Kin Slips put a smart, convenient spin on the edible high

Kin Slips put a smart, convenient spin on the edible high

Eating cannabis is sometimes the best way to take it -- you're not inhaling anything into your lungs, for one, and dosing isn't something to worry about (beyond your initial bite). With most edibles, you eat whatever you're eating (a cookie, a piece of chocolate, or even a cannabis-infused aperitif), and then you're in for the ride, whatever happens. Discretion is also important with edibles -- while smoking or vaping have their own charms, they're not always welcome in a public place, and a mint at the movie theater or a gummy bear at a party are much easier to ingest without bothering anyone around you.

If you depend too much on edibles, however, calories can become an issue. You don't always want to scarf down a cookie every time you just want to relax a little bit, or laugh a little harder with friends. Sometimes, even though you really like the edible experiences, you occasionally just want to get your dose and then move on with the rest of your day.

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That's the situation that Kin Slips are essentially designed for. As you can see on the site, they're called "cannabis-infused sublingual strips," but don't let the big words there scare you away too much -- at this point, we're not talking so much about an edible any more as just a delivery system for THC. You can buy a pack of 10, each with their own packaging (more on that in a second), and once you rip open a packet, you'll find a thin, gummy-like square that just sits under your tongue and delivers your dose. It’s an edible without the food part, delivered sublingually to the bloodstream instead of going through your digestive system.

Kin Slips was kind enough to send us two of their “standard” dose packs to try and review for this post -- we got one pack of the Cloud Burster flavor (described as "a blend for creative energy and focus" -- it's essentially sativa), and another pack of the Float On flavor ("a blend for easygoing balance and tranquility). We gave each flavor a shot for this review (and we even tried a few extras, just for the heck of it).

Just like the quick speed at which these are delivered into your bloodstream, you won't have to wait long for what we think of these: They're great. The packs are small and easy to carry around, the strips themselves are discrete enough that you can toss one in without anyone noticing, and in our experience, these delivered a solid high just like you'd get with almost any edibles. A very solid high actually -- one slip of the standard strength (about 10mg THC per slip -- the company also sells a "microdose version" at 5mg) gave us about two hours of enjoyment. Which, given our tolerance these days, turns out to be pretty potent stuff. As you'd expect from the description, the Cloud Burster did have a solid sativa head high, though it wasn't too sharp or edgy at all. The Float On was a much more mellow body high, but neither felt overwhelming or uncontrolled, like some stronger edibles can. These won't blast you off, but even with a solid tolerance in place, these slips had us feeling really good.

Of course, your mileage and reaction may vary (and of course you shouldn't ever use cannabis without a doctor's approval), but we've had cookies before that didn't pack the punch these slips did. As small and as easy as they are to use, these are a pretty well-made mixture, and the ingredients are all natural — it’s all plant and vegetable-based, and they even added in some extra terpenes for flavor and effect.

They do dissolve easily as well -- it's not instantaneous, but after just a few minutes, the slip (and the slightly dank taste it leaves) is all gone. They could probably taste a bit better, but that might require adding something else in. In that sense, given that you're trying to ingest cannabis almost directly, the taste they come with isn't a major issue. And it is gone fairly quickly, so if you want to use these before dining out without ruining your dinner, that's totally possible.

The other big concern we had is just with the packaging -- each slip is individually wrapped (about the size, and width, of a business card), and while that does make things very convenient, it is a lot of waste. The slip also comes with a paper inside, so there's more waste to deal with. And while the box that the slips comes in is very handy for carrying them (and has plenty of great information on it, including when the batch was made and packaged, along with all of the THC dose info you need), that's another piece of litter to take care of. There are definitely worse packaging offenders in the industry, but it's still a lot of detritus to deal with for one little gummy slip.

Those are the only real issues though -- these Kin Slips have moved right up near the top of our favorite ways to experience cannabis (and when you can find them at $20 a pack, they’re also one of the cheapest highs for the buck). If you really want to blast off or try a specific strain, these won't help you -- the company is definitely aiming to keep its blends proprietary (and we don't blame them -- they're good). But if you're just looking for a fun, smooth edible high, and would rather avoid the associated calories, these are great. Their smartly-considered packaging helps them with discretion and convenience as well -- they'd be a perfect choice right before going out to a great dinner or enjoying a sunset hike.

If you do have a sweet tooth, maybe you'll want to stick with more standard edibles like cookies or brownies (and those are definitely good for a treat sometimes). But if you want to ride the edible train without the added sugar and butter, Kin Slips are an excellent dosing solution made with care and attention. You can pick them up right now at a number of dispensaries across California, and presumably anywhere else you find cannabis as soon as the company can get them there.

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