Lansterdam in Review

Cookies? Skittles? Gummies? Is this a candy store or a dispensary?

Gage rolls out potent — and delightfully sweet — cannabis in Lansing

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Gage Cannabis Co. opened on Lansing’s southside in May — right in the middle of what Lansing Facts lovingly refers to as the “world’s premier fast food architectural preserve.” If you can navigate the dizzying maze of parking lot cones for curbside service, it’s a convenient location to grab some quick bud and quick food and then get home and get really, really baked.

My order was based entirely on staff recommendations, which turned out to be great choices.

Cookies — Zkittles Kush Mints

Price — $40/3.5g

THC content — 21.16%

Cannabis genetics never ceases to amaze me. This strain is a cross between Kush Mints and Zkittles. Zkittles is an indica-dominant mix of Grape Ape and Grapefruit. Kush Mints is a hybrid cross of Animal Mints and Bubba Kush. And you can truly taste little bits of everything in here.

The overt fruitiness of the Zkittles — which took first place at the 2015 Cannabis Cup in Michigan — blends perfectly with the mild mint tingle that permeates the Kush Mints. The result is a tropical explosion that seems to pack the flavors of seven sweet and citrusy fruits into one.

I can see where it gets its name: It’s like a glass of fruit punch with a sprig of mint leaves for garnish. And these buds were absolutely laminated in trichomes. I’d recommend setting aside the grinder for a small pair of scissors here or you’ll end up with an abundance of leftover kief.

The effects were an exceptional balance of indica and sativa. The genetics — and the ability to unproductively lounge around the house for three hours after a joint — suggest it’s more indica. But the mental stimulation and alertness that accompanied those vibes pointed me toward sativa. I’ve decided it’s the best strain around for a psychological thriller or mystery movie: just enough to chill while also being able to keep up with the twists and turns of an evolving plotline.

Afternoon Delite — Sour Assorted Gummies

Price — $16/10 Gummies

THC content — 100 mg

I don’t pick up edibles too often anymore, largely because I feel like they tend to produce the same effects regardless of the brand or whether it’s a cookie or a gummy bear. Still, following staff recommendations on “gummies that were actually pretty good,” I gave these a chance.

This jar was filled with 10 gummies, each clocking in at 10 mg of THC — perfect for someone cautious about going overboard with their high. It’s best to start with one and work your way up. I gobbled down the whole package at about 4:15 p.m. on a Friday, just enough time for the effects to kick in as I finished winding down my at-home workday. My apologies to anyone that tried to call me after 5 p.m. — including our publisher. I really tried to time this one strategically.

The quarter-sized gummies were tangy and sour — but not overly sour — and also held their shape. Some gummies tend to get mangled into a melty ball in the package. These were firm.

A wave of relaxation carried me through most of the evening, even as my fiancée frantically cleaned up a small plumbing issue in our basement. I stood by for dazed moral support. Don’t expect to be too productive with these. They’re great for (totally) unwinding and not much else.

Kyle Kaminski is City Pulse's managing editor and a cannabis enthusiast who has been smoking marijuana just about every day for the last decade. Almost weekly, Kaminski samples some of the best cannabis products available in Greater Lansing, gets real high and writes about them.

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