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Factors to consider when purchasing edibles:

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Where it Was Grown

 

If you can, find out where the product was grown. With that understanding, a consumer can better track the product’s path to the sales shelves. Anthony Franciosi, founder and head grower of Honest Marijuana Company, says that asking where the flower came from should be the first question asked.

 

“I always lean towards growers that try to use organic methods and are conscientious about their footprint before I consider what kind of strain I want. In my experience, organically grown cannabis has a more unique flavor and better overall effect, so I like to start there,” he said.

 

Touch and Smell

 

If making a purchase in-store, be sure to get a feel for the flower. If it is dry or lacking in moisture, you may be better off with another choice.

 

If your Sherbet smells like ChemDawg, you may have an issue on your hands. Your flower should have a strong-to-pungent odor that resembles its strain profile. Some flower will smell more like fruit or sweet hints, while others can smell more like the earth or fuel. Understand what a strain smells like and compare to what you are considering buying.

 

Desired Effects

 

The effects of a cannabis strain varies for a number of reasons. Each are points worth considering when mulling over which type of flower to buy.

 

Sativas are more for keeping you going through the day. Meanwhile, indicas tend to produce effects that make it for night time. In other cases, hybrids can make a strain take on the effects of both. In the case of hybrid strains, understand the percentages in the flower. Some can be 50:50 while others are 80:20.

 

Terpenes are another factor to consider. These compounds found in the crystals of flower, and numerous other sources, make up the aromatic and flavor profile of a strain. They also provide some of its effects. Each strain is composed of a variety of terpenes and will affect how a person feels.

 

The same can be said for a cannabinoid profile. A strain with 2:1 THC to CBD is common for consumers. Meanwhile, medical patients may opt for a 25:1 CBD to THC strain so they can feel relief without a high.

 

Beyond CBD and THC, over one hundred other cannabinoids can come into effect. THCA and CBDA are common and abundant cannabinoid acids with an array of others. While these cannabinoids will almost assuredly not get you high, they can alter the effects of a high.

 

Dylan Smith, Head of Product at SmokeSmith Gear relies on reviews and budtenders to understand the experience a strain provides. “If they have had a good experience recently, then that’s a good sign,” explained Smith. “I am also a huge advocate of reading reviews.”

 

In fact, the Nugg Team is always trying new products and reviewing them in detail. Our team reviews everything from flower and edibles to vapes and topicals.

 

Budtender knowledge is also important. “Asking the budtender if he or she has personal experience is key,” Smith added. Buying online? No sweat. Nugg Club has a live chat team available to help you determine which strain might best suit your needs.

 

Potency

 

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A flower’s strength can be included under desired effects but is also enough of a topic to stand on its own. Just a few decades ago, it was bewildering to find any flower that was beyond 10% potent. Today, the average flower ranges between 12% and 14% usually. Plus, many strains far exceed the average and can be as strong as in the high 20s or low 30s.

 

Be sure to understand how strong a strain is before consuming. Though appealing, save off on trying the heavy hitters until you are more comfortable and familiar with your tolerance.

 

Buyer Tip: It Varies By Region

 

Smith also reminds buyers that a strain will vary by region. Unlike buying regulated products, cannabis strains can provide different experiences depending on where it is grown and purchased.

 

“Cannabis has not gotten so standardized, so a strain can differ from region to region,” he said. “Thus, there is more impetus on the customer to know what they want, and to know what that strain looks and smells like before he or she walks into a dispensary.”

 

If you don’t have the answers, consult with Nugg’s Cannabis Concierge.

 

Popular Strains to Consider

 

We agree that reviews are vital to the purchasing experience. It helps to know what your desired strain will do to you and how it will make you feel. To give you an idea, here are some of the most popular Nugg Club strains and their standout traits:

 

  • Blue Dream (Eighth Brother): A sativa-dominant hybrid that offers full body relaxation with a sweet blueberry aroma
  • OG Kush (Eighth Brother): A favorite strain since the 90s, OG Kush is a hybrid with a varied terpene profile which helps deliver hints of fuel, skunk and spice to the flower.
  • ChemDawg  (Eighth Brother): Known for its pungent diesel aroma, ChemDawg is not discreet and tends to pack a potent punch that is well above the average hybrid.
  • Sherbet (Henry’s Original): A slightly indica-dominant strain that calls GSC its parent, Sherbet is a full-bodied flower that offers up an array of sweet, fruity smells.
  • Purple Punch (Erba): An indica that smells sweet and delivers a potent punch that tastes great going down.
  • Miss USA (Lowell Herb Co): Offering up a strawberry-banana aroma, Miss USA is an indica-dominant flower that has tongues wagging for me of its deliciousness.
  • Grape Head (THC Designs): An indica-dominant hybrid, Grape Head’s flavor lives up to its name that offers up euphoric head highs to most consumers.
  • Forbidden Fruit (THC Designs): Forbidden Fruit is an indica that comes from two favorites, Cherry Pie and Tangie; guaranteeing a flavorful experience that is sure to leave consumers feeling the effects.
  • Sour Diesel (CaliGold): An icon in cannabis, this sativa-dominant flower is pungent and smells just like what its name implies. Going beyond aroma, this is a strain that provides effects well after consumption.
  • Do Si Do (Bloom Flower): One of the strongest flowers around, this pungent indica is likely to lock consumers to the couch after taking in its sweet, earthy flavors.
  • Green Crack (Dookie Bros): A sativa through and through, Green Crack is known for providing the energy rush of its other drug namesake without all the terrible effects. Though, consumers may be compelled for another taste of Green Crack’s tangy, fruity flavors.
  • Headband (Humboldt): Living up to its name, Headband is a hybrid that provides a comfortable yet noticeable head high that is sure to last a good while.

 

Be sure to evaluate a strain for all of the above points and others. Remember that each strain can vary, depending on an array of factors. Do your due diligence and make an informed decision. In doing so, you’ll ensure that you have the most ideal experience while consuming.

 


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  • Bloom Farms Jah Goo PAX Era Pod (2019 Review)

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    Bloom Farms is a socially-conscious company, which is a nice change of pace in the midst of the Green Rush. So many companies run by an all-white leadership board seem overly concerned with the bottom line, while people of color are still serving lengthy or life sentences for trumped up drug-related charges. We are in dire need of a marijuana revolution that echoes outside of the marketplace.

     

    Bloom Farms works ethically on numerous levels. It operates with a one-for-one business model, so for every sale, it donates a meal to a local food bank. Last February, Bloom Farms reached its 1 millionth donated meal. The company recently expanded into Nevada and, as founder and CEO Michael Ray pledges, “every product sold in Nevada will generate one meal to a Nevada based food bank.” I’m impressed.

     

    The cannabis company also teams up with small farms in California’s renowned Emerald Triangle, specifically Sun Roots Farms, for the sun-grown, single-origin, whole cannabis plant raw materials. The result is thoughtfully produced strains that are resilient, resinous, and effective at relieving pain, high stress and insomnia.

