BY Priya Hutner

The benefits of edibles — products infused with a cannabis extract — are extensive for many people. Whether suffering from insomnia, inflammation, anxiety, or pain, TCH and CBD edibles have found their way into our daily lives. However, there are pros and cons to edibles, particularly those made with THC. Many of us have heard or experienced what can happen when consuming a cookie or edible with a high dose of THC, while others have found edibles made with CBD, a cannabinoid substance that is not psychotropic, to be beneficial. Several companies are making some exceptional edible products in the area. 

Revive Pure Life According to Jacob Carlson, the owner of Revive Pure Life in Nevada City, people have been using cannabis and hemp for thousands of years. He and his wife, Jennifer De Luna, make organic chocolate edibles and strongly believe in the benefits of THC.


“We produce a healthy product. We’re the only certified organic edible in the whole industry in California,” said Carlson, whose products carry the Sun+Earth certification, which verifies that the cannabis is grown outdoors using sustainable practices. The chocolates are prepared with a cocoa butter infusion, and the effects can last up to 10 hours, according to Carlson.

“CBD is so insignificant in the psychoactive effect yet so significant in the health effect,” Carlson said, who has been growing cannabis since 1996. 

Revive Chocolates are infused with rosin, which is a cannabis concentrate. They produce four different varieties of chocolate bars: THC vegan dark chocolate, THC-rich dark chocolate with sea salt, THC-rich milk chocolate, and  CBD-rich infused dark chocolate. Carlson recommends one square of CBD chocolate and one square of THC chocolate for relaxation. 

I tried one square of CBD-rich infused dark chocolate bars to help me sleep. It was delicious. I enjoyed a solid 8-hour sleep with no grogginess in the morning. Revive chocolates are available through Winter Greens Delivery, which serves Truckee and North Tahoe, and the Tahoe Green Dispensary in South Lake Tahoe. There are no dispensaries in Placer and Nevada counties.

Creek Water Botanicals
Kristofer Von Kooi is a farmer and owner of Van Kooi Farms outside of Chico, which grows hemp for the specific use of making Creek Water Botanicals CBD beverages. Von Kooi was in the medical and recreational cannabis industry for over two decades and owned a dispensary. “Hemp looks and smells and tastes just like a regular cannabis plant. The breeders have bred out the THC, and in doing so, it increased the levels of these other cannabinoids,” Von Kooi said. 

He points out that there are 120 known cannabinoids, each with a different effect. Cannabinoids can increase neural transmission.

DRINK UP: Creek Water Botanicals offers three types of drinks made with different combinations of CBD, CBDv, and CBG, and will launch a THC-infused drink this winter. Photo courtesy Ken Gibson

“THC is known for getting people high, and it can also reduce pain, anxiety, and inflammation, but you can’t take that much of it before you have the unwanted side effects,” Von Kooi explained. 

He recognizes that the THC high is not always enjoyable for some people and says that cannabinoids can be beneficial without the side effects of THC. He believes his Creek Water CBD beverages are a perfect way to reap the benefits of CBD. “It’s socially consumable, hydrates, and has a desirable delivery method,” Von Kooi said.

Creek Water Botanicals offers three varieties of beverages: Bliss is made with CBD, CBDv (cannabidivarin, a chemical in cannabis similar to CBD), CBG (cannabigerol, another active compound found in hemp and cannabis plants), grapefruit, and citrus hop essence that offers a feeling of euphoria and vitality; Relax is a CBDv and CBD beverage infused with lavender, lemon, and mosaic hop essence that promotes relaxation; and Uplift is a CBG and CBD beverage made with hibiscus and El Dorado hop essence that offers a subtle uplifting effect. The hop essence gives the beverage a natural hoppy flavor without alcohol.

The company is getting ready to launch a botanical beverage with a higher THC content to be released at the end of this year. “It is still hemp-derived but will offer a little uplift and a psychoactive [component],” Van Kooi said. His company also prepares tinctures and other products. Creek Water Botanicals can be found at New Moon Natural Foods in Tahoe City and Truckee, and Grass Roots Natural Foods in South Lake Tahoe. Van Kooi added that Creek Water Botanicals are carried in several restaurants in our area, including Old Town Tap in Truckee, and it was a featured beverage at WinterWonderGrass in April.

Bay Extracts

Truckee residents Thomas and Casey Angeley founded Emerald Bay Extracts after Casey, a former Stanford-trained oncology and ICU nurse, recognized the need to improve the quality of life of people suffering from chronic pain, tremors, and chemotherapy-induced nausea. They run a compassion program for people who can’t afford their products.

Emerald Bay Extracts produces cannabis and CBD products in the form of oil and tablets, specifically a product called RSO or Rick Simpson oil, a concentrated cannabis oil that takes its name from the marijuana activist who created it in the early 2000s, as well as traditional syringe oil and RSO tablets.

EMERALD BAY EXTRACTS produces cannabis and CBD products in the form of oil and tablets, which were designed to help people suffering from chronic pain, tremors, and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Photo courtesy Emerald Bay Extracts

Emerald Bay Extracts sales manager Kyle Mcfarlin explains that the benefits of RSO, which contains a higher levels of THC than other cannabis extracts, are far reaching. “It helps cancer patients with nausea, fatigue, and pain management and helps a myriad of people find relief, including inflammation from glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and epilepsy,” he said.

Emerald Bay Extracts offers strain-specific products. Indica strains are known for their relaxing and sedating effects, while sativa is known for its energizing and uplifting effects. Hybrid strains are a combination of both. 

The company also provides a non-psychoactive cannabinoid oil called white CBG. According to Mcfarlin, CBG is gaining in popularity. “It helps with gut inflammation, muscle inflammation, and depression,” he said, and added that former addicts find it helpful. Tahoe Harvest Collection delivery service based in Truckee carries Emerald Bay Extracts, as do several South Lake Tahoe dispensaries.

Carlson, Van Kooi, and Mcfarlin all agree that cannabinoids and THC work better together synergistically, which is referred to as the “entourage effect.” If unfamiliar with THC edibles but curious, start with a very small dose or ask a professional.

Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe with RSO oil
Sugar-free, grain-free, and gluten-free
Courtesy of Priya Hutner, The Seasoned Sage
Yield 18 cookies

1 ½ cups almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
½ gram of RSO Oil with or without THC
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350° F
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small sauce pot, melt coconut oil, dark chocolate chips, and 1/2 syringe of RSO oil. Mix well. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix almond flour, coconut flour, and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment. Cut into thin rectangle squares. Place cookies on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Let cookies cool for 3 to 5 minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely. 

Each cookie will have approximately 20 mg of THC


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