As an herbalist, cannabis reporter, and product reviewer, I thought I’d seen in it all in CBD delivery systems, until news of Mondo CBD’s Edible Hemp Powder found its way into my inbox. Described as a “powdered tincture” guaranteed to “disappear on your tongue like a sweet cloud”, my order of CBD powder arrived in an artful white box festooned with airborne rainbow-hued hemp leaves. Inside, I found a small glass jar containing 13 grams of powder, a small white scoop, and lip balm-sized travel tin. In addition to 150 mg of broad-spectrum CBD and 300 mg of Theanine (an amino acid found in green tea which is believed to calm anxiety and promote relaxation) per jar, I would also be getting non-GMO tapioca starch, organic cacao butter, and organic coconut oil in each dose, which helped explain the almost pasty quality of the powder.
A quick sprinkle of Mondo’s Edible Hemp Powder on my tongue proved that the formulation was, indeed, fine enough to dissolve on contact, despite its pasty texture and the fact that it stayed clumpy when added to room temperature or cold water. There is a postscript on the note included in the box cautioning that the powder’s texture might change due to temperature, and that chilling it in the fridge for thirty minutes then mixing it with a fork will achieve a more dust-like texture. The taste was light and slightly sweet, without too much of a weedy accent. I tried it with my nightly cup of tea, though after a few attempts to get it to fully dissolve, I simply dropped it in a bit of water and swallowed it like a shot. Keeping it in the fridge made the powder dissolve much easier in liquid of various temperatures.
According to the verbiage on Mondo’s website, the inclusion of tapioca starch increases the absorption of the powder, facilitating a relaxing effect that can be felt within five minutes. For me, this was indeed the case. In fact, I had to make sure I got my nightly dose of reading in before I took the powder, as my eyelids were drooping by the five minute mark. I did try the powder in a smoothie, and at lunch in some soup. The powder blended well enough into both after refrigeration, but on both occasions I felt a bit too relaxed for my preferred daytime tempo. Still, as an adjunct to my winding down ritual I found this latest innovation in CBD supplements easy to use, and a welcome change from gulping capsules or the standard tinctures.