     

    This Jah Goo, a cross between Purple Jasmine, a floral 70/30 indica-dominant strain, and Goo strains, is cultivated by Sun Root Farms and helps users deal with complex trauma, injuries and other mood issues.

     

    As a socially conscious smoker, I want to put my hard-earned bucks towards companies doing it right. Let’s dive into the specifics of this Jah Goo vape.

     

  • In this Bloom Farms Jah Goo PAX Pod review, you'll learn about this product's:

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    Packaging, Labeling & Product Design

     

    This Jah Goo .5g vape cartridge from Bloom Farms comes packaged in a paper box that’s sturdy, recyclable and environmentally friendly. It’s appropriately tamper-sealed with a label that describes the product. The individual pod comes in a unique screw-top container. Due to California’s new regulations, it’s not the easiest product to open, you’re going to need some patience! The packaging is eye-catching with Bloom Farm’s award-winning design. I particularly love the branding of their stylish cannabis flower.

     

    The product and carton itself are clearly labeled without being redundant. There’s plenty of information, all of which is now required, but it’s also good to know. I see THC & CBD content (355 mgs or 71% THC, 2.0 mgs or 0.4% CBD), dosage, net weight, batch and testing information available as well. The proper government warnings for both Prop 64/65 are also included. Bloom Farms also mentions, in loud lettering, that this pod is only compatible with the Pax Era pen.

     

    Again, the pod itself is very sleek and modern. It’s compact and fits perfectly inside the PAX Era. The cartridge specifies Bloom Farms as the maker and Jah Goo as the strain. Few other companies include their name and strain on the actual cartridge or pod. This helps me quickly identify what cartridge I’m using, rather than playing roulette based on effects, smell, etc.

     

    The mouthpiece is a nice size, not too large or small. The cartridge can get hot if you use it frequently for more than seconds each time, but other than that, it’s fine.

     

    Quality, Ease of Use

     

    The Pax Era cartridges always have the same look, and feel – it’s tricky to tell them apart without the packaging. However, most of them work without fail.

     

    While others might find it bothersome that you need a PAX Era to enjoy these pods (as well as others from different companies), I feel the tradeoff of being able to control your temperature down to the degree truly sets this product apart. The Jah Goo cartridge easily slips in the device and you can start using immediately; no battery clicks or voltage settings to adjust. It even comes with an app for your phone to control the colors and temperatures with the touch of a finger.

     

    This product’s temperature control feature allows you to draw more flavor or more vapor. The lower the temperature, the more terpenes, and flavors you can taste, such as musky piney limonene, terpinolene, humulene. When you go higher, you can still experience yummy flavors, and the pod produces more vapor without it tasting “burnt.” Jah Goo offers earthy notes with a sweet exhale the lower you set the temperature. At a higher setting, you start losing those sweeter notes and begin tasting the piney and gas notes from this indica.

     

    A few puffs between 515ºF and 540ºF produced the perfect combination of vapor and flavor that was pleasant to smoke. I loved how Sun Roots Farm’s oil in the chamber is a rich golden color, clear and thick. However, it’s not overly thick which would make it hard to vaporize, nor is it too runny – an attribute that would make me suspect a manufacturer “cut” the oil with common additives like propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG).

     

    Potency, Effectiveness, Affordability

     

    After a couple puffs of the Jah Goo, my mind was at ease, my body was becoming more relaxed and boy, was I hungry – pass the Doritos! It didn’t take more than three or four puffs to get the desired relaxing and indica typical effects that come from a strain like Jah Goo. It’s perfect for evening use.

     

    At around $50 to $60 for a half gram, for the potency and flavor profile that you get from this pod, I would say that it’s definitely worth the money. The packaging, information, and product quality definitely show with its price tag.

     

    Nugg Score: How the Nugg Team Rates This Product

     

    Packaging: 4.5/5

    • Secure and attractive packaging.
    • Tough to open due to new CA regulations.
    • Sleek, eye-catching branding and prominent logos.

     

    Labeling: 4/5

    • Most of the required information.
    • Includes THC and CBD content, dosage, net weight, batch and testing info.
    • Bloom Farms would have gotten a five had they gone extra mile with a more refined cannabinoid profile.

     

    Cartridge Quality: 4/5

    • Pod is sleek, modern and compact.
    • Bloom Farms labels the actual pod, so you can distinguish between strains.
    • Mouthpiece is a perfect size; can get hot from frequent use.

     

    Taste: 5/5

    • At a slightly lower temp setting, pungent and sweet flavors storm the gates.
    • Piney and gas notes at higher temperatures; never tastes burnt.

     

    Vapor Quality: 4/5

    • With some settings fiddling, you can set the temperature of the Pax Era to suit your vapor vs. flavor needs.
    • Higher temps make it possible to blow some sick rings with this pod.

     

    Oil Quality: 5/5

    • What you want to see: liquid gold and runs easily when you rotate the pen, but not so thin that you suspect cutting agents.

     

    Effectiveness: 5/5

    • Subtle cerebral high coupled with a total body relaxation.
    • For Harry Potter fans, the effects are kind of like a happy-giggly Petrificus Totalus.

     

    Ease of Use: 3/5

    • Easy breezy if you have a Pax Era battery (if you don’t, you’ll need to buy one).
    • No battery clicks or voltage settings to adjust.
    • Phone app lets you control the colors and temperatures with the touch of a finger.

     

    Consistency: 4/5

    • My ABCs for Pax Era cartridges are Automatic, Battery-Specific, and Customizable.
    • Cartridges have the same look and feel.

     

    Price: 4/5

    • At $50 to $60 per half-gram, the price is justified for this high-quality product.
    • Great for people who consume moderately but who still want something heavy-hitting.
    • If you’re a heavy consumer, you may want to look elsewhere for more bang for your buck.

     

    Overall Rating: 4.25

     

    With the convenience of a Pax Era pod, the potency of Sun Roots Farms single-origin strains, and the efficacy of a specialized indica-leaning hybrid, you really can’t lose. This Jah Goo .5g vape cartridge offers an enjoyable cerebral “headiness” and made my entire body relax. Even with a $50-60 price tag, you can trust that you’re buying the best from the best.

     


    If you live in L.A. and are ready to be wowed by Bloom Farms’ Jah Goo PAX Era Pod, click here to see if Nugg Club delivers to your address! 

     

  • Top 10 Medical-Only Cannabis Dispensaries in the Bay Area

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    Back in the day, going back to 1996, California was nothing but medical marijuana. Over time, cannabis laws changed, and recently, recreational cannabis use came into existence. With expanded access, scores of dispensaries pivoted to serving the adult use market entirely, or at least in part. As of spring 2019, less than 100 legal medical-only dispensaries exist in California.

     

    It is important to note that some cities in the Golden State have outright prohibited recreational cannabis, leaving Californians with access only to medical dispensaries. If you live in an area that has nixed recreational cannabis, then medical dispensaries are a closer jaunt. You’ll save money too, providing you have a medical recommendation like the one you can easily obtain from NuggMD.

     

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    Why Visit a Medical-Only Cannabis Dispensary?

