These Mini Cookies Have Big Effects
Take the Edge off of Isolation with a double dose of chocolate and THC
IN REVIEW: These delicious Indica Double Chocolate Mini Cookies by Big Pete’s Treats will bring back a rush of nostalgia as they contain a bit of that OG grassy taste. They may not make you more mobile with 10mg of indica leaning THC per cookie, but they will make life more palatable and interesting. Each pack has ten cookies, so eat one to have a solid day on the couch with your partner and Netflix, or take down a few for reliable pain relief and assistance with sleep.
At this stage in the pandemic, we’re far too aware of the unprecedented amount of free time on our hands. In the beginning, it was utter chaos. Weeks flew by, a blur of CNN email alerts, empty toilet paper aisles, and Tiger King memes. Then, we began settling into a slower speed of life. Time continued to decelerate as we searched for ways to navigate the boredom, seeming to settle on homesteady pastimes like gardening and posting pics of sourdough starters.
Now, it’s summer. We’re over it. We’re bored, we miss our friends, and this thing is really starting to fucking suck. In confronting the dredges of what’s left of Netflix content, you confront yourself, too. What kind of person watches Nailed It! for eight hours in a row? I thought in disgust, staring into the dark abyss of night.
“They were delicious and the texture was perfect, but I most enjoyed how they preserved the vibe of a traditional pot cookie.”
Even as a cannabis journalist who spends all day reviewing weed products, it sometimes seems that no matter how high I get I can’t escape the newfound anxiety of trying to navigate quarantine’s overabundance of downtime. That is until I was assigned to review the Indica Double Chocolate Mini Cookies by Big Pete’s Treats.
It was a quarantined night like any other. My partner and I were bored, having already done everything fun we could possibly do that day, AKA, have sex, eat snacks, get high, and watch movies. I had just finished an article and had a bit of an adrenaline high from working. Even though I took a couple of bong hits, I still felt anxious and decided to see what these double chocolate indica cookies were all about.
Upon the first bite, I was transported back to the nostalgic era of my high school days, a time in the pre-legal edibles market where weed cookies tasted more like weed than cookies. While the weed taste wasn’t quite that overwhelming in these minis, it was prevalent, melding perfectly with the super luxe, soft-yet-crumbly chocolate overload of the cookie itself. They were delicious and the texture was perfect, but I most enjoyed how they preserved the vibe of a traditional pot cookie.
I later found out, the reason they taste like OG weed cookies is because they are OG weed cookies. Big Pete, the Santa Cruz surfer behind Big Pete’s Treats, has been baking cannabis cookies since 1979. After legally becoming a brand in 2009, he brought his kids in to run the business. They’re family-owned and operated to this day. All their cannabis is sourced from local farmers, and the brand puts an emphasis on lifting up the community of Santa Cruz, as well as getting them high.
I ended up eating about 15mg of THC (or 1.5 cookies) worth of these fine edibles, maybe 20mg. They had broken a bit in the bag, so it’s hard to say. An hour went by. I felt nothing. Another half an hour… still nothing. Just around the hour and forty-five mark, when I was about to make the age-old I don’t feel anything, let’s eat more mistake, a tingling began in my legs, running up my spine. Relief washed over me like a warm wave. Everything else, anxiety, boredom, the uncomfortable aftershocks of adrenaline, evaporated completely. Instead of being out-of-this-world stoned, I felt perfectly content. It was a welcome change for the uber stoner I’d become since this virus thing began.
“While I didn’t feel mentally intoxicated or incapacitated in any way, I experienced a high best described as how I would imagine Snoop Dogg feels every day. ”
The next few hours, I melted into whatever surface I sat on as the night moved along. I felt euphoric and relaxed, but still focused enough to not slip into sleep completely. We watched movies. We ate dinner. We floated through time on a low flying cloud.
While I didn’t feel mentally intoxicated or incapacitated in any way, I experienced a high best described as how I would imagine Snoop Dogg feels every day. Super fucking chill. Because the body high outweighs any mental experience, these cookies definitely lend themselves to medicinal users coping with pain or anxiety, as well as novice users who want to relax without worrying about an edible freakout. They’re also great for after work, post-work-out, and a great addition for any excuse to unwind, really.
The “munchie pairing” section of Big Pete’s website suggests they be paired with “bonfires” and “fresh strawberries,” both of which sound like a fucking killer idea. It’s rare to find an independent edible brand that managed to weather the storm of Prop 64 while still carrying the torch of OG edibles, which above all else, are made with local flower, love, and only the best intentions. No matter how snazzy a brand’s packaging, or how fast their product dissolves in your mouth, nothing can take the place of old school knowledge when it comes to edibles. The proof is in the feeling.
I crawled back into the bed I’d spent most the day in. While the tingling euphoria had subsided, the soft high from the cookie remained, warm like an embrace from someone you love. I drifted into dreams, not a care in my mind.