Dr. Raw is a good brand with good intentions. All of their products are made with organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free ingredients. These labels tend to come with a higher price tag, and Dr. Raw is no exception – each package of lozenges costs around $30, meaning each dose is at least $3. This might not be sustainable for everyday use and only accessible to some, but Dr. Raw’s products are potent and effective, so they’re great to keep around to use sparingly and interchangeably with some of your other favorite cannabis products.
Dr. Raw is the first cannabis-infused hard lozenge I’ve tried. Hard lozenges are more effective than your traditional edible, as the cannabinoids are absorbed under your tongue and cheeks. Your cannabis is absorbed directly into your bloodstream in just 15-20 minutes, compared to the 1-2 hours for edibles. The short activation time allows you to find your perfect dose more efficiently, and the high lasts at least 5 hours.
All Dr. Raw products feature THC in addition to CBD because they are firm believers in the entourage effect – the theory that the benefits of certain cannabinoids are more effective when paired together versus used in isolation. Each product is made with ultra-distilled cannabis oil, which isn’t the cleanest format, but is widely used since it heavily reduces the cannabis odor and taste.
I particularly enjoyed this method of consuming cannabis, because I’m impatient and don’t like waiting at least an hour to feel anything. I found each product’s effects to be true to how they are advertised, and the high was very dialed in and effective. All of their lozenges are shaped into cute hearts that makes them seem a bit juvenile, but fun nonetheless. The flavor was inconsistent to me across the board – butterscotch was my favorite and the only flavor that really tasted as advertised.
I loved the 1:1 Butterscotch Maple “Balance” Hearts! The flavor is spot on, and reminds me of the Werther’s butterscotch hard candies I loved as a kid. The perfect balance of CBD and THC is optimal for situations where you need to relax but stay focused, like working on a weekend or going on a long hike.
Dr. Raw Balance Hearts Lozenge (1:1)
Dr. Raw’s “Balance” Hearts feature a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, allowing you to feel relaxed yet focused on the task at hand, 5mg CBD and 5mg THC at a time. This is a fairly unique product given its quick absorption time, and much more efficient than digesting a cannabis gummy or chocolate. These lozenges take only 15-20 minutes to kick in and their effects can be felt for up to 7 hours. The quality of ingredients may be higher than other brands, but the two main ingredients are still cane sugar and corn syrup, which aren’t great for you no matter the form. Dr. Raw’s Balance Hearts are fairly expensive at $3 per dose, but overall I would enjoy taking my “medicine” this way.
Dr. Raw’s Balance Hearts allow you to absorb your medicine sublingually and through your cheeks, meaning the cannabis hits your bloodstream almost immediately. This is much more efficient than ingesting cannabis, which can take at least an hour to digest. The Butterscotch flavor has a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio allowing you to relax while staying alert. You won’t be sucked into the couch with this edible. Each lozenge is in the shape of a heart and tastes so perfectly of butterscotch and maple; there is a slight earthy taste from the cannabis, but the sweetness really rounds it out.
Dr. Raw brands their Pomegranate Mango Hearts as the formula for relaxation, with 10mg THC and 0.5mg CBD per serving. This flavor is also absorbed sublingually and buccally, meaning you feel the effects in just 15-20 minutes. This method of absorption is much less taxing on the body than your traditional edible, which can cause some issues for those who struggle with digestion. Each lozenge prices out to be about $3.00, which is kind of expensive. However, if organic and non-GMO products are a priority for you, then Dr. Raw is likely right up your alley.
The lozenge format is extremely effective and user-friendly, no matter your experience level with cannabis. However, these “Relax” Hearts are very high in THC and very low in CBD, so take note if you don’t particularly enjoy the psychoactive effects of cannabis. For me, this product had too little CBD for me to really notice, but the high was pleasant and relaxing. I found the flavor to be a bit too sweet, with too much mango and not enough pomegranate, and I felt the faint hint of cannabis did not really mesh well with the fruit flavor.
Dr. Raw’s Pineapple “Focus” lozenges feature a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio, perfect for calming yourself down enough to relax and focus on work, with just a tiny bit of THC to make the product more effective. Each serving has 10mg CBD and less than 2mg THC per serving. This product was made with the entourage effect in mind, meaning CBD is more effective when combined with THC, which is likely the explanation for only featuring 2mg THC per serving. Each lozenge is $3.00, which is expensive. Like the other two products, one lozenge takes just 15-20 minutes to take effect.
Dr. Raw’s products are very effective due to their easy and quick absorption. Plus, they are well versed in the science of cannabis and recognize that adding just a bit of THC to their 20:1 CBD-heavy blend can accentuate the effects of the cannabinoid. Plus, the quick absorption means it’s easy to find your perfect dose. These lozenges are perfect for any time of day – you could even have one with your coffee first thing in the morning. Maybe I needed a palate cleanser, but this flavor tasted more like butterscotch to me than pineapple. I love pineapple in all forms so this was a bit disappointing, but the heart shape of the lozenges lightened the mood.