     

    While many dispensaries today offer educational programs, knowledgeable budtenders and product demo days, there’s something unique about medical-only: the degree of patient care. At a medical-only dispensary, the budtenders often have more medically-oriented training and can tell you how cannabis is used to treat certain conditions, from anxiety to irritable bowel disease (IBD).

     

    Medical-only dispensaries are also more likely to have programs in place to help low-income patients – a carryover from Prop 215 when registered caregivers were required to offer additional programs such as food giveaways, counseling, etc. Many of today’s medical-only dispensaries offer educational material geared more towards cannabis patients and maintain an activist-oriented mindset.

     

    How Do I Find Medical-Only Dispensaries?

     

    If you’re looking for a medical-specific shop in the Bay Area, you may need to travel a bit. And by that, we mean you’ll be leaving the Bay entirely.

     

    While some are feasible drives in the area, others may send you exploring the other majestic wonders that California has to offer. Meaning, you’re gonna go on a bit of a road trip.

     

    Let’s explore some of the best medical-only dispensaries in the Bay and the surrounding area.

     

    Kanna – Oakland

     

    Oakland’s Kanna is known for its passion for community service. This includes sharing the medical benefits of cannabis with patients, families and neighbors. With a grand opening slated for April 2019, the dispensary aims to provide service programs to patients and neighbors in addition to on-site workshops, seminars and other events.

     

    2ONE2 California St. – San Francisco

     

    Patients love 2ONE2’s small and cozy location. The employees are often regarded as some of the more knowledgeable and friendly in the area. One patient noted how the team made them feel at ease and offered samples. This excellent service has been known to convert loyal customers of other shops into 2ONE2 fans.

     

    Blüm – San Leandro

     

    Blüm has a number of locations, including one in Oakland. However, San Leandro allows only medical patients at this time. As such, the sleek and professional adult use experience that Blüm offers at numerous California and Nevada locations is the same in San Leandro, except only medical patients can partake.

     

    Garden of Eden – Hayward

     

    A half-hour drive south from the Bay leads to Hayward and Garden of Eden, an upscale, modern, tech-friendly location. The place is often packed, but customers report that lines tend to move quickly enough. With tax included in the prices and a wealth of quality strains to choose from, many don’t mind waiting in line a bit.

     

    M.E.D’s Dispensary – El Sobrante

     

    About 40 minutes north of the Bay is a shop with over ten years of experience. Founder Buzz Fowler runs the mom and pop style shop that advocates for giving patients the medicine they need. Customers often regard the staff as friendly, helpful and recommend the shop for others in the area.

     

    Harvest of Napa – Napa

     

    Many flock to Napa for the wineries, art, music and the incredible sights. It’s also home to one of the most recent additions to the medical-only dispensary community. Harvest of Napa is the first medical dispensary to do business in Napa County, and hopefully sparks a new trend in the area. Click here to read the in-depth piece on Napa’s first medical cannabis dispensary.

     

    River City Phoenix – Sacramento

     

    RCP gets heaps of praise from its customers. Much of the love goes out to the staff who are regarded for consistently providing friendly and informed service. The team is joined by top quality product to give the patients the complete customer experience they require.

     

    Pure Life Collective – Diamond Springs

     

    Pure Life gets high marks for its mix of quality flower and top-notch staff. The friendly, knowledgeable staff seem to hook people in and make them regulars rather often. Some have said that your expectations may even be exceeded at Pure Life.

     

    Heads up, you’ll need to head two hours east into the state to visit Pure Life.

     

    Blue Mountain Collective – San Andreas

     

    Keep driving a bit more east, and you could wind up in San Andreas and another top medical dispensary. Blue Mountain checks all the necessary marks with a professional and friendly staff with a quality product. It also receives praise for its same-day delivery as well as its location.

     

    Zen Garden Wellness – Stockton

     

    Another two-hour drive east brings us to Stockton. There, Zen Garden Wellness customers report loving the straightforward experience that includes tax included in the sales price. A friendly staff is the norm at Zen Garden, as it is online where the owner is likely to respond to customer reviews regardless of the sentiment.

     

    Recap: Finding a Medical-Only Dispensary in California

     

    Today, finding a medical-only dispensary in California can be difficult. With adult use being legal, a patient is much more likely to find a recreational dispensary or a mixed-use shop.

     

    In Northern California, finding a medicinal-only facility can be that much more difficult. Aside from a few options in the Bay, patients need to travel a sizable distance to get the medicine they need.

     

    The value of a medical-only facility remains, and patients certainly understand their importance. With regulations and other drawbacks making adult use dispensaries less than ideal, patients still need their medical-only dispensaries in the Bay Area and beyond.

     

     

  • District Edibles Sour Apple 100mg Hybrid Gummies (2019 Review)

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    When I’m in a go-go-go place in life, I look to edibles to help me grounded during the evenings. And for me, 10 milligrams can feel like a lot or a little, depending on the potency of the edible itself. Generally, I’d say that is a great baseline and I can always dial it up by eating more. District Edibles is a brand known for its consistency, so I trust them to give me a “true” 10 mg product. I reach for them whenever I needed to chill out but still be functional.

     

    Shaped a bit like stars and surrounded by a charming rocket launch motif, I felt prepared to get spacey with these little green gummies. They look like something you’d find in a Kevin the Minion’s fanny pack on his way to Coachella – but in a good way.

     

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    However, I’m not sure Kevin would actually be able to crack into this packaging, as these gummies are some of the most well-protected edibles I’ve seen.

     

    Your 10 pack of gummies comes in a hard plastic container with a clear tamper-proof, child-resistant design. I love that it’s fully recyclable and that doubles as a joint holder with space for joints rolled in classic 1 ¼ sized rolling papers. To me, this tells me District knows I like my weed in multiple formats and helps me live my best life even after I’ve finished their product. It’s slender and pocket-ready, and houses your gummies in a plastic and foil blister pack, kind of like a pack of gum. While the inner graphics are in keeping with a fun and light-hearted space theme, the graphics on the outside are more refined and “adult” looking with a gold, white, and green color scheme on a black background.

     

    While there’s a lot of extra information on their website, the labels on the package itself seem like they’re pretty much the bare necessities for Adult Use compliance. On the front is the brand name, opening instructions, a HYBRID classification, flavor, net weight, amount of pieces in the box, amount of THC (100mg per box) and CBD (0 mg per box) and per gummy. On the back are government warnings, a list of ingredients, usage instructions, batch number, manufactured by, manufactured on date, and best by date. There are also nutrition facts on the bottom of the package as well as web addresses and a graphic that shows you can recycle the package.

     

    I do like that in the ingredients they listed “cannabis oil (purified using CO2 and/or ethanol),” but I’d like to know more about the oil. When they say “purified using…” does that mean the same thing as “extracted using…?” What strains were used? I would have also liked to have seen a QR code or some sort of way to verify lab results. A full profile of all of the cannabinoids detected would also be helpful.

     

    Quality & Ease of Use

     

    Because these are made in 10 individual 10mg doses, they’ll be easy to dose if you’re comfortable with dosing in those increments. If you’re sensitive to small doses of THC, you might struggle to accurately cut these down further. If you don’t need it to be too precise, the “+” shape of these gummies makes it easy to bite off just a knob and look at it as roughly 2.5mg THC.

