At this point, it’s pretty much common knowledge, when it comes to how beneficial CBD can be. However, we’ve been largely focusing on the oil. There are a ton of high CBD strains of flower out there that can be just as beneficial as using CBD oil to treat a wide variety of symptoms. This article will break down our selections for the five best CBD strains out there.

1. CBD Critical Cure 

 

This strain offers a low amount of both CBD and THC, but with an overwhelming dominance of CBD. When we say low, we mean around 5% THC and 11% CBD, which is pretty low, compared to some of the stuff you’ll read about just later in this article. It is slightly psychoactive, but it’s not going to rock your world in that sense, by any means.

 

As the name suggests, CBD Critical Cure is a strain that was created specifically for medicinal purposes. It was purposefully grown to be a high CBD strain that would provide pain relief and relax your body at the same time.


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2. ACDC 


This strain is also specifically very good for migraines because all of the CBD is a very effective reliever of pain and inflammation. In fact, many people would consider it to be one of the best CBD strains for migraines, and studies have shown medical marijuana to have very promising results in treating severe headaches.


3. 
Stephen Hawking Kush

Stephen Hawking Kush is a one-to-one strain that’s specifically meant to relax you since it’s also an indica. The CBD completely eliminates the anxiety that could manifest from the THC, meaning this is a complete chill-out strain and good for those that can have severe anxiety disorders.

 

Since it is equal in its THC and CBD components, there will be some psychoactive effects, but the indica style is meant to ease any of the uppity anxious feelings you might get from THC (and that CBD will obviously help). This is one for people who do want to get a little stoney but are also looking for a big relief. Of course, THC can have its health benefits, too, so not everyone takes this strain simply for a good time.

4. Remedy 

This is one of the very high CBD strains that is used specifically for pain relief situations and for anti-inflammation. It’s definitely one of the best CBD strains for migraines because it was made just for those types of ailments. It comes with almost no psychoactive effects, which means you can use this on the day-to-day.


5. Harlequin 

This is considered to be one of the best CBD strains, specifically because it has such a nice ratio of CBD to THC. Pretty much every grow yields flower that has a 5:2 CBD to THC ratio, meaning that you’ve got an overwhelming amount of CBD soothing your ailments, whether they be anxiety or pain. There is still enough THC in this option for that recreational psychoactive effect, but it’s possible to use little enough that you can feel none of that, while still getting relief.

 

Harlequin is ideal for someone who may need it strictly for relief as they go about their day, but who can use a little bit more in their free time to experience that THC if they want.


The Harlequin Strain

 

Depending on your state’s legal status, it may harder or easier to find some of these. For example, if your state is more medicinally focused, you might find more Remedy or CBD Critical Cure, but if you’re in a recreational state, Harlequin will definitely be available.

 

Just like with any medicine, it’s definitely good to shop around and see which one works best for the ailments that you have. Giving all or most of these a try may show you the different benefits that each one can have.

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In the past, we’ve covered a lot of the benefits of CBD, which have been life changing for ailments that chronic sufferers experience daily. Now, not only can human patients experience these benefits in states where it is legal, but dogs can too!


There are a wide range of common ailments in dogs that can be treated by CBD, and some people believe this treatment works better than the standard medications on the market. Here are just a few reasons why it’s time to start filling up the cart with CBD for your pet.


Pain Relief


One big reason that humans use CBD oil is for chronic pain relief, and dogs see this same benefit from this amazing substance. As our dogs get older, their joints can start to ache, and simple tasks can become harder for them to complete. CBD oil can provide the pain relief necessary to get them active due to its anti-inflammatory benefits.

If you start throwing your dog some
hemp extract CBD dog treats, then you’ll be helping to ease the pain that’s affecting your furry friend’s livelihood. You could see this change instantly, or it could take a few days or an increase in their CBD dosage before your dog sees relief.



Active dogs that aren’t experiencing joint pain lead happier, healthier lives!


Seizures


Another of the common ailments we’ve seen CBD used for is seizures, both in humans and man’s best friend. In fact, that’s been the primary reason for CBD legalization in many states; the dramatic seizure relief that has been witnessed in children who experience serious epilepsy.

Now, you have the chance to provide your fur baby with a
pet-safe CBD hemp oil extract that can lessen the occurrence and severity of their seizures, and even has the potential to eliminate them altogether. Because of this, CBD oil has been used as a life-changing solution for many families, not only for their kids, but their pets as well.


Anxiety Treatment


After the recent firework-heavy holiday that is the Fourth of July, we’ve all seen posts on social media about unusual pet behavior during these explosive events. A lot of animals tend to experience symptoms of anxiety during fireworks, and thunderstorms too.

