How do you rate?
We're sometimes asked this question. The answer is, empirically, through our own experience, and out of necessity. Because you and I are on our own out here.
One consequence of an unregulated marketplace is a lot of confusion. In lieu of guidance from the Food and Drug Administration or other agencies, and in the context of an underground black market transitioning to an above-board legitimate marketplace, we have to educate ourselves about which products are effective, and which are not.
To that end, here at Kannaboomers we are making subjective assessments about cannabis products that we try (until we find a sponsor who will fund lab tests, or find a way to fund them ourselves. As the kids say, LOL). The products we review reflect the wants of our readers. Right now we are focused on micro-dosing of edibles, and vaping CBD.
(If you want detailed reviews of specific strains, places like Leafly have been doing a good job of that for years.)
So how do you ascertain the effectiveness of a given product? It’s not rocket science, right? So we let basic questions guide us:
- Does it work?
- Is it worth what they're charging?
- Do these seem like people I want to do business with?
With these questions in mind, we devised the following criteria, which you will see rated on a 1 to 10 score in each review. The aggregate of these becomes the overall score.
First things first — is the product any good? Does it do what it’s supposed to do, and in the case of CBD and THC products, does it smell, taste, look and perform like a high-quality product? Does it relieve pain / anxiety? Does it help you sleep better? Is it easy to use?
Does the product provide fair value, compared to other products like it? What’s the price per milligram or other unit of measure?
Mostly this is about lab results. In this space, if a company is willing to share lab-result data, it’s an acknowledgement that they know that it’s important to provide a clean, proven product that’s backed by data. (This assumes a reality-based orientation.)
It can be hard to know if someone is hiding something, but companies who have nothing to hide leave clues. Does the look and feel of their site indicate that they are openly sharing relevant information? Is the bullshit meter going off at five alarms?
Cannabis has the power to change people, and how they see the world. For companies in this space, success is an opportunity to act on positive values, and to create ripples of positive change. Is this particular company acting in a socially responsible way? Do they appear to be part of the solution, or part of the problem?
Somewhere past 50 you notice that the packaging of everyday products is a conspiracy. It seems that sometime around 2005, all the manufacturers got together and decided to package their products in seamless and fucking impenetrable plastic. Kidding of course. But there are design considerations to take into account if you want people of a certain age to truly appreciate your product. Do not list ingredients in microscopic print. For some of us, do not load the product up with sugar, and/or make it look like a piece of dime-store candy. Make a product for grown ups.