     

    Because the package is so small and dark, it’s easy to keep hidden when dosing throughout the day. If you take the blister pack out of the external package, there is nothing cannabis related printed on it, which means you can easily eat these out in the open without any judgmental eyes looking at you.

     

    As soon as I broke the seal and opened the box, I could immediately smell the familiar sour green apple fragrance. I would have assumed these would taste as deliciously sweet and fruity as they smelled, but I know the smell has ultimately set me up for disappointment in taste with the other District gummy flavors I’ve tried in the past.

     

    And honestly, I wrinkled my nose upon laying one of these on my tongue. This Sour Apple variety was probably the worst tasting of all of the District gummies flavors I’ve tried. You get a slight hint of that classic sour apple taste (you might compare to a green apple jolly rancher) which quickly gets sunk by an overpowering, spicy, weedy taste. It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t continue eating them, but they certainly weren’t great. They did start tasting a little better as I continued to eat through the pack, after my taste buds acclimated. It did, however, leave a bit of a weedy aftertaste in my mouth. On the upside, when I can taste the cannabis like this, I can safely assume they used more of a full spectrum extract, which I know has more of a medicinal benefit for me (as opposed to a distillate). Heck, medicine isn’t necessarily supposed to be tasty!

     

    Though the package was a bit oily, these are a great texture for a gummy. Not chewy, per se, but more like Jell-O with a bit more density. It was wiggly and smooth and broke down easily in my mouth.  I like District’s commitment to the clean and easy chew factor.

     

    Potency, Effectiveness and Affordability

     

    I started feeling the effects kick in about an hour after consuming them and lasted for about 4½ more hours. It was an enjoyable high that eased my body and uplifted my mind. It wasn’t at all flighty, which is my biggest fear with hybrid edibles (I’m usually an indica guy for that reason). It made me feel good and medicated while still keeping me bright and functional – no couch-lock! District Edibles is always precise in their formulations, making this an edible that will give you a consistent experience every time you buy it.

     

    I spent my time with the medicated focus baking my grandma’s famous Cherry Tart for my cousin’s going away dinner. I must’ve been really in-tune with the flavors, ratios, and baking times, because my cousin and brother both agreed that I must’ve “channeled grandma” because it was the best tart I’d make since grandma passed and I’ve made it many times before this one. Did these hybrid gummies really help me to channel my grandma? I like to think so. I’ll definitely be consuming these gummies the next time I’m baking from grandma’s cookbook!

     

    The gummies are definitely more limited in terms of their versatility. I can’t think of anything to do with these besides eating them right out of the package. Maybe you can garnish a frilly drink with them or suspend them in Jell-O.

     

    For around $18, it’s a decent price for a gummy that provides potent, enjoyable, consistent results and is easy to eat and dose. The taste could be a little better, but I understand that medicine doesn’t always taste great. Overall the potency is worth the price, though it would be a better value of it was a few dollars cheaper. I’ll be buying them again next time I do some baking, for sure.

     

    Nugg Score: How the Nugg Team Rates This Product

     

    Packaging: 5/5

    • Top-notch reusable packaging is slim and pocket-ready.
    • Eye-grabbing aesthetics don’t sacrifice the product’s security.


    Labeling: 3.5/5

    • Just enough info for Adult-Use compliance, but not much more.
    • Includes brand name, hybrid classification, flavor, milligrams of THC (100), ingredients, batch number, manufacture date, best by date, etc.
    • Would like to have seen a QR Code to verify lab results and a more specific description of their extraction process.

     

    Easy to Dose? 4.5/5

    • Extremely easy to dose if you’re looking for 5-10 mgs.
    • Trickier if you’re sensitive to THC and want less than 5 mgs (try nibbling off a “knob”).

     

    Discretion: 5/5

    • Between the clever packaging design and the small size of the gummy itself, these are a breeze to eat on the go.

     

    Taste: 2.5/5

    • Spicy, weedy taste with hints of sour apple, but not nearly enough.
    • Overpowering cannabis taste as I consume and afterwards as well.
    • On the upside, I know District uses full extract cannabis oil, which increases its overall potency!

     

    Texture: 4.5/5

    • Package was slightly oily, but edible was an excellent “chewy” texture, with nothing left in your teeth.
    • Jell-O consistency with a bit more density.

     

    Effectiveness: 5/5

    • Perfect blend of uplifting for my mind and relaxing for my body.
    • Not too racy for those of you worried about trying a hybrid.
    • Gummy would be ideal before a workout or utilized during a day out-and-about on an excursion, like walking around a new city or a museum visit.

     

    Versatility: 1.5/5

    • Not a whole lot to do with these unless you’re thinking of garnishing a cocktail or making an ice cream sundae.

     

    Consistency: 5/5

    • Experience was consistent as could be.
    • Each gummy is a true 10 milligrams and that makes it a good buy in my book.

     

    Price: 4/5

    • A fair price: 10 gummies for $18, not including tax.

     

    Overall Rating: 4.05

     

    With District gummies, there’s a lot to like here if your top priority is potency but you want an edible that won’t take you under. I only wish they tasted better! I’d recommend buying a sidekick pack of gummies that you can wash the taste of these down with. But other than that, really good texture and thoughtful, consumer-friendly packaging.


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  • Plus Products 100mg Watermelon Sativa Gummies (2019 Review)

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    Focus. Concentrate. Create. Are these goals for you, too? I find that cannabis, in general, helps me feel my body but the trick is finding the right ally for each of my activities. As an advanced user and an athlete, I find that a stellar cannabis product and proper dosing comes in clutch to help me achieve and have fun while doing it. Whether I’m carving into some fresh powder or looking to get a PR at the gym, a well-formulated sativa-leaning hybrid can give me the just-right combination of confidence and energy to get it done. Even more, I find that I “grind” less and enjoy myself more. Even if I’m sore, I’m happy and I know the cannabis is doing its thing to reduce inflammation so I can get back to it.

     

    I decided to put Plus Edibles Watermelon Sativa Gummies did to the test, as they seem on the surface to be an athlete’s homie. With a low-glycemic, gluten-free recipe (and Kosher to boot!), I felt these were the perfect treat to slip into my backpack as I hit the snowy slopes with my board. Here’s the breakdown of how these Sativa Gummies performed.

     

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    Packaging, Labeling & Product Design

     

    When I first received the product, it was in good condition with no harm to the edibles inside. This is in part because the actual gummies are hidden in a metal screw-top container (tin) which is enclosed in a child/almost adult proof plastic bag. The idea of placing the product in a tin is quite cool (to me); I feel like its more sophisticated than simply “bagging” them, but also not the most elegant packaging either. The packaging itself wasn’t “extraordinary” or very eye appealing, but rather simple and effective; there were different colors based on effects and a clear section to actually see the metal tin. It was also recyclable which is a nice touch as not many companies are using recyclable or environmentally friendly packaging due to new compliances and regulations.

