Anyone who knows me knows I love CBD, so to help my dear readers while staying true to myself, I decided to work on expanding my variety of CBD edibles. After checking out Reddit's recommendations of the best edibles provided by local dispensaries, the consensus seemed to be the Verdes Foundation. I drove over to the tucked-away location looking for some solace following a very stressful visit to the mechanic's.
As I ventured into the small, modern office space that Verdes occupies in the North Valley, I took note of a small, lovely xeriscaped garden that was just beginning to bloom. I followed an elderly couple into the office and was startled by how full it was. Rachel, the associate who helped me, was very direct and helpful in a way that I haven't encountered at a dispensary before: She asked me what condition I had and what I needed. Typically the service people at dispensaries just explain the difference between indica and sativa rather than personalizing the service. Rachel wanted to address my needs as a patient rather than as a customer.
I explained the symptoms I experience, what I've found that helps me and that I was looking for an edible in particular. She walked me over to the edibles display and offered me an array of choices and, since I'm trying to stay away from sugar, I opted for the CBD tincture called Bud Nectar made with Charlotte's Web (THC: 16.0mg, CBD: 250mg, $34), a strain that was popularized after Dr. Sanjay Gupta featured the child Charlotte Figi in his CNN documentary series. Figi suffered from a severe and rare form of epilepsy that was made mild after consuming this particular strain of cannabis. Rachel told me the tincture was based in coconut oil so I could mix it into food or drinks easily or just have a few drops to half a dropperful directly into my mouth; like all dosages with medicinal cannabis, the amount depends on the patient.
The effects were most notable when added to coffee. While I love coffee for many reasons, it can increase my anxiety whenever I'm already in a restless state. So if I don't have enough energy (or just need something delicious and warm in the morning) but am also anxious, I have quite the conundrum to deal with: Be awake but jumpy and anxious or be tired and useless. When I mixed it with my coffee, I got my normal caffeine high but I was still relaxed—I was able to tackle my daily work without trying to simultaneously calm myself. The product added a slight herbal musk that medical cannabis patients are familiar with, but it wasn't actually noticeable unless my nose was in my cup.