Looking for the perfect gift for the cannabis consumer in your life? Look no further. We think these products will make a great gift for your connoisseur this holiday season!
Dixie – Synergy: Holiday Gift Box
Dixie makes finding a gift for that cannabis aficionado in your life a breeze by wrapping several of their Synergy products in one box. Each item is infused with a mixture of 1:1 CBD and THC, ensuring that there’s something beneficial for everyone. There are two versions available, one with gummies and one with bath soak, both versions come with a milk chocolate bar and relief balm. Once the goodies are used up, the wooden box is a pretty cool place to store their cannabis knick-knacks. dixieelixirs.com
photo courtesy of Sweet Mary Jane
Sweet Mary Jane – Peppermint Crush
There’s something so holiday-y about peppermint and white chocolate. This ten pack of 10-milligram hearts capture the spirit of the season, and make a great gift for someone you’re sweet on. They’re also a great stocking stuffer, or a tasty addition to a holiday meal with the family. www.ilovesmj.com
O.pen – ISH pen
O.pen Vape is an OG of the pen game and these cartridges are their next evolution, mixing THC distillate with a variety of fun flavors. Because they’re made by O.pen, you know that they are discreet and easy to use. The ISH is sure to be a swish. openvapeshop.com
photo courtesy of Sweet Grass Kitchen
Sweet Grass Kitchen – Pumpkin Pie
You know who doesn’t like pumpkin pie? Terrorists, probably. These adorable mini pies are infused with 10 milligrams of THC, and are the perfect treat in the holiday months. Sweet Grass Kitchen uses only cannabutter in their products, so these things are just like mom would make — if she was cool.
Who doesn’t need a little boost every now and then? These bite-sized balls are just the thing when you need a little pick me up. Each chocolate covered coffee bean is dosed with a pleasant mix of five milligrams THC and five milligrams CBD, incorporating the benefits of both cannabinoids with a slight boost of caffeine. The light dosage means you can dial it for the exact experience you want, and the uplifting effect of the combination is great for the start of a busy day. I’ve found that five milligrams is just about the right amount of THC to keep me energized and happy without being stoned and unfocused, so one of these is all I really need. But if you want to crank it up further, these are tasty enough that you won’t mind having a few more. There’s very little hash taste, just smooth chocolate and the slight grittiness of the coffee bean. If you’re not a fan of coffee these might not be for you, but if you’re looking to add some pep to your day, look no further.
Craft really know what they are doing when it comes to concentrates. These pens are sleek, flavorful and easy to use. The battery is sturdy and kept its charge for several days before I needed to recharge it. The distillate chamber looks super clean, golden and clear. The full spectrum distillate in the cartridge contains 100 percent cannabis-derived terpenes, which is totally obvious because the vapor smells a lot like the sweet, sweet smell of our good friend Mary Jane. So if you are looking for a discreet, non-marijuana smelling vape pen, this is not the pen for you. But if you want a flavorful and fragrant vaping experience, then you need to pick one of these up. www.craft710.com
Incredibles has been killing the chocolate game for a while, now they are doing the same with their gummies. Each flavor is better than the last. These red licorice bites are so delicious it was truly hard to not eat the whole box in one sitting. If you love red licorice as much as I do, I would advise you to also grab some Red Vines to eat after you take your preferred dose of these gummies, because you will definitely want to eat more. The good news on that front is that they are microdosed; so even though I ate three gummies, I only consumed 15 milligrams. The effects kicked in after about 25 minutes, I was feeling happy and relaxed. I was able to drift off to sleep relatively easily, which is not a minor victory for me, and I slept through the night like a champ. I will definitely be buying these regularly. They come in 100-milligram packs for adult-use consumers and 300-milligram packs for medical consumers. Check them out at iloveincredibles.com.
