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Hot holiday edibles warming up US’ 2021 winter season

· Nov 22, 2021
Running the gamut from fast-acting gummies to heavenly twists of fudge to a tincture that clocks in at an eye-popping 1000mg THC per bottle, the top edible makers in California, Oregon, ...

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Being full is a holiday season rite of passage. Be it tender cuts of turkey, heaping helpings of stuffing, or an oven’s worth of freshly baked pies, the array of tasty goodies vying for our limited stomach space at this time of year can feel downright overwhelming. That goes double for those of us who like to eat our cannabis but it appears our challenges are bound to continue thanks to a bevy of noteworthy new edibles currently available across dozens of legal and medical states.

Running the gamut from fast-acting gummies to heavenly twists of fudge to a tincture that clocks in at an eye-popping 1000mg THC per bottle, the top edible makers in California, Oregon, Illinois and elsewhere have risen to the challenge of keeping us merrily medicated throughout the holidays. To celebrate, let us loosen our belts and pour on the gravy with the following curated list of bestselling edibles to elevate your winter festivities.

Are you ready to take on the world’s heaviest tincture? That mighty distinction currently belongs to Hvy Grand Tincture from California legends Heavy Hitters. Boasting a seriously potent 1000mg of THC per 1-liter bottle, the secret sauce here involves the use of proprietary Liquid Trichomes that ensure every drop is bursting with the bright flavors of Acapulco Gold, the strain from which this tincture is exclusively distilled. Act fast to snag one of 500 limited-edition HVY Grand collectable boxes, available now.

When you need a break from the holiday madness, look no further than Kanha. Winner of second place for “Best Edible” at the 2021 High Times Cannabis Cup Northern California: People’s Choice Edition, Kanha’s 1:1:1 CBN Tranquility Gummies feature a blissfully relaxing blend of CBN (5mg), CBD (5mg), THC (5mg), and melatonin (1mg). Completing this compelling recipe geared towards putting both body and mind at ease is a curated selection of calming terpenes and essential oils. With Kahna, it’s never been easier to chill.

California’s Kiva Confections is always cooking up something incredible. Originating as a chocolate-focused brand, Kiva has subsequently branched into all manner of sweet, infused treats. One of their latest smash hits is Camino Sours: a line of impeccably flavored gummies with tailored terpene profiles. For those seeking some uplift, there’s Watermelon Spritz. In need of a bit of balance? Camino Sours’ Orchard Peach to the rescue! All dosed at 5mg of THC per serving, these gummies will quickly become a mainstay in your pocket and a favorite of your tastebuds.

First off, by supporting Wyld Edibles, you’ll be putting your dollars behind a cannabis company that’s made the effort to achieve carbon neutrality. That rocks! More relevant to the medicated set is Wyld’s award-winning line of effects-specific gummies in wild and mouth-watering flavors. Though it’s hard to go wrong with unique options like Elderberry and Pomegranate, the best of the bunch may just be Wyld’s Huckleberry gummies. Dosed at 10mg of THC per piece, these potent, sumptuous treats are taking the gummy game to a whole new level.

Available in a veritable rainbow of flavors, Pioneer Squares from Washington’s Craft Elixirs are the chewy, fruity candy of which cannabis dreams are made. Utilizing full-spectrum oils, Pioneer Squares have the added benefit of also being vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. In addition, each square also features a tiny piece of actual fruit, serving as the veritable cherry atop this masterful sundae of infused candy excellence. For an idea of just what Craft Elixirs can do with flavor, try their decadently citrus Pink Lemonade Pioneer Squares (10mg per piece).

Tired of waiting for your edible to hit? Wana Brands provides Colorado consumers with a great way to get all of the effects you’re looking for, fast, thanks to their line of fast-acting gummies. Wana’s emulsion technology ferries the THC in their gummies straight into the bloodstream immediately. The result is a cannabis high derived from delta-9-THC, as opposed to an edible’s more sleepy 11-Hydroxy-THC. For a smashing mix of sweet and salty, try Wana’s 1:1 Strawberry Margarita Gummies (5mg CBD, 5mg THC per piece).

Baked Bros is putting Arizona’s edibles market on the map. Voted “Best Edible in the State” by Edibles Magazine in 2020, this operation from two born-and-raised Arizonians even snagged first place in the “Edibles: Gummies” category at this year’s inaugural Arizona High Times Cannabis Cup. That award was bestowed on the company’s Prickly Pear Lemonade OG Kush Stoney Gummies, which contain a trio of active ingredients in the form of THC, CBD, and Delta-8 for a total of 10mg of cannabinoids per piece.

When it comes to edibles, things have to be done a bit differently in Florida. As a measure intended to prevent underage consumption, cannabis edibles are not allowed to contain any added colors. Fortunately, MÜV™ Medical Cannabis Dispensary from Colorado’s Wana Brands has risen to the challenge with a trio of effect-specific soft chews (Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, 1:1) that adhere to all guidelines without sacrificing an iota of quality when it comes to flavor and experience. See for yourself by grabbing a pack of MÜV’s Hybrid Watermelon Soft Chews (10mg THC each).

Sometimes there is simply no substitute for fudge. In the case of Freedom Fudgies, prepare to enjoy the equivalent of a super-infused Tootsie Roll courtesy of Illinois’ Revolution Cannabis. Sold in two-packs (50mg a piece) tailored to feature either Sativa or Indica effects, Freedom Fudgies represent a potent, delicious new entry into the pantheon of superb chocolate-indebted cannabis treats. Awarded third place in the “Best Edibles” category at the 2020 High Times Illinois Cannabis Cup, this organic, non-GMO, gluten free goodie is some truly chronic chocolate.

Sure, sugar is great, but what if you’re looking to put your calorie count on pause when it comes to getting stoned? Michigan’s Stillwater Brands has an answer in the form of Ripple: a water-soluble, powered form of THC and CBD that makes dosing on the go a breeze. Available in multiple formulas (Pure, Balance, and Relief) and in a trio of formats (gummies, quick sticks, and powder packets), Ripple can be added to tea, smoothies, or taken directly on the tongue. Offering the ability to consume discreetly while also steering clear of sugar, it’s understandable that Stillwater’s Ripple is starting to make waves.

Zack Ruskin is a freelance cannabis and culture reporter. His other bylines include the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nib, Vanity Fair, California Leaf Magazine and Variety. Follow him on Twitter: @zackruskin.