Atlas’ Cannabis-Infused Gourmet Granola bar makes for a worthy pre-hike snack.
IN REVIEW: Atlas Edibles has always been known for their catalog of healthy highs, and this new take on an old classic is no different. It’s a ganja-filled, gluten and dairy-free granola bar built for the trail, and the balanced effects will help you power through and find beauty in the little things. So if you prefer snacks that don’t set you back and getting a little high on your hike, check out this 1:1 bar with 5mg of both THC and CBD for reliable energy and an uplifting mood boost.
Atlas has introduced a lemon, blueberry, and almond granola bar that also contains 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD. The mouthfeel is excellent, and it doesn’t get stuck in your teeth like so many other medicated granola bars. Though as someone who enjoys all citrus, even I found the lemon zest to be a little overpowering, and the blueberry and almond can unfortunately get lost. But if you don’t like the taste of cannabis in your edibles, you’ll be happy to find out that you get no hint of the full-spectrum rosin here.
“I wasn’t so much jogging through nature as I was becoming a part of nature itself. ”
I sampled this trail bar at around sunrise, right before leaving the house for an early morning hike. I enjoyed it with a mug of coffee on the patio—and that was essentially my breakfast. What I was looking for was a jolt of energy to get me on my way. The onset was quick for me, and it hit me after about a half an hour. It took hold as I arrived at a nearby trailhead inhabited by other hikers, bikers, and the occasional horse. On this day I encountered all three.
The effects of this bar were such that I felt focused and playful. I pretended to dive out of the way in a really dramatic fashion each time I’d see bicyclists turn the corner. This seemed to be funny only to myself and maybe one other bike rider. At any rate, I was rewarded for that quality prank with an unexpected pony encounter. Or at least I think it was a pony. It was basically a horse that was short and stocky, and I could probably wrap my arms around the little fella if it were a perfect world and its owner would have allowed me to showcase such affection. I settled for a light pet, which, let me tell you, is a big thumbs up when you’re high. Definitely pet a small horse high if you can. I bet they know you’re high, and then you can share a secret together that will stand the test of time.
Clearly this was a high that was chock-full of good vibes. Soon after my pony encounter I felt like I had animated birds following me around, and that they were each pointing out areas of interest. It was a subtle but effective buzz that imbued me with a sense of lightness and curiosity. It is an edible ideal for outdoor settings where you can allow yourself to be swept away by nature’s grandeur, and that’s exactly what I found myself doing. Not in the Julie Andrews, spinning atop the Alps kind of way, but more of a take a deep breath and follow the flight path of a distant hawk kind of way.
Listening to a high-octane mix of 80’s Hair Metal, I entered into a meditative state peppered with catchy guitar riffs that saw me steadily wind my way up a wooded trail. I wasn’t so much jogging through nature as I was becoming a part of nature itself. Sometimes all you need to help tip the mental scales from anxiety to awe is the gentle push of a 5mg trail bar.
“It is an edible ideal for outdoor settings where you can allow yourself to be swept away by nature’s grandeur.”
This cannabis infused bar from Atlas would be just as handy during an all day hike as well. Maybe even more so. It makes for a worthy snack for any long distance trek that may call for some added calories along the way. Luckily, at only 5 mgs of THC and CBD, there’s little risk of suddenly entering the dark forest of no return. Where tree branches look like witches’ fingers and rock formations take on the image of your most hated high school teachers. This bar was wholly devoid of any such side-effects.
For the heath conscience, you’ll find a friend in the Atlas Trail Bar. This contains bare bones ingredients that are both gluten and dairy free. The Lemon, blueberry and almond bar contain plenty of zest and sweetness for those who desire both. So often you find granola bars that pack enough artificial flavors to essentially make it a Snickers generic. That is not the case here.
As someone who’s not into big or even medium sized breakfasts, I would use this as a suitable morning meal replacement and be no worse for wear when I set off on a local hike or jog.