     

    When looking at the packaging, there is a good yet modest amount of information; with new regulations and laws, companies are now “over-labeling” things on the packages that can sometimes confuse consumers. Plus does a good job of giving the consumer everything they would want to know minus 1-2 things such as farm (sourcing) information, and strains used for the edibles. They give you lab test results, batch information, company/brand information, and dosage instructions for new users.

     

    These bite-size gummies are perfectly cut up and divided for easy use. Knowing that each square is ~5mg with 20 squares in the package, it is easy for someone new to start with 1-2 pieces and wait for the effects while an advanced user might need to consume ¼ to ½ of the container to get any effects.

     

    Quality & Ease of Use

     

    Plus gummies are portable, small and convenient for almost any situation. The discreet packaging allows for resealing to ensure freshness and portability.

     

    These little squares are perfect for any occasion due to how much they look like normal candy/gummies. Rather than having your usual brownie or cookie, these small artisanal candies could be consumed anywhere: the beach, the movies, at work, at home, kids’ soccer games… virtually anywhere.

     

    When you first open the container and smell the gummies, it reminded me of those watermelon belts that I would eat as a kid: sweet and pungent and yummy! Upon actually trying them, I was delightfully surprised to taste a briefly sour then deliciously sweet watermelon taste, similar to biting into a nice rind on a summer day. Unlike your firecrackers and brownies of days past, the cannabis taste is completely hidden and masked by the taste of other great ingredients. Even without being infused with cannabis, I would honestly buy them as they are an exemplary gummy on their own.

     

    When you first pick up and touch the gummies, you feel a grainy/coated candy that is soft and chewy. Depending on which Plus flavor you try, the coating is either more sugary or sour and more coarse – nothing that is gross or undesirable, just the nature of the candy. Some of the Uplift Watermelon gummies did have more chewiness to them which was weird at first, but after trying the rest I was reassured that it was just 2-3 in the container. Overall, they were easy to eat and what I look for in a gummy edible.

     

    Potency, Effectiveness and Affordability

     

    When trying cannabis edibles or any products, the results are going to very for everyone; while one may try an uplifting gummy and feel more calm/sedated, someone else might feel energetic and creative. I decided to give these Uplift gummies a try before a rigorous day of snowboarding – boy did they come through. Rather than giving my body a numbing feeling and making the day a struggle, I was able to charge down the mountain and ride all day with energy flowing through my body. Being a more advanced cannabis user, I decided to try 5 of these gummies for a total of ~25mg. This was a good testing dose as I felt the energy and “trick creativity” I needed while snowboarding without the anxiety that could have crippled my riding.

     

    When consuming edibles, the biggest factor for me is consistency in the dosages. Everyone has that horror story of the time their friend gave them a brownie with and said its 50mg and it turned out to be 1000mg…it wasnt pleasant. Now with the requirement of lab testing, the error of inconsistency has been reduced but can still be an issue. When trying these Plus watermelon edibles, I was happily surprised that the effects were as listed and the dosages felt right: 25mg felt about right and when I tried 50-70mg later on, there was definitely different effects. There was maybe one or two gummies that I ate for fun that felt underdosed or my tolerance was too high, but in general, Plus shows consistency in bringing you the same quality dosage every time.

     

    Nugg Score: How the Nugg Team Rates This Product

     

    Packaging: 3/5

    • Two-fold packaging: a stylish bag which contains a tin that houses 20 gummies.
    • We recommend being sober(ish) when you attempt to open these, as they are definitely tamperproof and child-resistant (nearly adult resistant, too).

     

    Labeling: 4/5

    • Plus includes all the important stuff without overloading you with info. A confident display.

     

    Easy to Dose: 5/5

    • Each gummy has ~5 milligrams of THC
    • Edibles are easy to scale up or down, depending on your experience.
    • New to cannabis? Start with one and see how you feel.
    • Seasoned user? Start with four or even five, and go from there.

     

    Discretion: 5/5

    • Tin slips readily into your pocket for whatever adventure you’re cooking up.
    • Gummies resemble other gummies out there and don’t reek of reefer, so they’re friendly for consumption in any environment.

     

    Taste: 5/5

    • Anyone who loved Fruit by the Foot as a kid or sour watermelon belts is going to flip for this flavor of gummies.
    • Delicious watermelon flavor with no trace of cannabis.

     

    Texture: 4/5

    • Coated with sugar and not overly chewy.
    • Might be a few pieces that you have to chomp down, but overall a mouthwatering sweet and sour candy.

     

    Effectiveness: 4/5

    • With edibles, there’s always some variability depending on mood and body chemistry that day.
    • These gave me the creative, energetic boost I was after.

     

    Versatility: 3/5

    • Other than incorporating into another dessert concoction or possibly a beverage, you’ve pretty much just got a classic gummy here.

     

    Consistency: 4/5

    • Aside from one or two “underwhelmers,” Plus’ Uplift gummies delivered their intended effect when I consumed in consistent doses.

     

    Price: 5/5

    • At around $17 for 20 gummies, you’re getting a really good deal.

     

    Overall Rating: 4.2

     

    Having tried numerous edibles and gummies over my years as a medical marijuana patient, I must say that Plus has a great thing going here. With different flavors and effects for different situations, it would be hard not to find one you like. Uplift is true to its name and definitely got me feeling good and ready to tackle the technical aspects of the mountain. With amazing pleasure, taste and potency, Plus Edibles Uplift Watermelon Sativa Gummies is a fine bargain.

     


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  • How to Choose the Best Nugg Club Cannabis Vape

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    Vape cartridges are surging up in market sales each year. Across legalized states, the demand is growing and should only continue to rise in the coming years. As the demand increases, so too does the number of products a person can choose from. So, which is the right cartridge to choose? What should a person consider when buying a vape cartridge? The Nugg team has put together a list of factors to consider when selecting the best cart to meet your needs. In fact, these attributes are the basis of Nugg’s Vape Cartridge Score, the proprietary rating system we use to rate cannabis vapes.

     

    As you’re deciding which product to purchase, here are some factors to consider:

     

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    Packaging

    Packaging should be eye-catching and, more importantly, strong enough to last many uses.

     

    Concerning design, a vape cartridge package should contain impressive artwork and unique designs that let a customer know which brand it is. From there, the package needs to protect the product inside and be easy enough to open without diminishing its childproofing. To strike a happy medium, we recommend choosing a vape cartridge that considers light leakage and allows the customer to see the product, like this Rove Tangie vape cart.

     

    Labeling

    A label should provide a customer with all the detailed information you want to know. Little to no info is not advised. While sufficient info about the product’s name, blend and lab results is acceptable. However, a top-notch vape cartridge product delves into its terpene profile, flower origin, distillation process, full cannabinoid profile (i.e., THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN) and much more to provide consumers with the clarity and product safety confirmation that it warrants.

     

    Check out Level’s Remedy 3:1 CBD:THC vape, which lists percentages for five major cannabinoids, the strain, and even a note about what effects to expect.

