It is not uncommon when you read the goods at a pharmacy to get the good old-fashioned additional sales from your bidder. “Oh, do you like X?” they will say. “You have to try Y. I have some of this myself, and it’s the best!” After all, they are sellers.
Usually, as with most upselling situations, I politely wave the proposal away. But on a recent trip to the High Profile in Sunset Hills to pick up some flowers, I got a tip from the store employee that was too good to miss.
The man in question asked if I had tried any of the Keef-branded cannabis-infused sodas commonly found in most pharmacies. “Yes, I’ve got that kind of root beer,” I replied dismissively.
“No, but have you tried this specifically?” he asked, gesturing to a can of Purple Passion grape soda. I admitted that I did not have it and that was when he told me about a little secret.
You can see the regular Keef sodas (as opposed to the big ones) usually come in at around 25 milligrams of THC and that is the amount advertised on most pharmacy websites. But according to government regulations, the manufacturer must put a small sticker on the front of the can that reveals its actual THC content – and the latest batch of Purple Passion, which High Profile clocked in at a significantly higher 32 milligrams per liter. can.
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“When I saw that I was buying four four-packs just for myself,” my courier told me, his excitement was palpable.
So, never one who misses an appointment, I chose to give a can of Purple Passion a try. For $ 14 before tax, it was among the most expensive sodas I had ever bought, while at the same time being one of the cheapest things I have ever bought at a pharmacy.
Now, as mentioned, I had tried a Keef soda before: For my very first dispensary review, I bought one of their large 100 milligram root beers and got a root beer to flow out of it. As far as I remember, I lowered it all in about five minutes, after overestimating my tolerance for edible objects wildly, and ended up having to lie down for a while. But 32 milligrams seemed to me that it could be the sweet spot.
Keef has recently rolled out new reclosing mechanisms for their cans, to help with dosing and to allow consumers to save any beverage they do not immediately need for the next time. This comes in the form of a small piece of plastic that you jump and shoot up. I did not need such a device for this sampling as I fully intended to drink it all at once, but especially for their 100 milligram offer I can see that it is quite practical.
With the top of my pop leaping, I took a pull. The taste was damn delicious, a really good grape soda taste, super sweet and refreshing, with a noticeable weed aftertaste. I sipped it casually for half an hour or so, and would have gladly done so, even if it was not infused with THC – it’s a tasty soda.
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The high started kicking in after about half an hour. Keef uses all hybrid strains to make its sodas, to offer balanced effects and a bit of consistency from taste to taste. The drinks are named after the strain from which THC was extracted; accordingly, I did my research and knew that my drink was made using an indica-longing hybrid. Surprisingly, I found myself quite energetic after drinking it – an hour and a half later I realized I was up and clean and cleaning my house, which all those I share home with will attest is not my usual behavior. I was also talkative and chipper, relaxed but not rocky, and, as I said in my notes, “nice in the zone.” These things would be great for a party.
All in all, the feast lasted about two or three hours, leaving me with a strong hunger at the end (or maybe I just got an appetite with all that cleaning). I thought it was a wonderful experience from start to finish, sweet and sugary in all the right ways and phenomenal in effects. A sincere thank you to the High Profile bidder for a successful additional sale – damn good, sir.
And while I can not say definitively what difference the extra seven milligrams of THC could have made, I can say one thing for sure: I will definitely keep an eye on the number on the little stickers going forward.
Thomas K. Chimchards is RFT ‘s resident cannabis correspondent and alias gardens. Email him tips at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @TOMMYCHIMS.
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