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Weed Weviews: Four Things I Tried in March

Weed shrubs and THC honey FTW!

Jessica Armbruster

Welcome to Weed Weviews, a verbal foible that’s become the very real name of this monthly column. Think of it like our Doin’ Beers series, but for weed.

Alright! Let's do this!

Jessica Armbruster

Sharab Shrub’s Thai Basil Funky & Fresh Shrub n’ Bub

About: Formed in 2016 by Alex Zweber, Minneapolis brand Sharab Shrub offers flavored vinegar syrup mix-ins, as well as Shrub n’ Bubs, a series of pre-made drinks, two of which are infused with 3mg of THC. Never heard of a shrub? These drinks, which can be alcoholic but are often booze-free, use vinegar syrup for a kombucha-style drink that’s light, sweet, and tart.

Where I got it/price: I found these at Lake Wine & Spirits for about $6.

Flavor: The can doesn’t lie: These are funky and fresh! This smells amazing, like real freshly chopped Thai basil. I poured it into my glass and people remarked that my drink smelled like a delicious herb garden. It also tastes great: herbaceous, bubbly, and mildly sweet, with a vinegar zing. 

Blast-off time: 15-20 minutes.

Experience: This is a 3mg drink, so don’t expect to be blown away. With micro-doses I tend to get a mild body buzz, like what I wish a cup of camomile tea would do for me. The taste alone is great; I would drink this with or without mind-altering substances added.

Jessica Armbruster

High Honey’s Honey Sticks

About: High Honey is exactly what it sounds like: Midwestern honey infused with THC in Wisconsin. I picked up the regular flavor, but it looks like they also do a chocolate mint. 

Where I got it/price: $12 for a pack of four at Flipside. 

Flavor: Delightful. Are you someone who loves those little honey sticks they sell in the Ag-Hort Building at the State Fair? This might be the THC vehicle for you. It’s a stick of nice honey that tastes like honey, not weed. You can drizzle this on a slice of pizza, pour it into your tea, or, if you’re like me, you’ll just hoover the sweet stuff out of the plastic tube like it's a teeny tiny Fla-Vor-Ice.

Blast-off time: Probably 10-20 minutes? There’s 5 mg per straw, which is the standard single-serving amount here in Minnesota.

Experience: Buzzy like a bee! I went for a walk, organized part of my closet, and did some dusting before firing up the ol’ PS5 for some Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Jessica Armbruster

Sun Dogs 22°’s Purple Lemonade

About: Hailing from Long Lake, MN, Sun Dogs makes a variety of candy-colored Delta-9 drinks and gummies. Also, according to their website, a sun dog is “a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the Sun.”

Where I got it/price: $7 for a single can or $26 for 4 pack at Flipside. 

Flavor: OK, the Purple Lemonade contains butterfly pea flower, which gives it its beautiful lavender unicorn color (it’s the stuff they put in color-changing tea). That said, it doesn’t really taste like anything identifiable. If you asked me to describe the flavor or smell, I don’t know that I could get past “sweet” (though I should note that this is a sugar-free drink). You know what? It kinda reminds me of that super-watered down lemonade served at church functions in the ‘80s—it’s a real niche flavor, but I bet there are dozens of us out there that know what I am talking about.

Blast-off time: About 20 minutes. 

Experience: There’s 10mg of THC, which is an ideal amount for me when I’m looking for a three-beer night. It kept me nice and toasty while I watched Bottoms on streaming (very cute movie). Then I had a nice sleep with no stoneover. 

Jessica Armbruster

Moonlight’s Space Cadet

About: I'm finding very little info online about these guys but can confirm they're Minnesota-based.

Where I got it/price: $25 for a pack of 10 at Flipside.

Flavor: When I crack open the bag, it legit smells like there's fresh bud in there. And while these are blackberry-flavored, I would say this gummy actually tastes like ganja. I don’t consider that a bad thing at all, and I know for some people it’s important that they're able to smell or taste the THC when they dabble. So, this one is definitely gonna be a hit if that’s you. 

Blast-off time: These seem to take a little longer to hit. About 40 minutes later I realized I was overthinking whether or not to put socks on.

Experience: These were recommended to me by the folks at Flipside as more of a nighttime chill gummy, and I gotta agree. I definitely enjoyed it, but I feel real dumb on these. Use them on evenings in; this is not a party drug.

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