Article by Toronto Life
When Justin Trudeau became Canada’s biggest legal drug dealer two years ago, edibles were still a hazy dream on the horizon. Then, last winter, when infused goodies were green-lit, red tape kept the selection scant and the supply scarce, but the category is booming now.
According to the OCS, between online and retail sales, Torontonians spent more than $4 million on edibles between January and June. In March alone (and we know what happened in March), the OCS sold twice as much product online as it did in February. People are looking for comfort during Covid, and it’s coming in the form of cannabis. The selection is expanding, too. Classic edibles—gummies, baked goods—are available alongside flavoured seltzers, after-dinner mints and even dried fruit. We tried every OCS treat on offer, plus a slew of grey-market ones, to find the most incredible edibles. It’s been a busy (if blurry) month.
Buzz Bearz’ Gummy Bear Party Pack
These filling-friendly gummy bears taste like haute Haribo, not weed. The handmade confections are a mix of real fruit juice, gelatin, organic cane sugar and—oh yeah—THC. The 20-bear baggie comes with five flavours: grape, apple, cherry–watermelon lemonade, piña colada and tropical punch. 10 mg THC each, distillate. Grey market, $25 at @buzzbearz
Everie’s Lavender Chamomile Tea
After steeping for four minutes, you’ll get a whiff of this tisane’s soporific effects before you take a single sip. If the soothing scents of lavender and chamomile don’t transport you to more halcyon times, the CBD will. 10 mg CBD indica-sativa hybrid. $18.95 for three bags at OCS.
Aurora Drift’s Peppermint Chillers
These lightly laced mints give you a warm buzz and cool breath. They might just be the pothead’s perfect post-meal digestif. Both the peppermint and spearmint breathsavers pack a minty jolt that mingles pleasantly with the lingering grass taste. 2 mg THC each, indica-sativa blend. $11.30 for five at OCS.
Kush Kitchen’s Cotton Candy
The Ex is on hiatus this year, but you can still enjoy a carnival treat. This ride begins with wisps of whipped sugar melting on your tongue into a sweet, sticky strawberry mess. The fluffy candy floss seems innocuous, but brace for a psychedelic roller coaster (and whatever you do, don’t hoover the
whole bag at once). 150 mg THC, indica. Grey market, $15 at Cafe.
San Rafael ’71’s Blaspberry
Is there really such a thing as a blue raspberry? Is blue a flavour or a colour? Why is the sky blue? These are just a few of the many questions you might ponder after scarfing a handful of these low-dose, tangy candies. 2.5 mg THC each, indica. $9.25 for four at OCS.
Rilaxe’s Dried Fruit
Hailing from the West Coast, these fruity treats are a favourite among health-conscious cannabis users craving an edible high minus the sugar rush. Now, with the government’s blessing, you can get your hands on doped drupes (apricots, cherries, mangoes) as well as cannabis-boosted strawberries and bananas. 10 mg THC per bag, distillate. $6.50 at OCS later this fall.