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Monday, June 4, 2012

THCafe's Ganja Mango Lassi: Edibles Go Drinkable

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge STEVE ROBLES
  • Steve Robles

Ah, the weather is finally

changing. 'Tis the season when a foggy, cold San Francisco winter reluctantly

hands over the reins to a ... well, a foggy, cold San Francisco summer.


That's why it's a good thing to

avoid City provinciality and head out to the sunnier East Bay climes right

around the time of the dreaded June gloom. And since soaking up that fat old

sun is likely to require some liquid refreshment (and Oakland, unlke SF, allows

dispensaries to sell medicated beverages), you can slake that thirst and take

your medicine at the same time.

On a particularly beautiful May

day, I stole my friend's car and headed out to Oakland's Harborside Health

Center. I'm more than a little embarrassed to admit that I haven't seen the

Discovery Channel's Weed Wars show, which features HHC. Despite the

various controversies surrounding the club, my visit was enjoyable, and it's

nice to go somewhere that doesn't feel like some shady cave. There are actual

windows here. Wow.

Anywho, I was eager to try some

medicine in a form other than the typical "munchie," and THCafe's Ganja Mango

Lassi caught my eye. I've always loved this drink, and I was curious to see how

it would hold up as a vessel for medicine.

My container had been packaged

earlier that day, so I knew I could count on a fresh product. To further ensure

freshness, HHC sells the lassi frozen, so some thawing time is required.

But did your humble reviewer

patiently wait until the entire drink has thawed? Um, no. With the center of

the lassi still a small, round ice cube, I took a small sip. I wasn't sure if

the medicine (in this case, Sour Diesel hash, a personal favorite) would affect

me, so I played it safe, while still getting a representative gulp.

I was greeted with that familiar

flavor I've become so accustomed to while gobbling samosas at Pakwan. The

smooth, sweet mango meshed well with the medicine, giving it a twist that

wasn't unlike tossing a sprig of mint into the mix. This was particularly

evident in the satisfying aftertaste that lingered for many moments after the

initial slurp.

If I could change anything about

THCafe's Ganja Mango Lassi, it would be to increase the tang factor. I imagine

this might be done by kicking up the yogurt factor a notch or ten. When I tried

another dose after the entire product had thawed, it was a little tangier, but

still not as much as I'd like.

Despite the fact that the active

ingredient was a sativa, which usually doesn't make one dozey, I slept like a baby

later on that night. This wasn't bad, since I had sampled the lassi after

dinner, but I wouldn't recommend hopping on the bandsaw after a sip. 

An 8-oz.

bottle contains between 2-4 doses, depending on tolerance.

Steve Robles is a San Francisco-based writer and blogger. You can find his blog at or follow him on Twitter at @mrsteverobles. Follow us at @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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