Moroccan Mints At-A-Glance
Some brands stick around because they never change (and that’s how their customers like it) and some brands stick around because they always change (and that’s how their customers like it). Kiva most proudly fits in with the latter as their long-running relevance in the edibles game has only gotten better over time. Coming up on 12 years of dedicated and innovative service to the cannabis community, Kiva now proliferates into a wide spectrum of medicated noms. From a colorful rainbow of chocolates to an impressive spread of innovative, manageably dosed bites Kiva keeps things interesting.
Most recently blossoming into vegan iterations of their beloved and wildly popular Camino Gummies, Kiva continues to expand how you can deliciously down your weed. With a wide range of flavors and cannabinoid and terpene combinations, Camino gummies even branch out into seasonal fare-I was lucky enough to try the pitch-perfect festivity of Camino’s Limited Edition Blood Orange Gummies and I can assure you they are preceded by absolutely right-sized hype. Kiva pops up on dispensary shelves all across the city of Lost Angeles which is awesome for a family-owned brand.
Drawing on locally grown cannabis and sustainably sourced food, Kiva nails artisanal standards at a modest price. This deliberate decision-making also shines through in their commitment to and successful execution of reliable and gentle dosing. All of their edibles are dosed at 5mg of THC or less per serving and some make further division even easier-Camino gummies are conveniently perforated to be split in half for example. Consistent and concise dosing is something the cannabis consumer has craved for decades and marketing has learned to center their pitch on it but Kiva is one of the few that actually delivers.
Kiva’s Petra Mints are pioneers in the cannabis micro-dosing space and for that, they have my eternal gratitude. Although some CBD-rich gummies will throw in a milli of THC just for fun, with a small handful of exceptions 2.5mgs is the lowest denomination of munchable dosing in the game. As micro-dosing psychedelics becomes more en vogue, cannabis dosing is primed to do the same. So what is the value of micro-dosing cannabis?
Like psilocybin, eating cannabis can be overwhelming for some of our bodies and psyches. As more information emerges on the healing potential of cannabis more research is focused on the oceanic boundlessness it can offer. If you’re curious, yes it is as fun as it sounds. As attested to by mystics, meditators, and psychedelic enthusiasts alike, “oceanic boundlessness” is the term researchers apply to the limitlessness experienced with the realization that there is nothing solid and unchanging that may be truthfully and accurately defined as a separate self. There is the ceaseless and ever-expanding flow of all that is. And nothing else.
If you want a more actionable way into this concept consider the following exercises (and if you are working through or a survivor of severe, prolonged, or developmental trauma this might be one for you to skip). Sit with your feet flat on the group and back straight against solid support and set a timer for 3 minutes. For these 3 minutes try to focus only on one mental image or one phrase of mental talk. Most likely you will find that both come and go, arise and pass, amass and dissolve several times over the course of 3 minutes. Our thoughts are always changing. Try the same with physical sensation. Again we find that itches, spasms, aches pop up and disappear often in a short amount of time. Every seven years all of the cells in our body are replaced and in what amounts to less than a grain in the sands of time our body will return to the earth when we move beyond our human form.
So if there are no consistent thoughts, emotions, or body parts that define us over a meaningful amount of time-what, then, are we? Just another square in the infinite tapestry of All-That-Is expressing itself. Alice Walker has a gorgeous poem about water:
When you see water in a stream
you say: oh, this is stream
When you see water in the river
you say: oh, this is water
of the river;
When you see ocean
you say: This is the ocean’s
But actually, water is always
and does not belong
to any of these containers
though it creates them.
And so it is with you.
And this speaks directly to the boundlessness of our ocean-ness. When you remember that we are all the same stardust in different clothes, the ideas, and beliefs that previously defined you become minuscule in comparison to the wide expanse of beingness. And if that idea scares you-if you are loathe to zoom out into the big picture and would rather hold on tight to an unchanging “me” this can be a deeply unpleasant experience. However, when you seek refuge from your microscopically negligible hang-ups this can be a revolutionary path to freedom. The trick is finding the right balance for you.
