Well, that cannabis holiday with Marin, CA origins is almost upon us. Yes, it’s nearly April 20, also known as 420—the day that people celebrate marijuana. And why not? This plant has a lot to offer, including helping us ease insomnia, anxiety, stress, PMS and a whole lot more.
I asked a few of my fellow HelloMD staff members for their 420 product picks. If you’ve got the day off and are looking to celebrate, try one of these cannabis goods to elevate your day.
No one really knows where the hybrid strain Chemdawg came from. Chemdawg is known for its strong aroma and for imparting a powerful head and body high. This one may not be the best choice for cannabis newbies, but consumers report it’s great for easing the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and chronic pain.
Ryan G., customer service specialist: “Nothing screams 420 to me more than having a plethora of flower and a whole bunch of friends to share it with. Dabs may be a little too intense to be out and about, while vape pens aren’t as fun to share. I find the process of breaking down the cannabis and rolling it myself to be very therapeutic. I also enjoy trying to be creative and rolling braided joints, cross joints, extra fat blunts and fun things like that.
“For this particular day, I will be filling my joints and blunts with Chemdawg from Be Kind. It’s the perfect hybrid because it gives you the energy you need to get you through the day, without getting anxious. The onset is immediate and very heavy. One minute you’re lighting the joint, the next minute you’re feeling the full effects. This strain works for any setting, but the novice cannabis consumer should be very careful to not overindulge.”
A truly tasty way to consume cannabis, these wild strawberry and organic milk chocolate confections from Satori are a great way to microdose marijuana, allowing you to control how much cannabis you consume. Made with organic, hand-picked strawberries and cannabis oil from Absolute Xtracts, it’s no wonder why these are a favorite among the HelloMD staff.
Veronica B., customer service specialist: “My 420 pick is Satori’s wild strawberries in organic milk chocolate. Satori covers small pieces of strawberries with cannabis-infused chocolate providing approximately 3 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per piece. The tiny candies make this the perfect product for microdosing, which may be necessary if you plan on consuming cannabis all day long. The combination of chocolate and strawberries easily conceals any cannabis taste, but you’ll immediately notice the flavor from the fresh fruit.
“I love chocolate-covered strawberries for special occasions, so whenever I eat this marijuana edible, it feels like a celebration. And 420 is a reason to celebrate cannabis.
“If you’re new to cannabis, you can take one small piece and consume more as needed until you’ve reached desired effects, but please consume with caution. The delicious taste may make you forget that you’re eating a cannabis-infused edible. But if you have a high tolerance for THC like me, don’t be surprised or feel guilty if you finish the entire box on this notable day.”
Gorilla Glue is an award-winning cannabis strain, which can trace its lineage back to several other strains. It imparts a heavy head and body high. Consumers report it boosts mood and increases social interactions. It’s also known to help with sinus issues, so many migraine sufferers pick Gorilla Glue as their strain of choice.
Bart S., customer service specialist: “If you’re a seasoned cannabis consumer, I’d recommend Gorilla Glue #4 for your 420 celebrations. Gorilla Glue #4 packs a powerful, quick-acting head high. One of the most psychoactive strains I’ve tried, it’s great for boosting your creativity and mood. And it works as well as cannabis can in social situations.
“Rolling a joint or blunt of the Gorilla Glue #4 flowers would be a fun way to bring back the nostalgia of earlier 420 celebrations as cartridges and dab rigs seem to have infiltrated the cannabis community.
“GG #4 is the epitome of an indica-dominant hybrid strain, and because of this I’d recommend waiting until you’re out and about before smoking this strain, as you may never leave the house and feel superglued to your couch. Once you make it out of the house and are with friends, then the mental boost will keep you going until the end of the day as your mind wanders toward positivity and calm.
“If you want to take a break from reality and experience the joy of 420 by getting a heavy-handed hybrid high, then load your bong with some GG #4 flowers as it will leave you satisfied and prepared for a restful night.”
Beboe is the new kid on the block when it comes to luxury cannabis products. The recently launched company offers vape pens and pastilles complete with quality ingredients in opulent packaging. It’s easy to see why people are turning to Beboe for an extra-special marijuana experience.
Melissa N., office manager: “My pick, and my most recent discovery, is the Beboe Pastilles. Dubbed the "Hermes of Marijuana" by The New York Times, everything Beboe makes is super fancy and high-end. The pastilles come in a white box with a rose gold-foiled design. I will admit: I’m a sucker for design, and rose gold is my favorite color. Opening the box reveals a slim, peach-colored tin and inside are the pastel-colored, diamond-shaped pastilles. One side is stamped with Beboe and the other side says 5 mg and has an upside-down heart
“Each pastille has 5 mg of sativa THC and 3 mg of cannabidiol (CBD), and contains a natural accelerant to speed up absorption. These are pretty fast-acting, and I feel the effects about 10–15 minutes after eating one. The consistency is similar to a kid's chewable vitamin. I like to let these dissolve like a lozenge. The taste is very similar to a sweet tart candy with a hint of cannabis. It leaves an apple aftertaste on my tongue.
“The Beboe Pastilles are my ideal cannabis product. Eating one really helps take the edge off when I’m stressed. I feel lighter, happier and still able to function. When I'm in a sour mood, this turns it right around. When I hit that afternoon slump after lunch, this is a perfect pick-me-up. I like how uplifted it makes me feel, while not making me feel stoned, and I can still go about my day like normal, but in a much better mood. If I could pick one word to describe how these make me feel, it would be … pleasant.”
If you like your cannabis edibles sweet, but don’t want to ingest a ton of sugar, these Plus Sour Watermelon Super Potent Sativa Gummies might be for you. They’re low calorie, all natural and kosher. And at only 5 mg of THC per piece, they let you control your marijuana consumption with ease.
Dmitry B., marketing videographer/editor: “One of my favorite products on the market is Plus gummies. I’m quite picky with edibles because of the amount of sugar and the taste of decarboxylated cannabis, and Plus gets a solid A-plus in every discipline.
“These Plus gummies taste like a fresh bite of juicy watermelon and leave your teeth free of plaque, thanks to the sweetener they use, xylitol. They’re dosed very smartly at 5 mg of THC per gummy, so they’ll work great for novice and experienced users alike. The effect gives you a good kick in motivation and creativity.
“But be careful to not over-enjoy these tasty gummies. Otherwise, they may put you in the sleepy mood. Onset is about 30 minutes after eating, and effects can last as long as two hours—maybe more.”
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