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Did you know that there are 17 US states where marijuana is now totally legal? Did you realise that another 26 states have some form of legal marijuana, be it medicinal or simply decriminalised? That means it’s illegal to have any kind of marijuana in only seven states, and that’s probably changing fast.
With all that said, the marijuana industry and all its related byproducts have simply exploded across the country in the past decade. Sleep problem? There’s a cannabis product for that. Anxiety? That too. Just want to mellow out? Yep. How about performance enhancement in bed? You know it.
With the proliferation of products, the world of edibles has also gained extraordinary status. Edibles have grown from knock-off Gummy Bears and Peanut Butter Cups, to curated chocolates, luscious cakes, and a bevy of goods to help you bake on your own. As products are refined and become more mainstream, there are big-name chefs getting into the game to take things to an even higher level (pun intended).
Here are some of the most interesting edibles on the market right now:
It was only a matter of time until a brilliant Italian chef entered the edible world. Chef Simone D’Antonio is a Salerno-born, classically trained cook who moved to California and began experimenting with edibles in his home kitchen. The end result is the Capri Collection, a 1960s, vintage Mediterranean inspired line of cakes that transports you to the Amalfi Coast. The current selection includes a vegan Capri Cacao, which is a dark chocolate almond cake and a Capri Lemon, which is a white chocolate lemon cake. The chef plans on releasing more products themed on classic Italian cities.
Typically considered the gold-standard among cannabis confections connoisseurs, Kiva has a wide range of luxury goodies for any discerning palate. The company has lines of chocolates, mints, espresso bites, and candy chews, but their most popular product is probably the Camino, a line of tailored gummies. The gummies come in a wide array of flavours like Sparkling Pear, Watermelon Lemonade, Midnight Blueberry, and many more. The company claims that the gummies will take you into a golden state of mind that evokes adventure on the road in California. You be the judge.
If you’re looking to up your cooking game with some CBD-infused products, Pot d’Huile can help you in more ways than one. Their flagship product is their hemp-infused CBD olive oil that’s perfect for cooking with and even better for drizzling. Pot d’Huile is also teaming up with top chefs like Calvin Eng (Win Son, Bonnie’s) and Mike Bagale (former executive chef of Alinea) for lines of crisp chilli oil and hot sauce with many more delectations to come.
Dubbed as the world’s first edibles infused with single-strain flower rosin, Rose Delights are handmade candy edibles that combine incredible chefs with regenerative agriculture. Regardless of what that all means, the most important thing to note is who the chefs are that they’re collaborating with. First, there’s three-Michelin-starred Dominque Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. Then there’s a collaboration withEnrique Olvera of three-Michelin-starred Pujol in Mexico City. On top of that, there’s three-time James Beard nomineeNatasha Pickowicz working with the team. Michelin-level edibles – what a world.
Focusing on wellness, Kikoko has a line of products that deal with sleep, anxiety, stress, pain, focus, mood, libido, and fun. Their helpful website guides you based on whatever ails you and brings you along to their wide range of choices. Try the Sensuali-Tea to liven up your love life. Pop some mints for pains in your knees or back. Take a shot of Manuka honey to help you sleep. And so much more.
For the chocolate enthusiasts looking to enhance their sugar highs, Black Dahlia has some of the most enticing cocoa concoctions. Two standouts include the Black Dahlia Grand Cru CBD Bonbons with ethically sourced Madagascar chocolate, and the Black Dahlia Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bonbons with 20mg of CBD hemp oil. All the chocolates are gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and alcohol free.
When shopping for edibles, keep in mind that all products are not available in all states. There are also laws governing how products can be shipped based on where they’re produced. In the US, it’s still illegal to ship marijuana, but hemp (including CBD) is permissible – as long as the THC levels are below .3%.
There are also companies like WeedMaps, that can help you find local retailers for delivery or pickup, so you don’t have to navigate the complex network of rules and can discover these incredible edibles in stores near you.