About Bhang: Chocolatiers Making Cannabis Products
Scott J. Van Rixel, the CEO of Bhang, is a certified Chef de Cuisine and Master Chocolatier, whose regular gourmet chocolate company, Chocolate Cartel, still operates today. Co-founded with his brother, Tim, in New Mexico, Chocolate Cartel’s assortment of truffles and chocolate bars quickly veers into the unconventional. They sell, for example, blueberry port truffles alongside 90% dark chocolate Bhang bars.
It’s this creativity on which Bhang was founded and operates. According to their official website, Van Rixel, alongside his team of chocolatiers, has made producing world class chocolate their first and foremost priority. With Van Rixel’s pedigree, it’s hard to doubt this bold claim.
As a company, Bhang sells both edibles and vape products. Their flagship product is the Bhang Bar, which comes in many flavors—ten are shown on their website, however, due to the structure of the Bhang company, availability of specialty flavors will depend on your local dispensary.
The company itself is essentially a wholesale retailer. Independent manufacturers operate in some of the different states in which marijuana is legal, including California, Colorado, Michigan and New Mexico. Once the products are manufactured, they’re distributed to a huge range of legal cannabis dispensaries, so that medical patients in legal (or medically legal) states can enjoy them with ease.
Vape products sold by Bhang include a vape pen and pre-filled cartridge called the Bhang stick, a premium pre-filled cartridge called Bhang Black Private Reserve, an All Natural Bhang Stick Cartridge, Pure Cannabis Oil Bhang Stick Cartridges, and a disposable all-in-one vape pen called the Bhang Perfecto.
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Alongside their chocolate bars, the company also produces mouth sprays, available in THC and CBD-predominate versions, as well as a CBD and hemp oil-infused chewing gum, designed as a pain relief and wellness supplement.
No matter which Bhang product you’re considering, it’s comforting to know Bhang backs it up with a “Triple Promise Guarantee.” Found on the company’s website, the guarantee makes three claims (hence the name).
First, Bhang promises to deliver the highest quality in medical cannabis products crafted from the finest in raw organic botanicals and ingredients.
Second, Bhang promises to provide transparency with precise and consistent amounts of cannabinoids in every one of its products (we’ll discuss this one shortly).
And finally, Bhang promises the utmost care in safety and handling of its products, and practices standards of the highest degree in production, testing, and packaging.
The Bhang Bar Puts Premium Chocolate First
Flavors & Taste:
Some of the flavors the Bhang Bar comes in (no exhaustive list is available on their official website) include dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cookies & cream, ice chocolate (peppermint), pretzel, toffee, cherry, CBD caramel and fire chocolate.
Each of these has its own characteristic flavor. The ice chocolate, for example, is cool and refreshing, whereas the fire chocolate has a noticeable spiciness, and even leaves behind a kick after the bar has been consumed. The cannabis component is noticeable, however, so be aware there will be a hint of cannabutter accompanying any of these flavors.
The bars come in single, double and triple strength variants, which corresponds to 60, 120 and 180 milligrams of THC. Each bar is divided into four individual doses, so standard doses for each of these bars will be 15, 30 or 45mg, respectively.
Depending on the flavor, strains used for the medicated portion of the bars are advertised as being predominantly hybrid (sativa-dominant), indica or in the case of the caramel flavor, 50/50 between CBD-dominant and THC-dominant strains.
This wide range of choices means that connoisseurs of artisanal chocolate (or marijuana edibles) may find something new to try in Bhang’s range of products. Furthermore, CBD strains are seldom utilized in edible products, so anyone who prefers the effects of CBD should keep an eye out for the caramel flavor at their local dispensary.
The bars work, too. For the average cannabis patient, one 30mg dose of the double strength bar should be plenty to attain a noticeable high. Most users report effects kicking in after just 15-30 minutes, and describe first effects as cerebral, providing a mild head-high followed by full-body relief and relaxation.
How long do they last?:
Many patients report intense pain relief from a Bhang Bar, which makes it perfect for those suffering from arthritis, joint pain, back pain, or any other type of chronic pain. The duration of the effects certainly seems to vary, with some users reporting only 2-3 hours of pain relief while others report a surprising 6-8 hours. We recommend trying one for yourself (and starting with a low dose) to determine where your tolerance lies with Bhang.
