Curaleaf released their first “true” edible product in Florida yesterday, 11.20.2020 – the “Nano Chews”.
What does the “nano” mean? It’s short for “nano-emulsification”, which needs a bit of an explanation behind it. When we eat edible cannabis, the THC in it is not “water soluble”, meaning that it is not able to bond to the water in our bodies to be absorbed and used. However, it is fat-soluble, which means that it can bind to fat and be digested. This is why you may hear some cannabis experts recommend you to eat a high-fat meal with edible cannabis; it allows for maximum efficiency when your body absorbs it, leading to the most “bang for your buck” for each dose.
Nano-emulsification steps in, however, and provides a way for the THC to be water-soluble. This means the body immediately starts absorbing the cannabinoids rather than waiting to be digested with fats, etc. – leading to a quicker effect onset, and theoretically a more efficient use of cannabinoids by the body.
In reality, these Nano Chews are nearly the same product as Curaleaf’s Sublingual Tablets, but are fitted with the “nano-emulsifiers” to allow the THC to become water-soluble and essentially bypass the digestive system, leading to the patient feeling the effects in a shorter time compared to standard edibles.
Ingredients: Sorbitol, Maltitol, Filtered Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Pectin, Nanotech Colloid (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Non-Ionic Surfactant, Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids), Cannabis Oil, Sucralose
Other nutritional information: Each chew is 5 calories, made up of 2 grams of sugar alcohols.
Each of the 20x 5mg chews is soft and squishy in texture, much like a gummy candy. There was what felt like a thin powdery coating on each piece when I chewed it up, but these were overall easy to eat, and I appreciated the convenience of them. The texture is identical to that of Curaleaf’s Sublingual Tablets.
The pieces did want to stick to each other a good bit (kept indoors in their jar at room temperature), but did not rip or tear when I pulled them apart.
Overall, these seemed like solid edible chew candies.
Product Quality/Consistency Rating: 7.50/10.00
The flavor is labeled as “Arctic Berry”, and I’d say that is accurate. There is a strong berry flavor, and a hint of a cool mint in the background. Unlike the Sublingual Tablets, a bitter cannabis taste is very noticeable in the Nano Chews.
These aren’t just the best tasting thing in the world, but as far as cannabis and fruit gummies go, they’re ok. Taste is a very subjective category as we all know, and that’s no different with edible cannabis products – so take my opinions with a grain of salt, as always.
Taste Rating: 5.50/10.00
Oral cannabis effects are different than inhalation by their very nature. They are very dose-dependent, and vary greatly from patient to patient based on individual tolerance. For an educational recap of oral cannabis effects, click here.
The effects feel very similar to other edible cannabis products currently available: more body-prominent in lower doses, and increasingly cerebral in higher doses, all relative to individual tolerance.
As far as the “nano” and rapid-absorbing aspect of these edibles, they definitely seem to have a quicker onset, of which I’d ballpark as being roughly 35-50% faster than the onset of other edible products. I can feel the very first “tip” of the effects within 5 to 10 minutes, with the dose really setting in within 30 minutes. After 50 to 70 minutes, I am feeling the vast majority of the strength of the effects.
The small chews each being 5mg is convenient for new patients who are looking to tailor their exact dose. For new patients, I recommend tearing one tablet in half and starting with that to see how it effects you. Wait at least an hour, and then take more if needed. Repeat the process until you have found a comfortable dose. Keep in mind that these “nano” edible products kick in faster than regular edibles, and you will need to wait closer to two hours before adding to your standard edible dose.
Overall, I enjoy the effects of these Nano Chews, and can definitely tell that they start working faster than standard edible products.
Possibly good for treating:
- Minor to moderate aches and pains
- Lack of motivation (in lower doses)
- General relaxation/relief
- Relief of nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms
- Insomnia (especially in higher doses)
Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00
Overall Rating: 7.00/10.00
Curaleaf’s “Nano Chews” are best described as a “good” product.
I really enjoyed the convenience of the small chews, and the quick onset of the effects due to the nano-emulsification technology. I commend companies like Curaleaf, Trulieve, and MUV for innovating their products with technology like this – it’s a mutual benefit that I know many patients will enjoy.
Based off this experience, I will likely try other oral and edible products from Curaleaf in the future.
Hope you all have a wonderful morning, afternoon, evening, or night – whichever applies. Thanks for reading the review!
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