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2023 California Edibles Special

The state's top THC-infused treats from our annual Edibles Special.


Ray’s Lemonade
Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Citrus Kush, Pineapple Lemonade, Mango Lemonade

Tom Bowers

They don’t call it “Sunshine in a Bottle” for nothing – Ray’s Lemonade is the perfect sipper to pour over ice with some seltzer and settle in for a sesh. No wonder they’ve made a citrus-soaked splash in multiple states. 

Now available in five refreshing flavors – standard Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Citrus Kush, Pineapple Lemonade and Mango Lemonade – these are super easy to drink, so take a bit of caution. Or don’t. We loved all five flavors, but the OG Lemonade and the Strawberry Lemonade were our favorites. 

100mg THC per 1.75fl oz bottle

Maison Bloom
Elevated Seltzers
Strawberry Provençal & Lemongrass, Watermelon & Pink Peppercorn, Pȇche & Wild Honeysuckle, and Stone Fruit & French Vanilla

Tom Bowers

San Francisco-based Maison Bloom’s Elevated Seltzers are just that – they match inspired flavor combinations with low-dose formulations, and in doing so, create the perfect seltzers for pairing with gourmet bites, or mixing into cocktails or mocktails.

All of the flavors were refreshingly delicious, so it was hard to pick a favorite. Luckily, with the variety four-pack, you don’t have to – but the Watermelon & Pink Peppercorn takes the cake for the most inventive and deserving of the “Elevated” title. 

3mg THC & 7mg CBD per bottle

Mari y Juana Beverages Co
Guava Soft Drink

Tom Bowers

We love the Mexico-by-way-of-California brand Mari y Juana and we’ve been fans of their sodas for a while now. We had the chance to sample their Guava Soft Drink out of its spiffy new 50mg THC cans and can confirm that it’s a perfect package for the bubbly elixir inside. The potency is a significant increase from previous iterations of their beverages, which were all 10mg per serving. These new super-potent cans will be perfect for those with a high tolerance, or for people who want an intense, fizzy lift – without having to crack a second can. 

50mg THC per can


Ya Hemi
Top Flight Berry and Sour Watermelon Gummies

Tom Bowers

The brainchild of Armani White, AKA Godholly, partnered with Karl Silveira, the Ya Hemi brand brings a cartoony, traditional-market aesthetic to its lineup of flower and edibles. The brand’s gummies are a sleeper hit coming out of the prolific kitchen at Natura in Sacramento, which produces a significant number of in-house and collaborative, white-label California brands with attention to consistency and quality. 

We were loving Ya Hemi’s Top Flight Berry (a play on their flower line, Top Flight Jerry) and the Sour Watermelon flavor, both of which featured the perfect amount of zip to accompany the kick.

10mg THC per gummy | 100mg THC per pack

Shaman Snacks
Mixed Berry Blast Gummies with Sugar Bits

Tom Bowers

Shaman has a stellar reputation for quality products and we’ve been a fan of their extracts at the Leaf for some time. Their line of edibles is no exception to this rule, and the delicious gummies they offer complete their set in magical fashion.

We got our hands on the Mixed Berry Blast flavor – enjoying the live resin-infused morsels that put a spin on the traditional gummy, especially the crunchy pops of sugary sweetness. Shaman offers an array of other flavors, including Sour Green Apple, Juicy Pineapple and Sour Blue Raspberry.  

10mg THC per gummy | 100mg THC per pack

Live Rosin Gummies
Summer Mango, Wild Strawberry and Heirloom Peach

Tom Bowers

After spending years at the top of the list of pioneers in the vaporizer and cartridge pod space, legendary tech brand PAX has now entered the edibles chat.

Their line of Live Rosin gummies brings delicious fruit flavors packed with weedy goodness, and wrapped up in futuristic-looking translucent mylars. With just enough Cannabis flavor to satisfy the head in all of us, these scrumptious squares do the trick – and do so deliciously. 

10mg per gummy | 100mg per pack

Dee Thai Gummies
Grape, Papaya, Thai Coconut, Thai Banana, Jackfruit and Mangosteen

Tom Bowers

With each exotic flavor they produce, Dee Thai transports you to a tropical Asian oasis. One of the OG house brands coming out of Natura’s Willy Wonka-esque facility in Sacramento, this gummy brand just hits different. It’s the brainchild of the company’s thought leader and dot-connector extraordinaire, Josh Schmidt, for whom Thailand is a second home. You can taste the love and dedication in these gummies. Each flavor we’ve had is a hit. What’s even cooler? They’re each a collaboration with a different legendary brand. 

