Few people in the United States are going to look back on 2020 with fond memories. Even if you’ve been spared by COVID, the anxiety surrounding the economic struggles and election chaos has taken a toll on everyone.
Fortunately, living in Colorado, the cannabis industry was quickly deemed essential by the powers that be, and thus, the cannabis industry continued to press forward. But, not only did it continue, it flourished. Five new states legalized cannabis by ballot, and Colorado reported record cannabis sales for 2020.
Since my husband and I are cannabis patients, we were thankful for the essential designation, and since I work as a journalist covering the industry, the work must go on! Here are a few new cannabis products we tried this year and loved!
Top 6 New Cannabis Products I Tried in 2020
March 2020 Update — this article now only has 5 products. I mentioned a Delta-8 THC product at the end, but have recently retracted my support for these products, so I am no longer supporting ANY D8 product. To learn why I changed my stance read: I Stand Corrected — The Truth about Delta 8 THC
Coda Signature Fruit Notes
Coda Signature has always been one of my favorite cannabis edibles companies. In fact, I rank them the best edible in the state of Colorado. Their chocolates are beyond divine, and I’m a self-proclaimed chocolate snob. Yet, this year… Coda Signature knocked my socks off again… and this time with a new line of gummies.
Fruit Notes by Coda Signature are super soft, fresh fruit gummies with unexpected flavor profiles that absolutely delight your taste buds. They have flavors like Mango & Chile Lime, Cherry & Sasparilla, Pineapple & Jalapeno, and many others. All-natural, gluten-free, and vegan, these are genuinely the guilt-free sweet treat you’ve craving. Available in different THC:CBD ratios, I use the 1:1 combo for a genuinely functional level of relaxation and de-stressing.
Seed & Smith Dart
I stopped using vape pens a couple of years ago. I just couldn’t find one I really liked that didn’t use additives like PG (polypropylene glycol). After watching both of my parents die from lung cancer, I am finicky about the products I put in my lungs. Frankly, few vape pens, pods, or cartridges lived up to my standards. But a few weeks ago, we were introduced to the Seed & Smith Dart.
First, you can’t help but love the little pods that look like Darth Vader’s helmet. They hold 500mg of either a live resin or a THC distillate with reintroduced terps. Now, I typically shy away from distillates because I prefer the healing power of a full-spectrum. However, the distillates were flavorful and didn’t produce any of the typical adverse effects from vape cartridges, like burning throat or nasty chemical flavors.
The battery itself holds a charge for quite some time, and the draw is smooth. Best of all, the discreet little device produces impressive billows of vapor.
I’ve only found a couple of drawbacks so far. First, the pods are not printed with the strain, and they are easy to get mixed up if you get more than one. **I stand corrected. Seed & STEM’s PR rep reached out to me today and low and behold, on the back of the tin container they come in, are two tiny little stickers that you can use to label the cartridge! Amazing!
Secondly, while the shape fits great in your hand, use caution when putting it in a pocket. I lost mine when it accidentally slipped out of my coat pocket, getting into our Jeep.
Relatively new to the game, I sought out Wyld cannabis products in Pueblo simply because their logo is deer antlers. I know, it’s a ridiculous reason… but hey, credit where credit is due. I live in the country, I like deer, and I love these gummies!
Unlike the Coda Signature gummies, these gummies have a soft, creamy texture. These are only available on the recreational side of the market, so dosing is limited to 100mg per package, making them a little pricey for medical patients, but a few times a year, they are a great change of pace.
GPen Connect by Grenco Science
Without question, this is my most favorite product we’ve discovered this year. You can review what I said about the GPen Connect by Grenco Science in an earlier blog, but now, after a year of use, I’d like to provide a few additional comments.
First, we are still on the first coil, and this thing is still running like a champ. The battery seems to be losing a little steam, as it needs to be charged about every other day now, but all in all — this is the best electronic nail I’ve ever used.
One little downside — it wastes product. Unfortunately, the melted product can and does drip through the device like reclaim. This makes it necessary to clean your rig relatively often to clean out the sludge, and it means that the product is lost as it drains through the coil.
So this was an unexpected birthday present I received out of the blue this year. Storage is so incredibly important for cannabis consumers. Left out, cannabis loses terpenes, and cannabinoids can oxidize over time and actually change. Exposed to air and sunlight, THC will convert to CBN, so proper storage is critical unless you want all your flower to be sedative.
The CanLock provides effective, affordable vacuum-tight storage to protect your bud, savor the flavors and the aromas. Available in several patterns and sizes, there’s one to suit nearly everyone’s needs. Keep your buds fresh and the odor concealed with a CanLock.
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