While edibles are still a grey market in Canada until they are legalized later this year, that hasn’t stopped companies from creating products in the meantime.
One of those companies is Dank D’lights, which has created a line of gourmet truffles infused with cannabis distillate.
Greencamp was given an assorted box of 10 truffles with four different flavours – coconut cream, french vanilla hazelnut, salted caramel and white chocolate mocha – to test out.
Each truffle has 10 milligrams (mg) of CO2 extracted cannabis distillate that contains around 90-95 per cent of THC, according to company CEO Doug Vidic.
Vidic explained to Greencamp that they chose to go with distillate due to its “purity” and the lack of a cannabis taste.
“We use CO2 extracted distillate, which is a lot cleaner than the alternatives, like ethanol or butane,” Vidic said. “If you use shatter or cannabutter you get a bitter weed taste out of it, whereas distillate is almost flavourless.”
Vidic also said that it is easier to get an accurate measurement of THC with distillate.
I sampled the french vanilla hazelnut and can attest that there is very little to no cannabis taste in it. It had a very smooth, rich flavour, with a hint of coffee, which Vidic says is because the flavour is derived from french vanilla coffee.
I began with half of one piece and waited an hour, then took the rest.
Edibles pose a different risk than smoking cannabis since it can take some time for the effects to be felt, which can cause issues in dosing.
Vidic recommends to wait for the effects to come in and if that’s not enough then to try another, though he admits that because the products are tasty people have the urge to take a few, which he says can “get dangerous pretty quick.”
In my experience, I would recommend to wait an hour and a half before taking more. I waited an hour after taking one half and felt then I could take more, but the effects of a whole piece were very strong for myself, though I must admit I am likely a cannabis lightweight compared to others.
Vidik has envisioned the truffles to be an after dinner treat with friends, and says that interest has been in an older demographic that is above 50 years old.
Health Canada recommended in February for the upcoming laws for edibles to be portioned in individual 10 mg packages, so Dank D’lights is on the right track making each piece that dosage.
One provision that may come into effect is that each piece will have to be packaged individually, which Vidic explained would cause the company to change their current packaging, a sleek black box that is similar to most high end chocolate packaging (think Valentine’s day).
The proposed law could also result in higher prices for consumers given the greater amount of packaging.
“If you have to package every 10 mg piece, it does add to your cost,” Vidic said. “We don’t want to spend half of [our] product on packaging and distribution versus the actual product.”
Vidic has given his input to the Canadian government concerning the law recommendations, which are set to be finalized in October. He added that he is in talks with a licensed producer, and that the truffles may soon be distributed nationwide.