Everyone has a favorite, but for us, the Thai Coconut collab with Your Highness is a runaway favorite of the 2023 releases – with a creamy coconut flavor that reminds us of eating the jelly-like flesh of a raw coconut from a roadside stand in Bangkok.  

10mg per gummy | 100mg per pack

Lola Holistic

Tom Bowers

Lola is a brand built with mindful intention, from the company’s holistic messaging down to the herbal blends that accompany the cannabinoid profiles in each gummy. 

Also coming out of the Natura facility in Sacramento, Lola is the inspired creation of René Dominguez – the company’s spiritual leader – as what he calls an “inspired interpretation” of the teachings of his Aunt Lola, who was a direct descendant in a lineage of 60 generations of female Toltec wisdom keepers. 

The resulting products are beautifully packaged and effective. We especially loved the Dream formulation, which helped soothe us during the insanity of press deadlines when creating this very edition of the Leaf. 

PMS Solution | 5mg THC & 5mg CBD per piece | 20 pieces per package
Focus | 2.5mg THC, 2.5mg THCV & 2.5mg CBG per piece | 20 pieces per package 
Dream | 5mg THC & 5mg CBN per piece | 20 pieces per package
ZFG | 10mg THC per piece | 20 pieces per package
Topical Balm | 250mg THC per package

Happy Fruit

Tom Bowers

Happy Fruit’s jelly-style gummy formulations pack a wallop, and do so with consistent, vibrant fruit flavor. 

We had the chance to sample nine different versions, and each one brought on the advertised effects in a significant way. The Watermelon Lifted Lemonade Sativa gummies were a standout – a couple of these before heading to dinner had us intensely pondering each succulent bite by the time we were halfway through the meal. Don’t sleep on this rising edibles brand … you won’t be disappointed. 

Available in various flavors and cannabinoid concentrations

Green Releaf Collection
Vegan Gummies

Tom Bowers

Green Releaf comes in strong with their straightforward, refreshing vegan gummies. Made without pectin, these cubes of fruit-infused goodness bring a therapeutic touch to the approach. We loved the Grape Lemonade formulation, which was a sweet take on a summertime flavor combo. A couple of these, and your worries fade away.

10mg THC per gummy | 100mg THC per package

Kanha Gummies

Tom Bowers

Available in California, as well as Massachusetts, Nevada and Colorado, one of the things that has always stood out to me about Kanha’s treats is the flavor and texture. Being a candy nerd, I’m constantly deciphering how chewy a gummy is, or if someone is using the same style of flavor as a classic confection. Kanha consistently has the kind of flavor that you would experience from a gummy you’d find at your local Co-Op – the kind made with real fruit juice. 

As one of the first brands on the market with a solid Cherry flavor, they’ve also impressed me with their Grape, Strawberry, Watermelon, Peach, Mango, Pineapple, Guava and Blue Raspberry flavors. They also released Acai Blueberry, Pink Lemonade, Cran-Pomegranate, Key Lime, Tangerine and Passionfruit, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of their wide assortment of varieties. 

For anyone needing relief, Kanha has a Ratio line that offers different concentrations of THC, CBD, CBN and even CBG. Their Nano line, which infuses gummies with cannabinoid particles smaller than a wavelength of light, boasts that they are the fastest acting edibles in the industry, taking effect in as little as five minutes. Though they are gluten free, you can also grab their Nano gummies in a vegan option which comes in Green Apple, Lemon or Blood Orange.

Some of the standout options we recommend are the standard Cherry in 10mg pieces, Cran-Pomegranate which comes in 5mg pieces perfect for snacking, or Blue Raspberry Tranquility with a triple threat of 5mg THC, CBD, and some CBN for rest. 

kanhatreats.com | @kanhatreats

Fizzy Dizzies 
Super Sour Sodas

Tom Bowers

These vegan, gluten-free gummies are full of the mouth-puckering sour and sweet flavor you’d find in popular gas station candies, but with an extra kick of 10mg of THC in each piece. Five fruity flavors – Peach, Blue Raspberry, Watermelon, Lemon and Strawberry – give you a whole range of flavors to try (or even bite in half to mix ‘em together). They have a nice, firm consistency and stay pretty dry in the bag.