No one wants their pets to go through that, but anxiety can also cause some rambunctious behavior that isn’t the best for a clean house. The people over at Innovet, a natural pet remedies company, said that they receive a ton of questions during the fireworks season about what can be done to treat a dog’s anxiety. Innovet always points compassionate clients to
their CBD hemp products as a way to relieve anxiety in dogs, so that they’re both happy and less destructive to your house.


Replace pharmaceutical anxiety medication with CBD!


Treatment of Cancer Symptoms


Sadly, dogs can also get cancer just like humans. Fortunate, CBD can ease a lot of the symptoms that dogs may experience during this time.

Innovet first started studying the effects of CBD oil when one of the company dogs, Gordo, had a bad reaction to chemotherapy. Unfortunately, due to how hard it was at the time to get their hands on hemp oil, they weren’t able to get it in time.

One of the worker’s dogs, Maximus, also happened to be going through nasal cancer at the same time they were trying to get hemp oil for Gordo. Maximus had stopped walking and eating because of the severity of his symptoms. Luckily, the Innovet team was able to obtain enough hemp oil in time to help Maximus, and saw him happily walking around, exploring the warehouse, and eating again, only 30 minutes after the first dose!


Beyond symptom relief, there is research being done to suggest that CBD helps with cancer prevention, weakening cancer cells, and with fighting tumors. For this same reason, there is significant research on CBD and other cannabinoids for cancer prevention in humans – many pet owners have seen this as a life changing medicine for their dogs as well.


An Easy Choice

There are many types of symptoms that hemp oil can alleviate in dogs, beyond what we’ve discussed here. It can also help with your dog’s appetite, their digestive system, and even keep their heart healthy. After the experience Innovet had with their dogs and CBD, they dove right in and are now offering these products to pet owners everywhere.


Treating your dogs with CBD oil means that not only will you be alleviating some known ailments, but you will also be preventing other illnesses from occurring, making for a happier pet all around. Give Innovet’s CBD products a try!

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When your dog is in pain, it’s a terrible feeling, isn’t it? You want to do whatever it takes, to help him or her feel better.

That’s exactly how I felt, when my American Eskimo, Baggins, suffered from arthritis. I took him for acupuncture and fed him anti-inflammatory herbs to ease the pain. But if he were still alive today, I’d give him CBD products.

That’s because a growing body of research shows that, in addition to the fact that CBD oil is beneficial for humans, there are dozens of benefits of CBD for dogs. It’s completely natural and a safe alternative to traditional medications.

In this article, you’ll discover the science behind why CBD is so powerful and how it can help your dog. But first, allow me to explain what it is.

What is CBD?

Let’s make one thing clear: CBD, or cannabinoid, will not get anyone “high.” It can’t. It’s a different part of the hemp plant than marijuana, and it doesn’t have the same characteristics (high levels of THC).

Instead, the hemp plant was used for thousands of years to make rope, clothing, paper, and even fuel. Hemp was perfectly mainstream and it’s even said the original Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.


Unfortunately, hemp underwent a smear campaign in the 1930’s (which is a story for another post). The short version is, hemp was reclassified as marijuana, an anti-drug campaign was launched by the Federal Government, and hemp was declared illegal.

As you know, those laws are being repealed, and a growing body of research shows that CBD has dozens of benefits for dogs and humans.

One of those benefits is effective and natural pain relief.

CBD: Nature’s Pain Relief

It turns out that your dog has a built-in system created to work with the active ingredients in CBD for natural pain relief.

This system, called the endocabbinoid system, has an essential role to play when it comes to stress and pain relief. You’re probably familiar with the central nervous system. That’s the internal network of nerves and receptors that process messages from the brain all day long. Imagine special receptors that, if activated, can reduce pain in your dog, but there’s a catch – they require a special ingredient.

That’s the essence of the endocabbionoid system, and CBD is the special ingredient. For too long, these receptors have been ignored. However, thanks to continuing advances in science, we now know they exist, and we also know that CBD acts as a key to unlock the healing powers of these receptors.

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Imagine that your dog is stressed and in pain, then you give him a CBD-infused dog treat, or a few drops of a tincture, and he’s able to relax. That’s the power of CBD. It reminds those receptors to release serotonin – nature’s stress reliever.

It also increases the naturally occurring pain compound, anandamide, in the body, so it can flow through the bloodstream.

But all CBD products aren’t created equal.

What Do You Need to Know, Before You Buy CBD?

CBD pet products come in a wide range of tinctures, topicals, treats, and more. However, they aren’t all created equal, and some can even be toxic. In this wild west world of CBD, there are few regulations, which means it’s up to the manufacturer to create and abide by their guidelines.

