A Blue Punch Christmas In Quarantine
This cannabis candy helps you channel your inner child with a nostalgically flavorful punch.
IN REVIEW: These Sweet Tart style candies offer 5mg of THC apiece and a sugar rush reminiscent of the 90’s sour candy craze. With a jolt of fun flavor and approachable effects, it's easy to find yourself wanting to take down the whole pack, but we recommend starting with one or two and seeing where it takes you. Expect a euphoric and mood-boosting experience to lift you up and help you finish your day, but some pretty heavy couch-locked effects will definitely hit you on the other side.
Holidays in quarantine have been especially rough patches of time. It’s a struggle to make special occasions feel special when every day is exactly the same, in the same place, again and again and again (well, except for Groundhog Day, that one seemed rather fitting).
Normally I lean toward “healthier” edibles like tinctures or mints to help with sleep and managing everyday anxiety, but holidays are a time when we all deserve a little something special. As an only child, I spent many a Christmas morning alone in front of the TV eating candy and waiting for my parents to wake up so I could unwrap presents, and recreating that moment seemed within my grasp. So for my Quarantine Christmas, I decided to stuff my own stocking with some Blue Punch Sweet N’ Sour Tartz by Dime Bag.
“I was instantly reminded of breaking into a bag of Fun Dip when I was younger. ”
If you’re looking for an edible that’s a little more fun and less medicinal, these are perfect. They’re a candy treat that reminds you of being a kid, but with a little adult kick. All the classic confectionary fun and sweetness, but a bit more mellowed out than a sugar rush. Perfect for being a sugary treat that also provides a bit of mellow euphoria.
When I opened the package, I was instantly reminded of breaking into a bag of Fun Dip when I was younger. That scent of pure pressed-together sugar with a hint of blue food coloring brought me right back to standing in a corner store in elementary school, tearing open the package before I left because I was just so excited for that first taste. The flavors were intensely sweet and sour, just like classic Shock Tarts, and had that oddly definitive taste of “blue.” If you were a fan of early 90s sugar-crazed candy, this is a pure nostalgia punch to the mouth.
I ate two pieces, which equaled a single dose for a regular user at 10mg of THC. While that’s a bit more than I might take if I was trying to do work or get something done, I figured that was a perfect potency for just chilling at home and eating chinese food with my cat. On holidays, and with edibles that make you feel like a kid again, sometimes it’s ok to eat your dessert first.
To go along with my candy treats, I decided to watch every claymation Christmas special I could find available in the depths of the internet. After watching far too many, I personally recommend A Claymation Christmas Special for some 80s dinosaur-filled fun, and Jack Frost from the classic Rankin-Bass selections. As I watched tiny clay puppets move jerkily across the screen, I felt all of the gleeful joy of a kid on Christmas morning, except my candy treats were a bit more R-rated than my solidly family-friendly cinema selections.
The tartz’s effects crept up slowly. They were barely noticeable at first, but I did start to feel my general malaise of tiredness and exhaustion in my soul shift to more of an inner calmness. The euphoria came on slow and steady, like a terpene-powered tortoise, until suddenly I found myself laughing so hysterically at a singing claymation puppet that I realized the drugs definitely had a hand in my giggle fit. There was a strong euphoria and calmness that went along perfectly with couch crashing and binge watching.
“The euphoria came on slow and steady, like a terpene-powered tortoise.”
I took the 90s kid vibe of the day even further by calling a friend on the phone instead of texting. The Sweet ‘N Sour Tartz kept me elevated and chatty, but still able to hold a semi-serious conversation without being too distracted or zoned out. We talked for hours, just like I used to do after school, and it left me feeling a lot more connected than staring at dots on a screen ever does.
It didn’t make me overly sleepy, it just added a bit of relaxation and a welcomed mood boost. It was like the emotional lift of a sugar rush without being physically anxious, and the relaxed physical crash of one but without the mental depression. I felt fine really, and could mostly notice the difference compared to how bad I’d felt before.
These Blue Punch Sweet N’ Sour Tartz by Dime Bag helped lift my mood on a real downer of a holiday. Spending Christmas alone is always a bit sad, even for a Jewish girl. Christmas during a world-wide pandemic is a whole ‘nother level of gloomy. These helped make the weight of the world feel not quite as heavy; more like a comforting weighted blanket than a crushing bout of depression. These sweets prove that when it comes to candy and edibles, blue can be a very happy color.