     

    Cartridge Quality

    When using the cartridge, a quality product will remain clear and won’t clog. Avoid cheap, plastic cartridges that are prone to breaking. These products are likely to leak or have oil spit out its mouthpiece. While some midrange products fill the void, a top cartridge is made of high-performance products, including standard 510 threaded, glass tank, ceramic heating element, metal, glass or chrome tip, silicone stoppers where needed.

     

    Taste

    First and foremost, your vape cartridge should taste as advertised. If its flavor is unfamiliar or tastes like plastic, consider putting it down and never picking up again.

     

    Strains should be flavorful and accurate to the information on the package. A cartridge should taste like the strain and be so tasty that it is difficult to put down. Some may also consider solvent-based extraction less than ideal. In those cases, customers should look for cartridges with natural terpenes extracted from the plant and not infused later in the manufacturing process.

     

    A good example of delicious taste is dosist’s Calm vape pen, which earned a 5/5 from the Nugg team for its palate-stimulating sweet and sour cherry flavor.

     

    Vapor Quality

    A quality vape cartridge should never be harsh on the lungs or throat. If one serious pull has you coughing or struggling to enjoy, make it a hard pass. Instead, choose a cartridge that is extremely smooth. Customers deserve a light consumption process that is never harsh on the throat or lungs.

     

    Oil Quality

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    Too often, customers end up buying vape cartridges that are too thin. In some cases, its fluids can contain cutting agents like glycerin, polyethylene glycols, medium chain triglycerides and others.

     

    A high-quality vape cartridge is crystal clear, contains thick oil and shows no signs of cutting agents. When combined, it should provide the smooth hits mentioned above. To ensure that this is the case, look for oils extracted using CO2, heat press and appear to have undergone further refinement.

     

    The Nugg team gave Select Elite’s L.A. Confidential vape a 4/5 on vapor quality and a 5/5 for its top-shelf, spun gold oil. Read the full review.

     

    Consistency

    A reliable, high-quality brand’s products are consistent every time. Each vape cartridge should have the same look, taste, pleasure and relief. You should never have to worry if one cartridge of GSC will vary from the next. It should taste the same, deliver the same effects and never clog.

     

    Think of it this way, a reliable brand of vape cartridges should be able to have a lineup of multiple cartridges of the same strain, and each performs the same way.

     

    Effectiveness and Ease of Use

    An effective vape cartridge should be straightforward, easy to use and as potent as it bills itself to be.

     

    If a cartridge doesn’t work every time, even if it requires a little finessing to work, it isn’t worth your time. Instead, find a cartridge that just works. There’s no guesswork or fumbling. All you have to do is open the package, connect it and enjoy.

     

    Combining the points mentioned above, consumers should have an enjoyable experience that leads to no adverse effects. If a cartridge provides an uncomfortable consumption experience, or its effects fail to deliver, look elsewhere for your vape cartridge.

     

    AbsoluteXtracts’ Pineapple Afghani vape earned a 4.5/5 from the Nugg team for its immediate calming effects with equal feelings of euphoria in both the head and body. Learn more about this vape’s full spectrum of cannabinoids.

     

    Price

    Tattoos, skydiving and vape cartridges – none are worth bargain shopping.

     

    If possible, spring for the cartridge that provides fantastic taste, pleasure and the medical relief you’re seeking. Saving a few dollars won’t balance out for the loss of experience a superior vape cartridge provides.

     

    Overall, the experience of the product must be considered. This includes its taste, packaging, consistency and customer service when needed. Don’t sell yourself short by being sold a product that falls short of your needs and expectations. Find a vape cartridge that checks all the boxes above to get the best out of your purchase.

     



    If you want to see how some vape carts stack up, check out Nugg’s vape pen reviews and know what to expect before you buy! When you’re ready to make a purchase, check here to see if Nugg Club delivers to your address. 

     

  • District Edibles 1:1 CBD:THC Tropical Punch Gummies (2019 Review)

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    Can you imagine if astronauts were also sent to space with edibles? I’m picturing floating in a zero-gravity environment, happily stoned, and exclaiming in wonder as I took in the sweeping expanse of the Milky Way. District Edibles wants to help you set sail and touch the stars of your consciousness with its space trippy gummies. They promise “fully activated” premium cannabis oil and each gummy allegedly is low sugar – less than 3 grams of sugar per serving and under 10 calories. After feeling pretty low on a higher pain day, I was ready to go somewhere, anywhere. I sampled these gummies before a meal with friends and below is the full scoop on my experience.

     

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    Packaging, Labeling & Product Design

     

    Sturdy. Attractive. Multi-purpose. What more could you want in packaging? Often, edibles’ packaging seems like an afterthought and is too flimsy for my taste. I love that District invests in its presentation, because as a consumer, that shows me that they stand behind their product. For instance, I love the effects of Sensi Chews formulation for insomnia but their medicine comes in a small plastic “tub” that resembles extra condiments. It honestly turns me off because once opened, it’s impossible to secure the remaining chewable tabs.

     

    I’m happy to report this is so not the case with District’s edible gummies. They are extremely secure in a hard-plastic casing that’s both tamperproof and child-resistant. And, drumroll please, they’re both recyclable and reusable as a joint holder! When I tried slipping a spliff rolled with classic 1 ¼ sized paper, it fit like a glove. I love that. It makes me feel “seen” as someone who does consume cannabis in multiple ways.

     

    While the graphics on the outside are fairly refined with gold and white lettering, the inside of the packaging holds a surprise, which again, makes me like this product. The gummies themselves are contained in a foil blister pack which are covered in rocket ships and phrases like “Booster,” “Gravity Check,” and “Accelerator.” It creates a mood of exploration and adventure, and with gummies in particular, I feel like this added layer of personality enhances the overall experience. Unlike the indica, sativa, and hybrid options, this CBD:THC package uses a label at the bottom that outlines dosage info, but it looks like it was printed on a home computer. I would have liked to have seen a nicer label on here as the other District gummies have, so I knocked 0.5 off the rating.

     

    While on the topic of labeling, the information covers the basic requirements but doesn’t go into much detail. It’s great that they have the ratio of CBD to THC per gummy and per box, opening instructions, government warnings, ingredients, best by date and batch number. After scanning the ingredients, I noticed these are full of artificial ingredients and also have corn syrup, so they’re definitely not what you would call “healthy” edibles.

     

    “Cannabis oil (purified using CO2 and/or ethanol)” is also mentioned in the ingredients list, but by including that, District actually raised more questions for me. When they say “purified using CO2 and/or ethanol,” what exactly do they mean? I wonder which strains were used? It would also have been beneficial to see a QR code or another way to double check testing results. A full profile of all of the cannabinoids would also be nice to see.

     

    Quality & Ease of Use

     

    If you’re comfortable with 5.45 mg THC and 4.54 mg CBD per dose, it’s relatively simple to dose in these increments. If you know you need 10 mg of THC, eat two to start. However, if you’re looking for a smaller dose, you can try cutting the gummy in half or biting off a “knob.” However, given this product is a gummy, it’s going to be difficult to cut these down further for precise dosing.