Look for a company that uses a high-quality processing method, like using pharmaceutical grade ethanol, to safely remove toxins. Look for independent testing and low THC. Quality CBD pet products have less than .03% THC. Any more could be dangerous to animals.

You’ll also want to know how much to dose your pet. A large breed like a Newfoundland will take more than a teacup-sized dog. It’s a good idea to start with the lowest dosage, of a drop or less a day – especially if you have a small dog – and to then work your way up. Your veterinarian may be able to give you more customized guidelines, and most recommend .05 mg/pound.


How Long Will It Take to Reduce Your Dog’s Pain?

Some dogs will show immediate relief, whereas some may need a few days before it takes effect. If your dog shows no relief after a few days at the lowest dosage, you may want to add a little more (which is why it’s good to make notes, so you can keep track of any changes in behavior or dosage).

The research is just beginning on the endocabbinoid system and how it affects pain relief, but I think you’ll agree that, if your dog is suffering in pain, it’s a worth trying. Now that you know natural pain relief is a primary benefit of CBD for dogs, you can find quality CBD pet products to help your pet feel his or her best.

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With the marijuana edible craze sweeping the United States like the best thing since sliced bread, you may feel a bit left in the weeds. If you can’t get edibles from your local supplier, or if you just want to save some coin and whip up your own, you don’t even need a stove! Cooking edibles has never been easier, uplifting and delicious all in one. It’s easy to learn how to make edibles without cooking, by following these 3 DIY no-bake marijuana edible recipes. So put on your stoner chef hat and fancy baker’s apron, to get the most out of your marijuana edible experience.

Don your ganja chef duds


Canna-Oil First


Although these marijuana edibles recipes do not require baking, they do use canna-oil. Canna-oil is a prepared concoction you will need, and it requires heat to be made. This is the simplest recipe for canna-oil, as it only requires boiling water.


You will need a medium saucepan, 2 sticks of butter or 2 cups of coconut oil, a cheesecloth (easily found in any supermarket), a rubber band, and a glass container with a lid (like a small casserole dish).


Once you’ve collected those items, follow these easy steps:


  1. Boil water in medium saucepan.
  2. Add a cup of butter (2 sticks) or coconut oil to the boiling water.
  3. Sprinkle in marijuana (the amount here is up to you – the more you use, the stronger the result).
  4. Let simmer on low for 30-60 minutes (this allows time for the THC to absorb into the fat of the butter or coconut oil).
  5. Let cool down, and then pour into cheesecloth, which should be spread over your glass container (pushed down slightly in the middle, to avoid runoff, and rubber-banded around the edge, to prevent it from sliding off).
  6. Throw away cheesecloth and spent herb, then cover glass container and put in fridge overnight.
  7. In the morning, the fat and water will have separated, leaving a solid, waxy block, loaded with THC. Pop out the wax block (gently use a butter knife to wedge), discard liquid, rinse block, and when you need canna-oil for cooking edibles, simply break off a wax piece and heat or microwave into a liquid.

Stoner Chocolate Balls


Mix ’em up, roll’em up, and enjoy these, courtesy of The Cannabist, any time of the day!


Ingredients:


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • ¼ cup sweetened dried coconut
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons canna-oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa


Directions:


  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, with the exception of the powdered sugar and remaining cocoa. Stir to blend well, and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and the cocoa.
  3. Divide the chilled mixture into 12 portions, form into balls by hand, and roll each in the sugar/cocoa mixture. Place on a sheet of parchment or waxed paper as you go.
  4. Store in refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.
  5. Makes 12 1-inch balls.

Gourmet items – like delectable Marijuana Cheesecake – can all be made without baking.


No-Bake Marijuana Cheesecake


If you, like most people, have a sweet spot for cheesecake, you have to try out this no-bake marijuana take, courtesy of Infused Eats.


Ingredients:


  • 1 large pre-made graham cracker pie crust
  • 1/3 cup cannabis-infused coconut oil or canna-oil, room temperature
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese (vegan or non-vegan), room temperature
  • 1 14-ounce can (1 ¼ cups) sweetened condensed milk (can substitute with vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:


  1. Beat together the infused coconut oil and cream cheese in a large bowl, until smooth.
  2. Beat in the condensed milk a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla.
  4. Pour the filling into the crust, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, roughly 2.5-3 hours.
  6. Add toppings (optional), slice, and serve.

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Cannabis Cookie Bars


Say the words “cannabis cookie bars” to just about anyone, and eyebrows will certainly raise when cooking edibles that taste heavenly happens without any cooking at all. This yummy recipe comes from the folks over at Cannadish and makes 6-8 beautiful bars.


Ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup melted canna-oil
  • 1 1⁄2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3- 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (vegan works here as well)
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag milk or dark chocolate chips

Directions:


  1. Combine graham crumbs, sugar, and peanut butter, and mix well.
  2. Blend in cannabis oil and melted butter, until well combined.
  3. Press mixture evenly into a 9×13-inch pan.
  4. Crush chocolate chips, spread over mixture, and gently press in.
  5. Chill 2-3 hours, then cut into bars.

These three DIY no-bake marijuana edible recipes combine easy ingredients, a minimal time commitment, and lots of green love to your kitchen. Now that you know how to make edibles without cooking, you can share the simple, fun, and worth-the-effort love with your friends, as you embark on making some new homemade delights.

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If you’re an edibles fan, you know that there’s one go-to cannabis treat that everyone craves: marijuana brownies!



Most people shovel out the money for a great cannabutter brownie, but little do many people know, they are pretty simple to make at home, in your very own kitchen!

If you’re a regular smoker or would like to try your hand at homemade marijuana edible snacks, this article is for you!

We’re here to discuss the best tips and tricks to baking your best marijuana brownies yet.

The Secret is in the Butter!



If you’re thinking that making a bomb brownie that will have you baked is as simple as sprinkling a few nugs into your batter, you’re sadly mistaken.

The secret to making marijuana brownies that really deliver is extracting the cannabutter from your bud.

Not only will this help to reserve the yummy, chocolatey taste of the brownie mix, but you won’t have to chew on your cannabis to get that warm, fuzzy effect.

Where Can I Get Cannabutter for My Brownies?



There are many ways to craft your own cannabutter, but since this is a beginner’s guide, we’re going to make it simple for you to understand and execute.

You can cut out the hassle of separating the canna oil from your actual weed, by purchasing a batch of either the oil or the cannabutter from your local dispensary.

Either way, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get your hands on this important ingredient for your marijuana brownies.

Get Your Ratios Right!



One thing that can really mess up your cannabutter brownies is your ratios and percentages being incorrect.

This can throw off the strength of your brownies, by either making them way too strong, or disappointingly weak.

For example, let’s say you’re using your grandma’s tried-and-true brownie recipe that calls for a third of a cup of oil. You might assume that it’s easy enough to swap that out with a third of a cup of canna oil.

However, if you do that without understanding the potency of canna oil, you won’t be able to measure how much THC is in each brownie.

  • Is it Easy to Understand THC Potency and Ratios?

When you’ve taken the time to throw on your chef hat and apron, you expect brownies fresh out the oven that are going to give you the results that you really want.

You can ensure your brownies are a hit – and that they hit you the 
right way – by following a simple dosage guideline.

If you’re neither a baker nor a cannabis connoisseur, this part of making your marijuana brownies may scare you off. There’s no need to be frightened, when you have the internet on your side!

You can easily calculate the potency of your potential recipe with an 
online calculator.

  • Don’t Cook Your Brownies Over 350F


If you’re reading a recipe online that suggests preheating your oven to 420⁰F (as ironic as that might be), you should bypass that advice.

Any recipe that calls for 350⁰F or more will throw off the potency of your brownies. Temperatures over 340⁰F begin to degrade the properties of THC.

After you’ve taken the time to measure your canna oil and its potency, the last thing you want to do is completely destroy its THC properties.

How Long Should I Bake My Brownies?


As with any other recipe that calls for basic baking and cooking skills, crafting the perfect cannabutter brownies takes a certain level of skill and science.

Depending on the size of your batch, your cooking times could vary.

Just remember, keep your temperature below 350⁰F; slow and steady wins the race!

Once your cannabutter brownies are finished, be sure to share the love (but only with those who want the effects of a marijuana brownie).

Learn more about how you can 
label your edibles here, to let everyone know how great of a baker you are!

 

Author Byline:

Maxine Samone, also known as The Curly Copywriter, spends her free time curating awesome articles, branding businesses, and documenting her journey on Instagram. Get daily news on everything hip and urban—including the best business practices for up and coming brands—by visiting www.maxinesamone.com.

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Edible cannabis recipes have significantly stepped up into valid gustatory delights. Many packaged creations are already at the forefront, from gummy candies to infused smoothies, offering multiple levels of effects. However, going beyond sweet treats and into delectable entrées is an easy addition to your elevated menu.

Now, you can create gourmet edibles recipes you never knew you could make. Read on for some simple formulas you can prepare at home that will certainly impress.

Make the Oil First

Many gourmet edibles recipes require some type of olive or vegetable oil. These oils have fat molecules that readily absorb the marijuana THC. This is why some edible recipes with coconut oil have become popular, as this oil is higher in fat (good fat that is).

