We love sweets, so we were more than ready to try Pucks Gummies, one of the Cannabis Confections produced by Clean Labs. This THC/CBD combo candy (a 10 to 1 ratio) is produced in small controlled batches and made from scratch; their meticulous process of extracting and refining THC and CBD from the original plant source through their final product has proven effective, based upon the enthusiastic customer response they continue to receive.
Situated in Prescott, Arizona (about 100 miles north of Phoenix), Clean Labs is a family operation that quickly developed a positive reputation and following thanks to their attention to detail and quality when extracting THC and CBD. The company’s mission statement says it all: “Our goal is to provide the patient market with an exceptional finished product line that prioritizes quality and consistency above all else.”
They achieve this goal by beginning with the highest quality medical grade cannabis; the next stage involves a series of distillation methods that maximizes the potency of the essential oil. Next, the oil is tested for the accuracy and purity of the cannabinoid contents. It is only after their finished oil successfully passes all phases that it is infused into their exclusive line of quality cannabis products. In 2016, the group branched out to include edible products, adding to their line of popular topicals, organic tinctures, and distillate cartridges.
For their first edible product, Clean Labs decided to start with gummy bears, a popular adult treat already used for vitamin supplements and other health-related items (we agree chewing a gummy bear beats swallowing pills any day!). Consistent with their commitment to developing premium products for their patients, along with a particular affinity towards the German-style gummy bear we all grew up with, the development team went to work to create the tastiest THC/CBD-infused gummy bear possible. This involved creating small controlled batches of the sweets using sourced ingredients made from scratch; their greatest challenge, which they readily surmounted, was to create a flavor that subtly masked the distinct taste of cannabis extract.
Upon announcing and releasing the new product, Pucks Gummies, the Clean Labs team had high expectations based upon their own testing and experience; those expectations were surprisingly exceeded by the enthusiastic response from their patients, with statements like “Best tasting edible on the floor” and “The most medicinal gummy on the market!” Such positive feedback convinced Clean Labs to expand the flavors of their gummies and now they boast six tremendous tastes from which their patients may gleefully choose.
Pucks Gummies (a Cannabis Confection)
One of the most important aspects of creating their own TCH/CBD-infused gummy bears was to design a gummy that clearly identified it as a medicinal sweet; this they accomplished with a custom mold for their candies that embossed “20 mg” (the THC content of one gummy) on top of the candy, making their gummies unmistakably different from common gummy candies, thus avoiding any accidental consumption of the wrong goody.
As with any new product Clean Labs develops, the team carefully considered what they felt to be an acceptable dosage per gummy; the 20 mg amount was determined to be an ideal measure. The inclusion of CBD at the level of 10% of the THC portion was another deliberate decision by Clean Labs. As both THC and CBD are important medical elements of the cannabis plant, by permeating both components into their gummies they stay true to the full healing powers of the plant; in the process they also discovered the inclusion of CBD replaces or retains some nuances that can be lost in the distillation procedure.
Here is a quick rundown of the six flavors of Pucks Gummies on offer…
- Watermelon Gummy – anyone who loves the quenching taste of melons wants to keep a supply of this gummy on hand; not only the original gummy flavor by Pucks, it also refreshes while it disseminates the medical benefits smoothly in your body
- Blue Raspberry Gummy – by combining the forest flavors of blueberry and raspberry, Clean Labs concocted a real winner for their loyal base of patients; you may find this taste combo elsewhere, but you won’t appreciate this formulation until you try the Pucks version
- Peach Bellini Gummy – for those who love their peach cocktail without the punch of alcohol cluttering the mind, the Peach Bellini gummy mimics a champagne tang perfectly; the refreshing, almost cooling, effect delightfully tickles the palate
- Tropical Chili Gummy – blend together guava, pineapple, and a little chili, and you have an unbeatable taste sensation; even folks averse to spicy foods have found the perk they get from this gummy is just right
- Grape Sangria Gummy – one of Clean Labs latest flavors to hit the shelves, experience a sangria mix unlike any other you’ve sipped; with delicate layers of mango, strawberry, and grape, this gummy sets the perfect mood for a summer celebration
- Sour Apple Gummy – this sour apple brew gets those salivary glands working with its not-too-sour, not-too-sweet smack of flavor; although they are in the Pucks line, you won’t find your lips puckered from this fruitful gem
The CBD Informative Testing and Rating
As is our custom, we pride ourselves on performing the necessary due diligence on every product we review; this includes consulting with Level One Labs in Arizona, known for its rigorous third party testing. We do not complete our thorough review until we have also received and examined the the results we request from independent experts; once all data has been studied, we can then unhesitatingly give our endorsement (assuming our own internal tests also pass the hurdles we put in place).
