With the 2019 legalization of hemp products containing THC levels below 3 percent in Texas, there has been an explosion of hemp-laced items. Among them: comestibles made with hemp-extracted CBD oil.
There is a major difference between the effects of CBD oil and marijuana, so for those unsure: Marijuana contains THC, a psychoactive compound that gives you a high by binding to CB1 (cannabinoid 1) receptors in the brain. CBD doesn’t produce the same sense of euphoria (though it can have trace amounts of THC); however, like THC, it can help alleviate pain, nausea, tremors, anxiety, and undesirable side effects of many medical conditions.
So while you still can’t legally curb your craving for a pot brownie in Texas, you can now enjoy other CBD baked goods. (And during these days of quarantine and high stress, doesn't CBD sound good?) Recently, I taste-tested one such confection on offer at EaDo’s Tout Suite: the vegan CBD chocolate chip cookie. Tout Suite has them throughout the day, and if ever the shop is running low, you can request some, and they just may help you out.
Although I am far from an expert on the effects of THC and CBD, I was curious to see how the inclusion of CBD would alter the sugar high I would already experience by eating the cookie. Plus, given the cookie’s vegan status—which does not necessarily make it lesser than a “regular” cookie, but by definition “different” due to being devoid of animal products—would CBD do anything to bridge that gap in flavor?
The clerk at Tout Suite hardly blinked when I requested my CBD cookie. I noticed immediately that unlike the regular non-CBD chocolate chip cookies, whose surface is soft and doughy, my cookie had a rougher, almost corrugated exterior, suggesting a crunchy texture. Indeed, the CBD cookie was pleasantly crisp and had mild undertones of cinnamon and errant bursts of rich cocoa from semi-sweet chocolate chunks. It was rich but certainly not “buttery” and seemed to retain its structural integrity from some sort of egg substitute and vegetable oil.
And, no, it did not taste like anything else.
I enjoyed my CBD chocolate chip cookie with a mug of almond milk (it's great for takeout!), and approximately 43 minutes after finishing the final crumb, I felt small waves of warmth wash over me. I felt soothed and satisfied in ways different from the bliss that I normally experience when indulging in a sugary treat.
Not a “high” per se, but I’ll take it.