So, before you get up to your elbows in Rachel Ray or Bobby Flay creations, start by making your cannabis oil.

First, grind your herb down (the amount is up to you), spread it on a cookie sheet, and bake at 240°F for 30-40 minutes, before grinding it down in a food processor. Next, select olive, coconut, or canola oil, as your base. Once these first two steps are completed, combine the oil and herb (2 cups of oil: 1-1.5 ounces of ground herb). Carefully pour the mix into a slow cooker, making sure nothing sticks to the sides, and heat on low for 3 hours. Then, let the mix then cool for 5-8 hours. Place a cheesecloth over a glass bowl, and push an indent into the middle, while securing with a rubber band around the bowl edge. After the mix has cooled, slowly pour the cooking oil into the cheesecloth, to strain it. Squeeze the excess oil out of the cheesecloth and discard the cloth.

Your canna oil is now ready to cook with. Here are some delectable base recipes, beyond the realm of ganja brownies, to get you started:

Spaghetti Squash and Veggie Meatballs w/Cannabis Infused Marinara

This delightful take on Italian fare is easy on the digestive system while soothing the mind at the same time.

Squash Prep:

  1. Cut the squash into 4 or 5 thick rings, massage the insides with cannabis oil, and roast at 400°F for 45 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven, let cool, remove the skins, and extract the spaghetti-like strands from each ring into a bowl.

Sauce and Veggie Balls Prep:

  1. Combine 1/4 of a cup of cannabis oil with vegetarian meatballs (found at supermarkets or health food stores), diced garlic, basil, and salt and pepper (to taste) into a sauce pot/
  2. Sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add two cans of tomato paste and one can of tomato sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 45 minutes.
  5. Add additional spices to taste.

Pour the sauce and veggie balls over your spaghetti squash, and serve with grated cheese.

Cheddar Burgers with Sautéed Bacon and Shallots

This recipe is fast, simple, and gourmet (and can also be adapted for vegetarians). It is one of many savory edibles recipes that work quite well with coconut oil.

  1. Mix beef or vegetarian chop meat with 1 egg, ½ cup cheddar cheese, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, ground black pepper, and two tablespoons of cannabis oil.
  2. Form the mixture into palm-sized patties and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 400°F for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Add to your favorite gourmet bread roll, then top with sautéed bacon or vegetarian bacon, shallots, and any other condiments you enjoy.

Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup

Whether in the thick of winter or the start of spring, Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup is one of those hearty, gourmet edibles dishes that will transport you to another realm.

  • ¼ cup cannabis oil*
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 1 diced potato
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves pressed garlic
  • 2 cans white cannellini beans
  • 2 bunches kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 64 oz. good quality, low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground black pepper

*As far as edible recipes with coconut oil, using coconut oil in this particular recipe will yield a slightly sweeter taste.

In a soup pot, sautéé cannabis oil, garlic, carrots, onion, potatoes, carrots, kale, bay leaves and beans for 10 minutes. Add chicken or vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and then let simmer for 45 minutes, before serving. Voila!

Gourmet edibles recipes using infused cannabis oil may sound complex at first, but you will soon find that, not only are they easy to prepare, but they can also take your edibles experience to a new, dare we say more sophisticated, level. Using these recipes and beyond, you will no doubt impress guests seeking a delicious meal full of healthy ingredients, while still enjoying the benefits of marijuana edibles. Afterward, be sure to continue the feast with sweet desserts, to round out the night in a place of joy and relaxation.

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Edible Reviews

Of all the edibles review products I’ve trialled, the Kiva Confections Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar was the hardest to resist going beyond the suggested serving size. Kiva Confections has won many awards for their edibles, and, from the first bite, the taste backs up the many accolades. It’s extremely high quality chocolate, and the cannabis flavor is placed so perfectly that it mixes well with every other taste sensation, leading me to wish I could get this exact flavor from something that wouldn’t affect my daily functioning from binging on it.


Just before liftoff


The Eating Experience

At first glance, it’s obvious that this a high-quality product. The exterior packaging is nicely designed, and you open up the box to a sturdy wrapper around the bar. Depending on where you buy, your packaging could say different things on it, and the bar itself could look different.

On their website, you’ll see a lot of the bars portioned into four squares. The bar I got was split into 20 little bricks. I enjoyed that, because it meant I could very easily choose the serving size I was going for. With each brick clocking in at 5mg, it’s up to the user and their respective, known tolerance to decide how much to take. Worth noting is that a normal serving is 10mg, but, if you’re truly cautious, one 5mg brick might be enough.


