Garden Society Bliss Blossoms
You may have already read about, tried, and hopefully fallen in love with the Bright Blooms pâtes de fruit (gelées) from Garden Society, which are great for daytime. But for those of you who are having some trouble with sleep, you should explore their nighttime chocolates: Bliss Blossoms. Just pretend they’re the turndown chocolate on your pillow, but instead of being at a fancy hotel, you’re at home in your own nest.
Garden Society is based in Sonoma County; founder Erin Gore was a chemical engineer, and was over-busy in the corporate world as one of the highest-ranking female executives at her company. After trying to balance her intense work life with her family life, and suffering from chronic pain from multiple hip surgeries, she found some relief (both from stress and physical pain) in cannabis. She would host “high holiday baking parties” with her friends, who were also busy mothers and working women seeking some life balance with low-dose products. The Garden Society concept was born, partially inspired by a rose garden in Healdsburg where Erin liked to meditate. Karli Warner, who manages marketing and communications for Garden Society, is another key part of this awesome female-powered company.
Their farm is in Mendocino County, which has been a cannabis farm for the past 10 years. Their plants are outdoor/sun-grown, and there is also a hoop house that produces four times per year—they also sell flower and pre-rolls. The farm uses biodynamic methods (but is not certified biodynamic). The crude extract (not distillate) Garden Society uses in the Bliss Blossoms is from a cold, low-pressure ethanol extraction to maintain terpenes and other whole-plant benefits.
You’ll notice a floral taste of cannabis in the Bliss Blossoms, which was entirely intentional. But it’s not dank—it’s pretty and herbal, and combines nicely with the local milk chocolate they use.
Like chefs, and many culinary products, the Garden Society team is always tweaking, perfecting, and elevating the quality and flavor of their products. Don’t get me wrong, I have been enjoying these chocolates for awhile, but I love that they’re always fine-tuning.
The ladies will be working with a chocolatier to make adjustments to their process and formulation, and mentioned there will be a little salt added and a creamier texture coming with the next batch, and they’re discussing adding some CBD as well (previous batches were 1:1, made with Ringo’s Gift).
The Bliss Blossoms are 10mg each of an indica-dominant hybrid strain that is really ideal for sleep. The idea is the higher milligram dose will not only help get you to sleep, but it will help you stay asleep. It’s a benefit of using edibles for sleep: they take longer to start working, and the sedative effects of the THC last longer too. So, if you’re suffering from insomnia or pain, think about using edibles over inhaling/smoking for longer-lasting effects at night.
Personally, 5mg is plenty for me. You could even start by nibbling off a corner. But beginners, please don’t eat the whole thing. Remember, effects can take up to two hours to show up.
How I like to use Bliss Blossoms
When there are nights when I know I really need to sleep—like when every 10 minutes I can add are precious—I make sure Bliss Blossoms are a part of my nighttime ritual. I like to eat half (5mg), and then brush my teeth, and get into bed. I’ll flip through Instagram for about 20 minutes, or read some articles or a book, and then it’s time for lights out. I don’t like to mess around and wait for the effects of the THC to show up and start, you know, thinking about things. Just get to sleep already.
On a Bliss Blossoms night, I will sleep deeply throughout the night (blissfully!), and when the alarm goes off in the morning, I don’t feel drowsy or drugged. I did try a full dose (10mg) once, and I was definitely slow in the morning. But, everyone is different! So please, start with 5mg or less. Sweet dreams, sweetie!
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