Plant-based innovation has reached every corner of the world, and the cannabis industry is no exception. From stress-reducing truffles to gorgeous, giddiness-inducing Turkish delights, vegans have officially entered the world of adults-only edibles. (Click here to find out if recreational marijuana is legal in your state.)
THC enters the vegan world
Though THC itself is vegan, many edibles and infused products have not been vegan until recent years. The world of adult, infused-food items has vastly expanded with increased legality, and interest in plant-based options. In fact, a new vegan restaurant opening in Minneapolis, MN this May is featuring THC on its menus.
Led by Chef Heather Klein and entrepreneur Michelle Courtright, former owner of Fig + Farro, Juniper highlights seasonal, locally grown food and non-alcoholic drinks. Juniper’s food and drinks won’t be infused with THC, exactly. Instead, the restaurant will offer a small juniper-infused THC tincture to be ordered a la carte or with a prix fixe dinner, similar to a wine pairing. The prix fixe dinners are chef-guided and THC tinctures are paired with each course.
In the world of vegan products, popular and very vegan-friendly bagel chain Yeastie Boys and elevated edibles brand Kiva Confections collaborated to create a Munchies chocolate bar Kiva launches in small batches every year. The bar is a cold water, hash-infused dark chocolate bar with a generous sprinkle of Yeastie Boys’ signature Everything Bagel salty seasoning. This is just one of the vegan edible offerings available today.
Vegan products that use THC
VegNews editors tried dozens of THC-infused products (over a long span of time), and these earned our highest marks.
1Vegan Caramels by Periodic Edibles
These aren’t your grandma’s buttery caramel chews. Each sticky, butterscotchy bite is infused with cannabis-coconut oil and terpenes (aromatic compounds found in plants) that promote mood elevation and insomnia relief. Even better, they make for the perfect inclusion in homemade chocolate chip cookies.
2Coconut Bliss Bars by Sweet Jane Edibles
This decadent, Mounds-like coconut bar is enrobed in a thick layer of dairy-free dark chocolate, sprinkled with even more shredded coconut, and features 200mg of premium cannabis oil. So while it may be tempting, be sure to pace yourself—just a nibble or two will help you get your fix.
3 Apple Ume Ginger Candy by Rose Delights
Opening this box of beautiful, powdered sugar-dusted Turkish delight-style candies is an experience in and of itself. But the delicate blend of apple cider, fiery ginger, tart-and-floral ume plum syrup from Oakland, CA-based Yumé Boshi, and 5mg of meticulously extracted cannabis flowers, makes the experience even more blissful.
4 Strawberry Coconut Cookies by Big Pete’s
The almond, strawberry, and coconut flavors of these agave-sweetened, macaroon-like treats make the 10mg of cannabis in each cookie taste almost undetectable. Locally sourced ingredients from Santa Cruz, CA and the lightly sweet berry taste will have you ready to kick off to dreamland.
5Gummies by Buudabomb
Sugar-frosted chews in flavors like Mango Guava, Lychee Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Thunder—what’s not to love? These chewy bites practically burst with tangy, fruity juiciness, while super-distilled cannabis adds a medicated smoothness to these soft, anxiety-relieving gummies.
6Sparkling Sodas by Green Monke
Microdosing is made easy with these refreshing, lightly sparkling beverages, balanced with 3mg of THC and a dose of CBD for a casual and carefree social high. A few sips of the Mango Guava will have you feeling like you’re kicking up your feet on a tropical vacation, while the Tropical Citrus will hit your taste buds with the nostalgia of Tang from the ‘90s, but with a refined twist.
7 Mini Peanut Butter Cups by OASIS
Take your favorite childhood treat, and make it adult with these cannabis-infused cups made with peanut butter from PBJ.LA—an all-vegan PB&J stall in Los Angeles—plus fair-trade dark chocolate. The crack of the chocolate shell, followed by thick roasted peanut butter, just might make this your new favorite way to partake.
8 Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bon Bons by Verdelux
What do you get when you mix dark chocolate, a fruity raspberry extract, luscious cocoa butter, and full spectrum cannabis extract? The answer: these ultra-luxe, fudgy truffles. Crafted using traditional Victorian confection-making methods, these small-batch chocolates are the ideal way to indulge.
9Hard Drops by Greenfields
These lip-smacking hard drops offer a low dose of 5 miligrams per candy, so you can choose your high by sucking on as many as you want. The coffee flavor boasts a creamy quality reminiscent of a foamy latte, while the black cherry will remind you of a slice of sweet diner pie.
10 Watermelon Gelato Chews by Kiva
These Starburst-like vegan watermelon chews contain no gelatin and blend the citrusy flavors of Sunset Sherbet and earthy aromas of Thin Mint GSC for a hybrid strain that’s floral, punchy, and strong. Juicy melon and cucumber notes make each chew taste like summer, no matter the season.
11 Cacao Superfood Keto Bites by Pantry
Cacao was considered the “food of the gods” by the Mayans and when combined with the magic that is cannabis, these gelatin-free chews pack a serious wellness punch. A 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC in the cacao chews also helps create a sense of relaxation and relief, and soothe the mind and body.