After I ate my serving (and resisted eating the whole bar), I plopped myself onto the couch, ready to begin taking notes for my edibles review. Within 45 minutes, I felt the effects kicking in. By 9 p.m., I felt a body high that was very much creeping up on me. I was cemented to the couch, talking to my roommates, when I first started to notice it. My arms and legs felt a little bit more relaxed, as well as cumbersome.



Once my roommates had left, I noticed that the feeling in my body was rapidly growing, evolving into a very cerebral effect. Everything slowed down bodywise, and I was becoming very easily distracted by my surroundings. The feeling was very comfortable though, especially since I wasn’t expecting it to come on with such strength, and at such an accelerated pace.


The Peak

About three hours after eating the chocolate was when that I finally hit the peak of the experience. Everything was hilarious. Whatever was on TV was too much to handle, every meme that came up in my Facebook feed was saved to my phone and redistributed; I was in that very euphoric state, where everything becomes so much more humorous and relevant, and it was fun, while it lasted. I’ve also been dealing with a slight jaw pain, which also subsided mostly, during this peak. I was coming at this very recreationally, but surprisingly, the benefits extended to physical pain relief, too. I was very relaxed, aches were gone, and all worries were out the door for the day.


Bedtime

Once the effects started to wear off, I was very exhausted, but it was also well past my bedtime, so this wasn’t a groggy burn-out feeling; it was just time to sleep. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I slept like a baby, until my alarm broke me out of my slumber. I definitely felt a little groggy upon waking up, but I was quickly able to get out of bed. While the Kiva chocolate had not fully worn off, it was not impeding my day, which can’t be said of most products on the market.


Kiva’s Other Products


Other than the Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar, Kiva Confections offers a variety of flavors in milk chocolate and dark chocolate options. The company also have bars specifically made with the THC count as the primary objective, as well as bars which target the balance of THC and CBD amounts, for those of us seeking the added benefits of CBD oil. They also have mini bars that are the size of a single square, if you’re just looking for that tiny taste.



Not Kiva’s only product, but an excellent one!


Beyond chocolate bars, Kiva Confections also sell tins of their Petra Mints, which have low doses of THC, but are perfect for on-the-go and low-dose usage. Kiva’s other big product, Terra Bites, are chocolate-covered espresso beans, a snack people have fallen in love with in the last decade, but now with cannabis as an added bonus.


Based on this bar, the quality of chocolate Kiva Confections uses is unmatched by other brands. Given how seriously they take product taste, as well as effects, their other products are unlikely to disappoint. If you’re curious, find a dispensary or online store that sells their products, and take a crack at your own edibles review, for friends and family who may be curious.

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Find out how to shop for marijuana edibles online in a safe and legal way. Learn about product varieties and how to identify legitimate online sellers.

How To Find The Best Places For Buying Edibles Online


For the longest time, most people’s experience of marijuana edibles didn’t go much beyond “special” brownies with some crumbled-up bud inside, made at home. These days, the world of marijuana edibles is an ever-growing cornucopia of inventive recipes, preparation methods, potency levels, and endless varieties of THC-infused snacks both sweet and savory. Your favorite local dispensary is usually the easiest place to find edibles, but you’re limited to choosing from what they carry. For those looking for a broader selection of edibles, or a more convenient way of acquiring them, shopping for edibles online can be a viable option. A little caution and care is always advisable when buying a cannabis-based product over the internet, so here’s what you’ll want to know before you start looking for marijuana edibles for sale online.


Is it legal?


The legality of buying edibles online is probably one of the first things you’d wonder about. Cannabis laws are in a period of rapid change in recent years, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the current laws in your state, but as of this time, California is the only state where it’s legal to order marijuana edibles for delivery. To do so, you’ll need a valid medical marijuana card.


You might find online edibles vendors that aren’t legitimate. These sites may be making illegal sales, or they might just be out to take your money and run. A legitimate online vendor should be a licensed cannabis dispensary, selling known and reputable edibles brands. Watch out for sites that offer below-market prices, offer to ship anywhere in the United States, don’t require a medical marijuana card, or accept payment only in bitcoin. These are all red flags for illegitimate sites.


Is it safe?


While it would be extraordinarily unusual and difficult to actually overdose on THC from an edible, these products are not regulated in most markets and you can’t always be certain how potent any given edible will be. Usually, the greatest danger from eating too much THC is an overly intense and unpleasant high, but that’s still something you want to avoid if at all possible. Either way, you will want to be safe and complete your Cannabis Research A-Z.


Several major brands of edibles have emerged, presenting consumers with a source for consistent, lab-tested, well-labeled edibles. Bhang Chocolate Company, Cheeba Chews, and Dixie Elixirs are three of the top edibles manufacturers, but more companies are rising to prominence as new legal edibles markets open up. It’s not hard to find reviews of edibles companies and their products online. Buying edibles online that are made by a major brand means you’ll get specific information about the THC content, strains used, and ingredients.


