One Illinois cultivator I don’t review enough is Shelby County Community Services. SCCS does not have million dollar marketing campaigns, elaborate media posts, fancy packaging, or intergraded retail shops pushing national brands. And it’s refreshing.
What SCCS does have, however, is a strong focus on quality products for medical patients. SCCS received a license for recreation products in December 2019 but was one of the early Illinois cultivation centers to receive a license for medical patients. When I want a good medical product, I usually check to see what SCCS has on the menu. Recently, after unexpected soreness, I decided to switch up my edibles (again) and also make a batch of my own.
For the purchased edibles, I needed something that would help me sleep at night. I picked up a four pack of the Chocolate Pennies because they contained CBN. While at NuEra Urbana, I also purchased a four pack of the Brownie Pops just to test them out. For the homemade edibles, I wanted to mix in CBD, which I have never done before. So I also grabbed a syringe of Sweet Pea CO2 Oil.
The Pennies smelled and tasted like dark chocolate with a hint of mint. The strain used for the pennies was the indica Chocolate Mint OG, a cross between Emerald OG and Grandaddy Purple. Each penny contained 21mg of THC and 2mg of CBN, which put me in-between on dosage. I usually enjoy around 30mg per dose. One penny about an hour before bed helped me fall asleep comfortably. Two pennies worked better though. The head buzz was not overwhelming but the body buzz took away the soreness. And about an hour into the buzz, tiredness set in.
The Chocolate Pennies were a pleasant surprise and definitely a change in my edibles. And again, SCCS produced another medical product I would again purchase. I’m looking forward to sampling more products that contain CBN and CBD.
The Brownie Pops contained 11mg of THC and 15mg of CBD. If you’re expecting a fancy craft brownie, SCCS is probably not your go to. The hybrid flowered Brownie Pops have a heavy cannabis flavor. Of course, for these, I had to eat at least three for the desired results. Despite the flavor, the Brownie Pops delivered a heavy body buzz but with a clear cerebral high that allowed me to function around the house. The Brownie Pops had the right amount of CBD, but I wanted a bit more THC in each doze. And though SCCS products are usually less expensive than other Illinois brands, eating four Brownie Pops at once is not good on the budget. So I decided to make some homemade edibles as well.
Sweet Pea CO2 Oil (RSO)
Instead of making the edibles at home, which is difficult for me to do, a friend of mine made them for me. I had about an ounce of homegrown and other leftover flower, but
I also wanted to includ CBD into the edibles. As I’ve said many times, my sweet spot is a 1:2 of CBD/THC.
So I purchased a Sweet Pea CO2 Oil syringe that contained 3.22% THC and CBD 83.23% CBD. Without knowing how much to add, my friend added half the syringe to two batches of chocolates. I don’t know how much chocolate and flower he added. Next time, I think I’ll have him add about a quarter of the syringe to each batch.
In any case, the purpose of the homemade edibles was to save money, and with more than two-dozen pieces of chocolates packed full of THC and CBD, I definitely accomplished that. And after digging a hole for a post and other physical labor, I needed the extra strength chocolates.
SCCS is a nonprofit organization that employs people facing disadvantages in the workplace. According to its website, “The purpose of Shelby County Community Services (SCCS) is to provide and promote mental health and rehabilitation programs for the residents of Shelby County, Illinois. Our…focus, capacity, and abilities have all expanded to strive for inclusion of all our underserved and disadvantaged neighbors in our community, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, financial means, developmental disability, mental disability or illness.”
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