Dragon Elixir Overview:
Dragon Elixir is a natural botanical company that uses known medicinal herbs, cannabis included, to create products that heal the body rather than simply treating the symptoms. They have a background in holistic health and graphic design, leading to a product that works really well to boost your immune system along with professional packaging. The final product tastes great, you can tell the dedication the company has to their products.
Accessing Dragon Elixir:
Dragon Elixir’s products are carried in a number of Toronto dispensaries. Dragon Elixir products are available in CALM, Canna-Connoisseurs, Canadian Bud Dispensary, and CannaVitae. The Cannabis Culture on Church also carries their products. When going for a specific product, I always recommend calling beforehand to ensure that it will be available. Dragon Elixir is always looking to expand the number of dispensaries carrying their products. If you would like to carry Dragon Elixir products, contact them through their website, Facebook or instagram.
Dragon Elixir Pricing & Selection:
Dragon Elixir produces four cannabis-infused and one topical rub. Each product has been created to alleviate specific health issues and help with the root cause of the problem. The Elderberry elixir is formulated to help fight off cold and flu, the Breathe elixir gives you a way to consume cannabis, giving your lungs a break as well as having natural ingredients to restore and repair damaged lung tissue. Released in 2017, their Femme elixir infuses cannabis and other herbs that have been used for millennia to provide pain relief and treat common female reproductive problems. Each of these three products previously mentioned are infused with cannabinoids extracted from 7g of cannabis bud per 30ml bottle. They retail for $55 – $60/bottle, and contain approximately six, 4 dropper full servings. These are strong servings, but this will be discussed more in the effects section.
The fourth tincture currently on the Dragon Elixir menu is called Passion. This product works as an aphrodisiac and stimulates male libido by incorporating 15 exotic herbs know to promote sexual wellbeing. The Passion Elixir retails for $65 – $70 per 30ml bottle, and containing cannabinoids extracted from 5.5 grams of medical marijuana. This elixir contains approximately 10 servings of 3 droppers full each. Because this formula focuses on enhancing libido, less cannabis is used in order to complement and not overpower the stimulating effects from the other herbs, where cannabis functions more as a mood and pleasure enhancer.
While helping with a dispensary launch, Dragon Elixir was requested to create a cannabis topical due to patient interest. This led to Dragon Elixir’s all-natural Wintergreen Dragon Rub, infused with wintergreen and rosemary essential oils, two ingredients great as an antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory. These products can really help with soar muscles & joints. The Wintergreen Dragon Rub comes in a 1oz tin, incorporating cannabis-infused coconut oil, infused with cannabinoids extracted from 2 grams of cannabis and retails for $20.
Unique to Dragon Elixir:
Dragon Elixir launched a couple of years ago in Toronto, when the cannabis market just started getting flooded with different infused products. Most of the edible products entering the market were sugary medicated treats, which can impair the immune system. Few producers seemed to be focusing on tinctures, an ethanol (drinking alcohol) extraction, that can have more medical benefits. As edible and concentrate companies continued to improve their processes, Dragon Elixir saw few companies improving and presenting tinctures in an innovative way.
With their background in graphic design, cannabis and holistic health, Dragon Elixir saw lots of room for improvement amongst tincture products. They wanted to reinvent the cannabis tincture, and so, decided to reintroduce the idea of cannabis elixirs which are sweeter and more concentrated than tinctures.
With most people in the industry looking forward, Dragon Elixir was surprised to see how few people were looking back at the historic uses of cannabis. Previously cannabis infused tinctures, had been used as cough and cold syrups for decades. With this in mind and knowing how rough it can be to smoke when you have a cold or cough, Dragon Elixir came up with their first formula, the Elderberry elixir. The Elderberry formula contains concentrated cannabis tincture, real organic elderberry purée, echinacea, elderflower, and raw wildflower & clover honey are added for sweetness. These ingredients in the Elderberry elixir not only medicate you, removing the smoking element, but also help you recover from your cold and/or flu. Elderberry naturally combats the influenza virus and studies show that Echinacea can reduce the length of your sickness and protect your immune system.
