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Life Without Chocolate, I Don’t Think So

CANNABIS WATCH - The confectionery industry indulges consumers’ desire for sweets. Confections are typically classified by the basic ingredients of chocolate, sugar or flour.

Within these categories is a wide variety of products, including hard candies, mints, toffees, truffles, and pastries. They are offered in a vast range of flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, peppermint and cinnamon. Many fruit flavors also are used.

Confectioneries have come a long way and in the cannabis industry. THC infused confections also known as “Edibles” have become extremely popular. Many consumers of cannabis prefer edibles over the traditional styles of smoking. In the Cannabis Industry, a varying menu of items give customers the opportunity to be discrete, while at the same time achieving their daily desired dose.

Scott and Kristi Palmer started the KIVA brand with humble beginnings and introduced their first THC rich chocolate bars in 2010. Today, the Kiva brand is a leader in the industry. What separates KIVA from others in the cannabis confectionery industry is the technique and quality of their brand, and the focus on the taste of their products. They use the finest cold-water hash, distillates and  terpene infusions in their products. They offer a variety of chocolate bars (Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, blackberry, toffee crunch, mint chip, raspberry cream, dark chocolate CBD and espresso CBD bars). Each bar is 100mg/10mg per serving, and their variety of confections do not stop at chocolate bars alone. The Kiva brand also offers Terra Bites, Camino Gummies and Petra Mints, and each are offered in a variety of flavors. The Terra Bites are a “Bonbon” type of chocolate that is offered in blueberry, espresso bean and their newest flavors, sea salt caramel and peppermint patties. The Camino gummies are offered in Sparkling Pear Prosecco, Blenheim Apricot, Wild Berry and Pineapple Habanero, each design to achieve a specific outcome without the hangover effect that many edibles give. The Petra mints are offered in 2.5mg dosages that are perfect for those new to cannabis.

(Diedra Greenaway has a Bachelor's from Cal State Northridge and is a graduate of the University of Maryland.  She ran for election to the California State Assembly and lost in 2020.)