Third Party Test Results
Because Pucks Gummies contain no terpines, our analysis focused on the THC and CBD content. The Level One Labs analysis and report of Pucks Gummies provided the following details:
- THC – mg per unit = 17.22 (with a mass percentage of 0.309)
- CBD – mg per unit = 2.29 (with a mass percentage of 0.041)
Total active cannabinoids per unit is 19.51 mg. There was also a modest portion of CBN (1.1 mg). This profile fits within our quality assurance range of 10%, meaning the results of their tests when compared to our tests do not show significant differences in amounts. In this case, the 17.22 mg of THC as determined by Level One Labs varies only 0.0433 from their own declared amount of 18 mg. Furthermore, the CBD portion of 2.29 mg is very close to Clean Labs own declaration of 2 mg. Well done – especially considering that each lab may vary slightly in results.
NOTE: This is the first product we encountered that was so accurate, we knew we didn’t even have to compare test results. Of course, we did perform the comparison and were not at all surprised to find our initial reaction to be accurate.
CBD Informative Assessment
At CBD Informative, in addition to ordering third party testing, we evaluate both the company and their product, in this case Pucks Gummies.
The Manufacturer – Clean Labs
Our research on Clean Labs left us highly impressed. Their laboratory is structured to both process medical grade cannabis into rich and potent THC and CBD oils, following up with high-level testing of the cannabinoid content. For this, they have their own HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) machine, allowing for a separation of the compounds in the oil which can then be accurately evaluated.
From our perspective, this company honestly and transparently adheres to their stated mission (“Our goal is to provide the patient market with an exceptional finished product line that prioritizes quality and consistency above all else.”) They indeed do make good on their promise of consistent quality products, constantly delivering extraordinary results.
Another important factor where they earn top ratings is the blending of THC with 10% CBD. Some people think that CBD and THC are separate treatments that don’t do much when mixed (or maybe offset each other), but let us straighten out that misconception right now. As the Clean Labs team already indicated, the cannabis plant contains both components. Studies have proven that combining THC and CBD creates valuable effects not obtained when consuming one of the ingredients independently. For instance, CBD inhibits the breaking down of THC in the liver, resulting in prolonged effects. CBD also has the capacity of reducing psychoactivity generated by THC, which then eliminates stress and paranoia. Finally, an exciting new study conducted at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have shown that specific injections of CBD and THC into brain and breast tumors completely eliminated the tumors in 30 days!
Yes, we are believers in THC/CBD combos!
The Product – Pucks
Our team has had their share of gummies in the past, both medicated and plain. For our internal test of the product, we sampled the Watermelon and Blue Raspberry Pucks.
Let’s start the results of the internal test (our favorite aspect of testing!) with a resounding “WOW!” First off, the flavors of both the Watermelon and Blue Raspberry are outstanding; full, fresh, and seemingly natural tastes make these gummies so delicious you have to watch yourself to keep from grabbing a handful (they are medicine after all!). Even better, there was no funny or weird aftertaste that reminded you that you just took a good dose of THC; kudos to Clean Labs for this achievement!
Finally, the effect of these Pucks Gummies is awesome. Some edibles very slowly and gradually release their effects, leaving you wondering if it is a placebo, light in THC and CBD content, or just uses inferior grade cannabis in the preparation; with Pucks, in less than 30 minutes, our testers were clearly feeling the effects of their gummy consumption. The high feeling was very clean, lacking the confusing and powerful THC kick that leaves patients foggy, hazy, and unproductive.
Sadly, there was one downer, albeit minor, in our entire testing phase: the packaging leaves much to be desired. We understand Clean Labs’ philosophy and intention to remain completely transparent in their operations. They selected a clear plastic tub with a plastic seal on the top; granted, it does the job of keeping the gummies secure and fresh when unopened, but it also looks inexpensive and too plain for our tastes. This really is a premium product, so we don’t understand the less-than-premium packaging. Hopefully, they will get the hint and up their packaging to the same level of professionalism as the rest of their production.
The CBD Informative Overall Rating for Pucks by Clean Labs – 9.81
Our overall rating for Clean Lab’s Pucks Gummies is 9.81, the only negative in our experience being the packaging. For an exceptional high that doesn’t leave you loopy, instead allowing for focused concentration combined with a meditative calm, Pucks Gummies gets it right!
CBD Informative recommends you turn a blind eye on the subpar packaging; if you do, you will never regret acquiring, consuming, and enjoying Pucks Gummies, one of the Cannabis Confections from Clean Labs!