The Clever Root

Spring 2018

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7 8 | t h e c l e v e r r o o t CANNABIS REVIEWS RACHEL'S Roundup Edibles OLEO INSTANT COCONUT WATER Perfect for the on-the-go CBD-user, Oleo makes infusions super simple with a compact instant coconut water pouch that mixes seamlessly in water, prov- ing that cannabinoids can be water soluble. The brand uses proprietary techniques to emulsify hemp-derived isolate with a binding agent, which is then dried into a fine powder that enables rapid bioavailability (easier for your body to access the cannabinoids) when mixed with water. On the palate, the result is a smooth sipping, slightly sweet coconut water that tastes just like the fancy boxed stuff you buy in a grocery store. In terms of cannabis innovation, this product wins big on both making CBD accessible and easy to dose (each pouch packs 25 mg of CBD), and also impresses with its technology, as oil-based products don't always offer great real-life applications. 93 AKANA WESTING ALMOND BUTTER There may be few greater indulgences in life than a lazy Sunday wake and bake, but for those of you who choose tasting over toking, this spreadable edible might just be the solution you've been looking for. Lightly sweet with a touch of honey and cinna- mon and a subtle, but distinctive, "green" undertone, this almond butter has an authentic real-food flavor that's perfect to slather onto your morning toast, but at a dosage of 25 mg per tablespoon, beginners beware: Be ready to have a non-medicated butter to finish your dish. 91 NONNIE'S NECTAR CBD SOFTGELLS It doesn't get much easier than taking your CBD in pill format, and available in 10 mg or 25mg doses per capsule, this product allows users to fine-tune their preferred dosage to manage pain and anxiety throughout the day. While Nonnie's Nectar CBD is technically classified as industrial hemp, the cannabinoids in this product are derived from high-CBD strains cross-bred for generations, resulting in a strain that has greater efficacy via the entourage effect. It's the perfect starter product for a growing generation of canna-curious consumers looking to replace pharmaceuticals with effective natural solutions. 92 There's a whole new world of cannabis products out there, and at The Clever Root, we believe that knowledge is power. This month, you'll find a hand- selected variety of products, including a special focus on CBD—also known as cannabidiol, the cannabinoid responsible for many of the medicinal qualities of marijuana. Scoring criteria will be as follows: 98-100 A true classic in its category 95-97 Outstanding flavor and expression of category 91-94 Excellent flavor and expression of category 88-91 Very good flavor and expression of category 84-87 Above Average flavor and expression of category 80-83 Average flavor and expression of category BACEAE CHOCOLATE TART This line of craft cannabis edibles is not only gorgeously packaged, but produced using high-end ingredients, result- ing in a delicious line of confections that even the most stylish cannabis consumer would approve of. From the brand's "experience" line, the chocolate tart made from an oat-almond crust with 66% cacao dark chocolate and topped with dried raspberries is an indulgent CBD dream, and manages to taste both healthy and indulgent at once. At 10 mg CBD per serving, this bon bon is the perfect pre-bedtime bite. 94

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