All Dragon Elixir products were created to help alleviate the root cause of certain health issues, instead of just solely alleviating the symptoms. Most cannabis infused products being sold, only contained cannabis as their medical ingredient. Dragon Elixir products include a number of natural medical botanicals, with cannabis being just one of the many long-used medicinal herb included. These ingredients are not only highly beneficial, but also appeal their product to a larger market. There can be a large stigma preventing non-cannabis consumers from trying cannabis infused products. By combining cannabis with other natural medicinal herbs that the public are more receptive to, it helps them see cannabis as just another natural and beneficial herb. For patients already familiar with cannabis, it is always beneficial having other medicinal herbs with known health benefits on your side, to receive more health benefits.
Dragon Elixir also focuses strongly on packaging, branding, and marketing. They did a great job of creating a professional, visually appealing product that is discrete enough, to be consumed in public comfortably. Each bottle comes labeled with ingredients, recommended dose, suggested uses, and amount infused “We may be a craft cannabis company, but that doesn’t mean our products should look hand-crafted.” – Dragon Elixir
Dragon Elixir Elderberry Taste:
Right away when I first tasted the Dragon Elixir Elderberry, I was surprised by how nicely it tasted. This was without any mixing or dilution. Being an alcohol extraction (tincture) with 7 grams of cannabis per bottle I expected one of these flavours to be overpowering. I was amazed with how good it tasted. The first thing I tasted was honey, giving off a sweet flavour, followed quickly by a berry taste from the elderberry chunks. The concentrated elixir was very enjoyable, with alcohol not providing any real taste. As I swallowed the elixir, the alcohol created a slight burning sensation on your throat that isn’t very strong or unpleasant.
Dragon Elixir Elderberry Effects:
For quickest onset of medical effects, it is recommended to use the eye-dropper to place the Dragon Elixir under your tongue and keep it there for 30 – 60 seconds. (for sublingual absorption) The elixir slowly sneaks out from under your tongue, reaching your taste buds, bring sweet elderberry and honey flavours. The effects quickly settle in, within 5 – 10 minutes you should start to feel the effects. All of the Dragon Elixir products contain anywhere from 2 – 5 strains mixed together in the infusion. This gives the elixirs a wider cannabinoid profile, rather than having the effects and benefits of just a singular strain. The Elderberry elixir’s medicating effects last longer than expected. Most cannabis beverages are short acting and last less than 2 hours, but the Elderberry elixir providing strong effects for over 2.5 hours.
The first noticeable effects after consuming two droppers full were mental relaxation and haziness. With the recommended dosage being 4 droppers full, and being a regular cannabis consumer, I was caught off guard with how strong the effects were. My body was relaxed, which is very useful when recovering from being sick. You want to be able to lay in bed, relax and catch up on your sleep. I also noticed a lot of mental haziness making it hard to focus on my task at hand. My throat was only slightly sore so I was still trying to be productive as I tested this product.
Medical Effect of the Dragon Elixir Elderberry:
When testing the Dragon Elixir Elderberry, I had had a soar throat for two days prior in the morning that wore off through out the day. The day of testing was the same, soar throat in the morning and in the afternoon I had two droppers of the elixir. The next morning, to my surprise, my throat was feeling fine. There wasn’t any soreness. I took a few days off from using the product because I was feeling fine. When the weekend came around, I was smoking and dabbing, which made my throat a little raspy. Fearing I was coming down with something, the next day when I had a dropper full of the Elderberry elixir while I was smoking. The next day my throat felt fine, no raspiness. This product works very well at helping improve your immune system and providing a healthy alternative to smoking when you are sick. This product is a must have in your medicine cabinet to pull out when you aren’t feeling your best.