Remember that edibles can have a stronger effect than smoking cannabis, but it can also take longer for the effects to kick in. If you don’t have a lot of experience with edibles, start off slowly, with small amounts, and don’t take them if you have alcohol or other psychoactive substances in your system. It’s also very important to responsibly store them in a such way that they won’t be mistaken for regular food items.


How much should it cost?


Prices may vary from market to market, and dispensaries may charge their own delivery fees, but it’s a good idea to get a sense of typical prices to know you’re not being overcharged (or being offered a deal that’s too good to be true). Currently, major brand edibles in the 100-200mg range are sold for about $15 to $20. A trip to a dispensary you know and trust can be a good way to review current prices for when you’re shopping for marijuana edibles online.


What kind of edibles are out there?


While you can still probably find some delicious pot brownies if you want that classic edibles experience, there’s really no limit to the types of foods that can be infused with THC these days. You’ll find elixirs, candies, chocolate bars, coated nuts, beverages, sauces, oils, beef jerky, cheese crackers, potato chips, and lots of other foods that you might never have envisioned as a marijuana edible. Talented chefs and bakers are putting their skills and imagination to use coming up with new edibles, and there’s no telling what might hit the market next.


With a good handle on the legality of marijuana edibles for sale online, the characteristics that help you identify legitimate vendors, and what to look for and expect from a quality edible product, you can start looking for dispensaries that offer online sales and delivery and look forward to delicious edibles arriving at your door.


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Do you know the difference between THC and CBD could save you pain and discomfort from medical conditions? Learn more about CBD Oil here!


For those unfamiliar with epilepsy, it’s a condition that can cause uncontrollable seizures. If you’ve ever seen an epileptic seizure, you know that a patient may drop to the ground, shake uncontrollably, and be faced with real bodily danger, due to uncontrollable movements of the mouth and limbs. Now imagine having a child with these conditions.


Given such complications, it’s no wonder many parents rely on CBD oil to help their children cope with the effects of seizures. Beyond children dealing with seizures, CBD oil positively affects medical patients of all shapes, sizes, and ages.


The Difference Between CBD Oil and THC


Contrary to popular belief, the most active compound in CBD oil is cannabidiol, not THC. This is the same active compound found in natural hemp. Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not have psychoactive (or narcotic) properties, making it the perfect prescription for some medical conditions.


Children with epilepsy, for example, aren’t getting high when they rely on CBD oil to help them cope with their condition; it’s strictly for used medical purposes. While THC directly interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body, CBD takes an indirect approach to those receptors, to produce a different, and purely healthy, chemical reaction within the body.


When you choose to use CBD oil, a few of the common sensations connected to the control of the cannabinoid receptors include appetite, mood, pain, sensation, and memory.


Who is an Ideal Candidate for CBD Oil?


As mentioned above, the effects of using CBD oil greatly differs from the experience a recreational marijuana user may be trying to obtain. But if you’re a patient that suffers from a variety of different conditions, CBD oil can aid with the following:

1. Natural pain relief and inflammation reduction


Some people feel that CBD offers a more natural way to lower pain. It’s even been naturally tested on mice and rats, to relieve pain found in the joints.

2. Quitting smoking and drug withdrawals


There is some promising evidence that CBD use may help people to quit smoking, by reducing the need for nicotine. Another similar study posted in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may also be able to help treat opioid addictions.

3. Epilepsy and other mental health disorders


As mentioned above, CBD can also be used for its possible role in treating epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Another study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design found that CBD may have similar effects to a variety of antipsychotic drugs. CBD oil may even be effective in treating patients with schizophrenia or other mental disorders.

4. Fighting cancer


CBD has been studied for its use as an anti-cancer agent. Not only has it been proven to block and ward off cancer cells, but it also provides pain relief.

5. Anxiety disorders


Although many people think that smoking marijuana can only amplify someone’s paranoia, with CBD oil, studies have shown a contrasting effect. CBD may help reduce the anxiety felt by people with certain anxiety disorders. These disorders may include:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • general anxiety disorder
  • panic disorder
  • social anxiety disorder
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder


6. Reducing the effects of Type 1 diabetes


Type 1 diabetes is caused by inflammation when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas. CBD oil can reduce inflammation in the pancreas, reducing the effects of type 1 diabetes.

7. Treating Acne



Acne treatment is another promising use for CBD. Since the heart of the problem with acne is inflammation, you can reduce it by using CBD oil.


