"Annie's Edibles" are part of "legendary" Willie's Reserve cannabis stash for the discriminating cannabis-suffused chocolate lover.
By Tony Cantu (Patch Staff) - March 27, 2017 3:39 pm ET
AUSTIN, TX — The wife of Texas legend Willie Nelson is setting up to create her own string of hits — many, many hits, no doubt — but we're not talking music here.
Annie Nelson, wife of award-winning music legend and marijuana advocate Willie Nelson, has debuted "Annie's Edibles," as accompaniment to the "Willie's Reserve" cannabis stash its makers describe as "legendary" (we wouldn't know as our minds need to be lucidly focused on breaking news, but no judgment). The first products in her line are artisan chocolates currently available at select retailers in the Washington area.
"Annie's Infused Chocolates are handcrafted, infused chocolates made from carefully sourced ingredients," a press release describes. "The chocolate comes from Fine & Raw Chocolate, who use consciously sourced ingredients and low-heat techniques to keep the chocolate's raw vitality and flavor."
But enough about the chocolate. This is part of what the Nelsons unabashedly describe as Willie's "cannabis stash." The chocolate is suffused with a proprietary, whole-plant cannabis extraction process "...that maintains the full spectrum of cannabinoids in low-dose confections."
Again, we here at Patch wouldn't know about such things. Let's let Annie describe it:
"I make my infused chocolates for people who want to enjoy gourmet cannabis chocolate in a controllable way," she explains. "It's important that my chocolates are suitable for those with diet restrictions - whether someone is vegan, has Celiac Disease or gluten allergies, requires a low or balanced sweetener diet or if they have a low tolerance to cannabis they can still enjoy the benefits of my infused chocolates."
Mrs. Nelson is not only an aficionado, mind you, but a connoisseur of sorts as it relates to cannabis-infused chocolate treats. A press release describes how she takes pride in every ingredient that goes into the recipe. This work ethic is informed by a "Zero Crap Policy" followed in Annie's kitchen, which results in fair trade, antioxidant-rich chocolates that are gluten-free, vegan and 100 percent raw, officials describe.
And just because we're talking cannabis chocolate doesn't mean one needs to sacrifice one's girlish or boyish figure. Coconut palm sugar is also used "...because it is more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than table sugar," Annie explains.
She brought this healthful medley together with a mix of "health and environmentally conscious ingredients" to create an infused super food appropriate for both new and experienced cannabis consumers, she says in heightening the culinary explanation.
"Every ingredient is picked with care, including the cannabis, which is grown through responsible partners and held to the highest standards," her press release stresses.
But if you're hoping to get your hands on some, you may have to wait for marijuana laws to stabilize nationwide. Or you could travel to Washington, where the cannabis confection is available at select dispensaries where fine cannabis products (we assume) are sold:
- Herb(n) Elements
- Herban Legends
- Locals Canna House
- Have a Heart
- Evergreen Market
- Always Greener Downtown
- Buddy's Pot Shop
- Bud Hut
- Mary Jane's House of Grass
- Clear Choice Cannabis
- Gypsy Green
- The Grass Station
This is not your grandfather's candy bar, mind you, nor should you expect to get the full effects immediately and embrace the tactics of delayed gratification. Each piece of Annie's Infused Chocolates is infused with 5 mg of THC, says Annie: "Those who regularly enjoy cannabis may choose to indulge in two chocolate squares, while those new to cannabis are encouraged to start with one square or half of one square. It may take up to 90 minutes to feel the full effect of the cannabis."
Willie's Reserve is described as a line of cannabis products inspired by American music legend and long-time marijuana advocate Willie Nelson. Launched in 2016, Willie's Reserve is now available in Colorado, Washington and Nevada. Operating under the simple philosophy of "my stash is your stash," Willie's Reserve pays tribute to its namesake's tradition of sharing, caring and toking.
Like mi casa es su casa but with cannabis, we'd say.
But this is serious stuff meant for the responsible cannabis consumer. Willie's Reserve "...promotes a positive cannabis culture through partnering with responsible growers for flower and offering products including a variety of strains, signature Ready Rolls, concentrates, and Annie's Edibles," makers say.
Texas is only 1,894 miles from Washington, a mere 29-hour drive. Maybe it's time to go on the road again. You guys, we mean; we're just delivering the news here. Because clearly, the Nelsons would rather see you up than see you down.
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