Fizzy Dizzies also come in fruit flavors (without the sour), as well as classic soda varieties like Root Beer, Cream Soda and Cherry Cola. Launched in California earlier this year, Dizzies serves these tasty treats up alongside pre-rolls, bagged flower and smalls. 

10mg THC per piece | 100mg THC per bag
funwithdizzies.com | @dizziesfun


Next Level Edibles
Light Brown Sugar and Virgin Coconut Oil

Tom Bowers

The world of edibles is packed with fully realized treats and candies, but for those with more of a DIY aesthetic, Next Level crafts has infused ingredient lines so aspiring culinarians can make their own edibles at home.

The light brown sugar works great for a cookie recipe or scooped onto a bowl of piping hot steel cut oats, and the virgin coconut oil is great as a substitute for the non-infused version in your recipes. Keep your eye out for more from this patient-driven company as they R&D new products – including an upcoming line of infused cookie and brownie mixes. 

Brown Sugar | 3mg THC per teaspoon | 32 servings total
Virgin Coconut Oil | 108mg THC per jar | 24 servings total

Capsules, Ghee
Various potencies

Tom Bowers

With a distinctly traditional, medical approach to potency and formulation, Clarified makes products for Cannabis healing and therapy. Their Whole Plant capsules pack the most potency-per-dose of any product we sampled, with THC levels up to 80mg per cap – and they are unbelievably effective. 

These are for people who have high tolerance, or a powerful need for pain relief and appetite enhancement. The healing power of the plant lies within.


Gel Caps

Tom Bowers

The Huxleys gel-caps feel like they belong on a shelf in a CVS or Walgreens, and they’re more effective than a lot of the products you’ll find at those stores. In a true filled gel-cap form akin to a Nyquil gel-cap, these blend THC with the relaxative properties of CBD and CBN – making for a perfect dose to take about 30 minutes before bedtime on those nights when you know you might need a little help drifting off to dreamland. 

5mg CBN, 5mg CBD & 5mg THC per capsule | 50 capsules per bottle

Aroma Culinary
Hot Sauce, Barbecue Sauce, Olive Oil

Tom Bowers

For those all-infused, euphoria-inducing meal sessions where absolutely every piece needs to bring an added benefit, Aroma Culinary’s line of sauces and oils comes in for the win. Created by Brooklyn Chef Leighton Murdock, the hot sauce brings a mild to medium amount of heat to supplement a rice dish or to drizzle over popcorn, while the barbecue sauce offers a rounded blend of sweetness, smoke and a hint of spice. The olive oil would be good for a finishing drizzle over salad, or a warm dish when you want to add an infused kick. 



Maple Melts

Tom Bowers

MOCA does things a little differently. They grow premium indoor in Humboldt County, America’s sungrown Cannabis capital. They drop a new flower strain every week, rather than rely on a core set of proven products. They make classic bubble hash when the world is focusing on rosin. They were even the first company to win the top award for Cannabis flower at the California State Fair – which means they were the first to win that award at a state fair anywhere. Ever. 

Yep, they choose to do things differently, and they do it all exceedingly well. That’s why we were stoked when they told us they were coming out with a new line of edibles based on a traditional New England confection, the Maple Melt. These infused bites of maple candy truly melt in your mouth in a wash of sweet bliss. It’s a delicious departure from the rest of the edibles field, and would make a perfect accompaniment to a holiday celebration. Keep your eyes peeled for these new treats at retail shops, and don’t sleep on their weekly flower drops if you’re looking for new heat.

10mg THC per piece | 100mg THC per bag

Last Bite Cannabis Infused Chocolate-Filled Mini Sugar Cones

Tom Bowers

Since it exploded on the scene with its crisp branding and penchant for throwing lavish industry soirees, Gelato has become a brand synonymous with having a good time. So it makes sense that in addition to convenient disposable vape carts, concentrates and packaged flower, they have a full lineup of top-shelf treats for everyone’s sweet tooth. 

For us, what really sets Gelato apart is their Last Bite infused sugar cones, filled with a variety of flavors of white and milk chocolate. We’ve always had a weakness for the sweet crunch of a sugar cone, especially when filled with chocolate. You know the last mouth-watering bite of a Drumstick-brand ice cream cone? These are just like that. Consider it a perfectly dank dessert. 

10mg THC per cone | 100mg THC per package

Photos by @cannabombtom

This article was originally published in the December 2023 issue of California Leaf.

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