of the hand and looks completely inconspicuous. This is far more than that toilet paper roll stuffed with dryer sheets!
We tried it ourselves and were shocked with the results. After taking some big puffs off a skunky spliff, we exhaled through the filter and no smoke came out the other end! Not only did the Eco Four Twenty air filter trap the smoke, it trapped the smell too! Despite the filter being pretty small, it does a great job and packs around 500 uses in a single cartridge. Then all one has to do is replace the filter inside, which is as simple as unscrewing the filter and placing the new filter inside!
So, goodbye, towels bunched up against the bottom crack of the door!
Cheerio, neighbour complaints!
The Eco Four Twenty Air Filter is currently on sale starting at just $27.95 USD, and two replacement filters now only cost $15 USD. They also offer a package option too which includes the filter unit plus an extra filter for $37 USD.
Want to learn more? Visit www.ecofourtwenty.com!
SpacedOut Extracts Overview:
SpacedOut Extracts is a small edible company operating out of Toronto, specializing in THC and CBD infused gummies. I first met Spaced Out and got a chance to try their Space Drop gummies in 2017 at a local "cannabis farmer's market" featuring local edible vendors, and their gummies have only gotten better since then!
Finding SpacedOut Extracts:
Spaced Out Extracts can often be seen vending at local cannabis events and 'farmer's markets' such as the Canna Crawl in Hamilton or the Karma Cup that happened recently in Toronto. If you want to get in touch with or stay updated on SpacedOut Extracts, it's best to follow their facebook page at facebook.com/spacedoutgta.
Space Drops Pricing:
Pricing for Space Drops varies on the dosage and whether they are THC or CBD infused. The Space Drops we're reviewing contain 300mg of THC (100mg per gummy), and the pack typically retails for around $30.
Space Drops Appearance & Packaging
Unlike many of the legacy market edibles available online and in local markets, Space Drops stand out above the rest with their colourful and professional packaging. These gummies come in heat-sealed, custom-printed, plastic zip lock bags with detailed labeling and a window in the front.
One of our biggest pet peeves with edibles is the lack of ingredient or nutritional information being included on the packaging, which is another reason why we love Space Drops. Their packaging displays dosage, flavours, ingredients, nutritional information and warnings very clearly. It's also a nice touch to be able to see the gummies in the packet without having to open it.
Space Drops Smell, Texture and Taste
We've had many edible gummies made by craft producers in the legacy market, and not many of them can be compared to the quality one would expect from regular commercial gummies, either because of the texture, the appearance or the flavour. But Space Drops do a great job! They taste really sweet and fruity, and they're soft and chewy! Plus, did we mention each gummy contains a whopping 100mg of THC?
As they're made with distillate and not something like RSO or full spectrum oil, they have no smell and have no cannabis taste making them perfect for your secret stash on the go.
The only thing we noticed is that the sugar didn't really stick to the gummies like others you've often seen, but aside from that, these gummies were great! Plus, they certainly pack a punch with no lethargic effects!
Royal Highness is a Toronto-based cannabis edible company, specializing in handcrafted, high quality, cannabis-infused chocolates, desserts and treats. From chocolates, to candies, cookies and so much more, there's a great variety of things to choose from in their menu, all made by hand by a licensed Red Seal pastry chef. Customers can place orders online to have any of their items shipped right to their door and even book classes and parties!
I came across Royal Highness visiting one of the local Toronto cannabis vendor markets a while ago where I tried their amazing infused Twix-style chocolate, and was recently fortunate enough to try some of her newest treats. I had seen updates from Royal Highness and was excited to try their new infused Oreo-style cookie I had seen them developing.
Consuming these edibles was such a pleasure, and after having the chocolate bar in one sitting, the M'Oreo cookie and Terple in another sitting, and the candies while travelling, I can happily say that each time, I was able to enjoy the wonderful effects of the cannabis, each time leaving me happy and relaxed.
Thank you Royal Highness for the opportunity to review some of your wonderful artisanal goodies. For more information, visit www.royalhighnesstoronto.com to learn more.