8. Alzheimer’s disease



Studies of CBD have found that this oil could potentially prevent people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s from losing their ability to recognize people they are familiar with, one of the first ways ever found to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

If You Have a Medical Condition, You Might Need CBD Oil!


With the long list of health benefits that CBD oil can provide, why wouldn’t you consider using it to help improve an existing condition? One common question from those considering CBD oil use is, “how long does CBD oil stay in your system?” Most drug tests only test for THC, rather than the ingredients that are largely found in CBD oil. However, if you want to be sure, only get your medical cannabis products from a reputable dispensary that labels everything, including active THC amounts. If you have more questions or concerns about CBD oil, feel free to contact your local dispensary to get more information.

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The idea of mixing cannabis and tasty treats to create edible marijuana snacks can leave may consumers in a daze—literally. But these mouthwatering goods don’t just look enticing to the typical marijuana user, they can be just as delicious to consumers that had no intention of getting high.  


To keep marijuana snacks beneficial for their intended parties and leave their respectability intact, Baked Smart has created an easy to use, effective, and super cool way to label ganja goodies: Cannacals™, the simple and inexpensive way to mark cannabis-infused foods.



Exploring the Pros and Cons of Edible Marijuana Snacks


When most people think about consuming weed, you might picture a huge cloud of smoke with a hazy view of assorted bongs, rolling papers, and/or pipes. Although
smoking is a popular method, you don’t have to learn how to roll your own joint to get high. By definition, an edible is any product containing the cannabinoids THC and/or CBD that can be consumed by eating or drinking.


You’d be surprised by how many different types of edibles are available—just look at our compilation of tempting
holiday recipes! Nonetheless, people choose to eat marijuana snacks for a variety of reasons.


Why People Keep Coming Back for More Edibles (Pros)

  • Some medical marijuana patients cannot inhale smoke due to other conditions and others prefer to protect their lungs.
  • If you want to hide the fact that you’re going to get high around certain people, you can easily do that by ingesting some cannabinoids, rather than smoking them.
  • Depending on the strength of the edible, you may experience a much longer high than if you were to smoke your ganja.
  • Many consumers report that there is a different “bodily” high or affect of consuming marijuana snacks compared to smoking due to the cooking process.



Baked Smart is Here to Erase the ONE Reason Edibles Are Frowned Upon (A Single Con)


Although marijuana use is being increasingly accepted, there are still naysayers that claim it’s not safe.


Unfortunately, there have been past instances where edible snacks become confused with the “normal” baked good, kicking off a high for someone it was never intended for. Even though this makes for a hysterical plot twist for a comedy skit, it can be very serious—especially because children are attracted to sweets just like anyone else. Thankfully, Cannacals™ came and saved the day!


What Are Cannacals™?


These God-sends are edible labels that can be baked into (or applied after baking) your actual edibles for safe labeling! Why is this necessary?


Plastic containers and lids become mixed and lost all the time, so it’s not safe to rely on an outside layer to warn people of the substances contained. And let’s be real…young kids don’t take the time to read labels either—especially when there’s a delicious cookie on the other side of that pesky Tupperware lid. With the increasing popularity of edible marijuana, Baked Smart has provided consumers a way to make an awesome product safer for everyone by launching Cannacals™ and founding the Green Cross Initiative.


What Types of Cannacals™ Are Available?


The beauty is that
Cannacals™ can be customized for branding (23 designs to choose from) and to fit regulatory requirements depending on your edible product.

  • Cannacals™ Home Kits—Allow the average joe to mark their edibles at home for personal use.  
  • Cannacals™ Transfers—Make it easy to label small edibles like chocolate, hard candies, caramel, gummies or taffy.
  • Cannacals™ Baking Sheets—Perfect for pan baked goods like cookies or brownies that will label a whole single side of the edible.  
  • Cannacals™ Targets—Allow for a focused application that does not cover the entire surface area on one side of an edible. Ideal for baked goods, pastry items and hard candies.


You Can Become a Part of The Green Cross Initiative, Too!


As a business that sells edibles or even the average cannasnack consumer, you play a part in the success or demise of the future of edible marijuana use. By making each tasty treat easy to identify, you can ward off those who aren’t old enough or not interested and welcome those who are intentionally wanting to get high.


If you’re in Colorado, there’s no reason to not become a part of The Green Cross Initiative. If you’re not in the state and think that this initiative could be helpful in other places, we encourage you to
contact your state legislators here. After all, Baked Smart has made edibles more fun and safe for everyone!

About the Author:

Maxine Samone Parks spends her free time curating awesome articles, branding businesses, and documenting her journey on Instagram. Get daily news on everything hip and urban—including the best business practices for up and coming brands—by visiting www.maxinesamone.com.
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