BY ELISE MCDONOUGH · MON SEP 16, 2013

Crank it to eleven with these delicious cannabis-infused treats, all recently entered in the Seattle US Cannabis Cup and reviewed by Elise McDonough, author of The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook.

People in Seattle appreciate the fine flavors of coffee, micro-brewed beers and local food, and these values translate perfectly into their cannabis-infused edibles. Connoisseurship goes hand-in-hand with pride in local ingredients and craftsmanship, and Seattle chefs produced a wide variety of tasty, inventive, potent treats that impressed the HIGH TIMES’ judges.

Edible makers in the Seattle are required to include lab-tested potency information on packages so consumers know how many milligrams of THC they are getting. A recommended dose for the average person is be 20 milligrams; if you’re a first-time edibles consumer, it’s wise to start with a low dose and work your way up. Be sure to wait at least two hours for the THC to work through your digestive system before eating any more cannabis-infused foods.

While some of the winners were from out-of-town, (since this was a legal US Cannabis Cup open to all competitors 21 years of age and up) the overall field of entries demonstrated the talents of the local entrepreneurs, and we would like to highlight some of the best entries so everyone knows where to go for delicious edibles in the Pacific Northwest.
First Place:
Day Dreamers Chocolate High CBD Medicinal Chocolate Bar from SJ Patient’s Group

Fresh off a second-place win at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Cup this past June, the Day Dreamers Chocolate Chocolate returned to dominate the competition with a very medicinal, professional product that tastes great and has very effective labeling. “Improving Your Everyday” is the slogan of this start-up edibles maker out of Santa Cruz, California, whose innovation has been enclosing each segment of chocolate in a blister pack, so freshness is preserved and dosage is precise.

There’s 30 mg of cannabinoids in each segment, with 15 mg of THC and 15 mg of CBD, totaling 180 mg in the whole pack. Using a one-to-one ratio of THC to CBD is supposed to confer a balanced synergy of healing benefits, and this is the first time I’ve seen equal amount of THC and CBD in an edibles product. Judges appreciated the nutrition facts, plus the accurate lab-tested info and appropriate labeling. The chocolate is very tasty and high quality but be warned — there’s a definite cannabis aftertaste.