We've tried "special" brownies and cookies, "space cakes," and just about any other marijuana edibles you can think of. But they were never a favorite medium for us -- the high takes too long in coming (you've got to digest the food first), and it's so sustained that sometimes we didn't even notice it.
Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownies kicked our ass.
After trying the Drank Relaxation Beverage and finding it lacking, we had low expectations for these brownies, which are sold in head shops around the Valley (we picked ours up at It's All Goodz). But we'd heard Lazy Cakes brownies were all the rage, and since we love desserts, we figured we'd give the brownies a shot.
And boy, did the brownies shoot back.
Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownies don't contain any marijuana at all, so imagine our surprise when, after eating only half of one (we shared it with a friend), both of us found ourselves passing out on the couch 45 minutes later (at around 9:30 p.m.).
Initially, we thought we were just eating a brownie that wouldn't do much for us. It tasted good -- the brownies are very chewy, with a rich layer of fudge in the middle -- but we figured the flavor was the end of the experience. Sure, the label read, "May cause drowsiness," but we had our sodas and sugar cookies, so we figured we'd be able to stay up and watch at least two episodes of the original V television series on DVD.
Then, something happened. Our bodies went limp. We closed our eyes. There was yawning, then snoring. Suddenly, we were on our way to bed at 10 p.m., which is about three hours before we usually hit the sack. And then we slept for almost 12 hours.
The magic of the Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownie is in its proprietary blend. There are two servings per brownie, and 15 mg of the blend per serving. The blend includes herbal relaxation aids like Valerian Root Extract, Rose Hips Extract, and Passion Flower, but the real kicker in this blend is the 3.9 mg of melatonin per serving (nearly 8 mg in one whole brownie).
Melatonin, as we pointed out in our blog about Drank, is a compound produced in our brains, and research has shown supplementing with it can be an effective sleep aid -- and when we say "supplementing," we're talking about a standard daily dose of about 1 mg. These brownies have nearly 8 mg of melatonin. That's what makes them so potent and effective.
We would definitely recommend Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownies as a legal alternative to pot-infused food products, but we also encourage potential eaters to research Melatonin and any possible side effects to long-term supplementation. These things taste good and they work, but we wouldn't make a daily snack out of them.