Cannabis is safe. Most people know this is true.
When we are able to vote on common-sense cannabis policy, legalization becomes the norm, as it has for medicinal cannabis in 26 states, and for ‘recreational' use in seven states (as of this writing).
It's widely know that this plant is more than safe, it can actually reduce harm. Yet we still have an illogical, counter-productive national drug policy. Cannabis is classified as a Schedule I substance, more dangerous than Schedule II crack cocaine. Some people, including our Attorney General still believe what we were told as kids: Marijuana is the devil's weed, a gateway drug that will put you on the road to ruin with one puff. It's evil, and as a society we must fight the spread of marijuana with the full weight of our law enforcement, judicial and penal systems.
This mythology is wrong, destructive and insane. But it's our national policy. And while the tide continues to turn in the states, the federal government is still a force to be reckoned with. Incredibly, it's the law of our land to not only deny access to a necessary, often life-saving medicine, but to persecute, prosecute and needlessly incarcerate untold thousands of non-violent ‘offenders.'
What can we do? We must push back on the stupidity of our national policy on cannabis and try to change reality for the better.
The best of both compounds
We know there are health benefits to cannabidiol (CBD) and that THC can have a relaxing effect, as well as promote synergistic action between the compounds — so why not combine a small amount of each in an edible form?
That's what Dixie Elixirs has done with Synergy Mints. Each mint contains 5 milligrams of CBD and 5 milligrams of THC. The mints come in a box of 16, and are blister packaged. They are also scored across the middle, so you could cut one in half if you want to start with an even smaller dose. (Although on the first try, we found that the mint crumbled a bit when pushed out of its plastic blister bubble.)
As noted on the package, holding the mint under your tongue will lead to faster absorption.
The effect? Not a noticeable buzz at all, but a little sleepiness after about two hours. Whether you have a specific condition for which you're taking CBD, or just trying to integrate CBD into your diet for general health purposes, these are a little pricey. In California, a package of 16 mints costs $40 at the dispensary. That's $2.50 per mint — and a pretty steep cost per milligram.
According to Dixie's site: “We go far above and beyond the mandated batch testing and triple lab test every product we sell.”
Less is more
Sometimes you want just as little THC as you can get. Enough to take the edge off and relax you, but not get you discernibly high. In these cases, you could hit on a pipe or joint, or pull out your vape pen and hit that. Or, you could pop a Petra Mint from Kiva.
At 2.5 milligrams of THC per mint, the Kiva Mint is the under-stated cannabis edible. Take one and wait two hours, and you might not notice a thing — except that whatever anxiety you were carrying has melted away. Or take two or three, and titrate your dose to the level of high you want.
Kiva Mints are discreet, you can carry a tin around in your pocket and pop them in your mouth like Altoids. Only they're a lot more fun. They come in two flavors, Moroccan Mint, and Eucalyptus. We tested the Moroccan Mint, and found it pepperminty, with a hint of vanilla.
If you're ready to experiment with microdosing cannabis edibles, Kiva Petra Mints are a great place to start. In California, you can find them at dispensaries for about $15. They will soon be available in Illinois.
According to the Kiva Confections site, the not-for-profit company works with a third-party ISO-certified lab and follows testing protocols established by the FDA for manufacturing, packing and distribution of over the counter (OTC) drugs. Their extraction process is chemical-free.