?I love cannabis farmer's markets. Every time I attend one -- and there are at least three now active in the Puget Sound area -- I find something worthwhile. The Puffless Productions table was one of the best discoveries at the recent inaugural Northwest Cannabis Market in White Center.
Meet Puffless the red-eyed dragon.
Puffless Productions has a lot going for it. There's the name, of course -- and it's perfect for a place that prepares cannabis edibles.
Then there's the cool green dragon with the red bloodshot eyes on the label. There's the fact that Puffless puts the exact amount of cannabis in each item, right on the label, so it's easier to control dosage. Add the "Born On" dates they put on all their stuff, and they've got freshness covered, as well -- no longer do you have to wonder how long a food item has been sitting there on the shelf.
Puffless had a table full of tempting treats, everything from Caramel Walnut Brownies (0.3 grams of cannabis, absolutely not to be missed) to THC Tabs (a total of 0.7 grams cannabis in six tabs, and three will do the trick). Along with all the edibles were some drinkables -- cannabis sodas in various flavors for $7 each.
Cola was one of the flavors available, and as a Coca-Cola fan my eyes were drawn to it. Last time I tried a cannabis cola, the results were less than satisfactory; the flavor definitely needed more work. But this time, once I got back home with my Puffless Cola and had it well-chilled, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. At worst, it was comparable to one of the discount store-brand colas, with one important and positive difference -- I could taste weed in it (let me reiterate that, for me at least, the taste of marijuana is a good thing).
One thing Puffless has definitely done right in making this cola is using 100 percent natural sugar, rather than any of that high-fructose corn syrup nonsense. This pays off with superior flavor than would otherwise have been the case, much as it does with those real-sugar Mexican Cokes you can buy at Walgreen's.
I guzzled my Puffless Cola, on an empty stomach, over a period of about 15 minutes, to maximize the effects. As expected, a noticeable head buzz started about 45 minutes after finishing the drink, with the initial onset feeling like an energetic sativa, gradually transmuting into a more zombified, sleepy second half that was conducive to rest.
Puffless products are available each weekend at the Northwest Cannabis Market, 9640 16th Avenue SW, Seattle (White Center). You'll need a Washington ID and medical marijuana authorization to come inside.
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Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor and humor.