Microdosing-either psychedelics and/or cannabis-affords the user the opportunity for gentle, progressive baby steps towards the right mix of “me” ness and boundlessness. Getting too high can be one of the worst feelings in the world and accidentally stumbling into Englightenment is not a party either. Take agency and use your own inner compass to decide whether you’re more comfortable on the shore or interested in a deep dive.
Kiva’s vertical tin is aesthetically pleasing and perfectly portioned to fit just about anywhere you want to stash it. It is also wonderfully designed to reflect the experience that awaits. Kiva’s Mints are to be taken seriously as an effective and well-sharpened supportive tool. These are not the goofy, unnecessarily strong, frat boy go-to chews of days gone by. Nothing about the tin screams cannabis from afar and it is ideal for times when discretion is a priority.
Inside the perfectly palm-sized container is a wonderfully fresh mint tickle to the olfactory. Kiva’s Mints smell like relief and the cool of a burden lessened. Although they are sugar-free none of the sweetness is lost in the xylitol base. Each bite is a perfectly shaped diamond gorgeously emblazoned with a “Petra” on one side and the most fantastically shaped cannabis leaf on the other. If you’ve dreamed of cannabis vitamins as fully and often as me, this is an utter Godsend.
The mints insignia is a joyful, charismatic wink towards the silly smoker in all of us but without sacrificing secrecy. It is well within reach to keep these under the rest of your daily vitamins with no one the wiser (including TSA). I first learned of Kiva’s Mints from a coworker in the restaurant industry who used the micro-doses to maintain a steady, manageable mood enhancement across the expanse of their shift. As someone who spent far too many hours of their life in an inappropriate setting wishing this fucking edible would just wear off already I was reticent to believe my co-worker.
Being high or too high when you don’t want to be is among the worst feelings in the world. Surely Kiva couldn’t have found the answer to avoiding this quandary in edible weedery? Kiva Mints are delicious and right-sized in their sweet and minty-ness. Remember how Altoids could blast your palate into a borderline painfully artic whiteout flavor? This is not that. The literal sweet spot between candy and breath enhancement is achieved and I would use these for flavor alone. The texture is comforting and amenable to being dissolved, chewed, or swallowed whole when Mama needs her pills.
The mints’ onset arrives respectfully like a well-intentioned latecomer to an event they really respect. Kiva’s Mints wholeheartedly receive and heed the invitation to “c’mon in, make yourself comfortable, but don’t break nothin'”. The mints are well aware there is a show in progress and they don’t want to block anybody’s view. Each mint’s 2.5mgs are devoted entirely to decompression. Physical and mental tension evaporates as soon as it is gently untied. If your thoughts and emotions feel yoked to a certain narrative this is a great opportunity to exit that ride.
Mental activity is smoothed-if you’re experiencing spikes of anxiety or unhelpful cyclical thinking this is a great helper bee in flattening that out. The body similarly relaxes under the gravity of ease-shoulders and the jaw are more eligible to drop and there’s no instinct to expend extra effort. Kiva Mints allows you to loosen your grip on things while still making the majority of functioning possible. Memory and focus aren’t necessarily encouraged and I don’t think most would be inspired to creative or “productive” activities.
Most notable of the 2.5 milligrams is its precision-you are not high exactly but you’re not not high either. Mood elevation is without question and literally, everything becomes noticeably less annoying (which explains its favor amongst customer service practitioners). This is the single greatest example I’ve encountered of both a starter and training well edible.
Kiva Mints are perfectly suited for first-timers and newcomers and for those at an established dosage looking to increase their tolerance more gently. 10-15mg is a very uncomfortable increase for me as is 10-20mg. But if you’re only working with a bag of edibles broken up into 10mg/piece you’re left with your best attempts to eyeball a gentle incremental increase. I know several times this has gone very uncomfortably for me. Take it slow and gently with Kiva’s unbothersome way of being.
$16 is just about as cheap as edibles come. 100mg THC has never been more accessible or manageably dosed. With Emjay’s free delivery no cannaseuir’s medicine cabinet is complete is without them.