Taking The Hit: Blue Dream Blunts produced by Toking Blunts

Blue Dream, two pack of 2.5g hemp blunts from Toking Blunts

Toking Blunts are a treat to be shared and enjoyed together.  They appear to be cigars, with their large size (2.5g each), dark brown rolling paper, and fancy emblem wrapped around the crutch side.  Despite a price that comes out around $6.25 per gram, the flower had all the rich sweetness I expect from Blue Dream - I was surprised to get such a nice flavor from a preroll - an experience my smoking buddy echoed.  There was a sweetness to the paper as well - a sugary taste as if the paper had been coated in simple syrup.  It was a strange, but ultimately pleasant addition.

After enjoying a little under a quarter of the joint between the two of us, we set off on a walk around town.  The high was a jaunty element to our walk, but the effects were mainly cerebral and heady.  We giggled as we explored anew the town we'd lived in for years.  Around midnight, about 30-45 minutes after smoking, a deluge of munchies hit like the smell of bacon on a Saturday morning.

With few options at such a late hour, we made our way to good ol' Micky D's where we found the lobby closed.  So we made the only reasonable choice - we stood in line at the Drive-Thru (a busy drive-thru, with cars in front and behind).  After being refused service on account of our glaring lack of a vehicle, we found ourselves scarfing burritos at Riva's.

For a fun and carefree evening of simple thought and questionable choices, Blue Dream Tokin' Blunts fit the bill perfectly.  Just make sure you have some snacks at the ready!

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Taking The Hit: Strawberry Cough Native Cartridge Produced by Winberry Farms

When I heard we were getting a Strawberry Cough cartridge in, I couldn’t help but bury my head in my hands because I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that I would make it mine.

Strawberry Cough 1g Native Cartridge produced by Winberry Farms

Strawberry Cough is one of four strains tied for my favorite strain, which means I have high standards and expectations.  The fact that this is a Winberry Native cartridge, rather than a normal Winberry, was imperative in my decision to purchase this.  For those who don’t know, Winberry’s normal lines of cartridges use a distillate made from a blend of strains, then flavored with added terpenes.  The Native line uses only one strain, and that’s the experience I want with my favorite strain.

I used a push-button CO2 battery at medium setting and I’ve found this to be ideal.  The taste is magnificent, like sugared strawberries.  Even when I let a friend try it without telling her the strain name or my experience, she commented that it tastes like strawberries.  I normally take 2-3 puffs for a mild high, but I’ve taken as many as 6 because I enjoyed the taste, and I found that to be a moderate but non-lingering high.

Strawberry Cough 1g Native Cartridge produced by Winberry Farms

The high is a heady cerebral lift, with an smile you cannot fight if you have enough.  Strawberry Cough has a body element as well that comes through in the cartridge.  It’s ideal for hikes where there are beautiful things to see, dancing like no one is watching, as well as cuddling with a loved one.  I would absolutely recommend it to treat depression, though I’d caution against it as a treatment for anxiety.  I experienced a note of paranoia at higher doses, but because of my experience with anxiety I was able to easily deal with it.

All in all, a fun strain that is great for depression and ideal for fun outings with friends.

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Taking The Hit: CBD 1:1 Transdermal Patch Produced by Synergy Skin Worx

CBD 1:1 Transdermal Patch produced by Synergy Skin Workx

I’ve been hunting for transdermal patches for a while now, but with 1:1 being so high in demand relative to stock, it’s been nearly impossible finding them.  Now that I’ve tried one, I’m thrilled that it’s regular stock on our shelves.

I cut my patch into four squares.  I’ll cut my next one into six, making this highly economical for even a homeostatic goal (daily wear).  The activation time read 60 minutes, but my effects came on so quickly that I initially wrote them off as placebo - only about 10-15 minutes, with unquestionable effects by 20 minutes.  It is worth noting that I am relatively small (125 lb) with a fast metabolism and a moderate tolerance.

The first effects I felt were gentle rolling waves of ease and relaxation.  Noticeable, but subtle enough to be brushed off.  Over time, however, the sensations intensified and a pleasant body high made itself known.  I didn’t feel couch-locked, just floaty and a bit dreamy.  At times it was in the background an at others I basically couldn’t focus on anything else.

These effects lasted from when I applied the patch at 9pm until I went to bed around 1am.  When I woke up, the effects were still present, but muted.  It was easy to go about my day feeling relatively unhindered.  It wasn’t until the effects faded around 9pm that I realized I hadn’t felt any issues that would make me need to smoke.  I didn’t feel high (except for mild haziness), I just felt fine.  I do recommend starting slow as I also tried applying half of the patch rather than a quarter, and the experience was very unpleasant until I removed part of the patch.

I would recommend this for people with chronic issues ranging from pain to mood disorders, who smoke frequently to treat their ailments.  I recommend applying it at night so that the stronger effects happen outside work and responsibilities, and so they can be slept through if the person doesn’t enjoy being high.

Overall, a great experience and medical too!  

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Taking The Hit: Dark Chocolate CBD Medbar from Gaia

Dark Chocolate CBD Medbar from Gaia

Dark Chocolate CBD Medbar from Gaia

Amount Ingested:  ~1/16 of bar; ~5.75mg CBD
Intent: Help with anxiety and stomach pain resulting from food intolerances
Adjacent Intoxicants:  None for the entire day prior (was taken in evening); later added a hit of THC flower, but the edible had long since taken effect by then.
Taken on an empty stomach?  Yes except for a few handfuls of Cheetos

I picked up this bar after realizing that the Cheetos I'd eaten with (let's be honest: for) lunch contained milk products which were almost certain to cause a lot of stomach pain and nausea.  Not only would this bar be a CBD dose lasting hours, taking it in a form that sent it straight to my stomach and digestive system was ideal for the stomach pain and nausea I expected.  By the time I was able to take it, I was about 1.5 hours away from when I expected symptoms to start - just in time.  

The bar is scored into 4 pieces of about 23 milligrams each.  I have a very low CBD tolerance so this would be way too much for me.  I broke it down into smaller sections; for people who find a single vape hit or small flower hit of CBD to be sufficient, I recommend the same.

About an hour later (my normal activation time for edibles), I felt a calm, comfortable tingle all over my body.  It was incredibly relaxing.  The stomach pain I was dreading never made an appearance, though the nausea did, right on schedule.  I eventually added a moderate hit of indica flower (9 lb. Hammer from Love Life Farms, if anyone is curious), which pretty successfully kicked that.  Even before the heavy indica, I felt like the bar was fairly sedating.  If I was to take it mid-day, I would take close to half of what I had this time.  

Taste-wise, the bar tasted exactly like a normal dark chocolate bar (which I was thrilled about, being newly lactose intolerant and struggling to find chocolate and all).  None of the dreaded  cannabis taste.  For price and the potency, there's really no comparable CBD edible that I've found.

I would recommend this product for pain, anxiety, and sleep.  I would also recommend it to rec customers who enjoy a body high but want to avoid cloudiness.  I would not recommend this for nausea or depression, as I noticed no change in those areas.  I would also caution about using it during the daytime as it may be sedating for certain people at certain doses.

All in all, this edible has been a fantastic, and economical, experience.  It did almost everything I was hoping it would do, and it did it well.  As a bonus, I'll be working on this bar for quite some time because of the potency.

Highly recommend!