These are a couple of super stressful weeks. We’re hurtling toward the end of the year, seasonal celebrations are in full swing, and there’s holiday baking and shopping to do. There also might be a long-postponed family get-together you’re totally dreading but still hoping to navigate with aplomb.
In the past, using cannabis to take the edge off those stressors came with the very real risk of being too high to function due in no small part to pot’s ever-increasing potency. Inhale too deeply or accidentally pop one too many gummies and eggnog gets spilled, Christmas trees become collateral damage and the baby Jesus in the creche scene gets swapped out for a lump of uncooked cookie dough.
This year, though, things are different, and you might actually be able to turn to THC without turning into a human yule log — even if you’re a less-than-seasoned cannabis consumer.
That was one of the biggest trends I noticed walking the aisles of a business-to-business cannabis trade show called Hall of Flowers in Santa Rosa a few months back
Using that trip to Santa Rosa as a starting point, here’s a list of low-dose options designed to keep you festive — and functional — until this holiday season is in the rearview mirror.
Culver City-based Cloud11 entered the low-dose, THC-infused-foods space earlier this year with a line of palate-pleasing confections almost too beautiful to eat. The handmade artisanal edibles come in two dosage options (2 milligrams each of THC and CBD per sweet or 4 milligrams each) and in three flavors: salted peanut (a riff on the peanut butter cup that includes peanut butter ganache and a touch of sea salt); black sesame and yuzu (made using Wadaman sesame paste sourced directly from Japan) and strawberry pink peppercorn.
Available via direct-to-consumer delivery in the L.A. area, an 11-piece tin (one flavor and one dosage) is $90; a 22-piece tin (two flavors and two dosing levels) is $170.
Country products are available exclusively through the Eaze delivery service ($7 for a single .6-gram pre-roll, $40 for a jar of six.)
3. Pure Beauty
Therefore, it can be purchased only in dispensaries licensed to sell cannabis-containing products. Available in 3.5-gram jars of loose flower, 1-gram pre-rolls and 10-count boxes of .35-gram mini-joints dubbed “babies.”
Thanks to a manufacturing process that preserves the pot plants’ natural flavor profile (it involves flash-freezing sustainably grown flower sourced from two Northern California farms), it also serves up a weedy, terpene-packed punch, especially when added to a neutral-flavored beverage like water or club soda. Ten-serving boxes of the 2.5-milligram dose packets sell for $19. .
5. Rose Delights
Second is the mix of cannabinoids; each 8-ounce can serves up 2 milligrams of delta-9 THC (more frequently referred to simply as THC, it’s the compound most cannabis consumers are familiar with), 4 milligrams of CBD and 2 milligrams of delta-8 THC (one of the cannabinoids of the moment that delivers a high not as intense or long-lasting as a delta-9 buzz). It’s a combination designed to stoke a functional low-and-slow, all-day, get-things-done kind of buzz ($14 per four-pack). And, if getting lit like the family Christmas tree is more your speed, there’s always the brand’s Higher Vibes dosage (10 milligrams each of delta-9 and delta-8 THC per can, $18 per four-pack).
Designed to be part of a daily health and wellness regimen, Zeno can be thought of as the cannabis counterpart to the Advent calendar; opening a new window — and a new outlook — every day. The super subtle effect of that lower dose (for most people anyway, as THC affects everyone differently) makes it a good option for those hoping to incorporate cannabis into a daily health and wellness regimen but who don’t want to risk being sidelined by a full-blown recreational high. Available in L.A. (as well as San Francisco) exclusively via the Grassdoor delivery service for $60 per 60-tablet vial or $20 for an 18-tablet starter pack.