As Cannabis consumption becomes more openly accepted in everyday culture, we’re seeing more refined edibles appearing for the highly-educated community – including this Peppermint Cold Brew by the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in little Rhode Island. For those who may not be privy to the latest caffeinated innovations, cold brew coffee is usually made by steeping coffee in water for a number of hours at cold temperature, making it stronger and more concentrated. Add THC extract to this café confection and you have a winning combination of zingy and mellow, with psychoactive effects that are well balanced.
This particular canna brew is spiked with a strong peppermint flavor, making it a good seasonal choice in the holiday and winter months. Peppermint is actually a hybrid blend of the watermint and spearmint plants, said to improve the flow of bile in the stomach – helping with indigestion. With chemical components of limonene, beta-pinene and beta-caryophyllene, peppermint is one of the most terpene-rich ingredients that can be used in edibles. This also makes it incredibly potent and can be overpowering for those with a more muted palate – a warning to anyone who does not enjoy a strong minty kick.
The packaging is quite interesting and rustic. An aluminum coffee canister with a child-proof “push and twist” top that could easily be refilled with your favorite drink and reused. This recycling ability is a wonderful added bonus and it’s really cool to see a dispensary product without a ton of unnecessary packaging.
The effects of this liquid edible are fast-acting and strong. Typically, beverages will absorb in the body very quickly, which means that fewer and smaller doses are required to attain psychoactive and healing benefits. In fact, recent studies show that ingested water appears in plasma and blood cells as soon as five minutes after ingestion. My suggestion is to take the dosing very slow and listen to your body before increasing the amount. At 50mg of THC in each container, this is not the most potent edible, but the coffee and peppermint are other factors to consider. Pro tip: A splash of this product in a morning coffee is a great way to start your day.
This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue of Northeast Leaf.
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