Josh Blue is Colorado’s comedy superstar. The season four winner of Last Comic Standing, the prolific comic has made appearances all over the place, from Mind of Mencia to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’s also a resident of Colorado with a well-documented fondness for weed, so it only seems natural that Blue would lend his celebrity status to a cannabis product sold in the state where he resides. Mountain High Suckers’ line of Josh Blue’s Dream suckers sticks with the play on words, infusing every lollipop with ethanol-extracted Blue Dream. There are three flavors available, cherry, watermelon and blueberry, and I opted to give the first option a try. Though a little on the cough syrupy side with slight undertones of hash, the suckers are great to absentmindedly slurp throughout an afternoon. I popped one in at the end of a day at the office and was nicely toasted by the time I got home, feeling energized and slightly silly, which is what I would imagine Blue would want. www.mountainhighsuckers.com
Zoots brownie bites are so good I wanted to try something else in their product line. Their 10-milligram energy shot was a natural choice. The flavor is intense, like other energy shots you’ve tried. Derived from yerba mate and guarana, each bottle contains as much caffeine as a cup of espresso, about 70 milligrams. This drink also contains lemon balm that is said to maintain energy levels and mental clarity. The package recommends you only consume half of the shot but I drank the whole thing. This, in hindsight, was a bad choice on my part. Effects kicked in about 45 minutes after I drank the shot, a little longer than usual for me but not by too much. The energy effects were great, I felt energized and alert. That lasted for a couple of hours, but then the THC took over and I fell asleep — hard. I proceeded to wake up every 30 minutes or so in a panic. I am hesitant to blame the drink for this though, since I hadn’t gotten much rest the night before. I would definitely buy Zootblast again, but next time I will stick to the recommendation and only drink half. www.zootology.com
Flavored using only natural ingredients, these gummies won’t smack you in the face with a flavor that screams, “THIS IS WHAT FRUIT TASTES LIKE!” Rather, these berry gummies have a more subtle, almost earthy taste. They’re not overly sweet in order to mask an overwhelming hash taste, just a subdued taste of berry in a chewy, manageable bite. At just five milligrams per gummy, there’s not a lot of hash taste for the natural flavoring to overcome. The light dosage might be off -putting for some veteran edible eaters, but it’s great for the inexperienced or light weights like myself, offering an easily scalable experience. I found one was enough to get me energized and uplifted without feeling noticeably stoned, with full effects taking hold in about an hour and a half. These are a good option for those trying to take it slow, those who just want a slight pick me up during the day without becoming impaired, or those who want to avoid the sometimes-overwhelming taste of artificial flavoring agents. www.sweetgrasskitchen.com
Panama Punch from The Clinic
Neville’s Haze x Panamanian Mean Green
Master Grower: Josh Malman, Grow Operations Manager, and The Clinic grow team
Grow Medium: Batch 64 Golden Ratio
Grow Cycle Duration: 4-7 weeks veg, 9 weeks flower
Medical & Adult Use
For years The Clinic has been bringing the heat with their quality genetics and connoisseur concentrates, and this batch of their Panama Punch flower is a perfect example of the consistency and excellence they are synonymous with. Neville’s Haze and Panamanian Mean Green make up the lineage for this exquisite hybrid. Its fruity fragrance fills the room as soon as it’s taken out of its container. The dense nugs had trichome coverage throughout and leave a delicious scent on your fingers after breaking it up. This is one of those strains that doesn’t taste anything like it smells. The Panama Punch had a earthier, spicy taste than its fruity aroma. This hybrid is the perfect blend of indica and sativa effects that pack a punch. You get an immediate, extremely racy sativa cerebral high after the first exhale that starts behind the eyes, and a head rush soon follows. Panama Punch does mellow out into a soothing body high that will leave you relaxed. It’s a very nice smoking experience that I know The Clinic will always deliver. www.TheClinicColorado.com
photo and review by Samuel Farley
Northglenn is home to one of my favorite dispensaries in Colorado, Natural Selections. One of their strains seems to be a rarity in Colorado and is something I have only previously tried when visiting California: Gelato. A strain that originates from the Cookies family, it is a genetic combination of Thin Mint Cookies and Sunset Sherbert. Gelato is one of the best strains I have had
all year. Visually, the Gelato is light green and covered in trichomes with orange pistils mixed in intermittently. Testing at 27.78 percent THC, the slightly dense buds have an aroma that mixes a light sweetness with a hint of fruit. The flavor is fantastic when smoked, leading me to smoke four joints back to back. By the end of my fourth joint, I was happily stoned, planted on the couch
watching Shark Week, still wanting to smoke more of it. Medically, Gelato is useful for anxiety and proved to be a great sleep aid as I smoked it over the course of a few days. The strain would pair very well with a lazy weekend. It’s not so intense that it will induce full on couch lock, but it’s relaxing enough to make a day full of nothing but watching movies sound very appealing. The Gelato from Natural Selections is a great strain in all respects, and one that I cannot wait to smoke again. www.naturalselections.farm
photo and by Samuel Farley
Quality Choice Alternative Care Center is a medical-only dispensary in central Colorado Springs featuring a huge variety of both hash and flowers. I recently had the chance to give their Sour Diesel a try. Their cut is a genetic mixture of Chem Dawg ’91, Super Skunk and Northern Lights, and it lives up to expectations. A pleasant aroma mixes notes of gas with more mellow earthy tones, and it’s not overly intense while still being very enjoyable. The well-trimmed flowers are a light green color with lots of orange pistils spread throughout the longer, lighter buds. Still sticky to the touch, the Sour Diesel rolls perfectly into joints and I was able to enjoy the strain to the fullest following a stressful week. The strain is commonly described as uplifting, useful for anxiety and depression, and I would agree with those statements. After smoking two joints split over the course of about an hour, the effect was uplifting, relaxing and slightly energetic. The flavor comes through well, and the flowers burned slowly and consistently, helping me stay lifted during the weekend. If you live in or around Colorado Springs, stop into Quality Choice ACC for their selection of some great strains, including this Sour Diesel. QualityChoiceDispensary.com