From time to time, I try a cannabis-infused food product that tastes so good and works so well, I must recalibrate my perceptions of what is possible in this exciting hotbed of culinary creativity. I had one of those experiences this week when I first tried Nutty Butter 100% Natural Honey Roasted Cannabis Infused Peanut Butter. I found the little four-ounce jar of Nutty Butter in the medibles case recently at Trees Collective (between Greenwood and Bitter Lake), and forgot about it for a few days. But when I did finally remember to try the stuff, I was blown away, in both the culinary and the cannabis senses of the phrase.
Nutty Butter has a thin consistency, as peanut butters go; in fact, with the jar I had, it was possible to pour it out of the jar and onto a piece of bread (you may want to stir it up before using to more effectively blend the oils and even out the consistency). An alluring scent of combined peanut butter and essence of weed wafted up as I spread the Nutty Butter on a piece of toast, and the first bite confirmed that this was the peanut butter I'd been waiting for all my life.
Let me put it this way. If Nutty Butter were a brand of peanut butter in the grocery store, it tastes good enough that it would be my preferred brand -- even if it didn't get you stoned. But get you medicated it assuredly does; each four-ounce jar of peanut butter contains, according to the label, "3 gs," which, I'm assuming means the equivalent of three grams of dried cannabis (more precise dosing information would be wonderful).
Be ready for a potent onset of Nutty Butter about 45 minutes to an hour after ingestion. I found two slices of toast generously covered with the peanut butter dosed me adequately, resulting in pain relief and pronounced sleepiness. Make it a bedtime snack and you can get hours of good rest.
The manufacturers, "Get Well Foods," (no address given), even tried to include "Nutrition Facts" on the label. I say "tried," because although something recognizable as nutrient information does appear on the label, it is so blurry as to be completely, absurdly unreadable. Hey Get Well Foods: Nutrient Information is a good idea, but having it so blurred as to be useless doesn't serve to help legitimize your product.
I found Nutty Butter Cannabis Infused Peanut Butter for $20 at Trees Collective, 10532 Greenwood Ave. N., telephone 953-9935. Washington ID and medical marijuana authorization are required.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.