Strain Name: Death Pink
Strain Type: Indica
Death Pink is a heavy indica strain, grown by crossing Pink Kush and Death Bubba, both of which offer very sedating effects and a strong terpene profile. These buds were purchased from SeaOfGreenDispensary for a very reasonable price, and it definitely did not disappoint.
These large, dense buds were dark green with orange hairs, covered in a thick layer of creamy-white trichomes, and manicured well. The buds were also cured nicely and had a good density and moisture level... not to dry, and not too wet.
Smell & Taste
One of the stinkier strains in our current collection, these buds exploded in gassy and earthy aromas when squeezing or cracking them open, capturing a nice balance of both Pink and Bubba Kush's typical scents.
We enjoy smoking cannabis in small, tightly-rolled joints using very thin rolling papers. It is not uncommon to find strains of cannabis that may smell great when dried but offer little flavour and taste when smoking, but in this case the flavour was quite present, as well as consistent with the smell. Although not as strong as its scent, flavours were earthy with a pleasing hint of liquorice.
As this strain was smoked, a ring of resin would pool around the edge of the hot ash of the joint, displaying just how concentrated in oils this cannabis was.
Consistent with effects from Pink Kush and Death Bubba, this strain of Death Pink took effect within only a few minutes of smoking, offering mind-numbing and almost body-numbing effects, resulting in a restful mind and some high levels of couch-lock.
Although not in any pain at the time, we can almost be certain that this strain would be highly effective for pain relief, anxiety and as a sleep aid. Within just 45 minutes of smoking, it was easy to lie down and fall into a deep sleep quickly.
Smell & Taste: 8/10
Gold Era Wellness is a new and emerging wellness company based out of Toronto, producing handcrafted CBD products for people and pets since 2017. Their product line includes CBD dog treats, Anubis CBD Drops for dogs, CBD capsules and their MCT369 CBD oil blend.
MCT369 CBD Oil
Most oils in the marketplace made to be taken orally, whether THC or CBD, tend to be mixed with an oil like MCT or grapeseed. But Gold Era Wellness takes their MCT369 CBD Oil a large step further by adding essential Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids to the mix! Essential Omega oils like these are highly beneficial and are contained in foods like fish and hemp oils, that aren't commonly present in a modern, highly processed diet. Combining these oils with CBD makes this a very useful natural supplement that can be used daily.
Unlike most CBD products in the market, MCT369 CBD Oil contains a whopping 1500mg of CBD in every 30ml dropper bottle! This is quite unheard of, as most CBD products contain no where near the amount of CBD and are often very expensive despite this fact. What many also don't know is that most people suffering from serious or chronic health conditions need at least a daily dose of 100mg of CBD, which would make most CBD products in the market completely unaffordable for the average user.
The oil comes in a 30ml tamper-evident dropper bottle with attractive gold labelling that is neatly detailed. Better packaging than I've seen on some commercially available products!
Finding MCT369 CBD Oil
Gold Era Wellness products can be purchased exclusively on the Canadian mail order site, www.metromeds.ca.
Pricing & Selection
The Gold Era Wellness product line includes CBD dog treats, Anubis CBD Drops for dogs, CBD capsules and their MCT369 CBD Oil.
The MCT369 CBD Oil comes in a 30ml bottle and is priced extremely reasonably at $90. Given that CBD generally tends to retail for up to $100 per 1000mg, getting 1500mg combined with 3 essential omega oils for under $100 is incredible.
Unique to Gold Era Wellness
Given that CBD has no psychoactive effects, it's clear that any CBD user is only using it for medicinal reasons so it's painful to see when CBD products are overpriced, especially when hemp cultivation is so prevalent down south in the USA. It becomes evident that Gold Era Wellness, despite it being a small company with a small budget that makes such high quality products offered at such a low price, shows how much they care for their customers... or should I say 'patients'.
Smell, Texture, Taste
Gold Era Wellness MCT369 CBD Oil is odourless, colourless and flavourless. This makes incorporating it into one's diet quite easy as it can be added to a variety of drinks or food without it interfering with the flavour.