Most Bhang Bar’s retail in California cannabis dispensaries for anywhere from $15-30, depending on the dosage. If you’re looking for an easy way to find if dispensaries in your area carry Bhang products, look no more, as Nugg’s powerful search feature does the scouring, which lets you do the devouring.
And the Winner Is…
Beyond loads of patients endorsing the effectiveness of Bhang products, the company has won an impressive number of awards following its debut in 2010:
- 1st Place High Times Cannabis Cup “Best Edible” Denver 2013
- 1st Place High Times Cannabis Cup Los Angeles 2012
- 2nd Place High Times Cannabis Cup San Francisco 2011
- 3rd Place High Times Cannabis Cup “Best New Product” California 2011
- 1st Place High Times Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco 2010
So you can rest assured you’re going to get what that plenty of expert cannabis users have had positive experiences with Bhang’s products.
Bhang’s Biggest Weakness: Lack of Communication
In my experience, one 30mg dose of the milk chocolate bar is plenty sufficient, but some users online report having to consume an entire double strength bar to feel any of its intended effects.
While Bhang’s website mentions lab testing being a part of their production process, no further information is available on just how their products are tested. Though their products invariably work, and function as advertised most of the time, there’s a level of variance large enough to be attributable to more than just the tolerance of individual users.
Communication issues extend beyond variances in strength as well. The packaging itself very visibly advertises the strength as per their single/double/triple classification, as well as the percentage of cocoa used in each given flavor’s production. What’s lost in this packaging (in my opinion) is a more explicit display of the actual amount of THC in milligrams each product contains. While it IS included on the packaging, it’s in a much smaller font at the very bottom, that may be hard to spot when deciding whether or not to purchase the product at your local dispensary.
Since cannabis education is scarce, this could easily lead to doses larger than may be desirable. A “triple-strength” chocolate bar sounds appealing, but you won’t think so after becoming couch-locked and having your brain-melt (don’t worry, this won’t actually happen).
In general, we believe it’s imperative for companies who produce cannabis edibles, vaporizers, flowers, concentrates, etc. to make explicitly clear to consumers what a proper dose is (in milligrams of cannabinoids), how long that dose should require to take effect, and what testing process was conducted before that product hit dispensary shelves.
So, as with any edible product, be careful, and know how to control your cannabis dosages.
“These, my friend, are the only edibles I love. I don’t even smoke anymore because of these bad boys.” –John, 26
“Love the chocolates!!” –Kathy, 49
“I just bought a bar of the bhang chocolate single dose pure indica, I ate one full dose at the dispensary, I started feeling it driving home after about 20 minutes and it kept getting stronger and stronger no paranoia no anxiety some deep introspective thoughts, but my favorite part is it doesn’t make me feel like my blood pressure is elevated. I been eating the CBD bhang chocolate every day for two years but i’m gonna start medicating exclusively with this and it’s cheaper than the CBD. I love the fact that it’s pure indica.” –Brian, 35
Is the Bhang Bar for Me?
As evidenced above, people like Bhang bars. However, they don’t go to the lengths some other companies (Kiva Confections or Mary’s Medicinals are great examples) take to assure that their users are getting the dose they desire or need. First-time users of the Bhang bar should go in expecting a chocolate bar that tastes great first, as per Bhang’s priorities, and will leave you with as strong a medicated high as you desire.
Bhang bars are inarguably fun. The range of flavors and high quality South American chocolate were an early influence on the now thriving artisanal edible scene. As per this Bhang bar review, they’re ultimately recommended for anyone whose idea of a good time doesn’t hinge on a consistent high, but rather a compelling and high quality product.
As always, it’s best for you to decide for yourself, since Bhang’s products are currently on the shelves of your favorite dispensary. Or you can simply visit Getnugg.com, the GrubHub of medical marijuana delivery services, and have Bhang products at your door in about an hour. Nugg delivery is now available in over 60 California cities, and provides online research and thousands of products from local cannabis dispensaries, with 24/7 customer service and no cost to you. Register now for free home delivery.