     

    Given the packaging’s slip-into-your-pocket-and-go nature, it’s easy to keep hidden when dosing throughout the day. If you take the blister pack out of the external package, there is nothing cannabis related printed on it, making it easy to use. Just pop out of the foil and into your mouth! Chewing is all that’s required. And speaking of chewability, District has got its formula down. It’s a clean experience as the gummy bits don’t get stuck in your teeth like Swedish fish. It feels like Jell-O with a bit more density, which I found very pleasurable and broke down easily in my mouth.

     

    That said, flavor is one of the most important aspects of gummies to me. Billed as tropical punch, I expect fruitiness, with notes of mango, pineapple, etc. As soon as I broke the seal on my first gummy, I could immediately smell the classic fruit punch fragrance waft toward my nose. I assumed these would taste as deliciously sweet and fruity as they smelled, but ultimately, the initial waft set me up for disappointment. The gummies tasted like heavily watered down Hawaiian Punch with a spicy and herbaceous cannabis flavor mixed in. It was almost medicinal tasting with a weedy aftertaste. This aspect makes District Edible’s gummies not beginner-friendly. I’m quite accustomed to the taste of rich, skunky cannabis but even for me, these were formidable. It was also overwhelmingly sugary tasting which had me questioning that 3 grams of sugar gummy marketing.

     

    The upshot is, when I taste strong cannabis flavors like this, I can safely assume District used more of a full spectrum extract as opposed to a distillate, which I know has more of a medicinal benefit for me.

     

    Potency, Effectiveness and Affordability

     

    Medicinal, indeed! District Edibles is always precise in their formulations, making this an edible that will give you a consistent experience every time you buy it. Sure enough, I can testify that each gummy I tried had the same potency. Despite the fact that it’s essentially a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC, I still found these fairly psychoactive. So for the canna-curious reading this review, don’t be fooled! This maker makes sure to create edibles which are heavy hitters.

     

    About 50 minutes from the time I ate the first gummy in the pack, I felt it kicking in. Ten minutes later, my hunger started to kick in. This is extremely helpful for me, as due to some health issues caused by Crohn’s disease, I often don’t have an appetite all day and by evening, still haven’t eaten a thing. Now I can happily nourish myself!

     

    As my experience continued, after grabbing a bite to eat with friends, I found myself getting a bit anxious. While CBD generally tends to ease my anxieties, this combination of cannabinoids didn’t seem to help in that regard. The anxiety I was experiencing may have had little to do with the edible and more to do with my state of mind and body chemistry at the time, but it also might have been the edible. If you have regular issues with anxiety, like I do, you may want to take caution. Three hours after I had my first gummy, the high started dying down and at about the 5-hour mark I felt like I had sobered up. Aside from the minor bout of anxiety, I felt like this edible allowed me to be pretty energetic and productive. If I hadn’t been socializing with friends and playing strategic board games (which is exactly what I did), I could see myself happily cleaning my apartment or scouring thrift store shelves for deals.

     

    For around $15-$18, this is a good price for a gummy that provides potent, consistent results, and is easy to eat and easy to dose.

     

    Nugg Score: How the Nugg Team Rates This Product

     

    Packaging: 5/5

    • Well-protected in a hard-plastic, child-resistant container.
    • Reusable, recyclable, and doubles as a joint holder? Sold.
    • Fun rocket ship theme; classy graphics with gold, white and bluish purple.


    Labeling: 3.5/5

    • Bare minimum for adult-use compliance.
    • Leaves many questions: does “purified” mean the same as “extracted using?” What strains were used, how can we verify lab results?

     

    Easy to Dose?: 4.5/5

    • Simple to dose if you’re comfortable with the amount of THC and CBD in a single gummy.
    • Harder to cut and achieve a precise micro-dose.

     

    Discretion: 5/5

    • Packaging travels well in jackets or pockets and the foil itself has no reference to cannabis.
    • While someone might see the spaceship spangled pack and be curious what’s inside, they won’t know off the bat these are medicated gummies.

     

    Taste: 2.5/5

    • Cannabis-forward is an understatement.
    • These have the “weedy” taste that turn many people off edibles. But if your top priority is effectiveness, then flavor is secondary.

     

    Texture: 4.5/5

    • Great texture for a gummy: not chewy, but more wiggly, like Jell-O with density.
    • Didn’t get stuck in my teeth, left with a slight oily residue on my hands.

     

    Effectiveness: 5/5

    • Strong stuff, definitely helped me feel elevated, helped me manage pain, and sparked my appetite right up.
    • May have caused a bit more anxiety than I typically enjoy.

     

    Versatility: 1.5/5

    • Other than eating it as a gummy, there’s not a whole lot else you can do with these.
    • Potential to be used as a garnish for a cocktail or suspended in squares of Jell-O, but given the flavor issue, I’d recommend eating them as is.

     

    Consistency: 5/5

    • Overall experience was consistent as it could be.
    • Each gummy is a true 10 milligrams and that makes it a good buy in my book.

     

    Price: 4/5

    • At $15-18 per 10-pack of gummies, this is a fair price for consistently strong medicine… which definitely tastes like medicine.

     

    Overall Rating: 3.9

     

    District gummies’ taste could be a little better, but I also get that serious medicine doesn’t always taste great. The other thing I didn’t love was the spike in anxiety I felt, which might be explained by which strain was used (information which was not provided by the labeling). For many, I think the “hit every time” potency is worth the price, but if I buy it again, I would be cautious about it affecting my anxiety.

     


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  • Papa & Barkley 3:1 CBD:THC RELEAF Balm (2019 Review)

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    Many of my family members from an older generation are hesitant to try cannabis. It can be hard to watch, especially when they suffer from conditions I know medical marijuana could help them fight. I might not ever get them to puff on a joint, but I have convinced a few to try cannabis topical for non-intoxicating pain relief. My grandma used to experience intense arthritic pain in her hands due to inflammation; but with cannabis topical, her gnarled and cramped fingers would extend with relief and full mobility.

     

    Perhaps my own personal experience dealing with a family member in pain makes me feel a certain kinship with the Papa & Barkley brand we’re talking about today. The brand’s name is an ode to his father and their loyal family dog, a pit bull named Barkley. The company began when a son (now the founder) wanted to help his elderly father fight immobilizing back pain. As a result, this well-respected topical brand now crafts multiple high potency formulations of cannabis topicals and tinctures to bring comfort to those that need it most. And they do it using whole plant, sun-grown cannabis from Humboldt County.

     

    Seeing just how powerful cannabis topical can be in my own experience with elderly family members, now when I try out a new topical for my aches and pains, I think, “Would I recommend this to my grandmother?” As I try Papa & Barkley’s 3:1 (CBD: THC) RELEAF Balm, this is the high standard that I set for the product.

     

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    Papa & Barkley products jump off the shelf. Not because of in-your-face packaging, but rather the complete opposite. Their understated, classy and simple packaging is unique in a world of harsh neon green and black. This Papa & Barkley 3:1 RELEAF Balm comes inside of a beautifully frosted glass jar with a honey-colored wood top, adorned with a P&B logo burnt into the wood. The P&B branded blue label is the perfect compliment to the deep green of the cannabis topical that pokes through the frosted glass. The jar is packaged safely inside of a sturdy blue box with an ink sketch of Papa himself. I could see this jar happily living on the chicest of bedside tables and bathroom countertops.

     

    I appreciate the effort to thoroughly label this product. They include its ingredients, directions for use and some information about the Papa & Barkley brand. But there is one major aspect for concern: the printed cannabinoid contents on the front of the box (450 mg CBD: 150 mg THC) doesn’t match the lab test results label on the side of the box (374.04 mg CBD: 121.19 mg THC). If the lab testing is right (as it should be) that’s nearly 75 mg of CBD short…a major disappointment.

     

    The label on the jar restates the 3:1 ratio and informs me this product is good for “pain and inflammation,” but doesn’t tell me much beyond that. I wish there a little more information on what conditions this product is good for. I find myself wondering, is this good for nerve pain, muscle pain, headaches, bug bites?

     

    Luckily, there is a support phone number listed on the label that I can call to get additional answers. The helpline informs me this 3:1 RELEAF Balm is best for pain due to inflammation, like arthritis or injury. I’ve been experiencing major shoulder pain from an injury that has never quite healed, so I get ready to slather this on liberally.

     

    Quality and Ease of Use

     

    Since the ingredients are right on the jar, I can tell this product is high quality. No harmful fillers, chemicals or additives to be found here; just cannabis, coconut oil, beeswax, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, lavender, vitamin E oil and natural terpenes. Upon opening the jar, the strong aroma of the essential blend punches my nostrils. It smells earthy yet medicinal at the same time and is honestly a bit too pungent for my tastes.

     

    The texture of the balm inside is like that of solidified coconut oil. I scoop a generous fingerful out of the beautifully frosted jar, deposit the chunk of topical to my shoulder and, as I rub, the once-solidified coconut oil spreads like a thick liquid. This topical is so oily and doesn’t fully absorb into the skin for quite some time, so I avoid putting clothing on top of the treated area. I could see this texture being fantastic for a nice cannabis-infused massage.

     

    This product is incredibly easy to use. Just scoop some out, rub it on and that is it! I love the large wooden top on the jar; I think even my grandmother could grab hold and open it, even with her arthritis-ridden hands.

    Potency, Effectiveness and Affordability

     

    This Papa & Barkley 3:1 RELEAF Balm works almost instantly for me. I immediately begin feeling more mobility in my shoulder and feel my body relaxing around the site of injury. It feels incredible and I find myself more grateful for the relief than I expected to be. I would be interested to see if the wonderful tingly sensation is brought on mostly by the cannabis or the strong essential oil blend. Either way, I did feel great relief! I don’t think I would use this product on more sensitive areas of the skin, for fear the essential oil blend might be too strong.

     

    After testing three different jars of this topical, I feel very confident in its consistency. This product is highly potent, especially when compared to other cannabis topicals on the market. Because of this, the price is steep. At nearly $100 for a 50 mL jar, this topical tops the top shelf. I can’t say this high price point is always accessible for me, but if I had a more debilitating inflammation issue, I think it would be worth the investment. In the end, I would absolutely suggest this product for my grandmother.

     

    Nugg Score: How the Nugg Team Rates This Product

     

    Packaging: 5/5

    • Balm comes packaged beautifully in a thick, frosted glass jar with a wooden lid. The lid has the P&B logo burnt into it and it’s labeled in a cool blue.
    • Glass jar is housed in a sturdy cardboard box donning P&B’s classic calming blue and beige design and a sketch of the infamous Papa & Barkley.
    • Unparalleled brand recognition: without being “loud,” I can spot this (and their other products) from a mile away.

     

    Labeling: 3/5

    • Printed cannabinoid contents on the front of the box (450mg CBD: 150mg THC) are contradictory to the lab test results label on the side of the box (374.04mg CBD: 121.19 mg THC).
    • This contradiction is a little confusing and misleading, and the box would be much better off without printing their (what I’ll call) “targeted” cannabinoid content on the front.
    • Customer support staff (whose phone number is listed on the label) is incredibly nice and willing to work through questions.

     

    Fragrance: 3.5/5

    • Blend of essential oils in this balm creates a fragrance that smells calming but medicinal. While it’s not unpleasant, it’s a little overwhelming… and lasts a long time.
    • Because of the strong essential oil blend, I wouldn’t feel comfortable using this on my face or other sensitive skin areas on my body.
    • Anyone with allergies to certain essential oils in this mix won’t be able to utilize the healing powers of these cannabinoids in P&B’s RELEAF Balm

     

    Texture: 3.5/5

    • Balm turns from a solid to a smooth oil as soon as it meets the heat from your body.
    • While it provides a great glide for massaging it onto a sore muscle, it is pretty oily so be careful with clothing.
    • Texture would be ideal for a massage.

     

    Ease of Use: 5/5

    • Product couldn’t be any easier to use.
    • Lid is easy to unscrew and the mouth of the jar is wide enough to easily get to every last drop of the balm.

     

    Ingredients: 5/5

    • Simple ingredients: only cannabis, fractionated coconut oil, beeswax, a blend of essential oils (eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint and lavender), vitamin E oil, and natural terpenes. That’s it!
    • Product is completely natural, uses a whole-plant extract, it’s Cruelty-Free and Sun-Grown in Humboldt.

     

    Effectiveness: 5/5

    • I would love to see Papa & Barkley come out with a fragrance-free version of this product, not only for the reasons listed above, but also
    • so I can tell if the tingling sensation is from the cannabinoids or from the eucalyptus/peppermint/tea tree oils.
    • After giving my shoulder a rub with this oily balm, I immediately felt more mobility.

     

    Consistency: 5/5

    • After working with several jars of this, I always had the same experience and felt the same relief.
    • If this blend of cannabinoids works for you, it should work consistently – every time.

     

    Versatility: 4/5

    • Although the customer support team assured me that it’s a great moisturizer and OK to use virtually anywhere, because of the intense essential oil mix, I’d be afraid you use this near my eyes, on any sensitive skin areas (face, lips, etc.), or skin disorders (eczema, psoriasis, etc.).

     

    Price: 4.5/5

    • At around $100 for this 50ml jar, it’s priced a bit higher than most topical cannabis products I come across, though, most cannabis topicals I’ve come across aren’t nearly as effective.
    • For me, the price is a little steep because I would only use it for the occasional sore muscle. But if I had a chronic and debilitating condition, I would consider this a worthy investment.
    • Because of the high cannabinoid content and potency, you may find the price to be well worth the relief it brings to your ailments.

     

    Overall Rating: 4.35

     

    This is one of the most effective cannabis topicals I’ve ever tried. The potent sun-grown Humboldt cannabis and proprietary essential oil blend immediately go to work to relieve pain. The beautiful Papa & Barkley packaging looks like it belongs in a high-end skincare boutique, but it’s also functional for those opening the jar with limited mobility. On the downside, the contradiction in potency labels is disappointing and the price point a bit steep. All in all, for those with chronic and debilitating inflammation, would probably find this highly potent and highly effective topical well worth the investment.

     


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